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.

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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Feb 2nd, 2023

Bunny Dates Help Pet Rabbits Get Closer

Rabbits need a number of bunny dates to help them become bonded. We discuss some rules to follow to help make the process a success.

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Feb 2nd, 2023

Something to Chew On: Dental Health for Pets

Oral care is vital to our pets’ overall health, which is why DCHS is fortunate to have a dental suite. Learn why you should be concerned and get tips to help your pet maintain good dental hygiene.

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Jan 24th, 2023

Behind the Numbers: Wildlife Center's 2022 Annual Report Data

What animals were admitted to DCHS's Wildlife Center for rehabilitation in 2022? How many of what species, and could we find any trends? See details of our recent annual wildlife reports!

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Jan 24th, 2023

Bald Eagle Boom: Setting Intake Records in 2022

A record number of bald eagles came in to DCHS's Wildlife Center in 2022. How many eagles were admitted and for what reasons? The answers and numbers below may surprise you.

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Jan 24th, 2023

The Tale of the Lone Canada Goose

Heartwarming story alert! Read about one of the last patients to arrive at DCHS's Wildlife Center in 2022.

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Jan 24th, 2023

Intern Q&A: How Did This Internship Impact Your Learning?

Special thanks to our fall interns, who began training at DCHS's Wildlife Center last August and recently finished their semesters. But before they flew the nest, we asked one last question.

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