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Apr 5, 2022

Celebrating DCHS Trailblazers

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In honor of our 100th anniversary, Dane County Humane Society took a moment to celebrate some of the trailblazers who helped us become the organization we are today.

Mounds Pet Food Warehouse - Centennial Faithful Friend Award

When DCHS identifies a need, Mounds is ready to step up and work with us to find a solution. These past 30 years are proof that when local businesses partner with local nonprofits, amazing things happen for the community! We are so incredibly grateful for this partnership and what it has done to help find tens of thousands of animals homes over the years.

Dr. Sandra Newbury - Centennial Visionary Award

Sandra brought innovation and a fresh perspective to the entire medical side of our organization and so much more. Her energy and positive spirit made it possible for us to not just solve the problems in front of us, she also saw ahead to what we could become! Thanks to this type of thinking, DCHS is a national leader in the animal welfare community, and we regularly serve as a model for shelters across the country and beyond.

Cathy Holmes - Centennial Guiding Light Award

Our Centennial Guiding Light award goes to a very special person who has been advocating for local animals in need for over 40 years, Cathy Holmes. In addition to her hands-on animal care in our foster program, accounting expertise, and board service, Cathy has also brought her special flair for events to DCHS and has given generously.

Pam McCloud Smith - Transformational Leader Award

In addition to recognizing a few key partnerships and individuals who made significant impacts on DCHS, we also looked to our own leadership. Pam McCloud Smith was given our Centennial Transformational Leader Award as a surprise from her fellow award winners, board of directors, and staff of DCHS. Watch this video to learn more about how Pam's leadership has transformed DCHS during her 20+ years as executive director.

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Sep 7th, 2022

Helping Her True Personality Shine Through

Shy Piper spent most of her time at DCHS hiding, but thanks to extra attention from staff, she became more comfortable at the shelter and found a new home where her personality could shine through.

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Sep 7th, 2022

Keeping Pets With the Families Who Love Them

Animals thrive with the families who love them. Pets for Life supports people in our community, like Fernando and his family, by providing essential supplies and services – all at no cost.

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Sep 7th, 2022

Despite Challenges, Animals Near and Far Find New Homes

In response to increasing animal populations, DCHS partnered with NBC15 to host a month-long Clear The Shelters adoption event.

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Sep 7th, 2022

Camp Pawprint Makes PAW-some Return

A huge round of a-paws to our presenters for helping make Camp Pawprint’s return educational and fun for all!

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Aug 12th, 2022

DCHS to Host Clear The Shelters Adoption Event

Dane County Humane Society is reducing fees on all dogs, cats, and critters for a two-day adoption event as part of Clear The Shelters 2022.

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Aug 3rd, 2022

Reuniting Souls to Create New Loving Families

Thanks to supporters like you, DCHS’s Behavior Modification program can help dogs like Hank improve their manners and prepare for success in their new homes.

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