Fetch is excited to be at the Great Lakes Pet Expo this Saturday, February 1. Please be sure to stop by our booth in the lobby (across from the ticket booth). We will have not only the latest issue but also back copies of previous issues which are always in high demand. We love our readers so please stop by for a free chance to win a reader gift basket. And to let us know how much you love Fetch! For details on the Great Lakes Pet Expo go to www.petexpomilwaukee.com.
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
The annual Festival of Trees is a beautiful holiday celebration of lights and unique designs. On December 7th and 8th the Washington County Humane Society training center is turned into a magical Christmas wonderland complete with refreshment cafe, continuous holiday entertainment and gift boutique. The Festival has become a very popular community event with individuals and businesses sponsoring trees, wreaths, swags, and centerpieces, and then decorating them according to a particular theme. Festival-goers delight in strolling along the “snowy” paths, and choosing their favorites for the People’s Choice awards.
Attendees can also enjoy refreshments from the cafe, and visit the beautiful holiday boutique filled with crafts from artists throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
Saturday, December 7th – 10am-9pm
Sunday, December 8th – 10am-6pm
3650 State Road 60 Slinger, WI 53086
Cost: $6 for adults and $4 for senior citizens (60 and older) and children (ages 3-12)
“Pit Bull” dog owners can be shunned by their neighbors when walking down the street, or can be told they cannot rent by landlords for instance. Why? Because their dogs can be falsely perceived as “dangerous”. Nonetheless, hundreds of dogs are being saved because organizations continue to educate communities on misconceptions. On August 9 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on August 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Animal Farm Foundation’s (AFF) Manager Caitlin Quinn and Director of Behavior and Training Bernice Clifford will host a “pit bull” dog workshop at the Shorewood Village Center (3920 N. Murray Avenue). This event is sponsored by the Milwaukee Animal Alliance (MAA) and Alliance of Wisconsin Animal Rehoming Efforts (AWARE), two local groups working to improve the lives of companion animals in Wisconsin.
Since January 2012, Breed Specific Legislation, was rejected in more than 32 locations, repealed in more than 24 places and outlawed in 16 states according to the AFF, a private foundation dedicated to securing equal treatment and opportunities for “pit bull” dogs. The AFF’s goal here in Milwaukee is to “empower animal welfare groups to recognize and overcome barriers that allow them to make better adoption matches; reduce length-of-stay; and change the way decision makers, potential adopters and community members think about ‘pit bull’ dogs,” said Quinn. This two-day event features ways to improve adoptions, dog behaviors and negative perceptions in the community.
“How a dog looks or its breed will tell you nothing about its personality or behavior,” said MAA member Kelly Herbold. “There is nothing unique or different about ‘pit bull’ dogs in comparision to any other breed. Each and every dog is an individual whose behavior is a result of many factors, such as training, socialization, owner management, breeding, environment and genetics.”
Holly Lewis, certified dog trainer and AWARE member added, “It is for the community to learn more about all dogs. If our community has more information, better choices can be made and lives can be saved.” The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission takes in roughly 13,000 animals annually and has a euthanasia rate of 43 percent. Many “pit bull” dog advocates believe that educating the public on misconceptions is fundamental in reducing these numbers. ***Space is limited. If you’d like to attend either day, please RSVP your choice to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD DRIVE FOR MADACC
Let’s fill the van for the animals and bring donations to the workshop of canned foods and unopened bags for the cats and dogs. MADACC prefers Purina products.
Gilbert is a big boy with an equally big “pig”-sonality! He enjoy gentle pets and sharing a leafy salad with human friends (gotta watch that figure, ya’ know).
Gilbert is just one of a whole gang-o-guineas available for adoption at HAWS. We have pairs (Pepper & Oreo and Tebow & Moby) and singles (Charlie, CJ and Mucky).
Adopt Gilbert or any of his piggy buddies at HAWS and receive a free copy of The Cavy Health Record Book! And be sure to save the date for HAWS’ annual Guinea Pig Primer, coming October 27th!
Stop by in person – HAWS is open 7 days a week.
Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS)
701 Northview Road, Waukesha, WI 53188
Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Milwaukee – A 10-year-old Corgi mix originally from Oklahoma needs some extra help finding a home at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS). Honey was transferred to WHS’s Milwaukee Campus from a shelter in the Oklahoma City area after May tornados caused so many dogs to become homeless or separated from their families.
Honey had already been at a shelter; therefore, shelter workers in Oklahoma knew that no one was missing her – so Honey boarded a truck with 20 other pups bound for Milwaukee. She is one of the last dogs from that transfer to be adopted. And officials at WHS say they need a little help finding a great home for Honey.
“Honey is the sweetest dog, and she has some chronic medical issues that will need to be managed in her new home, including chronic arthritis, dental issues and cataracts,” said Angela Speed, director of community relations and development at WHS.
“We also suspect that she may have some additional underlying conditions that will need further tests to diagnose. We do not have the specialized medical equipment to do those tests at the shelter, and it will be much better for Honey to be treated while relaxing in a permanent home environment, as well. Honey will be going home with a special voucher for medical care to get her started on the right track,” Speed said.
Honey’s blood work was normal and x-rays revealed that she may have respiratory and possibly cardiac issues. Honey hasn’t shown any symptoms of being in any pain; however, she would really benefit from seeing a veterinary specialist to determine the best course of care for her.
“We are confident we can find Honey a loving person to offer her the comfy place on the couch that she so deserves. She’s been through a lot, and we just adore her,” Speed said. “We’re going to work closely with her adopters regarding her medical conditions to ensure that she is well cared and loved in her new home.”
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.
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.