News and Events
MCW ends use of animals in education programs
We are profoundly grateful to the Medical College of Wisconsin for making the decision to completely end the use of animals in their medical education programs. Our mission at WHS is to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness, and it makes us so proud of our community to see that mission in action. Kudos to MCW, and to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.
Pets for Life Vaccine Clinic
On August 10, free rabies and distemper/parvo shots were provided for more than 350 dogs and cats from the 53206 zip code at Franklin Square Playground. The vaccine clinic is part of a new program, “Pets for Life,” a partnership with the Humane Society of the United States and PetSmart Charities®. Pets for Life offers hundreds of free spay/neuter surgeries to households in 53206, a zip code with one of the highest poverty rates in Milwaukee, a high rate of stray and impounded animals, and not a single veterinary clinic in the entire zip code. See the photos from the event!
The virus is not spreading at either shelter, nor is there an outbreak within the shelters, but the rise in parvo-positive dogs being brought to MADACC and WHS have us concerned. Symptoms of the parvovirus include vomiting, diarrhea (which may be bloody), lethargy, pain and dehydration. There is no cure, but it is preventable. MADACC and WHS officials are asking all Milwaukee-area dog guardians to make sure their dogs are current on the parvovirus vaccination. If you suspect your dog or puppy has parvovirus, please see a veterinarian immediately. For the WHS vaccine clinic schedule, click here. For more info about parvo or to spread the word, click here for the flyer.
Feasting For Fido 2013
Congratulations to the winners of Feasting For Fido 2013! Mr. B's went home with the award for Best Sample, Le Reve won Best Presentation, and Smoke Shack earned People's Choice! Thank you to everyone who braved the heat and came out to support the WHS Milwaukee Campus; we had a great turnout and tons of really wonderful food. Photos coming soon!
Dogs in Wolf Hunt
The Wisconsin Humane Society and other plaintiffs have filed an appeal of the final judgment entered by Dane County Circuit Court on January 16, 2013 regarding the use of dogs to hunt wolves.
Dogs are allowed in the next wolf hunt unless the law is changed in Wisconsin. Wisconsin is the first and only state that allows dogs to be used to hunt wolves, and WHS strongly opposes this practice because it places dogs in dangerous, inhumane confrontations that will lead to injury or death. Additionally, quotas for Wisconsin’s wolf hunt were met in the first half of the allotted season without the need for, or use of, dogs, and the season was terminated earlier than originally planned.
The majority of those who attended the DNR’s Annual Spring Hearings across the state voted in support of prohibiting the use of dogs in the wolf hunt. For full results from the hearings, visit the DNR’s webpage. For more information on what you can do to help protect dogs, click here.
Home Stretch Foster Program
WHS and MADACC are launching a new joint foster program, "Home Stretch," in order to save more of Milwaukee County's stray animals. Learn more about the program and how you can help.
Racine Campus Opens
The Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus will open for animal adoptions on Monday, January 7 at noon, 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.” (read more...)
For location, hours and to view available animals at Racine, click here.
WHS Acquires Racine's Countryside Humane Society
The Wisconsin Humane Society has acquired the assets of Racine’s Countryside Humane Society (CHS). This includes assuming the responsibilities for animal care, animal control and adoption services for 4,000 animals in Racine County every year... (read more).
To make a donation to the Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus, click here. Your support is what makes this possible; thank you!
LEED Gold Certification Awarded to Ozaukee Campus!
August 28, 2012: 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. Read more.
Safe Haven Program
WHS and Sojourner Family Peace Center have partnered to offer shelter for animals of domestic violence victims. Learn more about this lifesaving program, and please share this flyer with friends, family and local businesses!
Need to rehome your pet?
Our new Virtual Re-homing program features a webpage for the public to list their animals in need of new homes, which allows WHS to help more animals who don’t already have an advocate. Learn more.
Memorial Pages a Tribute to Beloved Animals
Have you recently lost a beloved four-legged friend? Want to honor someone whose companion animal has recently passed away? WHS memorial pages offer you a chance to post photos, write a special message to say farewell, and help save the lives of homeless animals with a $50 contribution. Learn more.
Wondering about the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Humane Society for Shelter Pets?
We have received recent inquiries regarding our relationship to these two national advocacy groups. The Wisconsin Humane Society is an independent nonprofit organization that operates two local shelters - one in Milwaukee and one in Saukville. WHS is not affiliated in any way with the Humane Society of the United States or the Humane Society for Shelter Pets. We receive no annual funding from either organization, nor are we a “member” of either organization.
We earned 4 stars (two years in a row!) from Charity Navigator, the nation's leading charity watchdog group, and donations to the Wisconsin Humane Society go directly to help homeless, abused and injured animals in our care, in addition to educational programming and our wildlife rehabilitation hospital. We are so thankful to members of the community for their continued support of WHS!
Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee formerly participated in United Way’s Donor Choice program. As of Fall 2006, Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee started running their own workplace giving campaigns and no longer participate in United Way’s Donor Choice program. Therefore, it is not possible to donate to the Wisconsin Humane Society through Donor Choice. However, Community Shares does participate in the Federal, State and University, City, County, Milwaukee Public Schools, or MATC, employees’ work place giving campaigns that are administered by United Way. As a result, funds donated by these workers through the Combined Federal, State, and local campaigns can be designated to Wisconsin Humane Society through Community Shares. Employees of these agencies can find a list of Community Shares Agencies in the Campaign brochures provided by their employer.