Rex is a Wire-haired Terrier Ready for a Home!

Rex is a very nice small dog who is ready for adoption.  He weighs 30 pounds, is about 18 months of age, neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations.  Rex is an interesting looking young guy… actually when you first see him… or his photos… you may think he is a "old guy!"  His fur coat is gray but with some hints of tan/peach color.  He is a charmer! 

  He is young and ready to bring spirit and joy to a home.  He loves people, kids, and other dogs… we are not certain yet about cats.  Rex needs direction on his house training habits but he is a quick learner. Rex is a medium energy level dog so he is not bouncing off the walls! Rex should respond well to commands that are consistent… just like any young dog, he will love routine and direction.

We encourage you to call 608-604-7848 to arrange an interview with this very nice dog.  Rex is in foster care in a home where he is learning all about family living. Call today to set up a time to meet this charming dog.


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Howl and Meow: Get Ready for a Fun Day

    The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society encourages pet owners to join the fun at the Pet Walk, Sunday, May 4, at the Howl and Meow event held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center in Richland Center. The walking route is 1.5 miles.  The Pet Walk is a part of this 12th  annual event where the Mascots of the Year are determined by pledge dollars raised by the pets and their companions.  OMHS has a dog mascot and a cat or other species mascot chosen each year with  the honorees featured on the banner of the Pet Connection newsletter and also part of the OMHS website and on the Facebook page.
  Registration Form for the Pet Walk. It is also found on the Howl and Meow Events page on the main menu and on Facebook.
You may pick up a Registration form in Richland Center at Shireman Veterinary Clinic and the Richland Veterinary Service. Pledges can be made online, as well. Go to the Donation page on the website and choose either credit card or PayPal.  Be certain to indicate what the donation target is by placing the name of the pet in the comment box.
    Only dogs are invited to walk the Pet Walk route. However, Pet Walk chair, Sharon Panske, strongly encourages that cats, ferrets, reptiles, turtles, birds, fish, rats, or any other pet species be included in the competition for the mascot honor.  Bring a picture of your pet and take the photo with you on the Pet Walk.  When registering you must show proof that your dog's vaccinations are up-to-date.  The verification of vaccination is for the safety of your dog and all attendees at the event.
    Registration for the Pet Walk is 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 4, and all pledge dollars must be turned in no later than 11:00 that morning…before the walk begins at 11:15.  
    The OMHS Howl and Meow Committee is optimistic that several of the Mascots from previous years will be in attendance. The OMHS mascot honors were the following: 2013, dogs Jackson and Bud, companions of Sharon Panske, cats Dunkie, companion of Mari Sue Bethke; 2012, dogs Daisy and Star, companions of Judith Krysko, cats Dennis, Zeus, Ziggy, companions of Craig and Cindy Chicker; 2011, dogs dogs Laddie and Willy, companions of Marlene and Russ Tilsner, cats Luna and Princess, companions of Carletta Heide; 2009 and 2010, dog Jackson, companion of Sharon Panske; 2008, dogs Toby and Sophie, companions of the Farrell/Hetzel family; 2007, dog McGyver companion of Carol and Steve Stevenson; 2006, dog Comet, companion of Lori Fuller; 2005, dog Molly, companion of Deb Kiely; 2004, dog Charlie, companion of Phyllis Kiely; 2003, Streak Lily, companion of Marie and Charles Barry; and the first year for the Pet Walk, 2002, dog C4, companion of Corey Davis, won the mascot honor.
    Other features planned for the Howl and Meow are the “Just for Fun” obstacle course for dogs, the Crazy Critter Quarter Raffle a video program by Littledale Farm “Working Sheepdogs,” a terrific Plant Sale, and the Grand and Glorious Food Stand.  Mark your calendar now for Howl and Meow.

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Fund Raising Ideas for Volunteers Who Are Eager to Assist OMHS

Many people want to help raise needed funds for the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society but scheduled events do not always mesh with family and individual plans.  Below are some ideas that may fit nicely into a time, skills, and interests for a great community-spirited way to help OMHS.  Take a look!

Volunteer and Fundraising Opportunities
                                      (This article was submitted by Laura Payne, OMHS Board member.)

Volunteers are needed all year long for annual events, animal care, humane education projects, and the Animal House.  Consider attending monthly Board meetings to become more involved.  Please remember that, as OMHS programs expand, so do volunteer opportunities.  Follow OMHS on Facebook, and check out the website often to stay up-to-date.
OMHS realizes that not everyone is able to volunteer for activities that require a specific time or location commitment.  However, there are many ways to raise awareness and/or funds for OMHS that don’t require these commitments.  For example, are you a part of an organization such as 4H, Key Club, National Honor Society, or CCD that recognizes the value of community service?  If so, you can definitely help OMHS! 
The following are a few ideas to get started:
Recycling.  Aluminum cans are thrown away every day.  The accumulated waste from discarded cans is visible on and along streets and highways and in parks and parking lots.  Aluminum cans are one of the most valuable recyclable materials at recycling centers, as they bring in the highest amount of money per pound.  An avid and persistent aluminum can recycler can earn money every month from recycling cans for cash.  You can collect stray aluminum cans and/or ask neighbors, friends and local business for their cans.  Funds raised by collecting and recycling cans can easily be donated. In addition, OMHS is currently involved in a cell phone and ink cartridge recycling project.  All proceeds from recycling these items go directly to the organization. Please call OMHS or visit the website to find out how to participate in this project.
Garage or yard sales.  Profits can easily be donated.  Ask neighbors, friends, and/or family members if they are willing to help.
Bake sales
.  Everyone likes baked goods.  Breads, sweets, and homemade jellies, jams, and salsas can be included and sell very well.  Do you know anyone who has a homemade specialty?  Donate your goods to one of our bake sales, or have your own bake sale and donate the profits to OMHS.

We already have a young student who bakes delicious cookies that are sold at her father's business.  She donated the money to OMHS Pet Care costs!  Great idea and very good work by this young, dedicated student.
Dog walking and pet sitting.  Spring and summer activities such as sports events, reunions, and vacations leave many people looking for reliable help to care for their pets.  Check the want ads and/or advertise your services.   Payments received can be donated to OMHS or used as seed money to start a project.
Neighborhood organization and fundraising for the Trap and Release of Feral/Free-Roaming Cats (TNR).  Contact the Spay and Neuter Program for more information. 608-604-9554.

OMHS welcomes other ideas for fundraising and community education.  Please contact OMHS by phone or email to submit fundraising and education ideas and goals.  We look forward to hearing from you! 
General information:  604-3483;

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Feral Cat Information

Feral Cats: What they are and who they are. (This article was submitted by Laura Payne, OMHS Board member.)

A feral cat is a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild and is unused to human interaction.  These cats are very fearful and run to hide when approached.  A stray cat is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, while feral cats are born in the wild.  The offspring of a stray cat may be considered feral.  These felines can be seen in and around abandoned buildings, parking lots, alleys, and other places where regular food and water can be found.

Feral cat colonies consist of mama cats, kittens, young adults, and a few intact males.  Colony numbers can vary, usually consisting of five to twenty-five cats.  The feral cat cycle generally begins with abandoned or lost unaltered pet cats.  With little or no human interaction, these cats become wary and skittish.  As they reproduce, each new generation becomes less tame.  Some "barn cat" colonies may become feral over time.
Large cat colonies can have negative impacts on the environment.  When large groups of cats congregate, there is often fighting between the intact males.  Some are wounded in mating-fights, resulting in painful infection and fatality.  Still other males and females eventually contract feline immunodeficiency virus or feline leukemia due to the transmission of blood and bodily fluids via fighting and sexual activity.  These diseases can quickly spread though the colony.  In addition, heavy flea infestation can cause cats to be anemic, and both fleas and contaminated food sources can cause intestinal microorganisms such as coccidia, giardia or bacteria overgrowths.  Other parasites such as roundworms, tapeworms, and hookworms are spread from mother to kitten and from the soiled environment.  Ear mites, ringworm, and upper respiratory infections are common. While many of these illnesses are quite treatable, human intervention is necessary to prevent them from becoming fatal.
Despite being protected under Wisconsin’s anti-cruelty laws, feral cats are often the victims of scorn and even abuse.  Please consider the following to help break the feral cat cycle:

Alter your pets.
  Making sure all pets in your home are altered is the first step to stopping the feral cat cycle.  Please talk to family, friends and neighbors about spaying and neutering their pets.  Do not let unaltered pets outside.  Even under supervision, "accidents" happen, resulting in unplanned pregnancies.  Make sure your windows and doorways are secure, and take precaution when going in and out of the home.  If you know of someone allowing unaltered pets outside, talk to them about not doing so.  Many cities and counties have rules and ordinances pertaining to pets and their welfare such as leash laws.  If you do not feel comfortable approaching someone with your concerns, consider discreetly placing literature in their mailbox.
If your pet cat gets outside, take action immediately.  Look for the cat, and alert your neighbors.  Call local agencies with a description and contact information.

Never purposely release cats onto the streets for any circumstance.  This is not acceptable.  If you or someone you know can no longer care for a cat because of behavior, health, or a personal situation, contact a veterinarian service or a local humane society for assistance.
Contact local humane societies or a humane officer.  It is sometimes difficult to determine if a cat is a stray or feral cat.  Please contact your neighbors, local humane society, veterinary services, or humane officer when you find a cat or become aware of a colony.  If an owner cannot be found, ask the appropriate agency for help.  It is important to let humane societies and local shelters know if cats appear feral because many of them are not equipped to handle feral animals.  If the organization is unable to assist with the situation or if it only offers alternatives that you are not seeking, ask for contact information for other groups that may be able to take the cats.  The Internet is a good resource to find information about organizations and programs.

Unless you plan to commit to caring for feral cats, do not begin feeding them.  Feeding cats will almost definitely ensure that they will stay in the vicinity—and, in time, may attract more cats, resulting in a colony situation.  It is important to note that, when caring for feral cats, other unforeseen issues may arise.  Again, only start feeding feral cats if you plan to commit to caring for them long-term.  This is often a difficult, complex decision to make.  For many, feeding and caring for feral cats is a humane and gratifying experience.  Feed the cats at a set time, during daylight hours.  This prevents other wildlife from joining the cats.  If you live in a residential or urban area, find out if neighbors are already feeding the cats, and, if they are, ask them to do it on a regular schedule.  Make sure water is accessible in all seasons.  Consider the type and quality of food being offered; never offer spoiled food, and make sure that spoiled food is promptly removed from the vicinity.  Secure garbage receptacles, and make sure that out-buildings, garages, porches, and gardens are not accessible to the cats.
Feeding feral cats can become expensive.  Inquire about local food programs.  An individual may have a chance to access the situation and individual cats’ temperament more carefully during regular feeding times.  Injured or ill cats can be monitored and possibly trapped for treatment.  Some cats and kittens may become less frightened and socialized with time.  Never try to physically handle frightened or injured cats as they may accidentally harm you when trying to get away.

Consider Trap-and-Release to control the feral cat population.  Trap-and- Release (TNR) is considered the most humane alternative for population control.  Trapped cats are altered and vaccinated, at which time deworming medications and parasite control can be applied.  By stabilizing the cat population, many behavior issues, such as fighting and spraying are significantly reduced.  Many illness and diseases are also prevented or at the least reduced, greatly improving the cats’ health and quality of life.  Cats may be relocated for their safety or placed in a homes at this time.  TNR can be done one cat at a time, a few cats at a time, or on a large scale.  Consider contacting people with similar concerns or a neighborhood association to plan and pool resourses.

Often, well-meaning people trap first and ponder what to do with the cats later.  Please do not do this! Have a plan.  To ensure the long-term success of your project and to minimize stressful problems, make sure everything is in place before trapping any animals.
Contact local humane societies and agencies to see if TNR clinics are established in your area or if financial support/reduced fees are available.  Consult someone with trapping knowledge and experience.  Consider transportation.  Find out all of the costs involved; this may include renting one or more traps.

If there is no TNR program in your area, consider starting the project on a smaller scale.  Small steps can equal great success!  It may be easier to trap cats in an established feeding area.  Many people in your community may be unaware of the issue or don't know how to deal with it.  You may be surprised how many people will follow suit or offer assistance and resources when they see success.  Be sure to contact a veterinarian facility and involve them in any plans to make sure that they are able to accommodate the situation.  It is often difficult to schedule spay and neuters in a traditional manner when live-trapping.  Ask about all fees and get an estimate.  Inquire about facility protocols, so there are no surprises later.  Make sure you let the facility know if you are using any vouchers or coupons.  Inquire about vaccines and parasite control.  Arrangements will need to be made for the cats to recover.  Recovery may include keeping the cats in the trap or another secure kennel with food and water overnight.  Please get specific directions from the attending veterinarian.
Altering cats in a colony makes finding homes for healthy and less "wild" kittens and cats easier.  With patience, some of these cats may be tamed.  Shelters may take the more approachable cats once they are altered.  Consider contacting local farms or a rural property owners about taking altered cats as "organic" pest control.  In the meanwhile, even if a home cannot be found, at least the altered cats can no longer reproduce.

Currently OMHS does not have a staffed TNR program or clinic in place.  However, financial assistance is available for individuals willing to tackle feral cat and barn cat colonies.  Vouchers can be used at several veterinarian services. Please see Spay and Neuter Voucher Program for more information.
Other Spay and Neuter Clinics or Programs are in the Area.  Please contact the organization in your county or region first and also check out the following websites for information about feral cats and TNR information.
Alterations CATsNIP Clinics: 1-608-629-6887,;
Dane County Humane Society:  Mt. Horeb spay/neuter clinic, 1-608-437-1135;;
Dane County Friends of Ferals:  Spayathon Clinics 1-608-467-4067;;
SpayMe! Clinics, 608-834-2700.

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Pepper Has a New Home!

Congratulations, Pepper!  OMHS is very happy that foster mom, Margaret, created the temporary, loving home for you, AND she found a great NEW HOME for you, as well.  Enjoy your new "digs," Pepper!

Pepper is a handsome, alert, intelligent small dog!  This personable little guy is a very sweet fellow who loves everybody… dogs, cats, kids… he enjoys them all.  He is house-trained, up-to-date on all his vaccinations, and has just had his teeth cleaned.He is ready to rock 'n roll!

Pepper is a bit of a special needs dog because he has A-Fib and is on Lasix, an inexpensive medication.  

He was surrendered to OMHS because his long time companion's boyfriend did not like Pepper.  (And the feeling probably became mutual! )

OMHS would like to see Pepper in a household where he will have plenty of love and attention, respect for his A-Fib condition, and where he will have nap time when he sees it fits into his schedule.  He will be a wonderful, smart, and entertaining companion. 

Please call 608-604-7848 to interview Pepper!  You will want to bundle him up and take him home!

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Howl and Meow Pet Walk, Sunday, May 4

Come join us for a fun-filled day!

Sunday, May 4, 2014
Community Center, 1050 N. Orange Street, Richland Center
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pet Walk
Registration 10 to 11 a.m.

Pledge $$ must be turned in no later than 11 a.m., May 4.
Walk begins at 11:15 a.m.
Only dogs are allowed to participate in the Pet Walk.

(Must bring proof of vaccinations for your dog to walk at the event.)

Other species are very welcome to be part of the Pet Walk that determines the
Mascot of the Year for OMHS!  Bring a photo of your pet… cat, ferret, gecko,
turtle, parakeet, whatever species your pet is, please enter the competition!

Begin NOW to raise pledge $$ to compete for the honor of Mascot of the Year.

A dog mascot and an other species mascot will be determined.  The Mascots of the Year
are featured on the banner of the OMHS Pet Connection newsletter!

Click here for  Registration Form for the Pet Walk. It is also found on the Howl and Meow Events page on the main menu.  Click on the link and download the form and get busy signing up your followers!  Your friends and family can pledge for your pet online or by USPS.  Go to the Donation Page on the main menu.

Please consider becoming a member of OMHS @ $10 per individual
or $25 for a family membership.

Stay tuned for complete information about the Howl and Meow event including the Dog Obstacle Course, the Plant Sale, and more. 

See you at Howl and Meow.

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OMHS Adoption Center has Always Been “CAGE FREE!”

OMHS moved into the present Cat Adoption Center in the spring of 2007 and from that point forward the building is a CAGE FREE environment for all the cats and kittens! The Ocooch Mountain Humane Society is very pleased to promote its philosophy of the Cage Free space.
There are no cramped cages for OMHS cats and kittens.  No cages stacked row upon row. Yes, our Adoption Center is small but we are giving the cats and kittens the best living quarters possible as they await adoption. Check out the gallery below!

Our beautiful, athletic felines can choose when and where to nap and take a good snooze.
They can decide when to have a snack and a good drink of clean water.
There are multiple litter-boxes for their choice of bathroom space.  And they can play and wrestle when they want to.

Sleeping quarters are varied for the cats and kittens.  Some prefer a comfortable crate-sized location where they curl up alone or with a buddy. Cats are really “at home” being up high and off the floor and the cat trees give just that advantage.  Sleeping on a cat tree is also a popular spot for a nap.  Of course, there are other cat beds and chairs available in the Center.

Exercise opportunities are abundant at the Adoption Center.  The cat trees provide excellent jumping and climbing experience. The cats can wrestle and chase each other around for fun and entertainment.  There is plenty of light in the Adoption Center and the radio is tuned in for some music and conversation between visits by the volunteers.  

The Cage Free environment is ideal for the OMHS cats to develop a sense of their place in space.  The cats are confident in their surroundings and behave in a calm and collected manner.  When a visitor arrives at the Center and sits down on a chair in the Cage Free area it is only a matter of moments and there is a cat on the visiting lap.  

We do have two spacious pens in the large Cage Free room where incoming cats will spend a few hours or up to two days transitioning into the larger room.  The transition time is important for the newbies to be acclimated to the cat population in the room.  It could be shocking to a solitary cat to see 25 cats in one space… and no cages to confine them!

Come visit the Adoption Center and lounge around with a couple of cats on your lap in the Cage Free environment.

Visit the Adoption Center at 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, located directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community.  Hours: Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 pm. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  See you there.

OMHS currently has Lower Cost Adoption Rates!  You will save $300 or more if you adopt now!  Don't shop… ADOPT!  Supersize your adoption of a cat or kitten.  Adopt two cats to double the fun, happiness, and joy of sharing life with felines.  Cats adopted from OMHS will provide mountains of purring, playing, and love.

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Liz is a Petite Cat Ready for Adoption

As a youngster, Liz was found roaming around in Richland Center on Orange Street (a heavily traveled street by cars and trucks of all sizes!) and needed to be taken into OMHS care.  She was thin and was not able to fend for herself at a young age.  Liz is about 1-1/2 years old now and would love to move out of her temporary secure home at the Adoption Center.  She is spayed and up-to-date on vaccinations. 

Liz had been adopted into what appeared to be a great home.  However, one of the residents of the new household was a very small dog and Liz became a bit of a problem for the dog!  Liz showed that she would not back down from anything like a dog!  So after a two month experimental situation, Liz was returned to the OMHS Adoption Center.  The Adoption Center staff was in communication with the adoptive "parents" and were aware of the ongoing work to stabilize and pacify the situation.  But in the long run, it seems that Liz should just come back to the AC and begin a new quest for a home. 

Liz has a very cute face and will blossom into a loving companion.  She enjoys people and other cats… it is just small dogs that are an irritation to her!! 

OMHS currently has Lower Cost Adoption Rates!  You will save $300 or more if you adopt now!  Don't shop… ADOPT!  Supersize your adoption of a cat or kitten.  Adopt two cats to double the fun, happiness, and joy of sharing life with felines.  Cats adopted from OMHS will provide mountains of purring, playing, and love. 

Visit the Adoption Center at 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, located directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community.  Hours: Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 pm. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  OR call 608-604-8834 to arrange for an appointment.  Ask for Liz, she is awaiting your call and the interview with you. 

Supersize with Liz and one of her friends and double the joy and fun in your household AND you will DOUBLE your savings by adopting two wonderful companions!  See you there.

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Eva is an Experienced Cat Ready for Adoption

Eva is a strikingly marked Mackerel Tabby cat.  She is about 3 years old, spayed, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Eva is a bit shy at first but will blossom into a loving companion when she is secure in a loving home.  Eva wants a lap for herself and can be a bit sassy with other cats and kittens when she is settled onto the lap of an Adoption Center visitor!  She wants that lap to just for her!  She does cuddle up for nap time with Brooke, one of her friends at the Adoption Center.

OMHS currently has Lower Cost Adoption Rates!  You will save $300 or more if you adopt now!  Don't shop… ADOPT!  Supersize your adoption of a cat or kitten.  Adopt two cats to double the fun, happiness, and joy of sharing life with felines.  Cats adopted from OMHS will provide mountains of purring, playing, and love. Choose Eva and one of her friends here and you will have added even more joy and happiness to your household.

Visit the Adoption Center at 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, located directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community.  Hours: Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 pm. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  Or to make an appointment at a different time, call 68-604-8834… and ask for Eva.  She is awaiting your call and the interview with her!  See you there.

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Rhoda Has Found a Loving Home!

Congratulations, Rhoda, and your wonderful new home!  Enjoy life in your new "digs."

Rhoda is a very sweet  lady cat. She is about 4 1/2 years old, spayed, up-to-date on vaccinations and ready to move to a somewhat quieter environment than the Adoption Center where the younger cats are running around and wrestling all the time! She does not get irritated with the youngsters but she would prefer some added quiet time. 

About three years ago Rhoda had been adopted into a  wonderful home where her two adult humans and her cat companion, also adopted from OMHS, shared a fine life.  Unfortunately, one of the gentle human  passed away and the other person had to move to a new location for medical reasons.  Rhoda's former cat companion was recently re-homed.  And now Rhoda is looking to find that next wonderful quiet home… with another cat companion, if possible. 

Rhoda is a very pretty tabby.  She has grown and developed past the kitten behaviors and will fit in beautifully to a household.  She will gracefully become that lap cat and companion every household needs!

Visit the Adoption Center at 1400 West Seminary Street, Richland Center, located directly behind the main building at Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Community.  Hours: Wednesdays, 4:30 to 6 pm. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  See you there.  You may also call 608-604-8834 for an appointment.  Ask for Rhoda… she is awaiting your call and interview.

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