January 2012 Newsletter

MADACC: Behind the Scenes with David Flagler, Executive Director


What do you think are some of the biggest challenges MADACC faces?

Absolutely, pet overpopulation - it isn't a myth. I believe it's our responsibility to create a community of more responsible pet guardians. Some communities are more sensitive to the plight of animals, and it is our mission to create a culture in Milwaukee that will respond to our message of being responsible pet owners. We need to reach out to our pet owners through education and outreach. Many pet owners are not even aware of MADACC, particularly as a resource for low-cost sterilization and wellness services.

We also have a high euthanasia rate, which should help be addressed through education and ultimately, lower intake numbers.  I see my role as to expand the efforts of MADACC staff and move forward on programs that serve our communities and improve the plight of homeless animals.

I'm optimistic that while we do have big challenges ahead, MADACC staff, volunteers, and the community can help create a brighter future for Milwaukee County's animals.


Central Bark - Menomonee Valley to Host MADACC's 'Shelter Stars Showcase' Dog Adoption Event


Saturday, Jan. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. at Central Bark, 333 N. 25th St. in Milwaukee.

Meet the best of the best of MADACC's adoptable dogs! Dogs will be available to do meet-and-greets. Learn about their background from their foster families & see just how smart & well-behaved a shelter dog can be!

Central Bark will also be accepting donations from MADACC's Wish List (see below).


Come see Friends of MADACC & MADACC at the Great Lakes Pet Expo!


Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the WI Expo Center at State Fair Park.

Learn about all the great work we've been doing - see our 2011 progress achievements & learn about what 2012 will hold for our community outreach, foster/adoption, humane education, community parnterships, and other programs like The Cat's Voice and Battle Against Dogfighting (BAD). Get your hands on tons of great merchandise & meet adoptable animals too! Our booth will be located at the back of the expo hall, near the concessions area and the side stage. For more info, visit www.petexpomilwaukee.com.

Operation Sunshine Kennel Update

When spring hits, so do the kennels! We are anxious and excited to get the outdoor exercise area and kennel build underway - and we know that many of MADACC's supporters are, too. The project is at the mercy of the weather and contractors' schedules, but we do expect to break ground in the next few months.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to this important cause to benefit the physical and emotional well-being of the dogs at MADACC! We are eagerly anticipating their use. 


Save the Date!         


Sat., Feb. 11 - Brew City Bombshells Burlesque Valentine's Day Benefit Show
The Times Cinema, 5906 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee
Come check out the super fun & talented Brew City Bombshells Burlesque girls as they support Milwaukee County's neediest animals! Doors open at 8 p.m.; show begins at 10 p.m. Visit www.timescinema.com to purchase pre-sale tickets (not required, but recommended, as previous performances have sold out).

Sat., June 9 - BAD's 3rd Annual Peace for Paws - 12 - 4 p.m.
Battle Against Dogfighting (BAD) is excited to be offering the Peace for Paws community event for its 3rd year! We are working with Calvary Baptist Church again & will have even MORE reasons for people to come out with their dogs; learn A LOT about animal care, training, and animal cruelty in Milwaukee; and have a TON of fun! Stay tuned for more details by following us on Facebook at facebook.com/pages/Battle-Against-Dogfighting/178489093981.

Adoptables Spotlight
Casey, available for adoption 
Casey, available for adoption

Casey - 3 year-old, male American Foxhound mix

Casey is a very handsome boy with gorgeous eyes and markings! Casey is a little shy when he first meets new people, but he warms up quickly. He is very affectionate and content to lay next to you while getting a belly rub. He does have a lot of energy and loves to runand go on long walks. He has a favorite nylabone and plays with it all the time. Casey is in foster care with other dogs and is learning appropriate doggy manners and play. His new family will be happy to make the commitment to training, daily exercise, mental stimulation, and lots of TLC. Casey would do best in a home with older children. Please help Casey find his loving, forever home. For more information, contact Marissa at madaccpets@gmail.com and specify Casey, ID number A232730. 

Katie, available for adoption
Katie, available for adoption

Katie - 2 year-old, female Pit Bull mix 

Katie is doing very well in foster care. Her tail never stops wagging, and she always has a smile on her face. Katie is learning potty training, crate training, leash-walking skills, and appropriate doggy manners. She's a smart girl and eager to please. She would make an excellent exercise partner - action is her middle name! Katie thinks everything is fun, interesting, and needs to be played with, especially you! Her new family will be happy to make the commitment to training classes, daily exercise, mental stimulation, and lots of TLC. She has such a sweet personality and will shower you with kisses. Katie would do best in a home with older children. For more information, contact Marissa at madaccpets@gmail.com and specify Katie, ID number A231059.    


MADACC Adoption Fees:

Dogs/Puppies: $100 (+ $12 license fee if dog is over 5 months and will reside in Milwaukee County)

Cats/Kittens: $75 (+ $12 license fee if cat is over 5 months and will reside in Milwaukee County)


All MADACC adoptions include:

  • Up to date with all age-appropriate vaccinations
  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • Microchipping (includes registration)
  • Testing (cats: Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus/FeLV & FIV, heartworm; dogs: heartworm)
  • Treatment for fleas/worms

For a list of additional animals available for adoption, visit MADACC's Petfinder page at http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/WI13.html


Notes from The Cat's Voice

The Cats' Voice is a program of Friends of MADACC. We are dedicated to providing information and promoting the health and stabilization of area cats.

Founded March 2010, The Cats' Voice has designed and distributed brochures regarding the importance of spaying and neutering cats. We have also held four cat adoption events in partnership with MADACC, which allowed 38 MADACC cats to be adopted!  

We are currently working on educating the public about the reasons and benefits of adopting an adult cat. For more information or to become involved with The Cats' Voice, contact Mary Zimmerman at zim1118@aol.com.



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 County's neediest animals 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!


  • "Stretch and Scratch" scratching posts http://www.stretchandscratch.com/order.html   
  • C.E.T. dental chews of all sizes (available at Petco, Petsmart, vet offices) 
  • Purina, Pedigree, Iams, Science Diet brand treats & chews (for example:  Busy Bones) 



  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Stuffed/soft dog toys 
  • Enrichment-type dog toys that are easy to disinfect (for example:  Kongs, Nylabones) 
  • Cat toys (plastic ball-type toys, washable fabric stuffed cat toys)
  • Unopened bags of dry & canned cat & dog food (particularly Purina Dog, Puppy, Kitten, and Cat Chow)
  • Cat treats
  • Peanut butter (non-expired)
  • Cat carriers
  • Cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Aspen bedding
  • Timothy hay
  • Cleaning supplies (bleach, detergent, paper towels, garbage bags) 
  • Lint rollers 
3839 W. Burnham St.
West Milwaukee, WI 53215


Friends of MADACC (Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting community awareness and improving the welfare of the nearly 13,000 homeless animals MADACC cares for every year.


We support a network of volunteers that provides educational programs, training, foster care, dog walking and cat socialization to enhance the quality of life of animals at MADACC. Our goal is to increase the number of animals adopted from MADACC and prevent animal cruelty and neglect.

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