Have a Photogenic Pet?

We are currently taking entries for our 2015 Calendar Photo Contest!

Does your dog strike a pose when you bring out the camera? Does your cat smile when you say "cheese"?

The Sauk County Humane Society is currently accepting photo entries for our 2015 calendar. One lucky winner will be chosen for the highly coveted cover photo and twelve others will be selected as a "Pet of the Month." Entry fees and calendar sales all benefit the homeless, abandoned, and mistreated animals served by the SCHS every year.

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Email completed entry form and photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE FINE PRINT: Only photographs of companion animals will be selected. Pictures submitted must be landscape layout. All animals must be depicted in a humane and dignified manner. No prong or choke collars. SCHS promotes indoor only cat ownership. No photos of cats outdoors, please. We will accept 4X6 inch prints or larger but prefer high resolution photos by email or on CD. Digital entries must be at least 300 dpi and 2550 x 2550 pixels to be considered. We cannot accept black and white or Polaroid images. If your entry was taken by a professional photographer or commercial studio, you must mail a signed copyright release to the SCHS. All entries must be received no later than June 13, 2014 to be considered. Photos become the property of SCHS and may be used and/or altered for the 2015 calendar and for other fundraising efforts. You will be notified ONLY if your photo is chosen for the cover or a Photo of the Month.


 Pet of the Week



 Ginger is a beautiful six-year-old Rottweiler mix who was surrendered to the SCHS for health reasons.  Unfortunately, Ginger tested positive for heartworm but with excellent veterinary care and an amazing foster home, Ginger is now heartworm free.  She is a playful girl with lots of love to give.  She has lived with cats and is friendly toward other dogs but would do best in a home with children age 17 or older.  Ginger knows basic commands and is eager to learn more.  She is spayed and up to date on all initial vaccinations.

Pet of the Week



Kiowa is an active six-month-old black and white domestic short hair kitty.  He was brought to the shelter as a stray with his siblings.  Kiowa is an outgoing feline who gets along well with other cats.  He enjoys all forms of play from laser pointers to catnip and wand toys.  Loving human affection, he is easy to pick up and is comfortable being carried and will sometimes lick your face when you least expect it!  While Kiowa has been a treat to have at the shelter, he deserves a forever home.  He is neutered and up to date on all initial vaccinations.

The Sauk County Humane Society (SCHS) is an open admission shelter; no animal is ever turned away.

 We provide comfort and care to more than 2300 animals each year and turn no animal away. We provide rescue, adoptions, pet lost & found, emergency assistance to low-income pet owners, community programs, and humane education.

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Have You Ever Thought About Fostering?

Everyone enjoys hearing the updates, and seeing the wonderful pictures we receive from our volunteers while they have foster animals in their homes, then witnessing the wonderful adoptions at the shelter, right? Now it could be your turn to be a part of this process! Are you interested in helping us save and care for more cats, kittens, puppies and/or dogs simply by opening up your home? Have you thought about it, but weren't sure exactly what fostering entails? Now is the PEFECT time to ask! As a volunteer at the Sauk County Humane Society, you have a wonderful and rewarding opportunity to directly help the lives of animals that come through our door.
The need for committed foster families is especially urgent from spring to fall, known in the animal shelter world as "kitten season." Cats (and many animals in general) tend to breed in warm weather, which means local animal shelters get flooded with litters, sometimes accompanied by their moms, but very often orphaned. These babies can't stay in the shelters--their undeveloped immune systems make them susceptible to diseases carried by other animals.
Fostering in a home environment where they are able to grow and thrive makes a world of a difference to these animals. You are saving lives and creating a positive outcome for these innocent creatures! The shelter is always taking applications for foster families, but ESPECIALLY now! Already have animals at home? That's okay! You can have current pets at home and still foster dogs/cats. Call at the shelter at 356-2520 or send the Volunteer Coordinator an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll work to get you on the fast track to becoming a foster parent!



Are you an outgoing “people person” with a passion for animals? Energetic? Creative? Then this is the job for you! We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic individual to join our team in a multi-faceted role. The person in this role will have an exciting opportunity to build and improve upon various event planning and fundraising programs as well as work with the shelter volunteers. You will have the opportunity to work directly with the public in a variety of capacities from special events to volunteer recruitment, while maintaining a commitment to the philosophies and policies of the Sauk County Humane Society and respects the dignity and basic rights of each animal.  

Responsibilities:  Develop and implement a successful fundraising short- and long-term plan. Work closely with shelter staff and other team members to bring events to reality. Recruit required number of volunteers for long- and short-term positions.  Work closely with shelter staff to identify opportunities for effective use of volunteers. Maintain volunteer database.  Present new volunteer orientation sessions on a regular basis.  Develop and implement a Junior Volunteer program. Coordinate volunteers at special events.  Develop and implement a volunteer appreciation program.  Establish and regularly update volunteer schedule and list of events.  Communicate regularly with volunteers one-on-one, through check-in phone calls, and e-mails. Will be required to multi-task as duties change throughout the year.     

Schedule:  This is a full-time position.  Weekend and evening work is required.  

Desired qualifications:  Passionate about the mission of the SCHS; ability to inspire enthusiasm in others about the organization.  Strong written and oral communication skills.  Excellent inter-personal skills, confidence and ability to work effectively with people in difficult, emotional situations. Experience recruiting, training, managing, and supporting groups of people to address the needs of an organization. Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.  Ability to work well independently and as part of a teamMaturity and good judgment in relating to and building relationships with SCHS volunteers, staff, and community partnersDemonstrated ability to solve problems and think strategically.  Microsoft Word and Excel expertise. 

If interested, please submit a resume to Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of animals? Are you looking for a job with lots of variety? Then this job is for you! We are looking for an individual who enjoys a physically demanding yet highly rewarding job. You will have an opportunity to directly care for animals and deal directly with the public while maintaining the commitment to the philosophies and policies of the Sauk County Humane Society and respects the dignity and basic rights of each animal.  

Animal Care Responsibilities: Administer daily medications; monitor appetite and hydration of shelter animals; restrain animals for medical procedures; provide food in accordance with procedures; move animals as needed; assist in behavior modification and enrichment programs for animals; assist with admitting exams on incoming animals and entering data into computer; daily and spot cleaning of kennels, cages, litter boxes, dishes, laundry; assist with janitorial and other duties as needed.  

Animal Control Responsibilities: Respond to animal calls in a timely manner. Pick up stray animals safely and humanely transporting them to the shelter. Pick up injured animals, giving necessary care and/or transport to a veterinarian if needed. Assist law enforcement officers with unruly animals, abandonment cases, protective custody animals and other cases. Individual must be able to work on a nights and weekend "on call" schedule.  

Environment: Can be dirty and wet; exposure to unpleasant odors, loud noises and chemicals; requires restraining, lifting, and carrying animals; exposure to pests; possibility of being bitten or scratched; requires standing for long periods, bending, squatting, reaching, heavy lifting.  

Qualifications: High School degree required, further education preferred; animal shelter experience highly preferred; licensed, or willing to become licensed, to perform humane euthanasia; excellent communication, problem-solving, and basic computer skills; able to work independently and on teams; able to handle the physical and emotional work in an animal shelter, including the use of euthanasia. Must be able to handle a wide variety of animals including dogs, cats, small mammals, birds and wildlife in a safe and humane manner. Must possess a thorough understanding of and dedication to the philosophies of animal welfare and humane handling. Must possess a valid driver’s license, have a good driving record, and live within 15 minutes of the shelter.  

If interested, please submit a resume to Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




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Sauk County Humane Society

618 Highway 136
Baraboo, WI 53913

Phone: (608) 356-2520
Fax (608) 356-2519
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The Shelter is located in West Baraboo at 618 Hwy 136, just west of Walgreens and next to the Sauk County Highway Department.

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NEW HOURS 8/1/2013

Building/Animal Drop-off Hours

Mon. Wed. Fri.  8am-6pm
Tues. Sat. Sun.  8am-5pm
Thurs. 8am-8pm

Animal Viewing Hours

Mon. Wed. Fri. 12pm-5pm
Thurs. 12pm-7pm
Sat. Sun. 11am-4pm
Closed Tues.

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If you have an animal emergency or found an animal, please contact Sauk County Dispatch at 355-4495

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