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Washington County Humane Society Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of The Washington County Humane Society is to protect animals from suffering and cruelty, to provide care for animals afflicted by neglect and abandonment, and to enhance the lives of animals and people through education, adoption and compassion.

Target demographics: homeless animals of Washington County

Geographic areas served: Slinger, WI

Programs: TNR (Trap Neuter and Return), ROMP (Summer Camp Program for Children), Barn Buddies (low cost spay/neuter program for barn cats) and educational outreach to children in schools and our community. We offer many services from dog training to euthanasia and crematory services. WCHS strives to help all the homeless animals that walk through their doors ... it is a place where second chances happen every day.

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22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing volunteers, staff and management who are devoted to the care of their animals. Everything possible is done to make sure that the time the animals spend there is filled with plenty of interaction, medical attention and affection. They not only take strays and owner surrenders, but also pull from Madacc when space permits. They take care to see that the animals are placed in wonderful homes.

Lauren91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Washington County Humane Society are very dedicated and passionate to not only the animals but to other staff and clients as well. They do their best to accommodate to each animal's specific needs, and they have a very nice website show casing all the animals. Overall, they are a wonderful place to volunteer at and adopt a loving animal from!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every time I walk through the facility, it makes me proud to be a volunteer here. Staff and volunteers are always busy keeping things immaculate. Dogs and cats have individual kennels with all sorts of creature comforts to reduce their stress, and each cage/kennel is completely emptied and cleaned from top to bottom every day. Dogs are walked and exercised by volunteers, and if there aren't enough volunteers, the staff pitches in. Cats have their own type of volunteers who take them out for one-on-one socialization...petting, grooming, play. That's what I do, and it is more rewarding than I could have imagined. I expect that the every volunteer, in every category, would say the same thing. The staff is amazing and dedicated. Potential adopters are assisted by an adoption counsellor to ensure a good match. This is a very impressive shelter, and deserves high praise.

Kathy38

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted a kitten from WCHS about 5 1/2 yrs ago and were impressed with the help we got at the time. Since then we've volunteered there for about 3 yrs socializing cats and working as adoption counselors for cats and dogs. We're continually impressed with the caring, expertise and professionalism of the staff and volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteers at WCHS for almost two years. We socialize cats and work as adoption counselors for cats. We find the staff and volunteers to be extremely caring, patient and helpful to customers, staff and volunteers alike. We're always amazed at the generosity of the community with their donations and what WCHS can do with their help.

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Susie14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff is phenomenal. They really care about the animals and work endlessly to raise money via multiple fundraisers throughout the year. My daughter and I are not able to volunteer as much as we'd like but occasionally walk dogs, distribute flyers, and help with fundraisers. It is through these opportunities that we see the true champions for the animals-the regular dog walkers and all the people behind the scenes are amazing!

Chris115

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It all started when I won a Christmas tree at "The Festival of Trees" I wanted to give back something, so I signed up to volunteer. From cleaning to baking and helping with fundraisers, including taking pictures at the events.
I now have become one of WCHS's photographers for the adoptable animals, mostly cats and lots of kittens!
What a great way to enjoy my retirement! I love to go there and I hate to leave! It's the most rewarding experience I have ever had to see that one of my pictures may have helped a cat, kitten dog, rat, bird, bunny, guinea pig and even a turtle and a pot-bellied pig too, find their "Furever Home"!
The minute you enter the WCHS you feel the Love in the air for all the animals! and the animals feel it too!
Thank you WCHS for all you do!
I am so proud to be a part of this Great and Wonderful team!!!!!!!!

Noreen

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted our kitty from WCHS and later, I became a volunteer there. I'm so proud to be associated with this loving, committed group of people. Everyone at WCHS seems to be working toward the same goal: to provide a safe, warm, healthy, nurturing environment for each animal - for however long it takes to find its forever home. And sometimes, it takes a long time. Our kitty had been at the shelter for eight months when we met and adopted her in 2007.Thankfully, the WCHS welcome mat has no time limit. Today, as a volunteer, I see many of the same animals at WCHS week after week, month after month. Outsiders may have a tendency to feel sorry for these long-time shelter residents (I did, at first!), but the fact is, these animals are well cared for and get a lot of attention during their time at WCHS. I have to believe that in many cases, an animal's life at WCHS is the best life they've known.

So if you're looking for a pet, searching for a volunteer opportunity or considering making a charitable contribution, choose WCHS. You will not be disappointed.

Ray M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The WASHINGTON COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY is a great place to visit and volunteer. Your work is appreciated and you get a real feeling that you're making a difference in animals' lives. It is well run and the people care for the various creatures.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This shelter is a family of people who love animals, love to treat them well, and do so with a smile. It is always a nice greeting as anyone enters, and a pleasant experience for people and pets of any kind.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with WCHS in 2010. Their volunteer coordinator, Kerry was very welcoming and flexible in finding opportunities based on our skills and availability. Every time I walk in the doors everyone is friendly and appreciative of the help. They have such success in finding the animals new homes that they are able to help out other areas of Wisconsin who may have more animals than adopters. The animals are always well-cared for, I recommend them to everyone! In fact, my mom adopted a dog from them a few months ago.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I personally was involved in the Feline Intervention Program (FIP) and I found the requirements of even the volunteers were set to expectations and the facility provided a fantastic environment for the volunteers and the animals themselves. The facility really has captured the state of being that the animals need to connect with people again and vise versa, and brought it to life. In my position, I dealt with older cats and cats that may have been in the shelter for a notable period of time, and pretty much just socialized with them so when the right person came along they would still have the "social" skills they need to catch the person's eye. There are specific rooms for this program that I find very useful and complete with the appropriate materials needed to properly socialize the cats. The overall environment is truly unlike any other. A shelter is a place where animals and people should bond and come together, and at the Washington County Humane Society that's exactly what is being executed.

Susan66

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Washington County Humane Society is a great rescue group. The staff and volunteers truly have a love for the animals they care for. There is no time limit on the animals they care for, they will wait for the right match for the animals to find their forever home. When I looked to adopt, I found my dog here. Plus their adoption fees are not as much as many other groups. They help educate the community , offer services such a dog training, feral cat program, barn buddies ( spay/neuter) , youth summer programs and visitation to area nursing facilities. If you are looking to adopt, this is the place to shop.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Washington County Humane Society for a number of years after moving to this area about 20 years ago. I have seen the shelter grow and improve their services during that time. I am a volunteer dog walker and help with special fundraising events. I also served as a foster for a mom and her pups. I ended up adopting one of the puppies. I truly believe that the organization has the best interests of the animals in mind. They reach out to the community with educational programs in the schools. They have a volunteer Pet-A-Pet program where screened animals visit people in extended care facilities. They have dog training programs open to the public at very reasonable prices. The facility is kept very clean and best possible facilities are used to house the animals. My one suggestion would be to post a list of strays brought in on their website. This could help those looking for lost pets and cut down on the phone calls they receive. Overall, I would recommend adopting a pet from this shelter and are worthy of your support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WCHS is one of the best! I am fairly new to the area and within my first year I had heard nothing but rave reviews about WCHS. My first visit was to drop off a stray calico kitten. They were very busy on this Saturday afternoon and the staff was very pleasant and professional.
I have since become a volunteer at WCHS and am very glad I chose to do this. The love and attention the animals receive at this site is amazing. Every animal is loved and cared for each and every day. We always have a new variety of dogs to walk because sop many of them get adopted out. The staff are also very professional and caring in how they match animals to family's. They really care about the relationship and the situation needs to be a match for the animals personality as well. I am proud and honored to be a volunteer at WCHS :O)!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WONDERFUL SHELTER. KIND AND LOVING STAFF TO ALL THE ANIMALS. MARNIE BROWN THE DIRECTOR IS AMAZING. THEY NEED SO MUCH HELP AND STILL DO A GREAT JOB IN TAKING CARE OF ALL THE ANIMALS THEY TAKE IN. THEY HOUSE ANIMALS WHEN THERE IS A DOMESTIC ABUSE CASE GOING ON WITH A WOMEN AND SHE HAS NO WHERE TO PUT HER DOG OR CAT, THEY TAKE THEM IN FOR THEM. THEY GIVE SPECIAL NEED DOGS ALL THE ATTENTION AND HELP THEY NEED, AND THEN GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO FIND THE PERFECT HOME FOR THEM. THEY NEED MEDICAL FUNDS AND MORE SPACE SO THEY CAN KEEP DOING THE GOOD THAT THEY DO FOR THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Washington County Humane Society in Slinger Wisconsin is such an amazing place. The way they go out of their way to help all the animals that come to this shelter is unbelievalbe. I have never seen such a caring staff. They have taken in many wounded, sick, and mistreated animals, that no one else would take and nursed them back to heath with everything they are able to offer. This is not a fancy shelter by no means, They need alot of things and more room, but you would never know it from the wonderful staff they have, the incredible director Marnie Brown, and the whole team that help run this humane society. Our community is so proud of this place. They have done some miraculous things for the many animals they take in and for the people that come through the doors. One of their main goals is to always ensure the dog, or cat gets with the perfect family. They don't shove the animals out the door to just anybody just so they can open up space. They want to make sure the animal is in a caring and loving home. That is what made me be a volunteer there. They are so deserving of this award.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WCHS is an amazing animal welfare organization! One step into their facility and it is apparent that their animals are very well cared for and loved. Each animal has a bed to lay on, soft blankets to keep them warm, and toys to keep them busy. The staff and volunteers are educated, professional, and really pride themselves in making good animal-human matches. I have adopted 5 animals from them throughout the years and each counseling and adoption experience I've had with them was wonderful! I give them an A+!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Washington County Humane Society (WCHS) of Slinger, Wisconsin is a great organization dedicated to the welfare of the homeless animals that come through its doors. They help the sick as well as the healthy animals, love animals and truly care about the animals' well-being. The volunteers & staff do a great job of keeping the cages & facility clean. WCHS has a free Trap Neuter & Release program for cats which helps a great deal to keep the population of feral (those cats that have never had & will not accept human contact) down. There is also the Barn Buddies program to offer low cost spay/neuter & vaccinations for friendly outdoor cats. The more we can convince people to spay/neuter cats, the easier it will be to place the existing cats in loving homes. The adoption counselors are dedicated, friendly people who volunteer their time to work to match the adopter with an animal that suits them & their lifestyle. A good friend of mine & my sister have adopted cats from WCHS & are totally pleased with them. I would highly recommend the Washington County Humane Society to anyone looking for a pet, wanting to volunteer or wishing to make a donation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to WCHS in 2006. I had lost my cat Earnie that year and it was very hard on me. The hardest thing for me is he was taken so suddenly that I never really got a chance to say goodbye. I didn't realize the last time I petted him would be THE last time, they told me I could pick him up in the morning. So I was in a state of shock.To deal with my grief I started coming to the shelter and sitting with the animals in the rooms where they are able to roam, petting them and talking to them and sharing special moments and purrs with them. The staff recognized me and would smile and ask me how I was doing but while they never directly asked me why I was there, I think knew I was grieving for my passed animal. And the cats sensed the sorrow in me and always had a kitty kiss or nuzzle for me. And honestly, how many cats will pass up a free scratch? I saw many cats be adopted and the wonderful work that the staff and volunteers did but I also saw they needed more help. I was amazed at how friendly all their animals were and how well care for there were, how much effort and love went into taking care of the animals and helping people with adopting a new member of their family. In 2007, I decided I would start volunteering and helping the animals and people who helped me. I wasn't personally ready for another cat at this time but thought that I could have many cats for a short period of time while I volunteered and help those animals find homes. I started to volunteer and found that it was a wonderful place to be a part of... The staff and volunteers genuinely love the animals and give them the best care they are able to while the animals are there. It may not be the sparkliest or the richest shelter but its full of sparkle and richness from those who give their time by work or volunteering. In 2008 Squiggy chose me, and I took him home. And then just this past month, I decided it was time to get him a sibling. Leonard and Squiggy are now inseparable. In fact Squiggy is singing to Leonard as I write this. But even though I have opened my home to two cats, I will always give my time to WCHS and share the love I have in my heart with all the animals still looking for fur-ever homes because there are many more. All the volunteers and staff give 110% to what they do, no matter what their job. They truly believe in what they do.