https://www.giveshelter.org/how-to-help/volunteer -- Volunteer Info
(608) 838-0413 Ext. 100 -- General Information
(608) 838-0413 Ext. 145 -- Adoption Center
(608) 287-3235 -- Wildlife Center
**In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, DCHS is open by appointment only effective Tuesday, March 17. Please call and set an appointment before coming to the shelter**
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 12 -7 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Phones are answered every day beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Open 12:00pm - 3:00pm Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
Dane County Humane Society - Main Shelter
5132 Voges Rd
Madison, WI 53718
Dane County Humane Society is an open admission shelter saving all of the healthy and treatable animals who come into our care. This great accomplishment of achieving and maintaining an adoption-guarantee in Dane County was made possible through a multi-year collaboration with Maddie’s Fund® and Dane County Friends of Ferals.
DCHS accepts all animals that need assistance no matter their age, health status, or temperament. DCHS guarantees that all healthy cats and dogs and those with treatable medical/behavioral conditions will find new homes. While DCHS is proud to provide state of the art medical care and behavior enrichment programs, some cases are not able to be addressed or pose significant safety risks for the public and may lead to euthanasia. DCHS does not make any of these decisions based on length of stay or space and have reduced our overall euthanasia rate.
Approximately 9,000 animals pass through our doors every year including companion animals, exotic species, farm animals, small mammals, and orphaned or injured wildlife. We serve as the stray animal holding facility for Dane County, and we reunite over 1,000 lost pets with their families each year. DCHS is a recognized leader in providing many services including low cost spay/neuter, humane education, adoption services, and wildlife rehabilitation.
In the past few years, DCHS has been able to reach out to shelters beyond our immediate community to transfer animals into and out of our shelter to better place them. DCHS works with more than 80 rescues and shelters throughout Wisconsin and the United States.
DCHS currently assists Dane County and the City of Madison authorities when they pursue animal seizures due to suspected abuse and neglect. DCHS is private, non-profit organization and has no legal authority to investigate animal abuse or seize animals. The shelter maintains contractual relationships to serve as a holding facility for stray and impounded animals, including those seized by local authorities pursuant to Chapter 173 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Decisions on whether to seize an animal or to keep a seized animal at DCHS are made by law enforcement, statutorily-authorized humane officers, and representatives of Dane County Animal Control, in conjunction with local prosecutors and the courts.
Spay and neuter assistance program, videos for schools, pet matching, volunteer opportunities, foster families, and Love a Pet. Call for details.
The Dane County Humane Society is a private, non-profit organization. Programs such as adoption, education, spay/neuter offset, and others are funded by memberships, donations, and bequests. Law enforcement and county stray pick ups are contracted by the Dane County Board and funded by tax dollars.