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Thirty-two dogs and puppies welcomed to Wisconsin after being rescued


Milwaukee - More than two dozen dogs and puppies surrendered from commercial breeding facilities throughout the South arrived at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) on Friday, December 16. WHS volunteers drove to Missouri to transport the dogs, now destined for a brighter future in Wisconsin. This lifesaving opportunity was facilitated by the BISSELL Pet Foundation in partnership with the National Mill Dog Rescue. 

 The dogs on this journey were surrendered into the care of National Mill Dog Rescue, who has experienced a sharp increase in the number of dogs being surrendered over the past year. The organization specializes in rescuing dogs from large-scale commercial breeding operations, as well as sharing information with the general public about the harsh realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.   

 “We are very grateful for this new partnership with the National Mill Dog Rescue, and with support from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, this opportunity was made possible,” said Alison Fotsch Kleibor, president & CEO of WHS. “These dogs’ lives have been transformed because of this unique program, and we’re proud to be a part of it.” 

 The dogs will receive examinations for any medical issues, meet with behavior staff, have spay/neuter surgery, as well as receive microchips and initial vaccinations before adoption. Some may be ready for new homes early this week, but like many dogs from similar situations, others will need extra medical or behavior support before they are ready for adoption.

"BISSELL Pet Foundation works tirelessly to provide lifesaving solutions for homeless pets and the shelter teams caring for them," Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. "The excitement of receiving these dogs will bring families into the shelter that may not have considered adoption before, giving all pets in their care a chance to be considered. We are committed to continuing this work to support National Mill Dog Rescue’s efforts."

The Wisconsin Humane Society is looking for the public’s support in three ways to support this special transfer:

  • Adopt: if you are looking for a new companion, there is no better time with so many awesome animals available! Check out available animals, the adoption process, locations, and hours at
  • Foster: watch the WHS orientation video and sign up for the Rachael Ray Nutrish ® Foster Program here: Having animals in foster care helps individual animals recover faster from illness, and keeps shelter kennels open for the next animal in need. 
  • Donate: to make a gift to support the care of these pups, please visit to make a gift of any size. WHS does not receive general government funding and is not part of any national umbrella group. The nonprofit truly relies on the generosity of animal lovers to help animals and the people who love them. 

 For more information about WHS, please visit 


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