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Welcome to Vernon County Humane Society!

Fostering the connection between community and companion animals

Thank you for visiting our website. In 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 closed-door animal shelter, the Vernon County Humane Society Animal Shelter. We are private, local, and independent. We do not euthanize animals except for serious health or temperament reasons. We can occasionally accept owner-surrendered animals when we have available space; please call for more information.

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.

Our web site is created by volunteers using WordPress editing software. We hope that you find the information you seek, and enjoy reading about our organization.

To reach the webmaster, send an email.

Shelter Manager

Linda Kica

Shelter Staff

  • Jeanne Buckta
  • Larissa Clifton
  • Ross Delap
  • Fawn Eno
  • Rebecca Fitzwater
  • Mary Fremsted
  • Crystal Noble

Board Members

William Putze, Pres.
Kerry Hall, Vice Pres.
Steve Zastrow, Treasurer
Amy Hall, Secretary

Board Members:
Linzi Gronning
William Meeks
Dr. Robert Starr