Janesville, WI is home to the county’s only animal shelter, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. Founded in 1910, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has been rescuing and rehoming animals in need for over one hundred years! The organization’s mission is to provide shelter and humane care to lost and homeless pets, reunite lost pets with their families, promote positive pet adoptions, and educate the community to inspire compassion and responsible pet guardianship.
The humane society offers a number of services including microchipping, transport to SpayMe! in Madison (a low-cost veterinary clinic providing spay/neuter services to low-income households), and a vaccine clinic. Annually, the shelter impacts the lives of more than 4,000 animals.
One of the organization’s unique programs pairs unadoptable dogs with jail inmates who work with and train pups to prepare them for a fur-ever home. Currently, the humane society works with inmates at the Rock County and Dane County jails. Inmates receive training from a professional dog trainer and then work with their assigned pup one-on-one, daily until the dog is ready for adoption. The program not only helps prepare shelter dogs for life with humans but also offers inmates a new skill and the chance to make a difference while they’re serving time.
Each September, before closing for the season, the City of Janesville Parks Division welcomes canines to Palmer Park’s West Pavilion & Wading Pool for a day of swimming and happy tails. Pack a bag and bring your fur-kid to the pool for Pooch Fest! Pet service-related businesses and non-profits are on hand to provide information about their goods and services. Proceeds from the event benefit Paw Print Park!
Hosted by the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, in collaboration with the Alaskan Malamute Club of Wisconsin, Pooch Pull is a great wintertime event for dog lovers! Athletic pups will compete in a pulling competition, with top dogs pulling 12 times their body weight! Chili, hot beverages, and baked goods will be available for a suggested donation. And don’t miss out on the 50/50 raffle. Proceeds from the event benefit the Humane Society of Sothern Wisconsin!
Support Friends of Noah All Breed Animal Rescue and get in the Christmas spirit at Pet Photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Dogs, cats, and humans are welcome to come get their picture taken with the North Pole’s only and most famous residents. Proceeds benefit the rescue and help animals in Rock County. Pet food donations will also be collected to benefit area shelters. Photo session time slots are limited and reservations are required.
Janesville is home to three dog exercise areas! Designated portions of Palmer Park and Rock River Parkway are open to unleashed pets, but they are not fenced in. You may run or train your pup off leash in these areas as long they are under your control at all times. Pets—leashed or not—are not permitted in Janesville parks and trails between May 15 and September 15, except in these designated portions. Paw Print Park is a fenced-in dog park within Prairie Knoll Park where you can run your fur-friend off leash year-round! A daily or annual permit is required at Paw Print Park.