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.


Fetch will be at Great Lakes Pet Expo

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

Washington County Humane Society Festival of Trees

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.

Event Info
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)


A recent case of cat hoarding in Waukesha County has led HAWS,the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, to ask for the community’s help, and for residents to take action to prevent further occurrences of animal hoarding.

When is “many” considered too many? Animal hoarding, as defined in this circumstance, is when an owner/caretaker has more pets than they are able to care for properly. HAWS’ Spay-Neuter Initiative Program (SNIP) and Project Guardian both offer free or low-cost surgeries to community residents, effectively decreasing cat over-population.

HAWS stresses the need for community involvement to help eliminate future hoarding cases. Notes Executive Director, Lynn Olenik: “People often don’t find out until the animals start to suffer.”


Rather than allowing a situation to become uncontrolled, HAWS and Waukesha social service representatives ask any resident of the County, concerned that someone may have too many pets, to seek help for that person. Reports can be made to HAWS at 262-542-8851 or the Department of Health and Human Services at 262-548-7212 or 211.


HAWS is caring for nearly 50 cats that were surrendered by a single Waukesha County resident. Olenik says the shelter is “treating all those we feel we can help. Most of the cats were ill and suffering, and living in deplorable conditions.”

Olenik stated as the cats are stabilized they will be placed up for adoption. Until that time, the shelter needs the community’s assistance with donations of cat food, cat litter and towels. Residents are also asked to donate money towards medications for treating upper respiratory infections and for deworming, and to sponsor spay-neuter surgeries for these cats – all costly items for HAWS to sustain.


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 a myriad of 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  Friend us on Facebook at “HAWS Waukesha.”

Top Five Cat Toxins of 2012

How to keep your feline friend safe in 2013
Sometimes it seems like cats can defy the laws of physics. They have a keen sense of balance and nearly always land squarely on their feet, which contributes to the “nine lives” myth.  But cats also have a keen sense of curiosity, which can lead them into precarious and sometimes dangerous situations. Nearly 10 percent of the calls to Pet Poison Helpline in 2012 were for potentially poisoned cats. A vast number of these cats live indoors, indicating that many cat owners are still unaware that certain items and plants lurking in their homes can be deadly to their beloved companions.
“One of a feline’s favorite pastimes is eating grass outdoors,” said Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT and associate director of veterinary services at Pet Poison Helpline. “Indoor cats without access to grass can resort to nibbling on indoor plants, some of which can be very poisonous. Cats’ inquisitive nature, as well as their obsession with cleanliness, can also get them into trouble if they’ve made contact with a toxic substance on their coat or paws. The simple act of grooming pollen off fur after brushing up against certain types of lilies can cause severe acute kidney failure. You can avoid emergency trips to the veterinarian by understanding what items are poisonous, and keeping your beloved feline companion a safe distance away.”
Of the thousands of calls that came into Pet Poison Helpline from cat owners and veterinarians treating cats in 2012, here are the top five most common toxins that caused emergencies:
1)      Topical spot-on insecticides
2)      Household cleaners
3)      Antidepressants
4)      Poisonous plants
5)      Human and veterinary NSAIDS
If a cat ingests any of these things, immediate veterinary care is advised. The veterinary toxicologists at Pet Poison Helpline provide the following guidance to cat owners, including steps that can be taken to protect cats, and symptoms to watch for if cats are exposed.
Topical spot-on insecticides – Concentrated topical flea and tick medications made for dogs contain pyrethrins or pyrethroids, which are highly toxic to cats.Poisoning in cats can occur when pet owners apply dog insecticides to their cats, or when cats lick the medications off dogs. Cats can suffer severe drooling, tremors and life-threatening seizures. Always read labels carefully before using any kind of insecticide on pets and ensure it’s intended for the species you are treating.
Household cleaners – Some common household cleaners like toilet bowl cleaners, rust removers, and drain cleaners can be toxic to cats. If ingested, cats can suffer profuse drooling, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and chemical burns to the mouth and esophagus. Be sure to store these products out of cats’ reach at all times. Also, after using these products, make sure all excess liquid or residue is wiped up and dried prior to allowing your cat back into the cleaned areas.
Antidepressants – Common antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor and Cymbalta can be poisonous to cats. Cats are drawn to certain antidepressants more than others, particularly Effexor, which contains a smell and flavor that is seemingly appealing to cats. If ingested, symptoms can include anorexia, lethargy, vomiting, tremors, seizures, hyperthermia, and diarrhea. While antidepressants are sometimes used in veterinary medicine to treat behavioral problems, caution should be taken, as even therapeutic doses moderate to severe clinical signs can occur.
Poisonous plants – Of all plants, lilies are the most deadly to cats. The  species to watch for are the common ones – Tiger, Day, Asiatic, Easter and Japanese Show (Lilium and Hemerocallis spp.). Florists often include them in arrangements because they are fragrant, inexpensive and long-lasting. Very small ingestions of two or three petals or leaves – or even pollen licked off a cat’s coat – can result in severe, potentially irreversible kidney failure. Other “lilies,” such as Peace, Peruvian and Calla, are not true lilies and cause only minor symptoms in cats. Examples of additional household plants dangerous to cats are the cyclamen, Kalanchoe species, Dieffenbachia species, daffodils and Lily of the Valley.
Human and veterinary NSAIDS – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) can be fatal to cats because they have difficulty metabolizing the drugs. This includes common over-the-counter NSAIDS such as aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen. If ingested, NSAIDS can result in severe kidney failure and stomach ulcers. Another common pain medication, acetaminophen, can also be dangerous. In fact, one tablet can be fatal to a cat. If untreated, ingestion can cause severe anemia, difficulty breathing, a swollen face, liver failure and sometimes death.
Keep your feline friends safe by protecting them from these toxins in 2013. If, however, you think a pet may have ingested something harmful, take action immediately. Contact your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680. Pet Poison Helpline also has an iPhone application with an extensive database of over 200 poisons dangerous to cats and dogs. “Pet Poison Help” is available on iTunes for $1.99.
About Pet Poison Helpline
Pet Poison Helpline, an animal poison control center based out of Minneapolis, is available 24 hours, seven days a week for pet owners and veterinary professionals that require assistance treating a potentially poisoned pet. The staff provides treatment advice for poisoning cases of all species, including dogs, cats, birds, small mammals, large animals and exotic species. As the most cost-effective option for animal poison control care, Pet Poison Helpline’s fee of $39 per incident includes follow-up consultation for the duration of the poison case. Pet Poison Helpline is available in North America by calling 800-213-6680. Additional information can be found online at

“The Biggest Shedder” Pet Weight Loss Contest Launched




National competition helps growing population of obese pets shed pounds and be healthy

TAMPA, Fla. – BluePearl Veterinary Partners announced Wednesday the start of The Biggest Shedder, a nationwide pet weight-loss competition  to encourage and motivate pet owners to help their furry companions get to a healthy weight. Open to any pet owner with an overweight cat or dog, the first weigh-in deadline is February 13.

“Pets are part of the family and share problems maintaining a healthy weight, just like people do,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. “Incorporating a healthy diet and exercise into your pet’s life are paramount to helping your pet live a long and healthy life while preventing avoidable ailments.”

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 54 percent of cats and dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. Animals who are overweight are at risk for shortened life spans due to knee and joint injuries, heart and respiratory disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other serious disorders.

Step 1) Pet owners are encouraged to take their pet to their family veterinarian to see if their pets are indeed overweight, determine how much they may need to lose, come up with a plan to lose the weight and figure out a realistic goal to reach by the contest end date of June 14.
Step 2) Pet owners take their cat or dog to their family veterinarian for a quick weigh-in every couple of weeks and post their pet’s progress. Prizes are given away at each weigh-in and those who reach their goal by contest end are entered to win the grand prize.

The grand prize for the contest will be one-year worth of Hill’s pet food for the winning pet and an iPad provided by Trupanion Pet Insurance for the owner. Additional prizes for progress weigh-ins will be provided by Pfizer Animal Health.
(Note:  Winners information will be verified by the pet’s veterinarian.)

For more information and to participate visit:

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients.

Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus Opens Today! Significant changes made to existing facility

RACINE — The Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus will open for animal adoptions on Monday, January 7, just one week after acquiring the former Countryside Humane Society in Racine.


“After seven days of intense work and preparation, we are so excited to open to the public,” said Alison Fotsch Kleibor, Director of the Racine Campus.  “The Wisconsin Humane Society is bringing 135 years of experience to the Racine community, along with resources that make it possible for us to make the commitment to find every animal in our adoption program a home, no matter how long it takes.”


The past seven days have been very busy for WHS staff as they prepared for opening day, focusing on three key areas:


Building upgrades

The building has undergone significant renovation in the past week, including a cleaning operation on New Year’s Day that enlisted the help of 20 volunteers. Every surface was scrubbed and disinfected, walls were given fresh paint, new doors were installed, spaces were repurposed and remodeled, and the HVAC system is being upgraded.


Animal care improvements

Cat dens were introduced to the feline population. These simple plastic dens provide a quiet escape for cats, reducing their stress and thereby reducing disease transmission. In addition, all the dogs got Kuranda beds, which are raised beds designed for shelter use. These comfy beds also brought the dogs off the concrete floor. Both the beds and cat dens were made possible by the generosity of private donors in the community.


Staff training under new leadership

Most of CHS’s staff accepted positions with the WHS Racine Campus, and they have worked closely with the new leadership to make the transition as successful as possible. Staff members have gone through comprehensive training on adoption processes, animal care, customer service, and shelter maintenance.


The public is invited to stop by any time to see the upgraded facility and view adoptable animals. The shelter hours are: Monday – Friday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday: closed. The WHS Racine Campus is located at 2706 Chicory Road in Racine, WI. The new website