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 -10:30… Registration 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 608-475-0313 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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!