Here are some interesting historical facts about GCHS in celebration of our 40th year!

 

  • April 17, 1978, a small group of individuals gathered for the first time and formed what was later known as Green County Humane Society Inc. Muffy Ernster elected first president; Judy Coplien - vice president; Jeff Kittlesen - recording secretary; Pat Luchs - corresponding secretary; Lee Fuller - treasurer.
  • May 10, 1978, the first animal was adopted - a dog named Annie. Annie was a small Dachshund who was "rescued from the most inhumane demise" and was voted mascot of the organization.
  • May 10, 1978 - treasury starts at $50.00
  •  June 1, 1978 - GCHS obtains P.O. Box 54
  • 1978 - First and original bylaws were passed
  • Jun 19, 1978 - State of Wisconsin accepts articles of incorporation and GCHS' legal existence begins
  • August 1978 - GCHS is granted 501(c)3 status by IRS
  • November 8, 1978 - adoption fees for dogs were $5.00 or $10.00 if purebred, and there were no adoption fees for cats
  • October 1978 - GCHS takes over city dog pound
  • March 1, 1979 - Sonja Arnold became the first Shelter Director
  • January 25, 1999 - inaugural meeting of the GCHS board of directors. The board was Mike Doyle, Wendy Heise, Jocelyn Stricker, Gunhild Ward, Ed Demianiuk, and Deb Gorton
  • February 4, 1999 - second version of the bylaws were passed
  • June 3, 1999 - GCHS adopts no-kill philosophy. The board at this time was; Mike Doyle, Wendy Heise, Jocelyn Stricker, Gunhild Ward, Ed Demianiuk, and Jim Myers
  • November 20, 2001 - third version of bylaws were amended (this is the current version of bylaws)
  • June 6, 2002 - GCHS was approved United Way funding ($3,250.00)
  • February 10, 2010 - GCHS and Green County sign a commercial lease & memorandum of understanding for 8 1/2 acres of land to be used for a new shelter. Terms of the agreement include a payment of $1 per year for 99 years
  • May 2012 - Crews break ground for construction of the new shelter
  • January 14, 2013 - GCHS moves into the new shelter
  • January 24, 2013 - GCHS opens to the public at the new shelter