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Monthly Archives: December 2011
Accidents are preventable and the report of this tragic incident may help save the lives of other cats and kittens.
An OMHS member is heartbroken after finding that a young female cat only 16 months old had apparently suffocated to death in a plastic pail. The photos show the type of pail and the lid that became snapped in place accidentally trapping the cat inside. The household has multiple cats, several of whom are young and very playful. Apparently the young female had jumped into the pail and perhaps had actually curled up in the bottom. It is speculated that another cat jumped onto the partially closed lid, snapping it into a locked position thus trapping the cat and cutting off the air supply.
As shown in the photo, this kind of pail does have a hazardous warning label on it for children. Pails of this kind should be kept out of the reach of pets, as well. Please check your storage areas or areas where your pets or children may encounter this type of pail. The tendency of the lid to slowly descend and almost close itself (not snapping closed, however) is a dangerous design. Please cut the lids off this type of pail to avert a tragedy such as the one suffered in this OMHS household.
OMHS extends sincere sympathy to the family whose cat companion perished in the accident.
Wilson has moved into his new home! He was adopted January 27 along with Marcus and Troy, his cat friends at the Adoption Center. Congratulations, Wilson and friends!
Wilson is a mature cat found wandering around in town here in Richland Center. He decided to choose Susan and Matthew as his contacts to find a new home. They helped him with shelter and food until OMHS could take this big guy under their wing. Wilson has made a remarkable adaptation to being an indoor cat and temporarily living at the Adoption Center with lots of other cats. He has, of course, been neutered and vaccinated and de-wormed. Wilson immediately took to the indoor accommodations, including the litter boxes. He is very friendly and somewhat vocal… he likes to "talk." Wilson enjoys jumping up on a lap to be petted and cuddled. He is very companionable. He has intense black stripes on his firm and athletic body. The white splotch on his nose is a very distinguished mark for this handsome boy.
We have included photos of Wilson and his friend Rusty on this page. They are good friends… they get along with everybody at the Adoption Center, actually. The two "boys" sitting together on the chair was too good to resist as a photo opp. It appears that Rusty is telling Wilson to sit up for his photo. Wilson is thinking otherwise. Click on the photos to see the full image of these two felines.
Please come to interview Wilson and his buddy Rusty at the Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center on Wednesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. or Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon. The Center is located directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community. The cats and the staff will be happy to see you.
Troy was adopted into a great new home on January 27! Congratulations, Troy, on your adoption along with your friends Wilson and Marcus! You three will have a super time in your new digs!
Troy is a very young and personable boy! He is under a year old and ready for a great home where he will be loved and treasured. He is a real charmer!
One of the Adoption Center volunteers sums up Troy this way: "Troy is the most good-natured and sweetest young cat I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! He purrs the minute he is picked up and held. He just melts into your arms with the softest cuddle! Troy has strikingly soft, bright orange fur. He gets along so well with the other cats here. He is a quiet young kitten and just a wonderful young cat. I want him to get a wonderful home as soon as possible."
Troy will be a wonderful young cat companion in a household that enjoys the personality and warmth and affection of a kitten.
Please come interview Troy at the Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center… directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community. Hours are Wednesday, 530 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to noon.
OMHS is grateful for the continued support of a very important program, namely the Pet of the Month campaign, to find homes for pets. Pet of the Month begins its 11th year of advertising dogs and cats ready for adoption with the help of business and OMHS member sponsors. The program is very effective and is instrumental in finding homes for these deserving and loyal pets.
The cost of advertising for the entire year is a one-time cost of $125.00. We may be crazy but OMHS has stuck with the original cost from 10 years ago. The $125 buys, for the sponsor, a listing on each of the display ads published once per month in the Richland Shopping News, the Richland Observer, and the Boscobel Dial. The ads are 3 column by 4 or more inches and the cost to each sponsor is $3.47 for each of the 3 publications amounting to $10.41 per month. A very good deal and a very good way for OMHS to help find homes for pets.
It is not too late to become a Pet of the Month sponsor!
OMHS is pleased to announce the Pet of the Month Sponsors for 2012:
- Walsh Ace Hardware
- R & K Auto and Tire
- Richland County Bank
- Wertz Plumbing and Heating
- Shireman Veterinary Clinic
- J Coufal OMHS member
- Ocooch Mountain Motorcycle Safety, LLC
- Harmony Hardwood Floors, LLC
- J and S Patch friends of OMHS
- D. Goodchild and J Hansen OMHS members
- Premier Cooperative
- Rural Mutual Insurance, Clary Agency
- Rockbridge Sawmill
- Burnstad's Market
- Chitwood Electric
- Strang Heating and Electric
- R and J Quade OMHS members
- A and C Pellett OMHS members
- Richland Veterinary Service, LLC
- J. Loft OMHS member
- Sharon Wallace OMHS member
- an Anonymous sponsor
Remember, there is still time to become a sponsor of the Pet of the Month program…the first ad of the year will be published the second week of January and is in the hands of the publications today. You can send your check to: OMHS Pet of the Month, P.O. Box 229, Richland Center, WI 53581. If you have questions about sponsorship, click the "contact us" opportunity. The more sponsors we have the larger the ad size, or perhaps we can run ads more frequently. If you enroll in this program in January, 2012, and have missed the first display ad publication we can extend your sponsorship into January 2013. We are more than happy to do that!
If you or your business have a website it can be linked to this OMHS site. Business website banners will be placed in the randomly rotating display at the bottom of the static pages on the OMHS site. Those static pages such as membership, mission, Adoption Center, etc. have the more permanent information about OMHS. Take a look at these pages and watch the banners change as they move through the random schedule.
The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society, along with all other humane organizations, needs financial help to continue the mission of helping lost, abused, surrendered, and abandoned animals. OMHS encourages you to make a kind and considerate gift as 2011 comes to conclusion. Your donation will directly impact the care needs of animals under the wing of our organization. As you know, OMHS is a small non-profit organization dependent totally upon donations and fund raising events. We receive no public funds, state, county, or national.
Programs that help fulfill the OMHS mission are: the Adoption Center for cats, providing Health Care and medicines to animals as they regain strength and confidence to be ready for adoption, the Foster Homes program for dogs, the Spay Neuter program providing lower costs for financially stressed families and individuals, and the Pet Food Pantry, one of the few fully functioning such programs in the state. You may also choose to donate funds "where most needed" and allow the funds to be used at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Donations no matter how large or small are a great help.
Online donations are very welcome or you may choose to download a donation form and mail it to OMHS. Go to the Donate page on the main menu on this site, please. You can designate where you would like to see your donation used.
The Pet Connection newsletter is published 5 to 6 times per year with the names of donors for the programs mentioned above listed in the issues. OMHS would be pleased to have you consider becoming a member of the organization. With membership you receive the newsletter and will see your name listed as a donor. OMHS chooses to not publish the newsletter on the website because of privacy issues for the donors and volunteers whose names are listed in the publication. Please consider membership. Go to Membership, download the form, and mail it along with a check to OMHS Membership, P.O. Box 229, Richland Center, WI 53581.
LaVonne is a beautiful lavender-gray cat! She is a quiet girl and maybe a bit shy… but who wouldn't be with all the activity of the rambunctious kittens and young cats at the Adoption Center. LaVonne just needs the opportunity to be in a peaceful environment where she can be the center of attention… oh, maybe one other cat in her new home would be okay with her. LaVonne is the mother of Huey, Dewey, and Louie. She is just under 3 years old, spayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations and ready to move to a great new home. LaVonne will be a very fine companion in a home that is, perhaps, a bit on the quiet side. She is a stunning color and the color seems to change with the light from lavender-gray into bluish-gray depending upon the light. Her fur is short and very soft… almost like velvet. You have to see her to appreciate her appearance.
Interview LaVonne at the Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center… directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community. Hours: Wednesday, 5:30 to 7 pm and Saturday, 9:30 am to Noon. Download an adoption form on this site and be prepared to adopt LaVonne… and maybe one of her friends at the Adoption Center, as well. Begin the new year by giving a deserving animal a great home. Pets help humans stay healthy with their affection and companionship.
Just like the song, "Sweet Caroline," this young cat is certainly defined as sweet. Caroline is Amelia's sibling. At nine months old, Caroline is a very pretty cat, sociable and loveable. She gets along very well with all the other cats at the Adoption Center. Caroline is friendly and enjoys interaction with humans and her feline companions. Caroline is spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. She is ready to go to a new home that has at least one other cat in residence. Or Caroline could be adopted along with one of her friends at the Adoption Center. Because she has been raised in an environment with other cats she really needs to have the companionship of another cat or two as she continues to grow physically and psychologically. Behavior and socializing just is more balanced for kittens… Caroline is still a kitten… if they have other cats for companionship. Caroline will be a wonderful addition to a home environment.
Interview Caroline at the Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center… directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community. Hours: Wednesday, 5:30 to 7 pm and Saturday, 9:30 am to Noon. Download an adoption form from this site and be prepared to adopt Caroline… and maybe one of her friends, too! Begin the new year by giving a great home and life to a deserving companion animal. Pets help we humans stay healthy with their affection and companionship.
Dewey has been adopted! Congratulations to a very deserving, mature cat!
Dewey is one of the trio of kittens born to LaVonne. The kittens were almost identical in size and color and full of fun so we named them Huey, Dewey, and Louie! They have all turned out to be wonderfully social and sweet kittens. Dewey surprised everyone when going in for "neuter" surgery. Dewey was mistaken at birth for being male but was, in fact, a sweet little female. So Dewey is spayed, up-to-date on her vaccinations and ready for a fine home where she will charm everyone with her beauty and personality! Dewey and her siblings have beautiful lavender-gray fur that is really soft to the touch. Their color seems to change with the amount of ambient light in the room. Dewey loves to play; she is very energetic. In a word, Dewey is loveable and sociable. Because Dewey, who is just over a year old, has grown up in an environment with lots of other cats, she needs to go to a home with at least one other cat or she would need to be adopted into a home along with one of her cat friends at the Adoption Center. The companionship of another cat is especially important for these young animals. Their behavior and general happiness in the new home seems to be much better balanced when they have cat companionship.
Interview Dewey at the OMHS Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center… directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community. Hours: Wednesday, 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 am to Noon. Download the adoption form here on the site and be ready to adopt Dewey… and maybe one of her many friends. Begin the new year by giving a great home to a deserving and affectionate companion animal.
]Clive is a very athletic and playful young cat. He is just a little over a year old and just out of kitten-hood. He is very distinguished in appearance with dark stripes on his sleek body. Clive is neutered, up-to-date on his vaccinations, and ready to go to a new home where there is at least one other cat. He has grown up with lots of interaction with other cats, therefore he needs cat companionship in his new home in addition to lots of attention and affection from his human family. Clive will be a very fine addition to a home environment.
Interview Clive at the OMHS Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community. Hours: Wednesday, 5:30 to 7 pm and Saturday, 9:30 am to noon. Download an adoption form on this site and be prepared to adopted Clive… and maybe one of his friends at the Adoption Center. Start out the new year by giving a deserving animal a new home.
Click on Clive's photos to have the full view this handsome fellow.
OMHS is pleased to announce that Rusty has found a wonderful home! On January 28 he was adopted into a home that enjoys one other cat AND two very nice children along with mom and dad will now enjoy both of these great felines! The family saw Rusty advertised in the Shopper and two newspapers as Pet of the Month and they also saw him on this site! In addition to that they heard the radio spot on WRCO about Rusty this week. Those spots are sponsored by Strang Heating and Electric! Thank to you everyone who helps get the word out there about the outstanding pets OMHS has for adoption.
You have been chosen Pet of the Month for January! There is a household out there just looking for a charming, energetic, playful cat that has all the character of a world traveler. You are that cat! Good luck, Rusty!
Rusty was rescued from his difficult, dangerous, and wandering outdoor life by an OMHS member and he has adapted very well to a more leisure and safe life. This guy had been around as proved by the battle scarred, split right ear. Rusty is about 3 years old, he has been neutered and is up-to-date on his vaccinations. It took less than two weeks for Rusty to become acclimated to the Adoption Center and living with lots of other cats. But he has adjusted well, including using the litter-box right from the get-go. Rusty just loves to be petted! He cannot get enough, unlike Margo who has her limits on being petted! Who says cats don't have personalities! Rusty and his friends would certainly challenge that opinion. Rusty would do well in a home with other cats, he enjoys companionship. He might get a bit irritated with some of the kittens who invade his space when he is snoozing but he is an all around great cat. He is a handsome cat with a tomcat face, he weighs in at around 10 pounds. Rusty will be a very excellent companion.
Be certain to click on Rusty's photos to see the larger format of the pictures of this guy with the big face.
We couldn't resist inserting the two photos of Rusty and his friend Wilson! It appears that Rusty was trying to encourage Wilson to "sit up and have your picture taken." These two get along very well with each other and all the other cats! They are great companions.
Interview Rusty and his friends at the OMHS Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community. Hours: Wednesday, 5:30- 7pm… Saturday, 9:30 am – noon.