February 17, 2010
Citizens United for Animals
Kim Fisher-Isaacs leads citizen action group
Kim Fisher-Isaacs leads a grassroots group that, among other good deeds, builds and delivers desperately needed dog houses to low-income families in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
It's the Law
Kim also knows that strong laws are essential to making lives better for animals in her region. To that end, she and members of her group, Citizens United for Animals, are regularly in touch with their elected officials about animal issues. Members of the group traveled to Madison during last year's Humane Lobby Day to meet with their legislators and ask for support of a bill to regulate puppy mills.
"Kim is an active citizen lobbyist," said HSUS Wisconsin State Director Alyson Bodai. "She also makes a point to show up at the political events that her representatives attend so that she can meet them face-to-face and talk about her group's support for animal protection bills."
Tackles the Issues
CUFA volunteers have helped raise awareness about the problem of dogfighting in Milwaukee. They also distribute HSUS literature about our fur campaign, humane eating, and how to peacefully protest pet stores selling dogs from puppy mills. The group encourages members to join HSUS activities, including Disaster Animal Response Team training.
Another issue CUFA tackles is that of animal suffering in laboratory research. The group worked with the HSUS' Animals in Research department to encourage Marquette University to join other schools in reducing animal suffering in labs. They sent a letter to the school's president and promoted a Facebook page to build pressure on the university to end laboratory animal cruelty.
On Feb. 25, Kim and CUFA volunteers will be front and center at this year's Humane Lobby Day in Madison, working to improve animal welfare in Wisconsin.