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The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

March 2022

Help HSSW Slam Dunk This Kitten Season!
For just $10, you can join the fun and participate in our March Kitten Madness bracket competition! With 32 available points each round, the overall winning bracket will receive 25% of all entry fees and the remaining proceeds will benefit our kitten foster program.

You will receive your bracket via email on Monday, March 14th. Brackets must be returned by March 17th at 10 AM to be considered in the competition. If you would prefer a paper bracket, please email apeterson@petsgohome.org or call the shelter at (608) 752-5622.

Don’t care about NCAA basketball? That’s okay! You can help save kittens and support HSSW’s foster program by ordering items off of our Amazon and Chewy Wish Lists!

Thank You for a Wonderful Pooch Pull!

The Pooch Pull is one of our favorite days of the year! We love sharing the abilities and dedication of these beautiful canine athletes with the community and would like to thank members of the Alaskan Malamute Club of Wisconsin for spending the day with us. These dogs certainly love competing, along with the pets and fanfare that come with it all! 

Congratulations to our friend and longtime supporter, Pat, for winning the 50/50 raffle, and thank you for generously donating a portion back to HSSW! Thank you to Mocha Moment for keeping everyone warm with your coffee and hot chocolate donation, NaturPak Pet for donating the dog food prizes for competition winners, and Rural Vibe Photography for capturing the day! We would also like to thank our amazing volunteers, who made this event possible, along with everyone who chose to attend! We hope to see you all next year! 

We are excited to share that HSSW recently received $3,825 from the BISSELL Pet Foundation for the most recent Empty the Shelter event! This amount reflects the 51 pets who found forever homes during the second week of December, allowing us to offer $25 adoption fees. Thank you, BISSELL, for offering this much needed program and supporting pets going home!

A Successful Yappy Hour!

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Sidelines Sports Pub and Grill for our first Yappy Hour of the year! We couldn’t have been happier with the turnout and this little guy even found his forever home! There was a 50/50 raffle, opportunities to enter the $500 Diamond Center gift certificate raffle, happy hour prices and lots of fun! Stay tuned for more information about our next Yappy Hour on May 20th at TAASBAG!

This little guy couldn’t be happier with his two fur-siblings, one of which is an HSSW Alumni!

Veterinary Services Continue to Expand

Exciting changes are happening at HSSW and this includes our veterinary services! We have recently expanded the public vaccine clinics to include a wellness clinic option, offering nail trimming, heartworm testing, deworming and more. With 3 part-time veterinarians and one relief vet on staff, public spay/neuter clinics for cats have become more of a focus in an effort to keep populations controlled.

Once settled in the new location, veterinary staff plan to expand wellness and vaccine clinics with an exam room especially for these services. More public surgery days for cats and dogs will also be offered, along with the ability to perform x-rays!

“Our goal is to also partner with a group of vets/vet students to provide large spay/neuter clinics to the public on weekends (maybe 3 or 4 per year), where the vets and students will donate their time,” said Janean Boss-Anderson, Operations Director/CVT.

Another goal is to perform spay/neuter services via transport at partner locations, so they don’t need to come to our location.

Stay tuned and follow our Facebook page to stay up-to-date on wellness, vaccine, and spay/neuter days!

Happy Home, Safe Home Program

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is not only committed to helping pets go home, but making sure that home is safe. Even in the most trying of times, 48% of domestic violence survivors will stay in an abusive situation rather than leave a pet behind. In partnership with Defy Domestic Abuse Beloit, HSSW’s Happy Home, Safe Home Program can help you take the steps necessary towards safety, pet included. Whether that be financial assistance for pet needs, providing temporary pet housing or food, veterinary care, or anything in between, HSSW is here to help.

If you are experiencing similar circumstances with your pet and are in need of assistance, please reach out to HSSW Business Development Director, Kaitie Swedlund, at kswedlund@petsgohome.org or by phone at (608) 752-5622.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please seek support from Defy Domestic Abuse Beloit at (608) 364-1083.

New Building Update

It’s March! We hope to see the completion of construction at our new facility by the end of the month. However, we do expect delays in receiving our new cages, kennels and some surgery equipment. As a result, some items will begin relocation in April, but we will continue to operate at 222 S. Arch Street until our new facility is fully equipped and ready to serve. A specific move date is not currently scheduled as final equipment will need to be installed prior to opening. We are also planning to host a grand opening a few weeks or months after the opening. Watch for details regarding our move and a future ‘Grand Opening’ event soon!

As we are nearing the completion of the new building, there’s still time to leave your legacy with a permanent acknowledgment of your generosity. Whether you have an unforgettable pet to honor on our wall or if you would like to see your name or a loved one’s engraved on a patio or walkway brick, we have several naming opportunities available.

February Recap
Pets that were reunited with their owners last month:

24

Pets that found loving forever homes last month:

149

Total adoptions this year through last month:

262

Staff Spotlight – Alison Strieker

Alison joined HSSW in 2019 and was just recently promoted from adoptions team lead to adoptions supervisor! Her favorite thing about her job is being able to give extra love to all the animals in need. As far as animals at home, Alison has two turtles (so far!).

“An experience I will never forget is watching a dog named Maggie go to her forever home. Maggie spent quite some time at the shelter and really struggled with getting along with other dogs, however she showed everyone what an amazing companion she truly can be and now has a brother who is also an HSSW alumni!”