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.
CarMax really does care! The CarMax Cares volunteer team came out to work with me bright and early Sunday morning. I have to give a shout out to the whole group - Meaghan, Shelley, Nick, Sandra, Andrea, Cheryl, and Bridgett. These nice folks not only came out to the shelter early on a Sunday AM, they worked so hard cleaning, weeding, scrubbing, sorting and assembling a small kennel with absolutely no instructions whatsoever. Not only did they make the place look awesome and get us caught up on some chores that we let get away from us, but they also brought in a bunch of items from our wish list, and then made a very generous donation on the first big check I ever got! They also got to socialize a bunch of the animals and take the dogs for walks. I cannot tell you what a great time I had working with them. A big EBHS thank you to the whole group!
Wisconsin needs more bats! I had to do yard work this weekend, and I am fairly sure that I have contracted either Malaria or West Nile virus right on my front lawn. Where are they treating for mosquitoes? I am going to paint a target on my roof for the next time they fly over with the larvicide! I have no standing water on my property, yet I am covered by mosquitoes from head to toe as soon as I walk out my front door. I had to cover myself with "bug dope", as my husband calls it, just to get the newspaper! I hope my neighbors understand that I will not be doing any yard work until the first frost. I am going to hang some bat houses up in the woods in my yard to attract more of Mother Nature's natural mosquito control to my yard.
Guinea Pigs at the shelter do not really like strawberries! We have been low on fresh veggies at the shelter lately, and a neighbor gave me a bushel of strawberries and someone else told me she liked to feed them to her guinea pigs. So naturally, I brought them in this morning and gave them to all the small and furry animals - rabbits loved them, rats loved them, mice loved them, guinea pigs did not touch them. Lesson learned! I have to hope someone in the neighborhood is growing some greens for the guinea pigs.
People are always surprising! We had a feral cat brought in recently that was to be spayed and given to a foster family to live in a barn. After this cat was spayed we were waiting for the foster to come and get her and then found out that this person had changed their mind. This poor cat had no options and we did not know what we were going to do with her - until someone came in to have another feral cat spayed for them to release in their barn. This nice gentleman was asked if he would like two cats for his barn, instead of just getting the one he brought in and he said YES! So he not only saved one life with his kind gesture, he has now saved two!
Wall-E was a great movie! I highly recommend this movie. As I suspected, cockroaches will survive on the earth no matter how badly we mess it up. Then they get to co-star in a Pixar movie! The little cockroach was cute in the movie, and he made a great companion animal though I do not expect that trend to catch on. As an adult, I loved the movie probably more than my daughter who I took to see the movie (it was all a ruse, I really wanted to see the movie myself and I made my husband take her to Kung-Fu Panda so I could see Wall-E).
EBHS will have a lot of Chihuahuas available in 6 - 9 months! One of the trailers before the Wall-E movie was for another animated movie starring about 500 Chihuahuas. Typically, when an animal is featured in a movie (101 Dalmations, Air-Bud) people run out and get that breed of puppy and then when the animals are not as charming as the one in the movie they will bring them to a shelter, or try to re-home them personally. Chihuahuas are a great breed of dog, but they are not for everyone. I heard several children, including my own ask to get one right in the theater...Ay Carumba!