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The Humane Society of Meeker & Kandiyohi Counties (HSKMC) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help abused, neglected, abandoned and stray animals as well as to educate the public on the proper care of animals and to promote the spaying and neutering of companion animals.

Our organization was started in the early 1970’s in conjunction with the veterinary practice of Drs. Molnau and Olson. That precedent continued until Sept. of 2002 when the HSKMC took over the area previously occupied by the Small Animal Clinic on Trott Avenue. On October 1, 2003 that building was sold and the HSKMC itself became homeless. On March 1, 2004, we re-opened in the building that formerly housed snow plows. And finally, on October 28, 2009, we were HOME AT LAST in our new 5000+ square foot building, equipped to house and care for animals.
We currently are funded by a lump sum dollar amount from Kandiyohi County, Meeker County and the City of Willmar for impounding and boarding their stray animals. Animals are held 5 days, giving it a chance to be claimed by its owner at the HSKMC. When the 5 days are up, the HSKMC takes over the care and expense of each animal. In addition, money comes in via adoptions, pet claims, donations, fundraisers and other promotions.
We incur expenses which include: the supplies needed to care for the animals, vaccinations, spaying/neutering of the animals and microchipping as well as many other miscellaneous expenses, facility expenses and paid staff to care for all the animals we take in. Additionally, we provide much more in the way of animal care than many other shelters.
Donors and volunteers also help provide the financial support and labor required to operate the HSKMC. Through the volunteer program we have been able to give many animals a second chance as well as offer a discount on spaying and neutering, give adults and teens the opportunity to do community service in a safe place and provide educational programming through the schools and supervised tours.
We need new members to help us continue to save animals. If you are interested in becoming more involved, please call (320) 235- 7612 or email You can also visit our membership page for more information.

Thank you!

The Humane Society has recently adopted some new mascots.
Mugsy the Meeker Mutt and Kandi the Kat will be promoting
the Humane Society at all the community area events so keep your eyes open for our fury friends!


Director of Shelter Operations:
Bobbie Bauman

Office Supervisor:
Rachelle Haney

Vet Technician:
Casey Rajewsky

Michelle Anderson

Volunteer Coordinator:
Michele Busskohl


Shelter Staff:
Michelle Anderson
Jenny Bork
Miranda Douvier
Ashley Gunnink
Samara Hansen
Jodi More
Merissa Brandt
Kayla Hoogden



Dick Reitsema

I’m Dick Reitsma.  Lived in Willmar since 1966. I retired from nursing for St. of Mn.and Rice Hospital in 2010.  Veteran of US Army and Mn national Guard with 27 yrs of Service.  Born and raised on a farm I have a love for animals.  Watching Willmar grow over the last 50 years , we need expand our care and services for domestic animals.  Being active in Willmars Business and civic org. along with volunteering in youth and church, I will work to maintain and grow Hawk Creek Animal Shelter.

Vice Chair:

Keith Nelson

I am the President of TerWisscha Construction, Inc and I also work as a Development Consultant for the company. I have worked at TWC for 37 years.  I have served as a board member and board President of Willmar Community Christian School, board member and board President of Harvest Community Church, board member and board President of Children of the Promise, a nonprofit organization helping orphaned or ill children in Haiti. I also have been involved with Habitat for Humanity projects in Kandiyohi and I am a founding member of the West Central Builders Association.
My wife Kammy and I have been married for 34 years and we have lived in the Willmar Area all of our lives. We have 3 sons, all of which are married, and we currently have 4 grandchildren. I enjoy wood working and I have built an heirloom crib for each of my son’s families.  I like spending time ice fishing and spending time with my grandkids.
I wanted to get involved with the local Humane Society because I want to help find new ways to get the story of the Humane Society out to everyone in Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties and increase community awareness and membership.



Kelly Dahlke
As a KMS graduate, I recently moved back to the area in 2014 after living 25 years in Colorado. My husband Wayne & I live outside of Raymond with our yellow labs, Keesha & Leia and our beagle, Ella.

Volunteering in the community has always been very important to me. I was a Victim Advocate in Colorado for six years. I also volunteered for the United Way, Convoy of Hope, and currently at my church. My personal passions are supporting local Humane Societies and National Mill Rescue, a puppy mill rescue organization.


Cori Heacock

I was born and raised right here in Litchfield.  I am the middle child in a family of 5 and am happily married with 7 children (2 biological and 5 step children). I've happily worked for Meeker County for 20 years.  Growing up, we always had pets, as did my own children as they grew (dogs, cats, hamsters, guinnee pigs, birds, fish), and my husband and I currently have 2 dogs and a cat.  My hobbies include spending time with family and friends, riding our Indian Chief Vintage motorcycle, Bible study, camping.  I've been part of the local humane society fund-raising committee for about 4 years and look forward to being a part of the board.

Board Member:

Beth Oberg

Beth serves on the board as a Meeker County Commissioner. Beth also serves as chairman of the Membership Committee of HSKC.  She  has been employed as the General Manager of  American Legion Post 104  in Litchfield for over 25 years.  Beth has three children and four grandchildren.  She has always had a love for animals and currently lives in Litchfield with  her dog Gracie.  Beth believes the Shelter has been a huge asset for Meeker County and will work hard to make it even more successful. In her spare time she enjoys golf, reading and long walks with Gracie.

Board Member:

Tracey Besser
Tracey Besser has been a Certified Vet Tech since 1985. Working with companion animals, she understands the strong bond between people and their pets. She has 2 children in college and lives in Litchfield with her husband Steve. All of her pets have been rescued animals and she has 2 cats named Pewter & Rascal and a little dog named Crouton. Her hobbies include reading, scrapbooking, and anything outdoors! 

Board Member:

Jon Thoma

Jon Thoma has been in law enforcement for over 25 years and the last 13 with the Meeker County Sheriff's Office. He spent 8 years with his k-9 partner Sunny who was originally from a humane society. He enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Board Member:

Jim Butterfield

Jim Butterfield serves ont he board as a Kandiyohi County Commissioner and lives in Willmar with his wife Terrie, together they have 2 children and 6 grandchildren, all in Kandiyohi County.

Jim has been in the sales field all his adult life, training sales people along with supervising. He also has a part-time position in the Cub Foods meat dept. HeI volunteers for a number of non profits: Life Right Outreach; bible studies at the jail; the Humane Society and a couple other on a very limited bases.

His hobbies are fishing, especially with his grandkids; gardening and just plain hanging out with my best friend Terrie. 

Board Member:

Lisa Hoffer

Lisa lives in Willmar and is currently employed as an audiology assistant at Carris Health/ACMC.  She's had a love of all animals since she can remember, and is compassionate about helping as many as she can.  She has a dog and a few cats....all who were rescues, two being adopted at Hawk Creek.

She also frequently volunteers to help with Family Promise of Kandiyohi County at her church.  Other interests are spending time with her 3 children, going to concerts, gardening, decorating and being outdoors. 


Board Member:

New bio coming soon.

Board Member:

Sam Wood

Sam Wood is new to the board this year. His bio is coming soon.

Newsletter Committee:
Melanie Garberich - Editor
Hawk Creek Animal Shelter | PO Box 709 | 250 28th Street SW | Willmar, MN 56201 | 320.235.7612