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

Executive Director – Bridget Chariton


I joined the Humane Society in 2012 and truly enjoy watching all the happy tails leave our shelter for new forever homes. Roscoe, my 7 year old Beagle came from the Humane Society’s Pepper location and I also have four cats, Mason, Josie, Penny and Gus. Two human girls and a loving husband complete my family. If you haven’t visited the Humane Society in a while I welcome you to stop by. There are so many exciting things happening around our Shelter and we would love to show you around!



Pet Care Coordinator – Beth Peabody

beth-fannyI 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 5 dogs, Tank our 9 year old Great Dane, Dakota our 11 year old Newfoundland mix, Trixie our 3 legged 9 year old Shiba Inu, Laddie our 4 year old Scottish Terrier mix and of course, Maggie our 6 year old West Highland Terrier. We also have 6 cats that range from our oldest at 13 years to the youngest of 3 years. 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 Manager – Joelle Beder

joellepictureSince I was little, I have always wanted to work in a humane society. In 2013 I began working at a shelter as an animal caregiver and have stayed in this industry ever since. I absolutely love coming to work every day and watching my favorite animals find their forever loving homes. At home, I have a 2-year-old Bulldog mix named Popeye and a 3-year-old Siamese named Kira, both adopted from a humane society. I could not imagine my life without my pets, and if you feel the same I encourage you to stop by and see who we have for adoptable pets. If you are unable to adopt please consider fostering, volunteering or donating. Every little bit helps!


Brittany Shomberg
Brynn Podawiltz
Casey Middleton
Chris Smith
Christina Casas
Jessie Shearier
Kelly Anhalt
Mike Peabody
Olivia Voie
Paula Skiba
Tina Gerrettie
Tim Williams