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Calendar of Upcoming Events In Wisconsin

Page updated 1/8/19

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King the beagle was purchased at the 24 September 08 Thorp Dog Auction.

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This little puggle spends his days lying on wire mesh in a brightly-lit "state-of-the-art" cube in a Petland pet store. No blankie, no mat, no toys -- no hope.

"Most of the important things in this world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
           ~ Dale Carnegie

        If you have a pet shop protest or other event taking place in Wisconsin that you'd like to see added, please Email us the details for review. We must have a contact email for confirmation, and either an email address or a website URL for more information for people who want to participate. We also ask that you please read and abide by WPMP's policy for peaceful protest, as found in the Protesters' Pledge on our Peaceful Protest page.


Tiny blue paw print bullet point   April 2019:



DNR spring wildlife & fisheries proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting
Hearings will be held in EVERY county in WI
Click here for locations list (pdf)
For complete information, please click here.

Over 6,800 people attended the 2018 Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings that were held Monday, April 9. The public meetings, held simultaneously in all 72 counties, allowed citizens to comment and provide input to the Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Board and the Conservation Congress on proposed changes relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. Citizens also had the opportunity to submit resolutions for changes they would like to see in the future.

 pawprint bullet point   2018 Spring Hearing Statewide Results   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   2018 Spring Hearing Results by County   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   2018 Citizen Resolutions Results   pawprint bullet point

NOTE: There is one Wolf Advisory Committee question on page 38 of the hearing questionaire.

     One night every year, EVERYONE in Wisconsin can weigh in and voice opinions on WI wildlife and outdoor issues by non-binding vote and testimony on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. Please see the General Spring Hearing Guidelines for an explanation of the entire process, and then help us spread the word! Print and post the flyer above to get your community involved.

     County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress, or elect other delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. For those of you who would like to become more involved for wildlife in Wisconsin -- did you realize that ANYONE can run for election as a Wisconsin Conservation Congress Delegate? The election will be the first item on the hearing agenda, and would be a great opportunity to get some non-hunter or trapper voices heard. Please see: Conservation Congress Delegate Election for complete information on the election process.

     Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process. Please see The Conservation Congress Resolution Process, How To Write a Resolution, and Resolution Template (fillable Word document) for complete information on resolutions.

 pawprint bullet point   DNR spring wildlife & fisheries proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county meeting   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Hearing Locations   pawprint bullet point   General Spring Hearing Guidelines   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   2018 Spring Hearing Questionaire   pawprint bullet point   2018 Spring Hearing Flyer   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   WI Conservation Congress page   pawprint bullet point   Delegate Election   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   The Conservation Congress Resolution Process   pawprint bullet point   How To Write a Resolution   pawprint bullet point   

   pawprint bullet point   Resolution Template (fillable Word document)   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   2017 Spring Hearing RESULTS/Citizen Resolutions   pawprint bullet point


Humane Lobby Day
2019 topic: TBD

Wisconsin State Capitol
Grand Army of the Republic Hall
2 East Main Street
Madison, Wisconsin
Cost: FREE Event

     Last year, in lieu of a traditional Humane Lobby Day this year, The HSUS teamed up with Friends of Wisconsin Wolves and Wildlife, National Wolfwatcher Coalition, and the Endangered Species Coalition to host a Wildlife Lobby Day. On a single day, Wednesday, April 11, advocates in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin gathered at their state Capitols to bring awareness to critical wildlife protection issues. Here in Wisconsin we talked about protecting wolves and other predators, halting the spread of chronic wasting disease, funding for wildlife management, and more. Participants received coaching on how to lobby and have the opportunity to network with other wildlife advocates.

Don't live in Wisconsin but want to participate in your own state? Please see: Humane Lobby Day (HSUS Website)


Tiny blue paw print bullet point    May 2019:



Milwaukee Pugfest
A Fundraising Event for Pug Rescue, presented by Pug Hugs, Inc.
Milwaukee County Sports Complex
6000 W Ryan Rd
Franklin, Wisconsin 53132
For more information and to buy advance tickets, please see
Milwaukee Pugfest Website
or check the Milwaukee Pugfest Facebook Page

     The "LARGEST PUG EVENT IN NORTH AMERICA" is open to all Pug, Pug Mixes and "Smoochie-Faced" breeds. There will be demonstrations and contests, including Talent and three categories of the Costume contest. Fr. John Allen will perform the "Blessing of the Pugs" which includes a general blessing and individualized blessings. There is also a Pug Race which medals and prizes are awarded to the top three winners. Pug Fest also has the "PUGFEST STORE" selling event merchandise, a 400 Item-plus Silent Auction, and approximately 70-plus vendors.

 pawprint bullet point   Milwaukee Pugfest Advance Tickets   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Milwaukee Pugfest Website   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Milwaukee Pugfest Facebook Page   pawprint bullet point


Tiny blue paw print bullet point   September 2019:


September 23-27, 2019
7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m

Annual Humane Officer Training
Crowne Plaza Hotel
4402 E. Washington Ave

For more information and to register, please see:
DATCP Humane Officer Traning

Once a year Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) offers a 40-hour course that’s required for anyone wishing to serve as a humane officer in our state. The course is open to anyone who is interested, although humane officers must complete the training within one year of being appointed. Law enforcement officers may apply the training to their 24-hour recertification training requirement.

Topics include the role of the animal investigator, evaluation of cruelty, rules of search and seizure, body condition scoring, and much more. Instructors are veterinarians, attorneys, and law officers with years of experience in investigating animal cases. In addition to classroom instruction, participants get hands-on experience evaluating animals in the barns at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 pawprint bullet point   DATCP Humane Officer Traning   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Humane Officer Training Brochure   pawprint bullet point   Online Registration   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   WI Humane Officer Program   pawprint bullet point


Tiny blue paw print bullet point   October 2019:


October 2 - 3, 2019

Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, Inc.
Badger State Conference
pin Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center (Wausau, WI)
1100 Imperial Ave, Rothschild, Wisconsin 54474
For schedules and registration information as they become available, please click here.

     A great educational and networking opportunity for those involved in animal welfare! More details to follow! Click here for scholarship details.

 pawprint bullet point   2018 Conference Scholarship Opportunities   pawprint bullet point


Tiny blue paw print bullet point   Coming up:



National Puppy Mill Awareness Day Pet Store Protest
Petland, Racine
2310 S. Green Bay Rd
Racine, WI 53406
(Regency Point Shopping Ctr)
For more information, please contact
or check the Wisconsin Citizens Against Puppy Mills Facebook page

 pawprint bullet point   Guidelines for a Peaceful Protest   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Pinter-friendly Resources for Protest   pawprint bullet point


Tiny blue paw print bullet point   Ongoing:


Pet Store Protests
For more information, please contact
or check the Wisconsin Citizens Against Puppy Mills Facebook page

       You are MORE than welcome to join our protests! Please click on the "More Information" links for the details. Remember, dress for the weather, as you will be outside, and bring a sign or a poster if you can. If you don't have one, don't let that stop you -- there may be extras on-site, and your just being there is very important!

 pawprint bullet point   Guidelines for a Peaceful Protest   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Pinter-friendly Resources for Protest   pawprint bullet point


 pawprint bullet point   Guidelines for a Peaceful Protest   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Wisconsin Citizens Against Puppy Mills   pawprint bullet point   Pinter-friendly Resources for Protest   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Where Do Petland Puppies REALLY Come From?   pawprint bullet point


Tao the Shar Pei had inturned eyelids that scratched his eyes.Dalton the chihuahua had been so traumatized that he attacked anyone who tried to touch him.Allie the Shiba Inu - Rat Terrier mix.

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