Saturday, March 28, 2009

Victoria R. Wellens

Victoria Wellens, of Franksville, WI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2009. She is survived by her devoted husband, Jim; stepchildren, Aaron and Elizabeth; and grandchildren, Morgan, Mia and Mya; and loving friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Wellens and Emma Martin; and brother, Harold.

Victoria was the executive director of the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee. She came to the shelter in 1994 from the YWCA in Waukesha. In just five years, thanks to her brilliant efforts, Milwaukee boasted one of the best shelters in the country, a place where animals receive excellent care in a nurturing and loving environment.

She was an amazing human being and her commitment and dedication to the Wisconsin Humane Society was unparalleled. For 15 years, her outstanding leadership transformed the humane society into a beacon of hope for not only homeless animals, but for people who strive to make the world a kinder place for animals. She set the highest standards for animal care and was nationally recognized for her valiant efforts and remarkable leadership. Victoria also served on a myriad of national organizations to help shape the future for humane animal care throughout the country. Victoria’s leadership, vision and friendship will be missed by the staff, volunteers and many friends of the Wisconsin Humane Society.

In keeping with Victoria’s wishes private services will be held. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Wisconsin Humane Society, Victoria Wellens Memorial Fund, 4500 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888


Ledy VanKavage said...

What a sad day for the community and animals. She was a tireless spirit and believed in humane communities.

Her innovative adoptions and opposition to breed discrimination were heartening. I will miss her guidance, stewardship and friendship.

Ledy VanKavage, Best Friends Animal Society

Karen said...

We were devastated to hear of Victoria's passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family, as well as with the WHS staff and volunteers.

Karen Sparapani, Elmbrook Humane Society