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Prizes for Howl and Meow Contests!

The prize list is growing daily for the contests at Howl and Meow!  Stay tuned for new additions to the list.

Mascots of the Year…

Canine: 1st place

OMHS Tee shirt
OMHS Bandana
Free OMHS Pet Membership
$25 Bath and toenail clip at RVS
$20 Gift Certificate at Chet's Feed and Seed
1 OMHS can koozie
2 coupons for meal deals at Animal House
1 collar of choice
1 bag of Lean Treats
Rubber ball
2 Pet Toys
Made in USA rawhide bone


Canine: 2nd Place

OMHS Tee shirt
OMHS Bandana
Free Pet membership in OMHS
$10 Gift Card at Do-It-Center
$10 Gift Certificate at Chet's Feed and Seed
1 OMHS can koozie
1 collar of choice
1 coupon for meal deals at Animal House
Made in USA rawhide bone


Cat / Other species: First place

OMHS Tee shirt
OMHS Bandana
Free Pet membership in OMHS
$20 Gift Certificate at Chet's Feed and Seed
$10 Gift Certificate at Walsh Ace Hardware
Pet Odor Eliminator Candle… Vanilla
1 Laser light toy
1 OMHS can koozie
2 coupons for meal deals at Animal House
2 pkg Temptations Cat Treats

Cat / Other species: 2nd place

OMHS Tee shirt
OMHS Bandana
Free Pet membership in OMHS
$10 Gift Certificate at Chet's Feed and Seed
1 Laser light toy
1 OMHS can koozie
1 coupon for meal deal at Animal House
1 pkg Temptations Cat Treats


Scavenger Scramble

This visual Scramble is new this year.  Participate in this fun twist on a scavenger hunt!

First prize:

Free Pet Membership in OMHS ($5 value)
Free OMHScan koozie
Value basket coupon at Culvers
2 gift certificates for meal deal at Animal House
$5 gift card at Ed's Family Foods
$5 gift certificate Walsh Ace Hardware

Second prize for Scavenger Scramble:

Free Pet Membership in OMHS ($5)
Free OMHS can koozie
$5 gift card at Ed's Family Foods
Sundae coupon from Culvers
1 gift certificate for meal deal at Animal House

Stay tuned for more Scramble prizes!



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Howl and Meow Celebration, Sunday, May 3!

Sunday, May 3
Community Center, 1050 North Orange Street
Richland Center, Wisconsin

Plan to attend OMHS’s 13th annual Howl and Meow celebration on Sunday, May 3, at the Richland Center Community Center. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., pets and people will be able to enjoy great food and fun activities, while raising funds for the everyday expenses of OMHS, such as pet food, veterinary care, pet parasite control, medicines, kitty litter, cleaning supplies, and adoption cell phone costs.

Attendees of the 2015 Howl and Meow will be able to partake in many of the favorite features of past celebrations, as the Crazy Critter Quarter Raffle, the Plant Sale, the Tee-shirt and Sweatshirt Sale, the Paw Print Bake Sale, the ever-popular Grand and Glorious Food Stand, and several featured educational programs will all return.

There are also several new twists and additions planned for this year’s Howl and Meow. For example, new this year is the OMHS Scavenger Scramble, a different twist on the Pet Walk of past years. Also new to this year’s Howl and Meow will be OMHS Pet Memberships and a Howl and Meow Pet Guestbook. Details are below.

You are invited  to take part in the event as a participant, volunteer, or visiting guest. Fun is guaranteed, so plan to attend—and, if possible, bring a friend!

Featured Programs at Howl and Meow

11:30… K-9 Titan and his handler will present an interesting and informative program. Titan is a member of the Richland County Sheriff's Department and a very skilled and valued part of the law enforcement department.

12 noon… Vet Tech students bring a program to the Meeting Room about what they are learning about how to restrain a pet, inspect ears, and examine a pet gently and with dignity and compassion.

12 noon… Mascots of the Year announced.

12:15… Quarter Raffle and Scavenger Scramble winners announced.

12:30… Therapy Dog presentation. A new chapter of Therapy Dogs in Richland County will provide a program illustrating what a therapy dog can provide. Opal, Troy, and Bella are certified therapy dogs. Louie is a therapy dog-in-training. Enjoy these dogs as they show their special training and qualities.

I p.m….Bernese Mountain Dog, Tucker, and his friend Gary Garbe will present a remarkable program of training and trust entitled “What Do We Know About Dogs?"

Schedule and Events for Howl and Meow…

8:00 a.m.Set up the multipurpose room at the Community Center. Volunteers will be needed to set up tables and chairs. (Clean up at 2 p.m.)

10 a.m…. Doors open to fun and friendship!

10 -10:30Registration for the OMHS Scavenger Scramble. For a $10 registration fee, you can compete in a scavenger hunt with your cell phone or digital camera! A wonderful NEW challenge for your participation! You will receive one tee shirt with your entry fee. Each entrant will be given an instruction sheet with the questions or riddles to be answered with photos taken of the scavenger hunt items! This is a visual scavenger hunt! Whoever completes the route first with the most correct answers will win the top prize. There will be also a second prize. In case of a tie, we will flip a coin! Other entrants will be winners as well, with coupons from local businesses! This is a walking route, so wear comfortable shoes. If you have your dog on the hunt with you, the dog must have proof of up-to-date vaccinations and walk on a 6 foot leash. No retractable leashes. We are still working on the list of prizes, so stay tuned.  The prizes will be listed the week of April 20.  For information about the Scramble call 608-475-2690.

Plant Sale opens at 10 am with an extraordinary variety of garden plants donated by OMHS members and friends for sale. Included are vegetable and perennial plants, bulbs, and house plants ready for your home and garden enjoyment. If you have plants or other garden items to donate, please contact 608-963-8769. IMPORTANT: All plants donated for the Plant Sale must be potted. Do NOT bring a bucket full of dirt and plants as we will not be able to accept them the day of the sale. Please use paper or plastic drinking cups for transplant containers for young plants…just punch a hole in the bottom for drainage. We are happy to report that K&A Greenhouse in Middleton will be donating bushes and shrubs for our sale! Shop early for best selection!

11 a.m.  Mascot of the Year, 2015-16: forms and money must be turned in no later than 11 a.m. The Mascot Sponsorship Contest continues to be a great way to raise fundS, with pets (and their human companions) once again raising $$$ for the honor of representing OMHS as Mascots for 2015-16. You can download the form here…Mascot sponsorship form revised.  Two mascots, a canine and a feline or other pet, will be named. The contest is open to dogs, cats, ferrets, turtles, hamsters, whatever pets you want to enter. Ask friends, family, neighbors to sponsor your pet!  Forms are also available at the Richland Veterinary Service, Shireman Veterinary Clinic, and the Frame Corner in Richland Center.
Deadline for Mascot Sponsorship forms & $$ is 11:00 am, May 3… no exceptions! Online donations must be received no later than 12 noon, Saturday, May 2.

Grand and Glorious Food Stand will be ready to serve at 10 a.m. featuring Chicago Red Hot Dogs, seasoned pork sandwiches on bakery buns, chips, veggie wraps and potato salad. The dessert table will feature fancy cupcakes and delightful cat- and dog- themed cookies. Save room for dessert!

Tees/Memberships… Tees and sweatshirts in terrific colors will be for sale. Show your pride in the organization by wearing a colorful OMHS shirt! Memberships, new or renewal, will be available.

New:  OMHS Pet Memberships  will be available for $5 for each pet for a year!  Enroll your pet at Howl and Meow!  Proudly display the certificate of membership for your pet!

NEW: Pet Guestbook: Be sure to have your pet “sign” the Pet Guest book! The guestbook will be at the Membership Table. OMHS wants to know how many pets visited the Howl and Meow.

Crazy Critter Quarter Raffle will have many excellent items for your 25¢ ticket bids. Purchase as many 25¢ tickets as you want, put your name or your mailing label on the tickets, and place lots of them in your favorite item container. HINT: Bring labels with your name imprint to save the time of writing in your name on each ticket. The winning tickets will be drawn at 12:15. Want to donate an item for the raffle? Please contact Becky at 608475-0313 or to donate an item. You may also call 608-604-3483. Bring items for the sale to the Community Center by 9 a.m. May 3 or to the Haseltine Adoption Center, 1217 East Haseltine, R C, on Saturday, between 10-12 noon.

Paw Print Bake Sale: An extraordinary bake sale with traditional and specialty items. Irish soda bread, biscotti, scones, pies, cookies, and MUCH more, all baked with love and skill. Please pre-price your items to reduce time for our volunteers. Call 608-375-4235 if you have questons about pricing or what you are baking. Please volunteer to bake for pet care needs. Please bring your donated items to the Community Center by 9:30 a.m.

We hope you will consider sharing your talent, time, and skills to volunteer at Howl and Meow.

We would appreciate your baked goods for the Paw Print Bake Sale. And, perhaps, donate an item or two for the Quarter Raffle.  How about volunteering to set up?  Plants… yes, we need those perrenials from your garden or lawn.  OMHS always needs your help! 

Thank you and we plan to see you at Howl and Meow!

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O’Delicious Bake Sale This Week!

Bakers are very busy this week preparing tasty items for the O'Delicious Bake Sale!  Stop at the Richland County Bank Lobby to pick up special treats for St. Patricks Day weekend.  The Sale begins at 9 and until about 1:00 or 1:30.  The sale concludes when we are sold out… at about those times listed.

New this year are beef and veggie pasties… a main course item that the Cornish culture claims, going back beyond the 13th century.  The pastie was a mid day meal that the miners could carry easily and feel filled up with the delicious beef and potato filling.

Veggie wraps and veggie packets are also available to pick up for a good, healthy lunch.

We look forward to seeing you as you browse the scones, biscotti, kolachy, Irish soda bread, homemade noodles, and traditional items such as cookies, bars, and cakes.  OMHS has great pie bakers and the cheesecake is out-of-this-world.

Help OMHS raise funds for the Pet Care fund that provides medicines, parasite prevention, and medical care for pets under our wing!

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O’Delicious Bake Sale, Friday, March 13

It is time to think SPRING! And it is the season for the O'Delicious Bake Sale, the first OMHS event for the new year. We not only welcome thoughts of spring weather, gardening, and all the other warm weather actirvities that will be on our minds, but we welcome OMHS members' and friends' items for the sale.

Every event OMHS holds is important as we strive not only to meet the needs of pets abandoned, mistreated, abused, or surrendered, but also to continue to provide services to the community such as the Pet Food Pantry and the Spay Neuter Voucher program.

Help OMHS on Friday, March 13, as a donor or a buyer of the delicious offerings… or both!

Richland County Bank Lobby,

Friday, March 13

9 a.m. until sold out.

The sale features traditional baked items: brownies, cupcakes, breads, cakes, candies, pie by the piece or whole pie; specialty and ethnic items: biscotti, scones, Irish Soda Bread, Kolachy, lefse, krumkake, cheesecake by the piece or whole cheesecake, homemade noodles; and veggies and veggie wraps for lunch or snack.

  • OMHS asks that you price your items prior to bringing them to the Bake Sale. It helps reduce the frantic work for the volunteers first thing in the morning!

  • Need help pricing your baked items for sale? Call 608-604-3483 or email for suggestions. We can help you via the phone or can send a list of suggested prices via email.

  • Please package cookies in 1/2 dozen or 1 dozen amounts… ziplock bags or a plate securely covered work well.

  • Brownies or bars should be packaged 6 or 12 on a paper plate.

  • Please do not bring items in a full pan or container to be returned to you…there is always the chance of losing the container and the inconvenience of phone tag for returns. You don't want to lose your favorite pan or container!!

  • Do you make homemade noodles? Would you donate a nice batch of noodles for the bake sale? Everyone loves homemade noodles, and we never seem to have enough for our sale.

  • Could you help with set-up and/or selling the day of the sale? Please email or call 608-604-3483. Veggie Packs: Would you volunteer to prepare 8-10 small veggie assortments or small green salads? OMHS has clear plastic containers for the veggies or salads… all you do is buy the veggies, prepare them, and put them into the containers. Suggested vegetables are baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, pepper strips, radishes… or any combination for the Veggies Assortment Packs. Please call 608-604-3483 if you can help with this Bake Sale item. Veggies are very popular!

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Paws Fur the Holidays was a Splendid Day

November 8th marked OMHS's 13th annual Paws Fur the Holidays, and it was indeed a fun, furry day! With so much shopping, visiting, petting, bidding, and eating, OMHS knows that this event was enjoyable for people and critters alike.

OMHS would like to thank all participants, members, and volunteers for making this event such a great celebration and fundraiser. A little over $5000 was raised with your generous support, OMHS will continue caring for many cats and dogs until their new human families are found.

If you were unable to attend this year's event, don't worry; you can still renew your membership by sending the Membership Form and a check to Ocooch Mountain Humane Society, PO Box 229, Richland Center, WI 53581, or online at Thinking of becoming a member? Do it! We would love to have you.

Many volunteers worked to make the day successful and OMHS is very grateful for your spirit to make the event fun and successful. 

We do encourage more memberships  in our organization.  Join us in our work to help animals in need.

Happy Holidays from OMHS!


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Paws Fur the Holidays, Saturday, November 8

This is the 13-year celebration of Paws Fur the Holidays and the final OMHS fundraising event of 2014. We welcome you to join the fun at the Community Center, 1050 North Orange Street, Richland Center, and to share the joy of pets and people gathering prior to the holiday crush of activities. 

The Paws Committee,  Carletta Heide, Laura Payne, Sharon Panske, and Judy Quade, have great plans in place for your enjoyment.  We encourage you to attend, and, if you would like, to volunteer or donate an item or two we would be grateful.

Meet Our Furry Friends Ready for Adoption: Cats will be ready for interviews for adoption in the Meeting Room.  Dogs ready for adoption will be on leash and handled by foster parents or members of the Dog Adoption Committee. Stop in and meet the Cat Adoption Coordinators and the some of the wonderful pets under their care until that perfect household adopts them. 

Shoppe 'til You Drop:  An area for those special handmade items that you may choose for the holiday gift season… or, perhaps, as a gift for you!  Georgia and Susan will be hosting this area assisted by Jeannie. If you have items to donate, please bring them to the Community Center by 8:00 a.m.

Pet Portraits: This is a great photo opp for you and your pets.  Images can be placed on disk or flash drive.  Sharon Panske is the photographer. 

Amazing Bake Sale:  Delicious and special are words to describe the array of baked and created goods! Kolache, scones, krumkake, kringle, pies, biscotti, breads, cookies, bars, and treats for dogs are just some of the delicious items you will find.  If you are donating a baked or other items, please bring it to the Community Center by 9 a.m. so Becky Schwab can display it on the tables.

Silent Auction:  Always a popular feature with quality items to encourage competitive bidding, you can donate an item that is handmade or commercial up to 12 midnight, November 1.  Bidding sheets will be prepared November 2.  Bidding concludes at 1:15 with the winning bids announced at 1:45.  You must be present to claim your item, or ask someone else to pick it up.  All items must be paid for the day of the event.  Watch the website for photos and a list of Silent Auction items beginning Wednesday, October 29. The listing will grow as more items are donated. Sorry, all the bidding sheets are completed (November 3) so we cannot accept more items for the Auction. However, the Shoppe 'Til You Drop will accept priced donations.

New this year:  Mini Obstacle Course for Dogs is set up outdoors and will include poles, a tunnel, sit box, and a hurdle for people to run their dogs through for fun.  (Please no retractable leashes.  These could cause problems with controlling multiple dogs in a group. Thank you.)

The Grand and Glorious Food Stand:  Features the popular Chicago Dog, chili, chips, soda, and pie. Would you consider baking a pie for the event?  Please call 608-647-3461.

Membership, New and Renew:  November is membership month for OMHS!  Join OMHS at the same membership rates we started with in 2001.  Join OMHS at Paws Fur the Holidays.  Renew your membership at Paws!

Recycle Cell Phones and Used Ink Cartridges at Paws Fur the Holidays!  Package them up right now so you do not forget!

Volunteers Needed:  OMHS needs volunteers for a variety of jobs.  Please call 608-647-3461 if you can give an hour or two of your time and talent!

See you at Paws Fur the Holidays!

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A Few Photos of the Blessing of Animals

October 1 found almost 50 people celebrating the Feast of St. Francis at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Richland Center.  Here are a few photos shared by Dawn Kiefer, Editor, The Richland Observer.  The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society co-sponsored the event with St. Barnabas Church congregation.

Thank you, Dawn, for the photographs. 

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Blessing of Animals; Celebration of St. Francis

The Feast of St Francis… October 1, 2014
St Barnabas Episcopal Church
297 North Main, Richland Center

Worship with Animals ~ 5:30 pm
Blessing of Animals ~ 6:15 pm

All are invited, including pets, to a lively service remembering the preaching of Francis of Assisi and giving thanks for the blessings that we have through our
companion animals.

This service is a celebration of God as creator of all, and the goodness that is in creation.

An event in partnership with The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society.

Below are a few photos from the 2012 Blessing of Animals.

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Badger Ordnance Program at Antique Adventures, September 27

Badger Ordnance was an important factor in the defence of the USA beginning with the start of World War l l.  But beyond that Badger had great economic and social impact in the southwestern area of Wisconsin.  Badger Ordnance, the "powder plant," served the country beginning in 1942 through three wars.  Badger Ordnance was located just south of Baraboo Wisconsin.  It ceased operation during the Viet Nam War era.

Michael Goc, past president of the group preserving the history of Badger, will present an interesting program at Antique Adventures.  The program, held in the Meeting Room at the Community Center, Richland Center, begins at 12:30 p.m. Michael is an author and an historian and will present a lively program that will bring back memories of those whose parents, uncles and aunts had their first real job off the farm during World War l l. 

The admission to the Adventures is $5 and is a benefit event for the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society.  A $10 admission allows you to bring up to 3 items for evaluation by "people in the business." You will receive opinions about your treasures but not "estate appraisals," which take time and extensive research.

Viewing the collections of area residents passionate about history and a food stand with home made chilis, including vegetarian and chicken, and seasoned pork sandwiches will keep everyone satisfied!

The two programs at the event are in partnership with the Richland County Historical Society and the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society. 

Hours of Antique Adventures are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Door Prizes announced at 1:45. 

Support OMHS by attending the Antique Adventures.

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Antique Adventures Features Paintings of Paul Seifert, American Privitive

Farmscapes in watercolor will be featured in a program at Antique Adventures by curator Joseph Kapler, Wisconsin State Historical Society.  OMHS is very excited to host the presentation about Seifert because he has very close ties with Richland County.  Paul Adolf Seifert immigrated to the United States from Saxony Germany in about 1867. There is a theory that he left Germany to avoid military service. He "landed" at Richland City in Richland County. The village no longer exists because the Wisconsin River made a pretty dramatic change of course and demolished Richland City.  The village of Gotham, just a short distance up river, took the place of Richland City.

Paul Seifert may have travelled on a logging raft and upon reaching Richland City he disembarked.  There he met Elizabeth Kraft, and, because she and her family spoke English, he decided to stay.  Kraft and Seifert were married and spent their life in the Richland City/Gotham area along the Wisconsin River.

In the later 1870's Paul began painting and he continued creating painting through the early 1890's.  He also supported his family with his talent as a taxidermist and raised garden vegetables that he and Elizabeth sold.  But his paintings are what we want to know more about at this program. 

Paul Seifert is known as an itinerant painted.  A primitive or naive painter.  An outsider. Once you have seen a Seifert watercolor you KNOW what a Seifert looks like!  The paintings are that distinctive. He would paint a picture of a farm scene with the buildings, representations of cows and pigs, and some of the people in the family.  The people were always working or engaged in activity. No one was with out action.  But all the people are painted in profile, like the Egyptian representation of people. 

The paper was generally 18×24 toned paper… light gray or blue.  The media he used was watercolor and pen and ink.  He was very precise with his inked lines for fences!  The perspective is unusual and the point of view of the painting is always slightly above the horizon level.  This is a typical characteristic of the primitive painter. He said that people liked his paintings and he liked painting for them.  He charged $2.00 for the paintings. Frequently he did duplicates of the paintings.  Paul did create pencil sketches of the farms and then painted the scene back at his home.  One pencil drawing does exists of "Laws Landing."

It is not known how many paintings Seifert completed.  He left no record95 of his work.  Thiere were 17 watercolor paintings in the exhibit that Mr. Kapler curated.  He discovered a few more paintings but chose 17 that were most representative of Seifert's work.  The exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Society Museum in Madison WI ran from April to the end of August, 2014. 

In 1950 an art historian from the East had "discovered" Paul Seifert.  And a painting of his and a description of the primitive artist can be found in "Three Hundred Years of American Painting" by Alexander Eliot. Paintings by Seifert are found in Cooperstown NY and in Williamsburg VA.  An exhibit of his paintings on paper was held in Richland Center in the 1960's.  These were paintings owned by local people and the showing was held in the Krouskop's Deparment Store.

When his age became an issue for traveling around Richland, Iowa, Grant, and Sauk counties, Seifert began painting imaginary paintings on glass.  He charged $5.00 for his reverse paintings.  Many of these painting probably met the same fate that the work on paper met… they were destroyed or tossed out. The reverse paintings had the same motif… a castle on a rocky hill, a body of water below such as a lake or a river, and a small boat pulled up on shore. Generally there was a cross in the composition.  Seifert was quite enterprising and used aluminum foil in the windows of the castle to create a lively appearance.  Reverse painting is an interesting technique and requires much planning.

Seifert created sculptural pieces as well, such as bas reliefs with a plaster substance shaped like a castle with a beach and a boat.  The beach had small shells from the Wisconsin River impressed into it.

The Seifert program is co-sponsored by the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society and the Richland County Historical Society.

We encourage attendance at this interesting program about a little known artist who created wonderful watercolor paintings in the driftless area of Wisconsin. 

Remember:  $5 admission per person for the programs, viewing of the collections by local people, and listening in on the evaluations of vintage and antique items. 

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