Wisconsin Humane Society Receives $50,000 After Finding Homes For 500 Animals

Wisconsin Humane Society officials announced today that local philanthropist Stan Kass has donated $50,000 to the organization because their Milwaukee and Ozaukee shelters found homes for 500 animals in the month of September.

“We’re inspired by the response we’ve received from the community,” said Anne Reed, WHS’s executive director. “Thanks to Stan’s generosity, we were able to find homes for over 500 animals in just 18 days. We’re so grateful to Stan for the gift he’s given to WHS, and the animals and families whose lives he’s touched through this challenge.”

Beginning on September 4, Kass challenged WHS to find homes for 500 animals before the end of the month. WHS reached their goal one week early.

Visit www.wihumane.org or www.ozaukeehumane.org to view adoptable animals or learn more.

Nearly 100 dogs available at the Wisconsin Humane Society

The Wisconsin Humane Society reports that there are nearly 100 dogs and puppies available for adoption at their Milwaukee and Ozaukee campuses, making this the largest number of dogs they’ve had at one time all year. With four additional transfers scheduled to arrive next week, the organization expects their number of available dogs to remain high in days to come.

Some of these lucky pups owe their good fortune to the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ program, which works hard to bring dogs from small, overcrowded shelters to larger shelters like the Wisconsin Humane Society who can place them in new homes.

“October happens to be National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so we’re hoping that families in our community will open their hearts and homes to the many wonderful dogs and puppies currently in our care,” said Anne Reed, executive director at WHS.

WHS encourages potential adopters to visit their websites or stop by the Milwaukee or Saukville shelters if they’re interested in adopting an animal.

For more information or to view animals currently available for adoption, visit www.wihumane.org or www.ozaukeehumane.org.

Wisconsin Humane Society announces “50K Community Cares Challenge”

Shelter animals to receive $50,000 if 500 animals are adopted in September

 Wisconsin Humane Society officials announced today that local philanthropist Stan Kass will donate $50,000 to the organization if their Milwaukee and Ozaukee shelters can find homes for 500 animals in the month of September

 “We are so thankful to Stan for his generosity, which he also hopes will inspire the whole community to show just how much they care about homeless animals,” said Anne Reed, WHS’s executive director. “Whether you’re able to adopt a homeless animal, or make a gift to WHS, we know that Southeastern Wisconsin can step up to the challenge and make a difference in the lives of countless animals in our community.” 

During September, WHS will be taking pictures with adopters to post to a special Facebook album and share with our online community. Help WHS reach the goal of 500 adoptions by sharing the news of this special challenge that will save the lives of so many animals!

Visit www.wihumane.org or www.ozaukeehumane.org to view adoptable animals or learn more.


Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus awarded prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

   Officials from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Ozaukee Campus announced today that the shelter has been awarded LEED®Gold certification, as established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

“The LEED Gold certification reflects a higher standard of commitment to sustainable design than with typical construction,” said Beth Maresh, director of the WHS Ozaukee Campus, which opened in March 2011. “Our goal was to create a highly energy efficient, more environmentally responsible facility that reduces long-term energy and water use costs for the organization. As leaders of our community who advocate for treating animals with respect and kindness, it is also integral to our mission to be good stewards of our environment.”

The WHS Ozaukee Campus achieved LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy, LEED certified buildings save money for families, taxpayers and businesses; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.

“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most-important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The work of innovative building projects such as the WHS Ozaukee Campus is a fundamental driving force in the green building movement.”

LEED certification of the WHS Ozaukee Campus was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. These features include:

  • Solar hot water panels on the roof to heat water for bathing dogs and puppies
  • Use of building materials harvested or manufactured locally
  • Strategies implemented to manage stormwater runoff, as well as use of native plants to eliminate need for site irrigation
  • Low-emitting paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants were used throughout the interior of the building
  • Ventilation system includes devices that monitor CO2 levels in the building. These monitors feed the information to the HVAC system, which will adjust the ventilation rates to accommodate the actual needs.
  • Energy recovery technology to stay energy efficient while using fresh outside air for the health of the animals.
  • Roofing materials used on the shelter were carefully selected to reduce heat absorption, thereby reducing the building’s tendency to be a heat island

For more information about the U.S. Green Building Council or the LEED program, visit www.usgbc.org. For more information about the Wisconsin Humane Society Ozaukee Campus, visit www.ozaukeehumane.org.

Models Wanted: Clothing Optional

The Wisconsin Humane Society’s Calendar Contest is Underway!

 Does your dog have a better wardrobe than you?  Was your kitten born to strut her stuff on the catwalk?  The Wisconsin Humane Society’s calendar contest is back and entries are now being accepted!

 One lucky beauty will be chosen for the highly coveted cover photo and twelve others will be selected as a “Pet of the Month.” Every photo is included in the calendar.

 There is a $10 non-refundable entry fee for each photo. All proceeds from the calendar benefit the shelter animals. Local celebrity judges will determine the top 13 photos. Be sure to read the contest guidelines at www.wihumane.org and submit your photo by September 4! 


The 2012 Paws & Claws Gala

Have a ball!  The 2012 Paws & Claws Gala is sure to be a purrfect evening out.  Benefiting the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses, the Paws & Claws Gala will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the gala will include animal greeters, a fabulous dinner, unique silent and live auction items, award presentations and live music.  

Admission tickets are $300/person and all proceeds help the Wisconsin Humane Society in its effort to save the lives of animals.  For more information, visit www.wihumane.org. You can also call (414) 431-6121 for more information on purchasing tickets.