Ask Now: How many furry friends are in need?

Elmbrook Humane Society Shelter Operations Manager Megan Michalos holds one of her favorite furry friends, Julian.

Elmbrook Humane Society Shelter Operations Manager Megan Michalos holds one of her favorite furry friends, Julian.

July 22, 2014

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How is the Elmbrook Humane Society's busy season going?

Question: It has been a pretty normal season for the Elmbrook Humane Society, but that doesn't mean that there aren't furry friends in need.

"In the summertime, the populations in all shelters are significantly higher just from the spring and summer baby kittens," Elmbrook Humane Society Customer Relations Manager Natalie Klitzing said. "For cats and kittens during the summertime, we are always at capacity and for dogs almost every kennel will be full."

Elmbrook Humane Society Executive Director Heather Gehrke estimates the shelter currently has 250 animals available for adoption with approximately 150 located on site and another 100 in foster homes throughout the area.

"We have a lot of animals in foster care. It could be through volunteers, staff members, or even community members as well. We're always looking for more people to (provide) foster homes," Klitzing said.

Klitzing noted that Elmbrook is a no-kill shelter that always takes in strays, but accepts surrenders only by appointment. Despite the denial of walk-in surrenders, Klitzing understands the desire for pet owners to surrender their animals at Elmbrook, so she said they make the process easy.

"They want to come here because we're no-kill," Klitzing said.

Elmbrook Humane Society Shelter Operations Manager Megan Michalos noted that she and her colleagues go to all lengths to make room for all animals in need.

"We'll split kennels in two, we'll have animals share, and people will even keep some animals in their offices if they need to," Michalos said.

The humane society will host its seventh annual Wag-Fest in September at Mitchell Park. Klitzing says the event features vendors, live music, games, and of course, plenty of animals waiting to find their new homes.

"It's open to the community and there's no fee, so people can come and have fun and maybe meet some animals," Klitzing said. "We always have adoptable animals there."

Elmbrook Humane Society includes spaying or neutering, vaccinations, and microchipping with all adoptions.

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