Wednesday, November 26, 2008
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Newest Arrivals Spark Celebration at Wisconsin Humane Society
MILWAUKEE – Just in time for Thanksgiving, several dogs arrived safely at the Wisconsin Humane Society this week, perhaps unaware of the importance of their arrival. They are the last of the 1,600 dogs rescued from Puppy Haven kennels. They are also triggering tears of joy around the shelter.
“We’re proud to have placed 1,250 of these dogs in new homes already,” said Executive Director, Victoria Wellens, “and it’s so heartwarming for us to celebrate the arrival of the very last dogs.”
In a move that garnered international attention this summer, the Wisconsin Humane Society bought out and closed down the largest breeding operation in the state. Over the last several weeks, the dogs have been transferred to the Milwaukee shelter, where they receive top-notch medical care, behavior evaluations and their first-ever names. After grooming, spay/neuter surgery, dental treatments, microchipping and vaccinations, the dogs graduate to the adoption program.
“Our veterinary staff has done an excellent job in preparing these dogs for adoption, including treating many of the dogs for various infections and illnesses. Nearly 100% of the adults alone needed dental treatments due to poor nutrition,” noted Dr. Jane Pohlman, DVM.
Each dog also meets individually with behavior staff members, who determine the dog’s needs and readiness for the adoption program. “Our expert behaviorists designed special protocols to help ease the transition from a large-scale breeding operation to a normal home,” said Angela Speed, Community Relations Manager.
“We hope that community members open their hearts to adopting one of these wonderful dogs. What better way to celebrate the holidays than by cuddling your newest family member in the warmth and security of your home?” Wellens said.
Interested in adopting? Check out www.wihumane.org to fill out an adoption profile and see all the available animals.
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Photo/Filming Opportunity: Several of the Puppy Haven Dogs will be available for filming/photographs on Wednesday, November 26 from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. or by appointment. A WHS representative will be available for interviews.