Let's work together to ensure the best possible solution for you and your pet.
Nobody knows your pet better than you, so you would be the most successful person in finding him or her an appropriate new home. Rehoming your pet gives him or her the greatest chance at finding the perfect home and leaves one more opening at Dane County Humane Society for those animals without someone to advocate for them. For information on rehoming, please call us at 608.838.0413 ext. 100.
- List your pet with DCHS's rehoming service.
- Ask local veterinarians if you can post signs in their clinic.
- Ask local pet-related businesses if you can post signs in their store.
- Talk to friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers to see if they are looking for a pet.
- Place an ad in the paper.
Alternatives to Surrendering
We may be able to provide resources to help keep your pet in your home. For more information about alternatives to surrendering your pet, please call us at 608.838.0413 ext. 100.
In order to better serve our community and the animals being brought to Dane County Humane Society, we are implementing new policies and protocols regarding our admissions process.
On March 17, 2016, we will be adopting a managed admission philosophy. While we will continue to offer our services to all stray and owner-surrendered animals, we will strive to have all customers schedule an appointment before bringing an animal, including strays, to our facility. Embracing the managed admission process will ensure we have the resources to give each animal the best care and accommodations we can provide and allows us to properly isolate, treat, and prevent illness from spreading to at-risk populations. Managing the admission of animals will help us plan and prepare, instead of react, and will allow us to save more lives.
In addition to managing our admissions, we will be increasing our service fees for out-of-county customers bringing in stray or owned animals to ensure we have the resources to care for every animal arriving at DCHS.
Starting March 17, 2016, customers surrendering a stray animal from outside Dane County must make an appointment and pay a $150 service fee, plus tax. Dane County, and its taxpayers, currently pays DCHS for each stray we care for during its stray holding period; we do not receive payment to care or hold strays brought to us from outside of Dane County. The new service fee amount was determined by calculating what we charge Dane County for stray animal care and holding and will help us offset the cost to care and hold out-of-county strays. Further, we will also require a $150 service fee, plus our standard intake fee and tax, for owned pets being surrendered by out-of-county customers. The $150 service fee helps DCHS ensure we are financially able to care for each pet that is surrendered to us and that we are addressing the needs of our community first before expanding services to out-of-county customers.
We greatly appreciate your support as we make these important changes to our admissions process.
- Call (608) 838-0413 ext. 100 to schedule an appointment. Dane County Humane Society takes in all surrendered animal by appointment to ensure that we have the space and resources to best provide for every animal entering DCHS.
- Bring all veterinary records to your appointment. This will ensure that your animal will not receive unnecessary vaccinations or procedures and will expedite his or her medical assessment.
- Allocate 30 minutes at DCHS for your appointment. This will provide time to complete a personality and/or behavior questionnaire so we can learn more about your pet’s temperament in the home.
- Bring the animal yourself. We will receive the most accurate information if you bring your pet in yourself. If you are unable to, we need written consent from you saying you authorize this agent to bring the animal in on your behalf. All cats and critters should be in a carrier and all dogs should be wearing a collar and leash.
- Bring payment. There is a considerable cost to care for and rehome pets that are in our care. DCHS asks for a surrender fee to off-set those costs and provide the best service possible for your pet. Any donations beyond that cost are greatly appreciated. DCHS accepts cash or credit card (no checks, except for donation purposes).
Surrender Fees with Appointment
*There is an additional fee of $150 for animal coming in from outside of Dane County. If you do not live in Dane County, we ask you contact your local shelter first.