Wisconsin Humane Society to open Milwaukee’s first high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic

MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is excited to share that the doors of the Wisconsin Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic will open in June 2015.  The focus of the clinic will be to provide high-quality, low-cost sterilization surgery to the general public, with a special focus on animals living in underserved areas. The goal for the first year of operation is to perform 6,000 surgeries. 

“We are convinced that this is the single program with the highest potential to save animals in our region,” said Anne Reed, president and CEO of WHS. “Animal overpopulation has fallen in many areas of Milwaukee and the United States, but remains a serious issue in communities that lack resources, and a significant number of dogs and cats coming into our local animal welfare agencies are from these communities.”

Milwaukee is one of the only major metropolitan communities with no high-volume spay/neuter clinic, and there is substantial need for this resource.

“At WHS, we routinely find that surrendered animals are seldom sterilized, and in the 53206 zip code, the spay/neuter rate is just 8%,” said Dr. Nancy Weiss, senior director of veterinary services at WHS. “We know that there are people in our community who want their animals sterilized, but are not able to afford spay/neuter services.”

Dr. Weiss leads a team of six full-time veterinarians at WHS with a combined 80 years of veterinary medicine experience. Their team performed more than 7,000 spay/neuter surgeries for shelter and public animals in 2013. WHS has offered the Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) for more than a decade, but clients often have to wait several weeks or even months to get an appointment due to high demand and limited staff and surgical space.

The organization is looking at existing properties within a six-mile radius of their Milwaukee Campus on 45th & Wisconsin, with good access to the transit system and ample parking. Start-up costs for the project are expected to be between $250,000 and $300,000, which the organization is raising from private, corporate and foundation donors.

WHS is being mentored for the project by Humane Alliance’s National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT), a training program based in North Carolina that helps other organizations learn how to open and operate spay/neuter clinics in their communities. Humane Alliance has mentored about 130 other sites, and those clinics have spayed or neutered 3.8 million animals since 2006.

Spaying or neutering cats and dogs reduces animal overpopulation and animal homelessness. It can also reduce some behavior issues and decreases the desire of animals to roam. In addition, altered animals live longer than their unaltered counterparts, and are protected from certain types of cancer.

For more information on the WHS Spay/Neuter Clinic, please visit wihumane.org or view the YouTube video athttp://youtu.be/4bsnWvz4C6w.

 

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 iswww.wihumane.org.

THE HOLIDAY SEASON HAS ARRIVED AT HAWS

WAUKESHA ­­— November, 2011 —  HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, heads into the holiday season with shop-portunities, “Kodak” moments, a “TTouch”-ing seminar and more at the Waukesha shelter.

T-Touch for Little Critters will be demonstrated Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1:00 p.m.  Lead by Dr. Claudeen E. McAuliffe, this hands-on class shows ways to alleviate stress in our small pets.  Pre-registration is required – call 262-542-8851 or log onto www.hawspets.org.

Get Fido dressed in his holiday finest and ready to smile for the Holiday Pet Photos on Nov. 12 – 13.  Call 262-542-8851 to reserve a sitting.  Photos taken by Unlimited Vision Photography Club, with proceeds donated to HAWS.

HAWS’ Mod Squad™ celebrates two years of success with a “birthday” party on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome – meet current Mod Squad™ dogs and learn more about this behavior program!

HAWS’ Mobile Adoption Center is in full holiday-prep mode, with the Dog Wash on Nov. 13 at Petlicious Spa.  Stops at the Petco stores in Waukesha, Germantown and Delafield are planned, as well as a day at PetSmart – Brookfield and Pet Supplies ‘N More of Muskego.  All Mobile visits are detailed at hawspets.org – just click on Upcoming Events!

Other highlights on HAWS’ November Calendar of Events include two free seminars: “Keep your Puppy and Your Sanity” on Sunday, Nov. 6 and “Solve Common K-9 Problems” on Monday, Nov. 7.  Pre-registration is required.

Save the date:  The day-long Winter Symposium on Dec. 3 – for trainers, behaviorists, veterinary practitioners, dog sports enthusiasts and pet owners in general – focuses on alternative approaches to companion pet care and training.  The registration fee is $135, with proceeds to benefit HAWS.  Pre-register at hawspets.org or call 262-542-8851, x204.

Don’t delay!  Register the kids today for HAWS’ Winter Kids ‘N Critters Day Camp.  Held December 26-30, sessions include both 2- and 3-day camps and are available for children ages 7 – 13 years.  Spots fill quickly – don’t miss out!

Ozaukee Humane Society Received $1 Million Donation for New Animal Shelter

Grafton, Wis. – John and Elizabeth Feith of Saukville will donate $1 million to the Ozaukee Humane Society for the construction of its new animal shelter.The organization is building a state-of-the-art animal shelter and adoption center, to be located at the corner of Highway 33 and Dekora Woods Boulevard in Saukville. The building will feature largely cage-free animal housing, education classrooms, a veterinary clinic for shelter animals, and expanded adoption space.

Feith is the founder of Wisconsin Pension and Group Services. He and his wife have supported the Ozaukee Humane Society in the past, and their philanthropy is well known to the Saukville community.  They have made generous contributions to the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA, Cedar Lake Homes and St. Peter’s Church in Saukville, as well as the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “We are so grateful for their support, and their gift will have a long-lasting impact on the lives of thousands of animals and children in the Ozaukee County community,” said Tony Enea, board president of the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies.  Animal welfare is a cause closest to Elizabeth’s heart, and she has rescued many stray cats, bringing them to OHS for placement in their adoption program.  When she heard about the new shelter, Elizabeth hoped she and her husband could help.  “I’m an animal lover,” Elizabeth expressed. “That explains it all.” For more information about the capital campaign for the Ozaukee Humane Society Victoria Wellens Center, visit www.ozaukeehumane.org.

7th Annual QuadruPedal Spring Century Challenge (benefits shelter)

The Iowa County Humane Society QuadruPedal Century ride is a fundraising cycling event held each year on the first Sunday in May! Mark your calendars for May 2, 2010 to come and challenge yourself to a 35, 55, 85, or 100 mile ride through the rolling hills of Iowa County. Here’s your chance to ride on some of the same roads used by the Dairyland Dare and Wright Stuff Century, but with full sag support, rest stops, showers and a meal when you finish. Get a full trial run in before summer kicks into high gear! This ride starts and ends at the Dodgeville Middle School. WHAT: 7th Annual QuadruPedal WHEN: May 2, 2010 WHERE: Dodgeville Middle School 951 West Chapel St. Dodgeville, WI 53533 REGISTRATION: Registration is $45, but if you register before April 15 you will receive a free t-shirt! Day of event registration is $55. Click here to register http://www.zapevent.com/listactivities.aspx?eventid=641 For more information check out the ICHS website www.ichs.net/quadrupedal.html All proceeds from this ride go to benefit the Iowa County Humane Society (ICHS). The ICHS is a non-profit, no kill animal shelter.