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The HSJC is a small not-for-profit shelter located in Jefferson, Wisconsin. We are not affiliated with the HSUS or ASPCA and do not receive funding from the county or any other government agency, but rely on donations to support our mission. On average, 1,000 or more dogs, cats and other small animals find sanctuary with us each year. We are committed to providing compassionate care, reuniting lost pets with their families and finding new homes for those who need a second chance. We maintain our high standards of animal care even while operating out of an increasingly inadequate and outdated facility. We invite you to learn more about our Capital Campaign to build a much needed new shelter here. On behalf of all the deserving pets who live happily ever after because of the HSJC, thank you for your support!

News & Upcoming Events

If Your Dog is Overweight YOU Are Not Getting Enough Exercise!

The HSJC is committed to providing education and support to those whom we serve. Our new "If Your Dog Is Overweight, YOU Are Not Getting Enough EXERCISE!" initiative, proudly offered in partnership with Fort HealthCare, is one example of our efforts to positively impact area residents and animals. Recent studies show that one in four dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese. Despite this and other facts, 76 percent of dog owners think their pets are "just fine" the way they are. Pets depend on us not only for love and affection, but for the proper nutrition and exercise they need to stay healthy.

Support the HSJC by shopping online at DBR Designs where you can select from an assortment of great apparel items that will not only help you display your support for the HSJC but also spread this very important message. A brochure filled with helpful information about the health benefits of walking and how this simple form of exercise can help both humans and canines stay fit will accompany each order! So, as Fort HealthCare says... "JOIN THE MOVEMENT AND LET'S DO THIS!" Start now and consider yourself in training for the HSJC's "First Annual Furry Friends 5K Run/Walk" (details below)!

Furry Friends 5k Fun Run/Walk

The HSJC invites everyone to join it for its first annual "Furry Friends 5K" on Saturday, May 31st, to be held at the Jefferson County Fair Park in Jefferson! This event will have something for everyone, and we hope that you will help us celebrate a love for animals, showcase the spirit of community support and encourage a healthy lifestyle for both humans and canines! Whether you choose to run or walk with or without your dog or simply join in all the fun as a spectator, you will be helping to support the Capital Campaign that is underway for the construction of our new shelter. Activities on that day will include family-friendly games, concessions, music, a silent auction, 50-50 raffle, and a costume contest for dogs! Click here for more information.

Water House Foods March Fundraiser

Visit Water House Foods all during the month of March to view pictures of our adoptable animals and obtain both general and event information. Water House Foods will also donate 1% of store and farmer's market sales from the entire month of March to the HSJC -- what a delicious way to help the animals!

Which Dog? When?

Are you considering adding a canine companion to your family or have you recently brought a new pooch home? The HSJC and Behavior Specialist Mittsy Voiles of the Lake Mills Veterinary Clinic will be offering a free workshop to help you decide if you are ready for a dog, where to look for a dog, how to choose the best dog for you, and what to do once you bring your new dog home. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 12th from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at the Jefferson Public Library at 321 S. Main St. in Jefferson. This workshop is for humans only, please leave your dogs at home!

Culver's Scoopie Night

Supporting the shelter has never tasted so good! Join us Monday, April 14th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Culver's at 1414 West Main Street, Whitewater and enjoy a delicious dinner and some fantastic frozen custard while helping the animals of Jefferson County. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the HSJC during the hours of 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, so bring all of your hungriest friends and indulge for a good cause!

Menards - Johnson Creek Wish List Drive

Throughout the entire month of May Menards - Johnson Creek, at 440 Wright Rd in Johnson Creek, will once again be holding a wish list drive for the shelter. A variety of needed items will be placed at the registers and a donation bin will be available near the store's exit to make it as simple as possible to donate to the HSJC!

Shop Amazon Smile to Support the Shelter

Doing some shopping at Amazon.com? Now you can shop AND help the shelter out at the same time! Just go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/39-1022638 to designate the Humane Society of Jefferson County as your charity of choice, then every time you shop at http://smile.amazon.com/ 0.5% of your total is donated to the HSJC! You get the same great deals and the animals benefit from it! So there's no need to feel guilty if you go on a little spending spree, because the more you buy the more the animals receive!


The number of participants in this easy "upcycling" program continues to grow and we want to thank everyone for "sticking to the list" and thoroughly cleaning all items. We are happy to report that after only about seven months of actively participating in this program, our shelter has earned slightly over $300! That's enough to cover the cost of three months of much-needed antibiotic eye ointment for our feline friends!

Animal Medical Fund

Animals often arrive at the HSJC in need of extra veterinary treatment due to illness or injury. Our Animal Medical Fund has been a real lifesaver for animals like Cooper, who suffered from a gunshot wound, or Chiquito, whose mouth was filled with painful, infected teeth. More recently we were able to provide extensive medical care to Abby, the loveable Saint Bernard who was surrendered to our shelter. Click here if you'd like to lend your assistance to those animals who need a little more help becoming healthy, happy and ready for adoption!

Looking for Low Cost Spay/Neuter?

Shelter From the Storm, a rescue based out of Madison, WI, is now offering high quality, high volume, and low cost spay/neuters at their Spay Me! clinic. The clinic is open to everyone, there are no income guidelines or restrictions. Spay Me! also offers transport to and from the clinic for a nominal additional fee. For more information, please visit the Spay Me! website at www.spayme.com.

Cans for Critters

Every penny counts and we are thankful to everyone who helps fill the dog kennel outside our front door with aluminum cans. It's an easy way to support the shelter and we really appreciate your help!

Join Us on Facebook!

HSJC has jumped on the bandwagon--better late than never! We're now on Facebook and would love for you to join us at http://www.facebook.com/hsjc.wis.