Gallery of Cats I I

Gallery of Cats II is another collection of images photographed just for you!  Take a good look at all of the cats awaiting adoption.  These cats live in a "Cage Free" environment and enjoy eating, sleeping, playing, lounging around as they please.  However, being adopted into a loving and caring home would be the "cat's meow" for these wonderfully socialized felines! 

Stop in at the Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, to interview cats.  We have lower rates right now for adoptions.  Come on in to find out the rates for adoption two beautiful cats, spayed/neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations, and ready to move!  Call 604-8834 for additional information.  (We are an all-volunteer organization so expect a phone call back in less than 48 hours… we all have day jobs so getting phone calls answered is sometimes a bit difficult!)

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A Gallery of Cats!

Here is a gallery of cats photographed just for you!  Please set up an appointment to interview these socialized felines by calling 608-604-2075.
They live in a "cage free" environment and enjoy each other and the freedom they have.  But a home of their own would be much more to purr about!


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Antique Adventures, Saturday, September 27!

Plans are being finalized for the second annual Antique Adventures event!  You are encouraged to mark your calendar and tell friends and neighbors to mark the date for this interesting and educational event. If you watch American Pickers, Antiques Roadshow, or Pawn Stars for example, you are certain to enjoy seeking out your own treasures in your barn, attic, or shed and bringing them to the Antique Adventures for evaluation.

We have two dynamite programs scheduled! Wisconsin Watercolors: Paintings of Paul Seifert, will be presented by Joe Kapler, curator, Wisconsin State Historical Society.  History of Badger Ordnance will be presented by Michael Goc, historian and author.  

We are happy to hold the event at the Community Center in Richland Center… 1050 North Orange Street. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Plans for the event include evaluations of items brought to the event, two programs of historical interest, vintage vehicles, and displays of items from local collectors.

Because this is a fund-raising event for OMHS, there is a charge for admission… $5 per person or $10 if the person brings up to 3 items for evaluation. The evaluations are not legal, binding appraisals that could be used for estate needs, but evaluations that provide a starting point to go forward with a certified appraisal.

Vintage automobiles and trucks will again be welcomed to Antique Adventures. If you have a vintage vehicle or if you know someone who would like to display a vehicle, please contact us.

Of course, we will be looking for volunteers to help with setting up tables and chairs, kitchen help, greeters, and cashiers. If you would like to offer to volunteer right now, please call 536-3796 or 647-6453.

Stay tuned to the OMHS website as the detailed plans unfold: or check us out on Facebook.

Mark your calendar today… September 27: Antique Adventures.

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Gracie and Thelma are Pets of the Month!

Gracie and Thelma are two lovely female cats who have been selected as Pets of the Month!

Gracie is a Classic Tabby cat wearing a beautiful gray fur coat marbeled with swirls of pale gray!  She is a stunning cat.  She is friendly, wants to be held on your lap and petted.  Gracie is up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed. She gets along well with the other cats at the center.  She will be awaiting your call!

Thelma is a charming Tabby Cat wearing a sharp and stylish black and white coat!  She is up-to-date on her vaccinations and has been spayed.  She, like Gracie, is friendly and loves to be handled by humans.  She gets along well with other cats and plays and naps with them. Thelma is waiting for your visit so she can charm you!

The girls have their little suitcases packed and are ready to go…they have a couple of cat toys, a hand-made blanket, and some cat food already for the trip!

The Adoption Center is located at 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center.  The hours are Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 to 12 noon.  Or call 604-8834 for more information.

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Kitten Cathryn and her Friends

Cathryn is happy to represent the kittens now under the wing of Ocooch Mountain Humane Society!
At 2 months old, Cathryn is a very energetic little tabby!  She, along with the other kittens in OMHS care, will not be ready for adoption until they are spayed or neutered. The philosophy is that kittens will stay under the care of OMHS until they are of an age and weight to be safely spayed or neutered.  With this sensible policy, the Cat Adoption Coordinators have time to monitor the socialization and growth of the kittens until they are ready for the surgical procedure.  All kittens are also tested for FIV and should be at least 8-10 weeks old for that test.  
OMHS encourages anyone interested in adopting a pair of kittens to interview them at the Adoption Center.
OMHS finds that kittens need kitten companions to be fully socially adapted felines. Playing and napping together is a natural part of being a cat.

Interview kittens at at 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center. Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6, and Saturdays, 9:30 to 12 noon. Or call 608-604-8834 with kitten questions.

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Marilu is Awaiting your Visit to Interview Her!

Marilu is a beautiful torty, sleek, shiny in the brilliantly marked coat she wears! She is about 2 years old, spayed, and up to date on vaccinations.
Marilu is very social and enjoys humans and plays well with the other cats in the “cage free” environment at the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society Adoption Center.  Because she is not confined to a cage she can sleep where she pleases and eat and play whenever the mood strikes her. At the age of 2 she has a bit of kittenhood in her and she loves to play.  But she also knows all about litterbox protocol so when the litterbox is cleaned every day she is very happy as are all the other cats.  Cats are very particular about their litterboxes!  We humans are particular about our bathrooms, too.
Cat companions at her new home would be very good companionship for Marilu.  She gets along so well with the cats at the Adoption Center that she would prefer to have other cats sharing fun and naps at her new home.
Interview Marilu and her friends at 1400 West  Street, Richland Center, Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6, and Saturdays, 9:30 to 12 noon.You will find the Adoption Center directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community.  See you there.  Marilu will be waiting to meet you.
Call 608-604-8834 for more details about this very beautiful cat.

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Chet is a Handsome Mackeral Tabby Ready for a New Home!

Chet is a big, handsome tabby cat, 2 years old, neutered, up to date on vaccinations and ready to move into your home! Chet weighs about 11 pounds and is a very social guy. He thoroughly enjoys humans and the other cats at the Center.  In this "cage free" environment Chet can pretty much do as he pleases! He naps when he wants to, sometimes sharing a cat bed with one of his friends. Chet eats when he chooses and plays like crazy when the mood strikes him.  This is a great cat that will transition into a home with other cats. He is mature enough at 2 years old that he know all about litterbox protocol and is comfortable with humans.  He will be a lap cat given the opportunity.  The youngsters at the Adoption Center "hog" the show sometimes when visitors are interviewing cats. 

Interview Chet at the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center. Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6, and Saturdays, 9:30 to 12 noon. The Adoption Center is directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community. 

Call 608-604-8834 for more details about this wonderful companion feline. (Chet will be awaiting your call!)



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Marco is Ready to Move into your Home!

Marco is a stunning, deep orange ranging to bright orange Classic Tabby cat with bold swirls of color on his sides… like a marble cake. The Classic Tabby has the characteristic "M" on his forehead and amazing swirls and bold stripes and ripples on their sides!  A Classic Tabby is a design treasure!  Marco is just over 1 year old, very friendly with people and with the other cats in this "cage free" environment.  He is very athletic and will be a joy to cuddle and to watch as he climbs on a cat tree. Marco to neutered and up-to-date on his vaccinations.  He is ready to go! He will transition into the routine of a new home if there is another cat or two to share naptime with.  Marco will thrive with feline companionship.

You are invited to interview this handsome young fellow at the OMHS Adoption Center, 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center. Hours are Wednesdays 4:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9:30 to 12 noon.  The Center is located directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community. You may also call 608-604-8834 for more details about Marco.  He will be awaiting your phone call!

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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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