Frequently Asked Questions

If you have an animal emergency, please call your nearest emergency veterinarian.

If your lost pet is here they can be reclaimed through our Admissions Office any day of the week between 10 am and 4 pm. Proof of ownership and current rabies vaccination (certificate only) will be required.

If you have found a stray animal that needs to be dropped off at HSSC after hours, please contact the Sheboygan Police Department, (920) 459-3333.

For all your other needs, call us and leave a message, (920) 458-2012. We will return your call within 3 business days.

The Humane Society of Sheboygan County aims to help as many animals as possible. We can help dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, ferrets, rats, birds, and reptiles.

To surrender an animal, please make an appointment with our Admissions Office, (920) 458-2012 x104.

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Pets surrendered by their owners and brought in as strays* make up the majority of the animals available for adoption at the Humane Society of Sheboygan County.

*All strays are held for five days with hope that an owner will come to reclaim them. After five days they are put on the adoption floor.

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Adoption fees vary between species and the age of the pet. In determining our pricing, we take into consideration the many services we provide to the pets while they are in our care such as spaying and neutering, microchipping, vaccinating, and any other necessary testing and assessing.

Adoption fees do not cover our animal care costs, nor our other programming. Donations from generous individuals and organizations support the majority of our work at HSSC.

Adoption Fees

We recommend that you fill out our Lost Pet Form, click the button below. Any information that is submitted will be posted on our Facebook page.

You can look at our Stray Dogs & Cats album here.

For dogs, we also recommend that you submit a report with Lost Dogs of Wisconsin here.

RECLAIM: If your lost pet is here they can be reclaimed through our Admissions Office any day of the week between 10 am and 4 pm. Proof of ownership and current rabies vaccination (certificate only) will be required.

Lost Pet Form
Lost Pet/Reclaim Info

Yes, we have a Barn Cat Placement program for cats deemed feral. These cats are generally not very friendly, but can make great mousers for your property! This program is completely FREE.

Barn Cat Placement Program
The Muth Family Dog Park is open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day except Tuesdays from May 1 through October 31.At this time there is no registration necessary, the park is open to the public.Dogs are allowed off leash at the owners risk.There is drinking water available for the dogs and for their humans at the park.

Muth Family Dog Park

The Humane Society of Sheboygan County has a 98% save rate. We do not euthanize animals for reasons of space or time.  There are no time limits to our adoption program; all animals in our care have as long as it takes to find a new home.

We wish we could provide assistance to people whose pets need veterinary care they can’t afford, but we unfortunately we are limited to treating shelter pets only. We do have low cost public programs for spaying/neutering,  vaccines, euthanasia and cremation.

Programs & Services
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Adoptions are first come, first served (as long as the match is a good fit for everyone), and we do not keep waiting lists. We recommend bookmarking our “Available Pets” page and checking it daily to see who is available for adoption.

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Contact your local police department and provide them with as detailed information as possible. If you witness an animal in a life-threatening situation, call 911.

We are always grateful for donations. There is a bin outside of our main entrance at 3209 N 21st Street in Sheboygan. Follow us on Facebook to receive updates of specific items we need at certain times.

We also accept aluminum cans! Pull into our southern-most driveway and you’ll see the place to throw your bag of cans across the parking lot from the main entrance.

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Some animals can find a shelter environment stressful, so we always recommend carefully considering all options before surrendering your pet. Be sure to tell your friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers that you need to find a new home for your pet.

If you do choose to surrender, an appointment is required so that we’re able to be prepared for your animal’s arrival. To schedule a surrender appointment please fill out a surrender profile on our website and call 920-458-2012 x104.

Pet Surrender

Yes, we offer comprehensive end-of-life services. At an owner’s request, we offer euthanasia for pets who have become seriously ill or injured. Appointments are required. Cremation services are also available; no appointment necessary for cremation only. 

Euthanasia & Cremation Services

We do not accept wildlife here at Humane Society of Sheboygan County. If you have a concern involving a wild animal, please contact Wildlife of Wisconsin.

Phone: (920) 323-5609


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Yes, before any pet is made available for adoption it is spayed or neutered. In some cases we allow an animal to be fostered while awaiting surgery.

Yes! Volunteers are integral to our shelter functioning properly. 

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Yes, we have two programs: SNAP and TNR.SNAP or Spay Neuter Assistance Program is for house pets. We take dogs, cats, and rabbits. Appointments are required and appointment dates must be held with a deposit.TNR or Trap Neuter Return is for feral cats. The cost is $30/cat and the expectation is that you’ll return them to their land, or where they were found, post-surgery. Appointments are required.Both of these programs are in high demand, please expect a waiting time of several months.

Spay Neuter Assistance Program Trap Neuter Return

Yes, as long as we are able to verify all of the necessary information from your application, we will adopt animals to individuals who live in other counties or states.

Yes. Feral cats should arrive in a live trap big enough to hold a large raccoon. If you need a trap we have them available for rent through our Admissions Office. Feral cats will be adopted out as part of our Barn Cat Placement program and will go to a home looking for barn cats and mousers.

If a feral cat is found to be handle-able and friendly, their behavior will be assessed and they may be adopted out to a family through our house pet adoption process.

We also have a feral cat spay/neuter program called TNR. The cost is $30/cat and the expectation is that you’ll return them to their land, or where they were found, post-surgery. Appointments are required, find out more on our website here.

We are so appreciative of all donations!  Please understand due to space constraints and sanitation protocols, we are unable to accept certain items as they simply cannot safely be used for the animals.  Area charities such as St. Vincent DePaul’s, Pay It Forward, and Goodwill may be able to accept them.  We suggest always asking a charity if they can accept what you have to donate before dropping it off.

Not Accepted Items

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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