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Page updated 4/22/21

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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 2021:


April 12, 2021
7 p.m.

DNR spring wildlife & fisheries proposed rules hearing and annual Conservation Congress county VIRTUAL meeting.
Normally, hearings are held in EVERY county in WI but because of the COVID 19 pandemic, this year, the annual Spring Hearings will once again being held online.
For complete information, please click here.

     The results of the 2021 Wisconsin DNR and Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) Online Questionnaire are now available at:

 pawprint bullet point   Statewide results   pawprint bullet point   Resolution Results   pawprint bullet point

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

     More than 12,600 people provided input. Thanks to all of you who responded in favor of reducing the influence of the trappers, hunters, and hounders. Unfortunately, the hunters and trappers pretty much carried the day:

     Normally, the annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress public meetings are held simultaneously in all 72 counties in Wisconsin. However, becasue of the COVID 19 pandemic, the hearings will be held online. EVERYONE in Wisconsin can still weigh in and voice opinions on WI wildlife and outdoor issues by weighing in on advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. Citizens also have the opportunity to submit resolutions for changes they would like to see in the future. Please see the General Spring Hearing Guidelines for an explanation of the entire process.

     For individuals who wish to provide input on the DNR proposed rule changes and WCC advisory questions, the online input option which will open on April 12, 2021, at 7 p.m. and will remain open for 72 hours.. The link will be posted on

     Generally at these meetings, 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. Unfortunately, since these elections can only take place at in-person meetings, due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 elections are canceled. All current terms are extended for one year.

     Hopefully, things will be back to normal next year -- For those 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?

     Finally, individuals have the opportunity to bring new conservation concerns of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process. Please see 2021 Spring Hearing Citizen Resolution Submittal FAQ 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   2021 Spring Hearing Questionaire (pdf)   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   FAQ about online input process for the 2021 Spring Hearings [PDF]   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


Tiny blue paw print bullet point    Coming in May 2021:


Saturday, May 15, 2021
10am to 4pm

Sunday, May 16, 2021
10am to 4pm

A Fundraising Event for Pug Rescue, presented by Pug Hugs, Inc.
Kentucky Exposition Center, West Hall
937 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209
For more information and to buy advance tickets, please see
Bluegrass Pug Fest Website
or check the Milwaukee Pug Fest Facebook Page

     The "LARGEST PUG EVENT IN NORTH AMERICA" has moved to Louisville, KY! It's within a day's drive of many metropolitan areas and closer to many of the rescues that participate in the event than Milwaukee!

     Bluegrass Pugfest is a celebration of the Pug and social event for humans, Pugs, and non-Pug family members held on an annual basis to benefit Pug rescue organizations around the country. Attendees can browse over 50,000 square feet of vendors, silent auctions, rescue booths, and Pug competitions (costume, races, custard eating, talent, King/Queen, and more).

     For those who came to love Milwaukee Pugfest, this event will be true to the traditions, while adding new and exciting components. The event was previously held in Milwaukee (Milwaukee Pugfest) for 15 consecutive years before moving to Kentucky. Over 3,200 people and 2,000 Pugs attended the event each year. Bluegrass Pugfest, Inc. is a Kentucky non-profit corporation with Federal tax exempt status under Sec. 501(c)(3) (pending application approval) of the Internal Revenue code and also has Kentucky sales tax exemption status.

      The event will provide fun and entertainment for the attendees while protecting and advancing the interest of Pug dogs by encouraging responsible Pug ownership. The event shall also raise awareness of the plight of Pugs used solely as breeding stock without concern for their welfare and assist in efforts furthering the prevention of cruelty to animals and humane education. Please note: NO selling of dogs will be allowed! For complete details, please see Pug Fest Events.

      "Smoochie-Faced" breeds such as Boston Terriers, Shih-Tzu's, French Bulldogs, etc are also invited.

 pawprint bullet point   Bluegrass Pug Fest Website   pawprint bullet point

 pawprint bullet point   Milwaukee Pug Fest Facebook Page   pawprint bullet point


Tiny blue paw print bullet point   September 2021?:


September 21-25, 2020?
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   WI Humane Officer Program   pawprint bullet point


Tiny blue paw print bullet point   October 2021:



Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, Inc.
Badger State Conference
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   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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