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The Lincoln County Humane Society is dedicated to the prevention of cruelty and abuse to animals, birds and wildlife.

We strive to maintain a No-Kill facility; a place of safety for healthy adoptable animals; a temporary home for the homeless; a haven for the mistreated, neglected or abused animals of Lincoln County and surrounding counties.
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  • 04
    Nov
    Spay Me Transport

    LCHS still has openings available for female and male dogs and male or female cats on our next Spay Me transport!  It will be November 10/11 but you must have your form and payment turned in by November 4. LCHS works with the Spay Me! Clinic in Sun Prairie once a month for reduced cost spays and neuters. We are happy to offer these services to the general public!

     

    The fee for a dog spay (rabies vaccine included for free) is $110, a dog neuter is $100 (rabies vaccine included for free), $65 for cats with the spay or neuter (rabies vaccine included for free).

    Your forms and payment need to be turned in to reserve your spot for a transport trip. We must have a working phone number to contact you, the vet of Spay Me! will call to discuss the surgery with you and if you cannot be reached, the surgery will not be done.

    Please call us at (715) 536-3459 for more information or stop by 12pm - 5pm Monday through Friday or 12pm - 4pm on Saturdays. You can email - manager@furrypets.com, fax - (715) 722-0511, or mail your form - 200 N. Memorial Drive, Merrill WI 54452.

    Forms can be found in the Document - Miscellaneous section of our website.

     

     

  • 06
    Nov
    LCHS November Board Meeting

    Join us November 6th at 5pm for our monthly board meeting. Meetings are held in the lounge room of City Hall basement. Call us at 715-536-3459 with any questions.

Latest News

October 31, 2014
Behind Every Good Pit Bull is a Great Advocate

Behind Every Good Pit Bull is a Great Advocate

After adopting my mildly obese, quirky, slightly cross-eyed Pug/Beagle mix from the shelter, I decided to enroll him in a training class. At our first training session, each dog owner gave their name and some brief information about their canine companion. As I introduced my dog Elliot and mentioned that he had been adopted from the Lincoln County Humane Society, the woman standing next to me with a fluffy Golden Retriever puppy, gasped and took a step backward, exclaiming, “You’re so brave!” I looked around, unsure that I was the one being addressed. The woman went on to explain that if she didn’t have kids, she would have adopted from the shelter as well. I realized she felt my bravery was due to bringing the snorting, half-asleep dog at my feet into my home. This was a foreign reaction for me. My family had always adopted dogs and cats through shelters or rescue organizations. So the sense of fear associated with an animal displaying no aggression confused me. I experienced this situation simply because my dog was a “rescue” dog who did not look remotely like a pit bull. But years of working at LCHS has provided countless similar reactions of fear or dislike toward pit bulls.

My goal with this article is not to try to sway people who are “anti-pit bull” to become supporters of the breed. I could cite statistics showing that breed specific legislation (i.e. banning certain breeds of dogs) has not effectively reduced dog bite incidents. I could describe the history of pit bulls, a breed that was once called “nanny dogs” because of their loyalty and dedication to the human children in their families. I could go on about my own positive experiences with many pit bulls I have encountered. But I won’t. Instead, I speak directly to those who already own, or plan to own a pit bull.

You, as a pit bull owner, will encounter countless people who will be afraid of your dog. They will challenge your explanations that your dog has never behaved aggressively or reacted with violence. You will be forced to explain your choice of that particular dog, over and over. If you have children, you may encounter people who will judge you because you allow a “dog like that” around your kids. You will face landlords or homeowner’s insurance companies who are not comfortable with your pet and may even decline to rent to you or insure your home. The challenge is for you and your dog to prove them wrong.

First and foremost, training is essential for all dogs. There are so many dogs surrendered to LCHS that the owners can “no longer handle” or “needs someone to work with.” A large percentage of these dogs were acquired by the owners as puppies. Without proper training and positive reinforcement, adorable puppy antics can turn into poorly behaved, hard to handle dogs. Working with a professional trainer is also a bonding experience for the dog and owner. Training helps to build trust between you and your dog and makes it easier to address behavioral issues as soon as possible.

Pit bulls (and pit mixes) are the #1 breed of dog to be euthanized throughout animal shelters in our nation. If you love pit bulls, one of the most important things you can do is spay or neuter your own pet. Even pit bulls that pass every known temperament test to prove they are friendly with cats, kids, and other dogs will not be adopted as quickly as other breeds. The odds are stacked against them: people are afraid to adopt because of the negative reputation about pit bulls, landlords are uncomfortable renting to tenants with pit bulls, local ordinances may ban the breed, and in a world with far too many dogs, even the nicest pit bulls face euthanasia before any other breed of dog. Spaying and neutering your own pit bull can reduce aggressive tendencies, improve the health of the dog, and you can feel better know that the dog you love will not contribute to the pet overpopulation crisis.

If your dog does begin to display behavior issues or signs of aggression to animals or people, please be proactive about your approach. Work with a trainer to improve things, contact your vet for an exam to make sure nothing medical could be contributing to the change in behavior, and take precautions to protect other animals and people. There are many simple things you can as a responsible pet owner to make sure everyone is safe – do not allow children to roughhouse with your dog or approach the dog while it is eating or sleeping. Feed multiple dogs in separate areas to decrease the chance of a fight over food. Do not leave children unsupervised with your dog. Prevent your dog from easily escaping your home by reinforcing doors with baby gates.

If your dog does have a history of aggression, you need to ask yourself the tough questions. Would you have the physical ability to stop your dog from hurting another animal or even a child? Is your dog a risk to people simply going past your home? Have you done everything possible to prevent someone from being hurt by your dog? If you know there is truly a chance of your dog hurting other animals or people, please do not “rehome” the dog to another person or surrender the dog to a humane society. As a pet owner, you are responsible for all aspects of your pet’s care, even the heartbreaking decision to have your pet put to sleep. This is not a decision to be taken lightly and you should definitely speak to your dog’s trainer and veterinarian for advice.

As the owner of a misunderstood, feared, and even hated breed of dog, you have made yourself an ambassador for pit bulls everywhere. One of the simplest and most effective ways to save pit bulls is to promote your own dog as a friendly, safe companion. Training, veterinary care, and personal responsibility will not only help your dog but promote a positive image for pit bulls everywhere.