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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Louise is a Beautiful Cat Ready for Adoption

Louise is a mature cat of 4 years of age, and she is a beauty! She has lovely golden eyes that have a wonderful effect in her shiney black coat.  Louise is very sweet and loves having her tummy rubbed.  She will be a marvelous addition to a loving household. She has such a good disposition and a unique meow that will make you smile.

Louise is, of course, up-to-date on all her vaccinations and tests, she is spayed, and ready to go.  Call to ask about our special rate to find homes for mature cats… 608-604-2075. 

Louise is enjoying the other cats at the Haseltine Adoption Center, 1217 East Haseltine, Richland Center.  Open hours are 10 to 12 noon Saturdays or by appointment.  Come interview this wonderful cat!  Louise will be waiting.

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Lily is Ready for Adoption!

Lily, a charming, red Dachshund, is ready for a new adventure in a fine home where she will be loved and a comfortable lap dog!  She is about 2 or 3 years of age, weighs 10 pounds, and is a short-haired young lady.  Lily is affectionate and loves to be on a lap.  She is well house-trained and gets along well with other dogs in her foster home.  We are not sure about her relationship with cats.  She does not do well with small children… we do not know a great deal about her past treatment or relationships with children.  

Lily will be a splendid little watchdog.  She is alert to anyone coming to the door or if there is a sound she does not recognize she let's you know about it.  Lily will be an extraordinary companion for a household!

Interview Lily by calling 604-604-7848.  Please leave your phone number for a call back… our Dog Adoption Coordinator has a day job and you may not reach her immediately with your call. 

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Riley is a Handsome Little Dog Looking for a Great Home!

Riley is a very handsome young dog!  He is a recent resident of an Ocooch Mountain Humane Society foster home and is doing very well with all the love and care he is receiving.  He is probably a terrier/Pomeranian or papillon mixed breed little fellow.  He weighs about 15 pounds and is totally lovable. He is still a puppy at 9 months old!

He is neutered and up-to-date on vaccinations and deworming. Riley wants to be on a lap and petted… he is a lap dog!  He is crate trained and house trained.  His is submissive and gets along well with other dogs.  Because he is a puppy he needs direction about not jumping up on people he meets.  This is typical pup behavior and with a bit of training he will be a perfectly charming member of a family.

Interview Riley by calling 608-604-7848 to arrange a time and date. He will be waiting for your call!

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Pets Watching TV!

OMHS has receive quite a few reports of pets watching television.  Won't you send us reports and photos of your pets watching the tube?

Below is a photo of Andy (cat) and Katie (dog) watching television together!  Their favorite
program is "Animal Cops-Houston" on Animal Planet!  Give it a try to see if your pets enjoy this
recommendation from Andy and Katie, Richland County pets.

So wonderful to see these two side-by-side watching their program!!!

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O’Delicious Bake Sale This Week!

Bakers are very busy this week preparing tasty items for the O'Delicious Bake Sale!  Stop at the Richland County Bank Lobby to pick up special treats for St. Patricks Day weekend.  The Sale begins at 9 and until about 1:00 or 1:30.  The sale concludes when we are sold out… at about those times listed.

New this year are beef and veggie pasties… a main course item that the Cornish culture claims, going back beyond the 13th century.  The pastie was a mid day meal that the miners could carry easily and feel filled up with the delicious beef and potato filling.

Veggie wraps and veggie packets are also available to pick up for a good, healthy lunch.

We look forward to seeing you as you browse the scones, biscotti, kolachy, Irish soda bread, homemade noodles, and traditional items such as cookies, bars, and cakes.  OMHS has great pie bakers and the cheesecake is out-of-this-world.

Help OMHS raise funds for the Pet Care fund that provides medicines, parasite prevention, and medical care for pets under our wing!

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Does Your Pet Watch Television?

In a survey conducted by the American Kennel Club, almost half of those surveyed said that their dog had shown interest in what it saw on TV. Does your dog or cat appear to “watch” TV? Does it react to some of the sights or sounds that it sees or hears on TV? While some pets appear to actually “watch” TV intently, others only react to a few sounds emanating from the TV (such as the sounds of another animal or the ringing of a doorbell), and still others don’t react at all to TV programs, appearing completely oblivious to them. So, what’s up? Can dogs and cats actually see what’s on a TV screen, and, if so, is it the same thing that we humans see? And why are some of them interested in what they see, while others are not?

Some of what your dog or cat sees on television depends on how new and advanced your TV is. Fusing a rapid set of images into what our eyes can register as a moving picture is called “flicker fusion frequency.” Newer TVs do this much better and faster than old TVs, which could only produce up to 50 new frames a second (with older models producing even fewer frames per second). We humans need about 16 to 20 images per second to perceive what we see as continuous film, whereas dogs need about 70 to 80 images per second, and cats and birds need about 100. Thus, with older TVs, dogs and cats are unable to perceive clear, fluid images on TV; however, with the additional resolution in current television technology and imaging, most pets, but especially dogs, can probably see the images that are on TV screens as well as they see the world in general and have, thus become potential television viewers.

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This new TV “audience” has not gone unnoticed, and TV executives are already starting up special TV channels and programming for pets. For example in 2012, in Great Britain, Baker's Dog Food made a one-minute commercial that had images of their dog food on the screen that were enhanced by high-frequency sounds that could be heard only by dogs! And, here in the United States (as well as in Israel and some Asian and European countries), DogTV, a network that produces programming especially for canines, is now available via streaming and from certain cable and satellite companies.

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Here is a link to a cat sports enthusiast! Sorry for the long link… our program would not allow us to upload the video itself.  Just click on it here:

Still, the question remains: Are dogs and cats really interested in what they see on TV? And, if some are and some aren’t, why is that? Experts say that both dogs and cats are more likely to be interested in “real-life” drama (including what they see out a window) than anything that they are likely to see on a TV screen. However, a study of shelter cats exposed to TV found that cats without access to windows and without a lot of “real-life” drama around them were more interested in TV viewing, especially programs with birds, rodents, and fish images. (In other words, TV was, for these cats, an anecdote for boredom—just as it sometimes is for humans.) Of course, birds, rodents, and fish are natural prey for cats, and, since dogs and cats are predatory animals, any movement or sound that they perceive on TV as coming from possible prey can (and often does) attract the attention of even the most pampered house pet.

Another factor that determines what pets see when viewing TV is color. Seeing colors is dependent on the cones in one’s eyes. Not only do humans have more cones in our eyes than dogs and cats, but we also have more different types of cones. Humans have three kinds of cones, allowing us to see not only blues and greens, but also reds. Dogs, on the other hand, have only two types of cones, which allows them to see colors in the blue and green spectrum quite well, but not reds. Cats can see a larger range of color in the blue, green, and yellow spectrums than dogs do, but, like dogs, they see very few or no reds. Likewise, cones also affect perception of details, so, although dogs and cats can see detail, they cannot do so as clearly as humans.

Finally, the physical attributes and the personality traits and interests of various pets help to determine not only what they can see on TV, but also how they react to what they see. For example, some breeds of dogs, such as blood hounds, rely more on their sense of smell, so they might not be as interested as other breeds of dogs in the visual images that they see on TV. In addition, some pets are very territorial and, thus, are more likely to react to an image on TV that they perceive as “invading” their territory. Similarly, a dog that loves fetching tennis balls may be more prone to love watching the back-and-forth movement of the tennis ball in a tennis match—while, as was shown in the shelter-cat study mentioned earlier, a bored indoor-only cat may be more interested in watching images of birds or fish, especially if they’re green or blue!

Do you have a pet that “watches” TV? Does it react to or seem to enjoy certain images or programs more than others? If so, OMHS would love to hear from you. E-mail your comments, observations, and/or photos of your pets watching their favorite TV programs (in jpg format as an attachment) to us at .

                           Article by M S B, with research by M L H                 

                                                  Sources: Science Nordic; Four Legs Good; VMLCI






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Malcolm is Looking for a Home Just in Time for Spring

Malcolm is a handsome 3 year-old neutered male cat who will be a wonderful companion!

He is up-to-date on vaccinations and de-worming. Malcolm is a bit shy at first but he quickly warms up to petting and attention.  He is very sweet and will do wonderfully in a home where he will blossom into a lap cat.  He has a very cute little face and a handsome orange coat…he is a mackeral tabby.

Malcolm can be interviewed at the Haseltine Adoption Center, 1217 East Haseltine Street, Richland Center, Saturdays, 10 to 12 noon.  If you would like to make an appointment to meet him, call 608-604-2075.  Malcolm will be awaiting your arrival!

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Cookie is Ready for a Home

Cookie is a very handsome, young (1.5 years old), neutered male cat, dressed in a splendid white coat with black details. He is beautifully fitted to his designer attire!  Cookie is a healthy and a very active, fun cat.  He has an adorable face and is super friendly.  He loves to get on your shoulder and nuzzle your neck. His adorable face,  friendly, and happy personality make him the ideal companion! 

Come interview Cookie at the Hasletine Adoption Center, 1217 East Haseltine Street, Richland Center.  Hours are Saturdays, 10 to 12 noon or by appointment by calling 608-604-2075!  Cookie will be awaiting the interview.

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