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 3,800 animals every year.
What species are accepted at the Wildlife Center?
Due to an unexpected dramatic increase in wild patients, combined with staffing restrictions due to COVID-19, the Wildlife Center is regrettably not currently able to take in any additional mammal patients at this time. This will allow us to continue to provide quality care to our current hospital patients. We will continue to admit and provide rehabilitation for all native bird species, reptiles and amphibians. Members of the public should contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WiDNR) Call Center for a referral to other licensed rehabilitators that are available to accept all other species (1-888-936-7463).
We work with more than 100 different species of animals at the Wildlife Center including all species of native birds, reptiles and amphibians. If you are not sure if we will accept a species, please call us at (608) 287-3235 or (608) 838-0413 ext. 151.
What species are NOT accepted at the Wildlife Center?
We do not work with deer, raccoons, house sparrows, European starlings, rock pigeons, mice or skunks. If you have found an animal that we do not work with, please call the DNR Service Center at (888) 936-7463 for a referral to a rehabilitator that can help you.
What is the cost of care?
While there is no fee to bring an animal in, DCHS's Wildlife Center receives no federal or state funding. The Wildlife Center relies on community support to fund our operations. The average cost to care for each animal admitted to the Wildlife Center is $100, and donations to help us continue the care you started are very much appreciated. Donations can be made here or are accepted at the time of admission.