Adoption Fees Waived to Secure Homes for the Holidays

Elmbrook Humane Society Waives Adoption Fees Thanks to Local Philanthropist

Through January 4, 2015, Elmbrook Humane Society (EBHS) is waiving all adoption fees. Last week, two local organizations, Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Care and Control Commission and Wisconsin Humane Society, announced a similar promotion thanks to a gift by Skylark Vending. Wanting to impact the lives of as many animals and people as possible through pet adoption this holiday season, Skylark Vending and the Kass Family extended their generosity by making a gift to EBHS to sponsor the adoption fees of all animals in their care.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to enrich your life through adoption,” shared Heather Gehrke, Executive Director. “Through this gift by the Kass Family, you have an opportunity to forgo the adoption fee which allows you the opportunity to invest the money saved for other needs such as training, care, and supplies,” Heather went on to explain.

Realizing not every home is in a position to add a pet during the holidays, adoption fees will be waived into the first part of 2015. “It is our goal to ensure that homes add pets to their lives when the time is best for everyone and for some, the holidays are very busy,” shared Heather.

EBHS asks anyone considering adding a furry or feathered friend to their life, to stop in and meet with an adoption counselor to explore if your next family member is at EBHS waiting to be found. EBHS adoption counselors are excited to help make great matches so that as many cats, dogs, and small animals in need find a new home this holiday season that showers them with love and attention and in return, you will find a faithful and loving companion!

EBHS is open from 1pm – 6pm Monday thru Friday and 11am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday; EBHS will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information on adoption and to view pets available for adoption at EBHS, visit

The mission of Elmbrook Humane Society is to provide shelter for homeless animals, promote the human animal bond, and prevent animal cruelty and neglect. Elmbrook Humane Society is the only No Kill animal shelter in Waukesha County, serving the community since 1964.


Local Dog In Need of Foster Care/Permanent Home ASAP

“Sylvie” is a rescued Pit Bull Mix, roughly 1.5 years of age. She is a red/white female discovered on the streets of Milwaukee. She had marks of bad tethering around her neck and may have been used for breeding and then tossed out. She is as loving as a “Golden Lab” and so gentle. She loves to sleep with her head on your lap. A small, negotiable adoption fee may apply and contract is required. Spaying will be including. Please call Lisa with you inquiries 414-445-4233!


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Former Green Bay Packer Joins Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals and John Paul’s (PAWS) To Host Pet Pictures With Santa and The MECA Vest a K-9 Holiday Event!

Greenfield, WI – December 2, 2014 The Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals (MECA) announced today that former Green Bay Packer George Koonce will join them and John Paul’s (PAWS) Buick GMC to host the first ever “Pet Pictures with Santa” and “The MECA Vest a K-9 Holiday Event on Saturday, December 13th, from 1PM until 5PM at John Paul’s Buick GMC located 3615 S. 108th Street in Greenfield.
George Koonce will meet and greet his fans and sign autographs from 1:30 – 2:30 at the event.
 “We look forward to this event and appreciate the partnership with MECA. Hosting an event that benefits the overall well-being of an animal and provides joy to local families is uniquely rewarding and something that we are deeply committed to.” said Cathy Jones owner of John Paul’s Buick GMC
The goal of the Holiday Event is to raise community and statewide awareness of the need for police K-9 protective vests, new police K-9’s and police K-9 total wellness which incorporates early veterinary care.
The event will include free pet pictures with Santa courtesy of John Paul’s Buick GMC along with MECA’s K-9 police demonstrations, a silent auction, raffles and more! 100% of the proceeds will go towards the MECA Foundation.
Just this past July, The MECA Vest a K-9 Fest entertained the largest number of attendees ever boasting over 1200 supporters including seven of the Milwaukee Brewers who have shown support for the cause since the MECA Vest A K-9 Fest’s inaugural event back in 2012.
“Our police dogs are the first to risk their lives when they’re sent into harm’s way.  They deserve the same protection our human officers receive,” stated Dr. Marla Lichtenberger, owner of MECA and the MECA Foundation.
The event will be held on December 13th from 1PM – 5PM across from MECA at John Paul’s Buick GMC.  If you love animals and would like to support the mission to help protect police K-9 officers from harm, you won’t want to miss this event. Any and all pets are welcome.

All donations doubled for Giving Tuesday!

Help Porkchop and other animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Humane Society’s Board of Directors and Young Leaders Advisory Board is offering a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $8,500 for any donations received today – Giving Tuesday.

After Thanksgiving and Black Friday, people around the world celebrate Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, December 2. Charities, families, businesses and students around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

At the Wisconsin Humane Society, all donations on Giving Tuesday will not only be matched, but will go to support animals like Porkchop.

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Just five months old, Porkchop came to the Wisconsin Humane Society from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC), where he had arrived as a stray.

Life on the streets had taken its toll on little Porkchop.  His body was covered in painful sores and he wheezed as he tried to breathe through his congested lungs.  He was losing his hair, too.  WHS staff gave Porkchop the medicine he needed to start to heal and placed him in a foster home where he is currently resting and recovering at his own pace.

Porkchop is just one of the more than 20,000 animals who receive lifesaving care every year at the Wisconsin Humane Society.

To make a gift and double your impact, just go online to or contact the Development Department at 414-431-6270.

Pet Talk: Cold Weather Tips for your Pets

As the temperatures begin to drop, many pet owners worry about their pets spending time outdoors. Here are some tips for keeping the four-legged members of your family warm and safe during the winter months.

For smaller pets, keeping them inside as much as possible during the colder weather can be the most beneficial. If your pet is primarily an indoor pet, this shouldn’t be much of a change. Nonetheless, short exposure to the outside cold can be fine and is usually not detrimental to the pet’s health.

“Dogs and cats shiver a lot like people. This action is used to help generate body heat in cold climates,” said Dr. Alison Diesel, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “If your pet shivers while outside, shorten the length of your trips together to help reduce this trembling. Providing extra bedding like blankets and towels will also keep your pets warm and cozy.”

Signs that your pet is uncomfortably cold may include excessive whining, shivering, appearing anxious, slowing down or stopping, and looking for a warm place to burrow. If they begin to exhibit any of these behaviors, you should bring them inside (if outside), or wrap them in a blanket in a warm room.

For larger pets that cannot come inside, making sure they have an adequate outdoor shelter is important for their comfort and safety. Shelters such as doghouses and stables can be very helpful during cold winds, and should have extra bedding (such as blankets, towels, hay, etc.) added for additional warmth.

“An important thing to remember for outdoor pets is to make sure they always have a fresh supply of water,” said Diesel. “If it gets cold enough to freeze, this water source should be checked regularly to make sure the water doesn’t freeze over.  Moving water sources like fountains are less likely to do this.”

You should also be extra-cautious with your senior, arthritic, or frail pet during the winter. Cold weather can be especially difficult for senior pets and those with degenerative joint disease or another chronic, debilitating condition. Make sure that this pet has soft, warm bedding that they can rest in, and since arthritis worsens during cold and damp weather, take special care to handle them gently.

Finally, cats that are left outdoors during a cold night may seek warmth by crawling up under the hoods of cars or into the wheel wells. Starting or moving the vehicle can hurt or even kill a cat taking shelter inside you car. During the winter months, it’s a good idea to bang loudly on your car hood before starting the engine as a warning to a cat that might be in or around your vehicle.

Just like people, some pets do better with colder temperatures than others. It is important to take into consideration your pet’s size, as well as age and health condition, when preparing for the winter months ahead.


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From the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association

Thinking of getting a puppy for your children this holiday season? Just be careful. Beware of pet scams and review the tips below from the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), the non-profit, worldwide trade association for professional pet shippers, before sending any money.

“For those families who have found an animal over the Internet, be cautious. I have seen hundreds of scams and advise families to educate themselves on how scammers operate so they won’t be their next victim,” says IPATA President Manuel Leunda. “Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

Many scams begin with an advertisement – an adorable puppy or an exotic animal at half the cost.. The scammer’s only request payment for the inexpensive shipping fees, usually by Western Union or MoneyGram, before the animal can be shipped. But additional costs will soon follow – extra shipping costs, customs clearance fees, vaccinations and insurance. Once the money is sent, the person learns there is no animal.

Scammers are luring pet lovers out of thousands of dollars with photos of cute animals, heart-breaking stories and irresistible prices.  Sometimes it is difficult to determine if it is a scam, until it is too late.

Leunda continues, “Scammers can be located anywhere in the world, so don’t be reassured if the person who emails back says they are local. Often you will find out later in the process that the animal is located somewhere else and that’s why they need the extra fees. If you can, try to adopt an animal closer to home so you can meet the animal and the person you are doing business with.”

Here are 5 tips that can help you identify a possible pet scam:

  1. Always insist that the seller enter into a formal contract.The document should detail the method of transportation, timeframe, the airline of carriage, all associated costs, and copy of the health certificate.
  1. Check references.If the seller indicates that a specific company will handle the shipping, get complete details for the shipping company and then check them out! Use Google to research them and call them to confirm that they know the breeder.
  1. Check affiliations.In order to convey authenticity, scammers may claim to be a member of IPATA. If this is the case, simply look up their company name in the IPATA member directory (visit  and click on “Find a Pet Shipper”). If they are not in the directory, they are not a member.
  2. No such thing as “refundable insurance”. Scammers will try to charge for “refundable insurance” in case the pet is lost or hurt during the trip overseas. As everyone knows, there are no refunds when it comes to insurance!
  3. Most importantly – Be wary of sending funds by wire. Scammers will say this is the most inexpensive and fastest way of doing business. Most reputable dealers will request that you wire transfer funds to their company bank account or will accept a credit card or PayPal payment.

For more information, please visit


The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) is a non-profit, worldwide trade association for animal handlers, pet moving providers, kennel operators, veterinarians and others who are dedicated to the care and welfare of pets and animals during transport. The organization was founded in 1979. It began with six founding members and now has more than 350 members in over 80 countries. IPATA serves its members, the pet transport industry, and the public at large. For more information, or to find a professional pet shipper, visit

Pet Talk: Falling for the Holidays—Accident-proofing your home

As family members of all ages come into town for the holidays, safety is always something to be kept in mind. Although you’re probably already making sure that children aren’t running through the kitchen or touching the hot stove, you should also be sure that animals are kept under control and cleared from the walking path, especially for the safety of your elderly relatives.

A study published in the Journal of Safety Research reports that more than 87,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year due to falls associated with their pet dogs and cats, and the highest percentage is among those 75 years of age and older.

“Elderly people should be very cautious around young and poorly trained pets,” said Dr. James Barr, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. “Injuries can result from jumping up on the elderly owner and knocking them over, which can be pure accident.”

Tripping over pet toys and getting tangled in leashes are other common causes of accidental injury. Some pets also have a habit of lying in frequently traveled hallways or doorways, causing someone to trip if the animal is unseen.

However, if you consider your pets to be part of the family, you’ll want to include them in your holiday celebrations. Fido and Fluffy can still join in on the family fun, as long as you take a few precautionary measures to ensure the safety of those around them.

Prior to the arrival of any guests, be sure to clear the floors and stairs of miscellaneous pet toys or objects, and place any food and water bowls out of the direct path. Your pet will likely be happy to give up their favorite chew toy if it means being able to interact with all of the new people.

“Also, biting and scratching behavior can be a potential problem for those with compromised immune systems and fragile skin,” said Dr. Barr. Be sure that your pet is comfortable around visitors to reduce the likelihood of lashing out or even jumping on them out of excitement.

Although pets want to be around us constantly, especially when we’re cooking in the kitchen, this can often be very dangerous. If possible, keep them out of the kitchen while you’re cooking and at meal times to avoid accidental injury. This may mean letting them out into the backyard or putting them in their kennel temporarily.

Even if Fido is trained and well behaved, the excitements of having visitors may cause him to jump or run excessively, posing as a potential hazard to children or elderly family members. You should use your best judgment in deciding whether it is safe to have your pet around family members and certain holiday traditions.

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