Mission & History

Our mission is to build a community that values animals and treats them with respect and kindness.

On January 1, 2018, the Bay Area Humane Society became a part of the Wisconsin Humane Society! You can learn more about the announcement HERE. Founded in 1879, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has been saving the lives of animals in need for nearly 140 years. WHS is a 501(c)(3) organization and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Door and Brown Counties, as well as a spay/neuter clinic in West Allis. WHS annually serves 40,000 animals – and their humans! We receive no general government funding and we are not part of any national umbrella organization. Our federal tax ID # is 39-0810533. You can learn more about the Wisconsin Humane Society HERE.

Our History

In the winter of 1958 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a small group of dedicated men and women turned their passion into a purpose. They loved animals and wanted to make our community a safer, healthier place for pets and people alike. In January 1959, the Bay Area Humane Society (now known at the Wisconsin Humane Society Green Bay Campus) was created as a not-for-profit organization to promote the humane treatment of animals and provide protection, care and shelter for unwanted and homeless pets.

After more than 50 years and thousands of tails, the organization is still operating with the spirit and inspiration of our founders. We love animals and we're making our community a better place for both pets and people. With your help, we'll continue adding new chapters to our success story.

Our Philosophy

Pet overpopulation is no longer just a local problem but a national one. Shelters all over the country are working together to save tens of thousands of lives every year; lives that would have been tragically cut short if not for the growing network of mutual aid across the country. To these ends, the Wisconsin Humane Society operates without geographical boundaries and strives to play its part in ending the euthanasia of healthy and treatable pets in our nation.

Our first priority is stray or abandoned animals in our community, then animals from overcrowded shelters where they face imminent death. Because we do not euthanize animals for lack of space or for the length of time they have been at our shelter, we ask local pet owners who no longer want or are unable to keep their pets to work with us to ensure the best possible outcome for their animals. When our shelter is full, pet owners who want to surrender a pet are offered several options, including providing advice and resources to help deal with behavioral or financial issues so they can keep their pet, and alternatives for rehoming so the animal doesn’t have to enter the shelter at all. If these options don’t work, we offer a waiting list whereby owners are called to surrender their animal when space becomes available. We’ve found that by giving pet owners multiple options, euthanasia is decreased, the shelter doesn’t become overcrowded, risking the spread of contagious disease, and more pet owners are successfully learning to work through behavioral issues or are able to rehome their own pets.

The Wisconsin Humane Society does not believe in euthanizing any animal that can be medically treated or successfully completes a behavior modification program. We believe if an animal is in excessive pain with a poor prognosis, or has an incurable condition which will be severely detrimental to its quality of life; the animal should be humanely euthanized to alleviate its suffering.  We also believe any animal in our possession, which poses a threat to public safety, should also be humanely euthanized.

In 2009, we began tracking not just how many animals we took in, adopted, or euthanized, but also more detail about their physical and behavioral condition. This helps us evaluate our progress and understand where future resources need to be focused. We're reporting this information in a nationally recognized format known as "Asilomar." 

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