Staff and volunteers of the Elmbrook Humane Society will be blogging about what's going on at the society, as well as other observations about life in Wisconsin.
The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. EBHS services the city of Brookfield, the villages of Butler, Chenequa, Elm Grove and Nashotah, and the towns of Brookfield and Delafield. EBHS shelters unwanted pets and strays, and rescues injured domestic animals and wildlife, provides resources for individuals with companion animals and provides Humane Education to schools and civic groups.
Visit our web site at www.EBHS.org.
Happy new year everyone! While I was away I took a road trip to Houson, Texas to visit family. You never know how lucky you are until you see how the grass is not always greener.
I came across an interesting article today that asked the question "What is the most disloyal breed of dog?"
This morning I saw a story on TV, about a poor stray dog that was tasered in Phoenix.
It seems a black Lab wandered onto a busy highway during rush hour, and was of course scared and running from the police who were trying to get the poor thing off to safety. Since they could not easily capture him, they tasered the poor thing into submission. He was then so agitated that he had to be tranquilized to be transported to the animal control facility where he will be held for 3 days in hopes of an owner reclaim, and then evaluated for adoption. The dog is a 5 year old, seems to be in good health, and has no collar or microchip. I am hoping the owner comes to find him. Heck of a way to start the day! I touched a hot wire for horses when I was a kid and that was painful enough. I cannot imagine being tasered. "Agitated" would be an understatement describing my mood should I ever be tasered.
Anyone who works in animal rescue can tell you that not all stories are happy endings. There are many adoptions that do not work out. Nobody likes to talk about those, because having to return an animal is very emotional. People are upset, children are upset, blame is thrown around. I love my job when everyone is happy and things work out wonderfully, but when things go bad, and it is impossible to make things right I wish I went into to something easier, like being an Ice Road Trucker or something. I hate being helpless in trying to make things right. It is not like returning a shirt to a store and getting the right size, or a different color. Living things do not always behave the way we would like, that goes for both animals and people.
The other day, I received a call asking how cold was too cold to leave an animal outside. This particular person had an indoor dog that wrecked the house when he was not home, so he wanted to leave the dog outside when he was not there. He would provide an igloo, and food/water on a screened in porch.