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Wisconsin Humane Society acquiring Bay Area HS, Door County HS

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Published: Dec. 1, 2017 at 1:43 PM CST
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The Bay Area Humane Society in Green Bay and the Door County Humane Society in Sturgeon Bay are becoming part of the Wisconsin Humane Society.

The Wisconsin Humane Society says both shelters were looking for framework to sustain operations into the future. WHS approached the organizations about becoming part of the state Humane Society.

“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. “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.”

The boards of BAHS and DCHS voted unanimously to become part of the Wisconsin Humane Society.

DCHS was facing overhead costs that were threatening their work, according to WHS.

WHS says there are no plans to merge the locations or lay off workers. The Bay Area Humane Society says WHS is hiring more positions to support the move.

The Bay Area Humane Society released the

"WHS is making a permanent commitment to fully and authentically join our community and serve the needs of its animals and families. We would not have agreed to this change without that. We know that change is hard, but we ask you to welcome WHS with open arms. This is a big change, and big investment, for them as well."

The Wisconsin Humane Society says the locations hope to close on the deal by the end of 2017.

“We are incredibly grateful for the vital work Bay Area and Door County Humane Societies are doing for 4,000 animals in their regions,” said Anne Reed, President & CEO at WHS. “And we are excited to bring our resources to sustain lifesaving services for animals and the people who love them.”

The George Kress Family Foundation is helping to cover the transition costs, which is about $175,000. That includes vet supplies, travel, training, and facility improvements.