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.

May 27, 2020

Top Ways to Help Wisconsin Wildlife


Learn the top 10 ways you can help local wild animals.

Dane County Humane Society’s Wildlife Center helped nearly 4,000 wild animals in 2019, but we didn't do it alone. Our community helps by supporting the Wildlife Center in many ways. Want to learn how you can do more?

Top 10 Tips for Helping Wildlife:

1. Resist the urge to rescue baby wild animals until you talk to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. It is important to leave wild animals with their parent(s) whenever possible to give them the best chance of survival. For more tips on what to look for, visit our Wildlife Center's orphaned wildlife resources.

2. Keep your bird feeder clean. Feeders and baths are places where many birds congregate and they can be responsible for spreading disease if not regularly cleaned.

3. Get the lead out! Choose lead-free ammunition and fishing tackle to prevent toxicity in wildlife.

4. Keep your cat indoors, contained or supervised when outdoors. This is much safer for your cat, and prevents injury to birds and other wild animals.

5. “Nuisance” wildlife problems? Focus on prevention! Remove outdoor food and seal off any dark, quiet spaces that wildlife may choose as a den site before it becomes a problem.

6. Do not live trap and relocate wildlife. Often mistaken as a humane option, it can separates mom and babies, and leaves adults struggling to survive in a new location.

7. Never use poison for rodent control. Rodenticides not only kill rodents, but also can be deadly to any animal that eats the sick or dead rodent.

8. Prevent window collisions. There are a variety of simple steps you can take to prevent birds from flying into your windows.

9. Go natural. Eliminate the use of pesticides and incorporate native plants into your yard to attract a variety of pollinators, birds and other wildlife.

10. Visit the Wildlife Center's webpage if you have questions about any of the above tips!

Your support of DCHS provides thousands of animals a safe place to rest and recover each year. Please consider making a gift today to continue helping people help animals, no matter what tomorrow might bring. Don't forget - your gift can make DOUBLE the impact when you give by June 30, thanks to a $10,000 matching gift challenge from the Werndli Charitable Trust.

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However Long It Takes

It took Cannoli 269 days to find his new home. It's thanks to the incredible support of our generous community that DCHS could provide Cannoli with healing, shelter, and care until then.

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Dec 6th, 2022

So Many Ways to Support DCHS

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.

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Dec 2nd, 2022

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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Nov 29th, 2022

From Rough Past to New Beginning Thanks to You

Thanks to your generous support, DCHS can address immediate dental and medical issues for animals like Eddie.

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Nov 29th, 2022

You Helped This Green Heron Soar

Thanks to the support of incredible community members like you, DCHS’s wildlife rehabilitators nursed this green heron back to health.

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Nov 26th, 2022

Helping Puppies Be Their Goofy Selves

When puppies like Zak become sick, DCHS can quickly diagnose and treat them thanks to generous supporters like you.

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