Sam & Gene Johnson Community Fund match up to $75,000 donations to WHS Racine

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) announced today that through September 30, 2013, any gift contributed to the WHS Racine Campus will be doubled, thanks to a matching grant from the Sam and Gene Johnson Community Fund. The fund will match up to $75,000, doubling the charitable impact of donations made to help Racine’s homeless, injured and abused animals.

“The Wisconsin Humane Society is deeply committed to protecting, saving and finding loving homes for neglected and mistreated animals in our community,” said Helen Johnson-Leipold, Chairman and CEO Johnson Outdoors; and, Chairman Johnson Bank.  “We applaud the organization’s hard work and hope others will join us in supporting their efforts.”   

The Wisconsin Humane Society assumed the assets of Racine’s former Countryside Humane Society (CHS) on January 1, 2013. Since then, adoptions have doubled under the new management, and not a single animal in the adoption program has been euthanized for space or time, a policy WHS has adhered to since 1999.

“On behalf of the animals who will be served by this incredible gesture, we couldn’t be more grateful for the support of the Sam and Gene Johnson Community Fund,” said Anne Reed, Executive Director of WHS. “A gift like this is a catalyst that opens hearts and inspires others to give.”

Although donations have surpassed the $24,000 that was raised in 2012 by CHS, WHS’s annual fundraising goal for the Racine Campus is a more aggressive $300,000. A successful matching campaign will ensure that the shelter makes its annual budget.

“Every gift makes an impact,” Reed said. “Whether it’s a $25 check or a $2,500 one, we need the support of people who love this community and its animals.”

 To make a contribution, visit or simply mail your contribution to Wisconsin Humane Society, Attn: Racine Donations, 4500 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208. All donations made to the Racine Campus will be allocated to the organization’s shelter animals in Racine and are tax-deductible. 

Wisconsin Humane Society dog walk raises $90,000 for homeless animals

The Wisconsin Humane Society’s first “Tails on the Trail” dog walk on Saturday, May 11 at Greenfield Park raised $90,000, far surpassing the organization’s $50,000 goal, due to the generosity of more than 700 walkers and several corporate sponsors.

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The one-mile dog walk supports animals in need at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s three campuses in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine counties. The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the largest and oldest animal shelter in the state of Wisconsin.

“We are so grateful for the leadership of volunteers Lynn Richtman of U.S. Bank and Allison Heaney of BMO Private Bank, who co-chaired the dog walk, as well as the staff members and 150 volunteers who helped with the event,” said Anne Reed, executive director of WHS.

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“We were proud to nearly double our fundraising goal, largely due to the grassroots efforts of individuals collecting donations from family, friends and coworkers,” said Angela Speed, director of community relations and development at WHS. “We can’t thank the participants enough for rallying such tremendous support for the shelters’ homeless and injured animals.”

Tails on the Trail event sponsors included FIS Global, Petco Foundation, U.S. Bank, BMO Harris, Stella & Chewy’s, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C., Direct Supply, 24PetWatch, Central Bark, Community Bark, Educators Credit Union, Design Partners, Zuke’s, Greenfield Veterinary Clinic, Waste Management and Rock the Green.

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To make a donation to the Wisconsin Humane Society or learn more about Tails on the Trail,

Wisconsin Humane Society and Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control announce joint foster program

 Officials with the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) and the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) are launching a new joint foster program, “Home Stretch,” in order to save more stray animals in Milwaukee County.
Animals at MADACC who are not claimed by their owners may qualify for the program if they are too young or too sick to be transferred out of the facility for immediate placement. They will instead be sent to recuperate in volunteer foster homes. Once they are healthy, they will enter the adoption program at WHS. The program will also be available to healthy unclaimed animals if the organizations simply need more space to house them before adoption.
“We are excited to partner with the Wisconsin Humane Society in an effort to save more of Milwaukee’s stray animals, especially as our busiest season approaches. In open intake facilities like MADACC, illness can be quite common due to the nature of animals entering, and the stress of being in a new environment, but we still want to help those vulnerable animals find homes,” said Karen Sparapani, the executive director at MADACC.
MADACC already transfers thousands of animals to WHS and other rescue organizations with adoption programs, but animals who are sick pose special challenges.
“We’ve been working to find a way to take more animals from MADACC,” explained Anne Reed, WHS’s executive director, “but when animals are sick, we risk infecting our own population of animals – illness can be so devastating for any shelter.  This program will allow sick animals to get well in foster homes before entering our adoption program, keeping WHS animals healthy and freeing up space at both MADACC and WHS to accommodate more animals.”
The program needs new volunteers and is currently accepting volunteer foster applications. People can also help by donating non-clumping cat litter and food for the animals in the program, or by making a donation online. To volunteer or donate to Home Stretch, please visit or
“The success of the program will depend on how many people in the community are willing to open their hearts and homes to become a foster parent for a needy animal,” Sparapani said.
About the Wisconsin Humane Society: The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is the oldest and largest shelter in Wisconsin.  The non-profit organization was founded in 1879 and currently operates shelters three shelters: the Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Campuses.  WHS offers adoption services, educational programming, spay/neuter clinics for animals from low-income households, retail products, volunteer programs and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the state’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The organization annually cares for 20,000 domestic and wild animals. For more information, please call (414) 264-6257 or visit
About Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission: MADACC provides animal regulation and care services which protect the health, public safety and welfare of people and animals in Milwaukee County. MADACC 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 care and control shelter in Wisconsin.  MADACC provides a central location for owners to find and recover their lost pets, 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, please call (414) 649-8640.

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

Easter Egg Hunt for Doggies, too!

Three businesses are teaming up for a FANTASTIC Easter Egg Hunt that the whole family will enjoy!! 3 Goldens and A Gator is partnering with Katie’s Canine Klubhouse & Floral Creations by Eileen for our first annual one of a kind Easter Egg Hunt! This event is for the whole family. There is a hunt especially for doggies along with a section just for kids.
DATE: Saturday, April3,2010
LOCATION:Starts at 3 Goldens and A Gator, 5200 Douglas Avenue, Racine.
Time:Check in by 10:45
        Hunt begins at 11:00am and lasts til 1:00PM
All dogs MUST be on leash
The hunt will be led by the Easter Bunny
Eggs will be filled with one of the following:
    Scrumptous dog treats
    Yummy goodies for kids
    Coupons for the 3 businesses  participating in hunt
     Winners card to a Grand Basket
During the event we will be taking donations for Orphan Canines & Hope Safe House.