Rabbit Adoption Fee Discount
The Wisconsin Humane Society currently has many adoptable rabbits looking for homes this November. This month, all rabbit adoption fees are reduced by 50%!
Adopt a Senior Month
The Wisconsin Humane Society currently has many adoptable senior companion animals looking for homes. Think a sweet senior animal might be the perfect companion for you? Check out the Wisconsin Humane Society’s top five reasons to adopt a senior animal here.
WHS has been chosen as the only shelter in Wisconsin to participate in the Save More Lives – ASPCA $100K Challenge, competing for a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
Learn how to help Milwaukee win, about events and special promotions on the WHS ASPCA100K web page.
Donate to Oreo's fund. He is a little puppy at WHS who is in treatment for a fractured leg.
NEW Free Seminar:
Your First Meeting with an Estate Planning Attorney
How do you take the first step toward planning your estate? How do you include your favorite charities in your estate plans? What do you bring to that first meeting to discuss your will? Learn more about this great seminar, presesented by Attorney Amalia Todryk from Quarles & Brady.
Dr. Patricia McConnell Returns for Milwaukee Lecture
The Wisconsin Humane Society is hosting a lecture by internationally-known author and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Dr. Patricia McConnell, on the topic, Happy and Healthy Play between People and Dogs, on Thursday, June 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Over a Dozen Baby Ducklings Left Orphaned When
Driver Runs Down Mom on Highway 100
She was simply trying to cross the road with her baby ducklings in tow, but a driver ran her down and struck the Mallard mom earlier Friday morning on Highway 100, killing her. A few stunned passersby stopped to scoop up the babies and one Good Samaritan brought them to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Read more...
You can donate to help us care for the orphaned baby ducklings. Just write "Orphaned Ducklings" in the comments section. Thank you!
Wish List Supplies Collected by Kind Kid
Special thanks to Bailey, who attends Kosciuszko Elementary School in Cudahy. Bailey completed a Miss St. Francis Ambassador Princess service project by gathering a variety of wish list items for the animals at WHS.
Therapy Dog Class Graduates
Congratulations to Bev R. & Lilly; Courtney S. & Maddie; Jennette C. & Bria; Liz A. & Bella; Maria C. & Ruby; and Rachelle L. & Kendra! They are the latest teams to graduate from the WHS Therapy Dog Class. After undergoing rigorous training and evaluation, these teams are ready to volunteer with their wonderful dogs in local hospitals, nursing homes, schools and even in WHS children’s programs. Congratulations, teams!
November Adoption Promotion
All month long, WHS will be offering great incentives to adopt, including a chance to win waived adoption fees, free behavior seminars, or discounts off products in Animal Antics! Learn more, and help us find homes for 800 animals this month. View photos of every November adoption, too!
WIngs Program to Air on "In Wisconsin" TV Show
On Thursday, November 5 at 7pm, Wisconsin Public TV's show "In Wisconsin" will feature a story about the Wisconsin Humane Society's "WIngs" program and the problem of bird window collisions. A second segment on this topic will air the following week, also.
On Thursday, November 5, Paul Nustra proposed to Amelia Pantone at the Wisconsin Humane Society during Amelia’s volunteer shift at the shelter! Paul displayed animal-themed posters around the shelter that led her into Dogtown and through Toto Trail. She found Paul on one knee at the end of her romantic route. Amelia said “yes!” Congratulations to the happy couple, and thanks for making WHS part of this special proposal!
Eagle Scout Raises $9,500 in Donations for WHS
Ryan Creekmur stopped by WHS on Tuesday, October 20 to drop off donations that he and fellow Boy Scouts from Troop 506 had collected from homes in the greater Greendale area. Amazingly, Ryan collected $9,500 worth of specifically requested items from the WHS Wish List! Thank you Ryan and all of Troop 506!
Therapy Dog Class Graduates
Congratulations to Stephanie Quade & Nola; Brenda Lever & JoJo; Kathy Gibowski & Phoenix; and Linda Freitag & Octavia! They are the first teams to graduate from WHS’ new Therapy Dog Class. After undergoing rigorous training and evaluation, these teams are ready to volunteer with their wonderful dogs in local hospitals, nursing homes, schools and even in WHS children’s programs. Way to go, teams!
SEPTEMBER 2009: This season, all of the cats at the Wisconsin Humane Society are named after the players from their favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. These cats, including Aaron Rodgers, Donald Driver and Curly Lambeau, are now available for adoption. !
WHS Open House & Adopt-a-Thon
Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.!
WHS is inviting dogs and their families to an Adopt-a-Thon and Open House to celebrate our 130th Anniversary. Over the weekend, help us find homes for 130 animals!
There will be fun activities for dogs, adults and children, including: Bone Dig, Agility Course, Jackson "Paw-lock" Paw Paintings, Photographs, Spin the Wheel for Prizes, Face Painting, Ask the Expert, Portable Pet Groomers, Free Seminars, Kids Crafts, WHS Top Model Runway Parade, Shelter Tours... plus more!
Registration is not required and well-socialized, vaccinated dogs are welcome to attend!
Classical Concert for Canines at Lakefront
Bring your dog to celebrate the Labor Day weekend with Milwaukee’s free “Classical Concert for Canines” at the new Coast Guard Pavilion, 1700 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, on Friday, September 4 at 5:00 p.m. Cellist Jane Hollander and pianist Wayne Wildman will perform. The first eight donors of $25 or more to WHS can make a "doggie dedication" on-screen during the concert. Those interested in showing a photo of their pet for the "doggie dedication" should bring a flash drive with an electronic image of their dog, and a few sentences describing their pooch!
Bring Buddy for Some Fun at Northpoint!
We had so much fun at Northpoint Snack Bar back in June that we're headed to the beach again! Join WHS at Bartolotta's Northpoint Snack Bar at Bradford Beach, 2400 Lincoln Memorial Drive, on Thursday, August 20 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Bring your well-socialized dogs for some fun on the beach and help raise funds for shelter animals. Bartolotta's Northpoint Snack Bar will be donating proceeds from food sales to WHS!
Handmade Dog Toys Brighten the Day!
Special thanks to Michaela Powell who has been bringing handmade fleece dog toys to the Wisconsin Humane Society on a regular basis for over a year! The most recent donations were distributed among dogs in adoption, who loved the colorful toys. Not only do toys keep dogs active, they stimulate their minds and keep them happy! Are you a kid interested in ways to help the animals at the shelter?
Students Raise Nearly $7,000 for Wisconsin Humane Society
Greendale Middle School held a “Tune Out” fundraiser to benefit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society……and raised $6,725! Twenty-six students and two teachers made it 92 days (yes…3 MONTHS!) without Internet, TV, texting, video games, etc. Two teachers also bet the kids that if they reached their goal of $6,000, they would get green Mohawks!
Pup & Sup Dinner
On Sunday, July 19, bring your dog for a very special wine tasting dinner hosted by Bartolotta Catering at Pier Wisconsin. Dogs are invited to accompany their guardians throughout dinner, although crates will be available for dogs who would rather spend some quality time with a tasty peanut butter-filled Kong! The casual-dress event will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the cost is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. $20 from each ticket sold will be donated to the Victoria Wellens Memorial Fund at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Attendees are not required to bring a dog. All dogs must be current on vaccinations and well-socialized. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 414-765-8610.
Feasting for Fido
The Wisconsin Humane Society's first-ever Feasting for Fido restaurant tasting fundraiser was a tremendous success! Nearly 500 people enjoyed vegetarian samples from Milwaukee's finest restaurants. Celebrity judges Sue Black, Phil Cianciola and Nicole Koglin crowned three winning restaurants, too. Bartolotta's won best animal-themed presentation; Water Buffalo won best restaurant sample and Simma's cheesecake took the cake in most unique plate presentation!
The evening included tastings from 25 restaurants, wines, locally-crafted beer, festive music and a raffle. Thank you to all of the vendors and volunteers who participated in this fantastic event. Special thanks to MillerCoors and Karl's Rentals for their especially generous contributions.
Local Girl Scouts Donate to Help Animals
Troop #1421 (Brown Deer) worked to earn a Silver Award by making cozy fleece blankets for the dogs and cats in adoption. They also held a bake sale and raised money to buy products in Animal Antics , the WHS retail store. Not only did their new purchases go right back to help animals, but the proceeds from the store did, too!
Troop #1266 The girls ran a pet supply drive for donations to the Wisconsin Humane Society at Shepard Hills Elementary and Cedar Hills Elementary. The girls picked WHS as their service project to earn their Bronze Award, the highest award a junior Girl Scout can earn. Thanks to Lily, Alexis, Sara, Bianca, Caitlynn, Kayleigh, Savanah, Sami, Kayla and Abby!
2009 Be Kind to Animals Celebration
Click here to see photos from the award ceremony, held on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the Wisconsin Humane Society. Be Kind to Animals Week was started in 1915 by the American Humane Association and serves as a reminder of the debt humankind owes to animals, both wild and companion. Special thanks to US Patent Services in Grafton for generously donating all of the beautifully engraved plaques for the ceremony. Click here to see the winning posters, photographs and poems.
Victoria Wellens Memorial Service
The Wisconsin Humane Society hosted a public Memorial Service to celebrate the life of this remarkable leader and friend on Monday, April 13, 2009 at the Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 273-8222. Special thanks to Marcus Hotels and Resorts and the Pfister Hotel, who graciously donated the space for the memorial service. Learn more about Victoria's life and accomplishments.
Stop Wisconsin Puppy Mills
Wisconsin is one of the few states left with no regulation to enforce basic standards for the humane care of dogs being used for breeding, or of the puppies being sold. Ask your legislators to co-sponsor an important bill introduced by Senator Kreitlow and Representative Smith, which requires minimum standards of care, protecting both Wisconsin consumers and dogs.
Wisconsin Humane Society Appoints Interim Executive Director
Due to the passing of Executive Director Victoria Wellens, the board of directors at the Wisconsin Humane Society has announced the appointment of Ellen Clark as interim executive director.
Thanks to Area Students
UWM students Marla San Agustin, Zachary Kopplin, Christine Dargis and Christina Thanadabout recently dropped off donations at the Wisconsin Humane Society for the Furry Friends Pet Food Bank at WHS. With the help of the congregation of Our Lady Queen of Peace, they collected hundreds of supplies for Furry Friends, a program that provides pet food to families who are struggling financially.
A Round of A-Paws to Spay Day Volunteers!
On Tuesday, February 24, 140 animals were sterilized as part of the SNAP program. Volunteer veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants worked alongside WHS staff members to help reduce animal overpopulation in our area. A special thank you goes out to Bridget Kirkish, who provided funding for many of Spay Day's supplies.
It didn't stop on Tuesday, though! With the help of the following volunteers and staff members, a total of 271 animals were sterilized during this outstanding week of initiatives. Spay Wisconsin, a program of the Wisconsin Humane Society, also received a grant which covered the costs of 51 additional surgeries for animals from low-income homes throughout the entire state. Thanks for your terrific work, everyone!
Peggy Volkert, Veterinary Clinic Administrator, Wisconsin Humane Society
Lora Marheine, DVM, Small Animal Hospital
Nelia Pacheco, Animal Emergency Center
Marla Lichtenberger, DVM, Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals
Lorin Shearburn, DVM
Pamela Radabaugh, CVT, Best Friends Veterinary Center
Nan Boss, DVM, Best Friends Veterinary Center
Randall Zeman, DVM, Wisconsin Humane Society
Jane Pohlman, DVM, Wisconsin Humane Society
Nancy Weiss, DVM, Wisconsin Humane Society
Kerin McClain, DVM, Wisconsin Humane Society
Patti Vollmer, Wisconsin Humane Society volunteer
Heather Ratzow, Animal Care Technician, Wisconsin Humane Society
Courtney Nicholson, Veterinary Assistant, Wisconsin Humane Society
Dayna Skrivanie, Veterinary Technician, Wisconsin Humane Society
Angela Stoetzel, Animal Care Technician, Wisconsin Humane Society
Shayna Bath, Veterinary Technician, Wisconsin Humane Society
Kathleen O’Connell, Wisconsin Humane Society volunteer
Sarah Mattix, Animal Care Technician, Wisconsin Humane Society
Tracy Kontny, Veterinary Technician, Wisconsin Humane Society
Ellen Pfeiffer, Wisconsin Humane Society volunteer
Megan Blomquist, Wisconsin Humane Society volunteer
Maggie Broeren, Wisconsin Humane Society volunteer
Katie Coffey, Wisconsin Humane Society volunteer
Cindy Meyer, Wisconsin Humane Society volunteer
Ilanit Binor, DVM, Wauwatosa Veterinary Clinic
Katie Heinrich, DVM, Silver Spring Animal Wellness Center
Teryn Glenn, Veterinary Technician, My Pet’s Vet
Elke Rudloff, DVM, Animal Emergency Center
Vanessa Brosseau, Veterinary Technician, Animal Emergency Center
Cindy Farris, Forest Home Animal Clinic
Erin Bishop, Forest Home Animal Clinic
Charleen Yaunke, DVM
Pet Food Bank Seeks Food Donations
These days, people aren’t only worried about putting food on their own table, but in Fido’s dish, too. Providing food for your cat or dog may not seem like a budgetary burden, but for many people struggling with constricted budgets, it can present a difficult dilemma: skip basic needs or surrender the animal to a shelter.
The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) doesn’t want anyone to be trapped in this position, so they offer the Furry Friends Food Program to help guardians simply trying to keep their animals after a job loss or other financial struggle. For ten years, the program has provided food to qualifying families; today, Furry Friends has about 100 active participants.
The program, like the entire shelter, relies completely on donations. Those wishing to help the Furry Friends program can drop off canned or dry cat/kitten food, canned or dry dog/puppy food and cat litter at 4500 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. To see if you qualify for the low-income program, click here. Interested in the full press release?
WHS Welcomes Dr. Patricia McConnell for Evening Lecture
Join the Wisconsin Humane Society in inviting Dr. Patricia McConnell, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and noted author, for this informative and entertaining evening lecture at the Milwaukee Public Library's Centennial Hall. Dr. McConnell has hosted "Calling all Pets" on Wisconsin Public Radio for fourteen years, providing her intuitive and expert advice to animal-loving listeners. Now, it's your turn to see Dr. McConnell in person!!!
Ever looked at your animal and wondered how much of her emotional life is like your own? The Emotional Life of Animals on Thursday, March 19, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. will explore the biology behind emotion in both you and your companion animal, and why it's reasonable to believe that all mammals share the emotions of love, fear, sadness, happiness and anger. This entertaining and informative presentation includes slides and videos that illustrate what emotions really are, what emotions we share with our animals, and what ones we might not. Included is practical information about how to handle problematic emotions like fear and anger. The evening ends in a celebration of the amazing emotional bond between us and our beloved pets.
The fee for this lecture is $15. To register, sign up online or call (414) 431-6156. Dr. McConnell will be signing books and DVDs after the lecture.
January 12, 2009
COLD WEATHER ADVISORY
Due to the extremely cold weather, the Wisconsin Humane Society encourages all animal guardians to keep your animals inside this week. Learn more about cold weather perils.
WHS Expands Hours to Accommodate Adopters
Hundreds of animals are up for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society, so we’ve expanded hours to include a Monday in December, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Stop by the shelter during these special hours!
Monday, December 22 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 31 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Regular Adoption Hours
Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Breed Ban Concerns in New Berlin
UPDATE: GREAT NEWS! NEW BERLIN OFFICIALS ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERING BREED-SPECIFIC LEGISLATION.
The City of New Berlin is having a meeting to discuss adding Breed Specific Legislation to their municipal code. This would involve banning specific breeds from ownership. If you are a resident of New Berlin, please consider attending this meeting to voice your concern for this kind of legislation. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact New Berlin city officials and let them know that breed bans do not work and if they feel they need a vicious dog ordinance, it should include all dogs and hold the guardians accountable, without banning a specific breed or breeds.
NEW BERLIN SAFETY COMMISSION AGENDA
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008 6:00 pm
New Berlin Public Safety Building
16300 W. National Ave.
01 08 09 Proposed changes to the City of New Berlin Municipal Code pertaining to vicious dogs 152-10 G. (1) - (4) to include prohibitions against owning specific breeds of dogs.
Contact New Berlin officials to let them know that breed bans are ineffective and can often lead to more problems instead of creating a safer city.
Jack F. Chiovatero, Mayor
City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive
New Berlin, WI 53151
Phone: (262) 786-8610
Residents of New Berlin are encouraged to contact their alderman or alderwoman:
District 1 - Alderman John Hopkins, 262-786-1213, email@example.com
District 2 - Alderman Telesfore P. Wysocki, 262-782-0267, firstname.lastname@example.org
District 3 - Alderman Ronald Seidl, 262-784-1352, email@example.com
District 4 - Alderman Kenneth A. Harenda, 262-971-1048, firstname.lastname@example.org
District 5 - Alderman Joe Poshepny, 262-780-5440, email@example.com
District 6 - Alderman William Moore, 262-785-9022, firstname.lastname@example.org
District 7 - Alderman Dave Ament, 262-544-4534, email@example.com
Breed Ban Concerns in West Allis
UPDATE: GREAT NEWS! THE CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY UPHELD THE VETO BY MAYOR DAN DEVINE. THEY ARE INSTEAD CONSIDERING A BREED-BLIND VICIOUS DOG ORDINANCE.
The City of West Allis is considering a pit bull ban. On Tuesday, December 2, the Common Council passed legislation that calls for a ban on ownership of pit bulls and other bully breeds. The ordinance, however, was vetoed by Mayor Dan Devine and the Common Council is considering alternative legislation. The public is welcome to attend the next Common Council meeting on Tuesday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at West Allis City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave, West Allis.
Please contact West Allis city officials and let them know that breed bans do not work and if they feel they need a vicious dog ordinance, it should include all dogs, without banning a specific breed. Let them know that everyone with a dog should be held accountable for their dog’s actions. Your call or letter will help lawmakers understand and care about this issue. If they pass breed-specific legislation in West Allis, more places may follow suit. Don’t allow this to happen to sweet-natured pit bulls in West Allis!
Contact Mayor Dan Device to show your support for his veto:
Mayor Dan Devine, City Hall Room 123, (414) 302-8290
In you live in West Allis, contact your alderman or alderwoman here:
West Allis City Hall
7525 W. Greenfield Ave
West Allis, WI 53214
Move over, Lassie! Here comes Marley!
On Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14, all shelter guests will have a chance to spin the wheel and win either a free Marley & Me poster or movie pass for a special screening at Mayfair Mall on Thursday, December 18. Stop by this weekend to see adoptable animals, visit Wally’s Workbench, or pick up holiday gifts from Animal Antics. The Wisconsin Humane Society finds homes for 9,000 animals every year and we’re hoping to find homes for many great companions this holiday season.
Wisconsin Humane Society Agrees to Assume
Assets of State’s Largest Puppy Breeder
MILWAUKEE — In an unprecedented move locally and nationally, officials of the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) announced today that they have reached an agreement to buy the assets of Puppy Haven Kennel in Green Lake County, located about 20 miles northwest of Waupun. The owner, Wallace Havens, who runs one of the largest dog breeding facilities in the nation, has agreed to sell his dog breeding business assets to the Wisconsin Humane Society, who will cease operations at the Green Lake facility and find homes for more than 1,200 dogs who have been residing there.
Margaret Stratton, president of the board of the Wisconsin Humane Society said, “Assuming the assets of this facility will allow us to provide wonderful homes for more than a thousand dogs. These dogs will soon enjoy the love and companionship of people who will treat them as members of their families. To our knowledge, this groundbreaking action is unique in the humane movement. This is consistent with the Wisconsin Humane Society’s mission to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. We are always working to educate people interested in obtaining a dog that they must consider the physical, social and emotional needs of the dog and find out as much as they can about the dog’s background.”
Havens estimates that he sells about 3,000 dogs per year. All of the dogs that the Wisconsin Humane Society obtains from Puppy Haven will be spayed or neutered, thus ending the production cycle that has kept them housed at Puppy Haven their entire lives. WHS veterinarians are currently evaluating many of the dogs and are readying them for adoption.
“Havens is proud of the fact that the dogs from his facility will be going to the Wisconsin Humane Society. He is retiring and not interested in pursuing a future breeding business. For that reason, Havens was willing to discount the sale of the kennel assets,” said Tony Enea, Wisconsin Humane Society board officer. According to Havens, “At this time in my life, selling the kennel assets to the Wisconsin Humane Society is the best choice for me and my family because the dogs that I bred will be in the best possible hands."
Victoria Wellens, executive director of the Wisconsin Humane Society, reported that the transfer of dogs will occur over several months so each dog can be provided with the best possible care while WHS continues to serve animals from the community. To date, about 300 dogs from Puppy Haven Kennel have been transferred to WHS to find homes. According to Wellens, a variety of unique resources will be required to place all of the dogs since many of them will need time to adjust and become accustomed to living closely with people. “Our employees and 900 volunteers are well prepared for this challenge to help provide a wonderful future for the dogs,” Wellens said.
Wellens also stated that PetSmart CharitiesTM has provided a generous gift of equipment to care for the animals, including leashes, collars, toys, food bowls and grooming supplies. There are many needs that still remain, which will be posted on the online WHS Wishlist.
The Wisconsin Humane Society has a 130-year history of providing leadership in the humane animal welfare field, and hopes that this action will be a catalyst for people to come together to enact stronger laws and regulations to end exploitation of breeding dogs.
For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions, available in pdf form.
Honey Bear Greets Firefighter Who Saved Her Life
When Honey Bear was brought to the Wisconsin Humane Society, we weren’t sure she’d survive the night. The six-month-old puppy had been trapped in a Milwaukee house fire, unable to escape a basement, which was quickly filling with smoke. Firefighter Scott Rightmyre with Engine 24 made his way into the basement and spotted the dog hiding under the bed. He bravely pulled her out and brought her to safety.
Honey Bear was in really bad shape when she arrived. Her eyes burned painfully and she was constantly wheezing and coughing due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Honey Bear was given medicine to alleviate the pain and Dr. Marla Lichtenberger administered a thorough examination. The doctor was relieved to discover that Honey Bear’s lungs had no permanent damage or burns. After several weeks of recovery, Honey Bear is breathing well and playing even better! Rightmyre, his son, Aiden, and a few friends dropped by yesterday to see Honey Bear.
Thanks to the brave efforts of one local firefighter, Honey Bear’s future is looking brighter every day!
Northwestern Mutual Employees Nominate WHS for Donation
The Wisconsin Humane Society received a $5,000 grant from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation on behalf of Karen Gimbel, Diane Paprocki, Becky Klessig, Lorraine Huth and Holly Hopton, all Northwestern Mutual employees and active supporters of the Wisconsin Humane Society. The gift is part of the company’s second annual community giving program, Days of Sharing, which encourages all employees to nominate local nonprofits for grants. Pictured at left are Karen and Paul Gimbel, who have also been dedicated volunteers for nearly ten years!
Hope's Lights 2008
The Wisconsin Humane Society's grounds were illuminated with more than 5,000 sparkling holiday lights during Hope's Lights on December 7, 2008. A round of a-paws goes to Karen Dalessandro from FM-106.1 and Wendy Strong from the Business Journal & FOX news, who helped us step into our 130th Anniversary year!
Our four-legged guests of honor, Sparkle and Shine, were accompanied by several other WHS alumni in festive spirits. The Gosling Guild kids club members sang fun holiday carols, attendees enjoyed behind-the-scenes tours and learned cool dog tricks, too.
Interested in giving a creative gift this holiday season? You can still purchase a white light in memory of a loved one or a colored light honoring a living person or companion animal. Lights are only $20 each and make unique gifts. Click here for more information.
Several animal representatives of the Wisconsin Humane Society gathered in the lobby of the Aurora West Allis Medical Center on December 3 to highlight the need for charitable giving through the Aurora Partnership Campaign. Taken by John Krawczyk, the photos below show Linda Steiner and Daisy; Frankie, a Newfoundland, with a crowd of admirers; Nurse Silky, complete with her medical bag; and Poppy, an adoptable dog-tor from WHS! Thanks, Aurora, for your support of the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society!
Therese Holzem, Greg Branson and Billie Baker from Wells Fargo Advantage Funds dropped off several boxes of donations for the animals at WHS on Friday, November 7. Their fall fundraiser was a great success; the employees raised nearly $6,000 for WHS, in addition to collecting a myriad of Wish List donations. Thanks, Wells Fargo!
Litter of Kittens Among 14 Cats Surrendered to WHS
Wisconsin Humane Society Notes Increase in
Molly and her five baby kittens were among fourteen cats surrendered by a single family last week to the Wisconsin Humane Society. The 5-week-old black and white kittens are named Pumpkin, Elvira, Boo, Candy Corn and Casper. The kittens and their mother will go into foster care until they are old enough for adoption; the other adult cats will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated before becoming available.
The Wisconsin Humane Society has noticed a sharp increase in overall animal surrenders the last few weeks. Nearly 200 more animals were surrendered in September 2008 than in September 2007 and like all fourteen of the cats surrendered, many of them have never been spayed or neutered, thus contributing to the animal overpopulation problem.
There are many cats and kittens looking for new homes this month. The Wisconsin Humane Society is open Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Click here to see adorable cats and kittens who are currently available for adoption.
Congratulations to Penny, the Husky mix!
She was the 500th dog adopted and has joined the Bennetts as their newest family member. The Bennetts received some great prizes which will give Penny a great start in her new home. Thanks to everyone who helped make Adopt-a-Dog Month a great success.
A Caravan of Costumed Canines
Our Halloween parade of costumed canines was a howlin' good time! Visitors at WHS got to see
little lobsters, princesses, bunnies and other dogs-in-disguise strut their stuff. Thanks go to our
amazing volunteers for helping show off our adorable shelter guests, who are available for adoption!
|Timithea got to be a police pooch.
||Pip loved his little pumpkin outfit.
||Ace was festive in a Santa suit.
|"I LOVE being a lobster!"
||Spongebob was Jack Sparrow's alter ego.
||Dan escorted Hilary, aka. Mrs. Claus.
|Josie was busy as a bee greeting visitors.
||That's one hot dog! Check out his buns!
||Vincent was all set for a nap in his jammies.
|The volunteers had a great time, too!
||Our little lobster, Olive, is one of many Beagles available for adoption this month!
Please Don’t Tailgate in Wisconsin Humane Society Lot
Puppies need parking, too
WHS is putting out a plea to Brewer’s fans to refrain from parking in their parking lot. Yes, it’s close and yes, there may be spaces available. But for every space taken up, that could be one less dog walked, one less cat adopted or one less baby bird fed on time.
Last year, potential adopters, staff and volunteers had trouble finding spots. Even worse, WHS volunteers had to be diverted from their usual duties to chase fans out of the lot. Which meant that Sparky missed out on his extra-long walk and Whiskers didn’t get kitty cuddle time on game day. It affected adoptions and operations at the shelter.
Before WHS creates a new volunteer position, “Parking Lot Enforcer,” they’d like to simply make a plea to Brewers fans. Help animals. Find another spot. Puppies need parking, too.
Ode to Brewers Fans
We sing the praises of Yost and his crew
Yet game day troubles make us blue.
Are those brats cooking in our lot?
The dogs are acting quite distraught.
Now Sparky won’t get to run and chase,
Because Volunteer John couldn’t find a parking space
We salute your enthusiasm and love our team,
But parking here is just plain mean.
Interested in a little friend or two?
Adopt any small animal during October and the fee is waived on a second! Many animals do best if they have a buddy, so you'll double their happiness! This offer only applies to small animals who are currently being housed together. Additionally, purchase a complete gently-used aquarium or bird cage set-up for $15, while supplies last and we'll waive the entire adoption fee! This offer does not include guinea pig or rabbit habitats.
Jon Schlagenhaft and Curt Stern were avid animal lovers and supported the Wisconsin Humane Society’s lifesaving endeavors. This past summer, their friends named WHS’ Canine Country Club after Jon and Curt’s beloved dog, Pudgie, in honor of their birthdays. Jon and Curt will be deeply missed.
Calendar Contest Winner Announced!
This fabulous photo of the perfect car ride won the hearts of many voters. Congratulations to Ditto's family and everyone who won a spot in the 2009 WHS/OHS calendar!
The remaining top twelve photos, shown below, will be featured as full-page, monthly stars. Photos that were among the first 500 received will be placed throughout the calendar.
Be one of the first to get your calendar! Pre-order your calendars now and get them before the holiday season.
DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, PETS DAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED. THE NEW DATE IS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28.
Celebration of Pets Day is September 14th!
The 4th Annual Celebration of Pets Day is Sunday, September 14, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join us for a great day of fun; bring your family, friends and furry friends for this free event. This is the largest outdoor people/pet festival in Wisconsin. Last year, over 3,000 families and animals attended this event! The festival will take place at Companion’s Rest/Arlington Park Cemetery 4001 S. 27th Street, Greenfield, WI. For more information call (414) 282-6600.
Raffle tickets are available for spectacular prizes, too: two round trip tickets to any Midwest Airlines destination, $500 gas card, $300 Dog Food Certificate from Pedigree/PetSmart and more. Proceeds from the raffle will go to WHS' People and Animals Learning (PAL) Program. To purchase tickets before the event, stop by WHS or one of three Companion’s Rest Pet Cemetery locations.
Dog Guide awareness day will also be held during the event by The Badger Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Listed below are some of the highlights for Celebration of Pets Day:
• Free goody bags for the first 500 families with an animal
• lnteractive games for the family and their animals
• Individual pet blessings performed and every animal will receive a St. Francis Medal
• Wisconsin Humane Society clicker training and wildlife demonstrations
• Amy Ammen and her dancing dog Able will be on hand to entertain everyone
• Dog Guide etiquette will be discussed by Dr. Ross
• Dr. Beyerinck will explain pet first aid
Companion’s Rest and the Wisconsin Humane Society are co-sponsoring the event this year. All animals must be on a 6′ non-retractable leash.
We Broke the Record!
On Wednesday, August 20, WHS adopted 77 shelter animals into new homes! Thanks to FM 106.1, The Mighty 92 WOKY, 97.3 the Brew, My 95.7, V100.7 and News Talk 1130 WISN for broadcasting live from WHS from sunrise to sundown. Hundreds of terrific adopters and visitors stopped by throughout the day to show their support. What a wonderful Wednesday!
Community Exceeds Expectations
When we announced our goal of adopting 400 cats in July, we knew it was a tall order! Thanks to the caring communities surrounding the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies, Sophie, a 10-month-old Bombay mix, was our 400th adoption at 11:20 a.m. on July 31. We didn't stop there. Sixteen additional cats found loving homes after Sophie, bringing the total cats adopted in July to 416 adoptions! What a purr-fect month!
Were you cruisin' for a cause this past weekend? The 2008 Paws & Claws Gala at Pier Wisconsin was held on September 20. The gala was a fantastic evening of silent and live auctions, dinner by Bartolotta's and a terrific program that included a PAL demonstration and a visit by a very special dog, Mattie.
Congratulations to our winners of the $500, 42" LG plasma television and 105th Anniversary Harley Davidson motorcycle. All the winners have been notified. All of the proceeds from the gala will go directly to benefit the animals of the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies. We hope you had a great time and we'll see you next year!
|Tony & Cookie Enea
||Jennifer & Joe Bartolotta
||Sandy & Phil Cianciola
|Herb Hillman & May Belle
||George Dalton & Tony Enea
||Linda Hotz & Margy Stratton
|Wayne & Janet Dalton, Ryan Decker
||Angela Rester, George & Pauline Dalton
||Stacy & Ryan Guthrie, Victoria Wellens
|Elaine Garrett greets mounted Milwaukee Police officers.
||Michele Tegen & May Belle
|Frankie and May Belle meet.
||Sheila Semrou & Silky
Celebrating Summer, Saving 400 Lives (2008)
Join the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies in celebrating summer by adopting one of our many available cats! During the month of July, every cat goes home with a free gift bag and certificate for a free Cat Behavior Seminar.
We also have exciting gifts and discounts for adopters who bring home small animals and dogs, too! Check out the details today!
Twenty-seven Dogs Surrendered to WHS from Single Residence (2008)
The dogs arrived in a horse trailer.
Twenty-seven dogs were surrendered to the Wisconsin Humane Society in June, all coming from a single residence in Milwaukee. The dogs are mostly Rough-coated Collie mixes between the ages of 2-5 years.
The dogs have already received first vaccinations and an initial exam. WHS Veterinarians are now thoroughly examining each one of the dogs for illness and injuries. “Some of the dogs appear to have ear and eye infections and will need to receive more extensive medical tests,” reported Dr. Jane Pohlman, DVM.
Arriving loose in a horse trailer, the dogs had to be sedated for the journey. They were frightened upon arrival and may take a few days to adjust to their surroundings. None of them had ever worn a collar, walked on a leash or been treated by a veterinarian. After they have had time to settle and make friends, we hope that we will be able to begin to teach them how to be respectful companions to people.
Dogs Arrive From Flooded Areas in Indiana
Forty canine flood victims arrived in June at the Wisconsin Humane Society from areas in Indiana. Due to heavy storms, Indiana shelters were inundated with victims displaced by the flooding. Some shelters were surrounded by flooded streets that became impassable, as well.
Like all the dogs at WHS, the puppies pictured below were vaccinated, microchipped and sterilized. First, though, all of them were given initial exams and a very welcome bath.
|Hercules & Aphrodite make their grand arrival at WHS!
||Rain is happy to receive some love and kisses from a WHS staffer.
||Windy is delighted by her bath!
WHS Urges Wisconsin Residents to Voice Opposition to Puppy Mills (April 2008)
On Friday, April 4, Oprah Winfrey is dedicating an entire show to the “hidden world of puppy mills.” Her investigation will undoubtedly cause national interest in this issue, and for Wisconsin residents, it may be a sour reminder of our legislators’ failure to pass any measures to help these poor dogs during the latest Senate session. Sadly, Wisconsin has inadequate laws to regulate breeding facilities in Wisconsin, despite massive public interest.
During the last legislative session, Senator Jeff Plale introduced a bill which offered consumer protections for those purchasing puppies from breeding facilities, as well as licensing requirements. The legislation had the support of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), but it did not pass. WHS does feel that new legislation is necessary to address the problem of puppy mills.
Please visit our special puppy mill webpage to contact elected officials, and ask them to support legislation and funding to protect dogs from puppy mill breeders.
Tribute To Animals 2008
During a weekend of wild weather, the skies amazingly cleared during our Tribute to Animals on Saturday, June 7. Many families and dogs gathered at Lorraine's Garden on the WHS grounds for the special blessing and celebration. A special thank you to India McCance for presenting the blessing and to WHS Board Member, Tony Enea, for emceeing the event.
|Hot dog bobbing was a big hit on a hot morning!
||Dogs showed off their cool tricks for bandana prizes!
|Casey posed with her family, the Gustavson's.
||Linda Steinke brought her new puppy, Bailey.
||Lois Bergmann posed with Shane, a WHS alumnus!
|Sue Karancki brought her pooch, Timber.
||WHS alum, Scooter, checks in with Sue Ellen Christman.
||Striking a pose along the garden walk!
Be Kind To Animals Week Kicks Off to Great Start!
Be Kind to Animals Week is May 4 through May 10! WHS hosted an event on Sunday to honor dozens of young people for their creative posters, photography and poetry, all of which highlighted animals and the important role they play in our lives.
Well over 100 guests attended the Be Kind to Animals presentation that Jane Matenaer from 99.1 WMYX emceed. Thanks, Jane, for your time and dedication to WHS!
At the WHS event, we recognized the winners of the poster, photography and poetry contests. We also honored Brent Jensen’s heroic cat, Vincent; Brandon Eggert for his generosity; Cindy Sites for her dedication as a volunteer; the Humane Educator of the Year, Courtney Youngblood; and three Kind Kids, Lauren Westfahl, Olivia Satterlee and Frankie Bielewicz, who went above and beyond to help animals. Kudos to all these terrific people who improve the lives of animals everyday!
Disease Not Detected in WHS Dogs
The disease that has impacted dogs at HAWS has not been detected in any WHS animals and we are taking every precaution to keep WHS animals safe. Individuals should contact their veterinarian immediately if they have a sick animal or have questions about any symptoms of concern in their dogs. To read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, click here.
Kids Collect Donations for Shelter Animals
Kim Rinzel, WHS Training Manager, recently accepted a check on behalf of WHS for $625 from the Wilson and Tosa School for Health Science and Technology K-Kids Club. The "Kats vs. Kanines K-Kids Koin Kollection Kontest" was a huge hit. Thanks go to the generous students, parents and teachers who helped out with this great fundraiser!
Help save the cats rescued from Cedarburg home
Cedarburg Police responded to calls about odors coming from a home in Cedarburg after receiving complaints from neighbors last Friday. The conditions in the home were deplorable. Dozens of live cats have been brought to OHS for medical care. Additional cats have been found dead. All of the cats require medical care and OHS is seeking financial help from the community. Read more about these neglect victims and help them today!
A Round of A-Paws to Spay Day Volunteers!
On Tuesday, February 26, 133 animals were sterilized as part of the SNAP program. Twenty-five volunteer veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants worked alongside WHS staff members to help reduce animal overpopulation in our area. A special thank you goes out to Bridget Kirkish, who provided funding for many of Spay Day's supplies.
| A client meets with volunteer veterinarian, Dr. Marla Liechtenberger.
|| Dr. Randy Zeman and Dr. Jane Pohlman of WHS with Bridget Kirkish
On Tuesday alone, this fantastic group helped
to sterilize 133 animals!
SPAY WEEK Volunteer Veterinarians & Vet Techs
Ron Beatty, DVM – My Pet’s Vet
Marla Lichtenberger, DVM
Lorin Shearburn, DVM – New Berlin Animal Hospital
Cindy Wartner, CVT – Best Friends Veterinary Center
Pamela Radabaugh, CVT – Best Friends Veterinary Center
Barb Rossi, DVM – Mobile Vet Care
Laura Pethke, CVT – Pahle Small Animal Clinic
Virgil Baeza - Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center
Nancy Lindner, DVM – Brentwood Animal Hospital
Nan Boss, DVM – Best Friends Veterinary Center
Dawn Filo, CVT - Forest Home Animal Clinic
Jeffrey Banwart, DVM - Animal ER of Racine
Emily Helms, DVM - Best Friends Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Kelly Kasum- East Towne Vet Clinic
Charmaine Herda - Vet. Assistant, Forest Home Animal Clinic
Mary Pratt, DVM - East Towne Cat Clinic
Jennifer Valerine - Brookfall Animal Hospital
Rebekah Franklin, DVM - Animal Emergency Center
Dionne Waters, DVM - Cherished Companion Mobile Vet
Lindsay Timmerman - WHS volunteer
Cheryl & Daniel Eckholdt - WHS volunteer
Cindy Meyer - WHS volunteer
Patti Vollmer - WHS Volunteer
Stephanie Schultz - WHS Volunteer
WHS Opposes Live Animal Lab at Medical College
The Wisconsin Humane Society opposes the live animal lab conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin. As you may know, MCW has switched from using dogs to pigs in its live animal lab. Please continue to let MCW know that there is no justification for killing any animals in the name of medical education. More than 90 percent of U.S. medical schools no longer offer live animal labs. The Medical College of Wisconsin already has human simulators that could be utilized as a humane alternative in this course. Such simulators have been successfully implemented in curricula nationwide.
We encourage others to contact MCW to voice their opposition:
Richard N. Katschke
Associate Vice President
Office Fax: (414) 456-6166
* Please see below to read more about the recent protest and this lab. *
Voice Your Opposition to Live Animal Labs
The Medical College of Wisconsin is at it again! Despite determined efforts by the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), concerned citizens, and a coalition of animal protection organizations, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is scheduled to hold another round of unnecessary animal labs in February. We expect that MCW will use and kill about 60 animals during the course. Please join PCRM members and physicians for a demonstration to save these animals on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008 —the day the lab is scheduled to begin.
What: Doctors lead peaceful demonstration at MCW
When: Mon., Feb. 18, 11 a.m. The lab is scheduled to begin this day.
Location: North 87th St. at MCW’s main entrance (between Watertown Plank Rd. and Wisconsin Ave.), Milwaukee
Parking: Please use public parking on Watertown Plank Rd. or other adjacent streets. Please carpool when possible.
Signs will be provided. Please make sure to dress warmly. No RSVP is required.
Dissection of Live Animals in Education
The Wisconsin Humane Society recognizes the importance of educational pursuits that expand the knowledge and experience of medical students targeted at improving human and animal health. Traditionally, these studies have included performing dissection of live animals. WHS believes, however, that dissection of live animals, when alternatives are available and when no new and substantive information will be created to benefit human and animal health, is inconsistent with a general appreciation of and respect for animal life. Additionally, there is a waste of animal life that results from such procedures.
The Wisconsin Humane Society believes that sophisticated technology exists to create meaningful teaching experiences to replace live animal dissection and such technology is being successfully and exclusively employed in well regarded institutions nationwide. The Wisconsin Humane Society believes that science curricula are available to prepare students to successfully pursue their professions that also promote a respect for animal life.
Saving the Sweet Tempered Pit Bull
A very special conference, Saving the Sweet-Tempered Pit Bull, will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2008 from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. at Central Bark Downtown, 420 S. 1st Street, Milwaukee. The event includes speakers, demonstrations and innovative programs from nationally recognized groups that have extensive experience helping Pit Bulls and building safe communities. The goal is to raise awareness about Pit Bulls, encourage people to foster and ultimately, adopt more sweet-natured Pit Bulls. Sponsors of the event include MADACC, the Wisconsin Humane Society, ASPCA, Central Bark and McCabe Group Insurance Services. To see the event flyer and for more details about this exciting event, click here. Register online before it's too late to sign up!
The Winner of WHS' Presidential Rat Race is....
Ratty Giuliani, Hillary Rodent Clinton, John McCheese, BaRat Obama, Mitts Rattney, Mikey HuckaRat and Johnny Edwhiskers were all excellent contenders for the 2008 WHS Presidential Rat Race, but John McCheese made a fast finish and took first place. Johnny Edwhiskers and Ratty Giuliani munched on treats nearby, choosing to withdraw from the race. Thanks to all the terrific staff who helped make our rat race a success!
If you are interested in adopting one of our petite politicians, all the candidates are available for adoption at WHS and can be viewed here.
SPAY DAY 2008 ANNOUNCED!
The Wisconsin Humane Society invites cat guardians to celebrate Spay Day USA by having their cat spayed or neutered on February 26. Spay Day USA is a national day of action to reduce animal overpopulation and thus, prevent animal suffering.
Guardians will be charged veterinary fees on a sliding scale ranging from $10 and up, based on family income, size and other factors. Last year on Spay Day alone, WHS spayed over one hundred cats in an impressive effort. During the week of Spay Day, WHS treated about 250 dogs and cats! This year, WHS veterinarians, volunteer veterinarians and WHS vet technicians will work to surpass last year’s success.
In addition to Spay Day, the Wisconsin Humane Society also offers the Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP), which is the perfect solution for individuals who understand the benefit of spaying or neutering their cat or dog but cannot afford to do so. WHS vets perform the surgery and charge fees based upon a sliding scale, which is geared toward people with low incomes.
To register your cat for Spay Day, please call (414) 431-6132.
The Wisconsin Humane Society's grounds were illuminated with more than 5,000 beautiful holiday lights during Hope's Lights on December 2, 2007. Our guests of honor, Sparkle and Shine, were accompanied by several animal attendants, including last year's Hope animal. The Gosling Guild kids sang lovely holiday carols, which were an absolute delight!
We also celebrated the opening of Lorraine's Garden, a final resting place for beloved companion animals. Brodhi, a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Shepherd mix, had the honor of pulling the ribbon to the grounds of the garden! Kudos to Karen Dalessandro from FM-106.1, who is always a terrific emcee and honored guest. Thanks to WHS Board Member, Tony Enea, for introducing Lorraine's Garden and assisting with the presentation, too. Landscape architect, Jim Drzwiecki, also came to Hope's Lights and graciously posed with Tony, Heather and her dog, Brodhi, in some photos below!
You can still purchase a white light in memory of a loved one or a colored light honoring a living person or companion animal. Lights are only $20 each and make unique holiday gifts. Click here for more information. You can also learn more about Lorraine's Garden at this special web page.
Education Director, Jill DeGrave
and Karen Dalessandro
| Volunteer, Velia Bolda, with guest
| Guests enjoyed a buffet of treats.
|| Jim Drzwiecki, Heather Mohan, Brodhi and Tony Enea pose by Lorraine's Garden.
| Frankie, a Newfoundland, happily greeted kids all night long.
|| Scott Diehl, Wildlife Manager, spoke with guests about Talon, a Peregrine Falcon.
Brodhi pulled the velvet ribbon, heralding
in our lovely new garden.
Gosling Guild members delighted the crowds
with fun holiday carols.
Help Give All Dog Guardians Equal Rights!
For quite some time, many insurance companies have been denying homeowners liability insurance coverage to people with certain breeds of dogs. It has become increasingly difficult for people with Rottweilers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Dalmations, Akitas, Doberman Pinschers, Chow Chows, and German Shepherd Dogs to obtain homeowners insurance; if they are able to, it often comes with a high premium. Because of this discrimination, people are often given the difficult choice of buying a home or keeping their beloved family dog, even if that dog is well-trained and has never shown signs of aggression.
This “breed discrimination” does not take into account each individual animal and makes it difficult for certain breeds to find homes regardless of their disposition. Breed discrimination is built on anecdotal information that certain breeds are more dangerous and likely to bite than others. Rottweilers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Chow Chows, Doberman Pinschers, Dalmations, Akitas, German Shepherds and any mixes thereof are often placed on the list of breeds denied coverage. The truth is that any dog can bite. The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is not in favor of using a breed-specific approach when discussing dog bites. They note that dog-bite data has a number of inaccuracies, that dog breeds (especially mixed breeds) can be difficult to identify and that as certain breeds are regulated, those who exploit dogs by making them aggressive will simply turn to other breeds.
Assembly Bill 363, introduced last session by Representative John Lehman (D-62), would prohibit insurance companies from denying liability coverage or setting premiums based upon the breed of dog. It will, however, allow insurance companies to deny coverage or increase premiums based on past behavior of the dog.
Although this bill did not come up for vote, we hope you will continue to tell your legislators that you support legislation that will protect dogs and families from breed discrimination and allow each dog to be judged on his or her own merits.
These are some of the insurance agencies that do not have a blacklist for particular dog breeds and operate locally:
Farmers Insurance Group
State Farm Insurance
McCabe Insurance Agency (Allstate), Shorewood
Man Beats Dog to Death
The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office undertook review of this matter and on October 24, 2007 charged the offender, Sean Christian Owen, with one count of Mistreating Animals-Cause Death, a Class I felony. Owen faces a maximum possible penalty of a fine of $10,000 or imprisonment for 3.5 years, or both.
On November 12, Owen pled not guilty and a date of December 11 was set for a scheduling conference. Judge William Sosnay is hearing the case. Please contact Judge Sosnay to ask for sentencing that reflects the horrific, disturbing nature of this crime. Please direct letters to:
Honorable Judge William Sosnay
Milwaukee County Courthouse
Branch 8, Criminal Division
821 W. State Street, Room 117
Milwaukee, WI 53233-1458
A Cudahy man was recently arrested after police say he admitted that he beat his 13-year-old Beagle to death with a baseball bat because the dog had tumors and he couldn’t afford to take the dog to a veterinarian. Cudahy police have referred the case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office for potential charges.
The Wisconsin Humane Society strongly urges the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office to take swift and decisive action in charging the man. This terrible act of animal cruelty is a crime and should not be tolerated in our community.
Whenever an animal is abused, a chain reaction ensues. Not only is an innocent animal hurt or killed, but the person who committed the offense often falls into a cycle that could ultimately result in violence against people. The evidence of a link between cruelty to animals and violence toward humans is compelling. In fact, people who abuse animals are five times more likely to commit violent crime. In addition, animal abuse desensitizes people to violent acts and normalizes behavior that is dangerous and harmful to the fabric of our society.
Please be aware that there are many humane alternatives that could have been pursued. The Wisconsin Humane Society serves as a resource in the community for animals from low-income homes. We offer some low-cost veterinary services based upon a sliding scale. If a guardian is truly unable to afford euthanasia services for a sick or dying animal, we waive the fee.
For the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article by Linda Spice published on October 23, click here.
Rare Bird Arrives at the Wisconsin Humane Society
Green-breasted Mango Hummingbird Spotted in Only 4 U.S. States
Over 700 bird lovers flocked to Beloit this fall just for the chance to catch a glimpse of a creature so rare, he’s only been spotted in three other U.S. states. The Green-Breasted Mango, a hummingbird native to Central America and Southern and Eastern Mexico, somehow ended up over 2,000 miles from home. After feeding at a home in Beloit for several weeks, the little bird didn’t seem to be moving south for the winter. Deeply concerned about the welfare of the bird’s ability to survive the approaching cold front, birdwatchers captured and safely transported him to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Milwaukee. The bird was transported to Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo for long-term care.
Questions have arisen regarding what is in the best interest of the bird and whether captivity is the right solution for the hummingbird. However, he would likely have perished in the recent cold front and returning the bird to his normal range is not well-advised, either. The US Fish and Wildlife Service opposes the transport of wayward hummingbirds back to their normal ranges. “This bird’s navigational capabilities are obviously quite deficient,” said Scott Diehl, Wildlife Manager at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. “The Brookfield Zoo provides excellent care; we anticipate that the hummingbird will thrive for many, many years in his new home.”
WHS also points out that the Green-breasted Mango is not listed on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which regulates the capture, transport and keeping of most migratory bird species. Hence, there are no legal obstacles in transporting the bird from Milwaukee to the Brookfield Zoo, which has excellent aviary resources.
Little Pumpkin Rescued from Abuse
Pumpkin, an 8-week-old kitten, was rescued by a brave Milwaukee woman from several adolescent boys who were abusing the kitten. Dangling on a rope from a tree, Pumpkin was saved just in time. To read her whole story, click here.
Our friends in Iowa need our help!
Hundreds of displaced cats and kittens are being housed in horse stalls in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Petsmart Rescue Waggin’ is making a stop at the Wisconsin Humane Society to load up with supplies next week to take to Iowa. They are in desperate need of box fans to help cool the animals and reduce disease transmission. Please help by dropping off new or gently used working fans at the Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee by Thursday, July 3. Thank you so much for your support. Click here to see items on WHS' Wishlist!
Halloween Spay/Neuter Surgeries Bring a Parade of Black Cats!
In honor of the beautiful black cat this Halloween, the Wisconsin Humane Society invited cat guardians to have their black cat spayed or neutered. The surgeries were free or discounted to guardians with qualifying incomes. More than twenty cats were sterilized, helping to combat animal overpopulation. For more information about WHS' Spay and Neuter Assistance Program year-round, please call (414) 431-6132.
This little girl was spayed last week
by Dr. Kerin McClain, pictured above,
as part of the special spay-neuter
program this Halloween.