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.

Oct 31, 2022

Best 8 Ways to Celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

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National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is November 6 through 12. How are you celebrating?

Below are a few ways you could show your appreciation for shelters like DCHS:

1. Adopt: Your new best friend could be waiting. From dogs to cats to rabbits and more, DCHS has a variety of amazing animals looking for loving homes. Maybe you want to snuggle up with a senior cat – after all, November is also Adopt a Senior Pet Month -- or you’re finally ready to add another chicken to your coop, our experienced Adoption Counselors can help find a great match for you and your family. Find your new bestie!

2. Donate: No amount is too small. Monetary donations give DCHS and our Wildlife Center the necessary funds to support the needs of the animals who come through the doors of DCHS and our Wildlife Center. DCHS also received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, ensuring donors they can “give with confidence.” Donate today to DCHS and our Wildlife Center!

3. Shop: Need a hostess gift? Done with your holiday shopping? Visit the DCHS Thrift Store at 6904 Watts Road in Madison to find specially-curated treasures! They offer clothing, decor, City Tins, Bucky Books, furniture, and other items at some of the lowest prices in town. All sales benefit DCHS. Shop local or follow the Thrift Store on Facebook to stay on top of the latest deals!

4. Spread the word: DCHS is an adoption guarantee shelter, meaning all healthy and treatable animals can stay at DCHS for as long as it takes to find their loving home. We also offer a number of services, like dog training classes. To stay in the know, sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share with your friends! For wildlife enthusiasts, follow our Wildlife Center on Facebook.

5. Support wildlife: Whether you like to work with your hands or you just like to observe, your skills can help support wildlife. For the handy people, you can build a nest box for birds or crochet bird nests. For the animal watcher, there are a number of citizen science opportunities, including monitoring bats and reporting on turtle road crossings and fox and coyote sightings. Find your wildlife project!

6. Independent fundraising: Whether it’s hosted by individuals, groups, or businesses, independent fundraising brings a community together for a good cause. How can you bring your colleagues, friends, or family together for the animals? Host an event!

7. Volunteer: We couldn’t accomplish everything we do daily without volunteers. They are the backbone of DCHS. The cleanings, the feedings, and of course, the snuggling. Volunteers, both in-shelter and foster families at-home, love our animals and our animals love them. Become a volunteer!

8. Join the team: We are caregivers, family builders, support raisers and, most importantly, animal lovers. Join the DCHS team!

The WIldlife Center team gives an exam to a bald eagle.

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