FVHA Mission

Removing barriers for pets and their people by providing a continuum of expert care, education, and connections to community resources.

FVHA Vision

Improved lives of pets and their people within our community and strengthen the animal bond.


FVHA History


Founded as the Appleton Humane Society, making it the second oldest humane society in Wisconsin.


Renamed Outagamie County Humane Society by a small group of concerned citizens. During the next 20 years members cared for stray and unwanted animals in their homes and accepted no public funds.


City of Appleton turned its dog pound over to the society. 


The Outagamie County Humane Society was built on Newberry Street in Appleton next to the waste water treatment plant.


The city maintained the building; the society ran the business. The shelter moved again next to the Mackville landfill.


The newly constructed West Brewster Street facility opened.


The Outagamie County Humane Society became Fox Valley Humane Association.


The ark shaped Susan Schuster Pet Resource Center opened at current location. The 21,000 sq ft Center was built to include a community room, wellness center, private “get-aquatinted rooms” for people meeting potential pets, kennels and cages where the pets reside until they are adopted.


Surgical Suite added, FVHA now has the ability to spay and neuter all cat and dogs in house prior to adoption.


Partnership with Fox Valley Technical College was formed. The community room was converted to an education room for students. The partnership allows students to earn a Certified Veterinary Technician degree while practicing hands-on skills with FVHAs experienced medical team, in our modern facility.


FVHA cares for more than 6,000 pets annually, and that number continues to rise. We continue to evolve to best serve the needs of the animals and people in the community. The organization is recognized as a leader in animal care/management, and for its outstanding educational programs in the Fox Valley.