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Apr 26, 2022

Celebrating Ruth Vetter Day

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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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