The Issue: Increased Stress for Animals in Shelters
Animals living in a shelter often experience stress, which can take a toll on their mental and physical health. Staff and volunteers work tirelessly to ensure the animals receive all the basic needs including love and affection. Something as little as a specialty toy or treat provides additional stimulation and exercise for animals, which can help alleviate stress and reduce undesirable behaviors..
The Campaign: Providing Enrichment Toys to Reduce Stress
If 30 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Dane County Humane Society can purchase 30 pieces of enrichment equipment for animals in its shelter. Enrichment equipment can include toys and feeders such as Wobbler food-dispensing toys, Kibble Nibble toys, the Funkitty Egg-Cersizer food dispenser, and Critter Natural Wood Chews, all of which can help animals adjust to shelter life. Each additional $10 raised will fund another piece of enrichment equipment for dogs, cats, and critters.
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Dane County Humane Society
Founded in 1921, Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) is an open-admission shelter that cares for approximately 7,000 animals every year—including companion animals, exotic species, farm animals, and injured or orphaned wildlife. It accepts all animals regardless of age or health condition. In 2003, DCHS partnered with the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine to become the first organization to treat ringworm, an infectious disease once thought untreatable in animals, and has since saved the lives of more than 650 cats.
Every animal that enters DCHS’s facility receives necessary medical treatments. After being microchipped and evaluated for behavioral issues, companion animals are placed with permanent families. The organization also helps rehabilitate ill, injured, or orphaned wildlife through its Four Lakes Wildlife Center program. When not working directly with animals, DCHS advocates for humane animal laws and provides outreach programs to teach people about animal welfare.