Door County Humane Society

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

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About Door County Humane Society

Caring for over 40,000 animals every year, Wisconsin Humane Society is the largest animal rescue organization in the County. They operate five shelters, one of which is Door County Humane Society:

  • Door County: 3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
  • Milwaukee: 4500 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208
  • Ozaukee: 630 West Dekora Street, Saukville, Wisconsin 53080
  • Racine: 8900 16th Street, Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin 53177
  • Green Bay: 1830 Radisson Street, Green Bay, WI 54302

As a non-profit organization, they're dependent on the public's generosity to keep saving the lives of vulnerable cats, dogs, and wildlife. In addition to their five campuses, they also have a spay/neuter clinic and a wildlife rehabilitation center.

Door County Humane Society's vision is to create a future where all animals are treated with love, kindness, and respect. They're committed to finding every animal a safe, loving forever home where they can be peaceful and happy.

Contact Info

3475 Park Dr
Sturgeon Bay
(920) 746-1111

Hours of Operation

Mon: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wed: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri - Sun: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Adoption Process

Ready to adopt an animal in need from Door County Humane Society? Here's how it works:

  1. Start the adoption process by completing an adoption profile on the shelter's website. This gathers your general information and can't be used to adopt any particular pet. Your profile will be kept on file for up to two months.
  2. Visit Door County Humane Society and meet with an adoption counselor. You may need to wait, especially if the shelter is particularly busy. Waiting times range from 20 minutes to 3 hours. Bring your photo ID and proof of address to facilitate the adoption process. Door County Humane Society places animals in homes on a first-come, first-served basis and will not place a hold on any animal.
  3. Counselors will review your adoption profile and try to help you find the perfect match based on your lifestyle and home environment, also considering the animal's medical, behavioral, and placement needs. Door County Humane Society does not require you to complete an application, they merely want to guide you through the process and help you find the perfect four-legged friend.
  4. Got an animal in mind? It's time to meet them. Unlike many shelters, Door County Humane Society doesn't allow dog-to-dog introductions as they've found that these introductions are not necessarily indicative of how dogs will get along outside the shelter. They will, however, provide you with the necessary guidance to give you the best chances of successfully introducing your dogs to one another at home.
  5. Once you've chosen a pet, it'll take about 1 hour to finalize the adoption. You can take your new best friend home right away!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Door County Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies and adults: $25-$449


  • Kittens (up to 1 year): $99-$199
  • Adults (1+ years): Name your own fee

Other Animals

  • Varying species: Up to $75 or name your own fee

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping, a certificate to have a free exam at any participating veterinarian, 30 days of free pet insurance, and a bag of pet food. You'll also receive a certificate for a wellness exam and the opportunity for follow-up care for any of the conditions listed on the certificate.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Door County Humane Society
Sturgeon Bay
directly using the contact info above.

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