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 Stray page.

Lost or At-Large Animals

If you need assistance with a contained pet found in one of the following municipalities below, call us at (608) 752-5622. We will arrange to have you drop off the animal between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. If it is outside of these hours, or you cannot transport the animal, please contact your local law enforcement agency, the Sheriff’s Department or the Chairperson of your municipality if not listed here to arrange services. We will gladly help you complete lost/found reports for all areas to help facilitate matches and reunifications.

  • 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


Farm and Fleet Meet and Greet

June 23, 2018 (10am-2pm) -

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...

PetSmart Adoption Event

June 24, 2018 (10am-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...

News & Announcements


Don’t forget pets during heat waves

As the summer blazes on, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is reminding residents to make sure to take care of their furry friends in the hot temperatures.<...

Canine Good Citizens Program Pairs Rock County Inmates With Dogs in Need for Special Training Time

"You can't be in a bad mood when he flops on your feet. He's calming and it wears off on everyone in our unit."

Lost Pet Portal