Most DCHS and Wildlife Center services are by appointment only, including reuniting lost animals, surrendering a pet, wildlife rehabilitation, and more. Adoption visits are first-come, first-served. We recommend checking our current waitlist prior to your visit.

Service Days

Service Days are a great way for kids and their families to help the animals at Dane County Humane Society without having to commit to a regular volunteer shift. Participants will get the opportunity to earn service hours while engaging in helpful volunteer activities at the shelter. We host these "pop-up" events when our educators don't have any other events booked that day, so sometimes we will plan them with short notice.

Upcoming Service Days:

Saturday, January 21st 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Sunday, January 29th 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Register Here!

Details

Service days will typically last 1.5 hours and provide opportunities for participants to:

  • Gain animal knowledge
  • Learn about Dane County Humane Society
  • Build relationships with other animal lovers
  • Increase comfort around animals
  • Enhance leadership skills and confidence building
  • Plus, tons of fun!

Youth participants must be between the ages of 8-15. Kids can be dropped off or adults are welcome to stay and participate with their child. Adult participants must register for the event, too!

$15 per participant

Each day includes volunteer activities to help the shelter and time with our classroom animals. Examples of activities include stuffing Kong dog toys, making treat boxes, cleaning up the walking trails, and much more!

Allergy Information: DCHS utilizes peanut butter for animal enrichment throughout the shelter, and therefore is unable to provide a peanut-free facility. We are unable to make accommodations for children with severe peanut allergies.

Please email education@giveshelter.org if you have questions or need assistance.

Education Program Information

Cancellation Policy

Refunds may be granted up to 24 hours after payment has been submitted, if requested in writing to the Humane Educator at education@giveshelter.org. After 24 hours from payment submission, fees are non-refundable but the event reservation may be transferred to another date in some situations. Dane County Humane Society reserves the right to cancel events due to various circumstances.

Education Opportunity Statement

At Dane County Humane Society, we know our education programs thrive from having diverse and inclusive participation. Diversity and inclusion are celebrated and embraced at Dane County Humane Society. We will not discriminate against or give preference to any person because of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, handicap or disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, arrest record, genetic information, veteran status or other class protected by applicable law. DCHS puts people first and we are happy to work with learners to remove barriers and put any reasonable accommodations into practice to the extent that it is safe to do so.