Lakeland Animal Shelter: Your Humane Shelter Serving Walworth County and Beyond for More Than 40 years.


The Lakeland Animal Welfare Society Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in 1968 by nine founding members who could no longer accept the lack of care for homeless animals in Walworth County Wisconsin. Their original mission was “to be dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals and to providing relief for animals that are suffering." In 1978, the Lakeland Animal Shelter was built, thanks in part to donations that were acquired by the Lakeland Animal Welfare Society. 

When the Lakeland Animal Shelter opened its doors, it was operated by the Walworth County Humane Society. In 1985 the Lakeland Animal Welfare Society and the Walworth County Humane Society officially merged and became known simply as the Lakeland Animal Welfare Society, Inc. From that point forward the Lakeland Animal Welfare Society took over ownership and operation of the Lakeland Animal Shelter.

Since 1978 the Lakeland Animal Shelter has seen more than 60,000 homeless animals pass through our doors. Through the hard work and dedication of many, The Lakeland Animal Welfare Society has become one of the most well regarded animal care facilities in the state of Wisconsin. Most people know us as the "Lakeland Animal Shelter," and we recently changed our name to match our common identity. We've also recently updated our mission statement in honor of the work that we do “enriching the lives of both people and animals throughout our community."

Services Include:

Adoption Placement

  • Each year Lakeland Animal Shelter (LAS) finds permanent, loving homes for over 1,800 animals. LAS provides comprehensive adoption services to the community, including sterilization of all adopted animals.

Medical Intervention

  • At-risk and homeless animals require expert attention. LAS’s safety net provides medical intervention, socialization, and compassionate care for all shelter animals, giving them a second chance at life and an opportunity for a new home.

Municipal Animal Control

  • LAS currently provides animal control services to all of Walworth County, including stray animal pick-up, reuniting lost animals with their families, and public health related quarantines. LAS continues to work with local municipalities to care for these vulnerable animals.

Community Outreach

  • Humane education presentations, a low cost spay/neuter program for low income families, behavioral training advice, cremation services, promotion of dog license sales, and humane trap rental, are some of the services we offer to Walworth County residents.