South Wood County Humane Society’s caring and dedicated staff are here to serve our communities stray and unwanted animals.


Executive Director – Beth Peabody

I started at the Humane Society in 2006! I have seen everything from 98 surrendered puppy mill dogs to a stray, standoffish German Shepherd, who now lives on a 200+ acre ranch spoiled by horses and children. I have chased down dogs in the freezing cold and tried to capture a crane with an arrow through its belly on the hottest day. I wouldn’t change a thing! I live with my husband , son and 5 dogs (Great Dane, German Shepherd, Australian Shepherd, German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd mix and West Highland Terrier) and 6 cats of all different ages.  I am forever grateful and honored to be part of this amazing place and I hope you will stop by the shelter and witness the magic that is South Wood County Humane Society.



Front Office Coordinator – Nicole Pfahning

I am a lifelong Wisconsin Rapids native. I have always had a very strong passion for animals. Throughout the years, my family has adopted three dogs and one cat from the South Wood County Humane Society. Between my family and myself, we have four dogs (a dachshund/terrier, two golden doodles, and a golden retriever) and four cats (domestic short hairs). I hope that in my role at the Humane Society, I can help these loving animals find their forever homes and bring happiness to the families that take them home.




Kennel Manager – Jessie Shearier

I have always loved animals! When I was 13 I began volunteering at the South Wood County Humane Society. After life took me down another path, I found myself back at SWCHS. Animals have always been my passion and I couldn’t be happier to be back. After 1 year of working in dog room, I accepted the position of Kennel Manager and have also begun classes to become a certified dog trainer. At home I live with my daughter, 2 German Shepherds (Elsa & Eve), 1 Collie/Staffordshire Terrier mix (Patch-Rick) and 3 cats (Squirtle, Sprout & Umbreon). If you are looking for something to do on a nice day or looking to adopt a dog, stop in and see me!



Animal Care Manager – Christina Casas

My name is Christina Casas, I’ve been with the South Wood County Humane Society since January 2015. I started working in our cat room and quickly fell in love with the care of animals. I worked under some amazing staff who taught me everything I know now about the important care and well-being of animals. I’m originally from California, Which is where I fell in love with caring for animals as I volunteered at shelters in my area. I have seven fur babies of my own three dogs and four cats along with 3 human children and a wonderful husband that supports my crazy passionate love for animals. I’m forever grateful for the new position I will be taking on and look forward to proving outstanding care of the animals.




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