Most DCHS and Wildlife Center services are by appointment only. If you found a lost animal, need to surrender a pet, found wildlife in need of help, or require another service, please call before coming to the shelter. Adoption visits are handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dane County Humane Society’s Wildlife Center is always in need of local enrichment and natural food items. Being at the Wildlife Center is stressful for animals, so we try to bring a bit of the wild inside to make it feel a little more like home. We use various types of enrichment in our patient's cages to reduce stress and provide natural food sources, which can help them grow and heal faster. The types of enrichment necessary for these animals can change with the seasons and each species, so please give the Wildlife Center a call at (608) 287-3235 to ask us about our greatest needs.

All enrichment needs to be collected legally. This means landowners must be aware of and have given permission for the collection to occur. The easiest way to collect enrichment is by obtaining it on your own property. Additional permissions must be obtained to collect items at parks and public lands, and often times there is an associated fee. Gathering enrichment from state parks and forests in Wisconsin is also prohibited except for these items listed for personal consumption.

Enrichment and natural food items can be dropped off at the Wildlife Center reception desk at 5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718 (red building), during regular business hours (9:00 am – 6:00 pm daily).

Below you will find multiple types of enrichment and natural food sources that can be collected and donated to help us with the care of our wild patients:

Greens

Duckweed

Branches and Leaf Litter

Nuts

Wild Berries

Earthworms

Other Items

If you have any questions regarding the collection of enrichment for the Wildlife Center please call (608) 287-3235.

Duckweed
(In order) Plantain, Clover, Dandelion Greens