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ABOUT US

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.”

History

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 TEAM

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 VigliettiExecutive Director
Lisa MarekOperations Manager
Lauren Dewey, Marketing & Outreach Manager
Kim DiedrichVolunteer Coordinator
Susan Throndsen, Bookkeeper
Dr. Sue DeFilippiVeterinary 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
Michael Beeck
Lisa Dross
Michelle Gentine
Oliver Bauer
Sara Brotz
Diane Ebenreiter
Lindsay Harrison-Eirich
Ann Marie Jacobson
Charles Mais
Jacqueline McKelvey
Pam Langan
Kathy Anderson, Emeritus Position
Pam Markelz, Emeritus Position
Sarah Deering, Advisor
Dr. Stephanie Greetan, Advisor

FEATURED PETS

Life-Saving Statistics

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.

Summary Bird Cat Crab/Fish Dog Ferret Fowl Guinea Pig Kitten Puppy Rabbit Reptile Rodent Total
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
Community/Coalition
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Incoming Transfers from Organizations outside
Community/Coalition
0 10 0 19 0 0 136
From Owners/Guardians Requesting Euthanasia 0 33 0 34 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 71
Total Intake 39 925 2 461 5 3 68 538 60 23 2 44 2170
Owner/Guardian Requested Euthanasia (Unhealthy &
Untreatable Only)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
ADJUSTED TOTAL INTAKE 39 925 2 461 5 3 68 538 60 23 2 44 2170
ADOPTIONS 12 564 0 194 3 0 67 474 38 19 0 40 1411
OUTGOING TRANSFERS to Organizations within
Community/Coalition
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
OUTGOING TRANSFERS to Organizations outside
Community/Coalition
13 51 0 4 0 2 0 9 0 0 2 0 81
From Owners/Guardians Requesting Euthanasia 1 347 2 228 1 1 0 21 20 0 0 0 621
ANIMALS EUTHANIZED
Healthy (Includes Owner/Guardian Requested Euthanasia) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Treatable – Rehabilitatable (Includes Owner/Guardian
Requested Euthanasia)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Treatable – Manageable (Includes Owner/Guardian Requested
Euthanasia)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unhealthy & Untreatable (Includes Owner/Guardian Requested
Euthanasia)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Euthanized animals without category assigned 13 70 0 46 1 0 3 19 1 1 0 4 158
Total Euthanasia 13 70 0 46 1 0 3 19 1 1 0 4 158
Owner/Guardian Requested Euthanasia (Unhealthy &
Untreatable Only)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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
Untreatable Only)
39 1032 2 472 5 3 70 523 59 20 2 44 2271
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)
40 1039 2 473 5 3 70 556 59 22 2 44 2315
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