Heat Advisory for Companion Animals

Temperatures in Milwaukee are climbing high this week, so please don’t forget
that extreme heat affects dogs and cats, too!  Just like people, companion
animals can get heat stroke and heat exhaustion.  Unlike people, however, they
cannot regulate body temperature in the same way and different dog breeds
respond to hot weather differently.  The Wisconsin Humane Society wants to
remind the community how to keep their furry friends safe.

  • NEVER leave your companion animal in a parked car, even with the windows
    down.  The inside of a parked car can reach 160 degrees in just a few
    minutes.
  • Exercise your canine only during the cooler parts of the day.  Early
    morning and evening hours are best.  Leave your animal outside for only short
    periods of time.  Also, keep your cat indoors where they are safer.
  • Never tie an animal outside in the sun!  Always make sure they have a
    shady spot when outside in extreme temperatures, as well as plenty of fresh,
    cool water.
  • Allow access to the coolest part of your home.  If you don’t have air
    conditioning, or you turn it off while at work, make sure your companion animal
    can get to a cool place, such as a basement.
  • Take extra precautions for old, overweight or snub-nosed dogs in hot weather. Dogs
    with heart or lung diseases should be kept indoors with air conditioning.
  • Watch your animal for signs of heat stroke, which include extreme panting,
    difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, rapid pulse, bright red
    gums and blue tongue or lips.  Animals exhibiting signs of heat stroke should be
    moved to a cool place and have their body temperature lowered with cool water
    (do NOT apply ice), then taken to a veterinarian for further treatment.

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Three New Breeds Join AKC Family

The American Kennel Club expanded its litter of registered breeds on June 1 to
welcome the American English Coonhound to the Hound group, Finnish Lapphund to
the Herding group, and Cesky Terrier to the Terrier group – growing AKC’s family
to 173 breeds.

The American English Coonhound is an avid hunter known for its tremendous speed and loud voice. Originally these hounds were used to hunt fox by day and raccoon by night in the American
colonies. Today, they still need regular daily exercise to stay in shape.
American English Coonhounds are sociable animals that get along well with people
and other dogs. They are very trainable and eager to please.

The first Finnish Lapphunds were the helper dogs of the Sami – a tribe of semi-nomadic people in the northern region of Finland, Sweden, and part of Russia called Lapland. Because
they were originally bred to live and work outside north of the Arctic Circle
herding reindeer, Finnish Lapphunds have a thick double coat. They are
intelligent, eager to learn, and are calm and friendly with people.

Intelligent and full of energy, the Cesky Terrier  was bred to hunt vermin, fox, and badger, among others. They are active dogs that love to play, and require daily exercise. Cesky Terriers are loyal to their families, patient, gentle, and get along well with people of all ages, making
them a wonderful family pet. Their coat requires daily grooming as puppies and
brushing twice a week as adults.

www.akc.org

Wisconsin Humane Society asks senators to protect basic needs of animals Budget bill gives researchers exemption from all state animal cruelty laws

The Wisconsin Humane Society is asking state senators to remove language in the budget bill exempting researchers from state animal cruelty laws.

There is immense public concern over this issue. The WHS alert about this provision generated
nearly 1800 email responses from the public, more than any of WHS’s other legislative alerts, including the 2009 puppy mill bill alert.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s summary was passed by the assembly early this morning, which
follows below:

14.  Liability Protections for Scientific Researchers

Delete the provision approved by Joint Finance and instead create the following exemptions to current law provisions prohibiting crimes against animals: (a) teaching, research, or experimentation conducted pursuant to a protocol or procedure approved by an educational or
research institution, and related incidental animal care activities, at facilities that are regulated under federal law; and (b) bona fide scientific research involving species unregulated by federal law. The provision approved by Joint Finance would have exempted animals used for research or experimentation at an educational or research institution or that is being used for research or
experimentation that is regulated under federal law from these provisions.

Although the language was changed from what was approved by the Joint Finance Committee, WHS
remains concerned. Anne Reed, executive director of WHS, says, “We recognize that animal research has made important contributions to science, but Wisconsin law already allows researchers several exemptions from animal cruelty laws to permit research to happen.”

Educational or institutional research and related “incidental care activities” are exempt under
the simple amendment as passed.    “We appreciate that university systems have ethical guidelines and procedures, but don’t believe these substitute for criminal statutes,” states Reed. “In any workplace where workers are under stress and have power over others– prisons, nursing homes, and animal labs – abuses can happen even when there are strong ethical policies and protocols.
The state has a right to punish people when that happens.”

“If this is a change that the University of Wisconsin system feels it needs,” explains Reed,
“it should be introduced separately from the budget to allow for public hearing and discussion.  We are happy to work with UW and legislators on a balanced approach, but feel that it’s critical to have animal welfare experts at the table and give the public a proper chance to respond.”

Battle Against Dogfighting’s Peace for Paws

Block Party Takes Place Tomorrow: Saturday, June 18 from 12-4pm

Contact: Jill Brown, BAD’s founder & Program
Director, 414-416-5975

Last
Friday, June 10, 2011, Milwaukee police and MADACC
busted a dogfighting operation on the city’s north side, rescuing
six sick and injured pit bulls and arresting one man. According to MPD, the bust
was a result of a tip from a community member. Battle Against
Dogfighting (BAD), a
100% volunteer-organized program, knows that more busts are possible and
eliminating dogfighting in Milwaukee starts with community awareness, which is
why they are hosting their second annual
Peace for Paws block party at Calvary Baptist Church on
Milwaukee’s near north side this Saturday, June 18, from 12 to 4pm.

The goal is to unite as a c
ommunity to speak out against
such violence and animal cruelty, and ultimately have safer, more humane
neighborhoods.

Research shows several serial killers started their criminal paths
by abusing animals, and people who abuse animals are more likely to commit other
types of crimes.
BAD focuses on uniting the community and dog
owners with positive activities for pit bulls & all dogs so that those
considering getting involved in dogfighting will start to see their dog than
more than just a possession and more as a part of the family. This is a FREE
event and will include free dog training from top trainers, agility courses, and
weight pulling demonstrations, as well as a local music and a kid’s area. The
event will also include lots of educational resources where people can ask
questions, and participate in a “learn and earn” where they can earn free dog
care items like collars, toys, treats, dog beds, and more.

BAD’s founder, Jill Brown, is
excited to bring their efforts to neighborhoods with a heightened dogfighting
problem. “These youth are brought up seeing so much violence in their community,
that dogfighting is just another outlet for that. They see it often and are
somewhat desensitized to it. Most inner-city kids see their first dog fight by
age of 8 and often learn the behavior from older males in their families. We
want to break that cycle and show kids positive outlets to bond with their dog
and still show their dog’s ability and strength , such as agility and weight
pulling,” said Brown. “It’s not just about saving these pets – it’s about saving
the kids, reducing violence, and making safe neighborhoods.”

BAD’s efforts truly focus on
the welfare of the community, as well as pit bulls. BAD teams with MPD,
Milwaukee Dept. of Neighborhood Services, Dept. of City Development, and Safe
& Sound on a variety of outreach initiatives to get folks speaking out about
violence and dogfighting in their neighborhoods. Brown states, “The partnering
organizations are great because they realize this isn’t ‘just a dog issue’ –
it’s so intertwined with other negative activities, like gangs, drugs, weapons
trafficking, and even homicide.”

BAD is also excited to be
launching its “Pit Crew”, a positive training and agility class that teaches
inner-city youth to see their dogs as pets, not just objects to abuse. Pit Crew
participants often help by becoming ambassadors for the program by recruiting
and mentoring new participants, which helps them to not fall into animal neglect
and cruelty. BAD’s goal is to take kids (and their dogs) out of negative
environments and teach them more positive training techniques to use with their
dogs. Pit Crew classes will start a few weeks after this event & those
interested should attend Peace for Paws this Saturday to get signed
up.

“Dogfighting is still
something that most people in Milwaukee don’t believe exists,” Brown explains.
“But the people in the neighborhoods know – the MPD officers we work with know.
That’s why we’re here. We won’t stop until everyone learns this illegal activity
cannot be tolerated. Last year, Milwaukee residents called in just about 1 tip a
week on dogfighting in the city — those tips are what can save these dogs from
this unspeakable abuse. The abuse these dog endure is horrific and
we won’t
stop until these victims are saved and dogfighting is a crime of the
past.”

For
more information on all the great community outreach and education efforts BAD
is working on, visit our Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Battle-Against-Dogfighting/178489093981.

HAWS GOES TO SUMMER CAMP

Waukesha animal resource center “Kids ‘N Critters” summer sessions begin this week

The Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp at
HAWS
, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County,
begins this week with both general animal care and specially-themed sessions
that will benefit campers and shelter pets alike.

 Children participating in Camp Gone to the Dogs are
specifically working with resident shelter dogs, teaching them basic manners,
training some fun tricks and generally helping the dogs to become more desirable
to potential adoptive families that visit HAWS.  All the dogs participating are
available for adoption at HAWS and will be able to go home with their new
families at the end of the sessions, once the Camp Gone to the Dogs kids
have completed their project.  Campers can also be part of Art Camp and
Shutterbug Camp – expanding their creative sides in combination with
learning about animal welfare.  Camper art and photography is used to decorate
the walls at HAWS after their sessions are over, allowing campers to leave a
lasting impression on the shelter.

HAWS’ Humane Educator and camp director Khris Erickson notes:
“Through lessons, games and many activities – even field trips – campers are
sure to learn about responsibility for pets.  They also help with day-to-day
care, like cleaning the kennels and ensuring the pets have fresh water, food and
clean bedding.  Kids ‘N Critters is a great way for kids to learn all the
aspects of having a pet!”

HAWS’ popular Kids ‘N Critters Day Camps run now
through mid-August.   Details on the various sessions can be found at www.hawspets.org
or by calling 262-542-8851, x118.

HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965,
assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human
visitors to our shelter annually.  As an “open admissions” shelter HAWS assures
sanctuary for all animals in need, while offering educational programs and
services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse.  The
shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For more
information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at
www.hawspets.org. Friend us on Facebook at “HAWS Waukesha.”

HAWS ASSURES SANCTUARY FOR UNWANTED PUPS

Waukesha animal resource center ‘open admission’ policy available to Act 90 dogs

HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is open and
available for the dogs of breeders affected by the new puppy mill
legislation.

 New fears have been expressed that unwanted puppy mill stock
will be abandoned by breeders to avoid compliance with Wisconsin’s new Act 90
legislation.  Several of the state’s shelters have already noticed an increase
in purebred stray dogs arriving at their facilities.  These dogs have gone
unclaimed after their hold periods, indicating possible “dumping” or abandonment
situations.

“HAWS assures sanctuary for all animals in need, regardless
of age, breed, health or temperament – that is not only our mission statement
but also our promise to our community,” notes HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn
Olenik.  “We are here to help – including help for those breeders in our county
finding themselves in need because of the new law.  HAWS does not have a fee for
animals that are surrendered to our facility, and we would much rather see
animals come to us then be turned loose to fend for themselves.”

HAWS is open to accept surrenders from Waukesha County 7 days
a week.  Once surrendered, all pets are given complete medical check-ups, are
spayed or neutered and receive basic vaccinations.  Before being placed for
adoption they receive behavioral evaluations to ensure placement with the best
home to fit their needs, or to allow HAWS Mod Squad™ time to work through any
issues the dogs may have.

HAWS, a non-profit organization established in 1965,
assists over 6,000 animals each year and welcomes more than 31,000 human
visitors to our shelter annually.  As an “open admissions” shelter HAWS assures
sanctuary for all animals in need, while offering educational programs and
services to promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse.  The
shelter is located at 701 Northview Road in Waukesha, Wisconsin. For more
information call (262) 542-8851 or log onto our website at
www.hawspets.org.
Friend us on Facebook at “HAWS Waukesha.”

 

FREE Storytime offered at Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus

FREE Storytime offered at Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee
Campus

Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

630 West Dekora Street, Saukville
It’s Tails and
Tales!  The Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus’ story time for children 2-4
years-old is held on the third Wednesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00
a.m.   Animal-related books with a humane theme will be read at each session and
will be followed by activities and an opportunity to meet an animal from the
Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus.  There is a limit of 3 children for
each adult.  If interested in bringing a daycare or school group, please call
(262) 988-5947.   There is no fee for this event, but attendees are requested to
bring an item from the Ozaukee Campus’ Wish List – like dog treats or a toy – to
help the animals.

Sign up at
http://savinglives.wihumane.org/site/Calendar/748930977?view=Detail&id=123926