Shelter Focus: The Wisconsin Humane Society

Friday, July 13, 2012



You don’t have to be around animal rescue too long to realize two very important words, “shelter” and “humane”, are not always truisms. The Wisconsin Humane Society (“WHS”) not only embraces the core values of compassion and caring, their staff live it every day through the lives of the animals they serve. Their mission statement is simple, yet complete:

The Wisconsin Humane Society’s mission is to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. Our goal is to save lives.

With their long history and care of hundreds of thousands of abused, abandoned and neglected animals since 1879, WHS is firmly focused on a brighter future for all animals. Their comprehensive adoption program not only matches homeless pets with new families, they do so without any time or space limits. WHS provides lifesaving medical care for over 20,000 animals annually including approximately 5,000 wild animals, and operates one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation hospitals of its kind in the United States. In 2004, they merged with the Ozaukee Humane Society and in 2011, opened the doors of the state-of-the-art WHS Ozaukee Campus, expanding their reach into Wisconsin communities. Moreover, as an independent non-profit, their organization receives no government funding, meaning they rely solely on donations from private businesses and individuals.

Creativity is evident throughout the entire operation and takes WHS pet adoption to a whole new level. Cats and dogs are cared for in the Royal Cat Hotel or the Canine Country Club. An army of Cat Cuddlers offer individual attention to their feline guests including petting, exercise, and ample playtime each day. Canine Country Club dogs are assisted by Bow Wow Basics volunteers who spend one-on-one time with each dog to improve their socialization skills and teach them basic commands like “sit” and “stay”. Rabbits, Guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, mice, and birds are quartered in the Small Animal Boutique on Adoption Avenue, the bright corridor with a “street-scape” design through which potential adopters, school groups, and visitors can peruse the animals. Care to take a virtual tour?

But the humane mission doesn’t stop there. In addition to their pet adoption program, WHS provides numerous animal welfare benefits to their local communities, including a spay/neuter clinic for low income families and humane education for children and adults teaching respect and proper care for animals, as well as recommendations to reduce pet overpopulation, neglect, and abuse. Companion animals from the facility also visit residents in local care facilities as part of the pet assisted therapy program. They even have a WHS Rescue Waggin’ Program to transport rescued dogs overpopulated shelters to safe havens throughout the region and more recently, launched the Wisconsin Humane Society Pet Insurance Program to help pet owners with responsible financial planning for unexpected veterinary care.

Interested in seeing adoptable pets available at The Wisconsin Humane Society? Visit the Milwaukee campus at 4500 West Wisconsin Avenue or the Ozaukee campus at 630 W. Dakota Street in Saukville, WI. You can also view their adoptable pets right here on Petango! Click the following links for either Milwaukee pet adoption or Ozaukee pet adoption. The rest of us can learn a lot from their dedication, values, and commitment.

Bloggers Bio: Terry Frum is an animal rescue advocate and popular pet blogger from South Carolina, USA. Terry's rescue blog highlights animals in search of homes and features news stories of motivational interest to those involved in animal rescue. Terry's cat blog, Brian's Home, features the activities of his six rescue cats through the voice of his male tabby cat Brian. Brian, as the main Spokescat, has a worldwide presence and is active on all of the major social networks.


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