How Many Hours Do Cats Sleep Each Day?

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Just how many hours does a cat sleep?

 About 16 to 20 hours per day is very likely. A newborn kitten sleeps almost 24/7, and they   even sleep when they are nursing. Senior cats sleep at the upper end of the range of hours, as well. Cats sleep about 2/3 of their life, BUT they do not sleep as humans do. Sorry if I nod off for a nap while typing this! 

According to Dr. Rubin Naiman, we humans could learn a lot about the importance of sleep from cats. Cats are the most popular pets on Earth and clearly, they've got something over us. Some have speculated that cats believe they're domesticating humans and, if so, the process has a long way to go.

The amount of sleep a cat gets is more than any another other mammal including humans. Cats are predators with few natural enemies, meaning they live under the auspices of a generous, genetically-endowed sense of physical safety. Even domestic cats are, after all, first cousins to the king of the jungle. It's obvious to anyone who has ever watched a cat sleep that they feel remarkably safe and secure. The cat you hold on your lap and cuddle just totally relaxes when sleeping!

As predators, cats are also inclined to engage in significant spurts of physical activity. They can expend extraordinary amounts of energy stalking, pouncing and wrestling their prey into submission. Even when this prey is a tattered toy mouse, cats generally obtain substantial amounts of exercise. Relative to cats, humans are significantly less animated. Despite the fact that cardiovascular activity provides substantial sleep benefits, nearly half of all human adults do not meet established minimal guidelines for adequate exercise.

Cats seem never to venture very far from sleep. Though they might be fully roused one moment, engaging in passionate play or serious stalking, cats seem able to slide effortlessly back into rest and sleep the next. Ever hear of a catnap? Well, keeping sleep in close proximity to waking leaves cats so adept at napping that we've named a version of it after them.

Cats are crepuscular — that is, they are biologically programmed to be most wakeful and active in the twilight hours of dusk and dawn. Cats reside in the boundary between night and day — between waking and sleep. In fact, cats challenge the commonly held notion that it's impossible to be simultaneously asleep and awake. Not only are they able to sleep while sitting up, their sense of smell and hearing can remain active during most of their sleep. One could argue that humans have become "anti-crepuscular" and are out of touch with the natural avenue that bridges day and night as well as waking and sleep. For millions of us humans, transitioning to sleep is like crossing a highly secure border between two polarized states!

Cats have high security clearance because of their predatory nature. Long ago, the Druids believed cats had magical powers that could facilitate crossings between the spiritual and physical worlds. Cats live in a serene hybrid state where elements of sleep and waking can easily commingle. Could this exceptional relationship with sleep be the secret behind cats' unflappable poise, childlike curiosity, and mysterious nine lives?

Well, I think it's time for a nap!

    orange cat sleeping

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Grant awarded to OMHS

OMHS is very pleased to announce a $1500 grant awarded to our organization by the St. Crox Valley Foundation!
The grant funds will be used to help with the costs of testing cats and kittens for Feline Leukemia, FiLV and FeLV, and for testing dogs for Lyme disease and Heartworm.  We are, indeed, grateful for this assistance the grant provides.

The Foundation administers the Humane Society Grant Program, however, the funds are provided by and represnt a distribution from The Belisle Fund of the St. Croix Valley Foundation.

Thank you, St. Croix Foundation and the Humane Society Grant Program, from your furry friends at the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society!




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Rummage Romp for Pets, July 25, 2015

An enormous, mammoth, colossal rummage sale will be in the spotlight at the Richland Center Community Center on Saturday, July 25, from 7 a.m. to 12 noon! Be sure to mark this amaziing event on your calendar now.  If you can donate items for the sale, gather them up and pre-price them. This 8th annual Rummage Romp will be truly amazing… a Rummage Romp that you do not want to miss. The Romp has a reputation for clean, quality items donated by members and friends and is one of the most important fundraising projects of the organization.

Featuring this year Carletta's Second Emporium of vintage and fine items. Special tables will be set up for the Emporium.  Carletta has been collecting for YEARS.  Why?  Because she can!  Carletta has always been interested in history… even as a kid she was delving into local history.  So this Second Emporium will be well worth your time.

We are certain that you have been earmarking (no pun intended!) items for this charity event! In addition to donating clean, lightly used items, OMHS asks that you please consider volunteering to help with setting up the Romp 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 $$$ for helping pets under our wing and waiting for adoption. The medical care to get the pets ready for adoption is the largest cost OMHS has during the year. Rummage Romp is also a major source of $$$ for tick and flea control, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, food, and shelter needs for all the animals.

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!  OMHS is, of course, a 501 (c) 3 organization.

Set up is July 24,@ 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 eligible for the Early Bird Worker SaleFriday, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There are great items available at this early sale that will be snapped up quickly!

**Call 604-8834 or email to register for your volunteer work hours. The more help we have for set up and organizing, the more efficiently the work is completed! PLEASE register to help either Friday or Saturday to be eligible for the special Early Bird Worker sale Friday afternoon!!!

The Rummage Romp is open to the public Saturday,

July 25, 2015, 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon.

  • We ask that YOU price your own items. This saves OMHS an immense amount of volunteer time and energy. If you will be out of town at sale time, ask someone else to bring the pre-priced items for you.

  • Mark items in 25¢ increments. Do not mark items any lower than 25¢. (If an item is not worth a quarter, please don't bring it.)

Questions about pre-pricing?? Call at 604-8834 / 608-375-4235 / or email

Thank you so much for placing stickers or tying clearly printed price tags on your items.

  • 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 $1.00

Dresses/skirts $1.00

Sweaters $1.00

Sweatshirts $1.00

Sleepwear $1.00

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. ****

  • All books will sell for 75 cents, CD's, VHS tapes, and DVD's will sell for 75 cents. These prices will be posted. If you have these items that are worth more than these prices, please mark the them individually with appropriate price.

  • NO large electrical appliances, bed mattresses, or large sports equipment such as treadmills, NO televisions, NO computers, NO printers will be accepted.

    We will not accept stuffed animals.

  • Forms for listing items to be valued for your IRS tax returns are available in advance …you, the donor, must value the items. A receipt will be signed by an OMHS officer. The forms will also be available when items are received July 24 at Rummage Romp set-up.

  • Needed items: plastic sacks, paper bags, and small boxes will be needed for customer purchases. Please let us know if you have these items to donate…608-375-4235.

OMHS members, please lend a helping hand setting up for this grand sale…

Friday, July 24 from 1:00 to 5:30

2 hour shifts, please.

*Set up tables (strong, young, energetic teenagers and pre-teens can help, too!!)

*Accept pre-priced donations

*Help display donations in variety of categories. Floor plan will be provided.

Saturday, July 25:

Help needed:

  • Cashiers to work a 2.5-hour shift. Shifts are 7 to 9:30 a.m., 9:30 to 12 p.m. First shift needs at least three cashiers.
  • We also need workers to tend to the tables for re rranging items for best display.

  • 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25 – after the sale is over, help is needed to move unsold items to other locations. Pickup trucks and vans are necessary for this task. Other clean up work such as sweeping and moving tables is also needed. Please volunteer to help!

  • If you are willing to volunteer your time and talent for a successful Rummage Romp, please call 604-8834 or email as soon as possible. Thank you for calling or emailing early, so we can prepare a schedule for volunteer work.

    Don't miss the fun of working at the Rummage Romp. This is a great opportunity to work together for the OMHS cause… helping animals in need!

Here is a small gallery of items already donated for Rummage Romp.  This is the tip of the iceberg!







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More Information About Dog Flu

What is dog flu?

The CDC (the USA national Center for Disease Control) indicates that canine influenza (also known as dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs. These are called "canine influenza viruses." Dog flu is a disease of dogs. No human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported. There are two different Influenza A dog flu viruses: one is an H3N8 virus, and the other is an H3N2 virus.

To date, there is no evidence of transmission of canine influenza viruses from dogs to people and there has not been a single reported case of human infection with a canine influenza virus.

Canine influenza H3N8 virus originated in horses, has spread to dogs, and can now spread between dogs. The H3N8 equine influenza (horse flu) virus has been known to exist in horses for more than 40 years. In 2004, however, cases of an unknown respiratory illness in dogs (initially greyhounds) were reported in the United States. An investigation showed that the illness was caused by the equine influenza A H3N8 virus. Scientists believe this virus jumped species (from horses to dogs) and has adapted to cause illness in dogs and spread among dogs, especially those housed in kennels and shelters. This is now considered a dog-specific H3N8 virus. In September 2005, this virus was identified by experts as a "newly emerging pathogen in the dog population" in the United States.

The signs of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose, and fever, but not all dogs will show signs of illness; some dogs are a-symptomatic and show no signs of illness. The severity of illness associated with canine flu in dogs can range from no signs to severe illness resulting in pneumonia, which, of course, is a very serious condition.

Almost all dogs are susceptible to canine flu infection, and illness tends to spread among dogs housed in kennels and shelters. Canine flu can spread to other dogs by direct contact with aerosolized respiratory secretions (coughing and sneezing) from infected dogs, by uninfected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects or materials between infected and uninfected dogs. Therefore, dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not expose their dog to other dogs. Clothing, equipment, surfaces, and hands should be cleaned and disinfected after exposure to dogs showing signs of respiratory disease.

There is an approved vaccine to protect dogs against canine influenza A H3N8 available in the United States. It is unknown at this time whether this vaccine will protect against the H3N2 canine flu virus. Canine flu can spread to other dogs by direct contact with aerosolized respiratory secretions (coughing and sneezing) from infected dogs, by uninfected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects or materials between infected and uninfected dogs. Dogs do not cover their noses when sneezing or wear a mask when coughing. They do not wash their paws, either! Do your best to not allow your dog to play with a dog you hear coughing or sneezing.

Dogs that are infected with the canine influenza virus may develop two different syndromes: 

Mild – These dogs will have a cough that is typically moist and can have nasal discharge. Occasionally, it will be more of a dry cough. In most cases, the symptoms will last 10 to 30 days and usually will go away on its own. 

Severe – Generally, these dogs have a high fever (above 104 degrees Fahrenheit) and develop signs very quickly. Pneumonia, specifically hemorrhagic pneumonia, can develop. The influenza virus affects the capillaries in the lungs, so the dog may cough up blood and have trouble breathing if there is bleeding into the alveoli (air sacs). Patients may also be infected with bacterial pneumonia, which can further complicate the situation.


Besides a physical, the veterinarian will want to perform a complete blood count and clinical chemistry on the dog. Usually, increases are seen in the white blood cells, specifically the neutrophils, a white blood cell that is destructive to microorganisms. X-rays (radiographs) can be taken of the dog's lungs to characterize the type of pneumonia.  

Another diagnostic tool called a bronchoscope can be used to see the trachea and larger bronchi. Cell samples can also be collected by conducting a bronchial wash or a bronchoalveolar lavage. These samples will typically have large amounts of neutrophils and may contain bacteria.  Detecting the virus itself is very difficult and is usually not recommended. There is a blood (serological) test that can support a canine influenza diagnosis. In most cases, a blood sample is taken after initial symptoms develop and then again two to three weeks later.

Treatment is basically supportive, keeping the dog well-hydrated and comfortable, thus helping mount its own immune response. Broad spectrum antibiotics may be prescribed by your veterinarian if a secondary bacterial infectio. n is suspected.


FYI: Much of the information above is from the CDC.  Thank you for carefully watching your dogs and keeping them free from Dog Flu!



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Hot Weather Tips for a Comfortable Summer for Pets

Everyone was shocked at the national media story about the older man and his dog who died in his car from the intense heat. The battery was dead on his cell phone, and he couldn't unlock the car doors. And no one in the parking area of the shopping center noticed the man's need of help! It only takes two small things to go wrong, and tragedy lurks nearby.

Hot weather is a huge risk to pets and people who are inside vehicles. Please, do not leave your pet, a child, or an older person in your vehicle during hot weather. Even an outdoor temperature in the mid 70's can be a dangerous situation because a car or truck is like a greenhouse. The heat can build to extremely high temperatures in a short time. Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward did an experiment on a warm summer day in which he sat in a parked car with the windows cracked. He wanted to see just how hot it would get. Within 30 minutes, it was 117 degrees inside the car. “Never, ever leave your dog in a parked car on a warm day,” he pleads at the end of the video he made to document his experience. That goes for any pet, by the way! Take a look at the video on Utube and it will be an eye-opener. It is illegal in some states to leave an unattended child or pet in a vehicle.

Tips and ideas for summer from the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society:

Watch your pets for heatstroke, a potenitally fatal condition. Cats and dogs can have heatstroke. Pets are unable to sweat like people can. They rely upon panting (to get rid of hot air and inhale cool air) to cool themselves. Some sweating occurs through their foot pads and nose, but this is insufficient to effectively cool them. These differences in pets make them especially prone to heatstroke during hot, humid weather. There is no critical temperature to avoid since heatstroke can occur at even lower environmental temperatures if the humidity is very high. Symptoms of heatstroke include: Excessive or exaggerated panting, lethargy, weakness, drooling, high fever, dark red gums, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, collapse, warm/dry skin.

It is imperative to get the pet to a veterinarian immediately as permanent organ damage, i.e., heart, liver, kidneys and brain, can occur.

Window screens can be made safe by using a pet resistant screen. Have your window where your cat likes to lounge re-covered with this very durable screen material. It will prevent the screens becoming scratched and unsightly and will save your cat from tumbling out the window!

Older pets need special care in hot weather. Cats and dogs need a home that has cool interior to help them breathe in the hot humid condtions. Change the AC temp in your house only a few degrees less cool for the pets while you are gone for an extended time. Pets cannot sweat to relieve the heat they feel. The only way they can expel heat is by panting… dogs and cats can pant… and they lose some heat through their paws.

Try to walk your dog in the early morning or in the evening. Hot asphalt can be burn on your dog's paws. And it is much more comfortable for you, too, to choose a cooler time to walk.

Consider giving your pets short and comfortable summer haircuts. Give them some relief from the heat and humidity. The fur grows back quickly!

Dogs especially at risk for heatstroke are short-nosed breeds, such as Pugs, Shi Tzus, Pekingese, Bulldogs, and Boxers because they cannot pant and breathe properly to expel heat.

Cats at more risk for heatstroke are short-nosed breeds such as Persians and other exotics, young and old cats, overweight cats, and cats with airway disease.

Dehydration can occur in pets very quickly. Keep clean fresh water where they can readily reach it and take a long cool drink!

Always provide plenty of shade and clean, cool water for your pets during summer.

Sunscreen for Dogs? Yes, some dogs could use sunscreen to protect them from sun dammage just like humans. White dogs, in particular, could use protective sunscreen around their eyes and noses. The sunscreen must be a product that is made for caninesdo not use a human sunscreen! Dogs can get sunburned, and we human companions all know that the sun can cause difficult medical problems. Try to limit the hours your dog is in direct sunlight.

Doggles can be a good protection for dogs' eyes.  You may have to work a bit for your pet to be comfortable wearing doggles, but it can be good protection against sun damage.  If your dog rides on a motorcycle with you, Doggles are a very good idea for eye protection.

Not all dogs are good swimmers; therefore, be very careful with your dog around water and on a boat. We all think of dogs just naturally able to do the “dog paddle.” But this is not the case with several breeds. Use a flotation device designed for your dog, especially when boating.

The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society encourages spending good quality time with your pets during the long summer hours we have here in Wisconsin. We know that summer is a precious commodity. Keep your own hot weather health and that of your pets uppermost in mind regarding safety, comfort, and precautions.

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Dog Flu Has an Impact on Howl and Meow Plans

The dog flu outbreak has made an impact on the plans for Howl and Meow this weekend. An Honor Parade of OMHS Adopted Dogs was planned for early afternoon, Sunday, May 3, but plans have been postponed until later in the year. It was a difficult decision to make but upon the advice of local veterinarians and Dr. Sandi Sawchuk, U W School of Veterinary Medicine, it seemed wise to postpone the feature. To err on the side of caution seemed prudent. It is hoped that the dogs adopted by OMHS will be honored in November at Paws Fur the Holidays.

A dog flu outbreak in the Midwest is responsible for more than 1,000 canine illnesses, including at least six deaths. Cases have been reported in Wisconsin, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.

The virus has been identified as H3N2, a strain that originated in Asia. At this time, it is unknown how H3N2 spread to the United Sates. Unfortunately, the current U.S. approved canine flu vaccine only effectively protects against H3N8, and offers no protection against this Asian born strain. Without a vaccine effective against both strains, controlling the spread is difficult.

Recognizing Symptoms of Canine Influenza:

The symptoms of H3N2 are similar to those of H3N8, and include:

  • Coughing

  • Sneezing

  • Runny Nose

  • Lethargy

If you suspect your dog has the canine flu, the first step is to call your veterinarian for advice. Since bringing your dog into the clinic may put other canines at risk, your vet might want to make special arrangements to see your dog. Treatment typically includes rest, fluids, and possibly antibiotics to prevent a secondary infection. Recovery can take up to two weeks and affected dogs should be isolated from other canines. Some dogs infected by H3N2 have also developed pneumonia, which may require hospitalization.

Take precautions with your dog or dogs and limit their interaction with other dogs. It is difficult to know where the dogs you meet on the street, in the dog park, or in training classes have been and what interaction they have had with any other dogs, some of whom may have been exposed to dog flu. Use your good judgement and keep your dogs healthy!

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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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Sonia is Ready for Adoption… Check Out this Inquisitive Cat

Sonia is a wonderful shiney, sleek, black cat with brilliant eyes!  Sonia is between 3 and 4 years old so she is a mature cat. She is up-to-date on all her vaccinations,  parasite control, and is spayed.  She is super friendly and very curious about everything that is going on around her! Sonia is really playful and will be a marvelous companion in any household.  She would love to have companionship of another cat or two to complete her playful nature.  Sonia will travel to her new home with a bag of her favorite food, a toy, and a handmade blanket that will fit her perfectly for a nap… or fit two cats napping together!

Interview Sonia at the Hasletine Adoption Center, 1217 East Haseltine Street, Richland Center, open hours are Saturdays, 10 to 12 noon.  Or you may call 608-604-2075 for an appointment.  Sonia is eager to meet you!

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Harley is a Charming Young Kitten Ready for Adoption!

 You must interview Harley!  He is just the sweetest young kitten who loves other cats and humans!  He is playful and very friendly.  Harley is about 6 months old, is up-to-date on vaccinations and parasite control and is neutered.  He is ready to move to a new home where there are other cats.  As a younster, his friendly and great behavior will be reinforced in his relationships with other cats. Harley will come to his new home with a bag of food, a toy, and a handmade blanket just perfect for the naps and dreams of a sweet kitten.

Come interview this handsome mackerel tabby cat… a vibrant orange "tiger" kitten… at the Haseltine Adoption Center, 1217 East Haseltine Street, Richland Center.  Open hours are 10 to 12 noon on Saturdays.  Or you may call 608-604-2075 for an appointment.

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