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Dane County Humane Society is a non-profit, community-supported organization in Madison, Wisconsin. Their open admission policy and adoption guarantee means that all healthy or treatable animals are taken in until a new loving home can be found.
The society was founded in 1921, when Ida Kittleson, wife of Madison’s Mayor, began to house lost and abandoned animals in the basement of their home. Dane County Humane Society is now the second-largest shelter in Wisconsin, caring for over 9,000 animals annually. Over 800 dedicated staff work endlessly to provide care, safety, and comfort to all those who come through their doors: 4,000 of which are wild and farm animals!
Their mission is threefold:
Begin by browsing their website's gallery to see if you can spot your new best friend.
Next, call the adoption center to make an appointment for a visit. Over the phone, an adoption counselor will discuss your preferences, experience, and home environment to help find the right pet for you.
On the day of your appointment at the shelter, you’ll have the opportunity to meet any animals that could be a potential match. Medical and behavioral needs will be discussed in detail to make sure you're aware of all the responsibilities of caring for your new pet. Dane County Humane Society's adoption counselors are extremely supportive and will work closely with you to find the perfect companion.
It’s also possible to take your new friend home on the same day! The shelter will even provide a small amount of pet food to get you started.
Adoption fees at Dane County Humane Society are as follows:
Dog adoption fees are on a sliding scale, according to health, behavior, and length of stay at the shelter.
Your adoption fee for dogs and cats covers spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, flea and tick treatment, heartworm testing (for dogs), and any other necessary veterinary care.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.