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Dane County Humane Society’s

Fall 2017 • Issue 9

Investing in the Country’s Leader in Animal Welfare (CLAW) Fund Heartwarming DCHS Alumni Updates DCHS Membership Has Its Benefits

Trouble is a Friend of Mine When the perfect match is well worth the wait

the inside scoop Family Gatherings Bark & Wine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Haunted Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Toto’s Gala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Family Scrapbook Alumni Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 - 5 Trouble is a Friend of Mine . . . . . . . . . 6 - 8

Family Giving Membership Has Its Benefits . . . . . . . . 10 Thank You to Our Donors . . . . . . . . . . 12 - 13

Pam McCloud Smith, Executive Director

Dear Friends, Our goal at Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) is to be a national model of animal sheltering. Over 8,000 companion animals, exotic species, farm animals, small mammals and orphaned and injured wildlife find refuge, healing and new beginnings at DCHS each year. We are a frontrunner in community outreach, providing adoption services, humane education and wildlife rehabilitation, but we strive to do more. We would like to have the resources needed to grow and expand our core programs and services, thereby helping more people and more homeless animals in our community and beyond. Your support continues to help us reach our goals! As supporters of DCHS, you understand the importance of compassion and empathy. Together, we are committed to promoting a more humane community, and you will see that reflected in our everyday work. From providing specialized care for animals, reuniting lost pets with their families, adopting animals into new homes, collecting and distributing pet food for local food pantries, to offering guidance and education programs, the staff and volunteers at the shelter are here to help! DCHS volunteers and professionals come together every day in the spirit of Helping People Help Animals, and together we create a culture of compassion, empathy, integrity and accountability. Dane County’s people and animals deserve a humane society that reflects our world-class region. Please show your support for Dane County Humane Society’s future growth by contributing to our Country’s Leader in Animal Welfare (CLAW) Fund. Your support of the CLAW Fund allows us the flexibility to apply your gift immediately for daily shelter and community outreach operations, help us meet unplanned, unmet and unanticipated needs in our community and model best practices for other animal welfare organizations. Long-time Madison educator Shirley Kaub generously made a $10,000 lead gift to the CLAW Fund because of her love of animals and her belief in the value of education. We deeply thank Shirley for her generosity. I want to thank you, our loyal supporters, for understanding the benefits of having a strong, vital humane society in our community and for continuing on this journey with us at DCHS. Thank you for donating to DCHS’s CLAW Fund which enables us to do more for the people and animals that need our help.

Pam McCloud Smith, Executive Director Dane County Humane Society|


Family Gatherings

<< Rewind Bark & Wine Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at the 15th annual Bark & Wine! Attendees had the chance to snuggle with some of the adoptable and alumni animals that received care and compassion at DCHS - because of your support. Together with 225 supporters and friends, we enjoyed live and silent auctions, a wine pull, delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks and desserts, all while raising over $80,000 for the animals! Thank you to the sponsors, guests, volunteers and staff who made this incredible evening such a smashing success. For a full list of those sponsors, please visit

Dogtoberfest This year’s Dogtoberfest, presented by Spectrum Brands, was an overwhelming success! Over 900 people and 400 pups joined Dane County Humane Society for a fun-filled afternoon of live bluegrass music by Milkhouse Radio and Oak Street Ramblers and costume contests emceed by NBC 15’s own Christine Bellport! Capital Brewery served its finest brews, and Madison favorites Ugly Apple Café, OSS and Miko Poké provided scrumptious options for lunch. The energy of the day was lively with dancing, laughing and tail wagging happening throughout the bier garten. We couldn’t have asked for a better day!

Paws for Pints Cat lovers and DCHS supporters alike enjoyed a purrfect day in Capital Brewery’s bier garten during Cat Care Clinic’s annual celebration of cats, Paws for Pints. Folks enjoyed tasty Capital brews, delicious food from Pots-n-Tots and Jakarta Café, won fantastic prizes and consumed cake to celebrate Cat Care Clinic’s 30th anniversary! With such fun activities to enjoy throughout the day, Paws for Pints was a simply meowvelous fundraiser for DCHS!


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If you’d like to host your own independent event to support DCHS, learn more at

Fast Forward >> Haunted Trail October 14, 21, 28, 2017 Kids’ Trail 2-5 pm; Adults’ Trail 6-9 pm

Every fall, we transform one of our Main Shelter dog walking trails into a spooky experience for DCHS supporters and thrillseekers alike. There will be a kids’ trick-or-treat trail earlier in the day with family-fun activities, and an adults-only trail in the evening where our monsters will give you the scare of a lifetime. Don’t miss appearances by our one and only Big Foot, as well as decorations that will really put you in the Halloween spirit! This event is weather dependent, so please check our website for updates.

Camp Pawprint: Day Camps October 27; December 27-29; January 1-2 and 15; March 26-30

Looking for a fun and educational way for your child to spend their school breaks? Have them spend the day with Dane County Humane Society! Your child can learn about animals, from basic pet care to how they can help wildlife, play games, complete service projects for the shelter and more! Registration for fall and winter dates is open now at Please email DCHS’s Humane Educator at for more information!

Toto’s Gala Friday, March 2, 2018

Our 5th annual Toto’s Gala will be full of exciting new features! We are moving the event to the beautiful Monona Terrace, which will allow easy parking for guests, great views of Lake Monona and more space to slip on those (ruby) dancing shoes. Toto’s Gala will kick off with a cocktail hour in the gorgeous Grand Terrace, then move into the Ballroom for dinner, a heartwarming presentation and stories of animals following their own yellow-brick-road journeys to their new families. As we wrap up the night and turn up the tunes with the debut of our Toto’s Gala after-party, you’ll realize that you’re not in Kansas anymore! Ticket sales start in January at Dane County Humane Society|


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Alumni Updates Paprika After being found alone in Fitchburg, this Australian Bearded Dragon was brought to DCHS with an injured back leg, but a sweet, curious personality. DCHS’s Animal Medical Services team determined that she would need her back, right leg amputated to live a healthy, happy life. Thanks to the help of UW Veterinary Care’s Special Species Health Service, her surgery was a success. Paprika rested and recovered in a DCHS staff member’s office, spending her days sunning on the window sill. Occasionally she would look up at you for a pet on the head or to be picked up to snuggle on your shoulder. At the end of September, Paprika was adopted by the O’Connor family - Sandra, Sean, Lily and Evan. Her full name is now Paprika McLegger. She joins a rescue critter family of three cats, a hedgehog, a three-legged Crested Gecko named Tripod McLegger and a three-legged Basilisk named Stumpy McLegger.

Lawson This adorable Florida White

rabbit came to DCHS from an overcrowded shelter in November 2016. Though he was a young gentleman with a sweet personality, Lawson didn’t find his forever family until July 2017! For Lawson, it was well worth the wait for the Armstrong family. He is adored in his new home that he also shares with Snow White, another DCHS rabbit alumnus.


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Alice (FKA Bastet) This sweet kitty went

from stray to Star! Alice was adopted by WKOW 27 meteorologist, Star Derry. She earned the name Alice because she was “dainty and adorable, but so bold and Alice in her little Wonderland.” “I’m so grateful for her. She has become my best friend. She wakes me up minutes before my alarm each morning by climbing on my chest or gently pawing my face. We’re pretty much attached at the hip. I’m so grateful to DCHS for setting us up to be a successful pair.” - Star Derry

Hatchling Turtles In 2016, Dane County

Humane Society’s Wildlife Center admitted a total of 3,280 animals. By the end of September 2017, the Wildlife Center had already admitted over 3,700 injured or orphaned wild animals for the year. Thirteen of those wild patients were hatchling turtles.

An adult female spiny softshell turtle was hit by a car and admitted to the Wildlife Center in June. Unfortunately she died on arrival, but we were able to save her eggs. In August, 13 eggs hatched! We released them back into the mother’s habitat at the end of September. They all swam away beautifully! Dane County Humane Society|


Trouble is a Friend of Mine

“I was immediately drawn to Ash. He looked like trouble and his description didn’t try to cover that up. It was obvious that he had too much energy for his own good. So, going into meeting Ash, I already had it in my head that he would be a little crazy.” These were David’s words as he thought back on that July day when he decided to come meet a 2-yearold Shepherd mix with a penchant for overly rowdy play as well as a fear of men. Ash, formerly known as Bently, had come to Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) from an overcrowded shelter in Denison, Texas. It was clear when Ash arrived at DCHS he had a loving soul, but his life thus far had left him with few manners and uneasiness around men. David, however, was no stranger to rescue dogs with a complicated past. Six years prior he had adopted Oso from DCHS, a high energy Australian Cattle Dog mix who was also fearful of men. So, despite the fact that Ash’s new owner would need a lot of patience and understanding, after 127 days at DCHS, Ash found himself heading to his forever home.


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David with Ash on his adoption day

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I immediately fell in love with Ash and felt that my life would be a lot better with him in it,â&#x20AC;? said David. Ash had come a long way in order to find love at first sight. He had traveled 916 miles from a shelter in Texas, where his future was uncertain, to DCHS, a shelter with Adoption Guarantee status. Thanks to supporters like you, this Adoption Guarantee means that every healthy or treatable animal that comes to DCHS can stay as long as it takes to find a loving home. For most dogs at the shelter, it only takes around nine days until they find their forever home. For Ash, however, it took over 14 times as long.

For him, and so many other animals at DCHS, the Adoption Guarantee not only means a temporary home for as long as they need it, it also means they will receive care and attention to help make them better adoption candidates.

Every day, dedicated staff and volunteers are helping reduce stress, calm fears and teach manners with the goal of finding pets loving homes more quickly. During his stay at DCHS, Ash was enrolled in the Behavior Modification Program, where staff and volunteers employed techniques to help him learn appropriate ways to greet and play with others, as well as build his confidence around men. Every year, over 200 dogs are enrolled in the Behavior Modification Program. >>Continued on Page 8 Dane County Humane Society|


Ash enjoying outdoor yard time with DCHS volunteer, Jacki Hershberger

As Ash’s stay at DCHS grew longer, staff and volunteers started to see the strain of shelter life wearing on him. To calm Ash’s anxiety, he began spending many of his days relaxing in the office of a DCHS staff member who provided him with soft beds, a mountain of toys and lots of positive reinforcement. Even though Ash was a high energy pup, quiet time in the office brought out his gentle nature and sweet personality. He became quite the snuggler! By the end of his 127 day stay, Ash had come a long way learning manners and overcoming his fears, thanks to the dedication of DCHS staff and volunteers. We knew he still had a long way to go, but Ash had found his perfect match in David.

Ash with new brother and DCHS alumnus, Oso

Oso, like how to pee standing up, how to greet the mailman and the joys of chasing squirrels and digging holes. David said that it took a few months, but one day he could see a change in Ash. It was Ash finally realizing he had found his forever home with his forever family.

Thanks to your generosity, thousands of pets at Dane County Humane Society are finding loving homes, whether it takes two hours or 200 days. Your continued support sustains vital shelter programs that help animals become more adoptable and make our community a better place for both people and pets.

David’s patience and enthusiasm helped Ash bloom into happy and confident pup. Visit to learn how youAsh canhas also learned many important lifetolessons new canine brother, Written by Marissa DeGroot, Public Relations Coordinator host your own event supportfrom DCHS!


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Greetings from Amy Good

The soulful brown eyes of my office foster dog Daisy quickly captured my heart. Three weeks into my new position as Assistant Director of Development at Dane County Humane Society (DCHS), I adopted my fourth DCHS alumnus, now renamed Maisie. Maisie is a senior Shepherd/Husky mix who was shy and nervous in the dog kennels. To help her relax, Maisie would spend much of her day in my office, where it was quickly apparent we had a special connection. She embodies the DCHS spirit of being a place of refuge, healing and new beginnings, as does the beginning of my DCHS story when my family adopted a shy abandoned puppy (also named Daisy) when I was four years old. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been humbled to help Dane County individuals and families through my 16 years at the Urban League and Habitat for Humanity. My volunteer service has always included animals, and I feel blessed to now connect my career and deepest passion together by joining DCHS on its journey to be the national model of animal sheltering and community outreach. We are fortunate to have outstanding resources for homeless animals and orphaned and injured wildlife at DCHS. Thank you for so generously giving your time as a volunteer, adopting an animal, helping wildlife and/or donating funds to support our mission. I look forward to hearing your DCHS story and exploring how together we can make DCHS a national model and permanent resource for animal welfare in our community and beyond. >>Written by Amy Good, Assistant Director of Development Dane County Humane Society|


Family Giving Community Giving DCHS is grateful for the support of our community. Here are some of the businesses and organizations who have held independent events to support DCHS.

as H p i h s r e b Mem Its Benefits

Artists for Animals- This year’s Artists for Animals fundraiser, sponsored by Zimbrick of Middleton and Zimbrick Volkswagen of Madison, showcased local music and art, all to benefit DCHS!

Imagine a more humane world in which all animals enjoy the respect and compassion they deserve. As a Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) member, your donation supports the long-term success of the shelter, making sure that we will always be there for the animals who need us. Everything we do – and every animal helped – depends on the kindness of generous people like you. Members invest in DCHS’s mission to create a more humane community, focusing on the human relationship with animals. Without the support of our community we would be unable to help the thousands of animals that come to us in need every year. Members ensure that DCHS is prepared to help animals through our available services such as: adoptions, spay/neuter assistance, lifesaving medical treatment, humane education and wildlife rehabilitation programs. We are committed to making the biggest impact with every dollar you give. Our revised membership program offers valuable discounts at local businesses, exclusive DCHS event invitations, a subscription to Family Tails (DCHS’s biannual newsletter), members-only specials and voting rights at our Annual Membership Meeting.

105.5 Triple M Capital Brewery Block Party- On a toasty day in September, 105.5 Triple M held their SOLD OUT Capital Brewery Block Party featuring an exciting live music lineup and ticket sales benefitting DCHS!

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YOU can make a difference! Because of your support, DCHS stands ready to help thousands of animals each year that come to our shelter in need. Your membership contribution creates happy families and makes lifesaving work possible!

Find the Membership Level that Best Fits You!

Little Supporters Giving Big! At DCHS we appreciate all donations made, but we are especially inspired when children decide to give to help animals in need!

True Friend ($35) Membership benefits for one individual including voting rights at Annual Membership Meeting, discount card to area businesses and subscription to Family Tails.

Partner in Paws ($100) Membership benefits including voting rights at Annual Membership Meeting, discount card to area businesses, subscription to Family Tails, DCHS window cling and DCHS members-only specials including discounts for events and adoptions.

The Builder Boys Club invited DCHS to present at their meeting, built squirrel boxes for our Wildlife Center and made blankets for our cats!

Animal Advocate ($500) Membership benefits including voting rights at Annual Membership Meeting, discount card to area businesses, subscription to Family Tails, DCHS window cling, DCHS members-only specials and a certificate of recognition.

Charlotteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Girl Scout troop made nesting boxes and hay tubes for the animals at DCHS!

Guardian Angel ($1,000) Membership benefits including voting rights at Annual Membership Meeting, discount card to area businesses, subscription to Family Tails, DCHS window cling, DCHS members-only specials, a certificate of recognition and an invitation for two to DCHSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Donor Appreciation Luncheon.

To become a DCHS member, please visit

For his birthday, Kevin collected money and wish list items for the animals at DCHS! Check us out on Facebook to see photos and stories of our other pint-sized supporters! Dane County Humane Society| 11 Dane County Humane Society| 11


#GivingTuesday Tuesday, November 28 We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, charities, businesses and community members around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. You can choose a way for your family, your community or your organization to come together to give back. Then, tell everyone you can about how you are giving and help inspire them! Join us this November 28th and be a part of a global celebration of generosity and have the opportunity to have your gift matched by several DCHS donors! You can follow DCHS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or check out as we share the amazing stories of countless homeless animals your donations support.


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Abbey Christine Bourne & Jonathan Koch Ashley & Sam Melinda Nelson Beth Malcook & Family Joycelyn Dieter Chris & Sarah Debbie Czarniecki Cubby Anonymous Daniel Zeier Anonymous Dani’s Birthday Brian Hoffman Dr. June Brooks Mary Conroy Employees at the American Transmission Company in Cottage Grove American Transmission Company Evan Robert’s Birthday Anonymous Frank Evin & Kyle Garro Jerry Steinhauer Judy Raebel-McKinley Jill Korfmacher Artisan Dental, LLC Jim Stevenson, DVM at Stoughton Veterinary Service Anonymous Jim Twesme Shelley Safer Juergen Mueller’s Retirement Anonymous Kaitlin Sonsalla Zsolt & Alissa Hepp Karen Walsh & James Berbee Anonymous

4/1/2017 - 8/31/2017

Leo Scott Ann & Gary Scott Marie VandeBerg Anonymous Marissa Burack Anonymous Martha & Rich Henderson Susan & Dirk Racine Matt & Tyson Kurtz Allison Ferrara Mellow Yellow Brooks Williams Truscenialyn Brooks Richard & Fern David Dugan Sam, Sophie & Oliver Ridder, “The Tweedles” Thorton & Jill Ridder Sammy Swanson Anonymous Steve & Amanda VanManen Robert & Sandra VanManen Susan Savage David & Lisa-Ashley Smith SWAP Cat & Her New Friends Anonymous Terra Jones & Laurence Trueman Heather Huber Terrance Hefty’s Birthday Constance Hefty Terry Maxwell & Elizabeth Bunten Stephen O’Brien The 45th wedding anniversary of Kathie and Clyde Gallagher Cathy Drury The marriage of Natalie Miller and Brandon Wolf - June 17, 2017 Raphael Miller Their Wedding Kyle & Christine Tindle Tucker, adopted August 2007 Erich & Johanna Marks Zowie Miles Artisan Dental, LLC

Honorariums and In Memory Gifts of $100 or more are listed in Family Tails If you have any questions or concerns regarding listed contributions, please contact Doug Brown, Assistant Executive Director, at (608) 838-0413 ext. 101

In Memory A Dear Pet Erin McGrath A lovable, loyal companion that left his people on earth and will now play frisbee forever in heaven Jennifer Evenson A Pet Mary Michalski Afton Anonymous Amanda “Mandy” Sue Puntney Steven & Cheri Graham Mark Nold Lori Wilson Jerilyn Bramson Valley View Farms, LLC Amy Judy Lacouir & Shannel Yancey Angela Troia Judy & Sal Troia Anita Lescohier Carol Berman James Lescohier Anna Lord Margo Lessard Bailey Mary Manering & Dennis Tande Bok Lucy Krause Bonzo and Lucky, from Willie Christine Hayward Brandon William Scheel Anonymous David & Marilyn Gamm JoAnn & Aldred Russell Bruce Wilson Shawna Kelly-Bertalot & Emil Bertalot Buster Nancy Kaiser Casey Wilder Teresa & Jeffrey Wilder Cindy Stabler Lynn Sommers Cole Neil Wiesner Hanks Collin DaValt Connie DaValt Social Security Administration Daniele Di Piazza Teresa Holden Domenica Di Piazza

4/1/2017 - 8/31/2017

Dave Stephens DXC Technologies David “Dave” P. Hudson Steven & Robin Polley Tanya & Charles Stone Anonymous Linda & Dennis Davidsaver Asta & Howard Blanchar Ford Motor Credit Company Lisa & Stephen Sabo Four Lakes Driver Training School, Inc. Smith & Gesteland, LLP Gary Schaefer Sullivan Design BUILD David Wennen Christine Tufts Dean Smith Anonymous Mark & Barbara Sprenger Deborah “Debbie” Wendorf Jane & Tony Lee Eric Noah Dennis Cummings Marilyn Cummings Dobby Anonymous Dorothy Hazelbaker Mandli Communications Dr. Ken & Doris Nockerts Steven & Ann Nockerts Eleanor Johnson Allen Arneson Elisabeth Huber Anonymous Jean Krieg & Mike Joyce Gina G. Brunner Metal Craft Industries Hilton Weathers Cheryl Thoreson Hobie Morken Ronald & Constance Morken James Boyles Sharyn Boyles Jana Rupnow Anonymous Verda Hale Jeffrey “Jeff ” Dalton Diana Johnson Mary Bauer Tracy & Timothy Jorgensen Jenni Steiner Andy Reed

Jerry Masnica Paul Masnica John Helgeson EPIC Systems Corporation John L. Heidenreich Matthew Sanders John Moran Michelle Saunders Nancy Olson Sandra Savage John Nagla Jane Hosking Kai Coursin Carex Consulting Group Ken Mack Marlene Mack Kevin Kesterson Timothy Zinkgraf Larry & Delores “Val” Hurlburt Bernard Tennis Lavar Anonymous Linus Bradley Caruth Lola Seifert Mary Lalor Marguerite Teff Erik West & Ana Alexander Anonymous Samantha & Frank Tadisch Lois Krantz Lee & Diane Jones Mark Hoover Anonymous Jean Rogers Chuck Stonecipher Paul Saeman Patricia & Charles Stinger Matthew Silverstein Maxine Gladstone Group Health Cooperative HMO Mike & Mary Ann Jenneke Jenneke Family Endowment Fund Niko Kathleen Gehl Patricia Elert Ann Zimmerman Daniel Rigney & Mark Smith George & MaryAnn Schrank Jeffrey Bernstein Peter & Lorrie Frautschi Daniel Murphy

Phyllis J. Ward, from CSA Family Heidie Feldmann Rick Fatke Bridget Hauser Robert C. Larson Barbara Larson David Bjerke Rodney “Rod” G. Wilson Janice Wilson Patricia Bucholtz Ron Evert Gloria Evert Roscoe July 10, 2017 Steven Censky Sake Colin & Naomi De Mers Sandra Lehr De Forest Lions Foundation, Inc. Sandy Moran Olga Finnegan Adele Blawat Sharon Oliver Katherine Bell Sophia Chappell Susan Carlson Stella Margo Lessard Sue Nyhagen Barbara Bahnson Terri Pellino Anonymous Thor Just Coffee Cooperative Tom Consigny Fritz Ragatz Winston Susan Rogers

Thank you for your generosity and support!

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Family Tails - Fall 2017 Issue  

Please enjoy Dane County Humane Society's fall 2017 issue of Family Tails. Inside you'll find information about past and upcoming shelter ev...

Family Tails - Fall 2017 Issue  

Please enjoy Dane County Humane Society's fall 2017 issue of Family Tails. Inside you'll find information about past and upcoming shelter ev...