Below you will find answers to some of the most common questions we get asked. Please feel free to submit your question HERE if you do not find it in this section.
Where do your animals come from?
Pets surrendered by their owners make up the majority of the animals brought to the Bay Area Humane Society. We also hold stray contracts with local municipalities such as: The city of Green Bay, Suamico, Bellevue, Allouez, Ashwaubenon, the Town of Scott and others. (For the exception of the Village of Hobart and the Town of Lawrence, where stray animals go to Packerland Veterinary Center.) In addition, we receive animals transferred from other shelters who are in jeopardy of being euthanized because they don’t have the resources that we do. Here we can offer them a second chance to find their forever homes. Last year alone, we saw over 5,000 animals come through our doors.
What is your current Live Release Rate?
Our average live release rate for 2016 was 94.6% compared to a mere 67.42% back in 2010. We are very proud of this! What does this mean? This means that 94.6% of all animals that entered our shelter last year were either adopted out, went to another shelter organization, or were returned to their owners.
Are you a no-kill shelter?
The Bay Area Humane Society never euthanizes animals for lack of space or time. All animals in our adoption program have as long as it takes to find a new home; there are no time limits in our adoption program. This may have been done 10 years ago, but not anymore. We have made it a priority to do anything we can for any animal that comes through our doors.
We do not consider ourselves to be "no-kill" because we will humanely euthanize in the event of a serious life-threatening medical condition or if the animal is considered a danger to society. But “no-kill” can be defined in many different ways. There is no universal definition of “no-kill” that is understood by animal welfare professionals, and the general public, despite efforts of some groups to create such language. There are also “no-kill” sanctuaries and organizations that do not uphold humane standards of care, so “no-kill” is not necessarily an accurate indicator of humane or quality animal treatment.
How do you determine your adoption fees?
Adoption fees for cats can vary from about $25 to $125. There is no fee at all for adult cats who are over 6 years of age. Adoption fees for dogs vary from about $100 to $400. Any dog over 7 years of age is 50% off. This variable adoption pricing allows us to provide quality care for all animals. The animals with higher adoption fees tend to be adopted most quickly; those higher fees help support the animals that need more care and are with us longer. All the cats and dogs in our adoption program are provided with many services: spay/neuter surgery, microchips, collars, initial vaccinations, heartworm and/or other testing, behavior and medical assessments and of course, nutritious food. Cats and dogs also leave with their first bag of food free.
Many of the animals in our care need additional medical or behavioral support for a variety of conditions. Adoption fees do not cover our animal care costs, nor our other programming; donations from generous individuals, businesses and foundations support the majority of our work at BAHS. We do not receive any national, state or government funding. We rely on the generosity of the community to help us continue our mission. To learn more about the adoption process and our fees, visit our Adopt Section.
I can’t afford to treat my pet medically – can the Bay Area Humane Society help?
We wish we could provide financial assistance to people whose pets need veterinary care they can't afford, but we unfortunately do not have the resources to provide veterinary care beyond spay/neuter and vaccine services...and even those are limited.
Can I get on a waiting list for a particular breed?
Adoptions are first-come, first-served (to qualified adopters), and we do not keep waiting lists. The variety of dogs whom we have available for adoption changes daily and often. Your best resource for current available dogs is to come into the shelter or to watch our website which is updated 24/7. Click here for available pets. If you have your heart set for a particular breed, you can go to Petango.com. There you can put in the type or breed of pet you are looking for and how far you are willing to travel, and Petango will search through the available pets in partnered shelters and rescues, including BAHS. If you don't see a pet that is a good match for you, you can then sign-up for email notifications through Petango. Unfortunately, we just do not have the resources available to keep a waiting list for specific animals.
How do I report animal neglect or cruelty?
We do not have the authority to investigate abuse or neglect cases. All reports of suspected animal cruelty or neglect in Brown County must go through your local police department or sheriff's office. If you just happen to notice a loose animal in your neighborhood, please contact your local animal control officer.
Do you provide private euthanasia of owned pets?
At the Bay Area Humane Society we understand making end of life decisions for your pet is very difficult. Unfortunately, we do not have the personnel or dedicated environment in which to perform this service with the dignity and respect it deserves. Therefore, as of April 4, 2014 we no longer provide this service to members of the public. We do however, still provide cremation services for your animal's remains. Please see our Cremation Services for more information.
I can no longer care for my pet. Can I bring him/her to BAHS for adoption?
Some animals can find a shelter environment stressful, so we always recommend carefully considering all options before surrendering your pet. Be sure to tell your friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers that you need to find a new home for your pet. You’re likely to have positive results through this type of networking. We now also offer a Rehoming Program through which you can list your animal on our website for free.
If you do choose to surrender your pet, an appointment is requested. The surrender-by-appointment service provides a more inclusive, one-on-one experience in order to make the best decision possible for your pet’s future. Please contact Animal Intake at 920-469-3111 or Intake@bayareahumanesociety.com.
What do I do if I lost my pet or found a pet outside?
Please check out our Lost & Found Pet's page for more information on what you should do.
I’d like to plan a fundraising event for BAHS. How do I get started?
Check out our information on Third Party Fundraisers. A third-party fundraising event is any activity by a non-affiliated group or individual where the Bay Area Humane Society has no monetary responsibility and little or no staff involvement. We are happy to help you get started.
How do I change my address or remove my name from your mailing list?