Mayor Barrett: Thursday, September 18th is Wisconsin Humane Society Day!

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has declared September 18th, 2014 “Wisconsin Humane Society Day” in an official proclamation recognizing the organization’s 135th anniversary, as well as successes in 2014.

“This morning at our board meeting, we were joined by Common Council President Mike Murphy, humane society staff and members of our Young Leaders Advisory Board to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of this wonderful organization that I am so proud to serve,” said Jennifer Bartolotta, Board Chairperson.

“This past year we’ve made remarkable accomplishments in animal adoption, community outreach, education, wildlife rehabilitation, large-scale animal seizures, fundraising and financial management, and we’ve recently announced exciting plans to open Milwaukee’s first high-volume, low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter clinic next June,” said President and CEO Anne Reed.

“I am so proud of this work and I am grateful to our board of directors for initiating this recognition of our staff and volunteer efforts,” said Reed.

Since its inception in 1879, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has been providing quality, cost-effective services for homeless, injured and abused animals. WHS is the largest and oldest humane society in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the United States.  The organization receives no general government funding and relies upon the support of the community to fund its programs and services.

WHS operates shelters in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Counties.  The organization offers adoption services, educational programming, veterinary resources for animals from low-income households, retail stores, volunteer programs and dog training classes. The Milwaukee shelter also houses the state’s largest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.  The organization recently announced plans to open Milwaukee’s first high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic in June 2015.

READ IT: Mayor Barrett's proclamation

CLICK HERE to visit the Wisconsin Humane Society's website.