Earlier this year the Wisconsin State Legislature passed Act 233 which, among many things, changed the minimum holding period for stray animals in Wisconsin from 7 days to 4 days.
Starting July 1, 2016, DCHS will be making the switch to a 4 day holding period for stray animals brought to our shelter.
Stray animals brought into DCHS starting July 1 will be held for 4 full days. Each animal is evaluated medically and behaviorally to determine whether they are an adoption candidate at DCHS, and on the 5th day those adoption candidates become available for adoption. If a stray animal must be humanely euthanized due to untreatable health or behavior issues, the animal will still be held for 7 days before being euthanized, unless the condition is so severe immediate euthanasia is the only humane option.
The ONLY change we are recommending if you have lost your pet is for owners to come into the Main Shelter to look for their pet EVERY 4 DAYS instead of once a week. Below you'll find all the other recommended things to do if you have lost your pet.
How to Report Your Lost Pet
- Contact Dane County Humane Society at (608) 838-0413 to report your lost pet.
- In addition to reporting and checking our online listings, please email photos and lost pet reports to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please enter “Find My Pet” in the subject line for us to receive your message.
- DCHS recommends coming to the main shelter at least once a week to look for your lost pet in person. It is sometimes difficult to get accurate pictures and descriptions online and nobody knows your lost pet better than you!
If you have previously reported your animal missing with DCHS and have been reunited, do not forget to call (608) 838-0413 or email to give us the happy news.
What color is my cat? - Cat colors can be described many ways. Please check out this quick guide to help describe your cat to DCHS staff.
- Visit DCHS at least every 4 days. No one knows your companion better than you! Lost reports will be kept 30 days after your last walk thru at DCHS.
- Post on craigslist under "Community → Lost + Found."
- Place a free ad in the Wisconsin State Journal under "Market Place → Place an Ad → Lost and Found." You can also call (608) 252-6363 to place an ad via telephone.
- Post flyers in your neighborhood.
- Call Madison's emergency care facilities: Madison Veterinary Services (608) 274-7772 or Veterinary Emergency Service (608) 222-2455 East or (608) 831-1101 West.
- Look for more tips and places to list your lost pet at:
Download the Lost Pet Brochure for helpful hints on how to find your lost pet!
Protect Your Pet
In addition to keeping a collar with identification tags on your pet at all times, microchipping is an effective form of permanent identification. It can be used in any kind of animal at any age and will last an animal's lifetime. DCHS offers daily walk-in microchipping services during all open hours.