3-Legged Foster Kitten from HAWS Teaches Children Valuable Life Lesson

Waukesha animal resource center foster to visit Lake Country classroom

A sweet kitten named Bobby from HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, has touched his foster family in an amazing way, leading to a life-lesson for a group of area school children in their Lake Country classroom.

The recent litter of foster kittens taken in by the Stoeckl family included one kitten, Bobby, who was born with a deformed hip and leg.  HAWS’ veterinarian, Dr. Kolleen Meyer, performed a successful amputation on the leg, but Bobby was in need of more TLC before going up for adoption at HAWS’ shelter in Waukesha.

The Stoeckls quickly learned Bobby was going to help them far more than they would be helping him:  Upon meeting the young cat, 8-year-old Sophia Stoeckl cried – not only because she felt badly for Bobby’s leg but because she was wrestling with her own feelings of caring for a kitten that was “different.”  Looking at him brought uncomfortable feelings, and she didn’t know how to process these emotions.  It was at this point that the Stoeckls realized what an amazing gift Bobby was to their family – and could be to others.
“We talked with our children about how Bobby wasn’t really any different than his two brothers – only his physical appearance wasn’t similar,” says mom Natalie Stoeckl.  Within no time, the kids were interacting with Bobby as with the other foster kittens, even showing their friends there was no need to be scared as Bobby was just like any other kitten.  They have been enjoying their role in his recovery from surgery.

Because of their personal experience, the Stoeckls thought this would be a great learning opportunity for other kids.  “This lesson about differences can be extrapolated to other animals and also to people,” Natalie notes.  “Bobby taught our children that a physical difference doesn’t make you “different”; we are all the same.  So we thought it would be a great idea to bring Bobby into their classroom at school, so that he could help kids learn this lesson hands on, by allowing them to touch and pet him.  Bobby doesn’t care if the kids stare and ask questions; he loves attention!”

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.”  HAWS:  Building a Society that’s Humane.


At HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, our door is always open, welcoming all to our shelter.  As one of the few remaining Open Admission and Full Service shelters, HAWS is truly the #1 resource for our community’s pets and their people.
An open admissions shelter.  At HAWS we don’t turn an animal away; we accept animals regardless of their breed, temperament, health or age.  We believe every pet deserves a chance at a loving home – not just the young and carefree but also those needing help with behavior or health issues.
A full service humane society.  HAWS is here for people and their pets, for a lifetime.

·         Behavior Department and Mod Squad™: rehabilitates pets to make them wonderful adoption candidates.
·         Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) and Project Guardian: aggressively combating cat overpopulation.
·         Animal Rescue Team: reuniting lost pets with their owners, and ensuring adoptions into new loving homes.
·         Annie’s Fund: treating those homeless pets needing medical care – from minor first aid to life-saving surgeries.
·         Humane Education:  something for everyone, including day camps and school programs, how-to seminars, training classes and 1:1 consultations.
Share the Gift of Creating a Humane Society.  Building a humane community takes the involvement of the entire community.  That’s why donations to HAWS are so important!  Donations save the lives of countless animals and change the lives of people of all ages, instilling humane sentiments and affecting how we treat each other – humans as well as animals – far into the future.  Donate to HAWS today and join HAWS in Building a Society that’s Humane.
Winter break blues?  Not at HAWS!  Register today for HAWS’ WinterKids ‘N Critters Day Camp.  Held December 26-28, the 3-day camp is available for children ages 6 – 13 years.  Call 262-542-8851, x118.
A fundraising fiesta:  Throughout December, Waukesha’s Taco John’s, 317 N. Grand Ave., is selling $1 ornaments for HAWS along with their Nachos Navidad promotion – 25 cents from each nacho order sold is donated to HAWS!
HAWS’ December calendar also includes the FREE “Solving Common K9 Behavior Problems” seminar (12/3 at HAWS) and the Thursday “Behavior Chats with Dr. Claudeen” at End of the Leash (12/20 in Mukwonago, 12/27 in Pewaukee).  Completing HAWS’ busy calendar are Cat Pedicures (12/8) and many great Mobile Adoption Center visits throughout the area!  Read all about it at http://www.hawspets.org/calendar/default.asp?d=12/1/2012, and join in the HAWS-y holiday fun.
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.”

Don’t Let Fido Freeze! Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During the Harsh Winter

At the first inkling of winter’s looming presence, families begin preparations to hunker down for the long, cold months ahead.  Winter coats, hats and gloves are pulled from the closet, plants are brought indoors and a steady stream of soups and stews are prepared to keep bellies warm.  It is easy to assume that pets, with their heavy coats, are well-equipped for the winter season, but in truth, pets are affected by dropping temperatures just like humans.  In order to ensure the safety and well-being of pets during the winter season, Espree Animal Products offers the following tips to help you and your pet make it through these cold months:


  • Ask your groomer to leave your pet’s coat a little longer during the winter to protect against the cold weather.
  • Always put a sweater on an indoor pet when you take it out to use the bathroom.  Pets acclimate to temperatures inside and thus, need a coat just like humans.
  • The ice, snow, salt and dry conditions can crack dogs’ pads.  Your pet might find relief with Espree Paw Balm to keep pads from cracking.
  • Outdoor dogs should have a dry spot to stay out of the wind, with a bed made of blankets or straw for warmth.
  • Be sure dogs have fresh water, as hydration is important.  If you have outdoor dogs, supply warm, not hot, water at least twice a day.
  • Static sprays and hydrating sprays are important to use during cold winter months to keep the pet’s coat moisturized.    Espree offers a static spray and an aloe hydrating spray that can help keep your pet’s coat looking its best.
  • Matted hair, a common issue for pets during the winter, traps moisture and makes the pet colder outside.  Tangle-free hair provides warmth, dries faster and also prevents hot spots.  You might try moisturizing products such as Espree’s Luxury Remoisturizer, or Detangling & Dematting Spray when bathing and grooming your long-haired dog, especially during the winter months.
  • Have an emergency plan in place, in case you lose power in a storm, to ensure you and your pets are safe.

Espree Animal Products manufactures a blend of natural and certified organic pet grooming solutions that are both safe and effective. As the preferred product for professional pet groomers for 22 years, Espree provides a solution-specific line with more than 75 different products created for the well-being of the pet, their devoted human and the professionals who care for them. Espree’s green products are distinguished by their contents – natural and certified organic ingredients that are gentle and safe. The company has grown steadily because of its expertise and innovation in the development of pet grooming and pet care products.


Espree serves customers throughout Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S.  Pet owners and groomers can find Espree Animal Products at PETCO stores nationwide or at www.espree.com.


From Mountain Biking To Dog Training, Memoir Highlights Author’s Adventurous Pursuits

“Adventures with Sam” by Sam W. McQuade offers readers a humorous escape from the real world

 In “Adventures with Sam” (ISBN 1477502645), Sam W. McQuade shares his life’s experiences and passions that range from mountain biking and fishing to dog field training. Written for readers with a love and passion for the outdoors, this memoir recalls McQuade’s adventures in his home state of North Dakota and across the world.

 McQuade’s experiences in “Adventures with Sam” range from adrenaline-filled expeditions to more common, everyday encounters. He does not claim that his experiences have never been done before, but he simply wants to offers readers a look at a life well-lived. Rather than fill the book with instructions or serious topics, he provides readers with humorous stories and experiences to be relived.

The author of three other novels, McQuade believes “Adventures with Sam” reads like the final work in a trilogy, beginning with “There is a Road in North Dakota: Memoirs of a Dakota Budman” and his travel memoir, “Dakota Odysseus at Home and Abroad.”

“I think ‘Adventures with Sam’ reads like a book by David Sedaris… if he wrote about hunting, training dogs and mountain biking,” says McQuade.

McQuade hopes that outdoorsmen with a love for reading will find “Adventures with Sam” relatable as well as entertaining. With its easy-to-read language and lighthearted tone, McQuade’s work aims to offer readers a humorous outlet from the world.

“Adventures with Sam” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.


About the Author:

A native of Bismarck, N.D., Sam W. McQuade earned his bachelor’s in English and French and his master’s in comparative literature before going on to teach English and humanities in Denver. For over the past three decades, he has been the proprietor of a family-owned Budweiser beer distributorship. McQuade’s other works include “There is a Road in North Dakota: Memoirs of a Dakota Budman,” “Dakota Odysseus at Home and Abroad” and “Hostile Takeover, The Personal Story of a Family Business: How To and Not to Transition to the Next Generation.”


MECA Veterinarians Warn Pet Owners About Potential Holiday Hazards

MECA Veterinarians Warn Pet Owners About  Potential Holiday Hazards
Dr. Marla Lichtenberger of the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals Provides
Essential Tips that will Keep Pets Safe and Ensure they Enjoy the Holidays, too!
‘Tis the season to enjoy the holidays, home decorating, parties, celebrations and all that comes with the season’s holiday festivities. However, fall and early winter can spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e for pets, due to an increase in potential dangers that are easily overlooked with all holiday activities and distractions.
 Dr. Marla Lichtenberger, DVM, DACVECC and owner of the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals (MECA) in Greenfield, Wisconsin, encourages pet owners to take preventive measures that will ensure our furry family members have a happy holiday season without a trip to a veterinary emergency center. Following Dr. Lichtenberger’s holiday safety tips will enable pet owners to include their four-legged children and guests in holiday festivities, without exposing them to potential dangers.

Holiday Safety Tips for Pet Owners
The holiday season brings with it feasts with a variety of foods that pets are easily attracted to and tempted by. However, holiday feasts are for people, not pets. Avoid feeding them table scraps or leftovers, which can be poisonous, such as grapes, raisins, garlic, onions, chives, avocado, chocolate or the artificial sweetener, zylitol. Zylitol is typically found in baked goods and highly poisonous to pets. Other foods that are extremely dangerous, include caffeinated drinks, coffee grounds, mint-flavored items, nuts, fat trimmings and animal bones, which can splinter easily and cause obstructions and lacerations within the digestive systems of pets. These foods can be extremely toxic and fatal to them if ingested, causing pancreatitis and even death, within a short amount of time. Ensure pets are kept on their regular diets during the holiday season and avoid feeding special treats from the dinner table. Don’t leave food unattended, dispose of turkey carcasses by sealing in bags, keep garbage secured in pantries, under cabinets or outside in covered garbage cans.
Pet Toys
Choose toys and gifts for pets that are pet-safe, such as Kongs that can be stuffed with healthy foods or chew treats that are designed to be safely digestible. Buy treats made for pets to prevent the temptation of feeding them human food from the holiday feast. Remember that dogs enjoy tearing things apart and cats fancy long, stringy objects, so avoid purchasing toys that have small pieces that can be swallowed and lodged in the esophagus, stomach or intestines.
Poisonous Plants
Although holiday plants and trees provide festive decors for our homes, they can be deadly to our pets. Those of particular concern, include poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, chrysanthemums, evergreens, ivy, juniper and pine needles, which can cause breathing difficulties, vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, hallucinations or death. Many varieties of lilies are lethal to cats, even in slight amounts. Prevent pets from drinking from Christmas tree basins and keep holiday plants out of reach.
Antifreeze Poisoning
During the winter season, too many dogs and cats die from antifreeze poisoning. Antifreeze is extremely toxic to pets and can easily cause death in even small amounts. Antifreeze that contains a bittering agent to counteract its sweet taste may not prevent pets from ingesting it. Keep it out of reach in a firmly shut cabinet.
Ribbons & Wrappings
Avoid the temptation to dress pets up using holiday ribbons and bows, and keep wrapping paper and utensils in tightly covered containers, and away from curious critters. Decorative ribbon “collars” can be choking hazards and if ingested, they can twist throughout the intestines, requiring surgical removal and possibly death. 
Bright, colorful decorations can spark the interest of naturally curious pets. Place candles on high, stable surfaces so they can’t be knocked over by little paws. Don’t leave lit candles unattended and put them out before leaving the room. Rope, icicle, netting and garland holiday lights can be dangerous to pets. In addition, electrical cords can cause tongue lacerations or death to pets that like to chew. Use grounded, three-prong extension cords as a safety precaution. Pets prone to chewing may also find sparkling, brightly-colored tree ornaments fun to play with. Position paper, glass and aluminum ornaments higher up on the tree to prevent choking or broken pieces from lacerating the mouth, throat and intestines. Metal, wooden, resin-cast and other durable ornaments can be placed on lower-level branches. Avoid using tinsel on Christmas trees. Cats, especially, find it interesting and will bat it around or carry it in their mouths. Pets that ingest tinsel can easily experience digestive tract obstructions, requiring emergency surgery. Find other ways of brightening trees that are safer for pets, such as non-breakable ornaments. 
Home Rules & Holiday Guests
With the holiday season comes an increase in activities and home visitors, which can disrupt routines, which pets become accustomed to. During this time, keep pets on regular feeding and exercise schedules that are as close to their normal routines as much as possible. As holiday guests arrive and depart, keep pets away from doors and under control to prevent them from bolting through open doors. Ensure cats have places to hide and access to their litter boxes. Decrease surrounding noise by playing music or turning on the TV. During the festivities, check pets often and provide them with frequent bathroom breaks and occasional walks.
Pet owners who suspect their pets have ingested poisonous, dangerous or inappropriate foods, substances or objects are encouraged to call the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Pets (MECA) at 414-543-7387 (PETS). The critical care, state-of-the-art animal emergency facility provides specialty and emergency care for small pets and exotics 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
About The Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals (MECA); (www.ERforAnimals.com)
in Greenfield, Wisconsin. Dr. Lichtenberger is a highly respected and knowledgeable veterinarian, dedicated to critical emergency and surgical care of dogs and cats, as well as exotic animals. She is committed to improving the overall health and care of Wisconsin’s animals in need, along with her exceedingly knowledgeable and expert staff, veterinarians and certified specialists, specializing in critical care, anesthesia, behavioral therapy, dentistry, diagnostic imaging, emergency assistance, hospitalization, laboratory, surgery, and therapeutic rehabilitation.

Keeping Pets Safe this Holiday Season: Tips from Pet Poison Helpline

The holiday season is a magical time to reconnect with family and friends, deck the halls, and celebrate the spirit of giving. Most pets seem to enjoy the holidays too and some are lucky enough to get their own stocking stuffed with new toys and treats. But fun times can quickly turn to tragedy when pets are exposed to potentially poisonous holiday foods, certain yuletide plants, and some common holiday decorations.

 “Many dogs and cats simply cannot resist the smell and taste of new things, sometimes causing them to ingest items that can land them at the emergency veterinary clinic on Christmas eve,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS, DABT and assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “During the holidays, our homes are filled with new and interesting items, but some can pose a potential poison threat to dogs and cats when ingested.”
Keeping pets safe during the holidays involves first knowing what items are dangerous and then keeping them out of the reach of pets. Pet Poison Helpline shares the top holiday danger threats that can cause physical harm or poison dogs and cats during the holidays:
Holiday Foods and Alcohol
The holidays bring delicious baked goods, confections and other rich, fattening foods. People love them, but they can be very harmful to pets. Some of the most common dangerous holiday foods are chocolate and cocoa, sugarless gum and candy containing xylitol, leftover fatty meat scraps, yeast bread dough and fruit cake. Particularly dangerous, fruit cake often contains raisins and currants, which canresult in kidney failure if ingested by a dog. Some fruitcakes are also soaked in rum, resulting in alcohol poisoning; when ingested by a dog or cat, it cancause a dangerous drop in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature, potentially leading to seizures and respiratory failure.
During the holidays, it is best to keep pets on their regular diets, and it is perfectly acceptable to discourage holiday guests from feeding them any human food.
Yuletide plants
Often misinterpreted as poisonous, the relative toxicity of poinsettias has been quite exaggerated—the sticky white sap of poinsettias usually causes only minor mouth or stomach irritation if ingested by a dog or cat. Instead, the bigger threat is lilies. As little as 1-2 leaves or petals—even the pollen— can result in severe, acute kidney failure in cats. Certain lilies commonly found in bouquets, including tiger, Asiatic, stargazer, day and Easter lilies pose the biggest threats. Thankfully, dogs are not affected, and only develop mild stomach upset with lily ingestion.
Like poinsettias, American mistletoe has been rumored toxic. This is likely because its cousin, European mistletoe, can be toxic to pets. Ingestion of American mistletoe leaves or berries may cause mild stomach upset, but not serious poisoning.
Dogs and cats can also experience vomiting and diarrhea after ingesting Christmas cactus. Likewise, the spiny and leathery leaves of the Christmas or English holly can result in irritation and damage to the stomach and intestines of dogs and cats. The holly’s berries have mildly toxic properties, but are fairly tolerable in most pets. While death is not likely, it’s best to keep these plants out of pets’ reach.
Tinsel and Liquid Potpourri
Avoid using tinsel for decorating trees. For households with cats, tinsel should be in one place only – the garbage. Tinsel looks like a shiny toy, but it can be deadly. If ingested, it can result in a severe linear foreign body, meaning the stringy tinsel can wrap around the base of the tongue or anchor itself in the stomach, making it impossible to pass through the intestines. As the intestines contract and move, tinsel can slowly saw through the tissue, resulting in severe damage to your pet’s intestinal tract. Treatment involves expensive abdominal surgery. It’s best to keep tinsel, as well as ribbon, yarn and thread out of your pet’s reach.
Some liquid potpourris contain chemicals called cationic detergents, which if ingested by cats, can result in severe chemical burns in the mouth, fever, difficulty breathing and tremors. Dogs are not as sensitive to the chemicals, but its best to keep potpourri out of their reach.
Beware of Handbags
When guests arrive, be sure to stow handbags safety out of pets’ reach. Dogs and cats find handbags and their contents incredibly interesting, which can lead to trouble. Handbags are reservoirs for things toxic to dogs and cats. The most common worrisome purse items include prescription medications, pain medications (e.g., Tylenol, Advil, Aleve), sugarless chewing gum (with xylitol), asthma inhalers, cigarettes, coins, and hand sanitizers.
Learn More
Want to learn more about holiday dangers? Join Drs. Ahna Brutlag and Justine Lee of Pet Poison Helpline for a webinar titled “Holiday Dangers for Pets,” on Dec. 3, at 12 p.m. CST (1 p.m. EST, and 10 a.m. PST). It will be a jam-packed, hour-long session followed by a question and answer period. Registration is $10 to help cover the costs of the webinar, and Pet Poison Helpline is donating a portion of the proceeds to Best Friends Animal Society, a national animal welfare organization. For more information, click here.
Need a last minute stocking stuffer for the pet-lover in your life? Consider the Pet Poison Help iPhone app for only $1.99, which lists over 200 poisons to keep out of your four-legged friend’s reach.
Make sure this holiday season is merry for pets by keeping dangerous items out of their reach. If, however, you think your pet may have ingested something harmful, take action immediately. Contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. At only $39 per call including follow-up consultations, Pet Poison Helpline is the most cost-effective animal poison control center in North America.
About Pet Poison Helpline
Pet Poison Helpline, an animal poison control center based out of Minneapolis, is available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners and veterinary professionals that require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet. The staff provides treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals and exotic species. As the most cost-effective option for animal poison control care, Pet Poison Helpline’s fee of $39 per incident includes follow-up consultation for the duration of the poison case. Pet Poison Helpline is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680. Additional information can be found online at www.petpoisonhelpline.com.


PSCPets.com and Support Military Working Dogs partner this December to support active Military Working Dogs (MWDs).

This holiday season, PSCPets.com, a leading online supplier of health and wellness products for pets, has teamed up with Support Military Working Dogs. Through the month of December, PSCPets.com will offer PSCPets Care Packages to bring much needed protective gear and health supplements to active Military Working Dogs.  These Military Working Dogs protect and serve our soldiers and country overseas in harsh, unforgiving terrain. As PFC Michelle Miller, who is stationed in Afghanistan and works with the dogs, puts it, “If I had to describe the climate, I’d say everything about this climate is hazardous”.

Starline Nunley, who began the Support Military Working Dogs organization, initially started trying to help her son cope with high temperatures while he was an Apache helicopter fighter pilot stationed in Iraq in 2008. What she discovered was that the military provided for the soldiers well, but their military dogs were having trouble doing their jobs in the extreme heat, which put everyone in danger. After learning how the heat affected the Military Working Dogs, Starline set out to see how she could help them and thus, the program to Support Working Military Dogs began. In addition to dealing with heat, Military Working Dogs also endure a lot of joint stress due to their physically demanding roles on the front lines.
PSCPets.com and Support Military Working Dogs have teamed up to create PSCPets Care Packages that contain the key products overseas dog handlers are requesting.  The care packages are available for purchase through PSCPets.com and contain a variety of products. The Reindeer Care Package contains PSCPets Joint Support and IntelliLyte.  The Jingle Bells Care Package contains PSCPets Joint Support, IntelliLyte, Paw Balm and IntelliFlora. Finally, the Silver Bells Care Package contains PSCPets Joint Support, IntelliLyte, Paw Balm, IntelliFlora and a pair of Doggles.
This holiday season, when you donate a PSCPets Care Package to Support Military Working Dogs, you are donating a set of products Military Working Dogs urgently need to perform their difficult jobs. Electrolytes for fluid loss, Probiotics for intestinal health under stress, Joint Support for heavily worked bodies, Paw Balm for paws exposed to harsh terrain and Doggles to protect eyes from sun and sand. We encourage our customers as well as others to join us in our support of Military Working Dogs this December.  As PFC Michelle Miller puts it, “The reason it’s so crucial to support our working dogs is because they will never tell you when they have had enough, they will never tell you when they can’t take any more. So it is our responsibility to make sure they are protected, happy and healthy enough to do their job safely”.
Complete details about this Rescue Outreach Program can be found online. For those who wish to participate and help PSCPets.com Support Working Military Dogs can visit http://VETSPLUSInc.pr-optout.com/Url.aspx?1007978x29004x-828542 or call the PSCPets.com Customer Service Team at 1.888.873.9719.
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