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Hope's Lights

Will you give hope to animals like Sadie?

When Sadie was only a year old, she found herself in a cold, overcrowded shelter, desperately trying to keep her eight newborn puppies alive. Her tiny babies were just a few weeks old and needed round-the-clock care, but the shelter didn’t have enough room for the family to stay. Thankfully, they were gifted a lifesaving trip north to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Upon their arrival, the veterinary staff noticed something wasn’t right. Sadie was underweight and coughing, and her puppies had runny noses, coughs, and upset tummies. Tests revealed the whole family had Canine Distemper Virus, a dangerous and often fatal illness that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems.

Despite being so sick, sweet Sadie was focused on her puppies. She was an amazing mama, comforting them when they needed her most. She tended to their every need, keeping them plump and strong. Sadie and her pups received weeks of medication and constant care from their doting foster family and the Wisconsin Humane Society vet staff. Sadie made a full recovery and helped all eight of her babies pull through, too! The puppies found safe, loving homes. And so did Sadie! She’s living a happy, healthy life with a caring family.

Giving hope is an essential part of what our community does - together. Hope propels us forward, in an effort to create a safer, more humane future for all of us, animals and people alike. We couldn’t do it without you.

Please help us kick off the season of giving with a gift to Hope's Lights. You can purchase a light in honor or memory of a beloved companion animal, person, or even a wild animal. If you'd like to donate in honor of a loved one and let them know, click here

  • $25 makes a light shine
  • $100 sets a strand of lights aglow
  • $200 illuminates a wreath
  • $500 lights an entire tree

Even a single light will make a real difference in the life of an animal. Together, we can shine hope in dark places and make life better for all of us.               


Thank you for bringing hope to animals in need!

More ways to support WHS: Attend one of our holiday events!

  • Saturday, December 7: Photos with Santa 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Petco East - Green Bay (2390 E Mason St, Green Bay)
    Get your pet’s photo taken with Santa as part of Petco's annual event! A $9.95 donation per photo will directly benefit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society Green Bay Campus.
  • Saturday, December 7: Holiday Open House & Photos with Santa 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Door County Campus (3475 Park Drive, Sturgeon Bay)
    Attend our Holiday Open House and enjoy a festive atmosphere, light refreshments, a tour of the shelter, and get your family's photo taken with Santa (pets are welcome)! A $5 donation per photo will directly benefit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. Plus you'll have the chance to win amazing raffle baskets and purchase tasty treats from the bake sale!
  • Sunday, December 8: Photos with Santa 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Ozaukee Campus (630 W Dekora St, Saukville)
    Bring your kids and social pets for photos with Santa! A $10 donation per photo will directly benefit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus.
  • Sunday, December 8: Hope's Lights Celebration 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
    Milwaukee Campus (4500 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee)
    Join our Hope's Lights celebration and enjoy refreshments, snacks, animal greeters, a brief presentation, then help us countdown to illuminate our shelter grounds in lights donated during this year's Hope's Lights campaign!

Volunteers Needed

We are currently in high need of foster parents to care for either dogs or cats ranging in age and condition.  All you need is a little extra room in your home and heart!