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


Petco Outreach Event

June 1, 2019 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) - June 2, 2019

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...

Mounds Dog Fest

June 9, 2019

Mounds Dog Fest is a celebration of the love between owner and dog! There will be paws-on events, contests, demonstrations, rescue groups, pet-friendly businesses, and pet product...

News & Announcements


Humane Society launches efforts to raise funds for new facility

JANESVILLE - While at the halfway mark of fundraising for a new shelter, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is kicking off more efforts to raise approximately $2.375 million...

Shelter plans plethora of fundraising events

JANESVILLE - The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has packed in numerous events and fundraisers over the next few months to raise money for the shelter and its...

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