For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Direct: (414) 431-6104
? In an effort to promote treating animals humanely
and strengthening the human/companion animal bond,
the Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies offer
numerous educational programs. Photo and
interview opportunities are available for these
and Animals Learning (PAL) Program: WHS'
PAL program is designed to instill in youth-at-risk
a respect for animals while raising self esteem
and self awareness. Participants ages 10-13 years
old come to WHS for two weeks and get involved in
everything from dog training to feeding baby orphaned
birds. At the end of the program, PAL participants
take part in a graduation ceremony.
Kind to Animals Week: May 1-7 is Be Kind
to Animals Week. WHS uses this week to emphasize
the importance of treating animals with respect
and kindness. Festivities include a kick-off event
to celebrate humane kids, teachers and everyday
people in our community as well as a poster, photo
and poetry contest.
Christian Center and St. Amelian-Lakeside: WHS
will soon begin working with the Milwaukee Christian
Center 's risk prevention program, Project Challenge.
The Milwaukee Christian Center serves a diverse
population of residents - including many Hmong and
Lao, as well as some from Spanish-speaking cultures
- on the south side of Milwaukee . A group of five
to 10 adolescent boys will come to the shelter one
to two times per month to assist with dog grooming,
make cat posts and learn about the proper care of
OHS visits classrooms in Grafton and Cedarburg
with the Awessi program once every month. Topics
range from feline and canine communication to wildlife
rehabilitation and pet overpopulation.
to Rover: WHS and MPL have partnered to
create Read to Rover, which allows children with
reading difficulties to read aloud to a supportive,
non-judgmental listener ? a certified companion
dog. Read to Rover has touched many lives and helped
children reduce their apprehension of reading aloud.
Night: Every month from September through
May, WHS hosts Scout Night. Each night up to 75
Brownie, Junior, Cub and Eagle Scouts participate
in a behind-the-scenes tour, a cat communication
workshop and a dog behavior workshop while emphasizing
being kind and respectful to animals.
Guardian Animal Network: The Guardian Animal
Network was developed to encourage responsible animal
guardianship, end cruelty and neglect and promote
kindness towards all animals and people. The network
includes individuals who serve as animal advocates
and promote ending cruelty and sustaining empathy
and kindness in the community.
· The Link: In addition
to ongoing work with police and other social service
agencies with regard to the link between animal
abuse and human violence, a new program has been
developed called "Building Humane Families."
A collaboration with The Task Force on Family Violence
and the Child Abuse Prevention Fund, the seven-week
curriculum targets pre-schoolers, school-age children
and parents/caregivers, all who work directly with
animals at the shelter.
Detective Workshop: Through a series of
exercises, students from 1st to 5 th grade learn
what to do if they encounter wildlife that may need
help in their community, when to intervene and when
to leave wildlife alone, and how they can help WHS
help wildlife. At the end of the workshop, they
receive their badge declaring each student a Wildlife
Critter: During the summer, WHS hosts a
one-day camp for young people ages 8 to 11 interested
in helping animals. The camp features a tour of
the facility, arts and crafts, and even a chance
to meet some adoptable animals.
Guild: The Gosling Guild is a club at WHS
developed for kids who love animals. Through their
involvement, kids get to be involved in a number
of special events just for Goslings throughout the