Bake Sale Items Needed!

 The Bake Sale will be held a Sara Park in Tomahawk on February 5th but we are still in need of baked goods! If you are willing to donate an item, LCHS will be accepting items at the shelter until 3pm on Friday, February 4th. Items can also be dropped off the morning of the sale at 8pm at Sara Park in Tomahawk on February 5th. 

Betty White Memorials

 We would like to thank everyone who donated in honor of Betty White! Your donations resulted in $4,223.22 for the animals of the shelter! Thank you for all your generosity! 

December Honorarium Donations

We would like to thank everyone who donated in honor of a loved one in December! We greatly appreciate your support!


Johanna Hoerstmann by Norman & Jan Deffner

Tyler Holbach by Tammy Duwe

Carol Availis by Kelleen Wistein

Ken Tupa Jr.'s Birthday by Friends & Family

Bill Sandquist by Mary Sharkey

Jo Lee Wendt by Kelly & Kurt Keding, Paul & Melissa Waid, Friends, Sarah Williams, Marvin & Betty Kamke, Arnold & Lee Ann Lindquist, Janet & David Black, Richard & Julie Fries, Michael & Jill Labarbera, Carl & Mary Moscherosch, Andrew & Renee Semling

Julie Iwen by Chris Stamm

Chad Barton by J.J. & M.J. Downing

Al & Cathy Czek by Judith Bellin

Jim Daenicke by Robin Comeau

Barb Klade by Friends

Barb Spoehr by Peggy & Bob Bauman, Betty Wardall

Phyllis Berthiaume by Mark & Sharon Rogholt

Helen Meyer by Kathy Beer

Arnine Seis by Kathy Searl

Mandy & Rueben by Kris Weisenfeld

Kathy Klemm by Kimberly Jenkins

Deb Leiskau by Janet Beyer

Ruger Lange by Mariann & Steve Hanig

Merrilee DuPlayee by Lou Ann DuPlayee

Callie Moore by Peggy & Bob Bauman

Cook Family by Peggy & Bob Bauman

Carol Osness by Gary & Bonnie Osness

Edwin Johnson by M & B Ziemke

Robert & Signa Lambrecht by Dawn & Eugene Dunk

Smokey the dog by Lauren & Ryan Bula

Kristin Seis Koehnke by Sandra Roeder

Patricia J. Woller by Shelly Bruno





December Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in December! We are incredibly grateful!

Laura Lussier-Lee

Meghan Stevenson

Ken & Sally Tupa

Angela Schellenberger

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Michael & Tracy Gengalo

Margo Pophal

Mary Bauman

Kayla Rohmeyer

Park City Credit Union

Robert Richards & Virginia Jach Richards

Monica Fenhaus

Larry & Julie Wenning

Patricia Oelke & Barbara Ringwelski

Darlene Raunio

Nadine Appel

Allen & Stephanie Ashbeck

Cecil Ballou

Rick Arall

Candice Jacobson

John Schaffer

Ruth James

Kelsey Coffman

John Kilgust & Vicki Leistikow

Church Mutual Insurance Company

D.C. Everest School - FCCLA Club

Cris Luebbe

Edward Gruett

Rick & Judith Lombard

Jeffery Jaeger

Kent Rinne


Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Edward Raasch

Richard Serafin

Riverside Athletic Club - 10am Water Class

The Community 

Nicole Johnson

Dick & Gay Baumgart

J.W. Austin Associates LLC

Roger Martens

Al & Jenny Miner

Susan Wokatsch

P. Lamontagne

Russell & Nancy Putnam

Ashley Ziegelbauer

Town of Tomahawk

Maureen Sanford

The Blackbaud Giving Fund

Dan Lara

Kendra Hawley

Louis & Vernette Heuser

Network for Good (facebook)

G.D. & C.A. Wick

Larry & Joann Benzinger

Ivy Catlin

Divine Digits Much Kneaded Massage 

Linda Semling Peterson Fund

James Blair

Sandra & William Lussenhop

Tasha Wassink

Sharayah Lee

Michael & Sally Young

Bethany & Ryan Martinovici

Amy Hameister

Health in Motion

Brandon DeSimons

David & Lora Reichelt

Michele Gryskiewicz

Greater Twin Cities United Way

Kenneth & Lois Britt

Richard & Brenda Mamer

Bonnye Kolar

Arnold Gennrich

David & Mary Brand

Mike & Vonya Ellsworth

Edward Locke

Joanne Marty

Chad Jirovec








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.


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.

National Organizations vs. Local Donations

 LCHS recently learned of a mailing sent from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to a number of Wisconsin residents. Although the mailing appears to support local Wisconsin shelters, any money donated to national organizations is not received by LCHS. Nationwide, less than 1% of donations to national animal welfare organizations goes to local shelters and humane societies. 

Although an LCHS supporter may intend for a donation sent to national organization to be received by LCHS, this will not occur. We want to clarify to our supporters that money donated to national organizations will stay with the national organization and will not be given to LCHS. 

If you want to support LCHS, please donate directly:



310 N. Memorial Drive

Merrill WI 54452


or online at:


Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters! 

2021 Animal Statistics

We are excited to announce that regardless of the changes of 2021, LCHS has still worked to achieve our goals of helping animals! Your support resulted in:

39 cats and 96 dogs have been reunited with their owners

402 cats, 133 dogs, 5 rabbits, 3 birds, 1 ferret, 2 lizards, and 37 small animals (rats/hamsters/guinea pigs) have been adopted

39 cats, 6 dogs, 1 rabbit, 5 small animals (rats/hamsters/guinea pigs), 3 wild birds, and 1 wild rabbit were sent to various rescue organizations for care. 

Thanks to everyone who has supported LCHS! We are incredibly grateful to all our volunteers and donors! 

November Honorarium Donations

We would like to thank everyone who donated in honor of a loved one in November! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Jack Carstensen by David & Dorothy Jorgensen, Church Mutual Insurance Company, Steven & Wilda & Kelsie & Korbin & Khloe Skubal, Tom Vaughan

Darlene Madden by Tammy & David Marone

Deloris Mervyn by Gus & Val Caylor

Barb Klade by David & Lora Reichelt

Edwin Johnson by Barb & Mike Ziemke

Mary Tindal by Valerie Wykes

Peter Turner by Linda Henrichs, Anonymous, Jean & Lonnie Balthazor

Laurie Ament by Michael Ament

Jo Lee Wendt by Reegan Lange, Julie Osness-Thorson, Karen Severt

Dawn Sus by Peanut & Frank Sus

Sue Weith's Birthday by Ruth Heyne, Mary Leyk, Susan Weith

Margarit English by Michael & Katy Weckwerth

Mike Wangerin by Tracy & Susan Brown, Michael & Glynis Schroeder 

Edward "Ed" Leavitt by Devin Decker, Lisa Frey, Karen Van Slate

Lori Schneider by Laurie Bergh

Dawn Kollath by Lee Van Der Geest

Carol Avelis by Kristine Smith



November Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in November! We greatly appreciate the continued support!

Meghan Stevenson

Marni Harmon

Sue Byrnes

Elaina Koschik

Cecil Ballou


Kara Hoffman

Nadine Appel

Skutak Dental, S.C.

Loretta Whipple

Marlene Graap

Donna Stapleton

Ruth James

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Rita Yaeger

Darlene Raunio

Saint Stephens United Church of Christ

Joel Schlereth

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Dan Lara

Ivy Catlin

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink


Tony Wieloch

Park City Credit Union

Network For Good (facebook)

Hilda Bukovic

Harry & Nancy Gladwin

Michael & Debbie Damp

Amy Hameister

Casey Graham

David & Christine Canning

Jennifer Rudolph

Misty Kremsreiter



Aluminum Can Donation in Tomahawk Only

 We would like to thank everyone for working with LCHS to donate aluminum cans in Tomahawk! In November, we received $356.40 as a result of the can donation in Tomahawk!

Please note, LCHS will not be accepting aluminum cans at our facility. Although we are not accepting aluminum cans at LCHS, the Hometown Feed Mill & General Store in Tomahawk does have a trailer available for can donation.

LCHS will not transport cans so if you decide to donate cans, you must deliver them to the trailer in Tomahawk.

Thank you for your understanding and support!


LCHS Open Hours

Open Hours:

12pm-4pm Monday-Saturday

12pm-2pm Sunday

Closed holidays and any days the Merrill Public Schools are closed due to severe weather

Hunter's Raffle Update!

We are delighted to announce that the Hunter's Raffle raised $9,792.91 for the animals calling the shelter their temporary home! 

A huge thank you goes to Darla, our event coordinator, for all her hard work! Thank you also to the many volunteers who sold tickets and helped at the event. A final shout-out goes to the multiple ticket winners who donated their winnings back to LCHS - we are so grateful for your generosity! 

We would also like to thank our local sponsors for their support:

Thrivent Financial

Auto Jockeys

River's Edge

Northwoods Maple & More


The Pizza Shop


Lake of the Torches Casino

North Star Casino

Kwik Trip

Joan Gable & Dorothy Sis Jorgenson

Geiss Meat Service

Johnson's Gifts

Riverwood Originals LLC

Harrison Natural Resources

Dave's County Market

Sawmill Brewing Co.

Victoria's Floral

Hugo's PIzz

Annie Mason

Tanya's Tees & More 

Merrill Eagle's Club

Tomahawk Furniture & Gun

Thank you, Hugo's P

      Thank you, Hugo's Pizza, for donating a gift certificate for a large pizza and a small pan of lasagna for the Hunter's Raffle on November 13! Tanya's Tees & More also donated can coozies for the event! Thank you, Hugo's Pizza and Tanya Kleinschmidt! Your support is greatly appreciated! 

October Honorarium Donations

We would like to thank everyone in honor of a loved one in October! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Roger Ollhoff by Gwen Schmidt

Matt Suhling by Ervin & Kimberly Bruesewitz, Kathleen Echterling, The Community

Barbara Klade by Nestle Corporation, Debby Stock, Gerald & Diane Bauman, Sandra Euler, Albert & Ruth Schumacher, Chester & Linda Rhinehart, Ken & Sally Tupa, Carol Page, Bryan Haase, The Rowe/Klade Family, The Community

Greg Heath by Barbara Rambo-Hartley, Thomas & Mary Ball, Tim & Tammy Gruling

Darlene Madden by Bonita & Barbara Zank, Tammy & David Marone, Jeffrey & Ann Verdoorn

Brian Kingsley by Brian & Sarah Ross, Pesobic Lake Association, Inc.

Jim Nikolai by Tom & Linda Tompach

Pat Sams by Toby DuPlayee

Phyllis Fehr by Laurie Bergh

Jack Crowley by Scott & Thersa Swiechowski

Ellen Clifford by Holly Finnell

October Donors

LCHS would like to thank the following donors for their support in October! 

Meghan Stevenson

Keith & Marni Harmon

Zachary Wisniewski

Shan & Rebecca Breneman

Travis & Natalie Klug

Wilma Kidney

Working Dogs of North Central Wisconsin, Inc

Dwayne & Olivia Dachel

Nadine Appel

Cecil Ballou

Ruth James

Laurie Bergh

Tara Renteria


Robert & JoAnn Opsahl

Darlene Raunio

Scott & Kate Blaubach


Elaina Koschik

Pamela Welch

Janet Selnes

Dan Lara

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Network for Good (facebook)

Ivy Catlin

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink

Michelle Teeters

Amy Hameister

Peggy Bauman

Debra Seeger

Philip & Virginia Giese

Joy Anderson

Margo Pophal

Rick & Judith Lombard

Jason Satterfield




Thank you, Annie Mason!

 LCHS would like to thank Annie Mason for donating 100 pairs of beautiful, handmade earrings for upcoming fundraising events! 

Hunter's Raffle Prizes


We would like to thank Dave's County Market, Harrison Natural Resources, Sawmill Brewing Company, and Victoria's Floral for donating prizes for our upcoming Hunter's Raffle on November 13!

Dave's County Market donated a bottle of Captain Morgan's Sliced Apple Rum

Harrison Natural Resources donated a variety of canned items including Hot Kosher Dill Crunchers and Garden Salsa

Sawmill Brewing Company donated a crowler of beer, can coozie, beer infused soap, sawmill sticker and two wooden can coasters

Victoria's Floral donated a $25 gift card

Thank you to all these local businesses for their genrous support of our shelter pets! 

Thank you, Riverwood Originals, LLC!

     We would like to thank Jennifer & Bob Moore of Riverwood Originals, LLC (located in Gleason) for donating the adorable "Northwoods Time" sign with coffee cups and wine glasses, as well as a beautiful, handmade wine rack! Thank you, Riverwood Originals! The items will be used as prizes in our upcoming Hunter's Raffle on November 13!  

Hunter's Raffle Ticket Sale in Tomahawk!

 There will be Hunter's Raffle tickets for sale at Trig's in Tomahawk on Friday, October 29. Our volunteers, Jim & Sally, will be selling tickets at the store from 2:30pm-5pm. Tickets are $10 each! You need not be present to win at the drawing on November 13. 

Thank you, Johnsons of Merrill!

 We would like to thank Johnsons of Merrill for donating a $25 gift certificate for our upcoming Hunter's Raffle on November 13! Johnsons has a variety of great items - you can find their facebook page, Johnsons of Merrill, for more information. We greatly appreciate the support of our Hunter's Raffle! 

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

Cat Litter (Non-scoopable)



Standard size envelopes

Printer paper (letter size, white only)

Laundry detergent pods



Thank you to anyone who can help us out!!


Thank you, Geiss Meat Service!

    Thank you, Geiss Meat Service, for donating 2 gift certificates for our upcoming Hunter's Raffle! Each gift certificate is valued at $25! Thank you, Geiss Meat Service, for your on-going support of LCHS! 

Thank you, Joan Gable & Dorothy Sis Jorgenson!

     We would like to thank Joan Gable and Dorothy Sis Jorgenson for donating these beautiful handmade items for the upcoming Hunter's Raffle! Joan donated the fun pot holders with a camo theme in honor of hunting season and Dorothy made a beautiful tree skirt to use at a prize at the event! Thank you, Joan & Dorothy!

Thank you, Kwik Trip!

 We would like to thank Kwik Trip for donating gift certificates for our upcoming Hunter's Raffle on November 13! We greatly appreciate your support! 

Saturday Adoptions

Due to our immense amount of customers on Saturdays, we cannot guarantee a same-day adoption on a Saturday. The public is still welcome to visit with the animals and submit applications during our open hours (12pm-4pm) but applications cannot be reviewed or approved on Saturdays. Thank you for your understanding and patience! 

Thank you, North Star Casino & Resort

We would like to thank North Star Casino & Resort for donating gift certificates for our upcoming Hunter's Raffle on Novemer 13! The gift certificates include: 2 meal vouchers ($10 each) for Ember's Grill/Aroma Deli, or The Groove, 2 vouches for free play ($10 each), and a certificate for a one-night stay at the hotel! Thank you, North Star Casino & Resort for your support of our shelter pets!

9th Annual Craft, Gift, & Bake Sale

 Join us Saturday, October 23 from 9am to 2pm for the 9th Annual Craft, Gift, & Bake Sale to benefit LCHS! The event will be held at the Pine River Town Hall (N1467 Deer Run Ave in Merrill). Please note, this event is full and the coordinators will not be accepting any additional vendors. 

Thank you, Lake of the Torches!

 We would like to thank Lake of the Torches Resort-Casino for donating a one-night stay for two in a standard room as a prize for our upcoming Hunter's Raffle on November 13! Lake of the Torches is a long-time supporter of LCHS and we are grateful for all their generosity! 

September Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our sponsors from September! We greatly appreciate your support of our shelter pets!


Dulcebelle Pearson

Brian McLenithan

Patti Stickler

Mike & Spring Wiesnewski

Bruce & Bonnie Ostrowski

Gena Dennis

Carly Schwanz

Joan Arnold

Amy Linsmeyer

Barbara Linsmeyer

John Lazarz

September Honorarium Donations

We would like to thank eveyrone who donated in honor of a loved one in September! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Dr. Dennis Griffin by Darla Sann & Tim Koenig

Jim Graap by Larry & Colleen Woller

Ellen Davalt by Steven & Vicki Stromberg

Jay Graap by Larry & Colleen Woller

Dorothy Bergh by Lorraine & Paul Smith

Phyllis Berthiaune by Mark & Sharon Rogholt

Richard Wiessinger by Judith Nocerini

Rueben by Drs. Greg Gill & Kathy Krohn-Gill

Shirlee Gathercoal by Gordon & Iva Rahlf, Liz Friedenfels

Gypsy Bodenheimer by Mary & Mitch Bayer

Richard Tlusty by Maxine & Jay Tlusty

Phyllis Meyer by Ralph & Tina Voigt

Kyle Kreager by Erin Radtke

Denny Roberts by Terry Zietlow

Linda Wiederhoeft by Christine Parks


September Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in September! We greatly appreciate the generosity of so many people!

Michelle Callahan

Tyler, Alex, & Austin's Bake Sale

Meghan Stevenson

Judy Locke

Erik Schroeder

Nicole Fleck 

Dulcebelle Pearson

Karen Olson

Ruth James

Jessica Rice

Nicole Dymora

Sally Clark

Shirley Marshall

Mary Jaax

Pamela Welch

Janet Selnes

Todd & Angelia Johnson

Pamela Welch 

Patricia Oelke & Barbara Rinwelski

Donna Howell

Lawrence Ekdahl

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Nadine Appel

Darlene Raunio

Cecil Ballou

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Wes & Jane Schoepke

Lynn Wisniewski

Sally Woller

Dan Lara

Tasha Wassink

Sharayah Lee

Angela Massa

Michael & Diana Marquardt

Robin Norton & Laura Wind-Norton

Network for Good (facebook)

Andrea Krueger

Al & Jenny Miner

Amy Hameister

Tom Cimino

Stacy Stevens

Michael & Judy Hamilton

Tara Mayle

Kathryn Brewington

Jeanne Klug

Angela Firnstahl

Melanee Mirek

Maria Schroepfer

Jennifer Spychalla

Walter Gross


Laura Sadler

Billie Jo Miller

Donna Schulz

Ursula Stearns

Kristin Seis

Sondra Bauer

Kelly Jenness









September 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 September, we received $989.59 as a result of your donations!

Merrill Locations:


River Country Coop

Mobile Gas Station (Hwy 107)

County Market

Golden Harvest

Los Mezcales

First Street Coffee Station

Pine Ridge Restaurant

Eagle's Club

Nicolet National Bank

Merrill Vet Clinic

Krist Gas Station 

Ace Hardware

Merrill Community Bank

Young's Pharmacy

Merrill Golf Course

Park City Credit Union

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office


Tomahawk Locations:

Tomahawk Furniture & Gun

The Cheese Shoppe

Kracker Barrel

The Bridge Motel


River Valley Bank 

Park City Credit Union

Tomahawk Family Restaurant

Standard Mercantile

Hometown Feed Mill

Crossroads Mobile

Tomahawk Shell

Lincoln County Cycles

Great Lake Food

Cerny's Greenhouse

The Knot Haus

Aquatic Arts

Wausau Locations:


Marathon Town & Country



Thank you, Northway Club!

 Thank you, Tripp & Kim's Northway Club, for donating items for our upcoming Hunter's Raffle on November 13! We appreciate your support! 

Thank you, Subway & Pizza Shop!

    We would like to thank Subway and The Pizza Shop of Merrill for donating multiple gift cards for our upcoming Hunter's Raffle event on November 13! 

You can find more details about the Hunter's Raffle under the "Events" tab of 

August Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in August! We greatly appreciate everyone who donates and supports our shelter pets. Thank you!


Merget's Mouthwatering Mayhem

Meghan Stevenson

Susan Zastrow


Summer Knights Car Club

Mike & Rhonda Karlen

Rick & Judith Lombard

Donald & Sarah Olson

Cecil Ballou

Dawn Gourlie

Ricky Graap

Jane Elizabeth Parsons

Karen Olson

Matthew Barnett & Sara Carlson's Wedding Donation

Denise Bjorkland

Amber Talbot

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Ken Olson

Emily & Harold Swenson

Mollie Hartwig

Nadine Appel

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Darlene Raunio

Tracey Anderson


Dan Lara

Lisa Hieronimus

Kaitlyn Kreager

Judith Locke

Amanda Chase

Tim Nohl

Sarah Jacobson

Christopher Albrecht

Hilda Bukovic

Timothy & Sue Finnegan

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink

Trisha Skofronick

Deena Rathbun

Vicki Rhyner

Network for Good (facebook)

Amy Hameister

Brenda Detert

Cheryl Schroeder





August Honorarium Donations

We would like to thank everyone who donated in honor of a loved one in August! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Delores Buttke by Tammy Gruling 

Lawrence Duginski by Lois Geiss, Mary Duginski, Lori Duginski

Kyle Kreager by Kritsina Proulx, Karen Mootz, Brenda Prieve, Sara Peck, Jeremy & Amy Kreager, Marion Simon, Kristie Bellinger, Donna Schulz, Kelli Cotrell, Lori Krueger, Chrissie Rahlf, Charmaine Hamilton, Sara Denissen, Sara Koss, Michele Seager, Amy Thompson, Devon Sprain, Mary Van Ert, Robert Jensen, Lisa Sedlacek, Lori Fenhaus, Carl & Mary Moscherosch, Eugene & Karen Chrudimsky, Scott & Linda Doerr, Susie O'Day, Kevin & Tammy Cohrs, Debra Henkelman, Jill & John Schlueter, Jr., Keith Tryba

Alan Bondioli by Faye Nelson

Parker the dog by Colleen & Larry Woller

Willow Hinner by Mitzi Flegner

George the Beagle by Michele & Amy Krueger

Lois Benzinger by Scott & Veronica Ellingson

Pat Kollath by Susan Van Der Geest

Richard Wiessinger by Paulette Robsinon, Family & Friends

Mary Summers by Carl & Mary Moscherosch

Peg (Crazy Peggy) Pfaff by Friends 

Thank you, Shana & Caroline!

We would like to thank Shana & Caroline Klesmith for their generous donation to the shelter! Shana & Caroline donated supplies as part of the NTC's Day of Giving. Thank you!

Thank you, Northwoods Maple & More

We would like to thank Northwoods Maple & More for donating this prize basket for November 13's Hunter's Raffle!  The basket includes a $10 gift card, 12 oz bottle of maple syrup, chocolate chip pancake mix, maple root beer, coconut lemongrass soap, Redwood Street Roasters Coffee, and a mini bath bomb. 

You can find lots of great items for sale at Northwoods Maple & More, located at 811 E. First Street in Merrill!

Hunter's Raffle Prizes

        Here are some additional raffle prizes that will be at our Hunter's Raffle on November 13! The Hunter's Raffle (cash raffle only) tickets are on sale at LCHS now! 

We would like to thank Auto Jockeys and River's Edge for donating gift certificates for the Hunter's Raffle! 

Hunter's Raffle Sneak Preview!

     Join us November 13 for our Second Annual Hunter's Raffle! LCHS is now selling 700 tickets for the main raffle - tickets are only $10 each and will enter you into a drawing for the following prizes: 1st - $500, 2nd - $400, 3rd - $300, 4th - $200, 5th-7th - $100, 8th-12th $50!

There will also be basket raffles, a paddle raffle, and a gun raffle sponsored by Tomahawk Furniture & Gun. The event will be held at Merrill Eagle's Club from 6pm-9pm. Tickets for the main raffle are available for purchase at LCHS during our open business hours. Please call 715-536-3459 with any questions. 

Thank you, Nathan Brzoznowski!

 LCHS would like to thank our wonderful volunteer, Nathan, for his dedicated Eagle Project!

Nathan Brzoznowski of BSA Troop 513 has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on May 3, 2021. Nathan's Eagle Project is a Memorial Rain Garden, shaped as a paw print, in the shelter's yard.

Nathan has been involved with scouting since the first grade when he joined Pack 503 as a Tiger Scout. In February of 2016, he earned his Arrow of Light Advancement and joined Boy Scouts.

While in Scouts, Nathan earned a total of 25 Merit Badges. He has participated in many service projects such as highway clean up, Scouting for Food, and helping other Scouts work on their Eagle Projects. In 2018, he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, scouting's Honor Society.

Nathan has held several troop leadership positions, including Den Chief ot Pack 502. He had enjoyed many scouting activities, his favorites being a weeklong canoe/backpacking trip to Boundary Waters and hiking at the Pictured Rock National Lakeshore.

Outside of Scouts, Nathan also plays baseball and football. He will be a Junior this year Merrill High School and participates in the Youth Apprenticeship Program, working for Goetsch's Welding & Machine, Inc.

Thank you, Nathan, for establishing such a beautiful garden at LCHS!

July Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in July! We greatly appreciate it!

Meghan Stevenson

Joel Schlereth

Lori Moran

Cecil Ballou

Riverside Presbyterian Church

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Mario Meverden 

Richard Serafin

Karen Olson

Jane Elizabeth Parsons

Christy Lopez

Garry Myers

Nadine Appel

Darlene Raunio

Robert Smith

Irene Faber

Russell & Nancy Putnam

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Mike & Jayne Thiel

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Rebecca Sineni

Dan Lara

Amber Talbot

Jessie Hendel

Lawrence Ekdahl

Network for Good (facebook)

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink

Amy Hameister

Ashley Gass

Lisa Woller

Tomahawk Mill Charity Club (Packaging Corporation of America)




LCHS Open Hours

LCHS is open to the public from:

12pm-4pm Monday - Saturday

12pm-2pm on Sunday


Other times are available by appointment. Please call 715-536-3459 for more information.

We are closed for holidays. Our website will be updated with advance closing dates.

If you are interested in adopting, it is recommended to submit the adoption application in advance because same-day adoptions are not guaranteed. Appointments scheduled after normal business hours must have a pre-approved application.

Volunteers and visitors must be 18 or have someone that is 18 at LCHS with them and complete a volunteer application. 

Masks are recommended but not required. You visit at your own risk. 


June Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in June! Your generosity is greatly appreciated! 


Meghan Stevenson

Nancy Hoff

Joel Schlereth

Karen Olson

Hillside Hideaway

Rhonda Rominski

Lawrence Ekdahl

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Darlene Raunio

Nadine Appel

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Cecil Ballou

Myranda Pepple

Harrison Hills Charity Fund

Pam Metcalf

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Marilyn Peterson

Dan Lara

Network for Good (facebook)

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink

Sylvie Wrzesinski

Louisiana-Pacific Foundation

Amy Hameister

Steve Dietsch

Trinity Lutheran VBS

Richard Burkam 





June Honorarium Donations

We would like to thank everyone who donated in honor of a loved one in June! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Linda Lee Sparby by Erik Kinnunen

Ziva by Peggy Bauman

Melody Suwyn by Sara Karcz & Family

Andrew Lyon by Linda Weege, Sarah Semling, Rick & Kathy Hinner, Bob & Candy Hinner, Roger & Becky Hinner

Anne Germain by Stephanie Deering

Constance Lee Mullins by Jeremy Szulczewski

Dan Geronimi by Colleen & Larry Woller

Sue Schmitt by UPS Employees: Rhinelander Branch, Gerald & Peggy Liesener, Brian Thorp, Curt & Cathy Fredrick, Cheryl Radtke, David Mallette, 

Randy Geiger's Retirement by Green Bay Packaging

Phyllis Berthiaume by Mark & Sharon Rogholt

Mary Leyk's Birthday by Richard & Brenda Mamer, Thomas & Thelma Meyer, Lynn Zentner, Ruth Heyne, Thomas & Carole Hoge, Susan Weith

Theodore 'Ted' Bartz by Liz Friedenfels & Jameson Gerdes, Colleen & Larry Woller

Marni by Thomas & Mary Ball




Keep pets safely indoors on July 4th!

Did you know more pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year? Below are some tips to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July.


  • Don’t bring your pets to the fireworks

  • Never leave your pet in the car during fireworks

  • Don’t leave doggie doors open or pets outside in the yard


  • Take your dog on a long walk before the fireworks

  • Leave your pet at home in a safe environment

  • Provide plenty of water, toys, and a safe chew

  • Close windows, lower blinds, and play some soothing music

  • Microchip your pets

  • Keep collars with ID tags on your pet at all times

Wish List



Stamps & Standard Size Envelopes

Standard Size Printer Paper (White)

Cat Litter (non-scoopable/non-clumping)

KMR Milk Supplement for Kittens 


Firework Safety for Pets

Did you know July 5th is the busiest day of the year at most shelters? Fireworks terrify many animals, even normally calm pets.

Keep your pets safe. Keep them at home, indoors wtih no possible escape routes through windows or doors. We also recommend playing soft music or leaving a television set playing in the background. 

If you are on vacation with your pet, make sure you have your pet secured in a safe area. Confirm that your pet's microchip is registered and you have an identification tag on your pet. In a pinch, purchase a collar from The Dollar Tree and write your cabin or campsite information with a phone number on it with a permanent marker.

Making sure your pet's microchip registration and identification tag have the current contact information is essential! LCHS frequently encounters microchipped animals that have a lapsed registration or old information so it is impossible to contact the owner. If you are unsure if your pet's microchip is up to date, please call LCHS and we can scan your pet's chip and register the information for free through 24-Hour Petwatch. 

If you are enjoying a fireworks display at home, try to be considerate of other animals in the neighborhood as well as wildlife. Try to avoid areas where animals may have a nest or den in order to prevent distress to wildlife. 

If you know your animal will be distressed during the firework displays, contacting your veterinarian may help. Truly severe cases may benefit from a mild sedative during the fireworks to prevent a terrified pet from injuring itself. 

There are also a variety of calming products, such as Thundershirts, that may help. You can find out more about Thundershirts at


May Honorarium Donations

We would like to thank everyone who donated in honor of a loved one in May! We greatly appreciate your support!


Ted Bartz by Rachelle Baade

Nancy Wegner by Dick & Carol Wegner, Amy Sallet & Family

Mandy the dog by Norris & Linda Hattlestad

Marilyn Stiver by the Den Stiver Family

Jayco Alvin by David & Sue Pyan

Tammy Rice by Fraternal Order of Eagles

Sue Schmitt by Lynn Clemons

Don Sparby by Ron & Beth Kautz

Jered Severt by Carol Osness

Ken Tupa Sr.'s Birthday by Lora Reichelt

Breagan the dog by Debbie Alvin 


May Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in May!

Meghan Stevenson

Karen Olson

Joni Such 

Shirley Mae Engel


Darlene Raunio

Nadine Appel

Hilda Bukovic

Cecil Ballou

Kari Kercher

Tyler Trivich

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Dan Lara

Dena & Raymond Harris

Ruth Kriewald

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Nicole Henke

Debbie Alvin

G.D & C.A. Wick

Main St Investment Group - Randy Plantenberg

Raquel Fry

Kristin Koehnke

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink

Rebecca Heintz

Luke & Larissa Hermsen's Wedding Donation

Bill & Carol Sparr

Network for Good


Frank Hinderleitner

Amy Hameister

Russ Warye