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Kids & Family - Oct. 8, 2013
Our temporary kitten
My family is fostering a shelter kitten named Teddy. Talk about a win-win.
Buzz - May 14, 2013
Warbler time
I worked in a Downtown office building for many years. Times would come - I never kept track of the time of year - when we would find beautiful little birds dead on the sidewalk every day for a few weeks. I always wondered what was happening, but kept forgetting to look it up. What were those birds?
Kids & Family - April 24, 2013
Taking the risk
"I'd like to have an animal, but I don't want to be sad when it dies." I hear this more often than you might imagine. When they talk to me, people often start sentences with, "I'd love to have an animal, but ..." I listen closely to what comes next. To save a lot of homeless animals' lives, we need to inspire a lot of people to have animals. Every time I hear, "I travel," "I'm allergic," "My cat wouldn't like it," and so on, it helps us plan better ways to find families who can make a place for a homeless animal.
Tagged with: pets, Humane Society, grief
Buzz - April 8, 2013
An important meeting to save dogs
Ever heard of Wisconsin's Conservation Congress? If not, you're not alone. But you can make a difference for dogs if you attend a Conservation Congress meeting tonight, April 8, in your county.
Kids & Family - March 29, 2013
If you want the dog of your dreams, get a grown-up dog
Puppies. They sure are cute. But one major reason people get a puppy is completely mistaken. I said it once. You might have said it. You have friends who have said it. "I want a puppy so I can raise it to be exactly the dog I want."
Kids & Family - March 20, 2013
Tie a yellow ribbon 'round that shy dog's leash
Some dogs are fine when people and other dogs walk, or run, up to them. Some dogs are fine ... as long as they're left alone. The "Yellow Dog Project" is an effort to help those dogs.
Kids & Family - March 4, 2013
Positive training works, negative training doesn't; tell your friends
Sometimes new ideas spread quickly.  Sometimes they take forever.  Here's one I'd like to speed up. For decades, the accepted approach to training dogs was "dominance theory." But negative training doesn't work for most people; it always makes dogs sad and often makes behavior worse; and it ruins the friendship that was the reason you got a dog in the first place.
Living - Feb. 25, 2013
To save animals, you have to like people
"Boy, I hate people."  I hear that all the time from people who work in animal welfare. I disagree. I understand why they feel that way. When you do this work, you hear stories all the time that make you angry. Abuse and neglect. Domestic violence. Well-meaning stupidity. Even the simple failure to stick with commitments: "I'm moving out of town, so I need to surrender my 12-year-old dog." These stories would make anyone mad, let alone someone who cares enough about animals to have chosen shelter work over other, almost certainly better-paying, options.
Buzz - Feb. 18, 2013
Not an ending - a beginning
In animal sheltering work, it's easy to think of each adoption as a "happy ending" to that animal's story. That's one way to think about it - but it's just as true to think of it as a "happy beginning." The love that begins between a person and an animal when they leave our shelter often lasts for many years. It doesn't just save the animal's life; it shapes the person's life, forever.
Living - Feb. 11, 2013
Hello from the Wisconsin Humane Society:  It's not what you think
Hello and welcome to a new blog!  I've been the executive director of the Wisconsin Humane Society for just over three years, and I'm excited to share stories and reports of our work here.