EBHS Strategic Plan

Elmbrook Humane Society’s mission is to provide shelter for homeless animals, promote the human animal bond, and prevent animal cruelty and neglect.

Our vision is to be the most personal, compassionate, and preferred resource for your animal needs.

Is Elmbrook Humane Society a No Kill Organization?

Yes, Elmbrook Humane Society is a No Kill organization.  Our written policy can be found by selecting the following:  Elmbrook Humane Society No Kill Policy.

Click below to see our animal intake and outcome statistics for 2011 – 2015.

Canine Intake and Outcome Statistics 2011 – 2015

Feline Intake and Outcome Statistics 2011 – 2015

Our goal is always to choose life. We do not euthanize animals unless they are too dangerous to be made available for adoption or have serious behavior concerns that cannot safely or successfully be rehabilitated and adopted into a new home. If an animal is sick or injured and we can treat, we absolutely will. We do not euthanize animals because of space, age, breed, length of stay, or whom may have acute or chronic health conditions that can be treated prior to adoption or managed by a new family.

We have committed ourselves and our resources to save every animal possible. Our intake and adoption programs have been adapted to be engaging and friendly to animals and potential adopters. We have areas where we can treat animals with contagious diseases so that they have the time to recover without becoming a risk to our shelter animal population, staff, and visitors to our shelter. Our behavior and temperament assessment process gives adopters the best possible information when they are in to meet our animals. We work with adopters to help transition animals into new homes and help them overcome any adjustment issues they encounter. Our foster care program has expanded to help animals with behavior modification or medical needs to be worked with until they can be given the best possible chance for a successful adoption.

We work with several animal welfare groups to transfer in animals in need to allow as many animals as possible a second chance.  In April 2015, we announced a joint collaboration with Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) to work together to become one of Wisconsin’s first No Kill communities.  Specifically, we will be working together on the overwhelming cat population in Waukesha County.  To read more about this partnership, click here. We also transfer in animals from other organizations as space allows to help as many animals as we are able to.  We provide animal control services to several communities in Waukesha County and work to reunite animals with their owners, and if that cannot be done, to rehome the stray animals that are not reclaimed as quickly as possible.

We work with owners from all over to accept as many surrenders as possible. We receive calls from all over the state – and beyond – from people that know the quality of life that our shelter animals enjoy – but unfortunately we are unable to accept all animals, as much as we wish we could.

We are a small shelter, with a dedicated staff, and a strong volunteer base. We are able to care for the animals that come through our doors each year by working hard and making the most of all of our resources. We need help from our community – by adopting our wonderful animals, spreading the word about the great shelter we have, and through financial support that enables us to take in more animals that have no other possibility for a second chance.


  • To provide a temporary, safe, and caring refuge for stray, homeless, and abandoned animals and to place them in good homes.
  • To reduce the population of excess dogs and cats in Waukesha County and surrounding areas.
  • To organize and conduct educational programs for the public on the humane care and treatment of animals.
  • To reunite lost companion animals with their guardians.
  • To partner with wildlife rehabilitation organizations to rescue, shelter, and treat wildlife.


  • EBHS has service contracts with the City of Brookfield, the Towns of Brookfield and Delafield, and the Villages of Chenequa, Elm Grove, Lannon and Nashotah. These contracts provide for taking unwanted pets and strays, and rescuing injured domestic animals and wildlife. The society supports the communities by requiring proof of licensing when individuals claim stray pets.
  • EBHS has no geographic limits for adoptions. In addition, EBHS will admit animals that need to be surrendered from communities other than our contracted municipalities for a small fee when, and if, space permits.
  • EBHS has no deadline for the animals in its care. Animals are placed for adoption as long as they have an adoptable temperament, have reasonable health, and there is room at the shelter.
  • EBHS is an No Kill organization with a 100% adoption rate for all healthy and adoptable animals.  This means that we are introducing new companion animals every day for you to view and adopt.
  • In an effort to curb the number of unwanted and excess pets, all EBHS adopted animals are spayed or neutered before going to their new home.
  • EBHS handles approximately 2,000 wild and domestic animals on an annual basis. Additional animals are also placed through our referral program.


In 2013, the EBHS Board engaged the Kohls Group to assist with developing a strategic plan.  EBHS reached out to volunteers, community partners, staff, and the Board for input as to how EBHS can further grow and become a stronger organization.   The plan was finalized in 2014 and you may download a copy of it from here, and please note that with any strategic plan, time tables may change:   EBHS Strategic Plan