The mission statement of Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) is Helping People Help Animals.
In support of the organization mission, the following are core values of DCHS:
- Together we hold central the welfare and care of animals
- Together we are compassionate and empathetic in every decision and interaction
- Together we are fiscally responsible and accountable
- Together we commit to honesty and integrity
- Together we stand behind our work
- Together we embrace constructive change
- Together we lead by example and with excellence.
Dane County Humane Society is an open admission shelter saving all of the healthy and treatable animals who come into our care. This great accomplishment of achieving and maintaining an adoption-guarantee in Dane County was made possible through a multi-year collaboration with Maddie’s Fund® and Dane County Friends of Ferals.
DCHS accepts all animals that need assistance no matter their age, health status, or temperament. DCHS guarantees that all healthy cats and dogs and those with treatable medical/behavioral conditions will find new homes. While DCHS is proud to provide state of the art medical care and behavior enrichment programs, some cases are not able to be addressed or pose significant safety risks for the public and may lead to euthanasia. DCHS does not make any of these decisions based on length of stay or space and have reduced our overall euthanasia rate.
Approximately 7,000 animals pass through our doors every year including companion animals, exotic species, farm animals, small mammals, and orphaned or injured wildlife. We serve as the stray animal holding facility for Dane County, and we reunite over 1,000 lost pets with their families each year. DCHS is a recognized leader in providing many services including low cost spay/neuter, humane education, adoption services, and wildlife rehabilitation.
In the past few years, DCHS has been able to reach out to shelters beyond our immediate community to transfer animals into and out of our shelter to better place them. DCHS works with more than 80 rescues and shelters throughout Wisconsin and the United States including local organizations: Dane County Friends of Ferals, Angel’s Wish, and Friends of Noah. Most notable was our Free Pet Adoption Days held June 2013 which was generously supported by a grant from Maddie’s Fund®.
DCHS currently assists Dane County, the City of Madison, and Rock County authorities when they pursue animal seizures due to suspected abuse and neglect. DCHS is private, non-profit organization and has no legal authority to investigate animal abuse or seize animals. The shelter maintains contractual relationships to serve as a holding facility for stray and impounded animals, including those seized by local authorities pursuant to Chapter 173 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Decisions on whether to seize an animal or to keep a seized animal at DCHS are made by law enforcement, statutorily-authorized humane officers, and representatives of Dane County Animal Control, in conjunction with local prosecutors and the courts.
Operational Committees: Groups of DCHS staff and volunteers who work together to make DCHS the best it can be.
Position statements have been approved by the Board of Directors of DCHS. These statements constitute the attitude and position of DCHS regarding animal welfare and protection issues at this particular time in history. DCHS publishes position statements as a barometer by which the shelter expects to be judged in efforts to help make the community a more humane society as a whole.
Business Development Board
The Dane County Humane Society Business Development Board is the engine for fundraising and outreach in support of DCHS’ mission. The Business Development Board forges new relationships by networking throughout the community to promote awareness of and involvement with DCHS and its programs. Board members both identify and generate strategic business opportunities that advocate DCHS’ accomplishments, while also raising money for future initiatives. The Business Development Board’s diverse and well-connected members drive the Dane County Humane Society’s operational success and act to serve, strengthen and transform the community as a whole. Learn more about Business Development Board responsibilities.
Board of Directors
DCHS's Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the shelter. The Board is comprised of community members committed to the mission of Helping People Help Animals. Board members volunteer their time.
Cathy Holmes (President)
Joseph S. Goode (Vice President)
Shirley Crocker (Secretary)
Bridget Bush (Treasurer)
Board members are chosen either by appointment from the Board or by election from DCHS members at the annual meeting.
Meetings are open to active DCHS members. The Board of Directors meets monthly on the third Wednesday from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the DCHS training room. Occasionally, meetings are held offsite.
Statistics and Financials
DCHS openly shares shelter animal intake and outcome statistics and financials.
DCHS appreciates and solicits feedback from adopters, donors, and program participants.