Lakeland Animal Shelter

This week, Adopt a Friend features the Lakeland Animal Shelter in Delavan, Wisconsin.


The Lakeland Animal Shelter (LAS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in southeastern Wisconsin.  Their skilled and committed staff, with the help of 50-75 dedicated volunteers, care for over 2,500 homeless animals annually.  The Shelter’s ultimate goal is for these animals is to reunite them with their owners or find suitable new adopted homes.

The Lakeland Animal Welfare Society was founded in 1968 as a non-profit by nine compassionate individuals who could no longer accept the lack of care for homeless animals in Walworth County Wisconsin. In 1978, the Lakeland Animal Shelter was built thanks in part to donations that were acquired by the Lakeland Animal Welfare Society. Through the hard work and dedication of many, the Lakeland Animal Welfare Society became one of the most well regarded animal care facilities in the state of Wisconsin, recently changing its official name to reflect the one it is commonly known by in the community – the Lakeland Animal Shelter.


The mission of the Lakeland Animal Shelter is to enrich the lives of both animals and people throughout the community.  Since 1978, the Lakeland Animal Shelter has seen more than 60,000 homeless animals pass through its doors.  At any given time LAS has an in-shelter dog population of 40 to 60 dogs and a combination in-shelter/in-foster cat population of 150 to 400 cats, plus other animals such as rabbits, “pocket pets,” and barnyard animals.  Each of these animals is treated with respect, kindness, and compassion throughout their stay, which can range from one week to more than a year in some cases.  The LAS views each animal as an individual to be given individual consideration. With that in mind, the Shelter has no time limit on how long they house and care for each animal.  They are committed to giving every adoptable animal “as long as it takes” in order to find the new home that they deserve!

The Lakeland Animal Shelter provides many important services to the community including:

  • Care and intake of stray, abandoned and unwanted animals
  • Animal Cruelty and neglect investigation
  • Adoption placement services for unclaimed and unwanted pets
  • Animal Rescue assistance to local Law Enforcement agencies
  • Education Services on the subject of humane animal care


If you live in southeastern Wisconsin and are thinking about adding a new pet to your family, why not give a loving home to a homeless animal from the Lakeland Animal Shelter?  Take a peek at the animals who are available for adoption at the LAS website.  You can even fill out the Adopter Profile for dogs, cats, rabbits, barnyard animals or pocket pets online before visiting the shelter.


Volunteers play a critical role at the Lakeland Animal Shelter. Without volunteers, the Lakeland Animal Shelter would never be able to provide their current level of programs and services to assist the animals and the community. There are numerous programs and activities in need of your energy and talents.  You can read about all sorts of volunteer opportunities on the LAS Volunteer Brochure. Whether you walk dogs at the Shelter, stuff envelopes for an educational mailing, or assist with a fundraising event, you can make a difference in the lives of animals!


Of course, there are other ways to support the wonderful work of the Lakeland Animal Shelter.  LAS requires more than $750,000 annually to care for all the animals that come to the Shelter each year, and depends almost entirely on donations to continue providing high quality care and compassion to the homeless animals of the community. They could use your help as well!  There are many options for donating to the Lakeland Animal Shelter, including online donations (or checks), planned giving and charitable annuities, memorial and tribute gifts in honor of a special person or pet, contributions of much-needed items from the Shelter Wish List, shelter animal sponsorships, donations of items such as jewelry and fine furniture for resale at the 9Lives Boutique, and other ways to give.  All donations made to the Lakeland Animal Shelter are tax-deductible. And no matter how you choose to give, your contribution will have a significant impact on the lives of thousands of homeless animals in the community.


The Lakeland Animal Shelter is also embarked on an ambitious Capital Campaign. LAS is the only open door shelter in Walworth County. It was originally designed to accommodate less than 30% of its current animal population, and despite renovations and additions to extend its life, a new shelter is necessary to provide proper housing, veterinary care, and socialization for animals.  The current shelter is seriously outdated, in disrepair, and must be replaced. LAS is constructing a new state-of-the-art facility  that will include an adoption center, spay/neuter surgical room, and a community education/meeting room. The total project costs for the new building and furnishings will be approximately $3 million.  There are many naming opportunities available as part of the Capital Campaign from $100 tribute bricks to a $10,000 cat suite to a $50,000 “get acquainted” room.  And if you happen to have a spare $2.5 million laying around, your donation can buy the naming rights to the new Shelter building!  Still looking for a gift that will wow your significant on your next anniversary  - why not name the new Lakeland Animal Shelter facility after him or her?  But seriously, take a look at this video to learn more about LAS’s desperate need for a new facility:

Here’s the important thing – just because you can’t afford naming rights for the new building or a memorial bench, remember that every heartfelt gift, no matter how small or how large, will help the animals!

PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family members.


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