August 2011 Newsletter

Washington Bark Day


 Friends of MADACC (Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission) and ROMP (Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks) will host the 7th annual Washington Bark Day on Saturday, September 17, in Washington Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Washington Park is located at 1859 N. 40th St., Milwaukee.


A special day for dogs, Bark Day is a fundraiser benefitting 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations Friends of MADACC and ROMP.  Activities include dog-friendly games and contests, raffle prizes, and multiple vendors, including nail trims.  Lure coursing will be provided by Elmbrook Humane Society.  Demonstrations and talks will be given by the Milwaukee County Sheriff K9 Unit, Jen Digate of Wild Canine dog training, Battle Against Dogfighting, and more.  Friends of MADACC and other local rescue groups will also feature adoptable dogs.  


Admission for Bark Day is $5 per dog and includes a "doggy" bag.  Register to attend in advance at and receive one entry into a raffle for a special prize that includes a 2012 dog park permit.  Bring an item from the MADACC wish list on the day of the event and also be entered be entered into the raffle.  View the wish list at


New this year is a one-mile dog walk around the Washington Park lagoon beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Registration for the walk begins at 9:30 a.m.  Walkers are encouraged to gather pledge donations.  Walkers who raise $25 or more receive a unique Bark Day dog bandanna.  Download the pledge form at


Event sponsors include: Wisconsin Humane Society, Fresh is Best Natural Pet Food, and Central Bark Doggy Day Care. Businesses and organizations, such as shelter and rescue groups, are invited to be a sponsor or have a booth at Bark Day.  Visit to download the sponsor/vendor form.


Sponsors of the event include:  Canine Good Citizen, Central Bark Doggy Day Care, and Wisconsin Humane Society.


Visit to stay up to date on all of the event details.


Operation Sunshine Update


Friends of MADACC (FOM) set a goal in 2011 -- raise $25,000 to build outdoor kennels and an exercise area for dogs at MADACC.


Why? Because every dog deserves a bit of fresh air and sunshine.


This Summer we met our goal and hope to break ground on our kennel project this fall!  To date we've raised just over $26,000.Thank you all for our generosity site and support!


We still have a few kennels left for sponsorship and we are still accepting general donations for the project to cover some additional expenses for excavating the site, covering the kennels, and surfacing the kennel floors with a permeable decomposed surface. 


FOM's plans include building 15 outdoor kennels and one larger dog exercise area to be used for exercise, training, adoption events and other activities at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission's (MADACC) animal care and control facility on 38th and Burnham. 


We kicked off our fundraising campaign at the Great Lakes Pet Expo in February with a genrous donation of $10,000 from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department's "Search and Seizure Fund." The large dog exercise area will feature a recognition plaque in honor of the Sheriff's Departments donation. 


Please keep sharing this very important project with your friends and family - visit our website to make a donation there via PayPal. 


If you would like Information about kennel sponsorship, please email


Battle Against Dogfighting (BAD)


A Milwaukee Dogfighting Bust, the Second Annual Peace for Paws Block Party, & More Outreach!


Summer is always so busy, including an increase in the amount of animals MADACC sees. However, the summer also means more people out & about in the neighborhoods with their eyes and ears open for signs of dogfighting and other animal cruelty. On Friday, June 10, Milwaukee Police Department shut down a dogfighting operation on the 4900 block of N. 27th Street. This bust was made possible by an anonymous tip. They found wounded pit bills, weight equipment used to train the dogs to fight, and blood spattered walls where clearly dogfighting was occurring inside the residence. BAD was SO excited to see this bust happen and the recognition from MPD that dogfighting is a serious problem in Milwaukee. MPD release photos and a statement saying, "We know that people who abuse animals often are involved in other serious crimes and we pay great attention to these incidents of animal cruelty."


Just a short week later, BAD was excited to host its second annual Peace for Paws block party on Milwaukee's north side at Calvary Baptist Church. With more than 200 people in attendance and over 60 different dogs, BAD was able to provide free dog care items via our "learn-n-earn" tent. People were able to engage with some of our volunteers to learn about proper, responsible pet care, spay/neuter, positive reinforcement training, local ordinance, MADACC services, etc. , and earn their dogs items such as collars, leashes, treats, bones, food, and toys. We were also able to offer free dog training advice, as well as some other positive dog activities, like an agility course, weight pulling, and even a photo booth. We distributed spay/neuter vouchers as well. We were also excited to see some people attend for the second year in a row, AND to have community partners Safe & Sound and Milwaukee police in attendance.


This great event would not be possible without the generous donations of many individuals and businesses, AND the great support of our volunteers who worked hard to plan and staff the event. If you missed it, luckily, news channels Fox 6 and WISN 12 didn't - so check out their videos!


Click here to watch FOX 6 video. 


Click here to watch WISN 12 video. 


We still have a lot of summer left too, so keep up with all our outreach & progress as we're out in the community speaking out against cruelty and raising awareness about dogfighting in Milwaukee & MADACC. Make sure to "like" our page on Facebook to keep up with all we're doing.


Wish List


MADACC currently rescues and assures safe, temporary shelter, veterinary and humane care for nearly 13,000 stray, unwanted, abandoned, mistreated and injured animals each year - more than any other animal control shelter in Wisconsin. 

Support Milwaukee's neediest animals this holiday season by making a donation via our website or donating an item from our wish list.


Donations can be dropped off at MADACC (3839 W Burnham St, West MIlwaukee, WI 53215). Thank you for your support!

  • Rawhides
  • Blankets / Towels
  • Stuffed animals
  • Cat Carriers
  • Aspen bedding
  • Timothy hay
  • Dog / Cat treats
  • Peanut butter
  • Cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Dog toys (rope toys, Kongs, squeaky toys, Nylabones)
  • Cat toys (plastic ball toys, washable fabric cat toys)
  • Dry & canned cat/dog food
  • Empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels, garbage bags) 

3839 W Burnham St.
West Milwaukee, WI  53
Friends of MADACC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of animal welfare issues and improving the welfare of Milwaukee County's neediest animals housed at MADACC's animal care and control facility. We are a network of volunteers that provide foster care, dog walking and cat socialization, training and educational programs with the goal of enhancing the quality of life of animals at MADACC to increase their chances to be placed in a local adoption program.

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