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

 *NEW* Executive Director- Brett Thompson

 I’m a Stevens Point native but now call Wisconsin Rapids my home. I obtained a Bachelor degree in Health Science from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and most recently was a Route Sales Representative for Aramark. I am a long time dog behaviorist and former volunteer at the shelter. In my free time, I enjoyed helping with the training of the dogs that came into our shelter. When the Executive Director position became available, I saw it as the perfect opportunity to follow my passion of helping animals and also a chance to promote all of the amazing things that our Humane Society does for those animals. I’m most excited about the shelter’s involvement with the community! It means so much that we receive a great deal of support from our local community. If the community didn’t show their love and support, we wouldn’t be able to continue to do what we do. We can’t thank the community and the volunteers enough! I am thrilled that I have the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful staff!


Director of Animal Care – 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 7 dogs (2 senior Great Danes, 2 middle aged Shepherds, 1 Australian Shepherd, 1 Shiba Inu and 1 West Highland Terrier) and 8 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.


*NEW* 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!



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