Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

HSSW Response to COVID-19

We are relieved to learn animal care is included as "essential" in the recent #SaferAtHome order. Thank you Governor Tony Evers!

Per the order:

"businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters,boarding, rescues, kennels, and adopting facilities; farm and agriculture equipment, supplies, and repair services."

Adjusted Hours, Policies, and Updates

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin will have adjusted hours and policies until further notice. We will be open to the public Monday - Sunday between the hours of 8am-5pm by appointment only.  Face masks are required upon entrance to the building. 

Keep current with updates from Executive Director, Mike McManus:

April 27th

April 7th

March 26th

March 25th

March 20th

March 19th

March 18th

March 17th

As a public shelter that welcomes people to visit our building, we often see heavy foot traffic on weekends and outside of school hours. However, to protect the health of our volunteers, staff and community, we ask that you visit us only if you have an appointment or are reclaiming your pet. Appointments can be made by calling the shelter at 608-752-5622 for the following purposes: meeting an adoptable animal, surrendering an animal, foster checkups, or bringing in a stray animal. For any animal emergencies you can also call Rock County Dispatch at 608-757-2244.

Due to a recommendation to limit “non-essential” or elective surgery has been made by the U.S. Surgeon General, The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has decided to suspend its public spay and neuter program. We will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the public once we restart the public spay and neuter program. We hope that this is short lived, but will continue to update you.

Unfortunately we have been forced to postpone or cancel several events during this time

  • The Cutest Pet Photo Day scheduled for March 28, 2020 has been cancelled
  • Tattoos for Rescues scheduled for April 4th, 2020 has been postponed, we will notify you once this has been rescheduled

We expect other events will be cancelled and will update you daily.

Is my pet at risk?

People with COVID-19 and in home isolation should be advised to restrict interaction with household animals, in addition to following other prevention measures to protect others from COVID-19. Specifically, while a person with COVID-19 is symptomatic, they should maintain separation from household animals as they would with other household members, and avoid direct contact with pets, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, sleeping in the same location, and sharing food or bedding. If possible, a household member should be designated to care for pets in the home and should follow standard handwashing practices before and after interacting with the household animal. If a person with COVID-19 must care for pets or other animals, they should ensure they wash their hands before and after caring for them. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Actexternal icon, service animals should be permitted to remain with their handlers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says at this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. We are still learning about this virus, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations. Currently, there is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can spread to people from the skin or fur of companion animals.


Pet Safety Tips

1. Wash Your Hands
Although there is no current evidence that suggests the coronavirus can be transmitted to or from companion animals, it’s always a good idea to follow basic hygiene practices around animals. This includes washing your hands thoroughly throughout the day and before and after direct contact with your pets, their food or their supplies.

2 Stock Up on Pet Supplies
Prepare a kit with essential supplies to have on hand in the event of an emergency. Your emergency kit should include a 30-day supply of your pets’ medications, as well as at least two weeks’ worth of food. 

3. Designate an Emergency Caregiver
Proactively identify someone who could help with their short- or long-term care in the event you are unable to care for your pet. Consider a family member, friend, neighbor or your favorite boarding facility.

4. Create a Pet Care Guide
If your emergency caregiver’s assistance is needed, make it easier for them by having all of your pets’ information in one place. Consider including things like habits, food preferences, medical conditions and medications taken, veterinarian contact information, and any behavioral tendencies.

Upcoming Events

Petco Adoption Event

August 1, 2020 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) - August 2, 2020

Please stop by and meet some of our adoptable pets who are looking for a great home! You can speak to some of our amazing volunteers to learn...

Mounds Adoption Event

August 8, 2020

Please stop by and meet some of our adoptable pets who are looking for a great home! You can speak to some of our amazing volunteers to learn...

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