For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Phone: (414) 431-6104
– You just adopted Snoopy, an adorable
2-year-old Beagle mix. Snoopy is excited to get
a car ride and doesn't seem to worry about where
he is going. You, on the other hand, are a nervous
wreck – you're afraid he might not adjust to his
new home and get along with your toddler.
Wisconsin Humane Society offers the following tips
so that the transition of your new companion animal
will be as smooth as possible for you and your family
If you adopt an animal from the Wisconsin
Humane Society, family members meet the animal you
wish to adopt prior to completing the adoption.
This way, everyone becomes comfortable with the
animal, and your furry friend will be less skiddish
Teach your new furry friend what is
expected. Show him where he is to sleep, where he
eats and where he can get fresh water. Take him
to a selected spot to relieve himself every two
When your new companion animal demands
attention, ignore him. Interact only when you choose
to, because this will help desensitize him and establish
you as the pack leader.
Don't make a fuss when you leave or
arrive. This will help your new companion animal
to do the same and to learn that when you leave,
you are coming back to the home you now share.
Never leave an infant or toddler unattended
with your companion animal. Also teach your child
not to take objects out of the animal's mouth.
Remember that your new companion animal
is bound to be a little confused. At first, he may
be shy, forget his manners or have an accident in
the house. Be patient and understand that he is
adjusting to a new situation just as much as you
Opportunity: Laura Lueck , Education Manager
at the Wisconsin Humane Society, is available for
interviews and photos in her home in Mequon, Wis.
on Friday, July 14. Laura regularly fosters animals
from WHS and introduces them to her 1.5-year-old
son. To schedule a time, call Michelle Pintar at