Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Animal Ambassadors

Help Me, Heal Me Fund Saves a Life

It's not unusual for a pet to find its way to us in need of urgent care. Take Little Dog, for instance (not his real name because of dog privacy laws. Well, not really in this case -- we just love calling him Little Dog.)

Little Dog was found as a stray limping along the street with a bandage on one of his front legs. When we got him into the Humane Society, we realized that his leg was broken, and the bandage (obviously applied by someone at home and not an expert) had been put on too tightly cutting off circulation and creating significant infection. The law requires us to hold strays for 7 days before doing anything more than stabilizing an animal’s condition. So for one week, Little Dog lived in one of our staff's office and gradually learned to trust us. He would come out of his cage hesitantly and dragging his leg, and would always return quickly to his kennel to rest. But rest we did not -- we were worried about this little guy. We knew his care would require much more than what we typically see or could afford. That's when we asked for help.

By the end of a week, we had already raised enough money in the Help Me, Heal Me Fund to allow us to work with our veterinary partner, Janesville Veterinary Clinic, to amputate the dead leg and give Little Dog a beautiful new life. But then...  

Our brave hero jumped out of someone’s arms and…broke his other front leg.

Again, with assistance from our supporters and vet partners, we were able to arrange for emergency surgery to reset the leg (including pins) and, finally, Little Dog -- having overcome some pretty big challenges, got adopted by a wonderful family who says they feel he rescued them as much as they rescued him.

We love our mission work: Helping pets go home again.

Check back often for more Happy Endings, and if you have one to share, be sure to email us!

Upcoming Events


Evansville Community Wellness Day

April 27, 2019

Come on out to Creekside Place in Evansville for Evansville Community Wellness Day! There will be music therapy, free massages, yoga with cats from HSSW, and more!...

Bark in the Park - “Pups Night Out”

April 28, 2019 (2pm) -

Join the Beloit Snappers and the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin for their first of three Bark in the Park events at Pohlman Field!

The first 50 dog owners...

News & Announcements


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Shelter plans plethora of fundraising events

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