“The Biggest Shedder” Pet Weight Loss Contest Launched




National competition helps growing population of obese pets shed pounds and be healthy

TAMPA, Fla. – BluePearl Veterinary Partners announced Wednesday the start of The Biggest Shedder, a nationwide pet weight-loss competition  to encourage and motivate pet owners to help their furry companions get to a healthy weight. Open to any pet owner with an overweight cat or dog, the first weigh-in deadline is February 13.

“Pets are part of the family and share problems maintaining a healthy weight, just like people do,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “Incorporating a healthy diet and exercise into your pet’s life are paramount to helping your pet live a long and healthy life while preventing avoidable ailments.”

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54 percent of cats and dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. Animals who are overweight are at risk for shortened life spans due to knee and joint injuries, heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other serious disorders.

Step 1) Pet owners are encouraged to take their pet to their family veterinarian to see if their pets are indeed overweight, determine how much they may need to lose, come up with a plan to lose the weight and figure out a realistic goal to reach by the contest end date of June 14.
Step 2) Pet owners take their cat or dog to their family veterinarian for a quick weigh-in every couple of weeks and post their pet’s progress. Prizes are given away at each weigh-in and those who reach their goal by contest end are entered to win the grand prize.

The grand prize for the contest will be one-year worth of Hill’s pet food for the winning pet and an iPad provided by Trupanion Pet Insurance for the owner. Additional prizes for progress weigh-ins will be provided by Pfizer Animal Health.
(Note:  Winners information will be verified by the pet’s veterinarian.)

For more information and to participate visit: http://bluepearlvet.com/newsroom/biggest-shedder-competition/.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.


Waukesha animal resource center receives largest donation to date from eatery’s fundraising efforts
As the beneficiary of an incredible community fundraising effort, for the third consecutive year HAWS – the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County – has received a generous donation from Taco John’s of Waukesha.
Representatives from the restaurant at 317 N. Grand Avenue, Waukesha, presented the shelter with a check for over $2,100.00, the result of their December “Nachos Navidad®” promotion and through sales of Christmas ornaments hung at the Waukesha eatery.

“We really see a following during the holiday season when it comes to Nachos Navidad®,” notes Dusty Stiefel, Taco John’s Unit General Manager.  “People really enjoy the holiday tradition and their generosity helped us raise a wonderful donation for HAWS.  We thank our customers for their continued support of this partnership!”

Lynn Olenik, HAWS’ Executive Director, adds:  “HAWS is so privileged to work with Taco John’s, and honored to be the very grateful recipient of this year’s Nachos Navidad® and ornament sale proceeds.  They are a wonderful community partner and we truly appreciate their generosity.”

Pictured:  Along with several HAWS’ adoptable pets, receiving the check at the shelter are HAWS staff members Ben Posanski and Jessica Pinkos.  Check presenters from Taco John’s are Dusty Stiefel, Unit GM (standing) and Cheri Topping, Assistant Manager and top ornament seller.
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 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 atwww.hawspets.org.
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Bunny is a young, sweet Pit Bull Terrier  

Say Hello to HAWS super-honey, Bunny

This sweet 8-month-old came to HAWS as a stray, so there really is no background information on her.  But, she really likes people and wants to be a good girl, so training classes will ensure a successful friendship.

Bunny may need to be an only child, at least until she has gone through some training.  (Other dogs don’t understand her, hence the training…and she really doesn’t like cats.)  Kids in the family?  Older children could probably handle her strength – and help with training, but no toddlers, please.  (Little ones may literally see eye-to-eye with Bunny, but understand each other?  Not so much.)

Bunny is a beautiful girl who just needs someone to give her a chance – they won’t be disappointed with they do!

Please call 262-542-8851 so the staff at HAWS
can tell you more about Bunny and all of her adoptable friends.
Better yet, stop by to see them in person – HAWS is open 7 days a week.

Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS)
701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI   53188

Viewing/Adopting Hours

Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Fetch will be at Great Lakes Pet Expo!

Fetch will be in the lobby of the Great Lakes Pet Expo this Saturday, February 2 at State Fair Park.   Be sure to stop by, get some copies of past and present issues, and tell us how much you love Fetch!   We will be having a free drawing of a gift basket for all our readers.  One entry per person, please.    Please also be sure to stop by the booths of our advertisers and tell them that you saw them in Fetch!  All of the fun things that will be going on at the expo can be found at http://www.petexpomilwaukee.com/ and some highlights are below!

The biggest hit this year will be Bubba!   Bubba is a 9 foot, fully trained alligator.   His owner and trainer, Jim Nesci, has appeared on national TV with Oprah Winfrey, Regis and Kelly, and Jay Leno, to name a few.    Bubba will be available all day in the reptile education area.   Attendees will have the opportunity to have your photo taken with Bubba and to steal a hug while you’re at it.   Visit  Bubba will appear on our main stage at 4 pm.

Meet your soul mutt by doing some speed dating In the Puppy Playground Area (West Hall).  Throughout the day, visit this area to watch a puppy bowl or just hang out with adoptable dogs and watch them party.   If you see a dog you like, ask for a speed date.  You can then escort your date to a private area for some alone time with them.  So if there is a love connection and if so, be the first to submit your adoption application.

Visit the new Product Showcase and Raffle area.   This is an area where select vendors will display their featured products and/or services.   If you’re interested in a product, try to win it.   All products have been donated to the show for raffle.  Tickets will be sold right in the new product showcase area.

50/50 raffle and dropping of the balls.   Watch for the Brew City Bruisers skating around the hall.   They’ll be selling no more than 500 tennis balls.   Each ball will have a number and you will be given a ticket with your purchase.   All 500 balls will be dropped on the main stage at 2:45 pm.   The winning ball will be selected by a special needs dog but not before you hear his heartwarming story.  This is a 50/50 raffle so half of the money raised will go to Shar Pei Rescue and the other half…to you…the winner. 

Remember Tinker, the mini horse who comes with his pal, Eclipse?  Both do a song and dance with trainer, Carol.  This year there is a new addition to the act.   Little Ta-Lu-Lah.   Watch this amazing small dog ride these horses and perform tricks right beside them.

See you at the Great Lakes Pet Expo!

3 Legged Racine Pup Needs Your Help

News from Wisconsin Humane Society:  Original story can be found at:  http://www.wihumane.org/news/Jerome.aspx

happy jerome

With severe puncture wounds all over his body, a make-shift splint for his leg, and a cut on his neck, Jerome was in terrible shape. Although his cries of pain were hard to hear, we knew that we could help this 9-month-old puppy.

Our staff swiftly began to work on relieving Jerome’s pain and evaluated the extent of his injuries. With the help of local veterinarian partners, Jerome began vital treatment this week that was needed to get him healthy again. Unfortunately, we learned that Jerome’s injury to his leg was so extensive that it needed to be amputated.

Jerome is currently recovering comfortably at our Racine Campus. After he makes a full recovery, he will move into our regular adoption program. We will match him with a new family so he can begin a happier journey with a brighter future.

His medical care will exceed $1,500. Can you help by making a donation of $10, $25 or even $50 to help Jerome?

Your contribution will go directly to Jerome’s medical care, and to the care of other animals at the Racine Campus recovering from injuries, illness, and abuse. The only way we are able to help homeless dogs like Jerome is because of donations from people like you.

You can also sponsor Jerome in honor of a loved one and send a personalized Ecard with his photo. (These make GREAT gifts!) Thank you so much for your support!

P.s. There are no holds being taken for Jerome. He will move into our regular first-come, first-served adoption program when he is recovered.

Scout’s Angels initiative launched for Newtown, CT community

In light of the recent tragedy out in Newtown, CT we know a lot of people have been left wondering what can I do to help? The Camp Bow Wow family was left with the same question, so in conjunction with our Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, we’re announcing the launch of “Scout’s Angels”, a philanthropic initiative to bring specially trained post traumatic stress disorder therapy dogs to the Newtown, Connecticut community. Therapists will also accompany the pups from the world-renowned Institute for Human Animal Connections at the University of Denver.
The 8 person team will spend 2 weeks in January in the Newtown community doing all they can to help the survivors and their families deal with the horrible tragedy of December 14th 2012.
We are lending a paw by fundraising through our 150 locations, to help Freedom Service Dogs train two to four PTSD therapy pups that will reside in the Newtown community in the years to come, as this will certainly be a long, difficult road ahead.
Our hope is the dogs will spend time with trained therapists in the schools, with first responders, at community events and with the families that lost loved ones in this tragedy.
We will be accepting donations to the Scout’s Angels project between December 20, 2012 and January 4, 2013 via our Bow Wow Buddies Foundation websiteor at any of the Camp Bow Wow or Home Buddies locations. Time is critical as the funds are required to be raised before we can start training the pups.  The training will take 3-6 months so we would like to get started as soon as possible as the community is in dire need of support. We will also be matching funds dollar-to-dollar up to $25,000 of the total funds raised.

Behavior Department is Looking for Volunteers to Join our Mod Squad program

HAWScurrently has a very special volunteer opportunity available for dog-lovers in our community. Our Behavior Departmentis looking for volunteers to join our Mod Squad program!

HAWS’ Mod Squad is a unique group of volunteers that works with special needs animals housed at our shelter. These volunteers are trained to help dogs “mod”-ify their behavior, using a variety of tools and techniques including EZ-Walk harnesses, Tellington TTouch®, clickers and interactive toys.

Dogs in our Mod Squad program are in several special needs categories, such as those who do not thrive in the shelter environment or have been here overly long; dogs who pass the behavior evaluation but who are not quite ready for adoption; dogs who do not pass the behavior evaluation but can with a little help; and dogs in our adoption ward who would benefit from basic manners training. Activities also provide a source of enrichment for all kenneled dogs.

Just as the Mod Squad’s work on the old TV show made good things happen for them, HAWS’ Mod Squad is helping good things happen for the dogs in our shelter!
– Our Mod Squad program has completely resolved many behavior problems and greatly increased the adoption odds for our at-risk canine population. More than 600 dogs have been a part of the Mod Squad, and of these, 90% have been adopted and are thriving with their new families!
– Mod Squad alumni dogs require fewer behavior consults than non-Mod Squad dogs (which is a FREE service we provide for the lifetime of your HAWS alumni pet)!
Interested in joining the ranks of HAWS’ Mod Squad? Contact claudeen@hawspets.orgor alisonw@hawspets.org. You can also call the shelter at 262-542-8851 and we’ll connect you!