Helping People Help Animals

Helping People Help Animals

Madison Magazine: Please describe your involvement with the Dane County Humane Society.
I am a volunteer board member of DCHS. [Board members] set policy and strategic direction for the organization. The board is also charged with raising money to ensure that DCHS is able to fulfill its mission of “helping people help animals.”

MM: What has been the most beneficial element of this organization for you?
The most beneficial element is knowing that there is a local organization that takes in, rehabilitates and re-homes all types of animals. As an animal lover, it gives me great comfort knowing that people are doing this work 24/7. Another benefit to me is that DCHS does so much good with modest means. I don’t know of a nonprofit that can make better use of a dollar than DCHS.

MM: How have the Dane County Humane Society and its events enhanced the Madison community?
It’s not always easy to be the best caretaker of companion animals or know what to do with wildlife when they are in distress. Our human lives are often stressful and things happen¬¬—moves, babies, divorce, job loss, i.e. life circumstances that also impact animals lives. DCHS staff knows what to do. DCHS enhances the Madison community by helping people help animals¬¬—their mission. They improve the lives of animals who so greatly enhance our lives.

MM: Please tell us about the upcoming Bark & Wine event on September 19th.
In 2015, we’ll celebrate the thirteenth annual Bark & Wine. This event is a longstanding favorite among animal friends, because the event is held at the shelter and guests can learn about what’s happening and see the amazing work done by staff and volunteers on behalf of our precious animals—improving care, treatment, education, increasing adoptions and reducing the need to euthanize. Bark & Wine is a fun evening of cocktails, appetizers, music, and activities geared to raise needed resources for the Shelter’s work.

MM: How can the community get involved with both the Bark & Wine event and the Dane County Humane Society?
For Bark & Wine, reservations will be on sale on our website ( starting at the beginning of August. If you are hoping to join us, reserve your place early. We anticipate that we will sell out again this year! To help DCHS in general, please visit the website ( and see the How to Help page ( for a detailed list of needed supplies and services for a particular type of animal or the shelter in general. Cash donations are always welcome and will be directed to an immediate need.

MM: What do you want others to know about the Dane County Humane Society?
The staff and volunteers of DCHS are some the most compassionate and committed individuals I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. They are committed to continuously improving the shelter and the rehoming experience for animals and people as well as building efficient systems and business practices. If you care about animals, you need to be part of DCHS and [its] remarkable work.

Bark & Wine will be held on September 19th, 2015 at Dane County Humane Society’s Main Shelter. For more information visit