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The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

October 2021

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It's time again to Empty the Shelters!

Now through Sunday, October 10th, most adult dogs, cats, and kittens will have $25 adoption fees thanks to Bissell Pet Foundation! To take advantage of these reduced adoption fees, please stop by the shelter at 222 S. Arch St. in Janesville during our open hours (we WILL be open noon-5pm on Wednesday).

Due to the frequent turnover of adoptable pets at our shelter, we recommend keeping an eye on our website at www.PetsGoHome.org for an up to date listing.

$25 adoption fees will apply for most adult dogs (6 months & up), adult cats, and kittens! Special adoption prices only apply for pets at our main shelter location- not offsite locations including vet clinics, Petco, or Petsmart. Additional fees may include City of Janesville licensing, cat carrier (if not provided) and leash and collar (if not provided).

During #EmptytheShelters, adopters are still required to complete a standard adoption application as if it were a normal day. For more info, please check out our Facebook event or call the shelter at  608-752-5622 and ask to speak with an adoption counselor!

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Just over 3 weeks until Mutts & Martinis...have you purchased your tickets?

Dust off your cocktail attire because The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin's Mutts & Martinis is back and better than ever. 

Join us Thursday, October 28th at The Beloit Club for a night of delicious food, specialty martinis, silent and live auctions, tastings, and more! Doors open at 6pm and dinner begins at 6:30pm.

With an added plated-dinner component, this year’s event is a brand-new gala experience that you won’t want to miss. The menu features three mouthwatering meals, including a beef, chicken, or vegan option, plus a delectable cakepop provided by Chara's Cakepops

Get the latest goings-on of The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin with a special presentation by Executive Director, Jim McMullen. Spend the evening sipping Lolli-Pups and Canine Cosmos, socializing, and making memories while supporting HSSW's mission to help pets go home again. 

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Stop by Basics Co-op during the month of October and round your total up at the register to make a donation to The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin!


Thank you to our 2021 Quarter 3 donors!

We are constantly blown away by the generosity of our community. In just three months, over 700 people have helped pets go home by donating to our shelter. Thank you so much!

Donor Acknowledgement


October Recap

Pets that were reunited with their owners last month:
68

Pets that found loving forever homes last month:
138

Total adoptions this year through last month:
1,535


New building update: floor coming soon!

Construction is underway at The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin's new property and we are excited to share that a floor will be poured soon!

FOR YOUR SAFETY - All site visits MUST be approved. Please do not visit the new property without prior authorization from the organization. For more information, please call the shelter at 608-752-5622.

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October is Pit Bull Awareness Month!

Throughout the month of October, The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin will be sharing resources about one of our favorite canine friends - pibbles!

Let's talk about - Pet-Friendly Housing, especially for Pit Bull type dogs.

CHECK IT OUT - My Pit Bull is Family is home of the nation's largest all dog friendly housing database. The database is completely free and user-friendly. You can use the database to search for an address, city, or zip code to find dog-inclusive property listings within a set distance from your desired location. To use the database, click here: https://www.mypitbullisfamily.org/housing/

Want more resources?

Rental search tips for families: https://www.mypitbullisfamily.org/tips-for-families/

Tips for landlords: https://www.mypitbullisfamily.org/for-landlords/

Dog-friendly insurance leads: https://www.mypitbullisfamily.org/insurance/

#DontBelieveTheBull: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/dontbelievethebull

More Info: https://www.mypitbullisfamily.org/


Staff Spotlight - Brittney Stott

Brittney began working for HSSW in March of 2017 as an Adoption Counselor! She has worked her way up the ranks and now acts as our Intake Supervisor. 

"My favorite thing about working for HSSW is working with scared cats. Watching their personality slowly blossom and then having them find their forever homes is by far the most rewarding thing."

Brit has 3 HSSW Alumni at home and 1 cat from a different rescue situation.


Upcoming Events

Empty the Shelters

Now - Sunday, October 10th

Now through Sunday, October 10th, most adult dogs, cats, and kittens will have $25 adoption fees thanks to Bissell Pet Foundation! To take advantage of these reduced adoption fees, please stop by the shelter at 222 S. Arch St. in Janesville during our open hours (we WILL be open noon-5pm on Wednesday).

The Back Bar Charity Car, Truck, and Bike Show

Sunday, October 10th
9am - 4pm

The Back Bar's 12th Annual Charity Car, Truck & Bike Show will take place on Sunday, October 10th from 9am - 4pm! This event is sponsored by 94.1 JJO, Back of the Yards Softball Complex and other local businesses! All Registration Fees will be donated to The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.  For more info, click here!

Mounds Adoption Event

Saturday, October 16th
10am - 12pm

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 more about the pets at the event and the ones back at our facility. Even if you can’t adopt at the moment you can learn more about other ways to support us such as volunteering, fostering, or donating! We hope to see you there!

Don't Believe the Bull Photo Day

Sunday, October 24th
10am-noon

October is Pit Bull Awareness Month! In celebration, The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin will be hosting 5-minute dog (and owner!) photoshoots with renowned local photographer Amylis!

Photoshoots will take place at the main shelter location (222 S. Arch St in Janesville) in front of a professional backdrop. All breeds welcome. Show everyone that those jaws are made for smiling!

Mutts & Martinis

Thursday, October 28th
6pm - 9pm

Join us for a night of delicious food, specialty martinis, silent and live auctions, tastings, and more! With an added plated-dinner component, this year’s event is a brand-new gala experience that you won’t want to miss. The menu features three mouthwatering meals, including a beef, chicken, or vegan option, plus a cakepop dessert.

Lick or Treat

Saturday, October 30th
Noon - 3pm

Join us at The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin on Saturday, October 30th for a spooky day of kid and dog-friendly fun! This event is FREE but we suggest a $5 donation. Masks are highly encouraged.

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Upcoming Events


Mutts & Martinis

October 28, 2021

Dust off your cocktail attire because The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin's Mutts & Martinis is back and better than ever!  

This year's...

Lick or Treat

October 30, 2021

Introducing Lick or Treat, sponsored by Camping World! 

Join us at The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin on Saturday, October 30th for a spooky day...

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