Racine County Humane Society Records, 1935-1968

Scope and Content Note

The records reflect the involvement and interest of Ruth Teuscher in the work of the Humane Society, and thus, most of the files end in 1965, when she retired as director. The correspondence file continues to 1968, through her tenure as corresponding secretary. There are few records from the period 1937 to 1942, when the animal shelter was closed because of lack of funds.

The earliest records in the collection are in one folder of correspondence, clippings, budgets, financial statements and miscellany of the Humane Relief Society, 1935-l937. Organizational records of the Racine County Humane Society include correspondence; employee records; financial audit reports, budgets, petty cash reports, reports to the city comptroller, and account records of costs, petty cash, and receipts and expenditures; membership lists; board minutes; and newsclippings. Also included is information on the Red Star Relief Course for the Handling of Animals in Wartime, which Miss Teuscher studied in Chicago and later taught in Racine. The work of the Racine County Humane Agent is documented through reports of investigations of complaints of animal mistreatment and noise. The Small Animal Shelter maintained monthly reports of stray animals picked up and strays and aged animals put to sleep, Also included are the rules and policies of the Small Animal Shelter and veterinarians' bills for animal care and spaying statistics.