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 hawspets.org.

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 hawspets.org 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 hawspets.org 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 hawspets.org.
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Dane Co. Humane Society – New Belgium Ski Scavenger Hunt – January 25

Madison area Ski Scavenger Hunt on January 25, 2014 – This is a day to don your best costume, chase chickens, search for Bigfoot, and answer some ridiculous riddles all while skiing and raising money for Dane County Humane Society! Bring up to three buddies or sign-up with the person you meet in the check-in line! Grab your gear, a lift ticket, and bring $10 per person to join the fleet of New Belgium characters on the slopes for a scavenger hunt like no other! There will be an after-party in Devil’s Den for the awards ceremony. Don’t miss New Belgium’s release of their brand new Snapshot Sour Wheat, and a raffle drawing for a pair of Rocky Mountain Underground custom skis! All registration fees benefit our sick and homeless animals. See you on the slopes! Saturday, 1/25/2014 9am – 11:30am –> Registration 11:30am – 3pm –> Scavenger Hunt 3:30pm – 5pm –> Post- Hunt Celebration! Devil’s Head Resort S6330 Bluff Road, Merrimac, Wisconsin 53561

Ice Skating for Dane County Humane Society on Jan 21

Skate to Donate! Monday, January 21 12-2:20pm Hartmeyer Ice Arena (1834 Commercial Ave, Madison) Bring a donation for Dane County Humane Society and skate for free! Suggested donations include canned cat food, canned dog food, treats (for dogs and cats), cat litter, chew toys, and squeeze cheese. Money donations are also welcomed. Non-donation skating rates are adult $4, youth $3, and skate rental $2. All proceeds, including funds from non-donation skating rates, will be donated to Dane County Humane Society. Take a lap around the rink with Wisconsin native, Olympic gold medalist, Casey FitzRandolph!  For more info:  608-838-0413

No Buddy Gets Left Behind

Ruffin’ It Resort, voted Best of Madison, is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual ‘Great Pumpkin Bark Away’ to benefit SPCA: Operation Baghdad Pups “No Buddy Gets Left Behind” program.

Operation Baghdad Pups provides veterinary care and coordinates complicated logistics and transportation in order to reunite these beloved pets with their service men and women back in the U.S. These important animals, befriended by our service heroes while deployed in war zones, not only help our troops cope emotionally during combat, but they also help them readjust to life back home. To learn more and to see photos from the various rescue missions, please visit www.spcai.org/baghdad-pups.

Throughout the month of October, Ruffin’ It Resort suggests a $5.00 donation for this special cause and in return individuals can choose a FREE pumpkin from Ruffin’ It Resort’s ‘pumpkin patch’. There are many pumpkins to choose from, all unique in shape and size, but all united to make a difference in the lives of our military men and women.

 As a final celebration to the month-long fundraiser, Ruffin’ It Resort will host their annual Howl-O-Ween Party. Humans and their four-legged ghouls & goblins are invited to join in the festivities on October 29th from 7:15-9:00 PM at Ruffin’ It Resort. A $5.00 door donation will provide guests with a night full of howling fun. There will be many ‘paw’riffic games, costume contests, photos, spirits & treats. Come and celebrate Howl-O-Ween and support Operation Baghdad Pups!

 To see pictures from last year’s Howl-O-Ween Party, please visit: http://www.ruffinitresort.com/halloween2008.php

Dog Jog Results

More than 400 dogs and owners went dog wild in a race to benefit homeless animals during the 26th annual Dog Jog on Sunday, September 20.

“More than $25,000 was raised to benefit area humane organizations,” said Dr. Linda Sullivan, an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine who helps coordinate Dog Jog each year.

Top pledge collectors were the Nelson family (Dave, Patty, Alexa and Kylie), of Stoughton, Wis. with their three dogs, Rex, RJ and Hula. They raised more than $2,600 in pledges. The family has maintained the top pledge collector slot for many years.

In second place was Beth Viney, with her dog Tzar. They raised $1,225. Sally Probasco and her dog, Rosie, were third-place fundraisers for the event.

Dog Jog proceeds benefit humane organizations that participate in the veterinary school’s Cooperative Shelter Spay/Neuter Program for shelter pets or that participate in other school activities that directly benefit sheltered animals. This year’s beneficiaries included Angel’s Wish (Dane County), Country Animal Haven, Dane County Humane Society, Iowa County Humane Society, Humane Society of Jefferson County, Rock County Humane Society, Sauk County Humane Society, Washington County Humane Society, and Watertown Humane Society (Jefferson County).

The top pledge winner received a gift certificate for a photo session with Dramatic Paws Animal Photography. The top 20 pledge collectors received goody bags filled with dog treats and toys. Winners of each category received a medal.

The school is also grateful to the event’s supporters, including Culligan Total Water (provided bottled water to keep dogs and people hydrated during the race), John Urban (emcee), Isthmus/The Daily Page.com (donated ad space), Doggie Doo (dog dropping pick-up), Merial Ltd. (race bandanas), Royal Canin, and Full Compass (sound system).

Veterinary medical students in the Companion Animal Club, along with assistance from area humane organizations, organized the event itself.

Out of approximately 400 participants, Kyle Gleason and his dog, Charlie, were the overall race winners. He was also first place in the men’s category. First place woman was Erica Barkei with Hundi. First place girl was Claire Checovich and Bennet. First place boy was Adler Schmidt and Maybe. Winners of the costume contest were Jessica Huittl and Ben Head with their chihuahuas dressed as Dr. Doolittle and company.

Dog Jog is an annual 2-mile run/walk sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine to benefit homeless animals.

Holiday Gift for the Animal Lover Benefits Animals

Animal-lovers are sure to appreciate a gift that benefits companion animal health rather than clutters their household with trinkets they don’t need, plus has someone else do the addressing and mailing for them!

For a suggested $10.00 donation per card, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine will send the donor’s choice of recipients a holiday greeting card which notes that proceeds benefit sustained excellence at the school.

Recipients receive a full-color animal artwork card with a message stating that a donation was made in their name to the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Each year, a different artist donates the artwork for this card.  This year’s oil painting, “Advice for Ladybug,” was donated by Dr. Gayle Leith, a 1988 graduate of the UW School of Veterinary Medicine who enjoys painting as a hobby.  Her painting features a young girl at a horse show.

“I love the kids and their ponies,” says Dr. Leith, who enjoys painting from random photos she has taken at horse shows.  “I’m really glad that this painting can help support the school.”

Dr. Leith has also supported the school by sponsoring the Gayle Leith and Arizona Equine Awards for veterinary medical students.  She practices equine medicine in Gilbert, Arizona.

The cards make ideal holiday gifts for veterinarians, friends, family, people’s pets, or for anyone who loves animals.

New this year are options to purchase blank cards in sets of 10 or to order dog or cat art images from previous years while supplies last.

You can download a Holiday Gift Card donation form at www.vetmed.wisc.edu, or contact the school’s Office for Advancement at 608/265-9692.

Proceeds from sales benefit cats, dogs, horses and other animals by supporting sustained excellence at the school.

Canine Owners and Breeders Symposium

From the latest in canine heart and orthopedic lameness conditions to an overview of dog parks and behavior issues, the UW School of Veterinary Medicine’s 2nd annual Canine Owners & Breeders Symposium is designed to update dog owners with the most current information available.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, experts from the School will share the latest knowledge about orthopedic (lameness) conditions of the adolescent dog, current treatment of congenital heart disease (birth defects), and do’s and don’ts about dog parks, including how to break up a dog fight.

It’s practical knowledge that can benefit all dog owners.

Speakers include orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Manley, veterinary cardiologist Dr. Heidi Kellihan, and canine behavior specialist Dr. Sandi Sawchuk, all from the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.

The symposium will be held from 1 pm to 5:30 pm at the School of Veterinary Medicine on the UW campus.  Advance registration is only $45 prior to September 12.  After that date, the fee increases to $55 per person.

To register, or for more information, visit the school’s continuing education website at www.vetmed.wisc.edu/ce or call Karl Olsen at 608-265-5206.