Shelter News

UW Shelter Medicine Classes

 

The 2015 UW Shelter Medicine class schedule is here. These lectures are open to the public and held at the vet school.

Not able to attend in person? The lectures will be broadcasted live during the 12-1pm time slot.  The web recordings will be posted on SHeltermedicine.com approximately one week after each lecture.  Discussion sections will not be broadcast or recorded.

Click here for the live webcasts:  www.tinyurl.com/uwsheltermedicineclass.    

Hours

Date

Time

Topic

Presenter

1

Jan 15th

12-1 pm

Introduction to Shelter Medicine

  1. Sandra Newbury

1

Jan 22nd

12-1 pm

C4C

  1. Sandra Newbury

1

Jan 29th

12-1 pm

Modeling to Help Understand Shelter Statistics and Sheltering Systems

Roger Haston

1

Feb 5th

12-1 pm

Dispelling common myths

  1. Cindy Karsten

1

Feb 12th

12-1 pm

Discussion section

Class

1

Feb 19th

12-1 pm

Animal Control and Working with Partners in Chicago

Ivan Capifali and Sandra Alfred

1

Feb 26th

12-1 pm

Million Cat Challenge

  1. Kate Hurley

1

March 5th  

12-1 pm

Enrichment Training for Shelter Animals

Karen Pryor

2

March 6th

4-6

Shelter demonstration

Karen Pryor

1

March 12th  

12-1 pm

Discussion Section

Class

 

MARCH 19th

 

UW SPRING BREAK

 

1

March 26th

12-1 pm

The Veterinarian’s Role in Reporting Animal Cruelty

  1. Lila Miller

1

April 2tnd

12-1 pm

Vaccination (HSUS EXPO)

  1. Ron Schultz

1

April 9th

12-1 pm / 6-8 pm

Play for Life

Aimee Sadler

2

April 10th

 

Play for Life Demo in Milwaukee

Aimee Sadler

1

April 16th

12-1

TBA

TBA

1

April 23rd

12-1

TBA

TBA

1

April 30th

12-1 pm

Closing Discussion Section

Class

         
         

Total lecture hours offered

19

     
         

 

 

HSUS update

Update From: The Humane Society of the United States -- Caring for our closest relatives

It is a sad fact that some of the most disturbing forms of animal experimentation are conducted on humanity's closest relatives -- primates.

You may have heard about the investigation we broke this week about Texas Biomed, a taxpayer-funded research institute in San Antonio. One of our undercover investigators documented a shocking pattern of neglectful and inhumane treatment at the facility, where there are over 3,000 primates, most kept in a battery of cold metal cages.

The footage our investigator obtained prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cite Texas Biomed for violations of the Animal Welfare Act. Without the work of The HSUS, these violations would have gone undocumented and unpunished. And without your support, we couldn’t hire and equip the undercover investigators whose difficult and diligent work helps expose animal abuse in every industry.

We also had to take a stand recently against the deeply disturbing "maternal deprivation" experiments planned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A federally funded study there will see infant monkeys pulled from their mothers’ sides at birth and intentionally exposed to stress- and fear-inducing stimuli -- before being scanned, biopsied, and eventually killed after a year of life so that their brains can be cut apart and studied.

Maternal deprivation studies have a long history at the UW-Madison, and their value has been debated for decades. If this study proceeds as planned, the 40 rhesus monkeys involved will surely pay too large a cost for so little gain. The lives of these animals will be short and full of pain -- and their mothers will suffer a devastating loss.

Thankfully, there are many examples of laboratory primates reaching a happy ending. An investigation that we conducted into a laboratory in 2009 was pivotal in our efforts to end research on chimpanzees and retire them to sanctuary. As of earlier this summer, all of the federally owned chimpanzees from the lab -- more than 100 individuals -- were moved to Chimp Haven, the National Chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana.

We’ve been thrilled to be an active contributor to this project from the beginning, and your support has been invaluable to moving it forward. These intelligent, emotional animals have given so much to humanity. The least we can do is give them a quiet home to live out their days in peace.

With gratitude,

Wayne Pacelle
President and CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street NW   Washington, DC 20037

Dog Breeders & Sellers Law

There is a new report available in relation to the dog seller's program. Click here to read the full report.

 

Dog Breeders & Sellers LawCapture

Wisconsin's law regulating dog breeding, sales, and adoption-for-fee requires inspection and licensing of many dog breeders, dealers, and sellers, as well as shelters and rescues that foster and adopt out dogs. The law also prohibits selling puppies less than 7 weeks old unless they go with their mothers, and requires that certificates of veterinary inspection – health certificates – accompany dogs that are sold or adopted for a fee.
 
The intent is to protect the welfare of dogs and to protect consumers who buy or adopt them.
 
 

 

Maddie's Shelter Medicine Intern

Welcome to Dr. Laura Balanoff, our Maddie's Shelter Medicine Intern for 2014-2015. 

This position is a collaboration between Maddie's Fund, the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, and Dane County Humane Society.

 Dr. Balanoff

I have wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 4 but I became hooked on shelter medicine when I began volunteering as a teenager at a cat shelter in Chicago.  I am originally from the Chicago area but received a biology degree from McGill University in Montreal in 2007 and my veterinary degree from Melbourne University in Australia in 2012.  I began my career in Australia working at the RSPCA in Newcastle, New South Wales which is an open-admission shelter and clinic. I am extremely excited to be back in the U.S. starting my shelter medicine internship with Dane County Humane Society and the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and I'm looking forward to learning more about all aspects of shelter medicine.   I am especially interested in infectious disease control, international medicine, surgery, and shelter animal behavior.

Wolf Quota - June 20, 2014

Please take a moment to secure the opportunity to comment at next week's June 25th Natural Resource Board meeting in Milwaukee. Thank you, in advance, for making your voice heard concerning this important wildlife concern.  While it may only take a few minutes of your time, it matters because the Natural Resources Board is being heavily pressured by hunting lobbies to raise the quota above the 156 number recommended by the DNR. This would be harmful and senseless. 

Where is the science behind Wisconsin’s rush to drive its wolf numbers down? There is none. What, then, is the reason for it? Not to benefit our state’s mainstream hunters, that much is clear, according to the latest deer research: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20140616/GPG0204/306160334/Pat-Durkin-column-Wolves-aren-t-biggest-threat-deer.  Rather, politics and special interest money—not science or reason--are driving our state’s wolf policies.  See http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/bill-lueders-critics-decry-hunting-group-clout/article_c6a610f6-e665-11e3-9311-001a4bcf887a.html.

Shouldn’t the Natural Resource Board instead be considering a lower hunting quota than 156, to take into account the annual number of additional Wisconsin wolves killed illegally, killed by disease, killed by vehicles, killed by wildlife officials, and killed after packs are dispersed? It will be important for the Board to hear that Wisconsin’s overly aggressive wolf “harvest” is putting this recently recovered iconic species at risk. 

The public is invited to speak starting around 8:30 a.m. at the Ambassador Inn at Marquette, 2301 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Per the agenda, the Natural Resources Board will be taking short (3 minute) comments by the public regarding Wisconsin's proposed wolf kill quotas for the upcoming 2014 – 2015 wolf hunting and trapping season. See http://dnr.wi.gov/About/NRB/2014/June/June-2014-NRB-agenda.html

*IMPORTANT--In order to preserve your chance to speak next week, or to submit written comments concerning the proposed wolf quota, you must notify the Natural Resource Board before 11 AM on Friday, June 20th by phoning or emailing the Board liaison—608-267-7420 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. —and providing the following information:

Your name, City of Residence, Phone number, Email and Topic or agenda item number (i.e. Wolf Harvest Quota), and your position for or against the DNR’s quota of 156. (see Board public participation web page.)

Thank you for your efforts,

Jodi Habush Sinykin

p.s. Please forward this on (or your own reminder) to others in your respective organizations and circles of acquaintance. Thanks!