The Issue: Expense of Specialty Food for Animals
In 2011, Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) spent more than $2.98 million to care for stray and surrendered animals. Though DCHS receives dry dog food donations from Mounds Pet Food Warehouse, it needs canned, specialty, and prescription food to ensure each animal gets an appropriate diet.
The Campaign: Funding Food and Shelter for Animals
If 30 people donate $10, then DCHS can fund a day of shelter, food, and veterinary care for 30 animals. While at the shelter, animals receive appropriate food for their individual diets, as well as toys and bedding to keep them comfortable and happy. Each additional $10 will fund one day of shelter and care for another animal.
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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.