Oct 18 2017

Meet Frida and Steven Hyde

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin (formerly the Rock County Humane Society) is a private non-profit organization that strives to provide shelter and humane care to lost and homeless pets, reunite lost pets with their families, promote positive pet adoptions, and educate our community to inspire compassion and responsible pet guardianship.


This week’s dog of the week is…Frida!


Frida is a 2-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier. She came to the humane society in early September as a stray. She has learned basic commands and gets along well with other dogs. Frida is a sweet girl who is just looking for someone to understand her and accept the love she is willing to give.


This week’s cat of the week is…Steven Hyde!

Steven Hyde

Steven Hyde is a 3-year-old tabby who was found wandering around in Janesville. A concerned citizen brought him in, and he has been waiting for someone to come in and adopt him. Steven Hyde is very sweet and timid, but his charm outweighs his timid qualities.


If you are interested in adopting this adorable dog or charming cat, apply at the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin.

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Oct 16 2017

Buying, Adopting, Rescuing: What’s the Difference?

There is not always a solid understanding of what it means to buy, adopt, or rescue an animal. These words are often used and misused in the pet industry. This leads to confusion by those outside of the industry.



Buying is the idea that when you purchase a pet from a private seller or business. There is a rather straightforward process in which money is exchanged, either all at once, or in payments. The types of sellers include reputable breeders, owners, and back yard breeders. Reputable breeders only sell registered animals and breed only to better the breed. These breeders take their animals to shows to prove their worth as breeding animals. Owners contribute to the buying process when they can no longer continue to keep their pets or have a large litter of animals. Back yard breeders breed their unregistered dogs and sell the puppies or kittens to pet stores.



Adoption is an action completed by non-profit animal shelters or charity run pet rescue groups. These groups and shelters can include kill, to non-kill. The pets are adopted out at a relatively low cost, compared to those bought from breeders or pet stores. For an animal to be adopted, a contract is usually involved, to prove commitment and further information about the animal’s new living environment. Adopters are screened and go through a process of qualifying. Adoption contracts generally require the animal to be returned to the shelter or rescue if the adopter cannot keep or take care of it.



There are three types of rescue groups (in relation to dogs and cats).

As mentioned above, one is an adoption from a non-profit animal shelter. When the shelter euthanizes pets, an animal is truly being rescued by an adopter. Although it can be considered acceptable to use the term “rescue” when adopting from a no-kill shelter as well, it is not a true rescue in the sense of an animal being in danger or distress.

The second type of rescue is when an animal was in distress. The person who found the dog or cat will attempt to find the original owner and pay the veterinary costs. In the end, the finder will keep the dog.

The third type of rescue is when a person takes over the duties of a parent (usually the mother’s) after a litter is left on its own. This form of rescue can be expensive and hard work. When this situation arises, it is important for the rescuer to know what they are doing and accept all the professional help they can get.


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Oct 10 2017

Meet Gus and Kitty Roo

This week’s “Dog and Cat of the Week” come from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS). WHS is a private non-profit organization that is based on the mission to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. The organization was founded in 1879 and serves 35,000 animals annually.

This week’s dog of the week is…Gus!


Gus is an incredibly smart and loving dog that is looking for his forever home. Gus is 3 years old and looking for a special guardian that can accept his separation anxiety. He has an enthusiastic play style that may be too much for small animals and cats. The WHS staff will provide resources for developing a long-term behavior modification plan.

This week’s cat of the week is…Kitty Roo!

Kitty Roo

Kitty Roo is a hidden treasure at WHS. She is just over 1 year old. Kitty Roo is shy at first, but just needs some love for her to come out of her shell. She will give you all the love and attention you want, if you do the same for her.


If you are interested in adopting this adorable dog, apply at Wisconsin Human Society-Dogs.

If you are interested in adopting this caring cat, apply at Wisconsin Humane Society-Cats.


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Oct 09 2017

Lend a Paw to Shelters

Animal shelters do what they can to help the lost, abused, and abandoned. Staff and selfless volunteers work to provide these animals with the love and care they deserve. But they need your help. There are so many ways that people like you can help these cats and dogs find homes and continue to receive the help they need.

Spread the Word

Hang up fliers. Advertise the shelter or upcoming events that benefit the animals. Distributing fliers in spaces like pet stores, veterinary offices, parks, and other places that animal lovers and potential adopters might see them will help animals immensely.

Share adoption profiles on social media. Who doesn’t love seeing sweet cats and dogs on their Facebook or Twitter feed? This task is so simple, but could play a huge part in creating the perfect match for an animal need and their forever family.

Transport animals. There are some shelters that have a hard time arranging transportation for veterinary appointments or to other facilities. Donating a little of your time will help animals get the outside care they need and allows the staff and volunteers to get more work done.

Walk dogs and pet cats. Shelters may rely on volunteers to help exercise and socialize their animals. Play time has huge psychological and physical benefits for waiting animals. This socialization will help animals adjust when they are adopted.

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Gathering Supplies

Donate Wish List Items. Every shelter prepares a wish list of items that benefit the animals. These items can range from food to cleaning supplies. In case you need extra incentive, any item dropped off can be added to your charitable donation section for taxes.

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Unleash Your Special Talents

Arts and Crafts. There are thousands of projects that you can work on that shelter animals will love. Old T-shirts, jeans, or blankets can be used to create homemade toys and bedding. If you’re looking for a project to start, Pinterest has many ideas at your disposal.

Carpenters and DIY Experts. Time to time shelters will need help with improvements or big projects. You can help out with repairs or improvements ranging from repairing doors to building a new cat tree.

Dog Trainers. Shelter dog need a lot of training to prepare them for loving homes. It gives dogs a better chance at getting adopted if they are trained and housebroken. By being a dog trainer, you can also do behavior evaluations for new arrivals, and help the shelter identify an animal’s personality.

Website designers. Shelters need to constantly update their websites as animals are adopted or are made available for adoption. Whether there is a staff member already in charge of this or not, they will appreciate as much help as they can get. There is a lot that goes into maintaining a website, and the extra help will not go unnoticed.

Writers. Shelters do an enormous amount of writing. There needs to be an adoption profile for each pet, newsletters must be sent out regularly, advertisements for events and fundraisers need to be drawn up, grant applications must be written, press releases need to be sent, and much more.

Social Media Experts. For shelters to get the word out about their adoptable animals and programs, they utilize social media. The need for social media is crucial and therefore must be used and updated constantly.

Photographers. Each adoption profile needs a photo and it helps chances of adoption when those photos are high-quality. Volunteer your camera skills to make animals look their best and capture their personality. If this interest you, check out HeartsSpeak, an organization that help photographers partner with shelters.

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FUNdraising Ideas

Your Birthday. Birthdays are a perfect opportunity to gather donations for shelters. Facebook has made this an easy process by allowing your friends to donate to the cause you choose as a present for your birthday. You could invite your friends to a day of volunteering at a shelter. You could even host your birthday party at a shelter or dog park.

Your Wedding. The popularity of having a no-gifts wedding registry is growing, which makes the idea of donating to a shelter even better. You can set up a registry page with monetary donations going straight to the rescue or shelter of your choice.

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Oct 07 2017

Meet Butterball and Janessa

This “Dog and Cat of the Week” come from Lakeland Animal Shelter (LAS). LAS is a non-profit organization located in Delavan, Wisconsin. The staff and volunteers care for over 2,500 homeless animals annually from the southeastern Wisconsin area. Their ultimate goal for these animals is to reunite them with their owners or find new, suitable homes for them.

This week’s dog of the week is…Butterball!

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Butterball is a Terrier, American Pit Bull mix. He is just over 1 year old! Butterball has continued to keep the puppy spirit alive and needs someone who will work with him for training. Training can be difficult because Butterball is deaf, which makes it harder for him to catch on. He has a lot to offer for someone who is willing to spend time working with him.


This week’s cat of the week is…Janessa!


Janessa is a Domestic Shorthair and is 10 years old. She is timid and shy, but loves to be pet. Janessa gets along very well with other cats, but will need some time to adjust to you and a new home. If you are interested in Janessa, she would do better in a home with another cat.



If you are interested in adopting this adorable dog, apply at http://lakelandanimalshelter.org/adoption_forms/dog

If you are interested in adopting this caring cat, apply at http://www.lakelandanimalshelter.org/adoption_forms/cat

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Oct 06 2017

10 Reasons Adopting is Better than Shopping

Have you ever wondered why animal shelters/rescues don’t work with pet stores? There’s numerous reasons for that, but the one we are focusing on today is based on the idea of adopting, instead of shopping. Here are 10 reasons why it is better to adopt an animal, than to shop for one:

  1. When you buy an animal from a pet store, you’re supporting cruel animal mills.Adopt Don't Shop_1
  2. Most shelter dogs are already housetrained.Adopt Don't Shop_3
  3. Shelters and rescue groups often include vaccinations, microchipping, and spaying/neutering in the adoption fee.Adopt Don't Shop_4
  4. You can find a cat or dog to fit your unique personality.Adopt Don't Shop_5
  5. You will be rewarded with loving looks and other expressions of gratitude.Adopt Don't Shop_6
  6. More than 6 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year.Adopt Don't Shop_7
  7. You support a valuable charity and community institution.Adopt Don't Shop_8
  8. A pet will always be there for you.Adopt Don't Shop_9
  9. It feels great to know you saved a life.Adopt Don't Shop_10

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Sep 28 2017

Meet Cinnamon and Andy

This week’s dog of the week is…Cinnamon!


Cinnamon (aka CJ) is a 12-year-old Cocker Spaniel. She originally came to Wisconsin from Alabama. Her owner could no longer care for her because of her age. Cinnamon is partially blind, friendly, and is ready to love you with her whole heart. She could be the dog you’ve been waiting to love.


This week’s cat of the week is…Andy!


Andy is a sweet, older cat who is still looking for his forever home. Andy is an 11-year-old Siamese who was on his own in Alabama after his previous owner became too frail to take care of him. He was transported to Wisconsin and is working on being comfortable in his new atmosphere. Andy is a loving cat that will purr non-stop and kneed every blanket he sees.


If you are interested in adopting this adorable dog, apply at http://www.underdogpetrescue.org/dog-application.

If you are interested in adopting this caring cat, apply at http://www.underdogpetrescue.org/cat-application.


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Sep 28 2017

Natural Disaster: Calling All Shelters


Everyone in the United States has heard of the damaging affects Hurricane Harvey left on the people of Southeast Texas. Harvey was such a powerful force that it broke U.S. tropical cyclone rain records and triggered flash flooding in parts of Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The hurricane shook the residents of these locations and changed their lives. But it is not just the people who are left suffering, it is pets as well. Thousands of pets were thought to be displaced or missing. Rescue teams from all over the country came to help the abandoned or lost pets. There was an enormous intake for cities such as Chicago and San Diego, and states such as Connecticut.

PAWS Chicago, a no-kill shelter, was attempting to clear Houston’s shelter capacity before the large group of lost, abandoned, and relinquished pets arrived. Since the hurricane, more than 600 animals have been transported from Houston to Chicago. PAWS Chicago is doing everything they can to medically treat the animals for what they need, while finding them suitable and loving homes.

The California-based Helen Woodward Animal Center worked with Southwest Airlines to fly 64 dogs and cats out from Houston, to San Diego. The animals are getting medical evaluations and treatments, along with vaccinations and spaying/neutering, before being placed for adoption.

The Connecticut Humane Society prepared shelters for the arrival of Houston’s dogs and cats. Shelters in Connecticut followed similar steps to those taken in Chicago and San Diego before placing the animals up for adoption.

These organizations provided a great service to the dogs and cats of Houston, and gave them a second chance at life. By transporting animals that were already in the shelters, the people of Houston will have a better chance of reuniting with their furry friends. The mission of no-kill shelters and humane societies comes down to a basic rule, the animals’ well-being comes first. That is what makes organizations like these, and actions like this remarkable.

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