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Humane Society of Barron County
1571 GUY AVENUEBARRON, WI 54812
Hours: Monday - Friday 11-5 / Saturday 11-4 / Closed Sunday
855 miles away
The Humane Society of Barron County is an open door shelter in rural northern Wisconsin. We accept strays and surrenders at any time from anywhere in the county. We also often take animals from outside of the county due to surrounding shelters being out of space. As of January, we finally have a contract with the county for the "pound" services we provide. We are very happy and thankful that after several years, this relationship has finally been formed. While this money is very necessary to help cover the costs of all the stray animals that come through our doors, it still represents just 20% of our yearly income. We are funded largely by donations, adoptions, memberships, and fundraisers.
HSBC was formed by a dedicated group of supporters in 1978. In the early 80s, we moved into a small building next to the sewage plant in Rice Lake. We quickly outgrew that building and after many years of fundraising, we moved into our current location on Guy Avenue in Barron on land that was donated by the city. In 2003, the shelter became a closed-door no kill shelter. In June 2008, the shelter went through a huge number of changes. We've changed our board of directors, most of our staff, management, and went from a limited acceptance no-kill shelter to an open door low-kill shelter. Being in a rural farming community, turning away animals by the dozens on a weekly basis because of the lack of space and having animals in cages in every room of the building was just not being the "humane" society we wanted to be. Because of the past strain these policies caused, we are working hard to restore the shelter's relationship with the community and our financial situation. In August 2008, we added an executive director, Dorothy Quinn, to help handle the administrative end of things, including writing new policies and procedures and working on forming new programs and initiatives, while our three animal caregivers do a wonderful job caring for our animals 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our manager, Lee Lewis, does a wonderful job working with adopters to make perfect matches and helps make the shelter a very inviting place to come.
In 2007, as a closed-door facility, we took in around 620 cats and dogs. We became an "open door" facility in June 2008 and took in nearly 1250 animals in 2008. Right now, we're averging taking in around 175 animals a month. Our adoption rates are up, we have more regular volunteers than we've ever had, and we're striving to become the shelter that this community needs.
Currently, we can house 12 large dogs and approximately 40 adult cats in the building and another 4 dogs in outside kennels (during the summer - winter time is much too cold to do this) if the need arises. We have MANY more animals available for adoption than we have listed on zootoo and you view them on our website www.hsbcshelter.com
Our volunteers and staff are the heart of our organization. They continue to root for us, the underdog, the little shelter in the middle of nowhere that's trying so hard to make a big difference. We believe in HSBC and spend every day working as hard as we can to make this world a better place for the animals and the people who love them.
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Reader's Reviews (134)
posted 5 years ago
Back in 2001, we moved to Prairie Farm and seeing as this old farm house came with many, many un-invited guest---mice---we needed a cat and bad. So off to our nearest Humane Society we headed and it was there that we met Kitty.
Or, she met us. The cool thing is that we got there late, and the staff not only was just amazing, but they insisted we take our time and make sure that that was indeed the cat for us.
She was and is and it was just the best experience ever!
So---give them the money!!!
Pros: The staff there is simply, the best.
Cons: See above
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posted 5 years ago
My husband and I adopted Butch ( a dobermann and lab mix) from the shelter 4 years ago . He was the only one that wasn't barking or jumping up on his kennel door ..he just sat there being very quiet and the sad puppy face look on him is what really made us fall in love with him. To this day he now has a buddy to play with that my husband and I took in after my mom's house burnt down. It was only suppose to be a temporary thing at first but we just fell in love with Moose ( a golden retriever and golden lab mix) and so did Butch. To this day these two are completely inseperateable ( i can't spell if i tried! ) lol! Moose just loves playing with butch and trying to get butch to play with him he playfully bites butch's ankles which is sooo funny. If I could've taken home all the dogs that needed a place I absolutely would've in a heart beat !! No second thoughts about it. I recently visited the HSBC and just adored the animals they have there and the sad little faces on some of the cats and dogs just broke my heart . And then there was the dogs just barking with excitement soo wanting to get out and run and play. Just wanted to let HSBC know that I voted for you guys as much as I possibly could and am keeping my arms, legs, fingers and toes crossed in hopes that you'll win the million dollar makeover because you sooo deserve it and absolutely need it to house and take care of these innocent animals and to make it alittle easier to give them what they need. Also making it more convient to spay and neuture them with out having to take them to other places to have this done along with the shots that these little guys need.
Pros: Very friendly and knowledgeable staff and helpful
Cons: Not enough room for more animals that need a home and play area not big enough for dogs to run and play and wayyyy too many dangerous holes
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