3rd Annual Calendar Contest!

The Lincoln County Humane Society (LCHS) is once again collecting photos of your favorite companion animals for the 2015 LCHS calendar contest.  The theme for 2015 is “Forever Home.”  


“This is our third year for the calendar and we are as excited as ever,” said Jeni Hinz, calendar coordinator.  “Each year we’ve done something a little different.  This year we are asking pet owners to submit their own photos.  We are hoping for some really fun photos depicting their pets being silly, serious, sweet, and simply enjoying life as a pet with a forever home.  We are also hoping for more variety in the species of animals being submitted.   There have been lots of cats and dogs and one guinea pig in the past.  This year we are hoping to see the unique animals that stole your heart and became part of your family.”


So get busy!  Search through your old photos or get out your camera.  The shelter will be accepting photos from May 1 through May 31, 2014.  The public will be able to vote on-line through and also in person at the shelter from June 1 through Labor Day.  Please visit the document section of for more information including official rules and the entry form.  Take the opportunity to showcase the pet you love and also give your pet the chance to be the lucky winner. 

T-Shirt Sponsors Needed!

LCHS is in need of t-shirt sponsors for our Cruisin' for Critters shirts! The CFC shirts are very popular. In previous years, t-shirt sales have continued long after the CFC event.

For $125, any business can help the animals calling the shelter their temporary home and have their logo printed on the CFC 2014 shirts!

Call our event coordinator, Jim, at 715-966-1961 for more info!



Cruisin' For Critters Update

Cruisin' for Critters update!

We are getting things underway for the CFC 2014 ride this year. We are going to do a theme this year called "Raise the Roof" to help us get the new Lincoln County Humane Society building actually started. We are getting so close, we are 2/3rds of the way there and still need your help!!

The registration will be June 14th 10 am-12pm at Lincoln County Cycles (Tomahawk) then off to Harrison Oasis for our first stop, then Hwy B east to Hwy 17 north Hwy A west to Bottoms Up for stop number 2, then Hwy A back to Tomahawk and north to Hwy U to Hwy 8 to Hwy L north to Prairie Rapids Road West to Lee Road south to Hwy Y to Nokomis Pub and Eatery for stop number 3 then Hwy Y south to Hwy 8 west to Hwy CC to Tomahawk Lodge for stop number 4 then Hwy CC back to Tomahawk to The Happy Snapper for stop number 5 then off to Merrill to Rock Island for the festivities and fun and food.

You do not need a motorcycle to join in the fun! We have had classic cars, scooters, and even a pedal bike in previous years! Stay tuned for future updates...

Thank you, Flint Creek Woodworking!

LCHS would like to thank Ron & Louise for their generous donation to our shelter! Ron has owned and operated Flint Creek Woodworking for several years. Upon his retirement, Ron decided to donate handmade wooden food and water bowl holders, as well as beautiful wooden doggie toy boxes. LCHS will be selling the items and using them as raffle prizes at our summer events. Thank you, Ron & Louise!

Thank you, Merrill Federal Savings and Loan!

LCHS would like to thank the employees of Merrill Federal Savings and Loan for their amazing donation to our building fund! $500 was raised through the "Casual Friday" jean day and the bank matched the amount the employees raised in order to give a $1,000 donation! Thank you so much!

Pictured are: Mary Buttke, Gabrielle Opper, Connie Brazeau, Liz from LCHS, and Stacy Schoepke. 

Thank you, Shayla!

LCHS would like to thank Shayla Swan for her recent donation! Shayla turned 10 years old and generously asked her friends and family for donations to LCHS instead of gifts for herself. Thank you, Shayla, for being so kind to homeless pets!

Thank you, Aleecia!

LCHS would like to thank ALeecia Dawson for her generosity at her recent birthday party! Aleecia recently turned 12 and asked for donations for the shelter instead of presents for herself. Thank you & Happy Birthday, Aleecia!

Building Fund

Have your heard our amazing news? LCHS has received a generous donation and our building fund is almost at $500,000!  We need just over $700,000 for our new building so every dollar counts to make this dream a reality.  Please help us to provide a safer, healthier environment for the animals in our care and donate today!

Thank you, Rivers Edge!

LCHS would like to thank River's Edge of Merrill for supplying catnip for all of our shelter kitties!  River's Edge is also offering a coupon for catnip that will allow anyone adopting a kitty to buy one bag of catnip and get a second bag at half price.  Call River's Edge at 715-536-2270 for more information!

Paws for Love

Thank you to all of the businesses and volunteers who made 2014's Paws For Love successful! Many local businesses sold "paws" for patrons to sign their names and then displayed the sold ones. Thanks to all the support, Paws For Love raised more than $2,400 for the animals calling the shelter their temporary home!

The top 3 sellers are:

1. 51 Truck Stop

2. Pop's Feed Store

3. Avenue Bar



Thank you, Tomahawk Girl Scouts!

The Lincoln County Humane Society would like to thank the Tomahawk Girl Scouts, including the Juniors, Brownies, Daisies, and Cadettes, for their help sewing blankets!  LCHS received a large amount of fleece and the Girl Scouts generously spent their time making the fleece into thicker blankets to keep the animals at the shelter more comfortable.

We would also like to thank JJ Schiltz for organizing the event and Jim Daenicke and Tina Larson for arranging the drop off and pick up of the fleece.

Thank you, Madyson!

LCHS would to thank Madyson Graap for her generous donation to our shelter pets! Madyson asked her friends to bring supplies for the humane society instead of presents for herself on her birthday.  This kind girl just turned 7.  Thank you, Madyson, for your support and generosity!

Donate your spring cleaning items!

Starting spring cleaning soon?  Save your items to donate for a great cause! The shelter's rummage sale will be held at the Merrill Armory from 8am-3pm on Saturday May 10th. 

Item donation will be 8am-6pm on Friday May 9th.  We are unable to accept shoes or clothing. 

We are looking for volunteers to help both days.  Please contact LCHS at 715-536-3459 to get in touch with our event coordinator.

An Easy Way to Help Wildlife

Although winter seems endless, spring is quickly approaching.  This means a great increase in injured or orphaned wildlife.  But things are not always as they seem.  There are many times where a human's well meaning intervention actually can do more harm than good. 

An easy way to make sure you're making the right choice is to contact an expert right away. By saving wildlife rehabilitation phone numbers into your phone today, you have the resource you may need in the future.  If you're at the park and find a baby bird, you'll know exactly who to call for answers.  So pull out your phone right now and save these numbers:

Northwoods Wildlife Center 715-356-7400

Raptor Education Group 715-623-4015

This simple step may help you to save a life one day!

Cold Weather Tips for Pets

Cold weather is as difficult for animals as it is for people. When the weather is below freezing, the Lincoln County Humane Society highly recommends keeping your pets indoors. Being outdoors in freezing temperatures is a huge health risk to pets, and causes severe stress.

But if you must keep your pets outdoors, please follow these recommendations to help keep them safe and comfortable.


1.    Feed high quality foods with essential fatty acids to help outdoor dogs and cats maintain a thick coat of fur in the winter. Some veterinarians even recommend adding canola oil, soybean oil, or butter or fish oils directly to the dry food a pet receives. Check with your local veterinarian to see what’s safe and most beneficial to your pet.

2.    Increase food supply, especially protein, to help keep a healthy weight. If your pet is overweight, this is not recommended.

3.    Provide a heated water bowl for pets. Eating snow is not enough to prevent dehydration and it will cause hypothermia more quickly because it drops your pet’s body temperature.

4.    Don’t use metal bowls for food or water because your pet’s tongue may stick to the metal.

5.    Check frequently to make sure the water and food aren’t frozen.


1.    Make sure all pets, but especially, senior or arthritic pets have thick beds to in a warm area to keep their joints from hurting more.

2.    Keep beds off of concrete or the floor. 

3.    Use straw for bedding instead of towels, blankets, and newspaper which retain cold and moisture.

4.    Make sure your pet has an insulated house. It should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn but not too large or it won’t help conserve body heat.

5.    The pet’s house should be kept a few inches off the ground and covered with straw. The opening should be facing away from the wind and there should be a plastic cover on the door.


1.    Make sure your pet’s fur is free of matts and burrs. Matted fur won’t protect as well from the cold.

2.    Don’t use regular road salt near your pet, make sure to have a pet safe variety to prevent injury and irritation on delicate paw pads.

Our Wish List

We are running low on a few items here at the shelter and any help would be very much appreciated!

Wish List

13 gallon garbage bags

Dish soap

Dryer sheets

Kitten Food



Thank you to anyone who can help us out!!


LCHS Hours & Policies

We would like to remind everyone that our open hours are 12pm-5pm Monday-Friday, 12pm-4pm Saturday, and 12pm-2pm Sunday.  Before and after those hours, we may have staff at the shelter but we are trying to care for the animals and finish other necessities. Please be courteous of our staff and respect these hours.

We are only taking surrendered (animals that have an owner) by appointment.  Without an appointment set in advance, we may need to refuse to accept the animal.  Call us at 715-536-3459 with any questions.

Keep your dog's feet safe during walks!
Put your hand on the asphalt for at least 7 seconds to make sure it's comfortable for your dog to walk on.  Damage to their paws can occur very quickly.

Putting a water bowl in your yard saves lives!

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Help wildlife by checking with the experts first!

LCHS will assist with transfer of wildlife and birds to appropriate facilities but we cannot provide care ourselves.  If you have a wildlife or bird concern, please contact Northwoods Wildlife Center at 715-356-7400 or the Raptor Education Group at 715-623-4015 for information and advice. 

Contact Northwoods Wildlife Center for Wildlife Advice

Since spring is finally here, we'd like to remind everyone to contact Northwoods Wildlife Center at 715-356-7400 if you have found wildlife that may be injured or orphaned. They have tons of great suggestions on how to determine if an animal is truly in need of help.

Check out their website at:

Barn Kitties Needing Homes!

LCHS often has barn kitties available for appropriate barn homes. Barn kitties may be friendly but have issues that make them unable to live in indoor homes (declawed cats will not be sent as barn kitties) or may be shy and nervous around people. All kitties sent into barn homes will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated for rabies (if old enough), vaccinated for distemper, and given preventative treatment for ear mites or worms. There is no fee to adopt a barn kitty but barn homes must provide food and water for the cats every day and offer an indoor shelter for cats to escape the elements.

If you would like to adopt a barn kitty, please call us at 715-536-3459 or email If we do not have a barn kitty at the time you contact us, we can put you on a waiting list for future barn kitties.

Fun and Easy Ways to Help!

Lincoln County Humane Society is now registered with two of the Web's most well-known sites: GoodSearch/GoodShop, and! Now it's as easy as searching the Internet and shopping online to help the LCHS, and the best part is, it doesn't cost you a thing! Check out our "Fun Ways to Help" page for more details!

Join Us on Facebook!

We now have an official Facebook page! If you are on Facebook, please click here and become a FAN! Facebook will allows us to reach you in a more timely manner with any important announcements or news. It's a great way to keep in touch with what's happening at the Lincoln County Humane Society!

For your convenience- Donate online!
For your convenience, we are now able to accept donations online securely via credit card or PayPal. Simply click the Donate button to help us continue to serve needs of homeless animals in Lincoln County. The animals thank you!