With over 300,000 people participating in this year’s seventh annual Guinness World Records Day,  the record breaking authority is also paying homage to its animal achievers, announcing a new ‘top dog’ to coincide with this year’s global celebration! Lucky, a Maltese rescued by Wendy Diamond has officially achieved the record as the ‘Animal Most Photographed with Celebrities with 363 photos! Lucky’s list of celebrity pictures reads like a who’s who in entertainment and politics including Bill Clinton, Rosie O’Donnell, Kim Kardashian, Maria Sharapova, Kanye West, Betty White, Richard Branson, Barbara Walters, Hoda Kotb, Amanda Bynes, Cloris Leachman, Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, Hugh Hefner, Jessica Biel, Adrian Brody, Hugh Grant, Kristen Stewart, Chace Crawford, and many, many more.
Founder and Editor of Animal Fair Media, Inc, Wendy Diamond adopted the energetic and charismatic Maltese Lucky in 1999. As an animal rescue and welfare advocate, best-selling author and TV personality, Wendy supports countless charitable events with celebrities, and always accompanied by her loyal “wing dog” – Lucky! Within Wendy’s tireless promotion of animal rescue, she started photographing Lucky during interviews, as well as at charity, animal and political events to document her dog’s life. She launched a column featuring photographs of Lucky with celebrities showcasing worthy causes and her rescued pooch cheekily titled; Who Got Lucky?. Lucky is the global poster face of disenfranchised and homeless animals worldwide.  Upon accruing images and managing a Facebook page with thousands of fans, Friends encouraged  Wendy that her rescued Maltese, Lucky, must indeed be the most photographed dog in the world alongside media personalities and industry insiders and applied to Guinness World Records for consideration. Guinness World Records Officials set a benchmark of 100 celebrities for the new category.
I always thought Lucky was sort of the Johnny Carson of canines but I never imagined a Guinness World Record! This record isn’t really about Lucky or even the celebrities, but the inspiring message that people can adopt their own Lucky and one day there won’t be any more homeless pets!” – Dog Parent of Lucky, Wendy Diamond


“Stacks” now at Wisconsin Humane Society awaiting new home

A dog has lost a leg – but not her life – after being intentionally shot near 14th& Atkinson in Milwaukee. Stacks, a 1.5-year-old Beagle/Shepherd mix, was brought to the Wisconsin Humane Society the day after the shooting.

 The woman who surrendered the sweet dog to WHS had a disturbing story. “People have threatened to shoot Stacks because she barks when they are running from the cops…” read the intake report. It wasn’t just a threat, and Stacks was shot while protecting her own yard and family.

Stacks front leg sustained substantial damage and she was in a lot of pain when she arrived at WHS.  She couldn’t put any weight on her leg and fell down if she tried.  But, this didn’t prevent her from hopping over to the WHS veterinary staff to say hello.

WHS veterinarian Dr. Rebecca Jackson performed amputation surgery on her leg and today, Stacks is fully recovered. She is now ready to be adopted by a loving person who understands that she may need just a bit more extra love and attention as she makes a transition into a new home.

For more information about Stacks, please visit the Wisconsin Humane Society at or check out their Facebook page.

No Kill Milwaukee Eager to Partner with New MADACC Executive Director

Group hopes to drastically reduce number of euthanized domestic animals

No Kill Milwaukee, a volunteer organization dedicated to adopting a No Kill philosophy for Milwaukee County’s domestic homeless animals, is encouraged by the appointment of David Flagler as the new executive director of the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC).

 “We are pleased that one of the components of the No Kill Equation, a compassionate director, will be met at MADACC with Mr. Flagler’s arrival,” says Lisa Grabowski, co-director of No Kill Milwaukee.

No Kill Milwaukee’s purpose is three-fold:

  • To educate community members about No Kill and how they can become involved in the movement;
  • To ensure the welfare of animals by seeing that a No Kill mandate is legislated in Milwaukee County with the education of and assistance from elected officials in all Milwaukee County municipalities; and
  • To provide the manpower and support needed to execute all components of the No Kill Equation, which include offsite adoptions, reinforcement of Milwaukee’s trap-neuter-release (TNR) program, pet retention assistance, proactive lost animal return, and fundraising to reduce fees for low-cost spay/neuter.

In 2010, 57 percent of the animals detained at MADACC were euthanized. No Kill Milwaukee is eager to work with MADACC to implement the No Kill equation which, when comprehensively implemented, is consistent with public safety, will help decrease costs, will save taxpayer dollars and even create a revenue positive environment for the agency. Most importantly, the No Kill Equation will save lives.

“Mr. Flagler responded favorably to arranging a meeting to develop a plan for making Milwaukee a No Kill county,” Grabowski says. “His willingness to work together makes us very hopeful for the animals of Milwaukee County who have, until now, faced discouraging odds at finding new homes.”

About No Kill Milwaukee

No Kill Milwaukee was established in April 2011 to bring the philosophies of No Kill to animal sheltering in Milwaukee County. No Kill Milwaukee’s mission is to create a community where every healthy, treatable and rehabilitatable companion animal is guaranteed the right to life. Learn more at, and follow No Kill Milwaukee on Facebook.


Fetch Needs Your Dog Pics This Week!

Have a picture of your dog that you would like to share?  Fetch has a page in it’s printed magazine that includes 6 or so dog pics called Dogs Around Town.  We are in need of some pictures THIS WEEK to include on that page.  Got any you would like to share?   I can’t promise anything as picture quality and total # of pics submitted will determine who can get in the page.  But at the bare minimum, we’ll get your pics out on facebook!   Pictures need to be of good resolution in order to work in a printed magazine.  They need to be 300 dpi or higher.   Most cell phones take too low of a resolution to work but most cameras take high enough resolution to use.
Send your pictures to  Hope to see your dog in pictures!

The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank Celebrates 2nd Anniversary Having Served More Than 2.5 Million Meals to Family Pets in Need

Dogs and cats are cherished members of the family, but when resources are scarce, people face tough decisions. The Pongo Fund provides quality pet food to those in need, helping reduce animal shelter populations by keeping families together with their pets.
This week The Pongo Fund, Oregon’s emergency pet food bank, celebrated its second anniversary and provided its 2,500,000th meal for the pet of a family in need. This is a major milestone for the non-profit organization, which was formed to help address a growing concern in our society: when people go hungry, their pets go hungry too. By donating emergency pet food to families across Oregon and Southwest Washington who are struggling to make ends meet, The Pongo Fund prevents beloved animal companions from being surrendered to shelters simply because their families cannot afford to feed them.
The Pongo Fund, which is entirely staffed by volunteers and receives no government or public funding, is Oregon’s only full time resource focused on fighting animal hunger – more than 100 emergency food agencies, shelters and rescues in 28 counties across the state have received emergency pet food from the organization. As just one example, many of the Oregon Food Bank’s record-setting 1,000,000 food boxes contained pet food donated by The Pongo Fund.
“We partner with many wonderful organizations to accomplish our mission, but The Pongo Fund is one of the best,” said Judy Alley, Executive Director of SnowCap Community Charities. “They alone are seeking to assure good quality nutrition for the pets in our lives.”
“We don’t just fight animal hunger, we fight all hunger,” said Larry Chusid, founder of The Pongo Fund. “For a financially-strapped family with a dog or cat, that package of hot dogs or can of tuna they get from the human food bank often becomes pet food. The fact that food stamps can’t be used for pet food only compounds the problem. So people continue to go hungry because they don’t want to lose their animal companions,” Chusid added. Keeping pets with their families not only helps reduce animal shelter populations (and save tax dollars that support them), it helps people stay healthier too. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), pets can lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels and decrease feelings of loneliness.
“The health and well-being of their pets is a paramount priority and many of our clients would go hungry before allowing their pets to skip a meal,” said Sam Engel, Resource Development Coordinator for the Josephine County Food Bank Network. “I cannot thank The Pongo Fund enough for what they have provided – all I can do is to pass along the gratitude of thousands of our human clients who are truly appreciative and their thousands of pets who, thanks to The Pongo Fund, are blissfully unaware of their owners concerns over providing them food.”
The tangible benefits of The Pongo Fund’s work over the past two years go far beyond the 2,500,000 pet meals donated. A pet may be the only foundation of comfort for a child whose family is facing tough times or the only family and source of unconditional love for a lonely senior. Losing a pet when circumstances are already hard can further a downward spiral of mental and emotional suffering that impacts the health and well-being of individuals, families and our entire community.
The Pongo Fund received widespread attention earlier this year when a Portland dog, Ceili, was nominated for a national Dogs of Valor award sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States. Ceili, a senior dog who was receiving food from The Pongo Fund, helped her owner survive a heart attack. The family, who was living on Social Security disability payments and struggling to pay the bills, said if it weren’t for The Pongo Fund, Ceili may not have been there to save the man’s life.
The Pongo Fund quietly celebrated its second anniversary by doing exactly what it has been doing the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month for the past two years: serving the ever-growing line of people who come to the organization’s warehouse on NE MLK Blvd. in Portland seeking the pet food assistance that will help them get through hard times and enable them to keep their families together.
Thanks to the generous support from founding partners Canidae Pet Foods and Dogswell, The Pongo Fund trucks pet foods to wherever people and their pets are in need. Because they rely entirely on cash donations and volunteer help and have no additional resources for marketing, most recipients do not know that the food came from The Pongo Fund. They just feel relieved that their dog or cat won’t have to go to bed hungry.
The importance of the animal-human bond – particularly during tough economic times – has been recognized by numerous organizations across Oregon and Southwest Washington who have benefitted from The Pongo Fund. The clients of esteemed groups including the Oregon Food Bank, Marion-Polk Food Bank, Linn-Benton Food Bank, Columbia Pacific Food Bank, Josephine County Food Bank, Mid Columbia Community Action Council, United Way/211, Oregon Department of Human Services, Dove Lewis, Oregon Humane Society, Southwest Washington Humane Society, Salvation Army, Snowcap Charities, Transition Projects, Neighborhood House, Central City Concern, FISH, Sunshine Pantry, Our House/Esther’s Pantry, Veterans of America, Ecumenical Ministries, Portland Adventist Community Services, Union Gospel Mission, Meals on Wheels, Human Solutions, Loaves and Fishes, Tualatin School House Pantry, Potluck in the Park, Holy Trinity Food Closet, Happy Tails Rescue, Oregon Dachshund Rescue, Curry County Animal Shelter, South Coast Humane Society, Multnomah County Animal Services and more depend on The Pongo Fund.
About The Pongo Fund
The Pongo Fund is Oregon’s emergency pet food bank. We are a volunteer-staffed, 501(c)3 non-profit public charity that provides more than one million pet meals each year to help struggling families make ends meet. We envision a community where no pets are ever abandoned or surrendered to shelters simply because their families cannot afford to keep them fed. By providing emergency pet food relief, The Pongo Fund succeeds in our mission to reduce shelter populations and keep people and their pets together.
For more information, please go to: or our Facebook page: You can contact us at:
The Pongo Fund PO Box 8244 Portland OR 97207 info (at) thepongofund (dot) org 503-939-7555

What Are Your Pet’s Plans for Thanksgiving?

Helpful hints from The Humane Society of the United States

The Humane Society of the United States is reminding people that as we celebrate Thanksgiving- delighting in the hustle and bustle of whether to travel or to stay home, what to cook, and who to sit next to at the table- we can’t forget to make equally important plans for our canine and feline friends. Festive food and beverages, along with the commotion of large gatherings may pose hazards for our furry family members.

 “Thanksgiving is a special time of year for many families, but it can also be hectic, so it’s important for people to plan for their pets,” said Adam Goldfarb, director of pet care issues for The Humane Society of the United States. “Whether your family is traveling or staying home, you can keep your pet safe and happy by thinking about their well-being ahead of time.”
With a few simple precautions, our pets can share this special time with us safely. The Humane Society of the United States offers these tips to keep our four-legged family members healthy and happy:
Is your pet partying with you at home?
  • Provide your pet with a quiet, out-of-the-way room during holiday parties. Though some pets may enjoy socializing opportunities, the excitement of a party may overwhelm others.
  • Avoid the urge to give your pets table scraps, especially bones. Bones easily splinter and can cause serious health problems, even death.
Is your pet traveling with you?
  • If you are planning to take your pet with you when visiting friends and relatives during the holidays, be sure to contact them in advance to find out if your pet is welcome. Because of the excitement during the holidays, it might be best to board your pet or hire a reputable pet sitter instead.
  • When traveling with your pet, attach tags with contact information for your mobile phone, as well as a phone number for where you are staying.
Is your pet taking a vacation from you?
  • If you are leaving your pet at home with a pet sitter, be sure to ask for references, plus written proof that he or she is bonded and has commercial liability insurance.
  • If you are leaving your pet at a boarding kennel, visit the kennel ahead of time to make sure that it’s clean, comfortable, and safe for your pet.
 Humans are not the only ones who will be thankful at Thanksgiving. Shelter pets would be thankful for a new home and family to share their lives with this coming holiday season. Visit to search for a pet, find local shelters and learn more about the adoption process.
For more information on traveling with your pet, please visit:

Hope’s Lights Event To Honor Homeless Animals

The Wisconsin Humane Society will be shining bright this holiday season with thousands of holiday lights in honor of homeless animals at both their Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses.

 The Hope’s Lights celebrations, which are free to the public, will be held as follows:
•             Saturday, December 3, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the WHS Ozaukee Campus at  630 W. Dekora Street in Saukville
•             Sunday, December 4, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Wisconsin Humane Society, 4500 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee
In addition to the building and grounds being brilliantly illuminated with lights, the celebration will include treats, a program featuring animal guests of honor, tours of WHS and even the children’s “Gosling Guild” group caroling throughout the building.  Karen Dalessandro from
FM 106.1 will be this year’s emcee at the Milwaukee celebration.
To purchase a white light, which represents the memory of a loved one, or a colored light representing a living person or companion animal for $20 each, contact the Wisconsin Humane Society at or call (414) 431-6121.