Welcome to the Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society!

News & Events

RibFest Volunteers Needed!

BENCHS has been asked to provide volunteers for the 25th Annual RibFest, August 3-6, 2023! The four-day fest will once again feature the best ribs from across the country and […]

Annual Plant Sale – June 3rd

Is your garden or greenhouse overflowing and you’re looking to share some of your green-thumb goodness? BENCHS can help by accepting plant donations of all kinds! Annuals…perennials…vegetables…house plants ~ we’ll […]

New Animal Care Manager at BENCHS

In mid-January, the Board successfully filled the Animal Care Manager position with Lauren Wensmann. Lauren has volunteered with different rescue organizations, providing transportation, foster coordination and fostering cats and kittens. [...]

Pins 4 Paws Raises Funds for BENCHS

BENCHS held it's Pins 4 Paws Bowling Fundraiser again this March! Pins 4 Paws began as a fundraiser in memory of Jerry Wegmann, a BENCHS fan. Jerry Wegman was a [...]

2022 Community Impact

836 PETS

200+ PETS



Our Mission

The Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding loving forever homes for homeless cats and dogs, using spay/neuter programs to reduce the number of unwanted pets, and reuniting lost and found animals with their owners.

Our Core Values


  • Show Compassion for animals and humans by demonstrating empathy and respect.
  • Encourage Teamwork for the common good of the animals and people we serve.
  • Exhibit Honesty and Integrity in what we say, do and think.
  • Strive for Continuous Improvement by imagining the possible, challenging constraints and driving progress.

Read Some Of Our Success Stories

We receive wonderful stories of BENCHS alumni on a regular basis, and we want to thank those who take the time to share them with us. We are invested in each and every pet we care for, and we want the best for them!  This is why we do what we do. This is why you give, volunteer, adopt, and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.

Associations and Sponsorships