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 and 5 dogs. A German Shepherd (Max), Swiss Shepherd (Liza), Australian Shepherd (Kiwi), German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd mix (Loki) and West Highland Terrier (Miss Maggie Mae) and 7 cats of all different ages. (Popeye, Elliot, Sloth, Philleepe, Rosie, Squirt and Red Bull.  All of mu animals are rescues and I am humble my each of there stories and achievements they have overcome.  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-Rebecca Wachowiak

I have lived in central Wisconsin my entire life, and have always been a huge animal enthusiast. I grew up with many different animals, and have owned everything from a scorpion, lizards, mice, birds, cats and dogs. Currently I have my dog (Australian Shepard mix), 2 cats, bearded dragon, leopard gecko and 2 fish tanks. After pursuing a degree in zoology, it became apparent to me that my passion has always been dogs. I became a certified dog trainer (which I still am) and was dog training for 3 years. I am now the Kennel Manager here at SWCHS, and am over joyed at the opportunity to be able to help dogs find their forever homes!








Andrea Jinsky

Brady Sjomeling

Faith Keppert

Meghann Ingalls

Rachael Zemke

Tina Gerrettie

Elise Blum

Kelli Wonsmos

Alexa Armagost

IT Staff –

Brian Rottler
Kelly Rottler


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