3rd Annual Gallery Night & Yappy Hour Set for May 5

 Friends of MADACC will host its 3rd annual Gallery Night & Yappy Hour at Central Bark Doggy Daycare –Menomonee Valley on Saturday, May 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. Central Bark is located at 333 N. 25thSt. in Milwaukee.

 Attendees are invited to bring their social, spayed/neutered dog to romp in Central Bark’s outdoor play area. Dogs must remain on leash. Local artists, including Brittany Farina, will showcase their work, and Black Sheep Photography will offer a photo booth. There will also be a great variety of raffle prizes and complimentary food, beer, and wine.
Admission is a suggested $5 donation at the door.
Proceeds from the event benefit Friends of MADACC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of Milwaukee County’s homeless animals housed at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC). MADACC currently rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary, and humane care for over 13,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated, and injured animals each year — more than any other animal control shelter in Wisconsin.
Funds raised by Friends of MADACC support facility improvements such as installing outdoor exercise kennels, educational programs like Battle Against Dogfighting (BAD), and supporting a network of volunteers that provide foster care, dog walking, cat socialization, and training to enhance the quality of life of animals at MADACC and increase their chances of being placed in local adoption programs.
To learn more about Friends of MADACC, visit http://madaccfriends.org/ .


IEWC welcomes Adoption unit, donates to Waukesha animal resource center

HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, received an “overwhelming” reception at a recent visit to IEWC in New Berlin, according to Mobile Adoption Coordinator Lisa Neaman.
The shelter benefitted from the generosity and community spirit of the company’s employees when Neaman and several of HAWS’ adoptable pets visited IEWC on Tuesday, April 3.  Employees presented HAWS with money and supplies collected during the month of March, with cash donations totaling more than $1500 and pet products valued at more than $200.

 “The IEWC employees gave us so many wonderful, needed donations,” noted Neaman.  “Our adoptable pets, Jesse and Poncho, had a great time and received lots of love and attention.  Everyone from HAWS is grateful for the support of IEWC – thank you to this great group for ‘supporting the HAWS cause’!”

Stacy Jahn, a programmer/analyst at IEWC, coordinated the event, bringing employees and the shelter together.  IEWC is a premier global supplier of wire, cable and wire management products, with their world headquarters located on Towne Drive in New Berlin.

Raise funds on foot or online:  The Friends of HAWS present the 29th Annual HAWS Pet Walkathon on May 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  All the details are available at the special Walkathon webpage of www.hawspets.org.  Support the HAWS cause!

 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 and full service shelter, HAWS assures sanctuary for animals in need while offering educational programs and a myriad of 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.”


Frog lovers and environmentalists of all ages are gearing up for the 4th Annual Save The Frogs Day, set for Saturday, April 28th. The annual celebration of amphibians will be the largest day of amphibian education and conservation action in the planet’s history. At least 150 Save The Frogs Day events are happening in 25 countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, Bangladesh, Ghana, and Australia. The goal is to raise awareness of the rapid disappearance of frog species worldwide. The events are being coordinated by SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs.com), a California-based nonprofit dedicated to amphibian conservation.

Amphibian populations worldwide have been declining at unprecedented rates, and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared in recent years. Amphibians are faced with an onslaught of environmental problems, including climate change, pollution, infectious diseases, habitat loss, invasive species, and over-harvesting for the pet and food trades. “The goal of Save The Frogs Day is to get people worldwide educating their fellow citizens about the plight of amphibians and ways they can help” says Dr. Kerry Kriger, Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!. “Frogs eat mosquitoes, provide us with medical advances, serve as food for birds, fish and monkeys, and their tadpoles filter our drinking water. There are lots of reasons to save them.”

Dr. Kriger will be leading a Save The Frogs Day 5K race in downtown Seattle on April 28th. Other Save The Frogs Day events include a frog legs protest at the Coney Island, NY location of Nathan’s Famous, a nationwide chain restaurant that sells frog legs. Up to a billion frogs are taken out of the wild for use as food by humans each year; protesters hope to raise awareness of the issue and bring an end to frog leg sales at the restaurant. In San Francisco, SAVE THE FROGS! supporters will gather at Sharp Park, a rare coastal wetland that the city pumps out to sea to create dry land for a taxpayer-funded golf course – illegally killing endangered California Red-Legged Frogs in the process.

Outside the USA there will be scientific conferences focused on frog conservation in Ghana, Bangladesh and Mexico; frog photo exhibitions in Colombia, Malaysia, and Australia; and frog art exhibits in Brazil and India.

Save The Frogs Day 2012 has been officially recognized by Governor Bev Perdue of North Carolina; Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina; Mayor Bob Buckhorn of Tampa, FL; and Mayor Tom Lowry of Three Rivers, MI.

You can learn more about Save The Frogs Day and events in your area, at:


April Showers Bring…HAWS’ Annual Walkathon in May!

Raise funds in support of the HAWS Cause … on foot or online!

On the first Saturday of May each year, hundreds of pet lovers high-tail it to this day-long festival of pets and their people, in support of HAWS! Again in 2012…we’re at SUSSEX VILLAGE PARK!

Your participation and donations provide proper care, food, bedding, toys and lots of love for the animals in need at HAWS.  Funds are also used to support HAWS’ humane education programs, which promote responsible pet ownership and prevent animal abuse and neglect in our community.

And there’s more to do than just walk!  Visit vendor booths and do some shopping, participate in contests and games, have a tasty lunch, meet adoptable pets from HAWS, enjoy meeting up with old friends – and making new ones.
Best of all:  100% of the money raised for this event goes straight to HAWS!
Let your fingers do the fundraising:  set up your very own, personalized online fundraising page and forward it to everyone you know, so THEY can help support the HAWS cause, too!

Veterinary Pet Insurance Celebrates 5th Annual Pet Parent’s Day® on April 29

Dedicated Day for Pet Lovers Highlighted by Free E-Cards and Donation to One Dog Rescue

For all the poop they’ve scooped and the treats they’ve given, Pet Parent’s Day on Sunday, April 29, celebrates those who lovingly consider their pets part of the family. Veterinary Pet Insurance Co. (VPI), the nation’s oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance, commemorates the occasion by offering free customizable Pet Parent’s Day e-cards on its

Facebook  page, and donating up to $10,000 to One Dog Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing old, sick and forgotten pets who are looking for pet parents of their own.

Throughout the month of April, visitors to

VPI’s Facebook page can customize a free Pet Parent’s Day e-card to send to their pet loving friends. Visitors can select among creative and fun dog, cat, bird and exotic pet illustrations, or upload a photo of their favorite furry friend. Senders will also be able to compose a personalized message on each e-card to pet parent recipients. Both senders and recipients can share the finished Pet Parent’s Day e-card with family and friends on Facebook.

Additionally, VPI will donate $5 (up to $10,000) to One Dog Rescue for every pet insurance quote generated at

PetParentsDay.com during the month of April. One Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing old, sick, injured and forgotten pets, many of whom are on the short list to be euthanized.

“For many people, pets are part of the family,” said Curtis Steinhoff, director of corporate communications for VPI.  “Over the years, pets have gone from the backyard, to the living room, to many times getting their own space in the bedroom with us. The human-animal bond has never been stronger, and we feel it is important to set aside a day to recognize the special commitment made by pet parents.”

About Veterinary Pet Insurance

With more than 485,000 pets insured nationwide, Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency is the No. 1 veterinarian-recommended pet health insurance company and is a member of the Nationwide Insurance family of companies. Providing pet owners with peace of mind since 1982, the company is committed to being the trusted choice of America’s pet lovers and an advocate of pet health education. VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for multiple medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and injuries. Optional CareGuard® coverage is available for routine care. Medical plans are available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. More than 2,700 companies nationwide offer VPI Pet Insurance as an employee benefit. Policies are underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company in California and in all other states by National Casualty Company, an A+15 rated company in Madison, Wisconsin. Pet owners can find VPI Pet Insurance on

Facebook or follow @VPI on Twitter. For more information about VPI Pet Insurance, call 800-USA-PETS (800-872-7387) or visit petinsurance.com.