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.

Dec 6, 2022

So Many Ways to Support DCHS

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No matter how you give to DCHS, your generosity saves lives! Learn more about the many ways you can make a big difference for animals in need.

We rely on support from our community members to help our animals. We want to make it easy for you to support DCHS however best works for you! DCHS offers multiple ways to donate. Gifts to DCHS are tax-deductible, and some gifts can help you avoid taxes, too! Please consult with your financial advisor for advice.

We’re here to help you donate now, as well as give the gift of a lifetime via an estate gift. Thank you for your compassion to help us provide care and comfort to thousands of animals each year.

One-time gifts

Online: We accept credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover), PayPal, Venmo, Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Bank Transfer. Ready to donate? Just click here.

Mail: Send a check to Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718. Please make your check payable to “DCHS”.

Stocks, bonds, and other securities: Making a gift of appreciated stock can help you avoid capital gains taxes and maximize your donations! Contact Amy Good at agood@giveshelter.org or (608) 838-0413 ext. 129 for information on transferring securities from your brokerage to ours. These transfers can take some time, so we recommend requesting these in early December. Be sure to reach out and let us know if you made a gift of stocks, bonds, or other securities, as we don’t always receive complete contact information for tax receipts and thank you notes.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) from IRAs: If you’re over 70.5 years old and need to take your required minimum distribution, you can do a direct transfer to DCHS, excluding the transfer from taxable income. Reach out to your financial advisor for advice and their QCD request document, and be sure to share our EIN: 39-0806335.

Donor Advised Funds (DAF): Some brokerage firms help you create a DAF to support charities. Just contact your financial advisor to set up a fund or initiate a gift. If you give via DAF, please send an email to Kelsie Matt at kmatt@giveshelter.org as we don’t always get the donor’s information on the check and we want to be able to thank you!

Monthly Giving-Constant Companions

Online: Set up your monthly gift online via credit and debit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover), PayPal, Google Pay, Apple Pay, or Bank Transfer. Ready to set up this recurring gift now? Click here.

Directly with your Bank: Give through your checking or savings account directly by completing this form.

Coming Soon!

Cryptocurrency: DCHS will soon be able to accept cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, USD Coin, and many other popular crypto currencies through our website. If you want to be contacted when this feature is available, please contact Amy Good at agood@giveshelter.org or (608) 838-0413 ext. 129.

Vehicle Donations: DCHS will be able to consider almost any vehicle for donation starting in early 2023! Our vehicle donation partner strives to accept all types of donated vehicles (running or not) including cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, campers, off-road vehicles, planes, heavy equipment, farm machinery, and most other motorized vehicles. If you want to be contacted when we can accept vehicles, please contact Amy Good at agood@giveshelter.org or (608) 838-0413 ext. 129

Legacy Giving

Legacy Giving can be simple and costs you nothing today, and your future gift will help DCHS save animals, support our community, and care for wildlife for many years to come. Simply include DCHS in your will or trust, or name DCHS as a primary or contingent beneficiary of your insurance policy, donor advised fund, or financial account. You can learn more, and create a will for free, on our Legacy Society page.

A Special Note on Year-End Gifts

If you are looking for a 2022 tax-deduction:

  • Make your gift online by 11:59 pm on December 31, 2022
  • Drop your check in the mail to be postmarked by December 31, 2022
  • Bring your gift to the shelter by 2:00 pm on December 31, 2022
  • Initiate your securities gift or QCD by December 15 so we can receive it by December 31, 2022

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Jan 24th, 2023

Behind the Numbers: Wildlife Center's 2022 Annual Report Data

What animals were admitted to DCHS's Wildlife Center for rehabilitation in 2022? How many of what species, and could we find any trends? See details of our recent annual wildlife reports!

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Jan 24th, 2023

Bald Eagle Boom: Setting Intake Records in 2022

A record number of bald eagles came in to DCHS's Wildlife Center in 2022. How many eagles were admitted and for what reasons? The answers and numbers below may surprise you.

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Jan 24th, 2023

The Tale of the Lone Canada Goose

Heartwarming story alert! Read about one of the last patients to arrive at DCHS's Wildlife Center in 2022.

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Jan 24th, 2023

Intern Q&A: How Did This Internship Impact Your Learning?

Special thanks to our fall interns, who began training at DCHS's Wildlife Center last August and recently finished their semesters. But before they flew the nest, we asked one last question.

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Jan 24th, 2023

An Update on the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus

What affect did HPAI have on intake procedures at DCHS's Wildlife Center? Read about the process and what it took to maintain biosecurity.

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Jan 18th, 2023

You Can Help This Pelican & Swan While They Heal

For $30, you can provide fresh greens, fish, insects, and grains for these aquatic birds while they continue to heal.

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