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1150 Nelson Parkway
Viroqua, WI 54665
Welcome to the Vernon County Humane Society!
The Vernon County Humane Society is dedicated to the welfare and protection of all companion and domestic animals by promoting programs which benefit the health, safety and well-being of all residents of Vernon County.
From this site, you can:
Find pets available for adoption in the Vernon County area.
Learn more about our state-of-the-art Animal Shelter.
Learn ways that you can volunteer or help support our activities.
Join the Humane Society!
The Vernon County Humane Society (VCHS) is a not-for-profit humane society based in Viroqua, Wisconsin, the county seat of government in Vernon County. We are in the southwest area of the state, and one edge of our county borders the Mississippi River. This is a largely rural, hilly region that is sparsely populated. Residents have below-average incomes.
VCHS runs a no-kill animal shelter, the Vernon County Humane Society Animal Shelter. We do not euthanize animals except for serious health or temperament reasons.
Towns, villages and townships in Vernon County can elect to contract with our organization to shelter their strayed or homeless pets. Wisconsin state law puts the burden of stray or homeless animal collection upon the towns, villages and townships, not the county nor the state. Many villages and townships have already contracted with us, and we hope that those that have not will vote to do so in the future. If your community or township has a contract with us, you can request your law enforcement officer to pick up the dog or cat and bring it to the shelter. Unfortunately, we do not have facilities for feral (wild) cats.
Please visit our website @ www.vchumane.org. Our web site is created by volunteers using HTML editing software. We hope that you find the information you seek, and enjoy reading about our organization.
Adoption fees for dogs are $150 and for cats are $95, and include spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations (rabies & distemper), lymes, heartworm, or feline lukemia and FIV tests, flea and/or tick prevention, and an honorary VCHS membership for the remainder of the calendar year. There are no hidden costs. Potential adopters must fill out an application so that we can better match your family to one of our dogs or cats. Open Hours are Tuesday and Thursday 12-6 and Saturday 12-4 Adoption Procedure Filling out an application is in no way a guarantee that you will be able to adopt the animal that you have chosen. We may take several applications on a companion animal and do our best to choose the most suitable situation for each individual animal’s needs. If we deny an application, we are not implying that you would be a bad companion animal owner, only that your situation may not right for that animal’s needs. The adopted pet must fit into its new environment. Some dogs require lots of exercise or space and would not do well in a small apartment. Not all pets get along with children. We want to make sure both pet and pet owners are happy living together. Veterinary history on previously owned animals has a bearing on our final decision. Regular vaccinations are not only important for the health of your companion animal and family, some are required by law. If you rent, your landlord’s permission is required. This may be verified by our staff. Because you are required to sign a legal contract, you must be at least 18 years of age to adopt a companion animal. In households where there are small children under six (6) years of age, applications for adoption of puppies and kittens less than five (5) months of age shall be judged by the following guidelines: o Age of Child o Compatibility between child and the animal, which will be evaluated by the Animal Shelter Assistants prior to adoption. o The child's previous experience with other animals. We require that all animals leaving our building be on a leash or in a secure companion animal carrier. All members of the household should come in and spend time with the animal while the application is being processed. A pet can not be adopted for someone else (as a gift). A pet is a major responsibility that must be carefully considered by the owner. Instead of giving a pet as a gift, a great idea would be to bring that special someone to one of our adoption events and let them decide if the pet is right for them. The average wait time to process an application is two days but could be up to 1 week. If your application is approved, you need to return to the shelter when the animal is available to finish filling out the paperwork and pay for your companion animal. Please bring a leash and collar for adult dogs or a secure companion animal carrier for cats, pups and other small animals. If adopting a juvenile pet, you are expected to fill out and sign a legal contract agreeing to have your new companion animal vaccinated, licensed in accordance with local ordinance, and spayed or neutered by the date specified on your contract. Any extensions of the contract date must be pre-authorized by shelter staff. Enjoy your new companion animal. If you have any problems or questions, please give us a call. Thank you for giving one of our furry friends a second chance, and we welcome you a new member to the Vernon County Humane Society.
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