Bay Area and Door County Humane societies to join Wisconsin Humane Society

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Two Northeast Wisconsin animal shelters have joined the Wisconsin Humane Society, the organizations announced Friday.

The Bay Area Humane Society and Door County Humane Society will be acquired by the Wisconsin Humane Society as soon as the end of 2017.

“Nonprofit animal shelters operate with limited resources, and it is even more difficult because every organization is separate and has to separately fund overhead costs,” said John Matter, board chairman of WHS, in a press release.  “The consolidation of our experience and resources not only strengthens all of us, but is a better return on investment for the community that supports this critical work for animals.” 

Both BAHS and DCHS approached WHS, looking for ongoing support to help keep their operations going. 

“This is truly the best thing that could have happened for the Bay Area Humane Society,” said Marlene Walsh, executive director at BAHS, in a press release. “I’m retiring at the end of the year, and I’m thrilled that our succession plan is the Wisconsin Humane Society. In the end, the animals win. The resources that they can bring to the region will strengthen our ability to serve animals in need.” 

At this point, there will be no layoffs or pay cuts, leaders from WHS said.


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