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Howl and Meow Success!

Howl and Meow was a grand success Sunday, May 4!

Just over $6,000 was raised to help with Pet Care costs and the Spay Neuter program.  OMHS is grateful to the participants and visitors to the event and for the generous pledges to the Pet Walk teams.  Dog Mascots of the year are Bud and Jackson, the companions of Sharon Panske, and the second place finishers are Daisy and Star, canine companions of Judy Krysko.  The Cat Mascot of the year is Sebastian, an OMHS cat in residence at the Adoption Center and wonderful fellow just waiting for a great home! Laura Payne was raising pledges for Sebastian.

OMHS is very pleased with the results of the Plant Sale! Over $900 was raised for the Spay Neuter program.  This was the largest monetary result for the Plant Sale now in its fourth year. A big thank you to the OMHS members and friends who donated plants. This was a difficult spring to find perennials in the garden to donate!  It had been such a difficult winter and spring has not been much help either for plants and gardeners.  But OMHS had a wonderful variety of plants for sale.  OMHS is very grateful to the K&A Greenhouse on Mineral Point Road, Verona WI, for the spectacular donation of "winter weary" shrubs and plants!  Their donation gave the OMHS sale a huge boost!  The donation by K&A was the key to the success of the plant sale!  If you shop in the Madison WI area be sure to visit the K&A Greenhouse for a terrific plant experience!  Tell them OMHS sent you.

Below please find photos from the Howl adventure.  Please note that young volunteer, Oliver, is shown in more than photo.  There was a running joke going on to have him in as many photos as possible. Another fun part of Howl and Meow.

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Would You Help OMHS Reach the Challenge Grant Goal?

     The Spay Neuter Voucher Program is one of the most important environmental efforts of the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society.  OMHS is working, along with other humane societies, to hammer home the need to spay and neuter dogs and cats. The population explosion of these animals really is a social and environmental problem.  

    When OMHS incorporated as a not-for-profit organization 12 years ago, spaying and neutering was already an important issue for the fledgling organization. Through the ensuing years OMHS has kept the foot to the pedal in the effort to help lower income individuals and families afford to have pets and farm cats spayed and neutered. However, there will always be cats and dogs that should and need to be spayed/neutered. There will always be the need for programs to address the problem of unwanted pups and kittens.

This is where YOU come into the picture:

    The OMHS voucher program needs your help.  We have a Challenge Grant offered by three generous anonymous donors. The Challenge is for OMHS members and friends to raise $1,000 for the Spay Neuter Voucher Program, and the donors will match the $1,000 with $1,000… thus the program will have a much needed $2,000 to begin 2014. The $2000 will not meet the needs for the entire year but will give OMHS a bit of a respite during winter months when we have no events, nor do we have Animal House to help with ongoing costs.  
OMHS asks you for a donation to help us
reach the $1000 goal.
    This is how the spay neuter voucher program works: the person or family with a low income or who has a disability that impacts their employment, contacts OMHS via email or phone call. The person requesting the voucher for help with spay or neutering pets is interviewed via the phone. A basic set of questions is asked to be certain that there is financial need with this important surgical assistance for the pets. If qualified, a voucher is mailed to the person/family.  The voucher specifies the amount that OMHS is willing to help with the costs of the surgery, generally $30 to $40. The recipient must pay the balance of the costs to the veterinary clinic. It is the responsibility of the voucher recipient to make an appointment for the procedure with the vet clinic they choose. Clinics that are part of the program are: Shireman Veterinary Clinic, Richland Veterinary Service, LLC, Riverdale Veterinary Clinic, and the Spring Green Animal Hospital.  OMHS is very grateful to these veterinary clinics for helping with this program.            Please consider making a donation to the OMHS Spay Neuter Voucher Program.  Your donation will be put to use specifically for this purpose.  Helping people get their companion animals spayed or neutered is an important means of helping regain stability in their finances. Raising a litter of pups or kittens and finding homes for them is a very costly endeavor.  Therefore, NOT having the unwanted pets saves money over time.  And the pets will be healthier in general when spayed or neutered. For example, some forms of cancer are eliminated.

    From April, 2013, to the end of October, 2013, the voucher program has helped surgically alter 258 pets. The cost to OMHS for these procedures is $9479. The program is working well, but OMHS needs dollars to continue this social and environmental situation by spaying and neutering pets.

       Some statistics regarding dog and cat breeding:
An un-spayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing two litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter result in the astonishing numbers below.
An un-spayed female dog, her mate and all of their puppies, if none are ever neutered or spayed, can add up to the numbers below:

One Year: 12
Two Years: 67
Three Years: 376
Four Years: 2,107
Five Years: 11,801
Six Years: 66,088
Seven Years: 370,092
Eight Years: 2,072,514
Nine Years: 11,606,077

    You can see what an enormous environmental problem and economic problem intact pets can be.  OMHS is trying to do its part with the voucher program and with educational information about spaying and neutering. And yes, the numbers above are correct for either a dog or cat breeding pair.

    OMHS needs your help to reach the goal set for the Challenge Grant.  We look forward to your generous support of OMHS efforts. 

You can make a donation of any size to help reach the Challenge Grant goad.  By mail please send your check to:  OMHS Spay Neuter Grant,  P.O. Box 229, Richland Center WI 53581.   Via credit card or PayPal go to the Donation page on this site.  Be certain to indicate in the comment or remarks box for either credit card or PayPal that your donation if targeted for the Spay Neuter Grant.

We sincerely thank you for considering making a donation for this important program.


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Paws for the Holidays was a Fine Success!

The 11th Paws for the Holidays lived up to all expectations with all venues busy the entire day.  Over 160 hot dogs were sold, a record for the annual event. Carletta, general chair of the event and co-chair of the Grand and Glorious Food stand was so pleased with the kitchen volunteers and with the number of diners who enjoyed the Chicago Style hot dogs and Chili dogs.

The Pet Portraits booth started the activities going when Jean and Miss Lily arrived prior to the 10 a.m. opening of the event.  They had another important engagement so photographer Lori Lettman and her assistants went into action to get this portrait accomplished.  Volunteers Debra, Joanne, and Mari Sue were busy all day working with the 24 portrait clients.  It was a very good day for pets and people.  Please see the gallery below of some of the portraits. Just over $350 was raised with the portraits. We are pleased with that help for pet care costs, but we are most pleased by the quality of the photos and the smiles and good fun had by everyone involved!

The Live Auction was a new feature for the OMHS Paws event and it proved to be very successful.  Over $1600 was raised in the auction under the able guidance of Danny Sheafor, well known and favorite auctioneer in Richland County and the area. Penny Sheafor worked side by side with husband Danny and recorded the bidder number, the lot, and the selling price.  Pam, Marilyn, and an unidentified young boy displayed the 24 items beginning with a 14 inch Roseville mixing bowl that brought $70 from the high bidder.  The highest selling items were the hand made quilt by Phil Poole and a  hand made quilt by Ron Fruit, each of which were sold at $190.  OMHS is very grateful for the high quality donations from members and friends.  We hope to have a Live Auction again in 2014. 

The Silent Auction raised an astounding $900 plus dollars for OMHS and the Pet Care costs.  Again the quality and variety of items provided interesting challenges for bidding.  Chet's Feed and Seed provided donations of dog food and bags of kitty litter that were of great interest to pet owners.  And the top bidders on the Chet's items were placed in a hat and a winner chosen who won a $50 gift certificate at Chet's!  Sharon won that extra $50!

The Amazing Bake Sale raised over $500, the Food Stand raised over $900, and the Shoppe 'til you Drop raised over $700!  Therefore, Paws for the Holidays was a financially successful event for OMHS.  We have no events scheduled in the deep winter months of 2014, therefore the success of Paws is crucial to continuing programs such as the Spay Neuter voucher project and to pay veterinary bills for vital pet care costs of those dogs, cats, and kittens in our care until they are adopted. 

Watch the OMHS News page for information about a Challenge Grant to sustain the Spay Neuter voucher project.

Enjoy these portrait sittings!

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Volunteers Needed for Howl and Meow!

Would you consider helping the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society with the May 5, Howl and Meow?

2013 marks the 11th anniversary of this feature-filled event celebration pets and their companions. An added bonus is that volunteers always have a good time working together for a great cause.

Work to be done at Howl and Meow:

Set up...begins at 8 a.m.  We need help setting up tables and chairs for many of the event areas.  We have a floor plan prepared to volunteers know where to place the furniture and other items.

Registration for the Pet Walk... two people are needed to check in the pets and people who are entering the Walk.

Kitchen and Grand and Glorious Food Stand…lots of fun in the kitchen with conversation and laughs. Help is needed at the counter greeting customers, taking orders, assembling sandwiches, cutting pies, cashiering.
Would you create a homemade pie? Please call 608-647-3461.

Plant Sale... help needed setting up table arrangement, checking in the donated plants (we keep a list of who donates to OMHS), pricing plants, cashiering the sales, boxing up the plants sold.  Proceeds go to help support the Spay Neuter Program.

Quarter RaffleHelp set up the table arrangement and place donated items on tables. Do you have an item or two to donate for bids?  Please call 608-647-3461. 

Photographer needed… Do you have a digital camera and would you be willing to take candid photos at Howl?  We need photos to document this 11th annual event.  Call 647-3461.

Videographer needed...OMHS would like to have video taken of various features of the Howl event. Video of the educational presentation would be especially needed.  A tripod-setup would be ideal to record the programs.  Please call 647-6453 or email info@ocoochmountainhumanesociety.org.

Thank you for your support of OMHS by volunteering your talent and time for Howl and Meow!  See you there!

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The OMHS membership list will be published in February

Just a reminder to OMHS members who have not yet renewed for 2013… the membership list will be published in the February issue of Pet Connection.  If you are a member of OMHS you will certainly want your name listed in this issue.  (And you know that everyone looks for the membership list right away to see who is and who is not a member!)

Pet Connection is probably the most important communication tool of OMHS.  (Of course, this website and Facebook are important, as well!) Pet Connection is published 6 times per year and is generally a 10 to 12 page document.  It is very newsy and there we do publish the name of folks who donate for Pet Care, make memorial gifts, donate for Spay Neuter clinics, and all other donation categories.  We do not publish those names here on the website.  The newsletter is the only way to read many, many things about OMHS. And we can send the newsletter to you via email as a pdf file.  You can save us the cost of bulk mail by your online reception of the publication.

If you are NOT a member of OMHS, please consider becoming a member.  You can go to the Membership page on this site for complete information and you can complete your membership online on the donation page.

Individual memberships are $10 per year

Family memberships are $25 per year

Senior and Student memberships are $5 per year

Lifetime memberships are $500

Business memberships are $75 per year.


Please join OMHS!  The more memberships we have the better opportunities we have for receiving grants.  Our Richland County area is small in population and rural in demographics so our membership numbers are important to granting institutions and organizations.  OMHS offers the programs and outreach that have great appeal for grant awards.  But we must keep up our membership numbers.  Help us, please. 

Thank you!

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Paws for the Holidays volunteers and generous donors create successful event!

The 3 November 2012, Paws for the Holidays event was very successful thanks to the hard work and talent of the volunteers who presented features of the day that appealed to a wide audience.  From the educational programs to the Amazing Bake Sale and the Pet Portraits there was activity in the Community Center all day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The event raised approximately $6,000 that will give a real boost to the treasury to pay for costs of Pet Care, Adoption Center rent, Spay Neuter expenses, and other program and project needs.  OMHS thanks everyone who attended the event, thanks to the volunteers who gave time and effort, and a big thank you to the businesses and individuals who generously donated items for the Silent Auction!

Featured at Paws for the Holidays were:

The Grand and Glorious Food stand… serving the wonderful Chicago style hot dogs and much more!

The Amazing Bake Sale

Pet Portraits

The Silent  Auction

Shoppe 'til You Drop

OMHS Cookbook photo contest

Egger's Wreaths


Madison Area Herpetological Society information table

Sandhill Marketing… bird seed sales

OMHS shirt sales

OMHS memberships   new and renewal

Spay Neuter information table

Adoption information and photos of pets ready for adoption

All of these featured booths and tables were staffed by smiling, happy volunteers.  It was a great day for everyone.

And the educational programs were icing on top of the cake, so to speak.  We learned about feeding wild birds and their migration patterns and response to drought, plus learning about reptiles and amphibians as pets.

OMHS looks forward to Paws for the Holidays, 2013!  

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Another Biggest Year Yet for Spay Neuter Clinics

In 2011, the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society Spay Neuter clinics spayed and neutered 826 animals.  The exact numbers are: 597 cats and 229 dogs. 

Number % of Total
Cats spays 341 41%

neuters 256 31%
Dogs spays 121 15%

neuters 108 13%
826 100%

This is a 2% increase for cats and a 6% increase for dog altering over 2010 numbers, which was also a very busy year for SOS clinics.  If all of these animals had produced just ONE litter in 2011 there would be many, many more cats and dogs in need of homes in our community. 

The OMHS spay/neuter program is intended to help families who cannot afford the full, usual sterilization fees for their pets.  This program is available to residents of surrounding counties as well as for the Richland county area resident animal population.  Call 608-604-9554 for information about the program and to find out about the appointment schedule.

Reduced cost spy/neuter is also available at local veterinary clinics in the area through the SNAP voucher program. Participating clinics include the Richland Veterinary Service and the Shireman Veterinary Clinic in Richland Center, the Spring Green Animal Hospital and the Dodgeville Veterinary Service.  Call OMHS at 608-604-9554 for more info about the voucher program.  OMHS is grateful for the ongoing generosity of these clinics helping with this important animal and community need.

February and March are very crucial months, indeed, for heading off the unwanted spring litters.  Tell your friends, neighbors, family members, and your co-workers about spay neuter procedures that are the only way to prevent unwanted pet pregnancy.  Raising kittens and pups is expensive and it is difficult to find homes for young pets.  Preventing the birth of kittens and pups that families cannot manage is the only solution to a very tragic situation… the abandoned pets found hungry, starving, injured, and desperately clinging to life.

Please spread the word that OMHS has special programs right now for large dogs, 40 pounds and upwards, and for Richland County farm cat populations.  Give us at call at 608-604-9554 and OMHS can help. 

Funds are always needed to help keep the spay neuter program functioning smoothly and efficiently and reaching out to pet owners who need assistance. Volunteers are, of course, very welcome.  Please to to the Spay Neuter page on this website for more information.  Your inquiries are very welcome.

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Fifth Anniversary of the OMHS Spay Neuter Clinics

November 2011 was the fifth anniversary of the OMHS Spay/neuter outreach clinics… the SOS clinics.  These lower cost clinics are offered in partnership with the Dane County Humane Society's Shelter Outreach Services.  OMHS was the first rural humane society to sign up for this service when it began in the autumn of 2006, and together we learned how to offer this important program in an efficient and effective way.

At least 2800 cats and dogs have been spayed of neutered through these outreach clinics.  We have had big farm dogs and teacup-sized pups, friendly house-cats and many farm cats and ferals who had never had veterinary care of any kind. Every clinic seems to bring a different mix of critters, making the work interesting as well as rewarding.

For a limited time only we have special grant funds for large dog sterilization procedures.  These are dogs 40 pounds and over.  Call right away… 608-604-9554

The veterinarians and vet techs from Dane County have been exemplary in their professionalism and their ability to adjust to the challenges of each clinic.  Our volunteers who help with a myriad of jobs at each clinic are indispensable.  And we, of course, need more volunteers.

OMHS also has a SNAP voucher program that provides reduced-cost spay/neuter services at area veterinary clinics for financially-needy pet owners.  Discounted rates from the Richland Veterinary Service, Shireman Veterinary Clinic, and the Spring Green Animal Hospital are greatly appreciated.

The OMHS SOS program is intended to help families who cannot afford the full usual sterilization fees for their animals.  this program is available to residents of surrounding counties as well as Richland area residents.  Please call 604-9554 to make an appointment or to find out about SNAP vouchers.  Don't delay making the call.  Clinics fill up very fast.  Avoid the spring explosion of kittens and pups… have your animals "fixed."

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Wish List for OMHS

Every organization has needs and wishes and the Ocooch Mountain Humane Society is no exception !!  Below is the list it items needed as 2011 draws to a close and we look forward to the adventures of 2012.

Items for the Pet Food Pantry:

  • Dog biscuits/ treats
  • Cat treats
  • Puppy food in bags
  • Bags of good quality dog and cat food.  The really low priced, low quality foods are a problem for pets.  They have to eat much more to get any nutritional value from it.  A medium to high quality food means the pet eats less, gets better nutritional balance, and is more healthy and active.

Items for the Adoption Center:

  • Arm & Hammer litterbox deodorizer
  • Air Purifier … about $700… donations of any size toward the purchase of this item will be very helpful
  • Laundry detergent
  • Lysol cleaner
  • Swiffer replacement pads, wet kind
  • paper towels
  • Bleach
  • Scrub brushes… small to medium, hand held
  • Dish detergent
  • Cat trees for climbing, fun, and snoozing.  About $140 each.  Donations towards the purchase of cat trees are very welcome.

Items for the Spay Neuter clinics:

  • Medium-sized cat carriers
  • Live traps suitable for capturing feral cats
  • Two (2) plastic shelving units with five shelves
  • Treats or lunches for volunteers
  • Volunteers for the late-afternoon clinic shifts ( allows the folks who have been there since 6:30 a.m. to leave by mid to late afternoon)
  • Forever postage stamps
  • #10 envelopes
  • Copy paper
  • HP #98 black ink cartridges
  • HP #95 color ink cartridges
  • HP #21 black ink cartridges

Donations from the Wish List can be dropped off at the Adoption Center, the Richland Vet Service, or the Shireman Vet Clinic.  Donors can also email OMHS and arrange another drop off location.

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Spay Neuter Clinics Awarded Grants!

PetSmart Charities® has awarded a grant to the OMHS lower cost Spay Neuter clinics. We are very grateful for this assistance!

The grant will help us continue extra discounts for spay/neuter costs for pets from financially-strapped families. The funds can be used for any Richland County cats if there is financial need.

  • S/N clinic managers are making a special push to get Richland County FARM CATS in for spay/neuter. We can REALLY reduce surgery prices for these farm cats.
  • The grant funding will help OMHS continue work to reduce the SEVERE cat overpopulation problem in our County.
  • OMHS Spay Neuter clinics will continue to spay/neuter cats from surrounding areas outside our County lines… yes! But the special PetSmart Charities® grant funds are to be used only for Richland County pet owner cats.
  • OMHS members… do you have neighbors, friends, or family members who have been putting off spaying or neutering their cats? Please, please, please give them our number… 604-9554. Or better yet, give them a hand, actually help them make the call for an appointment for their cats.

The OMHS Spay Neuter clinics can loan live traps for farm or feral cats. We have lots of experience to share in the techniques of trapping skittish, suspicious, wary cats!

Cold weather is on the way and NOW is the perfect time to get as many animals as possible “fixed.” Spay and neuter is the only permanent, 100 % effective method of birth control for dogs and cats!

For clinic dates and scheduling appointments please call 608-604-9554. Clinics fill up very fast.

Volunteers needed, of course! With extra spay/neuter clinics continuing to be added, we could use more volunteers! It is fun to work at the clinic, and hands-on opportunities are endless for tending animals prior to surgery and watching over them after the procedure. Thanks are due to all our volunteers for their dedication and gift of time and effort!

Information provided by Spay Neuter committee chair.

This summer season we have had help from several area students including Lindsey, Amber, Christina, Abid, and Chelsea. Lindsey is training to be a veterinary technician… maybe volunteering would inspire others to choose a career in animal care and health, as well!

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