Most DCHS and Wildlife Center services are by appointment only. If you found a lost animal, need to surrender a pet, found wildlife in need of help, or require another service, please call before coming to the shelter. Adoption visits are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Apr 3, 2020

New Beginnings During COVID-19

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These senior girls found their new family because of you!

Sasha and Smylee, a pair of senior husky mixes, arrived at Dane County Humane Society just days before the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world. It was a tumultuous time, with ever-changing policies and recommendations to keep our community safe. We were unsure how it would impact DCHS and the animals in our area. However, our community looks out for animals in need, and because of you animals like Sasha and Smylee found a family.

When Sasha and Smylee came to DCHS, they immediately won the hearts of our staff. They were calm and gentle girls who loved belly rubs and took treats in the daintiest way. We knew they were a fantastic senior pair, but also knew that it can be harder to find a home for a bonded pair of dogs, as not every home is ready to take on two new furry friends.

Due to our COVID-19 pandemic goal to reduce the number of animals in the shelter, Sasha and Smylee went to a foster home right away. They spent their days lounging on the couch and showing off their husky voices to their foster mom. After just a few days soaking up sunbeams and love with their foster family, and 17 days total in DCHS's care, they met their new forever mom and dad by appointment at our main shelter.

Over the past few years, Jenny and Kyle had wanted to adopt a dog, particularly an "oldie goldie senior," but it just hadn’t been the right time. When they realized they would be spending more time at home due to the pandemic, they decided to take that as a sign to open their hearts and home. Jenny and Kyle knew what adopting a senior dog entailed and wanted to give a senior the best life possible. They were looking for one dog to adopt, but when they saw Sasha and Smylee were a bonded pair they just looked at them as more dog to love.

Kyle works from home, so these ladies will never be alone. As an oncology nurse, Jenny says that after the long days, she needs them as much as they need her. In their new home, Sasha and Smylee are enjoying all of the belly rubs, walks, snacks, and love they could ever want.

"It has only been a couple of days since we adopted Sasha and Smylee but they are already getting to know and trust us," says Jenny. "They howl when they need to go out and are very vocal! They love to go for short frequent walks, and lounge around our house anywhere they please. They are so full of love and I can’t wait for them to realize that this is the beginning of the rest of their lives. We love them so much already!"

The happy adoptions, wildlife releases and other new beginnings that Dane County Humane Society has done for the last 99 years is because of you. Here at DCHS, we're lucky to have a front row seat to incredible generosity everyday, but especially during this crisis. You rallied together and helped us reach our goal for Toto's Gala, even though the physical event was cancelled. You reached out with kind words and well wishes for our staff who are working hard at the shelter every day. We've seen adoption waitlists grow each day, businesses reach out with offers to help, and donations coming in to help support our animals and staff. And best of all, you are still giving animals like Sasha and Smylee the new beginnings they need. Thank you!

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