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


Petco Adoption Event

November 4, 2017 (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) - November 5, 2017

We have so many great pets waiting for their forever homes! A couple of our amazing volunteers will be at Petco with some available animals who want to...

Mutts and Martinis

December 14, 2017 (6 - 9pm) -

Join the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin for Mutts & Martinis, a night of specialty martinis, appetizers, raffle items, and live music, December 14th from 6-9pm.<...

News & Announcements


Viral tearjerker story of puppy thrown into Rock River debunked by Janesville police

It was a story with all the makings of a heartwarming family flick: a heartless owner throws a cute puppy off a...

Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin sponsors free pet adoption event

JANESVILLE—The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has planned a free adoption event this weekend in Janesville.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, the humane...

Lost Pet Portal