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EBHS Unleashed

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.

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A Word or Two About Cats

I have a word or two to say about cats.  The first is that there are way too many of them, cats and kittens, at shelters all across the country.  For some reason the word about spay and neuter seems to have reached most of the responsible dog owners out there but somehow cat owners seem to have missed the boat.  There are low cost spay/neuter programs offered in most places and for those who need help, information is just a phone call away.  Secondly, I would like to highly recommend adopting a cat (or two).  I am first and foremost a dog person but my husband is a cat person so I have lived with cats for 31 years.  That’s a lot of years but only 3 cats.  Healthy and happy cats can live a good long life so they are a commitment as is any pet.  But, for people who don’t want to be bothered with exercising an animal or taking it outside, cats are wonderful companions.  They need food and water and clean litter boxes.  They are better off staying inside than roaming, especially with all the coyotes and cars around. They can be left on their own for longer periods of time than a dog.  They all have different personalities; some are independent, others cling to you, some are vocal and in your face, some hide and can be hard to find.  My current cat has a schedule; treats in the morning, canned food at night, and he has a great internal clock.  The rest of the time I can find him in a box, under or on a bed, or in/on any of the dog beds and cushions which are scattered around my house.  He will sit on your lap if he feels like it but when company comes he makes himself scarce.  My mom adopted two cats when she decided she was no longer able to keep up with a dog.  They entertain each other and her.  My daughter lives in an apartment and has a busy schedule but she also has two cats.  The cats keep each other company and are waiting at the door when she gets home.  So if you are looking for an animal companion but don’t have time for a dog, please consider adopting a cat, especially one of the adults.  They’ll appreciate it and so will you.   

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