Since 1964, the Humane Society of Sheboygan County has been dedicated to its mission: prevent cruelty to animals, relieve suffering among animals, and extend humane education. We are Sheboygan County’s only open admissions shelter. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and shelter 4,700+ homeless animals every year.

The Humane Society of Sheboygan County focuses on accessible spay and neuter programs in an effort to beat animal population at its core. Creative adoption efforts and dozens of programs provide support for overlooked animals and work to place homeless animals into loving families.

Save rate is intake minus euthanasia outcomes, divided by intake

2023 Save Rate


In 2022 we adopted out a total of 1,648 pets.

Adoptions in 2022


In 2023 we adopted out a total of 1,778 pets.

Adoptions in 2023


Between shelter pets and public services, our vet team completed 2,457 surgeries in 2023.

Surgeries in 2023



In the early 1960’s, after learning that the City of Sheboygan euthanized unwanted animals with carbon monoxide poisoning, a group of dedicated volunteers lead by Carol Knier, Ann Fredricks, and Sophie Gunther started the Sheboygan County Humane Society.

By 1964 a physical shelter became a reality with extensive fundraising efforts. This first/current shelter was run completely by volunteer efforts working 365 days per year on three shifts per day.

The present shelter looks very much as it did in the early 70’s, but now struggles with overcrowding resulting from increased cases of neglect, abuse, and an influx of unwanted and abandoned animals. On September 15, 2018 the organization was rebranded to the Humane Society of Sheboygan County in association with kicking off their new Capital Campaign to fund a new, 20,000 square-foot facility next to the current shelter.

“This is your shelter, built by this community – a place to find happiness for animals and families alike.”

Carol Hollfelder holding her Black Cat Rebel

Carol’s Story

The capital campaign project that made this facility possible is one of renewed purpose, hope, dedication, and pride. ‘Build New Beginnings’ was something Carol herself was familiar with in her own life and the life of our organization. Carol understood new beginnings and a need to recreate herself after a motorcycle accident left her paralyzed. With the use of specially made hand controls, and the fight to be able to use them in racing, she quickly established a reputation as a remarkable driver. Determined to pave the way for a new beginning, Carol’s passion for racing blossomed into a lifelong adventure. 

The generosity and support of Carol’s parents, Tom and Bea Hollfelder, has helped build this facility and has ensured that the aspirations of Humane Society of Sheboygan County become a reality. HSSC is honored to dedicate this building to be named “The Carol Hollfelder Animal Shelter”.

Carol’s love for animals has forged a legacy dedicated to pet’s health and well-being in our community for generations to come with the Humane Society of Sheboygan County Carol Hollfelder Animal Shelter.

Board of Directors & Staff

Our staff and board of directors set everything into motion at the Humane Society of Sheboygan County. We are proud of our amazing and dedicated team members.

Laura Lingl

Mike Beeck
Vice President

Terri Lillesand

Michelle Gentine

Tricia Reiss

Oliver Bauer

Ashley Kohler

Kate Hodges

Kerri Nettekoven

Charley Mais

Steven Schmitt

Claudia Krepsky

John Garland

Ben Chapman

Hayley Johnson

Jacqueline McKelvey
Emeritus Position

Pam Markelz
Emeritus Position

Jeff Anderson
Emeritus Position

Dr. Stephanie Greetan

David Diaz
Executive Director

Lisa Marek
Director of Operations

Dr. Anne Saunders
Director of Veterinary Medicine

Jody Merenick
Director of Marketing and Development

Katelyn Burton
Community Engagement Coordinator

Kris Hanson
Coordinator of Finance and Administration

Jill Foshee
Certified Veterinary Technician

Lisa Richards
Veterinary Assistant

Kayla Becker
Veterinary Clinic Administrator

Tim Weiland
Facilities Maintenance Manager 

Scott Reif 
Facilities Maintenance Manager

Pre-Surgery Instructions
  • Cats/dogs over 4 months old: Do NOT feed after 10:00pm the night before surgery (limited water intake is OK) no food or water the day of surgery.
  • Kittens/puppies under 4 months old: DO NOT withhold food or water prior to surgery.
  • Dogs must arrive with a collar and on leash (no retractable leashes). Cats and rabbits must be in a carrier.
  • Pets must be dropped off between 8:00am – 8:30am the day of surgery at the Admissions Department. (South side of the building near garage, door is labeled)
Important Notices

*The Following animals and conditions are excluded from the SNAP program:

  • Any animal that is actively showing signs of illness
  • Any animal that is revealed to have a health condition during their pre-surgery exam (example: heart murmur)
  • Any animal over 7 years of age
  • Any animal that is deemed to be obese
  • Any animal weighing over 100lbs or under 2lbs
  • Any female that has given birth within the previous 6 weeks
  • Animals that are too fearful or aggressive to be handled safely.


  • We will spay female animals that are “in heat” at the time of surgery, but they are at a higher surgical risk for bleeding during surgery and post-operatively. It is strongly recommended that you reschedule the surgery for 4-6 weeks post-cycle.
  • SNAP is not a feral or barn cat program. If you have feral or barn cats to be spayed or neutered, please utilize a TNR / Return to Field application.
  • ALL FEES MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE. HSSC accepts cash and credit/debit cards only – NO personal checks. If you do not show up for your appointment at the scheduled time, you will forfeit the fees you paid. In the case of a shelter emergency, severe weather, or staff illness, we reserve the right to reschedule your appointment.
  • You MUST drop off and pick up your pet at the times scheduled. Your appointment will be cancelled if you do not drop off your pet during the allotted time. Boarding fees will be charged if you do not pick up your pet on time.
  • City of Sheboygan residents: You are required, by law to have your dog or cat licensed with the city. If your pet is not currently licensed, HSSC can assist you with licensure for an additional cost.
  • Applicants must supply all vaccination records for their pet, including licensing information, if current prior to service.
  • Our on-staff veterinarian performs the SNAP surgeries. No other surgical or medical services other than what is listed will be provided under the SNAP program. For follow-up preventive care or for services other than spay/neuter, please contact your primary veterinarian.
  • Animals brought in for surgery that have fleas will be charged $12.00 for flea treatment, plus an additional $12.00 for every other SNAP animal also on the schedule that day.
  • All spays/neuters will have a small tattoo placed near their incision to mark that they have been sterilized.
  • You are welcome to call to check up on your pet, but visits are not allowed.
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