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.

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




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.

Coming Soon!

Dane County Humane Society is in the process of adding a new interactive tool to help pet families in our community. Home To Home™ is a rehoming website that will help us continue to offer pet owners who can no longer keep their pets the opportunity to find new, loving homes without having to bring them to the shelter.

Please stay tuned as we hope to have our new webpage up and running by February 1, 2023. If you have a pet that you need to rehome, please check back here on February 1.

To learn more about Home To Home™, go to:


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