South Wood County Humane Society


Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

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About South Wood County Humane Society

Caring for over 1,000 animals each year, South Wood County Humane Society delivers crucial services that have a huge positive impact on their community. They take in stray and surrendered dogs, cats, and small animals and offer these vulnerable souls shelter, food, medical care, and love while they wait to find their forever homes.

In 2011 they opened the doors to an incredible new space with much more room and many needed improvements:

  • Separate sections to house animals that are adoptable, stray, aggressive, and those that need to be quarantined
  • A feline nursery
  • A medical room for spay/neuter surgeries
  • A classroom called the Helen Mead Educational Center

South Wood County Humane Society also helps curb the animal overpopulation problem through spay/neuter programs and humane education. Their mission is to help give the animals in their care a second chance through their adoption program while strengthening the precious bond between people and their pets.

Contact Info

Address:
3621 64th St N
,
Wisconsin Rapids
,
WI
54494
Phone:
(715) 423-0505
Email:
swchs@swchs.com
Website: swchs.com

Hours of Operation

Mon: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wed: Closed
Thu: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fri: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun: Closed

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.

Rescues

  • 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!

Adoption Process

South Wood County Humane Society aims to make the adoption process as easy and convenient as possible. To qualify all applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Age 21+
  • Be able to provide a valid photo ID
  • Have all their pet's vaccinations up to date
  • Have permission to keep the pet (if renting)
  • Be prepared to look after the animal and incur the costs that come with pet ownership
  • Complete the application in full (incomplete applications won't be approved)

If you meet the above requirements you can complete your adoption application online and get ready to finally find your dream pet.

Understand that South Wood County Humane Society reserves the right to deny any application and that they don't follow a first-come, first-serve policy.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at South Wood County Humane Society are as follows:

Dogs

  • Puppies and small breeds: $200
  • Adults and medium or large breeds: $175

Cats

  • Kittens (under 6 months): $125
  • Adults (6+ months): $100

Other Animals

  • Rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and rats: $25

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, deworming, flea control, ear cleaning and nail trimming, FIV/FeLV testing for cats, 4DX testing for dogs, and 30-days of complimentary pet insurance. You also get a $10 gift certificate to Bow Wow Meow Pet Boutique.

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

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