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March and April Building Fund Donors

LCHS would like to thank all of our March and April building fund donors! The following donors added $3,109 to our building fund! Thank you so much!

Lori Weiderhoeft
Faye Osness
Lincoln County Health Department
The Community
Roger Martens
Al & Judy Elliott
Donald & Wanda Fritsch
Rick & Judith Lombard
Jeffrey W. Jaeger
Judy Locke
Katherine Unertl
Paul & Charlene Smuda
Mariann & Steve Hanig

James & Gail Westberg - Memorial for Molly B. Schmidt

 




Cruzin' For Critters 2015

Join us June 13th 2015 CFC Poker Run! 

Registration at Lincoln County Cycles


Stops are... Bottoms Up in Tomahawk, Birkensee Resort, Ingman's Parkway Pub, then in Merrill... Rock Island Resort, Lincoln County Humane Society, Victory Lane then back to Tomahawk to Road Lake Pub and Grill... We do have a band starting at 5:00 so you can kick up your heels while you eat some of the good eats they'll have ready at Road Lake Pub! 


We are getting some good prizes lined up do please come and join us and help support your humane society!!


Your event coordinators,
Jim Daenicke (Bose)
Sal Thayer




Git'er Done Raffle Results

The Lincoln County Humane Society “Git’er Done Raffle” hosted by Marlene Graap and Debbie Alvin made $3500 for the new building! Thanks to all who bought tickets. The top winners were Greg Brandenburg and Brad Cannon.

Pictured (from left) Marlene Graap with Brewer and Jayko, Patrick Hoerstmann Humane Society President with Elvin and Debbie Alvin with Dora.

Anyone interested in donating to the new building please contact the shelter at 715-536-3459 or visit the website at www.furrypets.com

 




LCHS May Meeting Cancelled

The LCHS May Board Meeting for May 5th is cancelled. Our June meeting will be held on the 3rd. We apologize for any inconvenience.




March Memorial & Honorarium Donors

Thanks to everyone who donated in memory or honor of a loved one in March! Your support resulted in almost $2,000 for the animals calling LCHS their temporary home! Thank you!

Memorial:

Mushin the Cat by Lori Weiderhoeft

Susan Jaeschke by John & Linda Pashek

Molly B. the Dog by Kristine Smith and Walter & Marilyn Schmidt

Sherri Pfaff by Lincoln County Sheriff's Department

Spike the Cat by Johnny & Debra Higgins

Honorarium:

Ben Hoerstmann by Richard & Ellayne Ollmann

 




March Paypal Donors

LCHS would like to thank all of our wonderful March Paypal Donors! The following individuals donated almost $400 to our new building fund and to care for the animals calling LCHS their temporary home! Thank you!

Judith Locke
Tasha Wassink
Kenneth Martell
Pamela Welch
Trina DeLasky
Michele Cole

 




Thrivent Financial Donors in March

LCHS would like to thank our generous donors through Thrivent Financial! The following donors gave almost $2,000 in March! Thank you for your support!

 

Dennis & Dawn Gourlie

Angela Kopetzky

John Kuester

Diane Peterson

Sandra Sommers

Jerry & Susan Zastrow

 




March Donation Boxes

Thanks to everyone who has supported LCHS by donating through our donation boxes! Your support is greatly appreciated! And a huge thank you to all of the businesses that host the boxes for us!

In March, we received $485.80 as a result of your donations!

Merrill Locations:

Pine Ridge Mobil
River Valley Bank
Kwik Trip
Lincoln Community Bank
Customer One Co-op
Blooming Wishes
First Street Coffee Station
Cenex
Park City Credit Union
Holiday (west)
Merrill Gas 107
Shell
Friendship House/Hwy 51 Truckstop
Chip's
Murphy's Mini Mart
Cenex (near Post Office)
Eagle's Club
Ace Hardware

Tomahawk Locations:

Shell
Ben Franklin
Standard Mercantile
Hometown Feed Mill
Lincoln County Cycles
Cracker Barrel
Tomahawk Family Restaurant
The Cheese Shop
Ingman's Parkway Pub
River Valley Bank

Wausau Locations:

Katzenbarker's

 




March Aluminum Can Donations

Thanks to everyone who donated aluminum cans in March! Your donations resulted in $64.35 for the animals calling the shelter their temporary home!

You can donate aluminum cans at 4 different locations to support the animals of the shelter!


1. The can donation bin in the LCHS parking lot

2. Schulz's Recycling in Merrill (specify the money is designated for LCHS)

3. Tomahawk Iron & Metal (specify the money is designated for LCHS)

4. Hometown Feed Mill in Tomahawk


Our thanks to Schulz's Recycling, Tomahawk Iron & Metal, and Hometown Feed Mill for your support as donation locations! And a thanks to the staff of Schulz's Recycling for donating their time to pick up the cans from LCHS!

 




March Building Fund Donors

LCHS would like to thank all of our wonderful March Building Fund Donors! The following supporters donated almost $2,000 toward the new building. Thank you so much!

Lori Weiderhoeft
Faye Osness
Lincoln County Health Department
The Community
Roger Martens
Al & Judy Elliott
Donald & Wanda Fritsch
Rick & Judith Lombard
Jeffrey W. Jaeger

 




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: http://northwoodswildlifecenter.org/




LCHS Rummage Sale

Time to start spring cleaning!

LCHS will be having our annual rummage sale on May 2nd at Les & Jim's Lincoln Lanes in Merrill from 8am-2pm!

Donated items can be dropped off on May 1st between 8am - 6pm near the banquet hall entrance of Les & Jim's.

We are unable to accept clothing, exercise equipment, or electronics (including microwaves). If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Trina at 715-612-2461.

Each year, the rummage sale makes over $2,000 for the animals calling LCHS their temporary home. Please donate your gently used items and come shop to support the animals of our community!




February Building Fund Donors

Thank you to all of our February Building Fund donors! Your support added an additional $35,980 to our building fund. Our total is now $580,550.84! Thanks to the following supporters:

The Randy Hoegger Memorial Foundation

Florian & Barbara Ringwelski                   

Community Foundation - North Central WI                      

Kenneth & Lois Britt                     

Donald & Doris Paroubek                         

Anonymous                    

G.D. & C.A. Wick                          

Michael Wendland & Carrie Strassman               

Mary Lagerbloom

James & Susan Jerzak                 

Suzette Winterfeldt                     

River Valley Bank           

 

 

In Memory of Audrey Taylor:

Marjorie Greenberger                 

William Morris               

Dr. Joseph & Jennifer Engstad Heitz                     

Landis & Linda Holdorf               

Richard & Brenda Mamer                         

Lily Ann Schmidt                           

Bruce & Doreen Bashore                          

Arthur & Audrey Taylor              

Erling & Ann Ravn MD                

Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Inc.

 

In Memory of Eleanor Sukow:

 

Diane Steinfest




February Paypal Donors

Thanks to all of our February Paypal Donors! Your support raised more than $300 for the animals calling LCHS their temporary home!

Trina DeLasky
Leslie Daniels
Pamela Welch
Tasha Wassink
Shane & Melissa Maluegge - In Memory of Dale Roman

 




2015 Membership!

Have you become an LCHS Humane Hero Member? The 2015 Membership Program is a vital part of our annual budget and your support helps us to care for hundreds of animals every year. LCHS is a non-profit, non-tax supported animal welfare agency; and we are not a part of any national organization, nor do we receive funding from any national organizations.

 

We hope you will complete the Humane Hero Membership Form for 2015 so that you can receive our newsletters, special updates, and event information. Humane Hero Members of LCHS also receive incentives like 3 free raffle tickets at the annual banquet (with a purchased banquet ticket), coupons for the LCHS calendar, coupons for the annual rummage sale, and more!




2015 Cruisin' For Critters!

Please mark your calendars for 2015 - June 13th 2015 will be the next CFC ride! Look us up and like or follow us on Facebook so you can follow our progress for the next year’s event! LCHS website is furrypets.com which will keep you updated as well. Thank you all once again for supporting us, and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

- Jim Daenicke & Sally Thayer




January Paypal Donors

Thanks to the following supporters who donated to the Lincoln County Humane Society via Paypal in January! Your support is greatly appreciated! Your support resulted in almost $300 for the animals calling LCHS their temporary home!


Trina DeLasky

Lana Klimek

Pamela Welch

Tasha Wassink

Sally Thayer

Kenneth Martell

EMT Group at Corning INC (Mary Ann Murphy) in Memory of Audrey Taylor




January Honorarium & Memorial Donors

Thank you to our January 2015 Honorarium & Memorial Donors! Your support resulted in more than $500 in donations for animals calling the Lincoln County Humane Society their temporary home!

Honorarium:
Lucky the Dog by Krista Salas

Memorial:
Audrey Taylor by Joyce Livingston
Eleanor Sukow by Darrell & Karen Staege




January Donors

Thanks to everyone who donated in January! Your donations resulted in more than $1,300 to the Lincoln County Humane Society! Thank you so much!

 

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

The Petco Foundation

Mark & Catherine Krupinski

Cecil Ballou

Sherri & Brian Freund

Nicole Hull

Mark Mesarch

Diane Witscheber

Elizabeth Vehlow

Marianne & Lawrence Ekdahl




January Aluminum Can Donations

Thanks to everyone who donated aluminum cans in January! Your donations resulted in $144.00 for the animals calling the shelter their temporary home!

You can donate aluminum cans at 4 different locations to support the animals of the shelter!


1. The can donation bin in the LCHS parking lot

2. Schulz's Recycling in Merrill (specify the money is designated for LCHS)

3. Tomahawk Iron & Metal (specify the money is designated for LCHS)

4. Hometown Feed Mill in Tomahawk


Our thanks to Schulz's Recycling, Tomahawk Iron & Metal, and Hometown Feed Mill for your support as donation locations! And a thanks to the staff of Schulz's Recycling for donating their time to pick up the cans from LCHS!




January Building Fund Donors

We would like to thank the following January building fund donors! Your support has resulted in an additional $6,662.13 for our new building. Our building fund total is now at $535,090.24!

A huge thank you to each of the following:

Church Mutual Christmas Is Committee
Lincoln Community Bank
Russell & Nancy Putnam
Susan Weith
Kyle Stellingworth
Joanne and Donald Sprague
Anonymous
The Lana Welch Estate

In Memory of Ceil Boyd:

Roger & Julie Wendorf
Brittany & Benjamin Flitcroft
James & Karen Schooley
Nancy Hotzfeld
Judith Wery
Ronald & Beth Kautz
Janet Beyer
Julie & Alan Coss
Raymond & Verna Schwartz
William & Janice Helmuth
Albert & Ruth Schumacher
Doris Neubauer
Rezin Optical LLC
Russell & Kay Dee Lange
Penny Callahan
K.L.T. Services, Inc.
William Boyd




Paws for Love Fundraiser

The annual Paws for Love Fundraiser for LCHS is back! Various businesses host "paws" to sell. The purchaser can get a paw for $1, $5, $10, or $20. They are also encouraged to personalize the paws by signing names, writing the names of loved ones, or writing a personal message. Thank you to everyone who has made this fundraiser a success in the past! The following Merrill & Wausau & Tomahawk businesses are currently selling Paws.

 

Katzenbarkers (Wausau)

River Valley State Bank (Wausau)

Nicolet Bank Rib Mtn (Wausau)

Arby’s

Merrill Federal

Cenex Main St

Murphy’s Mini Mart

Blooms on Main

Skippers

First Street Coffee House

Plautz’s Pub

S&S Bar

Avenue Bar

Ballyhoo’s

Humphrey’s

Holiday West

Trophy

51 Truck Stop

Victory Lane

Associated Bank

BMO

River Valley State Bank

 

Z's Fork Horners (Gleason)

Wagener Shell (hospital)


The Happy Snapper


Tomahawk Shell


Ingman's Parkway Pub


Road Lake Pub and Grill


Hometown Feedmill


Shorthorn's


The Bridge Inn


The Bridge Motel


Kracker Barrel


Billy Bob's


Thirsty Giraffe




December Building Fund Donors
Thank you to everyone who donated to our building fund in December! The following donors contributed $5,220 in December! Thank you so much!

William & Mary Mullins
Urology Specialists of Wisconsin
Gene & Claudia Krause
Marvin & Betty Kamke
James Blair
Anonymous
Abby English
Rick & Judith Lombard
Lori Wiederhoeft
Sarah Ritter
Kwik Trip
Linda Semling Peterson



Thank you, Kwik Trip!

LCHS would like to thank the new Kwik Trip in Merrill for their generous donation! The owners and employees of Kwik Trip decided to donate $1,000 to the building fund! Thank you so much, Kwik Trip!




Cold Weather Tips

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.

Feeding:

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.

Bedding:

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.

General:

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.




Paypal Donors 12/22/14-12/31/14

A huge thank you to our Paypal donors between 12/22/14-12/31/14! Your support is greatly appreciated. The donations resulted in more than $1,500 for LCHS!

Diane Mikkelson

Mike & Vonya Ellsworth - In Memory of Delores Schemehorn

Mark Crapster-Pregont

Jennifer Zorr




Thank you, Bailey Bootz!

We would like to thank Bailey Bootz of Wausau for her generous donation to LCHS! This generous 13 year-old received a gift card for Christmas and instead of going to get items for herself, she purchased dog food, cat food, and blankets for the animals calling the shelter their temporary home! Thank you, Bailey, for your incredible kindness!




Thank you, Skipper's Restaurant!

 

The Lincoln County Humane Society would like to thank Rick Scott from Skipper’s Restaurant in Merrill for his generous donation of more than $500 to the shelter! Skipper’s Restaurant hosted a Christmas tree lot this year and donated all of the proceeds to the animals calling the shelter their temporary home. Thank you to Rick Scott, Skipper’s Restaurant, and everyone who supported LCHS by purchasing their tree or wreath through Skipper’s this year!

 

 




Thank you, Paypal Donors!

Thanks to all of our wonderful Paypal donors! The dates of the donations are December 1 - December 22. Thanks to:

Tasha Wassink
Trina DeLasky
Wayne & Beth Cooper
Pamela Welch
Jim Cox




November Memorials & Honorariums
LCHS would like to thank everyone that donated in memory or honor of a loved one in November. You support resulted in almost $1,000 for the animals calling the shelter their temporary home. We cannot thank you enough.

Memorial:

Courtney the dog by Gail Wogsland

Bill Hass by Marge, Colin, Kari, and Rick Daul

Peter Preboski by K & R Dodds

 Charlie Ament by Marlene Graap, Julie & Alan Coss, Carly & Nathan Harder, Shane & Melissa Maluegge

Jack Holl by Bridgette Hass, Holl Family

Emma Johns by Barbara Hanson

Lee Brzoska by Mark & Laurie Peterson

Maude the cat by Jeff Janik

Carolyn Hitz by Joan Foster

Charlie Baker by the Rotondaro Family

Honorarium:

Joe & Barb Carlson by Andrew & Lisa Carlson

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Carlson by Carl & Barbara Carlson



November Aluminum Can Donations

Thanks to everyone who donated aluminum cans in November! Your donations resulted in almost $400 for the animals calling LCHS their temporary home!




November Building Fund Donations

We would like to thank everyone who donated to our building fund in November! Your donations resulted in almost $8,000 toward our new building! Thank you so much for your support!

REI Engineering, Inc

Barbara & Glenn Hartley

Randy Wojciechowski

Monica Fenhaus

Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hostvedt

Laurie Wolf-Dahm & Steven Dahm

Andrew & Lisa Carlson - In Honor of Joe & Barb Carlson

Russell & Nancy Putnam




Paypal Donors
LCHS would like to thank all of our recent Paypal donors! Donations between August 18 and December 1 resulted in more than $300 for the animals calling LCHS their temporary home. A huge thanks to each of the following donors!

Eric Marone
Tasha Wassink
Trina DeLasky
Sharla Sigmuna
Vickie Vonseggern
Adam Marone
Pamela Welch
Sally Thayer   
Rita Yaeger
Janet Grunenwald
Aelayna Meyer
Michele Balda
Patrick Powers
Nathan & Carly (Ament) Harder - In Memory of Charlie Ament
The Rotondaro Family - In Memory of Charlie Baker
Dori Conlin - In Memory of Gatsby Balda



Future Home of the Lincoln County Humane Society

Make sure to stop by the northeast corner of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds to see our future home! We have raised $525,000 and still need your help to reach our $700,000 goal! Every dollar makes a difference for homeless animals.




Recent Situations
In the past week, there have been two separate cases where LCHS has inadvertently become involved with situations between family members and their pets.

In the first situation, the man surrendering the animals to LCHS reported that he had notified his former roommate repeatedly that he did not want the animals she had left behind and he was unwilling to bring them back into his house or provide f...ood (once the food that she had left ran out) because they were not his animals. Two days later, the woman who owned the animals arrived to reclaim them and stated that she was never told by the man that there was an issue with the animals remaining there so she assumed the situation was fine until she stopped by with more food.

Almost 10 days ago, an officer with the local Sheriff's Department was contacted by a woman claiming to have found a dog near Grandfather Dam. The dog was brought to LCHS and put under our stray hold. Today, the woman who originally claimed to have found the "lost" dog called to say that it was her brother's dog that she had stolen from him in order to prevent the dog from being mistreated.

We will never know the accurate story of what actually happened in either situation. As the old saying goes, "There are three sides to every story - yours, mine, and the truth."

What we do know is that animals should not be used as pawns when there are issues between family and friends. If you have concerns about animal abuse, call your local police department to report it rather than make up a story and bring the animal into another county to prevent his owner from finding him. Make every effort to take your animals with when you move since someone may change their mind about caring for your pets.

And please, be honest with the shelter when you bring in an animal. We can provide better care and comfort for the animals when we know their histories and personalities. You give the animals a better chance when we know the real situation.



Building Fund Update

Thank you to everyone who donated to the building fund since October 8th! Your donations came to $1,525!

This brings our building total to $525,525.82! Every dollar brings us closer to our new building!

Thank you to the following donors!

Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Inc.
Marjorie Herman
Robert & Peggy Bauman
Richard & Ellayne Ollmann
Patrick & Johanna Hoerstmann Memorial: Pilgrim
Barbara Hanson Memorial: Christine Hanson




Thank you, Thrivent Choice donors!

We would like to thank Thrivent Financial's Thrivent Choice donors for their support of LCHS! The recent donation was more than $600 for the animals calling LCHS their temporary home.

A huge thank you to the following supporters: Marie Adams, Donald & Kim Dolezal, Peter Draeger, Brian & Sherri Freund, Dawn & Dennis Gourlie, John Schaffer, James Timm, Diane Witscheber




Dog Redemption

Did you know that LCHS is one of few shelters that does not immediately charge for an animal being brought to the facility? We always give families a 24 hour "grace period" to call or stop by about their missing pets.

As long as you pick up your dog within 24 hours, there are only three things you need:

1. Proof of a current rabies vaccine. If you don't have a rabies vaccine for your dog, you will need to pre-pay for a rabies vaccine at your veterinarian and bring LCHS the receipt. A rabies vaccine keeps your pet and the community safe. It's the law.

2. A current dog license. County licenses are available for purchase year-round at LCHS or the county treasurer's office. A license is required by law. If you purchase a license between January 1-March 31, it is only $10 for a spayed/neutered dog. If your dog has been brought to LCHS and you do not have a county license, you must purchase one (any and all late fees apply).

3. An updated ID tag with a working phone number. Many people who find a lost animal will do their best to reunite it with its family before taking it to a shelter. By providing an ID tag with a phone number, you've given your pet the best possible chance to find its way home. Microchips are a great option but usually it is only animal shelters or vet clinics with the equipment to read the chip so a visible tag is still necessary. If you don't have a tag, LCHS sells them here (the company engraves them and mails them to your home directly).




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.




Surrendering Your Pet

Because of the large amount of cats/kittens we currently have, LCHS cannot accept surrendered pets that do not have an appointment. Your patience when giving up your pet helps us to remain no-kill, without this option, our shelter would have to euthanize for space.

Please be considerate and call in advance to surrender your pet. 715-536-3459




Amazon Wish List

Did you know LCHS has a wish list on amazon.com to make it easy to donate supplies for our shelter? Amazon delivers the items directly to our door to make donating easy!

The link for our wish list is: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/3LSSYUP22V9QS/ref=cm_wl_sortbar_v_page_4?ie=UTF8&page=4

Thank you for your support!




The Fix Is In

If the Spay Me trip doesn't work for your schedule, don't forget about contacting The Fix Is In! They are based out of Rhinelander but travel to a variety of locations. You must contact The Fix Is In on your own to set up an appointment but we have provided their information below.

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Spay or neuter surgery with free rabies vaccination, nail trim and ear cleaning at time of surgery.

Female dog - $100
Male dog - $85
Heavy dog fee (60+ pounds) - $20
Female cat - $50
Male cat - $40

Distemper vaccination (FVRCP or DHAPP) - $10
Additional take home pain medication - $15
E-collar/Recovery cone - $5
Microchip (with lifetime registration & updates) - $20
Hernia Repair - $20
Retained Testicle - $20
Cat carrier box - $5
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Phone
715-550-SPAY (7729)
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Email
info@the-fix-is-in.org
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Website
http://www.the-fix-is-in.org/

 




Putting a water bowl in your yard saves lives!




ID Tags are Vital!

 

Top 5 Reasons to Protect Your Pets with External Identification Tags

By PawNews On April 15, 2013 ·

The ASPCA did a major study on pet ID tags and found that though 80% of pet parents believe that external identification is important, only 33% report actually putting tags on their pets.  What’s going on?  If you aren’t aware of why it is SO important to have an external ID on your pet…read on…

1.    1 in 3 pets will become lost in their lifetime (American Humane Association) and without proper identification, 90% of pets never make it back home (Found Animals Foundation)

Yes...even indoor kitties need external ID tags to keep them safe.

2.   Even if you have a strictly “indoor” pet…disasters, accidents and all sorts of unforeseen events will happen–it only takes one time. With less than 2% of cats and 20% of dogs coming back home safely…is it worth the risk?

3.   Anyone can read an external ID tag. Even if your pet is microchipped, they must be taken to a shelter or veterinarian to be scanned, and not all microchips can be read by all scanners. However, some new cutting-edge external ID tags, like PetHub QR ID tags even have multiple ways they can help pets get home and link to online profiles that can be changed at any time.

4.  Many people won’t pick up an animal without a collar on. They think “that’s a stray dog or feral cat.” But an animal with a collar & external ID tag…that’s a pet, someone’s family member, and folks are much more likely to stop and try to help the animal get home.

5.  Style, baby.  There are literally hundreds of styles of tags, in a wide range of prices, out there to fit you and your pet’s personality.  From princess to sports dog and from hipster to goof…there’s a fabulous ID tag out there for every pet & budget.




LCHS T-Shirts For Sale!

We have some of the orange LCHS shirts for sale here at the shelter. They are $20 each and we have L, XL and 2XL available. Gets yours while supplies last!




Stan's Story

 

Feral cats are often overlooked. They are too often the victims of ignorance, neglect, and abuse. Many people assume that a roaming cat is owned by "someone" who simply let it out to roam.

Stan was brought to LCHS in a live trap. He did no...t appreciate the companionship of people. Even at the shelter, he hid within a feral box which had been placed inside his kennel to give him a place to hide. The feral box also made it easier to clean his kennel and give him fresh food and water since it reduced the direct interaction he would have with staff.

At many shelters, Stan would have been euthanized. He would never have the personality to fit into a normal home and options for feral cats are always limited. Thankfully, LCHS recruits barn homes that offer feral cats an option. Cats from LCHS that are sent into barn homes are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and ear-tipped (a notch is taken out of the ear to indicate the cat has already been fixed). Barn homes must provide food and a shelter for the cats to escape the elements.

When Stan was sent to the vet for his neuter, the vet realized that Stan had the remains of pellets from a pellet gun in his face. Someone deliberately hurt Stan and left him to suffer.

Today, we are happy to report Stan has been neutered and his face has healed. He was also lucky enough to be taken into a barn home where he can live outdoors, catching mice, but he will not contribute to the cat/kitten overpopulation crisis.

Please, if feral cats are an issue for you, please, call LCHS to rent live-traps. There is never a need to injure and leave an animal to suffer.

Stan and other wild cats did not ask to be born into a world where they are unwanted and have been left too long to be tamed. If you have concerns about wild cats in your area, one of the best things you can do is get them spayed/neutered to prevent another generation of kittens from living a difficult, dangerous life.

 




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.

Feeding:

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.

Bedding:

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.

General:

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

Stamps

 

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.