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Madison, Eugene Mayors Make Community-Based Rose Bowl Wager

Madison, Eugene Mayors Make Community-Based Rose Bowl Wager

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Eugene, Ore., Mayor Kitty Piercy have made a friendly wager on the Rose Bowl that will make either community a winner pending the outcome of the Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks match up.

"We wanted to develop a wager that could benefit our entire community and particularly those most in need," Soglin said in a news release.

Each mayor has committed to privately raising $500 if their team loses. The money will then be used for tools for Habitat for Humanity organizations in either Madison or Eugene.

"Each of us will raise the money privately and no city funds are involved," Soglin said. "This is a great program and we both want to support it."

Both mayors said they are aware of the growing need for shelters and services for the homeless. They each credit Habitat for Humanity for the work it is doing. But each also is rooting on their favorite teams in the Rose Bowl.

Pet Blood Donors, Families To Take Part In Holiday Party

Pet Blood Donors, Families To Take Part In Holiday Party

A thank you holiday party for cats and dogs who generously give blood at the Veterinary Emergency Service blood bank, throughout the year will be held on Friday, Dec. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The event wil be at the Veterinary Emergency Service Middleton location on the second floor at 1612 N. High Point Rd. just off the Beltline

Pets Being Honored: About 6-8 cats and 10-12 dogs, along with their owners, of course. There will be pet gifts under the tree,random drawings for pet food, and veterinarians will draw blood from each pet to make sure their levels are in line to continue to give blood in 2012. 

Like humans, cats and dogs have several blood types. Veterinary Emergency Service is the only private clinic with a blood bank for pets.

Photos: Far East Food Pantry Struggles Financially

Photos: Far East Food Pantry Struggles Financially

Living in Community, a Madison food pantry located at St. Paul Lutheran Church, is facing financial hardships.

The pantry, which has served more than 30,000 people in 2011, is facing large debt due to the needed purchase of a walk-in cooler/freezer. Those who would like to help can contact St. Paul Lutheran Church at 2126 N. Sherman Ave. in Madison. The church's phone number is 608-244-8077.

More information can be found at http://stpaulmadison.org/

WISC-TV's Marc Lovicott snapped these photos from a senior event held at the pantry on Thursday. 

DCHS, CAC Sponsor Fundraiser To Keep Pets In Their Homes

DCHS, CAC Sponsor Fundraiser To Keep Pets In Their Homes

Hard economic times may result in tough choices regarding family pets for households struggling to stretch their limited resources. 

Families faced with the choice of purchasing pet food or providing for their family’s needs may have to make the heartbreaking decision to give up their pet. 

To help families keep their pets at home, Dane County Humane Society is partnering with Community Action Coalition for South Central WI, Inc. to supply pet food and cat litter to participating Dane County food pantries.

CAC will facilitate the delivery and pickup of donation barrels with businesses participating in pet food drives. DCHS, acting as the county pet food bank administrator, will coordinate pet food drives, solicit business and private contributions, warehouse the donations and deliver them to food pantries with the aid of DCHS volunteers. 

FLWC Cares For Injured Snowy Owl

FLWC Cares For Injured Snowy Owl

Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center has received a snowy owl that was in need of care. Shelter officials believe the owl is the first snowy owl that was rehabbed when the program began in 2002. 

Snowy owls are typically rare in this area, but are currently appearing more frequently because of a drop in the number of lemmings, the owl’s primary food source, in their remote and far northern normal hunting regions, officials said.

The snowy owl currently at DCHS was found at a farm in the Monroe area. The family said the owl wouldn’t leave the milk house despite their attempts to “shoo” it out and it was getting in the way of the cows going in and out of the barn. The finders were able to approach the owl and confine it in a box without any resistance.   

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

The Salvation Army of Dane County said more people are ringing bells and giving this holiday season.

Preliminary retail numbers show more people are shopping this holiday season, and it looks like Dane County's shoppers are giving more to those famous red kettles.

The Salvation Army of Dane County said its current kettle donation total of $156,000 is up $10,000 from last year at this time. And bringing technology to the forefront of its Red Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army is hoping QR codes help recruit volunteers and prompt shoppers to make credit card donations.

"We have worked very hard this season to get the coverage," said Maj. Loren Carter. "Because we figured that each shift represents about a $100 of income at each location. And so the coverage is very important."

Out of 12,000 total bell ringing shifts, 7,000 shifts are left for the season. The goal for this year's campaign is set at $715,000.