Wisconsin Humane Society #1 in Milwaukee, as rated by Charity Navigator, nation’s premier charity watchdog group

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Humane Society’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.  Of twelve charities in Milwaukee with this distinction, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) achieved the highest numerical score – 96.34 points out of a possible 100. Of 124 charities in Wisconsin evaluated by Charity Navigator, only 34 have a four-star rating.

“It’s an honor to be in the company of so many wonderful four-star charities in Milwaukee,” said Anne Reed. “Our rating demonstrates to our supporters that our fiduciary and governance responsibilities are of the utmost importance to our board and staff members. We work tirelessly to create a more humane community for animals, of which our donors can be deeply proud to support.”

“Our staff work hard to honor each and every dollar we earn, and our incredible volunteers are major contributors in keeping our expenses down,” said Reed. “The dedication of our 1,400 volunteers is nothing short of astonishing; they work in every single department at all three campuses, doing everything from rescuing injured ducklings to administering medical treatments.”

 About the Wisconsin Humane Society

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest animal shelter in Wisconsin.  It was founded in 1879 and operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Counties.  The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the state’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  The organization recently announced plans to open Milwaukee’s first high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in June 2015.

About Charity Navigator

Since 2002, using data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its website for each of the charities it evaluates.  The A&T metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.


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 www.petexpomilwaukee.com.

MADACC Launches Stray Animals of Milwaukee County Facebook Page

WEST MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) is launching a new Stray Animals of Milwaukee County Facebook page in an effort to raise awareness of the high number of animals that go missing during Fourth of July fireworks by providing Milwaukee

County residents with a social media platform to reunite more lost companion animals with their owners.

Owners who have lost an animal can post a picture and description on the Facebook page. As well, any individual who finds a lost animal can post a photo online. It is hoped that owners can connect with finders and will be reunited with a lost companion without having to bring them into the country animal stray holding facility. MADACC staff will also update the page with photos and descriptions of select incoming stray animals.

“We want to provide the Stray Animals of Milwaukee County Facebook page as another resource to Milwaukee County residents. Social media is an incredibly useful tool that has been used to successfully reunite animals with their families,” said Karen Sparapani, MADACC’s Executive Director. “Animals and their owners will both benefit if they are reunited faster and without the trip to our shelter.”

Each year animal shelters across the country are besieged with companion animals who fled from their homes during Fourth of July fireworks. Owners were asked to leave their dogs and cats indoors to prevent animals from being lost and injured. Many owners forget just how sensitive an animal’s hearing is when including them in picnic and party plans. Owners should also make sure that their pets are always wearing identification such as a collar with a name tag and license, and to consider micro-chipping their companion animals as well.

Milwaukee County residents who lose their pets are urged to visit the MADACC facility to search for their animal. The shelter is open for lost animal viewing Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lost animal reports can be filed by calling MADACC at (414) 649-8640. MADACC also provides an online lost-and-found search of animals currently at the shelter, hosted by Petharbor.com (http://bit.ly/11nqXyx), and this is updated hourly.

Help Bring Hope to Sweet Bella


You’d never know by looking at her wagging tail and bright eyes that tiny Bella just had surgery.

The sweet 3-month-old Dachshund/Chihuahua pup severely fractured her leg when she was accidentally dropped in her home by a young child.  Her family was unable to afford the care she needed, so they brought her to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Bella’s break was bad and our veterinarians knew her best chance was to have her leg amputated.  She is currently recovering from her amputation surgery at WHS’s Milwaukee Campus where our veterinarian staff report that she is a model patient. A little wiggly, but sweet as honey!

The cost of Bella’s surgery and medical care is expected to reach about $2,500 and we are asking for help with her special medical expenses.

Can you help Bella? Your contribution of $10, $25 or even $50 will go directly to the care of sweet Bella; any additional funds will be used to help treat special needs animals recovering from medical illnesses at WHS. You can also sponsor Bella in honor of a loved one and send a personalized ecard with her photo to let them know.

The Wisconsin Humane Society receives no government funding and relies entirely on the support of the community to annually care for 20,000 animals, like Bella. Thank you for considering helping this little girl on her road to recovery! We will keep you updated on her progress.

p.s. No adoption holds are being taken for Bella – when she’s ready, she’ll graduate into our regular adoption program!

You Can Read the Full Issue of Fetch Online!


Did you know that we put the full issue of Fetch online at issuu.com?   You can see our Summer issue at:  http://issuu.com/fetchmagazine/docs/fetch_2013_summer_20130528.   It is just another way you can enjoy Fetch on the go!

We are starting work on our Fall issue!   We look forward to sharing new things with you!


The “Pit Bull” Dog Experts Are Here! Animal Farm Foundation brings advocacy and adoption techniques to Milwaukee

“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 milwaukeeanimalalliance1@gmail.com



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.


Adopt MUTTwaukee Connects Dogs with New Homes

The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee hosted the inaugural Adopt MUTTwaukee event on Saturday, June 15. Described as a doggie social and adoption event, the pet-friendly hotel welcomed not only pets and their people but also organizations dedicated to our four-legged friends.

Stella & Chewy’s, co-sponsor of the event and Milwaukee manufacturer of natural, raw food for dogs and cats, dished out advice (and food samples) to pet parents. Whether or not your dog suffers from allergies, he can benefit from a raw-food diet, and the very informed Stella & Chewy’s representatives were there with advice on how to easily feed your dog a new diet.

A stop at the Canine Cupids rescue booth (“a dog for every lap!”) allowed patrons to meet adoptable cupids. And for just $3, you could adorn your dog’s collar with a handmade “ugly dog tie” – perfect canine formalwear! All proceeds benefited Hailey, a cutie rescued from animal control who is now awaiting much-needed surgery. After seeking advice from two vets, she’ll have a front leg amputated due to a break that healed poorly.

Stephanie Bartz Photography snapped photos of dogs and their people on the front steps of the hotel. Brew City Bully Club had adoptables and offered a chance to buy a raffle ticket prior to their annual Rescue Ride. Others in attendance included the non-profit Seniors Rock! (where “love has no age limit”), Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center, Native Dogg, ROMP (Residents for Off-Leash Milwaukee Parks) and more.

Of the social, Iron Horse spokesperson Jordan Dechambre declared a success. “We are absolutely thrilled with the turnout and high dog adoption rate,” she says. In fact, the pet-friendly hotel was proud to be a part of connecting needy pets with loving families. “We believe ‘pet-friendly’ goes beyond providing food and water for our furry guests… Going the extra mile is something we do for all of our guests at the hotel, and our furry ones are no exception.”

For more information about the hotel and to view what awaits your dog on an overnight stay, visit http://www.theironhorsehotel.com/packages/the-iron-horse-hotel-big-dog-package.html.

Stella & Chewy’s


Canine Cupids




Stephanie Bartz Photography


Brew City Bully Club


Seniors Rock!


Milwaukee Animal Rescue Center


Native Dogg