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End of Life Services

We're here to help you with all the stages of your pet's life.

Grief Counseling (Pet Loss Seminar) 

The Wisconsin Humane Society regularly hosts a Pet Loss Seminar once a month at the Milwaukee Campus. The seminar includes a discussion of the grieving process for all age groups, suggestions for coping with loss and attention to special situations such as euthanasia decisions.  View our calendar for upcoming dates. 

Lorraine’s Garden Pet Cemetery

Lorraine’s Garden, located at the WHS Milwaukee Campus, is a final resting place that honors the affection and joy that pets play in our lives. This lovely setting includes a meditation garden, a memory walk and a columbarium to inter your companion’s remains. Even if you aren’t ready now, you can plan for your pets’ remains to be interred on the grounds of WHS in your own estate plans.

Guardians for Life

Guardians for Life helps people whose family or friends may not be available to care for their pets after their death.  It provides the peace of mind that caring people will manage their pet’s transition in their absence. Learn more about having WHS care for your pets in your absence. 

Memorial Web Pages

Online memorial pages celebrate the joy, love and meaning that companion animals bring to our lives. WHS offers these custom-created webpages to serve as memorials for our companions. For each $50 donation, we showcase honorees on a web page with your text and photos. Learn more.


Euthanasia Services

The Wisconsin Humane Society provides a compassionate, low-cost euthanasia service. When the time is right, please contact the campus closest to you to discuss your individual needs and make an appointment.  Please note that we can also accomodate emergency walk-ins, but if you call ahead of time we can better prepare for your pet's arrival. For the Milwaukee Campus, call 414-264-6257; Racine Campus 262-554-6699; or Ozaukee Campus 262-377-7580. 

Please note that this service does not include veterinary consultation and we are also unable to accommodate requests for visitation during the procedure. We cannot return your animal's body to you after euthanasia, as home burial is not legal in many municipalities and can pose a safety risk to other animals and the environment. If you are interested in private creamation and a return of your animal's ashes, please note that we offer that service at the Milwaukee Campus only. 

Animal Euthanasia Fee

Dog-$70
Cat-$50
Small animal-$20

If you are looking for in-home euthanasia services, please contact your veterinarian for references. This link may also be helpful; these resources are not affiliated with the Wisconsin Humane Society in any way.   


Cremation Services

The Wisconsin Humane Society offers communal cremation services at all three of our locations. Private cremation is available at our Milwaukee Campus only.

Communal Cremation Fee

This service is available at all three campuses; no ashes can be returned to the client.
Dog-$25
Cat-$25
Small animal-$10

Private cremation

We provide this service at the Milwaukee Campus for families who wish to keep the remains of their pet. Ashes are returned to you in a matter of days.
$125 if animal is less than 50lbs
$150 if animal is more than 50lbs