Driftless Humane Society’s Pets of the Week
Driftless Humane Society’s Pets of the Week

July is just around the corner and that means Fourth of July celebrations are in the planning stages.

While people celebrate this country’s freedom with barbecues and fireworks, thousands of animals across the country may be frightened, injured, or suffering from severe anxiety. To help keep your pets safe this holiday, here are some best practices from the American Veterinary Medical Association:

  • Leave your pets at home when going to parties, fireworks, parades, and other events. Loud fireworks, unfamiliar places, and crowds can be very frightening for pets, and there is a significant risk that pets will become frightened and run away.
  • Keep your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate during parties and fireworks.
  • If you have guests, ask them to keep an eye on your pets so they don’t escape. Placing notices on exit doors and gates will help you and your guests stay alert.
  • Keep your pets indoors when you or your neighbors set off fireworks.
  • Keep sparklers, glow sticks, fireworks, charcoal and skewers away from curious pets.
  • Do not allow pets near your grill while it is in use or while it is still hot.
  • If you’re traveling for the holidays, consider leaving your pets at home with a pet sitter or at a kennel, and if you must take them with you, know how to keep them safe.

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Pet of the week: Bella


Bella came to us from another shelter without us having a grasp of her environment. Bella is extremely sweet and loving with people, but after her time in a new home, she has shown that she needs the right match when living with another dog. She is housebroken and dog friendly. Bella enjoys car rides and is happy to just hang out while you run your errands. Bella has done very well in foster care, with no chewing or reaching into things. She would do better with children over 12, as she shows some signs of resource guarding towards the people she loves. Bella enjoys her walks and would make an excellent walking partner. During her stay at the shelter, Bella has shown us that she LOVES the hose, as she barks and bites at it and jumps into her wading pool once it is full.

Pet of the week: Frisco


Frisco is a wonderful 5-year-old Aussie mix from Texas. He is a sweet, loving boy who knows a few basic commands. He is a great size and has lots of energy for adventure. He is well behaved and is looking for his forever family! Frisco enjoys spending time with the volunteers and going on long walks. He loves a good game of tug of war, but hasn’t yet learned that he can’t always win.

Pet of the Week: Reggie


This handsome guy is a partner change from the south. He is a big boy and weighs 30 pounds at only 22 weeks! The breed is believed to be a German Shepherd mix, but who knows with what?! Reggie is a little nervous and needs some time to adjust to the staff, but in his previous foster home they said he is sweet and loves to give kisses and snuggles. He is a dog and people friendly pup. He loves walks, playing with his friends and toys. Reggie would do wonderful in a home with an older dog to guide him and build his confidence.

The Driftless Humane Society is located at 1150 Nelson Parkway, Viroqua. For more information about the pets available for adoption, visit or call 608-637-6955. The animal welfare organization is open Monday and Wednesday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.