This just in from Tom Daykin of the JSOnline:
Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a very serious problem that threatens all ash trees in the Midwest. As of 8/5/2008 it has been found in Wisconsin and is extensive in northern Illinois. The million dollar question seems to be, “When should I start treatment if I want to protect an ash tree?”
Unfortunately, there are differing opinions on this question and the actual facts are not fully conclusive.
HAWS is “expecting” – and everyone is invited to celebrate!
Hundreds of cute kittens will “rain” on HAWS this year...so it is a great time for a Kitten Shower! Join the fun THIS Saturday, June 9th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at our shelter at 701 Northview Road, Waukesha. Enjoy cake, prizes, kid’s activities and more while helping HAWS raise the much-needed funds and supplies to care for these feline bundles of joy.
Is it the right time to add a new little member to the family? (Check out Reny the mom cat and her baby girl, Romy in the picture at right - too cute!) Specials include 2-for-1 kitten adoptions and a unique adoption rate for mom cats! Fees for moms are based on the number of kittens in her litter; if she had 2 babies, her adoption is only $2…and she goes home with a special gift! Every kitten or cat adopted will also receive a gift basket valued at almost $60. Pre-approval for adoptions is available for this event; contact the HAWS Adoptions staff at 262-542-8851 to learn more.
Other features of HAWS’ Kitten Shower:
· Learn how to be a Foster Family, giving a litter a strong start to life.
· Bring home your new best friend – adopt a kitten or 2, or
· Find out the joys of adopting a Mother Cat!
· Help care for the too-young-to-adopt-yet babies with formula and food donations.
By the way - If you are unable to attend you can send a monetary donation via mail to HAWS’ Kitten Shower, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI 53187-0834, or use Paypal on HAWS’ DONATE webpage. Better yet: Log on to Amazon.com, search at the top right under "Wish List" for "humane animal" and shop for any items on HAWS' list! Supply donations will be needed throughout the summer – check out HAWS’ Wish List throughout the season and collect items to drop off at your next visit to the shelter.
The end of the school year is here and -- whether they're from high school or college -- there’s a lot of new graduates looking for jobs. Unfortunately, these job seekers can be vulnerable to bogus job offers.
Students are in a unique position where they may not have a lot of work experience, but they feel the pressure of upcoming bills to get a job quickly. Consequently, applying for a job that requires no work experience but offers a high salary often sounds very enticing. But the reality is these job offers are closer to pyramid schemes rather than legitimate work opportunities. Beware of ads that claim “summer job, make $300 a day!” or “last year our employees made $10,000 over the summer.”
Wisconsin Humane Society Speaker Series
Marc Bekoff - Expanding our Compassion Footprint
Thursday, August 2, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Radisson Mayfair
When people talk about trees, many have a story of a great yard elm or an elm lined street that was cut down. Ask those same people if they are aware we can now save elms and they get a look of sorrow, anger, bewilderment or even disbelief. Amazing the affect trees have on us.
You can save susceptible elms by protecting them from getting DED (Dutch elm disease). To do this the elm should not already have DED. It is helpful if the tree is in good health and the root zone must be isolated from other unprotected elms. Ask a Wachtel Certified Arborist to qualify elm for protection.
Snickers is the 500th dog to be part of HAWS' Mod SquadTM program...and we're celebrating!
HAWS’ Mod SquadTM is a unique group of volunteers that works with special needs animals housed at our shelter. These volunteers are trained to “mod”-ify behavior using a variety of tools and techniques including EZ Walk harnesses, Tellington TTouch®, clickers and interactive toys.
Dogs in this program, like Snickers (pictured at right), are in several special needs categories. Maybe they don't thrive in the shelter environment or have been at HAWS a long time. Or, they are dogs who passed the behavior evaluation but aren't quite ready for adoption. Some are dogs who didn't pass the behavior evaluation but are oh-so-close and might with a little help!
Other dogs in the Mod SquadTM are dogs already in our adoption ward who would benefit from a little extra work. Activities provide a source of enrichment for them and quality activities outside their kennels.
Join us THIS SATURDAY at HAWS as we celebrate the Mod SquadTM AND all the dogs that have been a part of this great program!
By the way - Just as the Mod Squad’s behavior on the old TV show made good things happen for them, HAWS’ Mod Squad’s behaviors are helping good things happen for the dogs in our shelter - namely saving the lives of countless dogs who just need that little something extra.
HAWS' Mod Squad: Not just a rerun!
It’s a truism of customer service that you can’t give someone what they want…if they don’t know what it is. Lawn care businesses offer many services. Are you looking for someone to mow only? Does your grass need aeration or seeding? Are you in need of landscaping, fertilization or tree care? What about pest control?
As summer revs up, here are some tips to consider:
Just one year after it opened, the Radisson Hotel in Menomonee Falls has been hit with a foreclosure suit — filed by the community which financed its construction.
As a result, the Village of Menomonee Falls could be facing a multimillion dollar loss, paid by village residents.
It is high time we change how we elect village trustees by changing the election process back to the way it was before the hyper political era.
It used to be that a citizen could file his papers, collect the needed signatures and run a campaign based on issues. If they garnered the top two or three votes, for the available positions, they won the election and started to serve the citizens. That was a simple and good idea.
We're havin' a heat wave! So, HAWS would like to give this friendly reminder to pet owners of the dangers of heat for their best pet friends.
Never leave pets unattended in your parked car. The temperature inside a car, even with windows open slightly, can quickly reach deadly levels. In sunlight temps can rise more than 30 degrees per minute.
In extreme conditions such as these, pets should remain indoors in a climate controlled environment. When pets must be outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun (a dog house does not provide relief from heat) and plenty of fresh, cool water. Heat stroke can be fatal for pets just like it is for people. Exercise your pets in the early morning or evening hours. Be mindful of hot asphalt which can burn sensitive pet paws.
It is important to be able to identify the symptoms of heat stress in your pet: heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, and vomiting are some of the more common signs. Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area, apply cold towels to the head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over the affected pet. Let the pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. When in doubt, always contact your veterinarian.
By the way - Residents with concerns about a pet in their neighborhood should contact the Waukesha County Humane Officers at 262-896-8330. Owners who are concerned about their ability to keep their companion pets safe during this weather are encouraged to contact HAWS to discuss available alternatives.
Water Water Water
Water has been found to be the most limiting factor for plant growth and stress reduction. How much water does a tree use or need? Generally, 1 inch of water per 10 day period is needed to reduce stress on trees. This can be provided by Mother Nature, or you. Use a rain gauge to monitor rainfall and supplement with watering when necessary. It is strongly suggested to use your finger to check the soil for moisture. If the soil is damp wait a few days and check again. Avoid overhead watering or light frequent watering which can be problematic. Pines and spruces with fungal diseases are best not watered on the foliage. Supplemental watering when dry in June, July, August and September is critical.
Mention Japanese beetles to your gardening friends or fellow tree lovers and you are sure to get a reaction. Relatively new to the state, Japanese beetles have been in Wisconsin 10-15 years now. Isolated at first, they are becoming more widespread. 2011 has been an especially bad year with high populations in many areas.
BBB tips for finding a trustworthy air conditioning repairman
There’s no worse time for your air conditioner to go on the fritz than when temperatures are in the 100s. Before hiring a contractor to make repairs, Better Business Bureau advises you to carefully research contractors for a cool experience.
HAWS is as much about little pets as we are about cats and dogs. Check out these 2 small animals available for adoption today!
Meet Alice. To the left is Calamity. They are both sweet and charming little gals.
Because hamsters are nocturnal, they don't like to be disturbed during the day (we all need our beauty sleep, you know!). When evening comes Alice and Calamity will gladly come out and hang out with you, and burn off some energy on a hamster wheel. The girls will also need a large home with plenty of space to scamper about and lots of fun stuff to explore.
If you can give Alice, Calamity or any of the other great pets at HAWS a loving forever home, please come in (HAWS is open 7 days a week!) and ask to see us. The hamsters will be sleeping, but they'll be glad to wake up for a bit to meet you...
By the way - here are some great links for hamster info!
To learn about hamsters visit http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/hamsters/, for some wonderful videos on caring for hamsters check out http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-gather-your-hamster-supplies, and for a how-to on building a bin cage for your hamster try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l89E_p7dgUc. Enjoy!