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Let’s Make it a Home

In April we celebrated a historical milestone when we broke ground on a new animal shelter for our community. Today, we are kicking off a housewarming campaign to transform this new facility from a house to a home.

The goal is to move into the new building early next year, but before that can happen items are needed that will provide the comforts and care our animals deserve. Whether it is soft dog beds, furniture for meet and greet rooms or climbing shelves for active kitties, it is all needed. And, together we can make it happen.

Learn more, view our interactive floorplan and give a housewarming gift today by visiting

When we started this journey to build a new shelter, we knew there would be community support behind this endeavor. What we didn’t know was how strong that support would be. Together we built the house and together we can make it a home!


Because of the generous support of our community, we have exciting news to share…



Contracts are being drawn up with our selected contractor. Once this is complete and the environment allows, we will begin moving dirt on a new animal shelter for Brown County!

Our community came together and raised the full $3.2 million needed to build a new animal shelter. This was only possible because of you. Thank you doesn’t seem enough to express our gratitude.

We couldn’t have done this without you.

Moving forward

We are excited to share that progress continues to be made on the new animal shelter.  Most recently, the project went out for bid to potential contractors for the construction. This is the final step needed before we can begin moving dirt!

The bidding process will wrap up in late February. Then, weather permitting, groundwork can begin by late Spring/early Summer. Stay tuned for more updates as we move forward.

Community Raises $200,000 for Dr. James Brester Animal Treatment Room

Thanks to the support of so many, $200,000 was raised to name the Doctor James Brester Animal Treatment Room within the new shelter. Community members worked hard to raise $80,000, which was matched by the Howard Hughes Passthrough Fund at the Brown County Community Foundation with an additional $120,000 toward the naming opportunity.

Megan Gushwa, development manager for the Brown County Humane Society says, “We are ecstatic to be able to make this announcement and share the great news with everyone who made this possible. From all of us at the humane society, as well as Doc Brester and his family, thank you.”

With the $200,000 for the Dr. Brester challenge, the total raised for the new shelter building stands at $3,086,081 of the $3.2 million goal.

Groundwork is expected to begin in spring of 2020.