Check out our new hours. 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 29, 2021

Devoted Volunteer Mary Manering is Contributing to DCHS's Future

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Mary has included the shelter in her estate plan to ensure a more humane future.

What time can I bring the cardinal to you? How do I know if turtle eggs have been abandoned?

These are the kinds of questions that Mary Manering, a volunteer in the reception area of the Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Center, answers regularly, always with a cheery smile.

Mary is one of a growing number of volunteers and donors who have chosen to include DCHS in their estate plans. Your planned gift to DCHS carries forward your compassion and concern for animals. Planned gifts provide the resources that create new opportunities to help more animals in our community and ensure a bright future for DCHS.

Mary has served in multiple capacities on the DCHS team, as a Board Member, wildlife and Community Dog Day volunteer and Directors’ Council supporter.

“I was fortunate to have a number of relatives with farms, so animals have always been an important part of my life. In addition to farm animals, there have been rabbits, birds, chickens, fish, goats and dogs.

We have shared our home with dogs for forty years; such great companions. As you can see from the road sign, our current dogs even help with litter pickup. I am convinced our children learned responsibility and compassion by caring for dogs, and other animals, throughout their childhoods.

I believe in the progressive work of Dane County Humane Society to promote the welfare of all animals, and the people who care about them. Not only do domestic animals benefit, but also sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Dedicated Wildlife staff help thousands of wild animals every year. It is a thrill to see animals released after being successfully rehabilitated.

I decided to become a DCHS Legacy Society Supporter to help ensure this wonderful organization will continue for another 100 years...at least!”

Might you consider creating a legacy gift and ensure DCHS is a place of refuge, healing and new beginnings beyond your lifetime? Help us reach our goal of 100 new Legacy Society supporters as part of the DCHS Centennial celebration.

It’s easy to create your own legacy for animals in our community. Contact Amy Good at (608) 838-0413x129, agood@giveshelter.org or visit www.giveshelter.org/how-to-help/legacy-giving

If you have already included DCHS in your plans, please let us know so we can thank you.

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You Made Our Hearts Soar This #GivingTuesday

We are blown away by your gratitude this #GivingTuesday. Together, we raised over $108,000 for pets, barnyard animals, and wildlife in our community!

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You Helped This Green Heron Soar

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Senior Pets: Aged to Perfection

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. In honor of this special month, we look at some of the benefits of bringing home a senior companion animal.

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