Friday, May 27, 2011
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angela Speed
WISCONSIN HUMANE SOCIETY SEEKS VOLUNTEER FOSTER PARENTS FOR PROGRAM SERVING SPECIAL NEEDS DOGS
MILWAUKEE – The Wisconsin Humane Society is currently seeking volunteers interested in fostering behaviorally-challenged dogs, as a part of a new pilot program designed to establish a network of foster homes trained to care for special needs animals.
Foster volunteers are being asked to provide in-home foster care and training for dogs with various behavior issues. To learn more about becoming a foster parent as part of this innovative program, please fill out an online foster application, available at http://wihumane.org/volunteer/foster.aspx.
The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) was recently awarded a $40,000 grant from The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust to fund Shelter Smart II: A Foster Home Network for Behaviorally Challenged Dogs.
Under the direction of WHS behaviorists, students pursuing a master’s degree in applied animal behavior will work for six-month externships, researching and providing positive reinforcement solutions for special needs animals. They will also actively recruit, train and support an expanded network of foster homes to offer individualized care to these animals.
The Wisconsin Humane Society is one of the largest and oldest humane societies in the country, finding homes for 9,368 animals in 2010. The mission of the Wisconsin Humane Society is to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness.
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