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. 

Keep current with updates from Executive Director, Mike McManus:

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?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the disease is spread to humans through person-to-person contact. There have been no reports of pets or livestock becoming ill or spreading the coronavirus in the U.S. Likewise, the World Health Organization has stated that there is no evidence that dogs or cats have become ill with this particular virus. Source

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

Cutest Pet Photo Contest - Photo Day

April 1, 2020 () - April 30, 2020

Is your pet worthy of a coveted spot on the 2021 Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin's Cutest Pet Calendar? Here's your chance to put your beloved companion...

Petco Adoption Event

May 2, 2020 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) - May 3, 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...

News & Announcements

Update Regarding COVID-19

March 26, 2020

Coronavirus Update:


If you are interested in adopting an animal, please visit our website at , All of...

Safer at Home Order Update

Update Regarding Coronavirus

Safer At Home Update

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin will continue to serve our community during the Coronavirus Safer At...

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