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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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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The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) and the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) announced today that adoption fees for all MADACC dogs and cats will be waived for the entire month of December.

More than 120 cats and 30 dogs will be available for adoption at MADACC, and about 100 additional MADACC animals will be available for adoption at WHS, MADACC’s largest transfer partner. It is the organizations’ first joint holiday promotion.

“Many families decide that the holidays are the perfect time to bring home a new family member. We want our animals to get the opportunity to be one of those lucky animals, and thanks to local philanthropist Stan Kass, we can make that happen,” said Karen Sparapani, executive director for MADACC.

MADACC and WHS work together on a daily basis to find homes for stray animals in Milwaukee County, and report that the partnership has never been stronger.

“Under Karen’s strong leadership, we’ve had the opportunity to work more closely with MADACC than ever before,” said Anne Reed, president and CEO of WHS, “and this exciting promotion is just an example of the work we are doing together to address animal homelessness in our community.”

MADACC and WHS are able to waive fees for MADACC animals after receiving a special gift from Skylark Vending specifically to be used for an impactful adoption event. The Kass family is very passionate about promoting shelter animals, as they are the proud adopters of Reggie, a Shepherd mix they adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society. They want everyone to be able to experience the joy of bringing home a shelter animal, so they gave this gift to support the sterilization, vaccination, microchipping and adoption of approximately 250 animals.

Waived adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, a microchip, and vaccines. Adopters complete in-person adoption counseling per the usual process.  Animals originally from MADACC available at WHS will have a special online memo to indicate their waived fee. Waived fees will not apply to other animals at WHS. A $12 license fee will apply for all Milwaukee County residents at MADACC.

MADACC is open M-F 3-7 and weekends 1-4pm or by appointment; please check the website at for holiday hours.  WHS Milwaukee Campus is open T-F 12-8, SAT 10-6 and SUN 11-5; please check the website at for holiday hours.


HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, has taken in 23 dogs from a neighboring county when the Jefferson County Humane Society requested HAWS’ take control of a dog rescue situation.

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“Monday, October 20th, Jefferson County asked for our assistance with the intake of dogs from a rescue situation,” noted HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn Olenik. “It was the worst possible time for our sister shelter as they are in transition, but we were able to step in and more than happy to help out.”

The dogs arrived at HAWS terribly matted, and in need of spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations and other medical treatment. Breeds included Cairn Terrier and Schnauzer mixes, plus 2 lab mix puppies.

“The transformation of these dogs has been a remarkable team effort,” continued Olenik. “On Monday afternoon, local groomers volunteered their time to turn each pup into an adorable, clean little dog. On Tuesday and Wednesday, HAWS’ performed spays and neuters, secured the necessary foster homes and got in the routine of caring for an additional 20 dogs in our kennel. HAWS’ Behavior Department team worked to socialize and calm the dogs while completing evaluations to get them ready for the adoption floor.”

Several dogs have been transferred to foster homes – including a new mother and her puppies. Many are now available for adoption at HAWS, 701 Northview Road. For information on the available dogs, prospective homes are asked to call 262-542-8851 or visit during shelter viewing hours. HAWS is open for adoptions 7 days a week:  Monday – Friday from 1:00-6:00pm, Saturday from 11:00am-4:00pm and Sunday from 12:00-4:00pm.

A special thank you from HAWS to the groomers at Paws for a Moment, Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa and Styl’n Companions Pet Spa for their volunteer efforts!

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 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 “Humane Animal Welfare Society” and follow our Tweets at “HAWS_Waukesha.” HAWS: Building a Society that’s Humane.


Waukesha animal resource center announces annual fundraiser, walk/run

October at HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, is colorful and Creature-full!

On Tuesday, October 7th from 6-8pm, HAWS hosts “Tales of Tails” as part of  Waukesha Reads.  Waukesha County Humane Officer Jill Miorana will talk about her fascinating animal investigation work and how residents can help. Extended adoption hours will include adoption specials!

Move Your Mutt for HAWS on October 19th at Genesee Lake Road Park! Featuring 5K, 10K and 1 mile events, “mutts” are welcome to join the 5K and 1 mile routes. Raise $100 in pledges for free registration and win great prizes. Presented by Silver Circle Sports Events, details at

Join HAWS’ Creatures of the Night at the Marriott West on Friday, October 24th. The annual Halloween fundraiser includes silent auction, raffle, costume contests, adoptable HAWS’ pets, fantastic food, music and more. HAWS also welcomes special guest John Bartlett, nationally acclaimed designer and animal advocate. Admission is $50/person; VIP tables are $1000. Details at or 262-542-8851, x112.

HAWS annual Guinea Pig Primer is Sunday, October 26th from 12-4pm. Learn about housing, behavior and health issues; meet other guinea pig families and share stories! Guinea pigs welcome to attend (in a comfortable carrier) and participate in fun competitions! This event is FREE to attend; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Looking ahead: The Friends of HAWS Holiday Bazaar kicks off the shopping season on Saturday, November 1st from 9am-4pm. Holiday Pet Photos will be available on November 8-9; call 262-542-8851 to reserve your sitting.

HAWS’ colorful October includes seminars on K9 Body Language (10/6) and K9 Behavior Problems (10/28), “Pet”-icures for small animals (10/8 & 18) and cats (10/11 & 28), the monthly Pet First Aid class (10/25) and the GPA-WI greyhound meet’n’greet (10/25). Log on to for times and registration.

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 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
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