March Honorarium Donations

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

Bev Fish by Ronna Ashbrook

Al Elliott by Judith Elliott, Red Hat Sisters, Judith Bellin, Duane & Janis Mueller, Thomas & Dawn Kluever, Tom & Shelley Rahlf, James & Cheryl Reist, Bert & Carolyn Stuhr, Pam Stuhr, Carl & Sandy Stuhr, Lisa & Nate Weitz

Boo by Ingrid Erickson

Darrell Smerz by James & Julie Dentler, Patricia Kulkoski, Elaine & Arthur Ungerer, John Engmann, Donna Gesch, Doris & Theodore Ingman, Virginia Labensky, Town of Brookfield Fire Fighters Association, Vernon Dougherty

John "Jack" Crowley by James Jones & Mary Prange-Jones, Julieann & Thomas Opichka, Theresa Klug, Maryann & Roberto Ruiz

Janice Shaler by William & Joanne Wengeler

Dennis Roberts by William & Joanne Wengeler

Twizzler by William & Joanne Wengeler

Marsha Nitzsche by Tom & Linda Tompach

Sam the cat by Gary Schmitz

Patsy Woller by John & Sandra Carlson

Carol Grund by John & Sandra Carlson

Phyllis Berthiaume by Mark & Sharon Rogholt



Aluminum Can Donation in Tomahawk Only

 We would like to thank everyone for working with LCHS to donate aluminum cans in Tomahawk! In March, we received $765.70 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!


Fall Banquet Canceled for 2021

We are sad to announce our Annual Fall Banquet will be canceled for 2021. Due to the incredible amount of local businesses that donate prizes and sponsor the event, we did not want to put any additional strain on these organizations that may have been impacted by the pandemic. This event is the biggest fundraiser for LCHS each year and the banquet often raises more than $25,000 so please continue to support LCHS.

Please continue to show your support for your local businesses - these organizations are the heart of non-profits. Local businesses donate and assist so many non-profits, without them most fundraisers would be impossible. 

Thank you for your on-going support of our shelter animals. We are grateful for the generosity of the community! 

Cruisin' for Critters Canceled for 2021

LCHS is sad to announce that we will be canceling our 2021 Cruisin' for Critters Poker Run Ride. We will miss all of our wonderful supporters in 2021 and we would like to thank those of you who have always made Cruisin' for Critters a fun event. We are looking forward to making our 2022 Ride a huge success! 

Bake Sale Items Needed!

 LCHS will be attending Sara Park's Craft & Vendor Sale on April 17th. We are in need of baked goods for the sale! If you can donate an item, you are welcome to deliver items to the Sara Park Activity Center in Tomahawk at 8am on April 17th. 

If you are in the Merrill area, donated items can be dropped off at the shelter on Friday April 16th (please call LCHS at 715-536-3459 to arrange a drop-off time). 

February Honorarium Donations

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

Dimitri by William & Carol Wendorf

Henry by Barbara Hartley

Carol's Birthday by Bill & Carol Sparr

Ann Burnett by Robert & Delores Koepke

Lena by Ingrid Erickson

Dick Leipski by Barbara Plonsky Koehler

Nelson by Wayne Cooper

Willie by Gloria & Eugene Bondioli

Dorothy Malm by Randy Osness

Alfred Elliott by Gary Schmidtz, Tanya Kleinschmidt, Tammy Haugen, Theresa Blake, Bowling Centers Assocation of Wisconsin, Scott & Linda Doerr

Hans Breitenmoser Sr by Dale & Patricia Zuelsdorff

Cheryl Coleman Helgestad by Kathy Caldwell



February Donors

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

Meghan Stevenson

Jane Parsons

Sandra Shearier

Delores Slizewski

Merget's Mouthwatering Mayhem

Deborah Fewell

Karen Olson

Dawn Gourlie

Joel Schlereth

Premier Companies - Super Bowl Pool

Elizabeth Whalen

Darlene Raunio

Nadine Appel

Donald & Jeanette Chamberlain

Thomas & Deyonne Montgomery

Mark & Janet Abell

Rick & Judith Lombard

Cecil Ballou

Larissa Millis

Pamela Welch

Janet Selnes

Wes & Jane Schoepke

Lori Normand

Robin Norton & Laura Wind-Norton

Michele Slaga

Charlie & Donna Peth

Mark & Catherine Krupinski

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Susan Sternot

Dan Lara

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Holly Lange

Town of King


Tasha Wassink

Sharayah Lee

Candice Jacobson

Payge Osness, Raya Osness, & Madie Geiss

Merrill Lion's Club

Hilda Bukovic

Johnson & Johnson Matching Gifts Program - David Brand

Network for Good

Amy Hameister

Lisa King 












Facebook (Network for Good) Donations

We are incredibly grateful to the many supporters that donate & raise money for LCHS through Facebook. This is a great support of LCHS - in January & February we received $1913!  Each month, a check is distributed from Facebook's "Network for Good" program with the money donated during the previous month. 

Unfortunately, we are not provided with a list of donors or the donation event that solicited the donations for LCHS. We are not ignoring the generous support of so many people who chose LCHS as their charity for birthday and holiday fundraisers, we are unable to list the donors because Facebook keeps the donations anonymous. So please, do not hesitate to donate to LCHS via Facebook, just be aware that we will not receive the donor information on our end.

If you do decide to donate or do a fundraiser for LCHS and would like us to post a photo or recognition, we are happy to post it so please contact us! Thank you for your continued support! 

Questions Regarding The Fix Is In

LCHS has recently received a number of calls regarding appointment times, follow-up care, and services provided by The Fix Is In. Although The Fix Is In does use the LCHS parking lot for their mobile surgical unit, LCHS does not have any  information regarding appointments, care of animals post-surgery, or any other questions. We also cannot access The Fix Is In staff during the day for questions regarding an animal in surgery or what time to pick up an animal.

Unless you adopted the animal from LCHS and are bringing it back for surgery, we cannot answer any questions regarding The Fix Is In. You must call them directly at 715-256-8555. 

2021 Dog License Sales

After March 31, dog license fees increase - a spayed/neutered dog will be $25 and an unaltered dog will be $65. If you are mailing the license to LCHS, it must be postmarked by March 31. Any forms received after March 31 will be returned to the owner for the late fees to be added.

You can purchase a license through your municipality/township, through the mail at LCHS, or by appointment at LCHS.

A dog license cannot be processed without a copy of the rabies certificate so make sure to include a copy of the rabies certificate from the veterinarian. 

Chip's Hamburgers Paws for a Cause fundraiser

How amazing is this! Chip's Hamburgers in Merrill offered to host our Paws for a Cause fundraiser for the month of February! Well the month isn't even over yet and they gave us $2,508.00! How awesome is that! It's so easy to donate too! All you have to do is make a donation when you order some of their amazing food! And to top it off of just how wonderful they are, Chip's will provide a 10% discount on your food order when a donation of $5.00 or more is made! Also they have decided to run the fundraiser through atleast March! 

Thank you to everyone who has donated at Chip's and to Chip's for being so kind as to host this fundraiser for us it means to much to us to have this amazing support! 

January Donors

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

Meghan Stevenson

Ursula & Michael Stearns

Valerie Wykes

Cecil Ballou

Denise & Mark Maurisak

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Sue Mueller & Robert Brennan

Nadine Appel

Richard Rauschl

Darlene Raunio

Candice Jacobson

Jane Parsons

John Schaffer

Karen Olson

Tammy Wawrzyniec

Stephen & Elizabeth Dollard

Diane Spray

James & Rosemary Schielke

Thomas & Brenda Mueller

Ah na Kleinschmidt

Marathon Town & County Store

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Bethany Bartelt

Dan Lara

Karla Ochoa

Monica Helman

Dave Jaabs

Lawrence Ekdahl

Russell & Nancy Putnam

Mary Jaax

Elaine Kryshak

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Catherine Lemay-Brown

Courtney Odegard

Hy-Da Way Bar

Dawn & Frank Sus Jr.

Midwest Veterinary Partners

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink

Shirley Mae Engel

Joanne Drew

Daniel & Natalie Wegner

Thatcher & Thatcher

Merget's Moutwatering Mayhem

Network for Good

Amy Hameister


Peggy Romanowski

Steve & Marie Daigle

Jennifer Ingman

Eileen & Jeffrey Frencin

Nancy Reineking











January Honorarium Donors

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


Tillie the cat by Ingrid Erickson

Dennis Roberts by Richard & Susan Hass

Darrell Juedes by Peggy & Bob Bauman, Bonnie Pophal, Patti & Rusty Stickler, Alan & Paulet Pophal 

Richard Cole by Jolene Callahan

Angel Rhyner by Elite Carriers

Mary & Dennis Sabatke by Valerie Alft 

Gracie the cat (Cooper Family) by Joseph Kavanaugh

Marie Wiesmann by Gordy & Bonnie Wiesmann

Ben Winkleman by Rogene Janik

Douglas Meyer by Renee Meyer

Dan Gabriel by Lori Ruprecht

Kay Simon by Janet Beyer-Thums

Chub VanderGeest by Janet Beyer Thums

Todd Larson by Tina & Nick Larson

Anton Carlson by Penny Callahan

John Flannery Ball by Thomas & Mary Ball, Christine Bacon, Marie Bacon, Dale Bacon Jr, Vicky Bartz

Patricia "Patsy" Woller by James & Sherrie Zortman

David Lee by Mathew Boyle

Penny Engel by Beatrice Lebal

Jerry the cat (Frey Family) by Walter & Marilyn Schmidt






Auction Sponsors

Our February Auction raised $4,120 for the animals calling the shelter their temporary home! We are so grateful to everyone for supporting the Auction, with so many fundraisers postponed or cancelled, the online Auction has become a great source of revenue for the shelter. We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

Skutal Dental

Chip's Hamburgers

Auto Jockeys

Lora Reichelt 

Sawmill Brewing Company

Jenny Miner

Deena Rathbun

Rolling Acres Ranch

The siblings of Johanna Osness-Hoerstmann

Karen Mootz

Pamuela's Custom Creations 

Jim Daenicke & Sally Thayer

Juliana Palmcook

Savannah Severt

Iron Raven Tattoo Company & Iron Angel Arts

Linda Radant

Harrison Natural Resources

David & Hope Linke and Sherry Fritz

Judy Joles Locke

Berlin Hills Farm

John Piertrantonio

Becky & Zack Zarate and Samantha Smith in memory of Dale & Donna Hinz

Scott & Kerry Steele

Lori & Charlie Normand

Diamond Rock Glass Studio

Jennifer & Jaxon Bootz

Klug's Country Gold

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.    Makesure 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.

LCHS Benefit Auction February 8-11

To make up for some of our cancelled fundraisers, LCHS will be hosting a benefit auction February 8-11. All items will be posted on facebook and all bidding will occur on facebook. Please use this link (you may have to copy and paste) to join the facebook page dedicated to the LCHS Benefit Auction - 

We are in need of prizes for the Auction! If you are interested in donating, please contact LCHS at 715-536-3459. Thank you! 

There will be a variety of auction prizes and we will post details about the prizes, the minimum bids, and any other information soon! Thank you all for your continued support! We could not do this wihtout you! 

Here is some information about the upcoming auction:

1. Bid in increasing increments of $5

2. Create a new facebook comment when bidding - a facebook reply may be missed

3. No deleting a bid - if you bid on the wrong item, message us to correct it

4. If you back out on a bid you win, you may be banned from future auctions

5. There will be a minimum starting bid on all auction items

6. Remember, this is an auction, and all money raised goes directly to the animals of the shelter. These funds help us provide medical care, spay and neuter surgeries, and enrichment for the animals here.

7. Bid HIGH and bid OFTEN. Feel free to tag friends or cheer on other people bidding. Rude or negative comments will be immediately deleted. 

8. No promoting you own items for sale on the auction site.

9. Please understand LCHS staff will be working with the animals and doing other jobs during the auction time. We will do our best to answer questions right away but sometimes there will be a delay. 

10. Auction items must be paid for via Paypal or over the phone with credit card by calling 715-536-3459. Make sure to note the Item Number if you pay via Paypal. We do not have a cash/check payment option. 

11. Some items will not be available for shipping. We will list whether shipping is available or not on each item as it is posted. Shipping may be at the buyer's expense.

12. We appreciate your support as we navigate new ways to raise money for our shelter pets! Please remember, we are all in this together and we incredibly grateful for all you to help homeless animals in our community! 

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 Dog License Sales

2021 dog license sales are now available for purchase using one of the following three options:

1. You can purchase a license through your municipality (see contact list below). Contact your Town Treasurer in advance to ask the exact procedure.

Municipality Contact Info:

Town of Birch: Marlene Fox 715-218-0391

Town of Bradley: Phyllis Evans 715-453-3326

Town of Corning: Katie Giese 715-351-0918

Town of Harding: Carrie Hintz 715-536-8901

Town of King: Julie Allen 715-453-8578

Town of Merrill: Kay Tautges 715-536-4383

Town of Pine River: Donna Opper 715-432-7421

Town of Rock Falls: Cindy Frisch 715-536-3947

Town of Russell: Susan Fisher 715-351-0028

Town of Schley: Susan Podeweltz 715-536-3756

Town of Scott: Ann Krueger 715-539-8355

Town of Skanawan: Jean Zoellner 715-966-6419

Town of Somo: Jody Issacson 715-564-3239

Town of Tomahawk: Loretta Wanta 715-453-8836

Town of Wilson: Laurie Peterson 715-453-8465

City of Tomahawk: Treasurer 715-453-4040

City of Merrill: Treasurer 715-536-5594


2. Mail a copy of the rabies certificate, payment, and information for the dog license to:


310 N. Memorial Drive

Merrill WI 54452


3. Call in advance to set up an appointment. You must bring the copy of the rabies certificate, payment, and additional information for the license. One person will be scheduled per appointment and masks are required. 

December Donors

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

Jim Diederich

Melanie Tlusty

Richard Serafin

Meghan Stevenson

Lisa Krause

Karen Olson

Laurie Lonsdorf

Merrilee & Dave DuPlayee

Nancy Meier

J.W. Austin Associates LLC

Donna Howell

Tom & Linda Tompach

Patricia Heller

Russell & Nancy Putnam

Gregory Powers

Lawrence Ekdahl

Sandra & William Lussenhop

Cecil Ballou

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Rick & Judith Lombard

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Vickie McKay

Matt Radtke

Robin Norton & Laura Wind-Norton

Nadine Appel

Michael & Tracy Gengalo

Jean Fennell

Give Thanks of Tomahawk

Janet Selnes

Helen Sczygelski

Jennifer Lewitzke

Kathryn Gorichan

Brian & Sharon Gulke

Bonnye Kolar

Shari Koval

Louise Stephens

Edward Gruett

Carol & Irving Bork

Lois Walters

Church Mutual Christmas Is Committee

Loretta Whipple

Linda Semling Peterson Fund

Pamela Welch


Maura Bommer

Kathryn Pophal

Ken & Sally Tupa

James Blair

Richard & Brenda Mamer

Virginia & Alan Iattoni

Lindsay Lisowski

Diana Harper

Cheryl Breneman

Kerstin Laporte

Judith Negro

Dan Lara

Cris Luebbe

Coral Kavanaugh

James & Judith Locke

Madeline Shinners

Eye Clinic of Wisconsin, S.C.

Merrill Iron

G.D. & C.A Wick

Randall & Kathleen Murray

Maureen Sanford

Town of Tomahawk

Kenneth & Lois Britt

Elaine Knab

Mary Bauman

Hilda Bukovic

Tasha Wassink

Sharayah Lee

Health in Motion

Erin Wells

John & Rhonda Sheflin

Tomahawk Elementary 5th Grade Giving Back

Frances Jeske

Michele Gryskiewicz

Lincoln County Professional Deputies Assocation

David & Mary Brand

Network for Good

Amy Hameister

Edward Locke

Caroline & Shana Klesmith

Michael & Nancy Specht

Jeremy & Susan Zastrow

Allen & Stephanie Ashbeck

John Kilgust & Vickie Leistikow

Marvin & Betty Kamke

Monica Fenhaus

Larry & Julie Wenning

Richard & Sharon Schmidt

Maxine & Jay Tlusty

Julane Schulist

Randal & Kristine Ullmer

Emily & Matthew Rueth 





December 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 December, we received $275.81 as a result of your donations!


Merrill Locations:

Merrill Vet Clinic

Merrill Golf Course

Wagner Shell

Eagle's Club


Lincoln Community Bank

First Street Coffee Station

Park City Credit Union

Customer One Coop

Holiday (Center Ave)

Pine Ridge Restaurant

Merrill Federal

Ace Hardware

Young's Pharmacy

County Market

Los Mescales

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



December Honorarium Donation

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


Donald Graap by Mike & Vonya Ellsworth

Jon Jensen by Mike & Vonya Ellsworth

Carol "Carolee" Grund by Bill Folta, Shirley Gonzalez, Todd & Angelia Johnson, Mike & Linda Sagstetter, Rosetta Ford, Duane & Jenny Flegner, JoAnn Milewczyk, Rich & Jane Poirier, Church Mutual Group Family, Elizabeth VanDerGeest, Mary VanDerGeest, Mary Jo Diels, Scott & Linda Doerr, Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital, Wednesday Night Pool Team - Dawn Smith, Jan Perry, Lynette Dittman, Darlene Mattson

Beyrenelle Manthei by Rose Barker, Steve & Linda Blake, Kathleen Pierotti, Nancy Brickner

Merrillee DuPlayee by Lou Ann DuPlayee

Patrick Hommerding by Linda Henrichs, Matt & Kim Leder

Gerrit "Chub" VanDerGeest by Linda Henrichs, Matt & Kim Leder

Marion Anderson by Roger Anderson & Barb Fraser

Meg Quinn by Larry & Ellen Manthein

Robert & Signa Lambrecht by Daniel Lambrecht & Dawn Dunk

Otto Yirkovsky by William Hudson 

Margaret Taylor by Dale & Patricia Zuelsdorff

Stella by William & Joanne Wengeler

Cari Sauter by Barbara Van Slate, Connie Hoefs

Sharon Purchase by Peggy & Bob Bauman, Bonnie Pophal, Rusty & Patti Stickler, Alan & Paulet Pophal

Laurie Gering by Jennie Hopppe

Mary Moscherosch by Theresa Klug

Mardene Wilke by Jill Alft

Richard Watroba by Greg Eichelkraut & Linda Becker 

Nels Nicholson & Donna Berndt by the Nicholson Family 

Logan & Emma (Gerstchen) by Jim & Sara Pinsonneault

Richard Watroba by Friends & Family

Bob by Beatrice Lebal

Shirley Wojciechowski by Thomas & Sally Schmidt, Sharon Zunker

Eileen Kroening by Friends & Family

Carol Osness by Gary Osness

Doug Meyer by Daniel & Jean Meyer

Sue Hass by Dale & Janet Kleinschmidt

Jo Wengeler by Dale & Janet Kleinschmidt

Sandy Weber by Dale & Janet Kleinschmidt

Rita by Glenn & Barbara Hartley

Kay Simon by Penny Callahan & Ryan King 



Soup Cook-Off Rescheduled

LCHS is going to reschedule our Soup Cook-off for April. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing everyone in April! 

November Donors

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

Meghan Stevenson

Joseph Yelle

Elle Taylor 

Lawrence Ekdahl

Cecil Ballou

Kelley Roncke

Dawn Gourlie

Karen Olson

Beverly Zietlow

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Nadine Appel

Cassie McLain

Lesley Simons

Harry & Nancy Gladwin

Pamela Welch

Janet Selnes

Jenny Beyer


Gregory Powers

Mandy Kostroski

Becky Deinnger

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Jan Murray

Dan Lara

Jan Murray

Tasha Wassink

Sharayah Lee

Joel Schlereth

Chris Moravec

Sharon Wahoske

Erin Fritz

Brian Conklin

Network for Good (facebook)

Timothy & Sue Finnegan

Darin & Kati Gille

Amy Hameister

John Underwood

Joshua Oxborrow

Thomas & Laurie Daniels

Kent Rinne

Rachel Morrison

Felecia Fosdal

Mark & Janet Abell

Dick & Gay Baumgart


November Honorarium Donations

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

Dimetria Jameson by Beth & Dale Jankowsky

Bonnie Buntrock by Janie Rowe

Gine Lake by Phil & Deanna Prast

Ed Wilfahrt by Sandra Ratkovich, Barbara Plonsky Koehler

Jasper Van Der Geest by Sawyer Marnholtz

Tillie Heideman by Beatrice Lebal

Max by Peter Meyer

Chub Van Der Geest by Penny Callahan

Ken Tupa Jr.'s Birthday by Family

Amy Tomajcik by Bonnie Wiesmann

Joyce Vreeke by John & Vicki Kuester

Margaret Combz by William Hudson

Carolee Grund by Lori Brown

Beyrnelle Manthei by Sally Svihla, Judith Wery 

Richard Wartoba by Mark & Mary Repking, Cassie Littlejohn, Franklin & Marlene Thomaschefsky, Marshfield Clinic Physicians & Staff, Carol Holz, Marcy Wiltgen, Family & Friends


Hunter's Raffle Winners

We would like to thank everyone who made our first Hunter's Raffle event a success! A huge thank you goes to our event coordinator, Darla Sann! We would also like to thank Home Town Feed Mill (Tomahawk), Merrill Eagle's Club, and Tomahawk Furniture & Gun!

Your support raised $5,717.85 for the animals calling the shelter their temporary home!

We would also like to thank Sue B. & Mike K. for donating $200 of their winnings back to LCHS! Thank you both for your generosity!

1st: Sue B.

2nd: Lizzy H.

3rd: Heidi R.

4th: Greg Z.

5th: Todd J.

6th: Nicole J.

7th: Char A.

8th: Todd P. 

9th: Jeff A.

10th: Gabe S.

11th: Mike S.

12th: Mike K.

13th: David B.

14th: Austin B.

15th: Karrie K.


If you have not yet contacted LCHS to pick up your prize, please call us at 715-536-3459.

Thank you, Lost Dogs of Wisconsin!

We would like to thank David Woods & Lost Dogs of Wisconsin for generously offering to sponsor microchips for 40 reclaimed animals (animals coming to LCHS as strays that an owner comes forward to claim and take home)! 

The 40 donated microchips will include the microchip insertion and registration through 24Petwatch. Please note, this is not a requirement to reclaim an animal - the owner does have the option to decline the microchip. 

Thank you, David Woods & Lost Dogs of Wisconsin for all your hard work keeping the animals of our community safe! 

Hunter's Raffle Sneak Preview!

 Here is a sneak preview of one of the basket raffle prizes for November 28th's Hunter's Raffle at the Merrill Eagle's Club! 

The event will be held from 6pm-8pm at Merrill Eagle's Club (1205 Lake Street). 

Basket raffle tickets will be 3 for $10. 

Christmas Trees Available!

 LCHS has Christmas Trees available for sale! All trees this year are $25.

Tree sales are by appointment only so please call in advance to set a time to come in. 715-536-3459

Shop at Amazon to Support LCHS!

 Remember to shop at and Amazon will donate to LCHS! We recently received $139.48 as a result of your support! Thank you! 


AmazonSmile Link:

September & October Honorarium Donations

We would like to thank the following individuals for donating in honor of a loved one in September & October! We greatly appreciate your support!

Molly the dog by Carolyn Byer

Linda Schmidt by the Gronke Family, Storm Family, Stockowitz Family, and Geisler Family

Axel Kleinschmidt by Kristine Smith

Madeline "Mitzi" Loeffelad by Mr. & Mrs. Francis Montabon, Louis & Kim Kiernan, Debra Weber, Penny Callahan, Duane & Rebecca Yorde

Nathalie Tank by Ellen Parker, Joseph & Marjorie Greenberger

Cheryl Westra by Shirley Westra

Gracie May by Shirley May Borchardt

Margaret Bennett by Richard & Elayne Ollmann

Peggy Bauman by Shirley & Daniel Gajewski

Marlene Saal by Steven & Lisa Hass

Jim Wickman by Jack & Helene Ader 

Reese Conrad by Kris, Izzie, Bentlie & Frankie Smith

Ruby, beloved dog of Julie & Shane Sowinski by Gary & Joan Hilgendorf

Joyce Hartzke by Patricia & Dale Zuelsdorff, Jody & Chris Hamerla

Amy Jo Tomczik by Patricia & Dale Zuelsdorff, Jody & Chris Hamerla

Lacey by Penny Callahan

Johanna Osness Hoerstmann by Carol Osness

Martin, Genie, & Dennis Rehwinkel by Sue & Kris Rehwinkel

Lacie VanderGeest by Jayco & Alvin 


September & October Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in September & October! We are incredibly grateful for all our generous supporters!

Meghan Stevenson

Tyler Mueller

Donald Israeh

Nadine Appel

Cecil Ballou

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Lawrence Ekdahl

Maya Sigl

Duane Yorde


Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Hillside Hideaway

Merrill Foto News & Merrill Courier

Nanette Mathews

Merrill Iron & Steel

Central Wisconsin Insurance Agents of Merrill

Mary Stewart

Hilda Bukovic

Brian & Vietta Leavitt

James & Rosemary Schielke

Barbara Dalsky Dern

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Dan Lara

Sue Behrens

Diana Berenz

Nicholas Traeger

Tina Rydzik

Tasha Wassink

Sharayah Lee

Melissa Tremaine

Laurie Svetlik

Teri Schmidt

Nicole DeNardis

Brian & Diane Brunelle

Network for Good

Pam Breuer

Heidi Priddy

Amy Hameister

Jessica Patterson

Kim Koehler

Kristin Seis

Edward Raasch

Kerry Hass

Jane Elizabeth Parsons

Roger Martens

Michael Kufahl

Eileen & Jeffrey Frencin

Misty Kremsreiter

Brie Wulf

Melanie Tlusty

Travis & Carly Barker

Philip & Virginia Giese

Frances Jeske

Russell & Nancy Putnam

Kenneth Frakes

Ethan Calkins

Lynette Volkers

Krystal Kelly

Rick & Judith Lombard

Shirley Roeder

Dwayne & Olivia Dachel

Church Mutual Commercial Markets Group

Barbara Plonsky Koehler

Peggy Bauman 




September & October Sponsors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support and sponsorship of various shelter animals in September & October!

Donald Israeh

John & Vicki Kuester

Pamela Welch

Donna Howell


Kathryn Brewington

Charity Narlock

Jessica Burke-Vang

Brittany Hallquist

Elizabeth Haumschild

Mary Frederick

Theresa Novitski

Rose Lynd


Please note - animal sponsorships using Facebook are not listed individually since LCHS does not have access to the donor list.

Hunter's Fall Raffle

 $20 per ticket! Only 350 tickets will be sold!

Saturday, November 28

Merrill Eagle's Club (1205 Lake St)

6pm-8pm Snacks & Door Prizes & Raffles!

Official drawing at 7pm - need not be present to win

Prizes: 1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd-4th $100, 5th-9th $75, 10th-15th $50

If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please call LCHS at 715-536-3459 

Thank you, Central Wisconsin Insurance Associates

 The Lincoln County Humane Society would like to thank Central Wisconsin Insurance Associates (CWIA) for their incredible generosity! The CWIA and Secura Insurance has been a long-time support of LCHS and decided to donate $5,000 to help the shelter animals! Thank you so much, CWIA! Your support is greatly appreciated! 

Pictured: Liz & Daisy Mae of LCHS, Tina Essenberg, Chad Olson, Rick Gleason 

Adult Cat Adoption Special!

Adult cats (6 months and over) adoption fees are reduced to $10!

Applications must be submitted in advance (you can find applications on the website

The shelter is still open by appointment only. Please call us with any questions! 

LCHS Benefit Auction Sponsors

We would like to thank all of the amazing businesses & individuals who donated for our Benefit Auction! Our Fall Auction raised over $7,600 and we are incredibly grateful for all of the support from our community!

Please - if you saw a local business or artist on our Benefit Auction, make sure to support them! These donors make a huge impact for all non-profit organizations. This event could not have happened without the support of the following donors:

Judy Joles Locke

Sarah Christianson

Sally Thayer

Jim Daenicke

Tracy FairFrei

Russell & Nancy Putnam

Mary & Arlyn

Steve & Jill Patraw

Wes & Jayne Schoepke

Marathon Town & Country Store (Wausau)

Juliana Palmcook

Derek Krzanowski

Pam Pophal Albrecht

Power House Lawn & Leisure of Merrill

Northwoods Maple Farm

Deena Rathbun

Polka Dotted Pie (Merrill)

Johnson's of Merrill

Maria's Family Care

Seven Oaks Bodywork & Massage

David & Hope Linke

Sherry Fritz

George & Christine Brahos

Chip's Hamburgers of Merrill

The Beacon of Merrill - Mike Grunenwald, Manager

Jayne Thiel

Jenny Miner

Brad's Guide Service

Lora Reichelt

KC Switlick

Waid's Funeral and Cremation Service of Merrill

In honor of Johanna Osness Hoerstmann by family & friends










August Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in August! We greatly appreciate your support!


Meghan Stevenson

Lawrence Ekdahl

Cecil Ballou

James Parsons

Candice Jacobson

Nadine Appel

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Diana Berenz

Tina Carrier

Kathleen Nelson

Pamela Welch

Janet Selnes

Heidi Haltinner

Darlene LaBorde

Sharon Fritz

Irvin & Cheryl Fick

Bruce & Kathleen Shepherd

Jean & James Fabry

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Barbara & Andrew Zynda

Dan Lara

Tasha Wassink

Gwen Hardie-Bauer

Network for Good

Amy Hameister 

Richard Jeske

Kathleen Swope

Lorraine & Paul Smith




Animal Statistics January-August

We are excited to announce that regardless of the chaos of 2020, LCHS has still worked to achieve our goals of helping animals! So far this year:

22 cats and 62 dogs have been reunited with their owners

17 small animals/reptiles, 310 cats/kittens and 96 dogs/puppies have been adopted

Thanks to everyone who has continued to support LCHS during this time! We are incredibly grateful to all our volunteers and donors! 

August Honorarium Donations

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

Dallas Winter by The Winter Family

Gloria Svetlik by Tom & Linda Tompach

Margaret Robl by Nancy Burgener

Joe Vgolint by Gwen Schmidt

Stubby's 75th Birthday by Tina & Nick Larson

Chloe Snaz by Marta & Stephen Loos

Fender Olson by Marta & Stephen Loos

Gail Curran by David & Sue Pyan 

Nathalie Tank by Mary La Haie, David Kapszukiewiz, John & Lynn Muhvich, Barbara Hunger


July Honorarium Donors

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

Fred Pester & Tucker from Ken & Gay Baumann, Juli-Kay Baumann, Steven & Linda Baumann, Brian & Chelle Baumann, Jodeen Baumann

Johanna Hoerstmann by Karen Severt, Barbara Hanson

Gus Osness by Karen Severt

Jean Osness by Karen Severt

Jane Wright by W.D. & Marie Schultz

Dorothy Malmarawski by Dennis & Patricia Jeske

Robert Friedenfels by Darla Sann, Mary Bootz & Arlyn Hintz, Josh & Jennifer Bootz, Sarah & Scott Christianson, Jason & Suzy Bootz, The Nicholson Family, Julie Osness-Thorson, Debbie Harris, Carl & Mary Moscherosch, Colleen & Larry Woller 

Mike Krueger by Our Way, Inc

Bree by Rick & Judith Lombard

Chris & Erin Vesselmann's Wedding by David Vesselmann

Joyce Hartzke by Colleen & Larry Woller 

Bucky by Angela Bailey 

Grandma Lila Schleif by Sophie 

July Donors

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

Meghan Stevenson

Lawrence Ekdahl

Jean Dorsey

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Cecil Ballou

Laura Derks

Dawn Faber

Nadine Appel

Katie Feltz

Diana Berenz

Sandy Mauser

Allison & Floyd Dean

Rachel Nawrocki

Town of Schley

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch 

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Eileen & Jeffrey Frencin

Dan Lara

David & Carol Finanger

Jean Perkins

Network for Good

Tasha Wassink

Amy Hameister

Tomahawk Farmer's Market Corp

Penny Callahan

Mary Jaax

Ed & Sharon's Restaurant

Claire Hillmeyer





LCHS No Longer in Need of Blankets/Towels

We would like to thank everyone for the incredible amount of blankets and towels that have been donated recently! The shelter is currently out of storage space for blankets and towels so we cannot accept any towels or blankets right now. Thank you for your continued support! 

Puppy Waiting List

We would like to thank all of the wonderful families who recently applied for the Shepherd mix puppies! The puppies are all adopted!

We received so many applications that unfortunately, we do not have enough puppies for each potential adopter. 

If you would like to be put on a waiting list for puppies/dogs in the future, please submit an application by emailing a completed application to 

Mask Sale 8/7/20

Our wonderful volunteers, Debbie & Marlene, will be selling masks on Friday August 7th at County Market in Merrill. All the proceeds will be donated to LCHS. Masks are $5 each and there are a variety of sizes and colors. Debbie & Marlene will be at County Market selling masks from 2:30-4:45pm.

We would like to thank the donor who made the masks for the sale, Debbie & Marlene for hosting the sale, and County Market for allowing us to sell masks at their store! We greatly appreciate the support! 

June Donors

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

Rachel Werner

Lawrence Ekdahl

Lisa Henkelman

Meghan Stevenson

Chris Albrecht

Eileen & Jeffrey Frencin

Nadine Appel

Randy Plantenberg

Cecil Ballou

Kronenwetter Veterinary Care

Katie Feltz

Diana Berenz

Kelly Rushing

Marlene Aschbrenner

Sarah Christianson

Phyllis Berthiaume

Richard Watroba

Debra Grawien

Hilda Bukovic

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Christine Ziegler

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Dan Lara

Tasha Wassink

Amy Hameister

Aneesa Schaeffer

Peggy & Bob Bauman

Gerald & Carrie Jones

Network for Good (Facebook)

Provident Group Inc

Heather Keso & Steven Wood

Maxine & Jay Tlusty 








June Honorarium Donations

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


Lisa Jo Waldburger by Barbara Mikeal, Virginia Rochon, Our Way Inc, Gerald & Nancy Kunkel 

Audrey Nunamaker by Julie & Alan Coss

Margaret Robl by Julie & Alan Coss

Crystal Josiger by Julie & Alan Coss

Cari Sauter by Betty Denzin, Marlene Henrichs, Sally Thayer, Wendy Rausch

Joyce Harzke by Carol Osness, Mary Beth Sabatke, Bonnie Wiesmann

Noel Pregont by Kathryn Krohn-Gill, Terry Vander Heiden, Fidelity Charitable 

Ken Tupa Sr.'s Birthday by Family & Friends

Jerry O'Connor by Joanne Manaras, Jean & William Garvey,  Mary Anne & Robert James Nichols, MD

Bailey Jean Lambrecht by Jolene Callahan, Julie & Alan Coss

Jesse Callahan by Jolene Callahan

Thomas Thompson Sr by Gene & Pam Mohrland, Jeremy & Jan Thompson, Rodger & Donna Thompson 

Reese Conrad by Ron & Rose-Marie Peterson, Beatrice Lebal, Phynette & Vincent Conrad

Anna Mae Crowell by Gregory & Mary Beth Gane

Ron Ohlmann by Paul & Patricia Peters

Bree Lombard by Norman & Cheryl Moeller

Marie Wiesmann by Bonnie Wiesmann

Mike Krueger by Bonnie Pophal

Norman Narron by Robert Narron

Natalie Griffie by Robert Narron

Bella By Robert Narron

Alice Jacobson by the Fries Family


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

ATV/UTV Ride July 25 Cancelled

We are sad to announce LCHS will be cancelling the ATV/UTV Ride on July 25. Due to the amount of local business that donate prizes and sponsor the event, we did not want to put any additional strain on these organizations that may have been impacted by the pandemic. 

Please continue to show your support for your local businesses - these organizations are the heart of non-profits. Thank you for your on-going support of our shelter animals. We are grateful for the generosity of the community! 

April & May Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in April & May! We appreciate everyone's generosity!

Meghan Stevenson

Nadine Appel

Hilda Bukovic

Lawrence Ekdahl

Town of Schley

Donald & Terri Koch

Cecil Ballou

John & Vicki Kuester

Kenneth Ronk

Deidre Dreger

John Schaffer

James Rehwinkel

Melissa Habeck

Rick & Judith Lombard

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Diana Berenz

Valerie Wykes

Carol & John Avelis

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Dan Lara

Rhonda Robinson

Michael & Tracy Gengalo

Patricia Oelke & Barbara Ringwelski

Brenda Ziemke

Network For Good

Edward Gruett

Tasha Wassink

Lori Weiderhoeft

Maxine & Jay Tlusty

Mardell Penca

Coleen Sukow

James Parsons

Amy Hameister

Hugh Gross

Jennifer Heyel

Tina Rydzik

Norman & Cheryl Moeller

Fred Stoll

Mary & Daniel Schiltz

Shannon Thomas

Connie Sandberg

Schulz Heating & Cooling

Fidelity Charitable

Joanne & Donald Sprague

David Brand


Michelle Bennish

Jean Fennell

Allen & Stephanie Ashbeck

Judy Hall

Brenda Ronk

Brenda Huse

Shirley & James Westra

Linda Semling Peterson

Nadine Appel

Merrill Area United Way, Inc

Scott Steele

Amy Butterworth

Pam Breuer

Katina Rusch

Dick & Gay Baumgart

Carol Peterson & Alice Andraski

Janet Selnes

Katelynn Parenteau


Laurie Frank

Colleen Woller

Eileen & Jeffrey Frencin

Russell & Nancy Putnam


Connie Gulke

Faye Semling

Bill & Carol Sparr

























Booster Shots Available for Recently Adopted Animals

If you adopted a dog or cat shortly before or during the lockdown period and your pet was due for a booster with its distmeper combo vaccine, LCHS is now scheduling appointments for the booster vaccine. This is only for animals adopted from LCHS between March-May that did not receive a booster vaccine due to the closures from the coronavirus. 

Please call LCHS at 715-536-3459 or email us at to set up an appointment for the booster vaccine. When you call or email, please provide your name and contact information, as well as the name of the animal when it was at the shelter and the basic description of the animal. 

Thank you for your patience!