Dynamic Duo Looking for the Right Home!

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          Hoss (red) and Georgie (white) are Chihuahua mixes and weigh about 13 pounds each. They are very timid of new people and situations, but sweet when they get to know you a bit. Georgie is … Continue reading

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Vendor Booths at Howl and Meow, Sunday, May 1

Howl and Meow will feature a variety of vendor booths at the May 1 event.  Howl and Meow  celebrates its 14th year with a tradition of serving pets and people with a fun and educational event. Vendor booths are a new venture for the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society event that will be held at the Community Center in Richland Center at 1050 North Orange Street.

Vendors booths will include selections from the A. Kratchowill cookbook collection;  amazing metal sculpture pieces by Tom Nelson, Muscoda; jewelry created from natural materials; re-purposed, distressed wood benches, mirrors, and boxes by Ric Piasecki, and handmade dog and cat apparel such as bandanas and jackets by Patience Way Shop; and the Pet Essentials booth with dog and cat items, and more.

At 12:30, “Wildflowers and Plants of Richland County” will be Michael Nee's topic that will be of great interest to everyone who loves the flora of our special place we call home. Meet Michael, PhD. Botanist, and native of Richland County, and learn about the plants around us.

Don't miss the Grand Glorious Food Stand with the Animal House menu of Chicago Dogs, Wisconsin Brats, and Maxwell Polish sandwiches.  Homemade pie and ice cream will top off your meal at Howl and Meow. 

All proceeds from the event are designated for the OMHS Pet Care Fund for the pets in our care.

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From the Quints’ Purr-spective: Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting a Pet

The wish of every stray or abandoned cat or dog is to be adopted and taken into a wonderful forever home with a loving individual or family. Last month, in “From the Quints’ Purr-spective,” we discussed the many benefits of adopting a pet—benefits for both the human and the animal companion. We should know. Had it not been for OMHS and the wonderful, loving individual who adopted us into her family, we probably wouldn’t even still be alive—and, even if we were, our lives certainly wouldn’t be as wonderful as they are now.

Still, it is important to note that not every individual or family or home is a good “fit” for having pets. That’s why people should ask themselves very important questions before adopting four-legged family members. Here are some of those questions:

  • Do you have enough time (and enough “at-home” time) to adequately care for and give enough time to a pet? You may have the best intentions, wanting to give a homeless pet a home, but do you actually have time not only to take care of that pet’s needs, but also to socialize it, love it, play with it, etc.? No matter how loving you may be, not everyone’s lifestyle is conducive to having pets. Dogs, especially, require lots of daily care. Cats (because we usually use litter boxes rather than need to go outside) are a little easier to leave at home by themselves; however, it’s never good to leave any kind of pets alone for a long period of time.

  • Are you financially prepared to care for a pet? Any kind of pet is a definite financial responsibility. All pets require food, supplies, and vet care. In addition, depending on the type of pet and possible special circumstances, animals may also require professional grooming and/or training, boarding, and other professional services, not to mention emergency medical care. Vet Depot recently published the following as approximate first year/post-first-year annual costs of owning various pets: Dog: $1580/$695; Cat: $1035/$670; Rabbit: $1055/$730; Bird: $270/$200; Reptile: $550/$300; Guinea Pig: $705/$635; Fish: $235/$35. You can have all the time in the world and an endless amount of love to give a pet, but if you don’t have the financial resources to take care of both its basic and emergency needs, sorry but you probably shouldn’t adopt. We hate to say that but facts must be considered.

  • Does anyone in your house have severe allergies? It’s not smart to adopt if it means that someone’s health is going to be seriously compromised—and you’d be surprised how many people are allergic to at least one type of animal or another. If that’s the case in your family, no matter how cute and loving the animal is, it’s just not a good idea to adopt that kind of animal.

  • Do you have a proper environment for a pet? Many apartments and/or rental homes do not allow pets (or some kinds of pets), so before you even consider adopting a pet, make sure that you live in a home that allows it. Even if pets are allowed at your apartment or home, make sure that there is enough space for the kind of pet that you are thinking of adopting to be comfortable (and for that pet to be able to grow, which most of them do).
  • Are you simply infatuated with the “cuteness” of the animal, especially if it’s very young? Puppies don’t stay puppies forever, and neither do kittens or other cute baby animals. They grow up—not only losing some, if not all of their “baby cuteness,” but also getting either a little or, sometimes, a lot bigger–and, continue to require love and care, hopefully for many years to come!

We Quints have enjoyed being the 2015-16 OMHS Cat Mascots and being able to share our opinions with you.  We hope that you will consider our ideas and suggestions, especially that of adopting a wonderful pet (or multiple pets), but only if you are in a position to give them the home they deserve.  We certainly love our great home, but we don't communicate our appreciation very much because, after all, we are CATS, so we sort of expect to be the rulers of the house! 

  Aren't we just marvelous in our tutus?
  We love dressing up and showing off in something from our wardrobe.

   Have a wonderful summer, friends!   Come see us on Fb.

    The Warehouse Quints


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Louie Speaks: Spring Tune-up Tips for Pet Owners

As I complete my term as Canine Mascot of the year, I leave my consitiuents with some tips about preparing pets for spring and summer weather. As a very furry dog, black in color, summer heat could be a big problem for me and other dogs. So please read on for recommendations about heat and many other topics, friends!

Below is a Spring Tune-up Refresher List for your Human Companion

  • Schedule a spay or neuter for your pets if they are not already “fixed.”

  • Review the vaccination schedule for your pets, including the seasonal Lyme vaccination.

  • Have your dog tested for heartworm BEFORE you begin dispensing heartworm preventative meds.

  • Inspect your fenced-in pet yard for any escape holes. I am pretty clever at finding an escape route, so the inspector-general needs to check out our fences!

  • Parasite control for your pets: When did you last de- worm your pets for tape, hook, round worms? We will discuss ticks further on in my article. Cats AND dog need deworming… you never know what we can bring indoors.

  • Toe nails should be trimmed for spring… for cats and dogs, alike.

  • Pet yard cleanup of debris for a good clean environment. Pet poop is not healthy for a good summer playard. All kinds of bugs and stuff can find fun it it but not me.

  • Plan for plenty of shade and clean water as the weather warms up. Your pets should have the same hot-weather protections as you and your family have for your comfort and safety.

  • Promise your pet and OMHS that you will NOT take him/her shopping with you in weather at or over 70 degrees. Promise not to leave him/her in your parked/locked vehicle because of the danger of death of the pet! Love your pet enough to leave him/her home from shopping in summer weather! Give your pet(s) a great treat when you leave to go shopping and one when you return. That is much better than going shopping in a hot vehicle. Some of the US states have laws that make leaving a pet in a care illegal. And I really enjoy a ride in the car or truck. But I understand that I am loved enough to leave me at home.

  • Spring is the start of the official shedding season to get rid of thick winter fur! Shedding is a normal and natural occurrence for cats and dogs, you will see fur all over the place. It’s how they remove dead hair from their bodies and maintain their coats in top condition (along with good nutrition). In the wild, members of the cat family shed twice a year – in the spring to get rid of thicker winter fur, and again in the fall to prepare for the next winter’s thicker coat. Shedding is largely influenced by daylight and, more specifically, by the number of hours a dog or cat is exposed to sunlight in a day; this is known as a photoperiod. Of course the amount a pet sheds will vary significantly from breed to breed. There are great new grooming tools now that really get the dead fur removed.

  • With that old fur removed, how about a safe, new collar that looks great! No choke chain collars, puleez!

  • Wash winter-weary bedding. If it is in need of replacement, do just that. Who wouldn't want a new napping bed… maybe an orthopedic sleeping mat.

  • Please stay safe this summer. Enjoy lazy days lounging about in the grass or, if you are a cat, lounging about in a.c. but in a sunny window is just fine.  
    Your friend,
    Louie w green ribbon 2

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Photo Opportunity for Your Pet to be Part of the 2017 OMHS Calendar!

Let's have some fun with a 2017 calendar of photos showing off our OMHS pets gracing the pages for an entire year!

Get out your camera or phone and start taking great photos of your dog, cat, ferret, hamster, pet rat, turtle, or whatever pet species you have that makes you smile. Below are the rules of the contest. Read carefully and be certain that your photos are sharp and in focus. If you have questions, just email

OMHS will have two levels of participation to help raise money to care for the animals we have under our wing.

Level 1: Participants send in a picture of their pet with a $5.00 entrance fee for each picture. All participants will have their pets picture on the OMHS Facebook page, the OMHS wesite, and in the OMHS Newsletter.

Level 2: Each of the best 12 pictures sent in to OMHS will be featured as one of the 12 months for 2017.

Judging of the pictures will be done by the Calendar Committee for OMHS.

Rules of the Contest:

  • One pet per picture…digital image only. (No film images.) Send $5 per picture entered. You can enter multiple images.

  • Good quality pictures that are in focus with your pet centered in the picture

  • No time stamp on picture

  • Pictures should be in landscape or horizontal format

  • Image should be in JPEG format. Each picture file should have a name format of LastName.FirstName.picturenumber.jpg (example: Smith.John.1.jpg)

  • Contest starts May 1, 2016 and ends 10:00 p.m., July 1, 2016

  • Email attached picture file(s) with the name of the pet and the photographer to or mail the picture file(s) on a CD with the name of the pet and the photographer to OMHScontest 238 E. 7th St. Richland Center WI 53581

  • All entry payments, including the name of the pet and photographer, should be sent to OMHScontest 238 E. 7th St. Richland Center WI 53581

OMHS will not be able to return any entry pictures…that is why we are asking for digital images. OMHS will not be responsible for incomplete, illegible, unviewable, lost, or late entries, all of which will be disqualified.

By entering the contest, each contestant agrees that OMHS may publish his or her photograph on the OMHS Facebook page, on the OMHS wesite, in the OMHS newsletter, and may be used in the OMHS Calendar for 2017.

Any questions? Call 475-2690 or email

Good luck and keep smiling!

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Mascot Contest: How You and Your Pet Can Support OMHS

Here is a great opportunity for your pet to become the 2016 OMHS Mascot of the Year!  By registering for the Mascot of the Year contest, you will be showing how special your pet is and raising funds for OMHS.  What could be better? Download the Mascot sponsorship form here, and begin asking your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors to sponsor your dog, cat, or other pet species. It is not difficult.  You can ask for sponsorships of $5 or $10, or more, because every dollar will help our animals under the care of OMHS as they are prepared socially and health-wise for adoption in to wonderful homes.

The OMHS Mascots for 2016-2017 will be announced at 12 p.m. at the Howl and Meow event, Sunday, May 1!  The contest is a friendly, cause-oriented fund raiser for the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society.  The canine, feline, or other species pet who raises the most money is named the mascot for that species.  There will be two mascots named: a dog, and a cat or other species.

Donations for your pet can be raised online on our donation page, or you can bring the Mascot Contest form and the money raised by the sponsorships to the Howl and Meow event by 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 1. It is important to be certain that you turn in your paperwork and money by 11 or before.

The pets named Mascots of the Year will be featured in each of five issues of the Pet Connection publication, the OMHS newsletter, with their photo on the banner.  Also, your pet will be featured as the "author" of an article in each issue of Pet Connection.

The Warehouse Quints earned their sponsorhips for the 2015 Feline Mascot of the Year with meowing and playing.  Here they sport their "May Flower" frocks.
Louie worked the entire year of 2015 to earn his sponsorsnips for the Canine Mascot honors for 2015-16. Here he is ready for summer sun wearing his Badger cap and Doggles.

 May ShowersLouie cap doggles

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Howl and Meow Will Feature “Wildflowers and Plants of Richland County”

OMHS is pleased that Michael Nee, a native son of Richland County, will speak at Howl and Meow, Sunday, May 1, about the wildflowers and plants in our County. Michael's has had a long and very productive career in botany.  We hope that many folks will come to the Howl to hear what Michael has to say about how we all can nuture and help the important wild plants in our neighborhood… our County.  You will learn a lot from Michael.  He begins his talk at 12:30 p.m.

Some biographical info:

After graduating from Richland Center High School in 1965,Michael attended the U.W.-Madison for a degree in Botany, and then continued on to receive a PhD, also in Botany. His thesis was on the classification of some spiny shrubs, related to eggplants, 

After graduating, Michael spent four years at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, involved in studying the plants of eastern Mexico. Following that he was 30 years at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, New York, studying the plants of Bolivia, where he continue to visit and advise students.

During this time Michael have also continued to explore Richland County and study the plants found there. He have now documented a little over 1000 species of plants in the county. “Many of our native wildflowers are ornamental and easy to grow. Sadly, many of them are becoming very rare in nature but can be obtained from nurseries.”

We welcome you to come to this informative program.  There is no charge for admission.  See you at Howl and Meow!


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Animal House Season Opener Is April 20!

Are your ready to bite into a Red Hot Chicago Dog? 

Animal House will kick off its 8th season April 20 at its new location in the parking area at the Richland Center Community Center, 1050 N. Orange Street!  The little yellow food stand crew will be serving Chicago dogs with all the traditional trimmings, Wisconsin brats, and Maxwell Street Polish beginning Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday… April 20, 21, and 22… from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We know you have waited all winter for the fresh-made, delicious sandwiches and now you can satisfy your hunger!  Animal House also has Kettle chips, soda, botteld water, lemonade, iced tea, and low sodium V-8, plus a great cookie treat. 

The Animal House Team is pleased to report that we are NOT raising prices of our popular menu.  We have not raised prices since 2011… where else can you find great sandwiches at those menu prices!  Our menu remains the same.

The Red Hot Chicago dog is not "hot" or spicy as the name seems to imply.  The name of the all-beef dogs we buy for the stand come from a Chicago company who probably derives their name from the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Animal House has not changed the dog supplier since the food stand began it fund raising effort in 2008. We found a super dog that our customers love and we have stuck with it!  

The Animal House Team is a stalwart bunch.  Many of the same team members began volunteering in 2008 and have continued sharing fun and relationships with return customers over the years.  Thank you, one and all!  If you live in the Richland County, Wisconsin, area and would like to volunteer for a couple hours once or twice per month, email  We would be happy to have you join our effort to raise needed dollars for our humane society.

The 2016 Animal House schedule is:

April 20, 21, 22

May 18, 19, 20

June 8, 9, 10

July 13, 14, 15

August 17, 18, 19

September 14, 15, 16

October 12, 13, 14

We look forward to seeing you at the Animal House new location! 

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Howl And Meow, Sunday, May 1… a Celebration of Pets and People!

The 14th Howl and Meow celebration is just around the corner… Sunday, May 1, is the date at the Community Center in Richland Center!  Mark your calendar right now and give us a call or send an email to indicate that you will volunteer your skill, time, and good will for this important fund raising event!

Attendees at the 2016 Howl and Meow will be able to partake in many of the favorite features of past celebrations, such as the Plant Sale, the Tee-shirt and Sweatshirt Sale, the ever-popular vendor booths with handcrafted items for pets and people, and the Grand and Glorious Food Stand with Chicago dogs, WI brats, and more. The Mascot Sponsorship Contest will also continue, with pets (and their human companions) once again raising $$$ for the honor of representing OMHS as Mascots for 2016-17, and, of course, there will also be a chance to join OMHS or renew your membership.

We invite you to read on to learn more about all of these returning and new features of the 2016 Howl and Meow celebration—and we also invite you to take part in the event as a participant, volunteer, or visiting guest. Fun is guaranteed, so plan to attend—and, bring a friend!

Schedule of 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.) We would be grateful for your help.

10 a.m….Doors open! Plant Sale, booths, all features will be ready to go.

10:30…Live music by Dave Schmitt, hammered dulcimer. Dave is a professional musician who also plays the 12-string guitar and bass violin. He has transcribed the Bach cello suites for hammered dulcimer…no small task! Dave welcomes children and young folks to ask questions. He says kids are fascinated by the hammered dulcimer.

12 noon…Mascots of the Year announced!  Ask friends, family, co-workers to support your pet with a sponsorship. Download the sponsorhip form here.

12:30… Michael Nee, botanist, will speak on a subject close to his heart, “Native Plants and Wildflowers of Richland County.” Despite his 30-year career at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, studying the plants of Bolivia, Michael has kept familial and botanical ties in our county. Learn about Richland County plants and appreciate the treasure that they are to our county.

Live music continues until 2:00 p.m. when Howl and Meow closes!

Mascots of the Year, 2016-17: 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. The pets raising the most money will be Mascots of Year! 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.  Prizes for mascots will be listed on the website. Stay tuned for that information.

Mascot Sponsorship forms and $$ sent via US postal service must be received by OMHS by April 28th… no exceptions!  Plan ahead so you do not have to be concerned about on-time arrival of your sponsorship.
Online Mascot sponsorhip donations must be received no later than 12 noon, April 28th.   If you are sending your sponsorship directly to the pet's owner, you need not worry at all about the deadlines above! Or if you are bringing your sponsorship form and money to the Howl and Meow in-person, you only have to be certain that you are at the Community Center by 11 a.m. to present your sponsorships!  Good luck to one and all!

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, such as tools, to donate, please email 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. K&A Greenhouse in Middleton and Second and Nature at Reads Creek, Viroqua, will be donating bushes and shrubs for our sale! Shop early for best selection! The Plant sale team will be ready to sell plants and other garden related items, such as bags of Naturally Occuring llama soil amendment. Get some for your garden and watch it produce!

Grand and Glorious Food Stand will be ready to serve at 10:30 a.m. featuring the Animal House menu. Chicago Red Hot Dogs, Wisconsin Brats, Maxwell Street Polish, are the popular menu for the little yellow food stand. Also available will be potato salad, chips, cookies, soda, bottled water and pie by the slice!

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. Check on your renewal date while at Howl. Your membership is important to OMHS, more now than ever!  With our new shelter the costs of building and ongoing expenses OMHS needs your support.

Continuing this year: OMHS Pet Memberships are available for dogs and cats and other pets for $5. Your pets will be proud to be members of OMHS! Check go to the Membership Table to complete a Pet Membership.

Thank you for your support of OMHS.  We look forward to seeing you and working with you atthe 2016 Howl and Meow!

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Marco and Trevor have moved to great new home!

OMHS just received this report on Marco and Trevor!  It is wonderful that these two super cats are fitting in beautifully in their new home!

I don't always understand how cats came to the shelter but I know they are
turned into wonderful cats by your volunteers. Marco and Trevor came to my house and they are so sweet. 
They enjoy sleeping, I assume for the first time, with a human. And boy was Marco fascinated to watch
the toilet flush! The simple things we take for granted are new experiences
for them. They are patient with the other cats as well.
Bravo, again to OMHS!      Report from Pat


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