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Police look to reunite cat with owners

Police look to reunite cat with owners

Middleton police said a cat was found on South Avenue near Park Shores Court Tuesday night.

The cat is a young meutered male, officials said.

Officials ask that any who knows any about the cat to call or text 608-824-7300.

If the cat is not claimed by the owner in the next couple of days, anyone interested in adopting him can contact the Dane County Humane Society at 608-838-0413, ext. 145.

Middleton police also announced Tuesday that the lost kitten found Saturday night on Valley Ridge Road has been reunited with its owner.

Police look for dog that bit woman at Dogtoberfest

Police look for dog that bit woman at Dogtoberfest

A woman was bit by a dog Sunday around 2:15 p.m. at Dogtoberfest at Capital Brewery in Middleton, officials said.

The woman was walking past the dog at the event when it bit her, according to a release. It was on a leash with a man and woman who were seated on the ground.

The dog is described as a small to medium Terrier type dog with brownish red fur.

Officials ask anyone with information to call 608-255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer.

Pet food chain and Dane County team up for Henry Vilas Zoo

Pet food chain and Dane County team up for Henry Vilas Zoo

Dane County and Mounds Pet Food Warehouse raised $20,000 to be donated to the Henry Vilas Zoo Animal Warehouse fund, according to a release from the Dane County Executive's Office.

According to the release, five stores competed by creating unique displays in each store during the month of May to raise the money.

The Middleton location raised the most, earning employees with a behind-the-scenes-tour of the zoo.

According to the release, the money will be used to purchase toys and materials to keep animals happy and healthy.

Mounds and Dane County partnered in 2011 for the same cause. They raised $18,000 that year.

Mayor proclaims Saturday ‘Bird Day’ in the city

Mayor proclaims Saturday ‘Bird Day’ in the city

Local, national protection groups bringing awareness to pet birds    

The City of Madison joins a national non-profit in celebrating the feathered kind on National Bird Day Saturday.

On Dec. 19, Mayor Paul Soglin signed a proclamation making Jan. 5 Bird Day in the city. Soglin wrote he “encourage[s] our citizens to conserve and protect the world’s birds from cruelty and extinction.”

The city’s Bird Day coincides with the same day it is celebrated nationwide through Born Free and the Avian Welfare Coalition.

Monica Engebretson, wildlife biologist with Born Free, said National Bird Day is about to protecting and appreciating birds.

“Birds are actually not domesticated animals like cats and dogs,” Engebretson said. “They belong in the wild and it is very challenging to meet their needs in a home environment.”

Dogtoberfest features canine fun

Dogtoberfest features canine fun


An annual autumn fundraiser held by the Dane County Humane Society kicks off Saturday at Capital Brewery’s outdoor beer garden in Middleton.

Dogtoberfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 7734 Terrace Ave.  This year, a six-legged 5K race will also take place at 9:30 a.m.  Dogs and people can run in the 5K.

Awards in the race will go to the top small, medium and large dogs to finish.  Dogs must be leashed.

Additionally, the event features games, contests, live entertainment and animals.  Glass Nickel Pizza, Sugar River Kettle Corn and cookies from Clasen’s European Bakery will be available for purchase.

Dogs get half-price microchip during National Dog Week

Dogs get half-price microchip during National Dog Week


In honor of National Dog Week, the Dane County Humane Society will reduce microchip fees for dogs.

National Dog Week began Monday and will continue through Saturday, Sept. 30.  This week, microchips will cost $15, 50 percent off its original price.

Dane County Humane Society emphasized the importance of having dogs wear collars with ID tags in addition to a microchip, said a press release.  This provides multiple formed of identification if owners and pets are separated.

"Pet owners don’t expect their pets to be lost or stolen and they hope that leashes, fences and doors will be enough to keep them safe at home," said Gayle Viney, DCHS Spokeswoman.  The reality is that accidents do happen, and when they do, many owners are unprepared.  "The ID tag provides immediate owner information and the microchip provides back up information if the ID tag is separated from the animal," said Viney.

DCHS host Cinco de Meow event

The Cinco de Meow event will be held Friday through Sunday at the Dane County Humane Society's main shelter and each of its satellite adoption centers.

Felines at DCHS are getting into the fiesta spirit. Families will enjoy significantly reduced adoption fees for all adult cats.  All cats 6 months and older are only $5, a savings of almost 85 percent.

May 4-6 (Fri-Sun) Friday, 12-7pm, Sat-Sun, 12-5pm

You can visit the main shelter at 5132 Voges Road, Adoption Center West at 7475 Mineral Point Road or a Mounds Satellite Adoption Center in Fitchburg, Middleton, or Sun Prairie to meet your new best friend and take advantage of these special prices.