Last summer a Madison resident noticed a few juvenile woodchucks wandering alone near a busy highway. This concerned citizen decided to investigate and soon learned that a car had hit their mother and the young woodchucks were now orphaned. Knowing they would not survive without further care and treatment, the woodchucks were carefully captured and brought to Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center.
Our trained wildlife staff were able to access the woodchucks and determine they were underweight and infested with fleas.
Because of your support, FLWC staff were able to create a specialized feeding program and begin treatment for their fleas. Since the woodchucks were so small, they had to be fed with a syringe, requiring specialized equipment and highly trained staff and volunteers. As they got older, they began to drink their formula from dishes, and were eventually weaned from the formula and given adult foods such as fresh greens, hay, rodent block, fruit and veggies. To help them prepare for release, they were moved into an outdoor enclosure where they were able to roam and become familiar with outdoor surroundings again.
In July, our wildlife staff released three healthy woodchucks into their new home, located on one of FLWC’s release sites. This property belongs to a wildlife enthusiast that has offered their private property as a safe release site for rehabilitated wildlife.
Thanks to the participation of wildlife advocates, the woodchucks had a safe release and great habitat to thrive in.
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The Brooks family has had a special connection to DCHS for many years. “Our involvement started when my daughter asked if she could collect donations instead of presents for her sixth birthday. At her party, we collected boxes full of donations, as well as monetary donations. She was SO proud to bring the items in and has now done the same thing every year since,” said Alissa, the children’s mother.
Now, three years later, a typical Friday night for the Brooks family involves taking their two children to their Humane Heroes meeting here at Dane County Humane Society.
The Humane Heroes program allows children ages 7 to 15 to learn about different types of animals, discover what we do at DCHS, and complete different crafts and service projects to help the shelter.
As the Brooks family’s involvement with DCHS grew, so did their family. Shortly after their daughter’s birthday donations started, they meet two adorable cats, King Butter and Selena, who quickly came home with them. Despite these two new felines and a Boston terrier already at home, the Brooks family quickly developed a tradition of looking at all of the adoptable dogs and cats after each Humane Heroes meeting. During one of those evening visits they saw an adorable three year-old beagle mix named Jasper and couldn’t deny their instant connection.
“We just knew he was right for our family. Our children fell in love instantly and we were so excited to bring him home,” said Alissa. After a successful introduction to the rest of their furry family, Jasper is now just one of the gang and the Brooks family can’t imagine their lives without him.
Your generous donations, make unique educational programs like Humane Heroes possible, and help teach future generations the importance of the human-animal bond. Thank you for helping create a more compassionate and humane community for all of us to live in.
Bowie (formerly known as Bud) is a 2-year-old black Lab who came to DCHS in early June as a part of a large transfer of dogs from an overcrowded shelter in Mississippi. While many of the dogs arrived with happy faces and wagging tails, Bowie was very nervous and scared. He was afraid to meet new people, walk on the floors, or even come out of his kennel.
Our Canine Behavior and Foster teams decided it would be best for Bowie to be placed into a loving foster home where he would receive the care he needed in a quiet setting.
Your support of our foster program gave us the time needed to build up Bowie’s confidence and gain his trust. While in foster care, shelter staff shared his story online hoping to reach the perfect family for Bowie. Our dedicated volunteers continued to work with him, giving Bowie the time he needed to come out of his shell. After a long journey, and with the support of staff and his loving foster family, Bowie was finally adopted this August.
“I’m surprised how well he’s doing! We’ve really connected, he’s so sweet, smart, and well behaved,” said Marcy, Bowie’s new mom. Bowie is in a happy home where he will receive the love and attention he deserves.
Your donations make success stories like Bowie’s happen every day at DCHS. Your generosity is turned into lifesaving support for pets and animals in need!
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This past May, a McFarland resident noticed three quails wondering behind her house. This group of quail seemed out of place and confused so the concerned citizen carefully gathered the birds and brought them into Dane County Humane Society’s wildlife rehabilitation program, Four Lakes Wildlife Center, for further examination.
Upon their assessment, it was apparent that these three were not wild, but domestic quail who were stray. After passing their medical and behavioral evaluations, these three birds were made available for adoption.
DCHS staff are no strangers to unique animals coming into the shelter, and they knew these three stray quail would need a loving home with knowledgeable owners.
The two male quails (Doug and Dan) were able to find their forever home with a loving owner after being featured on local TV and radio Pet of the Week segments. The female quail was able to join a more unique family through one of our community partnerships.
She was welcomed into the colony of quail that reside in the Bolz Conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. After she passed her acclimation and behavior assessment, she was released into the conservatory and was able to explore her new, exotic surroundings. She now spends most of her days enjoying luxurious sand baths, exploring the conservatory with her quail friends and scratching around mulch searching for bugs as a part of Olbrich’s natural pest control program. Our quail and her new friends help keep harmful insect populations to a minimum, protecting the conservatory’s unique flora healthy and beautiful for our community to enjoy.
Your generosity gives us the opportunity to find even the most unique animals a loving home and to build strong partnerships with local businesses and nonprofits. Together, we are building a stronger and more humane community! Thank you for your generous support and willingness to make a commitment to building our foundation of helping people help animals with your philanthropy.
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Mermaid may not be your typical Tabby, but she has never let that slow her down! She was found wondering around stray along a highway exit when a good Samaritan brought her to Dane County Humane Society.
During her initial medical assessment it was immediately obvious that Mermaid was a special girl and would need an equally special and loving family. Mermaid had a deformed back legs during to a possible congenital defect as well as an intense heart murmur.
Her adventurous spirit and loving nature won over every DCHS staff and volunteer she met. Even with limited use of her back legs, Mermaid would zoom across the room after her favorite toys and climb to the top of every piece of furniture in site.
This goofy kitty had many fans at the shelter, but she had a particularly special bond with Nicki, a DCHS Adoptions Counselor.
“I immediately fell in love with her. She was so happy, playful and her deformities didn’t stop her from doing anything. I checked in on her constantly and was thrilled to hear she made it through her spay surgery (given that she has a grade 6/6 heart murmur). I waited to see if someone else was going to love and want her as much as I did, but after waiting awhile, I just didn’t want to wait anymore. So, I adopted her because I never felt this way about any of the other cats that have come through.” – Nicki, Mermaid’s new mom
Your support helps our Adoption Counselors find the perfect match for thousands of companion animals in need every year, and sometimes those perfect matches can be found close to home.
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