Tours of DCHS - Main Shelter
Come and see first hand what the Dane County Humane Society has to offer! Learn about DCHS, witness staff and volunteers in action, and see the adoptable animals. Groups can also learn about different pets and their care by interacting with the classroom animals.
A behind-the-scenes tour is available for groups of all ages! During the hour tour, visitors will view the adoption center, visit the adoptable animals, enter staff only areas, observe the veterinary clinic, and interact with the classroom animals. We are able to accommodate groups of all sizes, but ask that larger groups be divided into groups of no more than 15 participants.
- 1 - 15 Participants: $25
- 16 - 30 Participants: $50
- 31 - 45 Participants: $75
To schedule a tour, please contact the DCHS Humane Educator at [email protected] or (608) 838-0413 ext. 115. Please allow a minimum of one week advance notice for scheduling a tour.
Let Dane County Humane Society come to you! Our Humane Educator will visit your school or organization at your request. Presentation fees go toward caring for all the homeless animals at DCHS. Presentations are individually tailored for pre-schools, scout meetings, library programs, senior facilities, youth clubs, special events, and more! We are able to accommodate groups of all sizes, but ask that larger groups be divided into groups of no more than 20 participants. We can cover the variety of topics listed below. If you do not see a topic on what you are interested in, please contact us and we can develop a presentation specifically for your group!
Presentation topics –
Dane County Humane Society
- Learn about the shelter and what we do as a private non-profit organization to help over 9,000 animals a year!
- Learn how to care for different types of animals and meet some of our education animals!
- Did you know that 77% of dog bites involving children are from dogs that they know? Learn how to be safe and kind around dogs that you know and that you may meet in your neighborhood!
Four Lakes Wildlife Center
- What should you do if you find an orphaned or injured wild animal? Learn about our wildlife rehabilitation center and how to care for native wildlife in your own backyard.
- Learn the key characteristics of insects in great detail and learn about the different adaptations they have!
Pow! Blam! Kaboom!
- Did you know that animals have superpowers? Learn about animal adaptations that are similar to superhero powers, such as camouflage and regeneration of limbs.
Any of the presentations above may be given at each time limit or turned into an interactive workshop with the addition of a craft or game!
- 30 minutes - $40
- 45 minutes - $50
- 1 hour - $60
Add a 15 minute craft or game to the presentation for an additional $20!
If you are interested in booking multiple presentations on the same day, please contact the Humane Educator for those fees.
*Additional travel expenses may apply.
To book a presentation, please contact the DCHS Humane Educator at [email protected] or (608) 838-0413 ext. 115.
Multiple Reservation Discount
A school or organization who books multiple reservations for school groups at one time (but for presentations on different days) will receive a 10% discount on program fees.
Frequently Asked Questions
How far in advance should I book my program or tour?
All events are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, we recommend that schools book presentations and tours as early as possible.
I am looking for a presentation topic that is not listed above. Do you have any other options?
The DCHS Humane Educator would be more than happy to develop a program that would meet the needs of the students at your school. Feel free to reach out with an idea or question and they will be happy to help!