Wood Violet 

Animal Rescue

Due to the tremendous need for humane care AND teaching of animals and their humans, Wood Violet is here to provide shelter and education for Southeastern Wisconsin. Wood Violet will conduct and assist in rescue missions, provide foster care and adoptions, and provide exceptional knowledge in animal behavior, specifically dogs. Currently Wood Violet will be foster based only. Our goal is to raise enough money to house senior, disabled, and retired domestic and farm animals. We will get them ready for adoption or provide them a forever home. We will also offer educational events on responsible care of animals for children.

Wood Violet is ready to help the animal world. Are you ready to help us save them?

Visit Wood Violet's Website Here

Our Story:

Melissa Etzler founded Wood Violet Animal Rescue in March 2017. After opening The Dog Sanctuary, she saw a need not only for better rescue care of dogs, but cats too. Melissa came from a family that loved helping animals in need. It was a natural decision when she decided to make it official and start an animal rescue. We would not be able to do any of this without the support of families and friends. Thanks to The Dog Sanctuary (providing doggy daycare for Sussex, Pewaukee, Brookfield, Hartland and Menomonee Falls, WI) for funding our startup, we were able to get rolling right away!

Our Mission:

Together we are going to make the world a better place. We will bring love and life to animals that have only known pain. Together, as a community, we are going to make a difference to thousands of animals.

Our Board:

Melissa Etzler, President

Judy Richards, Vice President

Bob Richards, Treasurer

Aaron Butalla, Secretary 

Heather Stabo, Director

How to help us grow to help thousands of animals:


Until we find a location we are going to be primarily foster based. You will only get an animal that fits into your lifestyle. We want this to be a happy and successful transition from us, to you (foster parent), and their forever home. We also cover all vet costs, food, and some training by a certified professional. For more information please contact woodvioletar@gmail.com and let us know what animal you would be interested in fostering.


Visit our website to fill out our foster application!

Visit Wood Violet's Website Here

Dog Fostering Benefits

1/2 off playgroup sponsored and provided by The Dog Sanctuary (if dog does not like daycare s/he will not be allowed to attend and other options will be given.)


Free bath sponsored and provided by The Dog Sanctuary


One free in home training session sponsored and provided by The Dog Sanctuary


Unlimited help via email and phone for the duration of the foster


Free vet care


Free food (you can donate the food and it is tax deductible) 

Cat Fostering Benefits

One free in home training session sponsored by The Dog Sanctuary


Unlimited help via email and phone for the duration of the foster


Free vet care


Free food (you can donate the food and it is tax deductible)


100% of donations go to animals.

For what?

Anything that it takes to keep the animals in our care happy and healthy. Vet bills, food, training, grooming, gas, enrichment, and the like! If you would like to give us physical donations that would be AMAZING and the animals thank you from the bottom of their hearts. Together, we can change lives.

If you are giving in good kin, please drop off/send to N63 W22603 State Hwy 74 Sussex, WI 53089


If you would like to volunteer with Wood Violet please contact woodvioletar@gmail.com. Most volunteer opportunities are currently dog and cat related. We would be thrilled to help anyone with any animals. If you would like to collaborate together please contact us.

What does volunteering look like?

Volunteering might be taking a dog to a nursing home, providing a training session for a foster home, teaching a training/socialization session at The Dog Sanctuary with foster rescue dogs, staffing pet fair booths, or others.

dog daycare, dog boarding, dog training, pet boarding, playgroup

More than your average dog daycare

Daycare Hours


6:30am - 6:00pm

Enrollment for daycare is currently closed

Mon. Wed. & Fri.


Day School Hours

P: 262-246-0332

E: Hello@DogSanctuaryWi.com

N63 W22603 State Hwy 74 | Sussex, WI | 53089

Located on the east end of Main Street near Quad Graphics, and across from Subway.


Call/Text: 262.246.0332

Email: hello@dogsanctuarywi.com

Fax: 262.246.0333

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N63 W22603

State Hwy 74

Sussex, WI



Monday - Friday

6:30am - 6:00pm


Mon. Wed. & Fri.


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