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.

Nov 30, 2020

You Make Families Whole


Double your impact for animals in our community!

Your kindness towards Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) helps thousands of animals find loving homes each year. Because of you, animals like Muriel have the new beginnings and loving families they deserve.

Muriel arrived at Dane County Humane Society as a stray. An older yellow-lab mix, Muriel quickly stole the hearts of our staff and volunteers. She was very stressed at the shelter, and to help her relax Muriel spent her days getting lots of love and affection in a staff office or going for leisurely walks. Muriel was one of the 178 animals in our Lonely Hearts Club in 2019. The Lonely Hearts Club highlights animals that need extra help finding a home, and typically features animals who have been at the shelter longer than a month due to medical concerns, old age or are just being overlooked. Almost two months after Muriel’s arrival at DCHS she met her new family - Ashley and Zach.

Ashley and Zach had said goodbye to their previous dog a year earlier, and had been keeping an eye on our website, looking for an older dog to welcome into their family once they were ready. After seeing Muriel on the website for week after week, they decided to go meet her in person. When they met Muriel, they took her for a walk around DCHS and spent some quality time with her in a look room. Our staff shared all of Muriel’s known medical concerns as an older dog and what little we knew about her life. After discussing it, they decided to take Muriel home that day!

Muriel quickly adopted Ashley and Zach as her people and took to her new house like it had always been hers. It didn't take long for her to win a special place in their hearts with her quiet demeanor and loving disposition. “We couldn't be happier to have her in our family and we feel blessed every day we get to spend with her,” says Ashley.

Unfortunately, shortly after Muriel found her home, she was diagnosed with multiple cancers. “We were upset because we had grown so attached to her already, but also okay with the news because we knew her final years would be spent with a family that would love her and care for her.” Muriel eventually had surgery to remove several tumors and make her a bit more comfortable. “She has good days and bad days, but she is always such a happy girl,” says Ashley.

“DCHS has been an important part of our lives, and we feel lucky to have such an amazing organization in our community,” says Ashley. “Not only are they responsible for connecting us with Muriel, but we've seen firsthand the hard work and caring spirit of the DCHS team. Continuing to give back to DCHS is something we plan to keep doing to show our gratitude to them and to help other animals like Muriel find their forever homes.

Your support of DCHS provides thousands of animals like Muriel a safe place to rest and recover each year. Because of you, Muriel, Ashley and Zach are now together as a happy family. Please make a gift today to help more animals find the love and healing they deserve.

When you donate today through Tuesday your gift will have DOUBLE the impact thanks to our generous $21,000 matching gift. Thank you for donating and creating happy and healthy families!

A message from one of our matching gift donors, Realtor Deb Sybell:

Deb Sybell
Realtor Deb Sybell

“I am proud to partner with Dane County Humane Society for #GivingTuesday so your donations can go even further in helping our furry friends and the people that love and care for them. As a realtor, I know the hope that a home provides to people. As the “mom” of two rescue dogs, I also know the hope that home provides to animals in need of a new beginning. Through this partnership, together we can make a positive difference in the lives of animals that give so much to us in return.” - Realtor Deb Sybell

Thank you for your generosity and patience! Due to all the support of DCHS this Giving Tuesday, our donation form below may take a minute or two to load.

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