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.

Aug 12, 2022

DCHS to Host Clear The Shelters Adoption Event

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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.

Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) has teamed up with NBC15 to host the sixth annual Clear The Shelters pet adoption event from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 13th, and Sunday, August 14th.

Adoption fees will be reduced for all dogs, cats, and critters during the weekend event: $50 off dog adoption fees; $5 adoption fee for young adult, adult, and senior cats; $75 adoption fee for kittens; and half price critters. Adoption fees will be reduced even further for our Lonely Hearts Club members, animals who have been at the shelter longer than average. Lonely Hearts Club dogs will be $100, and the adoption fee will be waived for Lonely Hearts Club cats and critters.

The adoption event comes at a critical time as shelters and rescues across the country are experiencing high intake and slower adoptions.

“The Clear The Shelters event is not only helping animals at DCHS find new homes,” says Lisa Bernard, Public Relations Coordinator. “Throughout this week, DCHS has been receiving animal transfers from overcrowded shelters throughout Wisconsin and from other states. Our goal is this event will help ALL of these animals find new homes thanks to our community!”

The Clear The Shelters Adoption Event will take place at Dane County Humane Society at 5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI.

Adoptions take place on a first come, first serve basis. DCHS recommends that potential adopters check out the animals available for adoption on our website prior to arriving at the shelter. Adopters should be prepared to take the animal home that day, so if they’re planning on using their own carrier or collar and leash, they should make sure to bring them along. Adopters will be added to our wait list upon arrival, and they should have a couple animals in mind to meet with in case the pet they were interested in is adopted before it’s their turn. Other than the first few arrivals, adopters should expect to wait from 1 to 3 hours or more to meet with a pet, but DCHS will text when it’s almost the adopter’s turn. Also, DCHS will control how many people can visit the kennels at any given time so as to not overwhelm the animals.

The Adoption Center will be closed Monday, August 15th, following the two-day adoption event.

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