Corona Virus Information



Daily Operations at LCHS

LCHS will be addressing our daily operation policies to find the safest ways to work with the community and providing the best care possible for the animals at the shelter.

For now, adoptions, redemptions, and incoming stray or surrender animals will require an appointment in advance. Please call us at 715-536-3459 to set an appointment. If you find a stray and you are not able to reach anyone at LCHS, please contact the local Sheriff's Department at 715-536-6272.

Adoptions will still require an application to be submitted in advance. You can find the adoption applications in the "Documents" section on www.furrypets.com. Completed applications can be emailed to manager@furrypets.com or sent in the mail to 310 N. Memorial Drive, Merrill WI 54452.

The red tote will still be outside our front door for non-monetary donations. We are always in need of Purina Dog/Cat/Kitten/Puppy Chow, non-clumping litter, laundry detergent, and bleach. 

We do not yet know when The Fix Is In will resume spay and neuter surgeries. We do recommend contacting The Fix Is In to ask about a potential waiting list for surgeries. Their number is 715-256-8555. LCHS will be working with adopters that have a spay/neuter voucher to get these animals fixed as soon as possible. 

At this time, we are not yet able to have volunteers or visitors with the animals. We are hoping volunteers will be able to visit us again soon!

Thank you all, for your amazing support during this time. Adoptions remain steady and we still have an incredible amount of donations items dropped off each day. Thank you for all you do for homeless animals! 

 




Coronavirus Updates

LCHS is modifying some of our policies due to the exposure risks of Coronavirus. Please work with us to keep each other & the community safe!

 

First and foremost, please honor the social distancing requirement of 6 feet from our staff. 

Secondly, all adoptions, redemptions, incoming strays or surrenders must have an appointment in advance. Please call us at 715-536-3459 to set an appointment time. You must arrive on time or you may have call from your vehicle and wait for an opening.

Finally, only one adult may enter at a time when bringing in stray or surrenders or reclaiming or adopting an animal. 

 

Incoming Stray Animals:

1. Please call in advance when you find a stray animal in Lincoln County 715-536-3459 - if you cannot reach LCHS staff, please call the non-emergency line of the Sheriff's Department at 715-536-6272

2. Please call LCHS when you arrive at the building with the stray animal, we will unlock the "Intake Door" for you

3. You will be asked to complete the intake paperwork and put the cat/dog into the appropriate kennel near the "Intake Door" 

 

Incoming Surrender Animals:

1. Please call in advance 715-536-3459 to set an appointment or there is no guarantee staff will be available when you arrive. 

2. Please call LCHS when you arrive at the building, we will have the forms outside for you to complete

3. After completing the surrender forms, the "Intake Door" will be unlocked for you to come in and put the cat/dog into the appropriate kennel

 

Reclaming Stray Animals: 

1. Please call in advance to file a lost report or to confirm if you pet has been brought to LCHS 715-536-3459

2. If you are reclaiming a dog and do not have verification of rabies vaccine, county license, and identification tag with a phone number, you are asked to pay with credit card over the phone, arrive with a pre-written check in the exact amount, or arrive with exact change for the payment. You will also have to provide the dog license info and identification tag info in advance over the phone so LCHS staff can have these items prepared for you.

Reclaimed cats are not requried to be licensed but if you need to purchase a pre-pay for a rabies vaccine, you are asked to pay with credit card over the phone, arrive with a pre-written check in the exact amount, or arrive with exact change for the payment. 

3. Please call when you arrive and LCHS staff will unlock the "Intake Door" for you. You will complete any paperwork and leave the payment. Your cat will be kenneled on arrival (the kennel can be returned at a later date at no charge) or your dog will be in an intake kennel for you to leash and take home. Please bring your own leash. 

 

Adoptions:

1. Please submit the adoption application in advance. If you are unable to access it on our website, give us a call and we can mail a paper copy to you or email you a different format.

2. Adoptions are set by appointment. At this time, only one adult can come to complete the paperwork for the adoption. If you are interested in adopting a dog and have children or other dogs in the home, please call us to arrange for a modified introduction of the dogs and/or children. 

3. Due to a shortage of surgery options, LCHS may be requiring an additional $100 deposit if an animal cannot be spayed/neutered prior to adoption. This money will be in addition to the normal adoption fee but will be refunded once the animal is returned to LCHS for surgery. 

 

Donations:

1. LCHS will have a red plastic drop box off outside our front door for non-monetary donations. We are always in need of Purina Dog/Cat/Kitten Chow, non-scoopable litter, laundry detergent, cat/dog toys, and catnip. 

We would like to thank everyone for your understanding and patience! We know this is a difficult time for everyone and we want to assure you that the animals of LCHS are still well cared for. We are grateful for the continued support of our amazing community! Stay safe!




Fundraising Update

We are sad to announce that a number of upcoming LCHS Fundraisers will be delayed or cancelled for 2020. We greatly appreciate the support of so many individuals and businesses that make our fundraising events a success each year. Due to the amount of people and businesses that may be facing a financial challenge in the coming months, LCHS did not want to put an additional burden on any of our supporters by asking for event sponsors or donated items for prizes. We are also working to ensure all shelter staff and volunteers adhere to social distancing. 

Walk for Whiskers 5K (originally planned for May 9) will be rescheduled for a later date. We are tentatively planning for a "fall color" walk in a few months. 

Cruisin' for Critters Poker Run (originally planned for June 13) will be cancelled for 2020. 

Summer Raffle (ongoing from May-August) is being evaluated but will definitely begin later than May. We will have updates regarding the Raffle as more decisions are made.

We are still planning for the ATV/UTV Poker Run Ride to occur July 25. 

 

Thank you all for your continued support of our shelter pets. Thank you for all you do for the animals. Stay safe!