Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Dane County Jail Dog Adoption Program

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has joined with the Dane County Jail for an innovative new program to benefit both inmates and some special dogs in need of a home. The Dane County Jail Dog Adoption Program is designed to give both inmates and homeless pets a second chance at success.

The Ferris Center facility, a part of the Dane County Jail system, on Rimrock Road welcomed "Bella" to the B wing of the work release center. Bella, a Boxer mix, was a 2-year old stray that spent several weeks at the Ferris Center, where specially selected inmates socialized and trained her, which allowed her to achieve Canine Good Citizenship Certification and become adoptable after 8 weeks.

For the inmates serving their sentences at the Ferris Center, being housed in the wing with the dogs in this program is a privilege. Having the added incentive to follow rules and show responsible behavior goes well beyond the program itself.

Every dog deserves a chance. Most of the dogs taken in each year come to us as strays. They're cold, alone, abandoned and looking for help. It's our job to do the very best we can for them and partnerships like this one are such an important part of creating positive outcomes for lost and homeless pets. Every day a dog spends with us we want to be preparing her for a successful life as a pet. We're here to help pets to home again.

Upcoming Events


Petco Outreach Event

June 1, 2019 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm) - June 2, 2019

Please stop by and meet some of our adoptable pets who are looking for a great home! You can speak to some of our amazing volunteers to learn...

Mounds Dog Fest

June 9, 2019

Mounds Dog Fest is a celebration of the love between owner and dog! There will be paws-on events, contests, demonstrations, rescue groups, pet-friendly businesses, and pet product...

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