Found a Stray?


What do I do if I find a stray animal? 

Green County Humane Society is contracted service provider for the City of Monroe. In accordance with our contract with the City of Monroe and by Monroe Police Department policy, all residents who find a stray animal MUST contact the Monroe Police Department. An officer will respond to investigate. Law enforcement will then contact GCHS to arrange for transportation of the animal. Residents from the City of Monroe CANNOT bring an animal to the shelter without this step, as the City will not grant permission for the animal to remain at the shelter. 

Please contact the Monroe Police Department at (608) 329-2400 for further advice/instruction on these issues. 



What do I do if I find a stray animal? 

The shelter’s policy is as follows: 

GCHS accepts stray and lost animals based on the capacity of the shelter. Notification to pick up stray and abandoned animals must come from local and county law enforcement agencies; animals will only be accepted from the public after persons have notified the appropriate law enforcement agency. Animals may be picked up by staff during shelter hours or brought in by the public. Animals must be contained/restrained and be able to be handled safely in order for staff to pick up an animal. 

GCHS only takes in dogs and cats from Green County, and dogs from Lafayette County. GCHS currently does not accept surrendered, trapped, or feral animals.

What this means: 

1.   The police must be contacted when you find a stray animal. If you are within the City of Monroe, please see the separate policy above. If you are within Green or Lafayette County limits, contact your county’s sheriff department. 

2.   The officers will then contact GCHS and inform the staff of the stray. 

3.   GCHS will then contact the person reporting the stray to make arrangements for acquiring the animal.


Why this policy is in place: 

It is important for the public to know that GCHS is NOT an animal control body. We are not permitted by law to initiate any animal investigation. Staff and Board Members are not authorized to trap, chase down or confiscate any animal.  

Please consult your local law enforcement agency for advice on these issues. 







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