Our Main Shelter (including the Adoption Center and Front Office) will be closed Saturday, 9/30, for Bark & Wine! The Wildlife Center and Thrift Store will be open their regular hours.

Apr 25, 2023

Celebrating Ruth Vetter Day


April 26th marks a special day at Dane County Humane Society (DCHS).

In recognition of a woman whose generosity continues to help animals in need, we celebrate Ruth Vetter Day every April 26th.

During her lifetime, Ruth was a woman of great kindness who supported the lifesaving work of DCHS. Her compassion made a huge difference in the lives of animals, especially for cats both at DCHS and in the community and in reducing the homeless animal population in Dane County.

As described by her friends, Ruth was an independent person who lived with simple values. When asked why she chose to help animals, she always gave the same response: “Because the animals need it.” Ruth was an advocate for the voiceless. Whenever she could, she tried to help in any way to bring a better life to the unfortunate.

Ruth lived a very full and long life. As her life was nearing its end, she made sure that her compassion for animals would continue for years to come, by creating a legacy with DCHS. Her generosity continues to impact animals today as they receive the care, comfort, and new beginnings that they deserve.

Some might argue that it was Mama Cat who enlightened Ruth and sparked Ruth’s journey to help animals. Read Mama Cat's story

​Legacy gifts in wills and other estate plans are powerful ways to support the care and comfort of our community’s animals for generations to come. DCHS makes it easy to become part of the Dane County Humane Society Legacy Society by providing simple options and resources.

DCHS has been helping people help animals for over a century. Might you join us for the next generation?

Ruth Vetter

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Sep 7th, 2023

Supporting Our Community Together

Your incredible support provides that extra help needed to keep families together.

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Sep 5th, 2023

Clear The Shelters Helps Pets Find New Homes

DCHS helps more pets find loving homes in August, besting other recent months by a wide margin, thanks to the Clear The Shelters adoption event.

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Aug 28th, 2023

An Ode to Crows

Enjoy an ode to crows, learn about theses interesting birds, and read a rehabilitation story from DCHS's Wildlife Program Manager.

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Aug 1st, 2023

DCHS Hosts Clear The Shelters 2023

DCHS holds month-long adoption promotion to help more pets find loving homes during Clear The Shelters 2023.

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Jul 31st, 2023

New Beginnings for Senior Dogs

Thanks to a generous grant award from The Grey Muzzle Organization, DCHS could provide necessary dental care to senior dog Barbie.

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Jul 17th, 2023

It's Raining Woodpeckers!

Over 1,000 animals have already been admitted to DCHS’s Wildlife Center for rehabilitation in the first half of 2023. What species of songbird are we seeing the most? Woodpeckers!

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