Our Services

Meet Our Patients - Baltimore Oriole


Patient #1995 was brought in by one of the very knowledgeable staff at Eagle Optics, birding guru Mike McDowell, to the shelter after flying into a window.  The window hit had resulted in damage to her Coracoid, a bone located in the area where the wings and chest meet.  She had trouble perching, but she had lots of spunk! She was a good eater, and she often nipped at the volunteers too.  She was also put on an anti-inflammatory pain medication called Metacam, and with plenty of cage rest, she was soon flying.

Read more about the Baltimore Oriole on the FLWC blog.

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Welcome to Four Lakes Wildlfie Center


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Our Mission


Dane County Humane Society’s (DCHS) Four Lakes Wildlife Center (FLWC) is dedicated to providing responsible care for the ill, injured and orphaned wildlife of south central Wisconsin, and to promoting education and awareness of the crucial role of wildlife in our community.


Our History


FLWC, a program of DCHS, was founded in 2002 by David Madden, former animal care director at DCHS, and Patrick Comfert, a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator. In the inaugural season, the fledgling wildlife program received over 200 patients.


After the first summer’s influx of wildlife, the program began recruiting volunteers to help care for the wildlife patients that found their way through the doors daily. Grants and donations helped to make many improvements possible during the second year, and community volunteers pitched in to help build outdoor cages.


With the outpouring of community support and an excited team of volunteers, the wildlife program progressed into its third season. The number of volunteers became large enough to care for a wider variety of animals, and to keep the wildlife center’s doors open from morning to night.


With the support of the community, each year the wildlife program continues to improve the facilities and the level of care they are able to provide their wild patients.  To this day, FLWC wildlife caretaker volunteers provide the majority of the animal care. FLWC is wrapping up its 10th year after caring for nearly 2,000 wild animals in need. Like many of the animals cared for at FLWC, the program has room to grow and the future is very promising.




FLWC Ways You Can Help

Ways You Can Help


Volunteers are critical to the success of FLWC.

Wildlife Caretaker

Wildlife caretakers provide daily care for our patients. Caretakers feed animals, clean cages, perform physical exams, administer medication, and help with other required care. Our busiest time is May-September. You can volunteer during the busy season only, or all year long. Read the job description.

Wildlife Reception Assistant

Wildlife reception assistants help with public phone inquiries and admitting of wildlife for eventual release back into the wild. Read the job description.

To volunteer at FLWC, you must complete the DCHS Volunteer Application.


FLWC offers unpaid internships for college students and recent graduates. Applications for 2013 fall internships are no longer being accepted.  Applications are being accepted for spring 2014 internships until December 1, 2013.

Wildlife foster

Wildlife foster parents take care of baby mammals, including rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, woodchucks, opossums and raccoons. If you're interested in becoming a wildlife foster, fill out a Wildlife Foster Application.

Provide a protected release site for our patients

An important part of the rehabilitation process is releasing the animal in an area with proper habitat and protection from some of the dangers they face to give them the best chance possible to be successful.  If you own a rural parcel of land and you would like it to become home to some of the wildlife who have been cared for at FLWC, please download the application and return it to our office. Interested? Fill out a Wildlife Release Site Application. 

Help fund raptor rehabilitation and research

FLWC has started a “Raptor Monitoring and Research” project in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and our Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator, Jacqueline Edmunds. Our center would like to answer the most important question in rehabilitation: “How successful are our patients after we release them, and where do they go?” In 2014, our goal will be to raise $40,000 to purchase 10 GPS tracking units to place on our hawks and owl species. We will be able to use this data to track migration routes, breeding behavior, survival rates, and population ecology. Consider making a donation today!

Make a Donation:  select "Other" and enter "Raptor Monitoring"

Other ways to help

Volunteers coordinate fundraising events year round, seeking supplies and monetary donations.


FLWC Tour Stop 12

FLWC Tour Stop 12

Want to learn more? Become a volunteer! More information and an application are available on this website (link). We can also use your financial help, more information on how to donate to FLWC can be found (here).

Thank you for touring Four Lakes Wildlife Center!

FLWC Tour Stop 11

FLWC Tour Stop 11

The happiest days at FLWC are when we are able to release an animal back to the wild. On October 9, 2013 two of our volunteers returned the snapping turtle to Lost Lake in Dodge County, near where he was found.


The wonderful people who found the turtle were able to be there for this happy occasion.