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 2,500+ 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.
“This is your shelter, built by this community – a place to find happiness for animals and families alike.”
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, 16,000 square-foot facility next to the current shelter.
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.
Andrew Viglietti, Executive Director
Lisa Marek, Operations Manager
Lauren Dewey, Marketing & Outreach Manager
Kim Diedrich – Volunteer Coordinator
Susan Throndsen, Bookkeeper
Dr. Sue DeFilippi, Veterinary DirectorJill Foshee – Veterinary Tech.
Brian Hameister – Veterinary Assistant / Admissions
Amber Cody – Animal Caregiver / Office Assistant
Gabby Sabish – Office Assistant
Devin Sikora – Animal Caregiver / Office Assistant / Admissions
Allison Kraus – Animal Caregiver / Office Assistant
Kathryn Samuels – Animal Caregiver / Office Assistant / Admissions
Jesy Olson, Shelter Supervisor
Jose (Pepe) Araujo – Maintenance Supervisor
Brian Hameister, Animal Caregiver
Crystal Jones, Animal Caregiver
Storm Lee, Animal Caregiver
Marci Blanco – Animal Caregiver
Rachel Lietz – Animal Caregiver
Hayley Payne – Animal Caregiver
Kaitlyn Hoffmann – Animal Caregiver
Steven Schmitt, President
Tricia Reiss, Vice President
Ann Marie Jacobson
Kathy Anderson, Emeritus Position
Pam Markelz, Emeritus Position
Sarah Deering, Advisor
Dr. Stephanie Greetan, Advisor
Adoptions in 2018: Adopted 1,411 animals with a 93% Save Rate.
HSSC tracks the status of every pet using a nationally recognized standard. The data provides a detailed breakdown of the health and adoption status of every animal in our care.
Pets at HSSC remain available for adoption as long as necessary, and are never euthanized for space reasons. The save rate, calculated according to the nationally recognized Asilomar Standard, reflects the many options for pets that come to the shelter besides adoption, such as animal transfers and animals who are returned to their owner.
Asilomar Statistics 2018
* The Annual Live Release Rate does not include 0 owner/guardian requested euthanasia which were unhealthy and untreatable and 44 animals that died or were lost in the shelter/care.
|BEGINNING SHELTER COUNT (1-Jan-2018)||1||125||0||63||0||0||4||95||5||2||0||1||296|
|INTAKE (Live Animals Only)|
|From the Public||39||882||2||408||4||3||68||434||58||21||2||42||1963|
|Incoming Transfers from Organizations within
|Incoming Transfers from Organizations outside
|From Owners/Guardians Requesting Euthanasia||0||33||0||34||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||71|
|Owner/Guardian Requested Euthanasia (Unhealthy &
|ADJUSTED TOTAL INTAKE||39||925||2||461||5||3||68||538||60||23||2||44||2170|
|OUTGOING TRANSFERS to Organizations within
|OUTGOING TRANSFERS to Organizations outside
|From Owners/Guardians Requesting Euthanasia||1||347||2||228||1||1||0||21||20||0||0||0||621|
|Healthy (Includes Owner/Guardian Requested Euthanasia)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Treatable – Rehabilitatable (Includes Owner/Guardian
|Treatable – Manageable (Includes Owner/Guardian Requested
|Unhealthy & Untreatable (Includes Owner/Guardian Requested
|Euthanized animals without category assigned||13||70||0||46||1||0||3||19||1||1||0||4||158|
|Owner/Guardian Requested Euthanasia (Unhealthy &
|ADJUSTED TOTAL EUTHANASIA||13||70||0||46||1||0||3||19||1||1||0||4||158|
|SUBTOTAL OUTCOMES (Excludes
Owner/Guardian Requested Euthanasia (Unhealthy and
|DIED OR LOST INSHELTER/CARE||1||7||0||1||0||0||0||33||0||2||0||0||44|
|TOTAL OUTCOMES (Excludes Owner/Guardian
Requested Euthanasia) (Unhealthy and Untreatable Only)
|ENDING SHELTER COUNT (31-Dec-2018)||0||50||0||54||0||0||2||37||1||3||0||1||148|
|Annual Live Release Rate (calculation in percentage)||67||93||100||90||80||100||96||96||98||95||100||91||93|