Goldens Holiday House celebrates 11th year

Hard to believe, but the holiday season is just around the corner once again! Celebrate the beginning of the holidays, and help a Golden Retriever rescue raise funds to help its dogs. Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever (WAAGR) will hold its 11th annual Goldens Holiday House on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. WAAGR, an all-volunteer/member Golden Retriever rescue organization, will host the event at the home of one of WAAGR’s founding members, N61 W12851 Hemlock Court, in the River Heights South subdivision, Menomonee Falls, Wis.

The home will be decorated with 30 trees, including a Wizard of Oz tree, a snowman tree, and a tree dedicated to Jolly Old St. Nick himself. WAAGR Board member Barb Hart, who hosts the event with her husband Jim, begins decorating her home for the event in October. This year’s event also will feature a baked goods sale, silent auction, complimentary refreshments, and plenty of Golden Retrievers to greet attendees. A $5 donation is requested to attend the Goldens’ Holiday House, with kids under 12 admitted for free. All proceeds from the event go to help the Goldens in WAAGR’s care that are awaiting new homes. So far in 2014, WAAGR has helped 60 dogs.

“As a nonprofit organization with no paid staff, we rely on the generosity of individuals who want to help provide a safe and happy life for Golden Retrievers, that, for whatever reason, have lost their homes,” said WAAGR President Mary Schmittinger. “We look forward to seeing you at our final fundraiser of 2014, and appreciate all the support we have had throughout this year!”

Goldens Holiday House, by the numbers:

  • The tallest tree decorated for the event is 12 feet, the shortest is two feet tall.
  • Barb Hart said she has collected more than 2,000 Hallmark ornaments in 35 years, which adorn all but one of the trees.

About Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever

Wisconsin Adopt A Golden Retriever received its 501(c)(3) February 2005 and helped its first dogs in May of that year. WAAGR’s mission is “to provide bright new beginnings to displaced Golden Retrievers.” WAAGR is an all-volunteer/member rescue organization based in southeastern Wisconsin, also serving the Madison area and the Fox Cities/Green Bay areas. For more information about WAAGR and adoption, visit



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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MADACC Announces an EMPTY THE SHELTER Adoption Event October 4th and 5th! All Adoption Fees Waived for All Available Dogs and Cats.

Milwaukee, September 16, 2014:  Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC), Wisconsin’s largest open-admission animal shelter, announced today that adoption fees for all dogs and cats will be waived the weekend of October 4 through 5 during MADACC’s first Empty the Shelter Adoption Weekend.

MADACC, which faces constant capacity challenges during the warmer months, is asking the community to help find homes for every adoptable dog and cat that was not reclaimed by their family and is now available for adoption during the two-day special event in an effort to create space for the more than 1,200 lost, unwanted and abandoned dogs expected to enter the shelter’s care throughout the month of October.

“Our goal this weekend is to find wonderful homes for each and every healthy, adoptable dog and cat in our facility,” said Karen Sparapani, executive director for MADACC. “If you have been thinking about adding a feline or canine companion to your home, now is the time! Not only will your adoption fee be waived, but you will find a new best friend and save a life.”

MADACC is able to hold this event after receiving a $15,000 grant from the ASPCA specifically to be used for an impactful adoption event. These funds will be used to sterilize, vaccinate and microchip around 150 animals so that they will be able to go home the day they are adopted into new families.

“When you adopt a companion from our facility, you’re saving a life and taking home a dog or cat that has already received all the basic veterinary services completed,” Sparapani continued. “It is so important to our community to have as many animals as possible spayed and neutered, and up to date on important vaccines that prevent parvovirus, distemper and rabies as well as having a microchip to ensure that if your animal is ever lost, we can quickly reunite your animal with you. Choosing to adopt a shelter animal is not only beneficial for the new pet parent or family, it also helps fight pet overpopulation in our community and, in turn, helps save more lives.”

More than 120 cats and 30 dogs will be available for adoption at MADACC’s two day adoption event. There will be kittens, cats and dogs from 5 months old and up available for potential adopters to choose from. Waived adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, microchip, and up-to-date vaccines. A $12 license fee will apply for all Milwaukee County residents. Adopters must complete in-person adoption counseling.

In order to expedite the process and cut down on wait times, MADACC is encouraging interested adopters to complete a free and non-binding adoption application for pre-approval ahead of the event.  You can find the adoption application and more information on their website at or call 414-649-8640.


MADACC currently rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary and humane care for nearly 13,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated and injured animals each year — more than any other animal control shelter in Wisconsin.  MADACCprovides a central location for owners to find and recover their lost pets at 3839 W. Burnham St. in West Milwaukee and is open seven days a week, including evening hours on weekdays.  MADACC rescues strays and removes dangerous animals from public areas providing effective animal control services by active enforcement of Wisconsin State Statues pertaining to animal welfare. For more information call (414)649-8640 or visit the MADACC website at MADACC is open to the public 7 days a week.