Wisconsin and Ozaukee Humane Societies
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Dear Friend:

We can’t wait to start the new year. You won’t believe what we have planned!  

In 2013, we will continue our lifesaving work – and go farther. Farther into the community, and farther into the challenges animals face in a difficult economy.   Here are our resolutions for 2013:

  • Help animals in Racine County.  On January 1, WHS will acquire the assets of Countryside Humane Society in Racine – and with them, responsibility for 4,000 additional animals every year.  We will bring to Racine County the same lifesaving approaches that have made our “as long as it takes” commitment possible for animals in our adoption program in Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties (for more on this transition, click here).  
  • Reach out into urban communities.   Families in our community’s lowest-income neighborhoods need resources and awareness to keep animals healthy and in loving homes.  We have budgeted more this year than ever before for vaccination, spay/neuter surgery, and building awareness and relationships to help the animals most in need in our community.
  • Help families seek safety from domestic violence.  2012 was the first year of our Safe Haven program, offering safe shelter for animals of families entering domestic violence shelters.  We know that one of the most common reasons women stay in unsafe homes is that they are worried about their animals, and most domestic violence shelters are unable to accept animals.  Our Safe Haven partnership with Sojourner Family Peace Center is saving animals and families, and we are privileged to be able to continue it in 2013.
  • Help even more special needs animals.  We saw some very special animals in our adoption program this year. Boots was deaf and blind. Dolly had a heart condition. Pup Pup simply didn’t have any manners; at 76 pounds, that was a real problem. But through new initiatives designed to address medical and behavioral challenges, we were able to find homes for more special needs animals than ever before. And by expanding our foster network in 2013, we can help even more.  

We’re inspired by these goals, and grateful – because you make it possible for us to dream.  We know we can make these resolutions happen with your help.  There is no government funding to make this possible, no national umbrella organization that underwrites or connects shelters like ours.   Because you donate, we can make our dreams – and yours – a reality for animals.  

Will you donate today to support our work in 2013?  Our goal is to raise $50,000 by January 1st. We have set up a special fund just for our new Racine Campus– or you can donate to help all the animals we’ll see in the coming year. You’ll get a 2012 tax deduction if you give before January 1, and the knowledge that you’ve changed 2013 for thousands of families and animals. If you have already made a year-end gift, thank you - we are so fortunate to have your support.  

With admiration and gratitude,
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Anne Reed
Executive Director

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