Perry is a Very Friendly Cat Awaiting Adoption

Perry is a big guy! He is a sturdy cat and a load to hold on your lap!  He is super friendly and follows visitors around the Adoption Center seeking attention!  He puts his gentle paws on you to ask to be petted! He is a real gentleman!  Perry is very socialized and plays well with the other cats at the cage-free location.  He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, de-wormer, parasite control meds.  He is ready for adoption!  Perry would love to be in a new home with other cats to play with and to snuggle up for a nap, too.  He has an unusually large head and a broad nose!  His photos do not do justice to his loving and genuine look of interest in people! 

Please come visit the Haseltine Adoption Center, 1217 East Haseltine Street, Richland Center, Saturdays, 10 to 12 noon.  Or call 608-604-2075 for an interview appointment.  Ask for Perry… he will be waiting!

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January Pets of the Month!

Handsome cats Roger and Stuart have been named the January Pets of the Month by OMHS!

Roger is a very personable cat! He is neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, de-wormers and parasite control.  Roger is about 3 to 4 years old.  Roger will be a wonderful addition to a home with other cats.  He loves people and other cats.  He plays and cavorts around at the Haseltine Adoption Center with the other cats.  He is just super friendly with all visitors and loves to be petted.

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Stuart is about 2 1/2 years old, up-to-date on vaccinations, de-wormers and parasite control meds.  This handsome cat is very friendly and playful.  He gets along really well with the other cats at the Haseltine Adoption Center.  He loves to lounge areound on a cat tree and look out the window at the birds and other things going on in the neighborhood!  He will be a great addition to a home and will be a great companion!


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Interview Roger and Stuart at the Haseltine Adoption Center, 1217 East Haseltine Street, Richland Center, on Saturdays, 10 to 12 noon.  Or call 608-604-2075 for an appointment!  Ask for Roger or Stuart!  They will be waiting for your call.



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Cold Weather Dangers for Your Pets: Tips on How to Beat the Cold

Just because your dog and cat wear fur coats does not mean that they can withstand severe cold temperatures without serious consequences. If the temperature is below freezing, precautions must to taken to keep your pets safe during the winter. No pet should be left outdoors for long periods of time in below-freezing weather. Like people, cats and dogs are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia and should be kept inside. Anytime that your pets are outdoors during cold weather, if they start whining or shivering, seem anxious, slow down or stop moving, seem weak, or start looking for warm places to burrow, get them back inside quickly because they are showing signs of hypothermia. Frostbite is harder to detect and may not be fully recognized until a few days after the damage is done. If you suspect that your pet has hypothermia or frostbite, consult your veterinarian immediately to find out what precautions you need to take.

A pet's tolerance to cold is determined by its type of fur coat, age, body-fat stores, activity level, and overall health. Long-haired dogs tend to be more cold-tolerant, but even they are still at risk in cold weather. Northern breed dogs have a dense under-coat that helps protect them, but all dogs are subject to frostbite to the ears and feet. Short-haired pets, like cats and hound dogs feel the cold faster because they have less under-coat to provide insulation and, thus, less protection from the cold. Short-legged pets may become cold even faster because their bellies and bodies are closer to the snow-covered ground and the cold temperatures. Just as it is for people, falling is a danger for pets when it is icy; arthritic and elderly pets may have more difficulty walking on snow and ice and are especially prone to slipping and falling. Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s disease) may have a difficult time regulating their body temperature, and may be more susceptible to problems from temperature extremes. Thus, pets with chronic diseases should be allowed outdoors only for short periods of time to keep them comfortable.

If you are unable to keep your dog indoors while you are at work or shopping during cold weather, provide him/her with a warm, solid shelter against wind. The floor of the shelter should be raised a few inches off of the ground to minimize heat loss into the ground, and the bedding should be straw, which is thick, dry, and changed regularly to provide a warm, dry environment. (If possible, it is also a good idea to place straw beneath the shelter.) The door of the shelter should be positioned facing away from prevailing winds. Space heaters, heated pet mats, and heat lamps should be avoided because of the risk of burns or fire. Make certain that the pet has unlimited access to fresh, non-frozen water by using a pet-safe, heated water bowl. Pets drink a lot of water in the winter because the air is very dry.

Cats, including feral cats, frequently seek heat under the hoods of cars and trucks. For this reason, OMHS suggests that drivers of vehicles make a lot of noise, such as loud talking, honking the horn, or striking the side of the vehicle, before starting it up. This noise will give the cats time to exit safely.

While walking your dog during winter, a sudden lameness may be due to an injury or to ice accumulation between his/her toes, so, if you see your dog hop along on three legs for a short distance or sit and hold up a paw, check for ice or snow trapped between the toes. You may be able to reduce the chance of ice accumulation by clipping the hair between your dog’s toes. Check your dog’s paws frequently for signs of cold-weather injury or damage, such as cracked paw pads or bleeding. Or, if your dog will tolerate them, you might want to try snugly-fitting dog-booties.

If there is a frozen pond or a part of the Pine River that is frozen, steer your dog clear of this area. You don’t know if the ice will support your dog’s weight, and, if your dog breaks through the ice, it could be deadly for him or her. And, if you instinctively try to save your dog's life, it could be deadly for you, as well. So err on the side of safety, and avoid the frozen pond, no matter how frozen and inviting it may look.

Following your walk with your dog, wipe or wash the feet, legs, and belly to eliminate de-icing materials used on sidewalks. These chemicals, as well as antifreeze, can be very toxic and the dog may ingest them by licking its paws. Time for a nap after the walk? Just like you, pets prefer comfortable sleeping places and may change their location based on their need for more or less warmth. Give them safe options, but don’t encourage pets to sleep near space heaters (which can tip over) or fireplaces.

If your dog is equipped with a short coat of fur, you may want to find one or more warm and fashionable coats for him or her. If the coat or sweater gets wet, dry them thoroughly before using them again. A wet sweater on a dog just makes him or her colder. There are many colorful and durable coverings for dogs available these days, so your dog can be the talk of the neighborhood in its new sweater or coat!

Winter is a beautiful season in Wisconsin, and OMHS hopes that you and your pets safely enjoy both the beauty and the activities of the season!

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St. Mary’s School Kindergarten Class Gives Gifts to Dogs and Cats!

December 18 was the morning for the Kindergarten students to visit the cats at the Adoption Center at Schmitt Woodland Hills and to meet 4 wonderful therapy dogs, as well.  It was a very enjoyable time for everyone! The students are learning the joy of giving during the holidays and all through the year. Students purchased or made gifts for the pets.  (A list of useable toys, dishes, food, was supplied to their teacher for the gifting day. A photo of the gifts is in the gallery.)

The photos show the fun the students and the adults had that morning. The cats were very pleased to have intense play time and some lap time, but playing was the main thing on the agenda.  Some of the cats were not involved with the playing but that is to be expected… some cats are much more quiet and reserved.  That only indicates that when they find their wonderful new home they will blossom into fine companions, fun loving and cuddling lap cats.

The photos of the therapy dogs and the gift giving time winds up the visit.  Gary Garbe and Burnese Mountain Dog Tucker were there and helped the kindergartners with the ABC's of how to meet and greet a dog. (Tucker is 2 years old and weighs about 110 pounds!) Alice brought her dog Cricket, poodle who weighs considerably less than Tucker! Jeannie brought her 1 year old Sheltie dog, Troy, and April brought her lovely dog Bella.  OMHS is very grateful for the participation of the therapy dogs.  And we are grateful, as well for all the cats and the Adoption Center coordinator, Judy, for the splendid time had with the felines!

Thanks to Mrs. Vlasak and the kindergarten class for being wonderful visitors, showing respect and kindness to the cats and the dogs!

Enjoy these images from the visit!

Happy Holidays, everyone.  Be safe and give your pets respect and good care during this busy time.

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