Stray and Wild Animal Encounters

The spring and summer months bring beautiful changes to the flora and fauna of Wisconsin. As the weather warms and people enjoy more time out of doors with their animal companions, the chance of encounter with stray and wild animals increase. Each city and county has different regulations in regard to animal control, so resources and services in each area will vary. If you have no previous experience dealing in such matters, or are unsure how to proceed, your local police or sheriff department is the first place to call with animal related questions or concerns. Consider the following if a situation should arise:
Use caution when approaching any animal, wild or domestic.

If it is a wild animal please leave the animal alone for at least 24 hours. This is difficult to do, but many animals that appear injured or abandoned are actually exhibiting defense mechanisms. If the animal has visible injuries such as bleeding or dragging limbs, contact your local police or sheriff department as soon as possible.

Many "abandoned" baby animals and birds have parents close by. Confining or removing the young may actually be separating them from the parent, greatly decreasing their survival. The animal in question is best served by assessing the situation from a distance and keeping activity around the animal to a minimum. Please make sure pets do not have access to the animal. In many cases a mother will return shortly after you leave the vicinity.

If you determine the animal is injured, you can place an inverted box or laundry basket over top of small animals. In some cases a pet carrier or kennel can be used. Keep physical contact to a minimum. Capturing injured wildlife can be dangerous if not done correctly.  One wild animal resource in our area is Four Lakes Wildlife Rescue of Madison; you can call them at (608) 838-0413 ext. 151 for further instructions. They do excellent work in the care and/or rehabilitation of wild animals and also have much useful information regarding the care of wild animals on their website Always contact a facility before transferring an animal. Never leave or drop off an injured or stray animal outside of a building. Please keep in mind that special licensing is required to legally care for wild animals. OMHS and local vet offices do not have this licensing.

If a domestic animal is found and you feel comfortable approaching, please check for identification such as tags. Safely confine the animal in a quiet place if possible. If there are no identifiers contact your local police or sheriff department for instructions and information about animal control.
If you would prefer to hold onto the animal yourself until the owner can be found please alert neighbors, local and nearby humane societies/shelters, veterinary offices, as well the police and sheriff departments. Radio stations, online social media and posting fliers may help find the animal's people as well. If you are able to transport the animal, many veterinarian services and shelters are able to check for microchips.

If you find an injured wild or domestic animal along the road in Richland County please call the Richland County Sheriff Department 647-2106 as the Humane Officer or another officer will be dispatched to assist. Conservation Officer Mike Nice may be contacted by calling 647-4217 and is able to assist with wildlife situations and questions as well.

Baby mammals such as kittens, bunnies, and fawns are common in our area. As the babies grow, mothers will leave their young for longer stretches of time to search for food. Within several weeks of age many young have grown enough to start following their mother to learn important life lessons. Baby birds, or fledglings, grow Con and become more ambitious, often tumbling from the nest before their feathers are completely grown. Please do not assume that these young creatures are abandoned. Many times mothers are close by and still caring for them, but hide as humans approach. Leave the animal alone for at least 24 hours if they are not in direct physical danger. The survival rate of these young creatures, domestic or wild, is greatly reduced if they are removed from their mother too early. Only after careful observation has allowed you to determine with certainty that the young has actually been abandoned, should the young be contained or removed and brought to a safe place.

Currently, Richland County provides a pick up services for stray dogs in Richland Center and the county. Cats within the county may be picked up as well. Animals that are not claimed after pick up are put up for adoption at the Richland Area Rescue. If you have lost your pet, to claim your animal, or if a stray pick up is needed within the city limits, call the Richland Center Police Department. You need to call the Sheriff’s Department if you are outside of Richland Center.

The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society offers respite for homeless cats and dogs. We will be happy to take any lost or found animal information as well. Stray animals that are not claimed will be placed for adoption. Please call 604-3483 for more information, email info@ocoochmountainhumanesociety, or visit our homepage Please do not leave emails or text/voice messages for an emergency or urgent situation as OMHS does not offer transport services, nor have full time staff available at this time. Never leave or drop off an animal outside a building.
Please do not remove feral kittens from their nest or mother in order to try and tame them. Your intentions may be well-meaning, but kittens should remain with their mother if possible. Please call your local humane society/shelter for information about how to handle such a situation if a feral cat has kittens on your property.

OMHS is able to care for abandoned kittens and puppies within Richland County and the surrounding area, however, if you are willing and able to care for the abandoned young you have found, OMHS encourages you to do so. OMHS volunteers experienced in kitten or puppy care would be pleased to offer advice and support. Contact a veterinary service for specific care directions.
Article submitted by Laura Payne, member, OMHS Board of Directors

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Rummage Romp to Benefit the Pets-In-Waiting for Adoption!

July 26 is the date of the 2014 Rummage Romp, the COLOSSAL sale that raises dollars directly targeted at the costs of medical care, housing, and food for companion animals under the wing of the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society!

This really is an amazing Rummage Romp! One that you do not want to miss.The annual Rummage Romp has a reputation for clean, quality items donated by members and friends. The Romp is one of the most important fund raising projects of the organization.

In addition to donating clean, lightly used items, OMHS asks that you please consider volunteering to help with the Romp set-up or on the sale day. Maybe donate and volunteer! Your generous donations of items and your volunteer help are crucial in the ongoing efforts to raise needed funds for helping pets under our wing as they await adoption.  The medical care to get the pets ready for adoption is the largest cost OMHS has during the year.  Rummage Romp is a major source of $$$ for tick and flea control, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, food, and shelter needs for all the animals.

As you see, your help is crucial to fund the ongoing needs of OMHS. Whether you donate items, volunteer to work, or do both, you will feel gratified that you have provided needed help for continuing the work of this charitable organization.
 Clothing       Furniture        Antiques       Vintage      Household essentials   
Small Appliances     Sporting equipment      Gardening and Outdoor items  
  Hand tools      Holiday Items     Craft items   Kitchen essentials    Pottery/Ceramics        Pictures         Home Decor   
  • NO large electrical appliances, bed mattresses, or large sports equipment such as treadmills. NO televisions, NO computers, NO printers will be accepted.

Set-up is Friday, July 25 Bring your clean, usable, pre-priced items to the Community Center, 1050 N. Orange Street, Richland Center between
1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
**Give 2 hours of your time and talent with set-up, and you are eligiblefor the Early Bird Worker Sale…Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There are great items available at this early sale that will be snapped up quickly!
**Email to register for your 2 work hours. Register to help either Friday or Saturday to be eligible for the special Early Bird Sale…4 to 5:30 p.m.
Volunteers needed for set up Friday at 12 noon.
Do you need help pre-pricing the items you are donating?
Call 647-7161 for help OR
email for assistance. 
Below is a list of clothing items you do not have to pre-price… we have a standard price for these items, unless you have a Gucci leather coat that cries out for a higher price!!!
  • To simplify preparation for the Rummage Romp for Pets, clothing will be priced as follows:

Shorts/jeans/pants $1.00

Pair of shoes $1.00

Blouses/shirts 50 cents

Dresses/skirts 75 cents

Sweaters 50 cents

Sweatshirts 75 cents

Sleepwear 25 cents

Ties 25 cents

Belts 25 cents


***The above prices will be posted prominently in the clothing area, so you do not have to individually price the clothing. If your clothing item is worth more than these prices, please put an easy-to-read price on the item, and those items will be displayed in a separate area. ****


  • Paperback books will sell for 25 cents, and hardcover books will sell for 50 cents. These prices will be posted. If you have books that are worth more than these prices, please mark the book(s) individually with appropriate price.

Volunteers needed Saturday:
cashiers and help re-organizing tables as items are sold.
Help needed with clean up. Boxing up items that are unsold.
3 pickup trucks needed for hauling items.
The Rummage Romp is open to the public
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

***Homemade Scones, Coffee, and Lemonade
to give you strength for shopping.***

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Sebastian is Pet of the Month for July and He is Ready for Adoption!

OMHS introduces Sebastian, a handsome, long-furred, buff-colored Tabby.  Sebastian is Pet of the Month and also earned the honor of OMHS Feline Mascot 2014-2015 at the Howl and Meow event.  This charming fellow is ready to move to a loving and caring home!

Sebastian is undoubtedly the most laid-back… we don't want to say lazy…cat we have ever had under the OMHS wing. Even thought he is a couch potato many of his waking hours, he does enjoy playing and being petted.  He is a very interesting cat who can respond to any mood required!

Neutered, UTD on his vaccinations, and just under 3 years old, he gets along well with other cats and with people. As his photos show, Sebastian frequently appears to be deep in thought!

This fine, gentle cat will be a great household companion!

Interview Sebastian…he is awaiting your visit at the OMHS Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center WI.  Hours are Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 to 12 noon.  Or you may call 608-604-8834 with questions or perhaps an appointment.  The Adoption Application form can be downloaded on the Adoption page on the main menu.

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Fiber Nets Available Online: Nesting Material for the Birds!

OMHS is pleased to offer the popular and ORIGINAL Fiber Nets for online shopping! The Fiber Nets are assembled by hand right here in Richland County by an avid bird watcher.  Dee's cat watches her every move as she stuffs the cotton netting with llama fiber and cinches up the ends!  The Fiber Nets are destined to be tied to branches or fences or wherever birds will find this great building material!  Fancy Creek Llamas in Richland County supplies the nest building fiber.  Llama fiber is light weight and has terrific tensile strength for a bird nest that will defy the elements and please the orioles, robins, cardinals, and many, many other birds in search of suitable building materials. The fiber strands are very thin and easy for birds to carry.  Dee reports that some birds take off from the Fiber Net with a whole beak full of fiber! 

The Fiber Nets make great gifts any time of the year for the bird watchers on your gift list.

Four Fiber Nets will fit nicely into a USPS Flat Rate box for a total cost of $16.00.  A page of suggestions for mounting the Net for the convenience of birds is included in the package.  Order yours now… get those Fiber Nets out there for the birds to grab some good material.  (If you would send $20, four dollars…$4…would be directed to help OMHS with the ongoing Pet Care costs for animals under its wing.)

To order your Fiber Nets online, please  click "Buy Now" to continue.



To order your Fiber Nets by mail please send your order and your check to:

Fiber Nets
P.O. Box 229
Richland Center WI 53581

Thank you for your order! 

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Cruiser has a Great New Home!

Congratulations, Cruiser, on your adoption into a caring, loving home!  Enjoy life to the fullest.

Cruiser is a young dog, one to two years old, who was wandering around as a stray canine just looking for a home!  OMHS has taken the nice dog under its wing and now offers him for adoption.  He is a friendly and easy going dog who will be an excellent medium energy dog.  He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and weighs in at about 50 pounds.

Because OMHS is short of foster home locations right now, Cruiser is being kenneled at a vet practice.  He really needs to be in a home setting.  He is cautious and a bit frightened by the kennel circumstances.  If you could give this nice young dog a foster home until he is adopted that would be a marvelous help to Cruiser's adapting to good care and it would help OMHS! 

OMHS would like to see this fine dog in a home situation, foster or adopted, soon.  Please consider giving Cruiser a new chance on a normal life!

Please call 608-604-7848 to make and appointment for an interview with Cruiser.  He is awaiting your call.

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Howl and Meow Success!

Howl and Meow was a grand success Sunday, May 4!

Just over $6,000 was raised to help with Pet Care costs and the Spay Neuter program.  OMHS is grateful to the participants and visitors to the event and for the generous pledges to the Pet Walk teams.  Dog Mascots of the year are Bud and Jackson, the companions of Sharon Panske, and the second place finishers are Daisy and Star, canine companions of Judy Krysko.  The Cat Mascot of the year is Sebastian, an OMHS cat in residence at the Adoption Center and wonderful fellow just waiting for a great home! Laura Payne was raising pledges for Sebastian.

OMHS is very pleased with the results of the Plant Sale! Over $900 was raised for the Spay Neuter program.  This was the largest monetary result for the Plant Sale now in its fourth year. A big thank you to the OMHS members and friends who donated plants. This was a difficult spring to find perennials in the garden to donate!  It had been such a difficult winter and spring has not been much help either for plants and gardeners.  But OMHS had a wonderful variety of plants for sale.  OMHS is very grateful to the K&A Greenhouse on Mineral Point Road, Verona WI, for the spectacular donation of "winter weary" shrubs and plants!  Their donation gave the OMHS sale a huge boost!  The donation by K&A was the key to the success of the plant sale!  If you shop in the Madison WI area be sure to visit the K&A Greenhouse for a terrific plant experience!  Tell them OMHS sent you.

Below please find photos from the Howl adventure.  Please note that young volunteer, Oliver, is shown in more than photo.  There was a running joke going on to have him in as many photos as possible. Another fun part of Howl and Meow.

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Knit Cat Toys for OMHS Cats

Would you be willing to knit a few toys for our OMHS cats?

We have discovered that most of the cat toys for sale in retail have some potentially dangerous features.  The next time you are in the cat toy section of a pet supply store look at the playthings for cats.  You will generally see a selection of pieces with tiny beads for eyes, applied whiskers, attached ears, as well as other added on items to "bodies" made of felt or other material.  OMHS Cat Adoption Center Coordinators have found that catnip toys can be a problem in a multiple cat living arrangement.  Some cats, in their play with catnip, can become aggressive.  That is obviously not a good thing where many cats are in residence. 

One of the Adoption Center Coordinators, Judy, has been knitting cat toys for years.  It came to our attentions to enlist the help of OMHS members and friends in knitting toys for cats!  The toys are so simple and yet the cats just love them.  They pick up the toys and carry them around or roll the ball around, toss the shaped toy up in the air, and generally have a lot of fun with these knitted creations.

We realize that these toys and the instructions are very simple and experienced knitters could create these toys with their eyes closed!  However, we are hoping that the more experienced knitters will enhance the instruction with the use of color and, perhaps other shapes that would be interesting for cats.

The instruction page has information about how to deliver the toys for the use of the appreciative cats!

Thank you for the help.

Directions for knitting the toys can be downloaded here.

cat toys 1

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Rex Has Been Adopted!

Congratulations, Rex, on being adopted into a loving and active home!  Your three dogs friends and April will give you lots of love and fun!


Rex is a very nice small dog who is ready for adoption.  He weighs 30 pounds, is about 18 months of age, neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations.  Rex is an interesting looking young guy… actually when you first see him… or his photos… you may think he is a "old guy!"  His fur coat is gray but with some hints of tan/peach color.  He is a charmer! 

  He is young and ready to bring spirit and joy to a home.  He loves people, kids, and other dogs… we are not certain yet about cats.  Rex needs direction on his house training habits but he is a quick learner. Rex is a medium energy level dog so he is not bouncing off the walls! Rex should respond well to commands that are consistent… just like any young dog, he will love routine and direction.

We encourage you to call 608-604-7848 to arrange an interview with this very nice dog.  Rex is in foster care in a home where he is learning all about family living. Call today to set up a time to meet this charming dog.


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Howl and Meow: Get Ready for a Fun Day

    The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society encourages pet owners to join the fun at the Pet Walk, Sunday, May 4, at the Howl and Meow event held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center in Richland Center. The walking route is 1.5 miles.  The Pet Walk is a part of this 12th  annual event where the Mascots of the Year are determined by pledge dollars raised by the pets and their companions.  OMHS has a dog mascot and a cat or other species mascot chosen each year with  the honorees featured on the banner of the Pet Connection newsletter and also part of the OMHS website and on the Facebook page.
  Registration Form for the Pet Walk. It is also found on the Howl and Meow Events page on the main menu and on Facebook.
You may pick up a Registration form in Richland Center at Shireman Veterinary Clinic and the Richland Veterinary Service. Pledges can be made online, as well. Go to the Donation page on the website and choose either credit card or PayPal.  Be certain to indicate what the donation target is by placing the name of the pet in the comment box.
    Only dogs are invited to walk the Pet Walk route. However, Pet Walk chair, Sharon Panske, strongly encourages that cats, ferrets, reptiles, turtles, birds, fish, rats, or any other pet species be included in the competition for the mascot honor.  Bring a picture of your pet and take the photo with you on the Pet Walk.  When registering you must show proof that your dog's vaccinations are up-to-date.  The verification of vaccination is for the safety of your dog and all attendees at the event.
    Registration for the Pet Walk is 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 4, and all pledge dollars must be turned in no later than 11:00 that morning…before the walk begins at 11:15.  
    The OMHS Howl and Meow Committee is optimistic that several of the Mascots from previous years will be in attendance. The OMHS mascot honors were the following: 2013, dogs Jackson and Bud, companions of Sharon Panske, cats Dunkie, companion of Mari Sue Bethke; 2012, dogs Daisy and Star, companions of Judith Krysko, cats Dennis, Zeus, Ziggy, companions of Craig and Cindy Chicker; 2011, dogs dogs Laddie and Willy, companions of Marlene and Russ Tilsner, cats Luna and Princess, companions of Carletta Heide; 2009 and 2010, dog Jackson, companion of Sharon Panske; 2008, dogs Toby and Sophie, companions of the Farrell/Hetzel family; 2007, dog McGyver companion of Carol and Steve Stevenson; 2006, dog Comet, companion of Lori Fuller; 2005, dog Molly, companion of Deb Kiely; 2004, dog Charlie, companion of Phyllis Kiely; 2003, Streak Lily, companion of Marie and Charles Barry; and the first year for the Pet Walk, 2002, dog C4, companion of Corey Davis, won the mascot honor.
    Other features planned for the Howl and Meow are the “Just for Fun” obstacle course for dogs, the Crazy Critter Quarter Raffle a video program by Littledale Farm “Working Sheepdogs,” a terrific Plant Sale, and the Grand and Glorious Food Stand.  Mark your calendar now for Howl and Meow.

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Fund Raising Ideas for Volunteers Who Are Eager to Assist OMHS

Many people want to help raise needed funds for the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society but scheduled events do not always mesh with family and individual plans.  Below are some ideas that may fit nicely into a time, skills, and interests for a great community-spirited way to help OMHS.  Take a look!

Volunteer and Fundraising Opportunities
                                      (This article was submitted by Laura Payne, OMHS Board member.)

Volunteers are needed all year long for annual events, animal care, humane education projects, and the Animal House.  Consider attending monthly Board meetings to become more involved.  Please remember that, as OMHS programs expand, so do volunteer opportunities.  Follow OMHS on Facebook, and check out the website often to stay up-to-date.
OMHS realizes that not everyone is able to volunteer for activities that require a specific time or location commitment.  However, there are many ways to raise awareness and/or funds for OMHS that don’t require these commitments.  For example, are you a part of an organization such as 4H, Key Club, National Honor Society, or CCD that recognizes the value of community service?  If so, you can definitely help OMHS! 
The following are a few ideas to get started:
Recycling.  Aluminum cans are thrown away every day.  The accumulated waste from discarded cans is visible on and along streets and highways and in parks and parking lots.  Aluminum cans are one of the most valuable recyclable materials at recycling centers, as they bring in the highest amount of money per pound.  An avid and persistent aluminum can recycler can earn money every month from recycling cans for cash.  You can collect stray aluminum cans and/or ask neighbors, friends and local business for their cans.  Funds raised by collecting and recycling cans can easily be donated. In addition, OMHS is currently involved in a cell phone and ink cartridge recycling project.  All proceeds from recycling these items go directly to the organization. Please call OMHS or visit the website to find out how to participate in this project.
Garage or yard sales.  Profits can easily be donated.  Ask neighbors, friends, and/or family members if they are willing to help.
Bake sales
.  Everyone likes baked goods.  Breads, sweets, and homemade jellies, jams, and salsas can be included and sell very well.  Do you know anyone who has a homemade specialty?  Donate your goods to one of our bake sales, or have your own bake sale and donate the profits to OMHS.

We already have a young student who bakes delicious cookies that are sold at her father's business.  She donated the money to OMHS Pet Care costs!  Great idea and very good work by this young, dedicated student.
Dog walking and pet sitting.  Spring and summer activities such as sports events, reunions, and vacations leave many people looking for reliable help to care for their pets.  Check the want ads and/or advertise your services.   Payments received can be donated to OMHS or used as seed money to start a project.
Neighborhood organization and fundraising for the Trap and Release of Feral/Free-Roaming Cats (TNR).  Contact the Spay and Neuter Program for more information. 608-604-9554.

OMHS welcomes other ideas for fundraising and community education.  Please contact OMHS by phone or email to submit fundraising and education ideas and goals.  We look forward to hearing from you! 
General information:  604-3483;

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