These have been difficult times for everyone and we know the hardship that our nation is facing. We can stand together and get through this. With the new order by Governor Evers, our shelter is closed to visitors. Adoptions, fosters, strays and donation drop offs are by scheduled appointments only. With the limitations on social distancing, we are asking our community to be patient. Our main priority is the staff, volunteers, and animals to stay healthy.
We know activities are limited due to the unfortunate pandemic. Our animals obviously don’t know there’s a pandemic going on, nor do they understand what social distancing is or why humans are not stopping in to see them. SWCHS is here to remind you that there are still 55 animals at the shelter that still need your help.
The expense of caring for these animals continues even though our doors are closed. As adoptions and donations decrease from the COVID-19 our concern is for the well being of the animals in the near future. Community support is the only way we can continue to provide a healthy, happy environment for our animals. If you would like to donate during this time, please see the donate tab on our website or check out our Amazon Wishlist.

New Hours Until Further Notice

We will be answering phones from 9 am – 3 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

South Wood County Humane Society Welcomes You!!

We are a private non-profit animal welfare organization located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. South Wood County Humane Society provided warm and safe shelter to over 1,000 stray and unwanted dogs, cats and small animals. Most required vaccinations, many needed behavioral rehabilitation and some, lifesaving medical treatment. Every day our shelter provides care to 200 dogs, cats and small animals. Your continued support is needed and appreciated as we strive to continue to improve the welfare of our community’s pets.


Check out the Winter 2020 Pawsitive Thoughts Newsletter . Go to Stories & Updates, click on Pawsitive Thoughts Newsletter and open Winter 2020 for articles, upcoming events, photos and much much more.



Recent News


We would like everyone to meet Minerva. Minerva came to us as a surrender with some health issues. She had some pretty nasty bladder stones forming within her and was in a lot of pain which needed to be solved


2019 5K9 Walk Run Plant Sale & Vendor Fair



May 9, 2019 Melanie Update

  Hi it’s Melanie with my weekly update. Since my eye surgery my Entire LIFE has Changed!  I can now enjoy playing with my Squeaky White ball for the first time, watching that vacuum thingy clean the floors every morning


April 26, 2019 Melanie Update

April 26th, Melanie FB page update Hi it’s Melanie again from the South Wood County Humane Society Foster Program and I wanted to share with you my update. I had my corrective eye surgery and I wanted to personally give


Upcoming Events in 2019!

Walk, Run, 5K9- May 11, 2019 @ Grand Rapids Lion’s Club 5K9 Facebook Event   2019 Christmas Bazaar November 16 & November 17 @ Nekoosa Community Center 2019 Christmas Bazaar Facebook Event  


Edgar’s Story

This is Edgar, a Brittney Spaniel we recently adopted from the South Wood County Humane Society. When you adopt an animal from the SWCHS they give you a lot of information on your new friend. And I mean A LOT!


Shop for SWCHS

      Our Wishlist includes current and specific needs for the Humane Society! Many purchases qualify for free shipping. Purchases can be sent directly to the Humane Society. Visit our list often to view newly added items. Donations are



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