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It is important you understand your pets. In our pet education section we hope provide you with resources and articles to help you get to know your pets.
Local Animal Ordinances

Ordinances regarding animals can vary from area to area. Please refer to the list below or contact your town/city directly.

Wisconsin Rapids

Why Spay/Neuter Your Pet?

Every year millions of puppies and kittens are born; a number far greater than the number of people willing to adopt them. Spaying and neutering your pet is a step towards helping to control pet overpopulation in our area. In both cats and dogs spaying/neutering can reduce the risks of certain disorders and cancer. Neutering often resolves undesirable behaviors such as aggression, spraying and roaming. Animal experience minimal discomfort and heal very quickly and easily from the procedure.

What to Feed My Pet?

When it comes to choosing food for your pet, there are countless choices. You want to avoid foods that are contain mostly fillers and buy those that are nutritious for your pet. The VeterinaryPartner website has a nice nutritional corner to provide you with information about pet food. It has everything from how it is made to what the various ingredient listings on the bag mean.

Report Animal Cruelty

Issues regarding animal cruelty in Wood County are invesitigated by a Wood County Humane Officer, not the SWCHS. Reports of animal neglect/cruelty can be filed with the humane officer by contacting the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department (Wisconsin Rapids residents only) or by contact the Wood County Sheriff's Department (non-Wisconsin Rapids residents).

The police contact the humane officer who investigates the situation. If needed, the humane officer contacts SWCHS to remove and/or provide temporary housing for the animal. The SWCHS is not allowed to investigate or remove an animal without the Humane Officer's permission.


The Humane Society provides pet microchipping and registration for just $25 every day of the week except for Sundays and Wednesdays. Make an appointment today to increase your pets chances of returning home if lost.

How long will my pet be at the shelter?

While the SWCHS cannot guarantee that all pets will receive a home, we do our best to find them one. We fill our cages the best we can, we utilize foster care homes and try to get adoptable animals out in the public as much as possible. However, there are times when we just do not have enough cage space. Animals that are aggressive, sick and not recovering and in general are not adoptable are the ones that are considered for being humanely euthanized. We do this as a last resort.

Missing or Found Dog?

Lost Dogs of Wisconsin is a group of volunteers that provide free resources to the owners of lost dogs to increase their chances of locating their dog. The program also benefits local animal control and shelters by decreasing the number of “owned strays” entering the animal control/shelter system and increasing the chances of finding an owner once the dog is in their care. To report a missing dog or found dog please click the link (http://lostdogsofwisconsin.org). Follow Lost Dog of Wisconsin on Facebook


Heartworms are parasites that are transmitted to cats and dogs by mosquitoes. Once in the bloodstream, the parasites migrate to the heart and mature into worms. Adult worms live in the animal's heart and the infection eventually threatens your pet's life as they can cause heart failure. Treatment of heartworm is expensive and somewhat risky. It is best that you take steps to prevent heartworm. Prevention is as simple as a montly pill for your dog during mosquito season. It is also a good idea to have your pet checked to make sure heartworms are not already in place.

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Related Links

ASPCA (cruelty to animals)
Wisconsin Rapids Kennel Club

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