News and Entertainment Media in 15 Categories Receive the Nod for Positive Animal Welfare Messaging
(Feb. 22, 2013) – The Humane Society of the United States has named Universal Picture’s “Big Miracle,” Imax/Warner Bros.’ “To the Arctic” and Sony Pictures’ “Darling Companion” among the diverse selection of nominees in contention for its 2013 Genesis Awards, which honor the news and entertainment media for their role in raising awareness of animal issues. Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and “Futurama,” and NBC’s “The New Normal” are in the running for the Genesis Sid Caesar Comedy Award, while ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” NBC’s “Harry’s Law and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” are up for the dramatic series award.
Winners in select categories will be presented at The HSUS’ Genesis Awards Benefit Gala, hosted by “Dancing with the Stars” Carrie Ann Inaba, on Saturday, March 23, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.
In broadcast news, NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and “Nightly News,” ABC’s  “20/20,” “Nightline” and “World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer,” and CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” and “CBS This Morning” are all in line for the hotly contested Genesis newsmagazine, national news and morning show awards.
On the cable television front, HBO’s “One Nation Under Dog” takes on Discovery’s “Ivory Wars” and Animal Planet’s “Street Dog of South Central” for the Genesis TV Documentary award.  And in reality programming, Nat Geo’s “Wild Justice” and “Philly Undercover” are nominated alongside Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” and MSNBC’s “Caught on Tape.”
“For 27 years, the Genesis Awards have celebrated the power of the media to shed light on animal protection issues,” said Beverly Kaskey, senior director of HSUS’ Hollywood Outreach and executive producer of The Genesis Awards Benefit Gala.  “This year one nominee, ‘Big Miracle,’ reflects the Genesis credo with its true account of how one TV reporter’s story triggers a worldwide effort to save a family of imperiled whales, proving that the media can and does make a difference.”
2013 Genesis Awards Nominations
BIG MIRACLE Universal Pictures
DELHI SAFARI Fantastic Films International, LLC
TO THE ARCTIC Imax /Warner Bros.
GREY’S ANATOMY “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” ABC
HARRY’S LAW “Gorilla My Dreams” NBC
SONS OF ANARCHY “J’ai Obtenu Cette” FX
THE COLBERT REPORT Representative Steve King on dogfighting Comedy Central
FUTURAMA “31st Century Fox” Comedy Central
IVORY WARS Discovery Channel
ONE NATION UNDER DOG: Stories of Fear, Loss and Betrayal HBO
MY CAT FROM HELL Animal Planet
WILD JUSTICE Nat Geo Channel
20/20 “Deadly Pets” ABC
60 MINUTES “The Race to Save The Tortoise” CBS
INSIDE EDITION “Cockfighting Investigation” Syndicated
NIGHTLINE “The Ugly Truth Behind High Stepping Horses” ABC
ROCK CENTER WITH BRIAN WILLIAMS  “At What Cost?”, “Ken and Rosie, “Last Stand” NBC
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS “Hurricane Sandy:  Protecting Our Pets”
CBS THIS MORNING “Shark Tagging”
KDVR-TV DENVER FOX 31 NEWS AT NINE “Saving the Discarded Dogs”
KNBC 4 NEWS “Bunny Trafficking”
WOIO TV 19 ACTION NEWS “Busted in Oklahoma” and “An Exotic Homecoming”
NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE “Animals?  Show Me the Money!” Nickelodeon
60 MINUTES “Jungle Warfare” Nine Network Australia
CARTE BLANCHE “Damien’s Rhino War,” “Elephant Birth Control,” “Mauritius Cattle Ship” M-Net South Africa
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC “Cheetahs on the Edge” by Roff Smith, “Ivory Worship” by Bryan Christy,“Rhino Wars” by Peter Gwin
TIME “Beasts of Burden” by Bryan Walsh
THE NEW YORK TIMES Nicholas D. Kristof  “Is an Egg for Breakfast Worth This?”
THE CHATTANOOGAN.COM Roy Exum multiple part series on Tennessee Walking Horse soring
THE SACRAMENTO BEE three-part series on Wildlife Services by Tom Knudson
SOUTH ASIA MAGAZINE (Pakistan) “Animal Welfare in Islam” by Aiman Reyaz and
“Law of the Land” by Anees Jillani with commentary by Syed Rizvi
THE STAR (South Africa) “Silencing the Seals” and “Slaughter on the Sand” by Kristen van Schie
The HSUS’ 2013 Genesis Awards Benefit Gala is sponsored in part by Misix, One Car One Difference, Market Development Group, Prai Beauty Group, Tenet, and Havas Edge.
Photo credit: Big Miracle:  Darren Michaels/Universal Pictures
Media Contacts: Kelly Striewski, BWR, 310 550 7776;
Sue Blackmore, HSUS Hollywood office: 310 440 0600;
Follow The HSUS on Twitter Follow The Genesis Awards on TwitterSee our work for animals on your Apple or Android device by searching for our “HumaneTV” app.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We’re there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — on the Web at

KnowledgeConnection Unleashes Unique Shopping Experience for Dog Lovers

KnowledgeConnection Unleashes Unique Shopping Experience for Dog Lovers at
Sure there are many places to find gifts and supplies for the dogs in your life, but how many offer stories and product recommendations from dogs themselves — who are actually in charge? That is the premise behind (, an Internet-based pet shop “managed” by proprietors Chip and Reilly and presented by KnowledgeConnection.
Chip and Reilly discuss events or situations in the lives of dogs and present product recommendations based on their experiences, those of their friends or sometimes simply items from their wish lists. Reilly, a four-year-old Dalmatian is the primary spokesdog for, being the self-proclaimed “eye candy” of the team. Chip, the business side of the organization (backed by a team of MBAs from KnowlegeConnection), is a twelve-year-old Dachshund/Poodle mix.
The four-legged proprietors are assisted in managing the store by their “pets” – otherwise known as people – who have education and experience with animals, retailing, business and the web. In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that it is the human pets that are writing the stories and making the product recommendations in the names of Chip and Reilly.
“It’s fun creating personas we see in the dogs and writing as them,” says Christina Booker of and one of Reilly’s pets. “We wanted to take a unique approach in helping people find things their dogs would like or that would be good for them.”
One popular posting on the site is the description of a combination end table / dog bed by Chip, who relates the true-to-life story behind the item. His pets purchased it for Chip’s use after his doctor recommended mobility limitations following back surgery. While the surgery is well behind him, Chip continues to utilize the bed out of his pets’ fear of recurrence as a result of his penchant for relaxing on the sofa.
Products advertised at are offered by and linked directly to major retailers, who actually make the sales and product shipments so customers can transact in comfort, knowing their purchases are being handled securely and reliably. Those major retailers also provide customer service after the sale and specify return policies.
About Knowledge Connection LLC
Knowledge Connection LLC ( is a digital media company, providing expertise and services to clients in the areas of blogging, podcasting and social media management. In today’s business environment, which requires many companies to interact with their customers and potential customers where they are active in order to be successful, digital media presence can make the difference.
For more information: Barry Birkett, KnowledgeConnection, 646-580-5669.
This press release was issued through eReleases® Press Release Distribution. For more information, visit

As Adopt-A-Rabbit month continues,we feature HAWS’ adoptable, BUBBY!

Bubby is a Holland Lop rabbit.     

Beautiful Bubby is a Holland Lop rabbit. She is an adult female, has been spayed, and has a stunning jet-black coat. Bubby is sweet, but still a little bit shy and getting used to handling. She enjoys leafy green salads – a girl’s gotta keep her figure, you know! Bubby is waiting for her new forever human to love.

Did you know that a group of rabbits is called a herd? Rabbits are very social animals that like other bunny companions to live with in a “warren” or hutch.

If a house rabbit is properly cared for and spayed or neutered early in life, it can live to age 8-12 years! Rabbits require an owner that is able to make that lengthy commitment to them.

Call us to find all about our adoptable friends!
Better yet, stop by 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.

MADACC’s “Must Love Dogs” Adoption Event

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) is hoping that love is still in the air, and that caring families and individuals will provide some shelter dogs with a forever home. MADACC is holding a “Must Love Dogs” Adoption Event on Sunday, February 24th from noon until 3 p.m. at Central Bark Menomonee Valley (333 N. 25th Street).
MADACC foster dogs will be available to do meet-and-greets with potential adopters and their dogs. Potential adopters can also speak with foster families to learn about the benefits of adopting a shelter dog. MADACC’s dog adoption fee is $100.00 (+ $12 license fee if dog is over 5 months and will reside in Milwaukee County) and includes age-appropriate vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchip and registration, heartworm testing, & flea/worm treatment.
Potential adopters can “pre-qualify” by completing an adoption application in advance at and emailing it to Applications can also be filled out at MADACC – Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Profiles of adoptable dogs are viewable on MADACC’s Facebook page or MADACC’s Petfinder page

Your some-bunny to love for Adopt-A-Rabbit month:Coco & Walnut

  Coco & Walnut    

Again, in celebration of Adopt a Rabbit month, we feature 2 more of
HAWS‘ bunnies ready for adoption!
 Coco and Walnut are a bonded pair of Dutch Rabbit sisters, so they will need to be adopted together. Rabbits are very social creatures and are much happier when with another of their own kind! And, pairs of rabbits are twice the fun and are so heartwarming to watch when they snuggle together and groom each other.
Valentine’s Day is also great time to think about
HAWS’ bunny “matchmaking” service.
Did you know that single rabbits can be very lonely and depressed without friends of their own kind?  HAWS volunteers will help your little companion(s) find a best buddy, love match or roommate. Call HAWS at 262-542-8851 for more info…
and to make a date!

SAVE THE DATE:  HAWS’ Annual Bunny Day is March 10th!

Please call 262-542-8851 so the staff at HAWS
can tell you more about all of our adoptable friends!Better yet, stop by 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.


 HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, shows the love this month, announcing a partnership with Companions for Heroes and teaming up with Jeff Cirillo to save lives.

HAWS has been selected as a Wisconsin shelter partner for Companions for Heroes, an organization dedicated to alleviating the psychological suffering of our nation’s returning wounded warriors and first responders by facilitating their adoption of shelter animals. Capitalizing on the strong bond between people and animals, last-chance pets are connected with our nation’s heroes, providing a sense of purpose and fulfillment while minimizing stress, depression and feelings of loneliness and isolation through unconditional love and friendship. “My shelter dog is the sole reason I am here today,” notes C4H founder David Sharpe, a U.S. Air Force veteran who was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression eight years after serving. “My dog has allowed me to grow close relationships with my family and friends. I believe other veterans can benefit from the same type of companionship.” Those interested in adoption through the program should contact David Jurado at, or log on to for a qualifying application. They are then sent to HAWS to continue the adoption process, through contact Jessica at (262-542-8851, x112).
Retired Brewer Jeff Cirillo has teamed up with HAWS for the $10,000 Matching Gift Behavior Rehabilitation Challenge. Bolstered by an anonymous kick-off donation, HAWS has just 90 days to raise the matching funds for the shelter’s Behavior program: $15 can cover a full day of kennel care for one of the HAWS’ dogs in the program, $27 pays for a treat puzzle box, and $60 supports one dog through the entire program! For every dollar contributed, a dollar-for-dollar match creates that much more impact and saves more lives. Donate by calling 262-542-8851, or log on to  Help rehabilitate those dogs who may have never received a second chance!  All donations are tax deductible.
Other highlights from HAWS’ treat-filled February Calendar:
·         HAWS annual observance of World Spay Day (February 26th) again includes the Cat ‘Nip’ and Pit ‘Snip’ Campaign. Help HAWS by giving a “Sponsor-A-Spay” donation to the SNIP clinic or by purchasing a 2013 Spay Day t-shirt at HAWS!
·         First Aid for Pets is presented February 16th. Details and registration are available by calling 262-879-0165.
·         SAVE THE DATES:  HAWS’ Annual Bunny Day is Sunday, March 10, and the third annual Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition grooming competition is Sunday, March 17.
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 Friend us on Facebook at “HAWS Waukesha.”

Dog Fighting Dogs: WISN and MADACC

Below is information from both WISN and MADACC regarding dogs currently housed in MADACC.    The link is to the WISN video and the press release is from MADACC.   Please become educated on the topic from different perspectives.   I really want to believe that everyone just has the dogs’ best interests at hand.  Hopefully everyone can work together respectfully towards that end.

WISN Video:

MADACC Press Release:

Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission Responds to Public Comments about the “Court Case” Dogs

Due to privacy concerns and legal and security issues, MADACC usually refrains from commenting on any animals that are held in the facility in a safe-keeping capacity. The safe-keeping category of animals housed at MADACC is very broad, but includes animals ordered in by government agencies for reasons such as animals of an owner with no next of kin taken to the hospital, animals displaced due to a house fire, or animals ordered in due to mistreatment.

Animals in safe-keeping are not MADACC property; they belong to one or more individuals. MADACC’s first obligation is to ensure the safety and security of these animals, and we take these responsibilities very seriously. To that end, MADACC does restrict access to them, whether they are in the facility due to a house fire or due to allegations of mistreatment.

In the case of the so-called “Court Case” dogs, MADACC restricts not only the volunteers and public, but non-essential employees as well. These particular dogs are very sensitive to change, especially changes in personnel. They remain calmer and more comfortable when provided with a predictable routine. MADACC has a limited, dedicated team of staff members who interact daily with these animals, provide enrichment activities, one-on-one human interaction, treats and toys, as well as any and all medical care. In addition, Milwaukee Police Department officers maintain frequent contact with MADACC regarding the well-being of these dogs. MPD has donated dedicated treats and toys for these dogs, as have MADACC volunteers and caring citizens throughout the community.

MADACC’s actions regarding any animal that enters the facility is governed by the State of Wisconsin Statute 173. The intent of 173 is, among other things, to protect the public and their animals from any parties who might seize and hold their animals without proper justification.

“This statute protects a family and their animals who have lost their home and all of their belongings in a house fire, on one end of the spectrum, to an alleged dog-fighter on the other end,” said John McDowell, MADACC’s interim Executive Director. “The legal issues involved are complex.”

It is important for the community to understand MADACC’s mission is to provide a safe haven for the animals seized by other agencies. In the case of the so-called “Court Case” dogs, MADACC staff understands and empathizes with the emotional response the dogs’ situation elicits. MADACC will continue to protect these animals, provide them with outstanding compassionate care, while looking toward the most positive possible outcomes for these animals.