MADISON (WKOW) -- The Dane County Humane Society is celebrating its 100th birthday!
Starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday outside of their building on Voges Road, a group will gather to sing happy birthday and a special cake will be served to the dogs.
The humane society started from some very humble beginnings. In 1921, Ida Kittleson, the wife of then-mayor Milo Kittleson, began rescuing stray dogs and cats and housing them in their basement or in the homes of volunteers. By 1965, the Dane County Humane Society had its own building, and now it sits on a sprawling 29-acre campus.
The non-profit not only rescues, houses, and heals dogs and cats, but also livestock, horses, and wild animals. According to Amy Good, the organization's development and marketing director, the humane society helps more than 9,000 animals every year and is the second largest shelter in Wisconsin.
"We have one of the highest save rates of any shelter in the nation at 94 percent," she said. "We're really proud of that adoption guarantee that all animals can stay with us as long as it takes to find a home."
If you are interested in adopting an animal, or want to donate to the humane society's efforts, click here.