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2016 Animals of the Year

It's hard to believe that 2016 is almost over. It's been an incredible year and we owe it to you. Not even one day of our work would be possible without your support.  You have created a place where amazing things happen every day, transforming the lives of animals and people in our community. Every single animal has a story, but here are just a few of our favorites from 2016. 

Thank you for saving their lives.


It’s hard to imagine how anyone could hurt a sweet puppy. But in November, 8-month-old Chance was dragged by a car and thrown into a dumpster like trash. A Good Samaritan came to his rescue that day, saving his life.  Chance’s story didn’t end there, though – his fairytale ending has him being rescued twice by that Good Samaritan, who chose to adopt Chance and love him for life.      

Lucky the Red Fox

Thousands of people were captivated by the story of Lucky, a Red Fox from Cudahy whose front paw was tragically crushed in a rat trap.  A resident trapped him and brought him to the WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center where his prognosis was at first quite grim due to the extensive damage. We did our best to heal his wounds and Lucky made a miraculous recovery.  There wasn’t a dry eye when he was eventually released off the shores of Lake Michigan.

12 Samoyeds

Earlier this year, we responded to a call from Burnett County to help in the rescue of 12 Samoyed dogs from a single residence. All of the dogs were covered in their own waste, in desperate need of grooming, and were fearful of humans. After receiving medical check-ups, spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, baths and grooming, the dogs went into adoption and folks started lining up 11 hours before we opened! To see an adorable update, click here. 


Shandy came to us from MADACC - outgoing, intelligent, and sweet as could be. She also happened to have FeLV (Feline Leukemia Virus), a disease that impairs the cat's immune system and is eventually fatal. Shandy was one of several special FeLV+ cats we found homes for this year, thanks to the open hearts and open minds of loving adopters willing and able to step up to help the neediest animals. On behalf of Shandy, thank you! 

Nicky & Micky

Our hearts ached to find Micky and Nicky a home together. Little Nicky was blind and his brother, Micky, acted as his “seeing eye cat.” They were inseparable. But Micky had the same eye condition as Nicky, and would eventually need expensive surgery when he was older to maintain his sight. We weren’t sure someone would be willing to take on such a challenging situation, but our hearts were filled with hope. Just last week, Micky and Nicky departed together with their new mom, a nurse whose special needs cats recently passed away. We’ve already gotten updates and the duo is thriving in their new home!  

To make a contribution to help other animals in our care, please click here. Thank you! 

  • Thursday, December 22, 2016