Dane County Humane Society's Wildlife Center, formerly known as Four Lakes Wildlife Center, 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 100 patients.
After the first summer’s influx of wildlife, it was clear there was a need for wildlife rehabilitation in our community and that more help would be needed to provide the care for the increasing number patients. The program began to recruit and train interested community members to care for the wildlife in our care, and to this day, volunteers and interns provide the majority of the basic daily animal care.
Since its inception, the program has had over 30,000 animals pass through its doors. With the support of the community, the wildlife program continues to grow and now serves more than 4,000 animals every year.
If you find a wild animal you believe is in need of assistance, please contact us at (608) 287-3235 before intervening. Our knowledgeable staff can guide you through the next steps and determine when help is truly needed. New patient admissions are by appointment only.