Lately, many families have encountered financial hardships. Those with pets may come up against a difficult decision as to how to care for their cat or dog when they can hardly put food on their own table.
A program through the Wisconsin Humane Society called Furry Friends helps those families in need. Based solely on donations, the program provides cat food, dog food and cat litter on a monthly basis to households enrolled in the program. Furry Friends has been helping Milwaukee County residents for nearly 8 years. Between 100 and 150 families are enrolled at any given time. The program is just getting off the ground in Ozaukee County.
In order to enroll in the Furry Friends program, an application must be completed. Proof of income is required. Cats and dogs must be spayed or neutered. (The Wisconsin Humane Society offers a low-cost spay/neuter assistance program “S.N.A.P.” at both campuses for those who qualify.) Enrollment is limited to the legal number of animals allowed in each municipality, usually three. The program is meant to be used as temporary support until struggling families can get back on their feet. Once accepted, enrollment is for one year. For details by phone, call (414) 431-6263.
Being a donation-based program, donations are always needed. There may be times when supplies are low and participants are called when food or litter arrives, rather than being able to stop by monthly. The Milwaukee campus has a wish list online that includes Furry Friends. Right now, dry cat food is most in need.