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.

These animals are available for adoption and are located at the DCHS Main Shelter or satellite locations.

LEARN ABOUT THE ADOPTION PROCESS

ADOPTION FEES

SEE THE CURRENT WAITLIST

Check the Waitlist Before Your Visit

Prior to visiting DCHS, we recommend checking the current waitlist above to meet with and adopt an animal at the shelter so you can plan accordingly. The more names that are listed, the longer you can expect your wait time to be before being paired with one of our counselors to meet your potential new pet(s). Wait times can vary from a few minutes to several hours. Thank you for your patience.

Important Labels to Notice on Adoptable Animals

“Unavailable for Visits Today” animals are available animals that cannot be met with today because they are either recovering from surgery or offsite on an outing. If you are interested in trying to meet that animal, plan to visit the shelter a different day.

“Available from Foster” animals are not physically in our shelter. If you are interested setting up an appointment to meet one of these animals please call the Adoption Center at (608) 838-0413 ext 145 and leave a message.

“Available from DCHS Thrift Store” animals are housed at our Thrift Store located at 6904 Watts Rd, Madison, and you may visit the thrift store during open hours to meet them.

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These animals are available for adoption from individuals within the community. You will need to contact the pet’s listor directly. These animals are not at the shelter.

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Princess
Female | 10
Parakeet

Lou
Male | 3
Parakeet

Wilbur
Male | 5
Parakeet

Ash
Female | 12 weeks
Domestic cat

Simon
Male | 9
Domestic short haired tabby

Maximum
Male | 13
black and white

Marble
Female | 7months
N/a

Lourdes
Female | 8
Guinea pig

The Kids
Male | 3 years
Lovebirds

Spanky
Female | 10
Tabby

Sandy
Female | Unknown
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Earl
Male | 14 years, 4 months
mixed

Max
Male | 14 years, 4 months
mixed

Penny
Female | 6
Black/Brown/White Tabby

Waffle
Male | 1
Shorthair

Lulla
Female | 1 yr
Teddy bear mix with silky yorky