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.

Dane Co. Humane Society – New Belgium Ski Scavenger Hunt – January 25

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 “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

 

 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.

 

Elmbrook Humane Society’s Wagfest is Coming September 7!

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The 6th Annual Wagfest is the place for animals and their people to come together as a community and celebrate the bond between them.

Wagfest benefiting Elmbrook Humane Society, a no-kill shelter

Saturday, September 7, 2013

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mitchell Park – 19900 River Rd Brookfield, WI 53045

www.ebhs.org

Each year Wagfest is bigger and better with new attractions! All proceeds benefit Elmbrook Humane Society, the only no-kill shelter in Waukesha County.

 • FREE PARKING

• FREE ADMISSION

• THREE Full LURE COURSES

• LIVE MUSIC by Room to Move

• Celebrity bartenders

• Microchipping and Nail Trims

• Food, vendors and much more

• FREE transportation from all parking lots to Wagfest by Boscos Social Club. DOGS ALLOWED!

 Contact information:

Rachel Coolbroth, EBHS Director of Community Relations and Development

General questions, sponsorship opportunities, vendor questions, etc.

Office – (262) 782-9261

Help Honey find a home – One of the last dogs from Oklahoma tornado region has some special needs

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.

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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.” 

Fetch Needs Your Dog Pics for the Next Issue

Fetch is busy compiling the next issue of Fetch which will cover the Summer months of June, July and August.  We are looking for pictures to include in the Dogs Around Town section that features your dogs’ lovely mugs!  Send your high resolution (300 pixels or greater) in a jpg format to info@fetchmag.com.  The sooner the better!   We can’t guarantee that they will be in the magazine but we’ll be sure to share them on our facebook.com/fetchmag and twitter.com/fetchmag accounts!   Send those pooches in now!

Fetch had Fun at the Great Lakes Pet Expo

Fetch congratulates all the hard workers who made the Great Lakes Pet Expo a great event on February 2 at State Fair Park!   It was a fabulous show with tons to see and do.  Fetch was in the lobby greeting everyone who came and handing out magazines.  We love hearing how much you love Fetch!   It was fun to see our old friends that we see but once a year and to meet our readers.   I can’t thank enough the advertisers who make Fetch possible and I tried to stop by and say “hi” if at all possible.  Congratulations to Rock’s Positive Dog Training for winning the free drawing for the advertiser gift basket.   And, congratulations to our reader gift basket winner…a reader in Burlington who I’ll be reaching out to as currently I just have her mailing address!

One of my favorite moments at the Expo was getting up close and personal with Bubba the Alligator.   For those of you know me, you know I find alligators an amazing creature.  I love alligators as much as I love dogs!  It was a thrill to meet Bubba after seeing him on his website www.coldbloodedcreatures.com.  Bubba has met the likes of Oprah and Kelly Ripa.  It was wonderful to spend time with this amazing creature who allowed me to spend a few minutes in his world.

Bubba and Me

Bubba and Me

I hope you all found your own special moment at the Expo.  Please remember all the dogs awaiting adoption the next time you are in the search for a furry friend.  And, please support the rescues whenever you can!