WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
If you’re a dog or cat owner in the Milwaukee area, you have probably heard of MADACC (Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission) and Friends of MADACC (FOM) – both groups devoted to helping stray and lost domestic animals in the Milwaukee community – but what are the differences? Good question.
MADACC is a government run operation whose purpose is to collect, place and treat animals while Friends of MADACC, a volunteer group, raises funds to pay for shelters and medical treatments.
MADACC rescues up to 10,000 local animals each year. Most of the animals that end up at the organization are strays, but they do get the occasional lost pet. When animals are brought in to MADACC, within hours, the animal’s photo is posted to the group’s website in hopes to finding the owner. Along with those dogs and cats picked up by MADACC staff, the public brings in thousands of animals too. Because finding homes for all these animals is such a big job, MADACC works with outside groups such as Wisconsin Humane Society to assist in these efforts.
Kelly Oyler, the Friends of MADACC president, is an animal lover with one dog and two cats, one being a MADACC adoptee. Since her days as a Friends of MADACC volunteer, Kelly has worked to further the causes of providing medical assistance and homes for animals in need. Kelly notes that funds raised by FOM can cover a variety of expenses such as food, collars, toys, and medical services for the animals in MADACC’s care. In addition to caring for animals on site, the funds allow MADACC to offer community services such as licensing, low-cost spay/neutering and micro chipping.
When it comes to MADACC, their end goal is to find a permanent home for all the animals in their care. However, MADACC also offers foster home options to go along with their adoption services. In fact, qualified foster volunteers are crucial to the organizations. A foster home can sometimes offer an animal the focused, one-on-one attention that is hard for MADACC to provide. While the length of time an animal remains in foster care varies, the average time is about a month. Once fostered animals are old enough/healthy enough, adoptions can occur pretty quickly.
By participating in dozens of charity events, like B93.3’s Bark ‘N Brew, FOM is constantly bringing awareness to their mission and raising funds to help Milwaukee’s animal population. We encourage everyone to find out more about MADACC and Friends of MADACC. For a complete list of events supporting MADACC and more info about volunteering, visit http://madacc.org/.
For more information about the upcoming Bark ‘N Brew event, call (414) 771-1021.
— Nadia Hazimeh