Fall 2013
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Helping victims of domestic abuse, by helping their animals.
 
Our First Newsletter!
We are thrilled to publish this, our first quarterly newsletter, to keep you all informed about Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (SAAV).  We want you to be up to date on what we are doing, as well as to provide opportunities for you to participate in SAAV or just to go have fun at community events aimed at stopping domestic violence and animal cruelty.  We would love your feedback and ideas to make our newsletter one that you look forward to receiving in your inbox.  If you have comments or suggestions, please send them to info@saavprogram.orgA special thank you to SAAV Volunteer, Jennifer Everhart, for her work helping us launch our first newsletter!
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).  The Day of Unity soon became a special week when a range of activities were conducted at the local, state, and national levels. These activities were as varied and diverse as the program sponsors but had common themes: mourning those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence.  In October 1987, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed. That same year the first national toll-free hotline was begun. In 1989, the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month Commemorative Legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress. Such legislation has passed every year since.  This October, we encourage you to take a special moment to reflect on the many lives (both humans and animals) affected by domestic violence and renew your commitment to help stop the cycle of abuse.
 
Information taken from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Board Spotlight

Every effective nonprofit organization needs a Board member who understands what the boots on the ground must accomplish to achieve the organizational mission.  SAAV is fortunate to have Cheri Carr, who understands from firsthand experience how to effectively meet goals to protect animals in the field.  Cheri is an Animal Services Officer for Madison and Dane County Environmental Health.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University, and has been active with both wild and domestic animals for most of her life, and professionally for more than 20 years. She has been an Animal Humane Officer in Dane County since 1996.  While an employee at the Dane County Humane Society, Cheri administered the animal intake portion of the SAAV Program for many years. Cheri brings a wealth of experience in animal control and animal welfare issues to SAAV.  She was a key player in the early days of the SAAV Program, by advocating for both human and animal victims of violence, and the need for a program in Dane County that protects both from domestic abuse.  Thank you Cheri!

SAAV Events Coming Up 
SAAV Volunteer Appreciation Event- October 20, 2013

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are hosting our first official SAAV Volunteer Appreciation Event!  We are so grateful for all of the support our volunteers have offered, and we know we have many wonderful volunteers who want to get more involved, but have not had the chance.  Volunteers, please join us on Sunday, October 20 from 1-4 pm at 333 West Mifflin Street #7020 Madison- the Metropolitan Place Complex. No need to bring anything, just yourself!!  Please RSVP to Hostess/Board Member Sheila Hart, who can be contacted via email at sheilajhart@gmail.com or phone (503) 576-1999.

  

SAAV Foster & Volunteer Orientation Session- October 29, 2013
Interested in becoming a member of our network of foster homes? Please join us at the Dane County Humane Society from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on October 29 to learn about domestic abuse, the link to animal cruelty and how we serve victims and their animals through the SAAV Program.  To RSVP for the event, email us at info@saavprogram.org.
 
Other Great Events

Great Pumpkin Give Away!- October 19, 2013

The Dane County Humane Society will be represented at the Great Pumpkin Give Away on Saturday Oct. 19th, from 9:00am to 12pm The event includes families coming to the Oak Bank green space at 5951 McKee Road in Fitchburg, picking out free pumpkins, dropping off cash donations, AND enjoying kids activities! Refreshments, prizes, a Fun Play Inflatable bouncer and special guest appearances from DCHS's Maddie, Bucky Badger, Maynard the Mallard, and Crash Helmet. 

Contact Emily Weber at eweber@giveshelter.org with any questions


DAIS New Shelter Jazz Benefit Concert- October 20, 2013

The Brink Lounge, Madison from 4:00 - 8:00 pm
$12 in advance/$15 day of
Featuring: Gerri Dimaggio, Jan Wheaton, New Breed with Rob Dz, Rand Moore Quartet

Ray Rideout Jazz Quartet, Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Quartet

This event will benefit the DAIS Capital Campaign for a new domestic abuse shelter in Dane County.

Spooky Treats 
Everyone deserves a treat to celebrate Halloween! Here are two chillingly delicious recipes for your dog or cat.
 
Witches Hat Cat Treats
1/4 cup warm water
5 tablespoons parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon cod liver oil
1 cup white flour
1/4 cup soy flour
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.  Combine water, cheese, butter and oil.  Add flours and form a dough.  Once smooth roll the dough out to approximately 1/4" thick.  Cut out desired shapes with holiday cookie cutters.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. 
 
BPBP Pooch Treats
Best Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pooch Treats will have your dog howling at the moon!
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water as needed
Preheat then oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin, peanut butter and cinnamon in a bowl.  Add water as needed to keep the dough together.  The dough should be stiff and dry though.  Roll the dough out until it is 1/2" thick.  Cut out desired shapes with holiday cookie cutters.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.
SAAV Needs Your Help! 
She Wouldn't Leave Him Behind
SAAV is in particular need of foster parents who do not have their own animals.  Because the vast majority of our current foster parents have animals of their own, we have difficulty placing SAAV animals that are not spayed/ neutered or that cannot be placed with other animals.  If you or someone you know does not have animals of their own and would be willing to open their home for up to 90 days to an animal affected by domestic abuse, please contact us at info@saavprogram.org.
Two Paw Salute!!! 
A very special thank you to the middle school girls of the 2012-2013 H.O.P.E. Company for selecting SAAV as their charity of choice and providing a generous donation to support our mission! Through the Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs Southcentral, Inc. (WWE Southcentral), the group forms each year at the start of the school year and meets one night a week to work on projects. After they create their identity, the girls help design a logo, brainstorm ideas for products to sell, interview business owners, take product surveys, create a business plan, produce and sell their products and eventually track revenues and expenses.  At the end of the year, the girls determine their profit and donate to charities of their choosing with a matching gift provided by the WWE Southcentral.  We are so proud of the girls and so grateful to the girls and WWE Southcentral for their support of human and animals affected by domestic abuse.  To learn more about Girls Biz and WWE Southcentral,visit http://www.wwesouthcentral.org/girlsbiz-history.  
What We Are and What We Do- Our Mission
Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims (SAAV) is dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse within families. SAAV plays a unique role in this fight by recognizing the importance of animals as vital family members and arranging for their safe harbor at the time of critical need- when a domestic abuse victim seeks refuge from an abuser.  Through the SAAV Program, we provide temporary, confidential shelter for a period of up to ninety days for the animals of domestic abuse victims in Dane County who are seeking safety for themselves and their family.  The SAAV Program is made possible through a generous collaboration between SAAV, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services and the Dane County Humane Society.  SAAV also raises community awareness in Dane County and nationally about the link between domestic violence, animal abuse and how individuals can come together to stop the cycle of abuse.  SAAV is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
 
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Contact information:
info@saavprogram.org
PO Box 5152
Madison, WI 53705
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In This Issue
Welcome!
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Board Spotlight
Events
Spooky Halloween Treats
SAAV Needs
A Special Thank You
SAAV Mission
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