Year in Review from Door County Humane Society

Lady, a middle-aged Beagle, was adopted into a loving home after her stay at the Door County Humane Society.

The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is deeply grateful to the Peninsula Pulse for their tremendous help. By showcasing several adoptable cats and dogs throughout the year, the chances of finding a new home quickly are increased significantly.

Our sooty-nosed Jennifer (featured Aug 27) is cavorting around her home in Gills Rock and has exactly the engaging, living-on-the-edge personality her new owners sought. She’s having a ball and is the source of many “guess what this cat did today” anecdotes.

Lady has inspired her new family to name their home “BeagleSong!” She came to DCHS as a middle-aged, outside dog with some medical issues. But now she’s living the life of a loved friend in Sturgeon Bay, with personal serenades anytime she asks.

Through October, 637 cats and dogs entered the shelter while adoptions totaled 472.

Overall, 2010 is shaping up to be the busiest yet for the Door County Humane Society. As the only shelter in the county, it is our mission to provide loving care to homeless, abandoned, or surrendered animals. DCHS is an adoption guarantee shelter; we will keep an adoptable cat or dog for as long as it takes to find the right new home. Dogs find new forever families more quickly than cats, although we see a slowing of the adoption pace for both; the economic stresses have increased the number of surrenders as well. Through October, 637 cats and dogs entered the shelter while adoptions totaled 472.

As Sturgeon Bay’s designated pound, DCHS receives $8,740 per year from the city. Other municipalities contribute as their boards decide; some generously and some not at all, although animals come from all areas of Door County. At the end of October, we provided $64,200 worth of care while receiving $17,420 in town and village donations. Ninety-five percent of our $334,500 operating budget funds are derived from members and private supporters.

The Door County Humane Society launched a capital campaign in August to raise $1.5 million for a 7,500 sq. ft. expansion to their facility that will better accommodate the animals in their care.

One of the most significant announcements in shelter history took place in August – a capital campaign kicked off in an effort to raise $1.5 million for a 7,500 sq. ft. expansion. Constructed a decade ago across from Cherryland Airport, the existing facility is designed to house 28 dogs and 28 cats. At the end of November 2010, our population was 148 cats and 6 dogs. (No, it’s not possible to move some cats into kennels!) Because the number of animals arriving at intake each day cannot be predicted, staff and cages must be prepared to handle any situation. For example, on just one day in early December, 12 cats in need of immediate attention came in to us. The next day, two dogs seized by the Sheriff’s Department arrived at 4 am.

Our members gather in early summer to elect the board of directors and receive the director’s summary of shelter operations. Our individual member fee remains at $25 so that any animal lover may join DCHS. Volunteers over age 18 are needed to assist with cat care and community fundraising activities. As a 501 (c) (3), donations to the Door County Humane Society are tax deductible.

The Door County Humane Society, located at 3475 Park Drive (County PD) 
in Sturgeon Bay, is open for adoption Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 
from noon – 4 pm. For more information call 920.746.1111 or visit