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DCHS Annual Membership Meeting


Annual Membership Meeting

June 24, 2015 – 5:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to attend and participate in the annual membership meeting of Dane County Humane Society. This meeting will take place at the main shelter location (5132 Voges Road, Madison).

Dane County Humane Society Board of Directors is recommending election of Shirley Crocker, current Board secretary, to the open board seat which will be filled at this election. A profile for Ms. Crocker will be posted here by June 1st. The full meeting agenda is below.

Voting will be held during the meeting via paper ballot. You must be present to vote and have been a member for at least 3 months (joined no later than March 24, 2015). More information can also be found here: About DCHS

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Development & Marketing Assistant by emailing [email protected] or by calling (608) 838-0413 ext. 164.

We look forward to seeing you there.



5:30-6:15pm    -   Membership Meeting

  • Call To Order
  • Approval of the 2014 Annual Membership Meeting Minutes, held June 11, 2014
  • Opening of Polls
    • Election of Directors
    • Introduction of Board Candidate
    • Polling Instructions
  • Introduction of Current Board of Directors and Executive Director
  • Introduction of DCHS Leadership Team
  • Greetings from Will and Dexter!
  • 2014 Updates
    • Cathy Holmes, Board President
    • Pam McCloud Smith, Executive Director
  • Other Business

6:15-6:45pm    -   Dinner

6:45-7:30pm    -   Awards Ceremony

  • Announcement of Election Results
  • Adjourn



DCHS Board Candidate Profile: Shirley Crocker

Statement of Intent - Policy Interests & Priorities

  • To promote the humane society as an organization that doesn’t just offer a shelter, but as an organization helping the community become more aware and involved with the treatment of animals
  • Look for funding opportunities so that the organization can do more to help in many areas
  • Come up with ideas that will help in the treatment of animals


Dane County Humane Society Background and Experience


  • I have been a member of DCHS since 1995.
  • I have been on the board since 2008.
  • I have served as board secretary from August 2012 to the present.

Professional Background & Education/Training

  • 2-year accounting degree
  • Bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Special education
  • Past part-owner of a computer consulting company
  • Senior Business Analyst for a computer consulting company based in Manhattan, New York
  • Sell, train, install and consult with companies in all varieties of businesses (particularly non-profits) with using accounting software (specifically Sage300) since 1989


Memberships and Affiliations


  • Member of Henry Vilas Zoo


Pet Involvement


  • Own two dogs, Lola, a rescued Golden Retriever, and Lucy, a rescued Golden Doodle
  • Have owned cats, rabbits and dogs all of my life except for my four years in college







The Maggie Fund

This is about a dear little dog who wins hearts — and inspired the creation of The Maggie Fund to benefit small dogs who come tMaggie 1o the Dane County Humane Society shelter with special veterinary needs.


I established the fund at the shelter in June 2014 to honor my beloved Maggie. She’s my first dog ever, a jaunty Papillon.  She’s 14 and I’m nearing 75.  And now other little dogs are benefitting due to this lively 8-pound charmer who grins whenever she sees a camera pointed in her direction.

Maggie 2

By the end of 2014 The Maggie Fund had paid for specialized veterinary treatment for two other dogs — a Chihuahua and a Pomeranian.  Both boys, found as strays with serious injuries, were adopted into good homes. This story started in early 2009 when I decided that after a lifetime with cats, it was time to bring a dog into my home.  Through Web research I located an impressive couple, 300 miles away in Minnesota, who breed and show Papillons.




Maggie 3

Their numbers are small, while their expertise and caring are huge. Maggie was 9 years old then.  She was their favorite dog and they never planned to part with her.  I was gently persistent — I even got my back yard fenced — and they eventually agreed I could visit, but with “no guarantees.” It was mutual love at first sight.  Maggie was the dog who jumped onto the couch and curled up on my lap.  I looked at Karen and she said softly, “She likes you.” Karen and her husband, Myron, were sad as we completed the paperwork, but they sensed that things would be OK.  It seems Maggie had a yearning to be queen of the castle and star of the show!  No need for other dogs.

Maggie 4We’ve kept in close touch since I left with Maggie that day.  And every fall, Myron and Karen drive the 600-mile round trip to visit us for a weekend. We’ve become good friends and always have fun times together. Hopefully The Maggie Fund will help create many happy stories about little dogs and their people.  I’m taking photos of the participants for an official scrapbook. 

By Rosemary Kendrick

    Rosemary was a reporter and copy editor at The Capital Times for 38 years. In addition to Maggie, she has two purebred rescue cats, Fudge and Misty. 

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 approximately one week after each lecture.  Discussion sections will not be broadcast or recorded.

Click here for the live webcasts:    







Jan 15th

12-1 pm

Introduction to Shelter Medicine

  1. Sandra Newbury


Jan 22nd

12-1 pm


  1. Sandra Newbury


Jan 29th

12-1 pm

Modeling to Help Understand Shelter Statistics and Sheltering Systems

Roger Haston


Feb 5th

12-1 pm

Dispelling common myths

  1. Cindy Karsten


Feb 12th

12-1 pm

Discussion section



Feb 19th

12-1 pm

Animal Control and Working with Partners in Chicago

Ivan Capifali and Sandra Alfred


Feb 26th

12-1 pm

Million Cat Challenge

  1. Kate Hurley


March 5th  

12-1 pm

Enrichment Training for Shelter Animals

Karen Pryor


March 6th


Shelter demonstration

Karen Pryor


March 12th  

12-1 pm

Discussion Section



MARCH 19th





March 26th

12-1 pm

The Veterinarian’s Role in Reporting Animal Cruelty

  1. Lila Miller


April 2tnd

12-1 pm

Vaccination (HSUS EXPO)

  1. Ron Schultz


April 9th

12-1 pm / 6-8 pm

Play for Life

Aimee Sadler


April 10th


Play for Life Demo in Milwaukee

Aimee Sadler


April 16th





April 23rd





April 30th

12-1 pm

Closing Discussion Section



Total lecture hours offered





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.