Dane County Humane Society - Rauhaus Freedenfeld & Associates Architects

Dane County Humane Society – Madison, WI


This regional facility, in which the 100-year-old Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) has now operated for over 20 years, services the urban, suburban, and rural communities of Madison, Wisconsin. This 33,000 SF shelter on a 29-acre site was designed to function with low operating overhead, utilizing nearly maintenance-free materials and requiring a minimal number of support staff. The entire project was conceived around an interactive corridor as a central organizing space that contains and connects to educational displays, interactive exhibits, donor recognitions, a library, and a retail store. It also provides opportunities for potential adopters to view and interact with the adoptable animals. In this way, the DCHS shelter beautifully synthesizes the education of animal care and welfare into community services and programs.

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