The Fox Valley Humane Association (FVHA) in Appleton is a full-service, state-of-the-art animal shelter and resource center dedicated to caring for the Fox Valley’s pets and the people who love them. Founded in 1891, FVHA is the second-oldest humane society in Wisconsin. Since 2005, FVHA has operated out of a 21,000-square-foot ark shaped facility.
FVHA’s programs and services are numerous and benefit more than 6,000 animals each year. Twice a month, FVHA’s Bark Bus transports dogs from overcrowded shelters in the southern United States to Wisconsin, saving them from almost certain euthanasia. FVHA finds homes for 100% of adoptable dogs, meaning no dog is ever euthanized to control population numbers or because the shelter is full. The Bark Bus helps save adoptable dogs who would otherwise be euthanized.
FVHA serves low-income households with a spay-neuter assistance program, a low-cost vaccine clinic, and a mobile clinic providing basic veterinary services. These programs benefit the community at large by helping keep animals healthy and in loving homes, out of shelters. FVHA also works to keep feral cats out of shelters with a trap, neuter, and return program.
And FVHA’s impact doesn’t stop there. A therapy dog program certifies and connects therapy dogs and their handlers with people living in hospice and kids learning to read. In addition, FVHA partners with local sponsors to provide companion animals to service men and women, at no cost to veterans. The Vet Pet program recognizes the powerful impact companion animals have on the lives of their humans, including improved mental, emotional, and physical health, enhanced social skills, reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, and lower blood pressure. FVHA and The Veteran and Pet Community Coalition help veterans connect with companion animals, to improve the lives of veterans and to express gratitude for their service.
Celebrate the end of summer with your water-loving hound at Mead Pool! Watch your pup get splashy in the wading area, with pup-leasing water features including geysers and spray rings. Dog Day is just for the dogs—no humans allowed—with a session for small pups under 25 pounds and another for canines 25 pounds and larger. Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. So come have some wet n' wild fun with your favorite pupper!
From mid-November through mid-December, Monday nights are pet night at the North Pole in Fox River Mall! It’s the paw-fect reason to take Snowflake to the mall! Bring your fur-kid to have their picture taken with Santa Paws and share your fur-ever memory on your holiday greeting card. You don’t have to worry about long lines—reservations are available online. The cost includes a few prints to take home and unlimited digital downloads!
Located in downtown Appleton, Two Paws Up Bakery provides natural pet treats, natural foods, bones, chews, and toys for dogs, cats, and horses! Their Gourmutt product line includes dog cakes—paw-fect for celebrating your pup’s birthday or adoptiversary. In addition to their baked goods, Two Paws Up Bakery offers animal Reiki, essential oil treatments, and other energy healing techniques for animals. The store is pet-friendly and what pup doesn’t love a trip to a canine-kid’s version of a candy and toy shop!
The Outagamie County dog park in Appleton provides 17 acres of off-leash, dog-friendly space to walk, run, and play with your pup. There’s an open field for tossing a ball or Frisbee and trails throughout for exploring the sights, smells, and sounds of nature! The park is funded solely through donations with a donation tube available at the park.
On the shores of Lake Winnebago—Wisconsin’s largest lake—High Cliff State Park is named for its impressive limestone cliffs. Visitors can hike 16 miles of trails, observe Native American effigy mounds, and climb the 40-foot observation tower offering views of the lake and surrounding Fox River Valley. Leashed pets are welcome on trails and in two designated pet picnic areas. Lake access at the marina pet picnic area is perfect for water-loving pups!