Humane society

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Warbler time

Published May 14, 2013

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?

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Milwaukee's "craziest" cat people

Published May 5, 2013

It's important to note that the people in this article are not hoarders or abusers of cats in any way. Their houses are not litter boxes. They are simply people who really, really care about cats. And sometimes dress them in hand-made clothing.

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Taking the risk

Published April 24, 2013

"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.

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An important meeting to save dogs

Published April 8, 2013

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.

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If you want the dog of your dreams, get a grown-up dog

Published March 29, 2013

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."

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Tie a yellow ribbon 'round that shy dog's leash

Published March 20, 2013

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.

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Positive training works, negative training doesn't; tell your friends

Published March 4, 2013

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.

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To save animals, you have to like people

Published Feb. 25, 2013

"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.

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Brew City Bully Club combats local dog fighting

Published Feb. 13, 2010

Compared to larger cities like Chicago and Atlanta, Milwaukee's dog fighting community is relatively tame. Still, it does exist here and what's worse is how many young people it attracts. The Brew City Bully Club is taking action against it.

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How to pick the perfect pooch

Published Nov. 9, 2009

OnMilwaukee.com consulted dog experts Stacy LaPoint, owner of Companion Natural Pet Food, and Jill Albers, a Wisconsin Humane Society volunteer, to get tips for picking the dog that's right for you and your family.

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My cat is insane

Published June 1, 2009

My cat, Mojo, is insane, but this isn't really news to anyone who has met, been bit or scratched by him over the years. We think Mojo is about 10 years old. He could live for many more years, but he wants, more than anything, to be outside.

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Local shelter works to place harder-to-adopt stray dogs, cats

Published April 16, 2008

A visit to a local shelter can be a heartwarming experience. Puppies and kittens are in high demand, but what about the less adoptable dog and cats? That's where the Companion Animal Resource and Adoption Center comes in.

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Wisconsin Humane Society Pet of the Week: Coal

Published Jan. 27, 2008

Are you ready for a little fun? Coal is a cool cat looking for a playmate. At 7 months old, he will entertain you with his gravity-defying acrobatics and silly energy.