Dane County Humane Society's Horse & Livestock Program
While Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) has taken in horses and other livestock for many years, the program expanded in 2016 with the construction of a brand new barn. This facility allows DCHS to house farm animals onsite, whereas previously many of these animals were sent to foster homes which could create longer lenghts of stay which meant they took longer to find homes. Our new facility, combined with our livestock experienced staff, veterinarians and volunteers has made our Horse and Livestock Program extremely successful.
- Six stalls of various sizes; from 10'x12' to 12'x16'
- Dutch doors in each stall that open onto private or semi-private paddocks
- Large storage areas including tack room, feed room and hay storage
- Indoor area used for assessments, training and adopter meet and greets
- Chicken coop with outdoor runs
Interested in volunteering in our barn?
Having equine or livestock experienced volunteers in our barn is essential to our success. Volunteers assist with daily care duties (feeding, turning in/out, cleaning) as well as basic ground training using positive reinforcement, clicker training and natural horsemanship techniques. Our volunteers much be able to work in all weather conditions and able to lift up to 50 pounds. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering in our barn, please contact our volunteer department at email@example.com.
Looking to donate to our program?
Monetary donations directly support the life-saving work that DCHS does. From the basics such as purchasing necessary food, to covering the cost of medical care, your dollar goes a long way into helping us help animals. You can donate to DCHS HERE.
If you are interested in donating supplies for our barn residents, that is great! We are always in need of specific donations such as large amounts of horse hay, wood shavings and other daily care supplies. Contact Betsy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about what items we need most.
Want to adopt a farm animal?
To see what animals are available, please go to our animal search page HERE. If we don't have what you are looking for, please contact Betsy at email@example.com to tell us more about what you'd like to adopt. We can add you to our wait list!
Do you have an equine or livestock animal that you need to surrender?
We do not accept equine or livestock surrenders without an appointment. To talk more about the surrender process and discuss the possibility of making an appointment, please contact Betsy at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also strongly encourage you to visit the Wisconsin Horse Alliance website to learn more about re-homing your horse. Click here to learn more: https://www.wisconsinhorsealliance.org/.
Do you want to visit our barn?
While our new facility is not open to the public, we often have open houses throughout the year so our supporters can check out what we are doing in the barn. Go to our event page HERE to learn more about upcoming open houses. If you are looking to have a private tour of the facility, contact Betsy at email@example.com as we are sometimes able to accommodate this request depending on availability.