Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Animal Control Services

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin partners with many local municipalities to provide stray animal holding and care. For years, many people thought the Humane Society was the community’s government-regulated and funded animal control service. As a private, non-profit organization, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin operates independently and is not governed or funded by any local municipality. We do realize, however, that animal control services within a community help improve the quality of life and safety for city residents and animals, promotes positive and responsible pet ownership, and helps reduce animal overpopulation. 

If you have found a lost animal, visit our Found a Stray page.

Lost or At-Large Animals

If you need assistance with a contained pet found in one of the following municipalities below, call the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin at (608) 752-5622 between 8am and 5pm. Because we are a non-profit organization and for safety and agency requirements, we aren't able to pick up stray animals. We ask that you bring the animal to us if you can. If you can't, please call your local police department.

  • City of Janesville
  • City of Beloit
  • City of Evansville
  • City of Milton
  • Town of Avon
  • Town of Beloit
  • Town of Center
  • Town of Fulton          
  • Town of Harmony
  • Town of Janesville
  • Town of Johnstown
  • Town of La Prairie
  • Town of Lima 
  • Town of Milton
  • Town of Newark
  • Town of Plymouth
  • Town of Porter
  • Town of Rock
  • Town of Spring Valley
  • Town of Union
  • Village of Clinton
  • Village of Footville
  • Village of Orfordville

Abused or Neglected Animals

Each township, village, county and city has its own reporting structure and enforcement policies on abuse and neglect cases. If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal, please call the local law enforcement agency to file a neglect or abuse complaint.

Wild Animals

We get a lot of calls about ducks in sewers, raccoons stuck in a garbage can, a bird fallen from a nest. And while we would love to help all animals in need, we are not licensed to respond to or care for wild animals. In the State of Wisconsin, care for wild animals may only be provided by licensed wildlife rehabilitators. If you have found a wild animal you believe is in need of assistance, please contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or the WI Department of Natural Resources.

Upcoming Events


Draw Your Pet Roulette

August 31, 2020 () - September 6, 2020

Looking for a new piece of artwork to hang on your refrigerator? With any donation of $15 or more, an HSSW staff member or honorary artist will draw or...

Petco Adoption Event

September 5, 2020 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) - September 6, 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


Humane society hosting virtual fundraisers

JANESVILLE—The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has several fundraisers in the works to help drum up the $1 million remaining on its capital campaign for its new 25,00...

Humane Society’s Executive Director, Michael McManus, to step down

Humane Society’s Executive Director, Michael McManus, to step down as of July 13, 2020. 

JANESVILLE, WI (July 2020) - The Board of Directors of the Humane...

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