Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Community Education

Part of The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin's mission is to educate our community in order to inspire compassion and responsible pet guardianship. HSSW is committed to being transparent with our community on the many nuances of animal welfare and pet adoption. Please browse the following FAQ. If your question is not answered, don't hesitate to call the shelter at 608-752-5622!

General FAQ

Adoption FAQ

Stray Animal FAQ

Upcoming Events


Cutest Pet Photo Contest

April 1, 2021 (Ongoing Event) - April 30, 2021

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin’s Cutest Pet Photo Contest begins April 1st!

 Don’t miss your opportunity to have your pet...

Petco Adoption Event

May 1, 2021 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) -

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


Local humane shelter using facial recognition technology for lost pets

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WTVO) — We all know pet owners who take countless photos of their furry friends. It can be amusing, annoying, and easy to make fun of...

Facial recognition database works to reunite lost pets with owners

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) - A new, national database using facial recognition technology is working to help reunite lost pets with their owners, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin...

Lost Pet Portal