Saving deer and turtles and owls...oh my!


The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin. It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Counties, as well as a spay/neuter clinic in West Allis. This organization offers adoption services, educational programming, veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the state’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.   WHS is an independent nonprofit and receives no general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group.

Every animal comes to WHS with a story. But the ones who especially touch their hearts and make the work so rewarding are the animals who have extra special needs. They’ve been struck by cars, born with a disability, or simply have fears or anxieties to make life more challenging for them. These animals are some of the biggest sweethearts who have not had the proper training or medical attention needed to show their true charming characters or personalities.

In recent years, WHS has been treating more and more animals with special needs, both medical and behavioral. These include domestic animals like cats and dogs, and wild animals like turtles and peregrine falcons.

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The WHS veterinary and behavior staff members treat conditions ranging from parvovirus and heart murmurs to separation anxiety and food guarding. Many of these conditions are not treated in other shelters at all. What makes this important is that many of these psychological behaviors, once addressed, can greatly improve an animal's physical healing process and relationship with their potentially new owners.

Today we can now support these animals while they are with us, and find loving homes for them where their unique needs can be met.

The Wisconsin Humane Society spends more than $75,000 every single month to treat the special needs of animals in their adoption program, and that need is growing along with the cost of animal care. They rely on the support of the community to annually care for 25,000 animals.


To give you the breadth of what WHS provides financially:

$500 Provides comprehensive behavior support for a dog with separation anxiety

$1,000 Provides dental surgery for one animal

$2,500 Provides comprehensive behavior support for an animal with multiple behavioral challenges including fearfulness, touch sensitivity, leash reactivity, and food aggression

$5,000 Provides two animals with orthopedic Surgery

By participating and playing ZomBees, your contribution will go to helping fund a multitude of services specifically for the extra needs animals. Together you and Bee the Swarm will be able to help save these animals and provide them with the medical attention, emotional attention, and training required to get them ready to move into their new home. By simply playing a fun and interactive game, you will be given animals, who 20 years ago didn’t have the same opportunity, a fighting chance.