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The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

May 2022

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Woofstock is Back!

Woofstock is Back!

Bring your whole family down to Telfer Park on Saturday, June 11th for live music, food trucks, local vendors, a beer garden, family fun and dogs! From 2-10 PM, HSSW's annual Woofstock music festival will feature a variety of bands, so you and your dog can rock out all day while you eat, drink and shop. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged! Check out our website for a growing list of bands, food trucks and vendors!

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A Successful Empty the Shelter Event!

A Successful Empty the Shelter Event!

Thanks to the BISSELL Pet Foundation and their nationwide Empty the Shelters event, 31 pets found their forever homes. From May 2-10, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin was able to offer $25 adoption fees with BISSELL Pet Foundation sponsoring the difference. Thank you to BISSELL Pet Foundation for helping pets go home across the country and to everyone who chose to adopt during #EmptytheShelters.


Thank You to Our 1st Quarter Donors!

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Yappy Hour at Mo's TAASBAG

Yappy Hour at Mo's TAASBAG

Friday, May 20th, show your support for the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin while enjoying drinks at happy hour prices at Mo's TAASBAG!

From 4-6 PM, 20% of sales will benefit HSSW! There will also be a 50/50 raffle, opportunities to hang out with adoptable dogs, and the chance to enter to win a $500 gift certificate to the Diamond Center! Item donations accepted and appreciated! Visit our website to check out all of the upcoming Yappy Hour events!

All the Yappy Hours


Happy Home, Safe Home

Thank You, Petco Love

HSSW's Happy Home, Safe Home program was recently awarded a $15,000 grant from Petco Love! This valuable investment will provide financial assistance to anyone struggling to stay united with their pet, including but not limited to help with veterinary care, and temporary food and housing for pets.

Since 1999, Petco Love has invested millions in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research and numerous other lifesaving initiatives—always investing wisely in organizations with the most lifesaving impact. In partnership with animal welfare organizations and 1,500 Petco stores across the country, they help bring pets together with loving families every day.

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Reunited after 5 years

Reunited After 5 Years

Over 5 years ago, Ginger was stolen from her owner, Barney. Ginger's family tried everything they could to get her back. They continuously searched for her and every time they saw a dog that resembled her in the slightest, it would ignite a spark of hope that maybe it was her. Throughout the years, they proceeded to adopt new dogs and even welcomed another child into their home, but they never forgot about Ginger.

Recently, the Beloit Police Department posted on Facebook about a stray female dog, in hopes of reuniting her with her owner. She was eventually brought to HSSW, where we could search as well. After a few days, we received a call from Barney, thinking it was Ginger! When he arrived, staff led Barney to the back of the shelter to make sure it was her. As soon as they saw each other, there was no doubt. The excitement on the family’s faces, as well as Ginger's, when they were finally reunited was beyond memorable. Ginger is back with her true family and now has the opportunity to meet her new "pack" members and make up for lost time!


Wags & Tales!

A Mutually Beneficial Reading Program

Introducing HSSW's new reading program, Wags & Tales! This is a great opportunity for children to improve their reading skills in a nonjudgmental environment while also helping shelter animals with socialization and connection. Participants sit within designated cat enclosures or outside of a dog’s kennel and read to them!

Each session is 30 minutes and appointments are available Monday through Friday, 12-4:30 PM. Sessions are $5 each, $15/month, or $150 for a yearly membership (a $30 savings!). Visit our website for more information and to reserve your appointments, just in time for summer!

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Cutest Pets Contest Results

The votes are in! Congratulations to the 12 winners of HSSW's annual Cutest Pets Contest! These adorable photos will be featured in our 2023 Cutest Pets Calendar, available this fall! Thank you to everyone who submitted photos and voted – because of you, $15,252 was raised to help pets go home!


New building update

New Building Update

We are excited to share that we are executing a plan to move into our new building! We hope to hear soon that AT&T can have our phones and internet operational to facilitate our moving plan. If not, our move could be delayed. That said, we are hoping that our last full day at our current shelter will be on Wednesday, June 8th. Thursday, June 9th we’ll be in the process of moving while continuing to provide our normal community services at our current shelter. Then Friday, June 10th will be our first full day of operations at our new shelter.

This is an exciting time for our staff, board, municipalities and residents of Rock County. We hope to begin providing normal services at our new building and roll out expanded service offerings once we get settled in. We look forward to serving our community and our community animals in our new location. See you soon!

As we are nearing the completion of the new building, there's still time to leave your legacy with a permanent acknowledgment of your generosity. Whether you have an unforgettable pet to honor on our wall or if you would like to see your name or a loved one's engraved on a patio brick or paver, we have several naming opportunities available.


May Recap

Reunited pets

Pets that were reunited with their owners last month:
39

Pets that found forever homes

Pets that found loving forever homes last month:
136

Total adoptions this year

Total adoptions this year through last month:
529


Staff Spotlight - Isabella Magaña

Isabella is the medical services supervisor and has been with HSSW since 2019. Her favorite thing about her job is being able to work with all the animals and making a difference in their lives, knowing soon they will be in an amazing home or get reclaimed by their loved ones.

"There have been plenty of amazing animals I won’t forget. A couple of those animals came into the shelter really sick. Once we got them in on intake, we started them on treatments immediately. It took quite a few weeks for them to recover. We would care for them daily, making sure they were eating, trying different treatments, anything to get them better. Finally, they cleared up! Sickness went away and they became healthy and were made available for adoption. Shortly after, they were adopted and went off to their forever homes!

Those are the most amazing experiences: Nursing animals from sickness back to health and seeing them thrive and go off to wonderful homes."

Isabella has 2 dogs and one cat (an HSSW alumni) at home.


More Upcoming Events

Janesville Farmer's Market Adoption Event

Saturday, May 14
9am - 1pm
Janesville Town Square 

Stop by and say hello at the Janesville Farmer's Market! Our volunteers will answer any questions you may have and introduce you to an adoptable dog or two! More info

Mounds Adoption Event

Saturday, May 21
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! 

Kauffman’s Country Store Adoption Event

Saturday, May 28
9am - 1pm
9550 WI-81 Beloit

Stop by Kauffman's Country Store and say hello to our volunteers! They are ready and willing to answer any questions you may have about adoption and volunteering. There will also be an adoptable dog or two, looking for some love and a forever home!

Petco Adoption Event

Saturday, June 4
11am - 1pm

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! 

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Upcoming Events


Kauffman’s Country Store Adoption Event

May 28, 2022 (9 AM-1 PM) -

Stop by Kauffman's Country Store on May 28th and say hello to our volunteers! They are ready and willing to answer any questions you may...

Petco Adoption Event

June 4, 2022 (11:00am - 1:00pm) -

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...

News & Announcements


Faith Stephens, Adoption Supervisor & Community Outreach Coordinator HSSW on Stan Milan Show

JANESVILLE, WI (WCLO) - Faith Stephens, adoption supervisor & community outreach coordinator joins the show to discuss funds received from the Streigel Family Christmas display, adoption and...

Milton High School Students Organize Pet Adoption Event

MILTON, WI (GazetteExtra.com) - A pet adoption event Saturday, January 8th at Milton High School organized by students benefited the Humane Society of Southern...

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