Eau Claire County Humane Society

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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About Eau Claire Humane Society

Eau Claire County Humane Society is passionate about animal welfare. They believe that animals need human advocates to speak up and act on their behalf. As an open-admissions shelter, every animal is accepted into their care, regardless of age, health, breed, or temperament. Every year they receive hundreds of lost, abandoned, or stray animals that have nowhere else to turn to, ultimately taking in around 1,600 cats, dogs, and other small animals.

Eau Claire County Humane Society works as hard to educate the public and work within their community through the following initiatives:

  • Returning lost pets to their owners
  • Finding new loving forever homes for adoptable pets
  • Placing animal who need a little more time and TLC in foster care until they can be rehomed
  • Teaching the community about responsible pet ownership and humane care
  • Coordinating with other organizations to promote animal welfare
  • Reducing the need to euthanize healthy adoptable pets

You can help Eau Claire County Humane Society by choosing to adopt from them today. Save a life and find a new best friend who comes with tons of unconditional love.

Contact Info

3900 Old Town Hall Rd
Eau Claire
(715) 839-4747
Website: eccha.org

Hours of Operation

Mon: Closed
Tue: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed: Closed
Thu: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Adoption Process

To be eligible to adopt from the Eau Claire County Humane Society, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 21+ years of old
  • Provide proof of landlord consent for pets (if renting)
  • Make sure the entire household consents to the adoption
  • The adopted animal can't be a gift for someone else
  • The adopted animal must be neutered or spayed by a specific date (if they aren't already)
  • All adopted animals (with the exclusion of some outside dogs) must be kept as indoor pets

Meet all of those criteria? Great! Here's the rest of the adoption process at Eau Claire County Humane Society:

  1. Submit an application: Applications are available either online or at the shelter in person. A downloadable form can be found here, which you can fill out in advance. All adoptable pets can be viewed on the shelter’s website.
  2. Application review: Once the application has been reviewed and approved, an appointment will be set up to meet the pets.
  3. Come meet the pets: This is the best part! Visit the shelter to meet your new furry friend in person. The shelter encourages you to bring other members of your household (if applicable).
  4. Finalize the adoption: Once you've found the perfect animal, it's time to complete the adoption paperwork, sign the adoption contract, and pay the associated fee.
  5. Start your new life together: Take your new pet home and get ready to enjoy the rest of your lives together!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Eau Claire County Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 1 year old): $195
  • Adults (1+ years): $150


  • Kittens (up to 5 months): $100
  • Cats (5+ months): $60

Other Small Animals

  • Rabbits: $50
  • Birds, guinea pigs, reptiles, ferrets, and all other animals: Varies

There's an additional fee for dogs and cats who haven't been spayed/neutered.

Your adoption fee covers treatment for internal and external parasites, distemper and rabies vaccinations, microchipping, an ID tag and collar, and a follow-up visit at a participating veterinarian. Dogs also get bordetella vaccination and a leash.

All cats must leave in a cat carrier. A cardboard carrier can be purchased at the shelter for $5.

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
Eau Claire County Humane Society
Eau Claire
directly using the contact info above.

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