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!

 Darlene Graap by Bonny & Donny Graap

Judy Esser by Sharon Woller, Kathryn Spencer

Adam Smith by Walter & Judith Smith

Lloyd Bagley by Kelly Wistein & John Cotter

Maddy (Natzke) by Beatrice Lebal

Joy Heideman by Steve, Lisa, & Andy Hass

Harold Hopp by Roger Hopp

Jennifer Redding Baker by Terry & Shirley Redding

Ken Tupa Sr.'s Birthday by Lora Reichelt

Sara Colstad by Thayer & Judith Davis, Walter & Judith Smith

Kathy Sladek by Carol Osness


May Donors

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

T.B. Scott Library

Nancy Clinton

Meghan Stevenson

Dean Barker

Darlene Raunio

Lora Reichelt

Gesundheit Bar's Monday & Thursday Pool Teams

Justin Woller

Jonathan & Audrey Sinnett


Michael & Jill Oemichen

Cecil Ballou

Kimberly Freund

Ruth James


Rick & Judith Lombard

Nadine Appel

Fraternal Order of Eagles - Ladies Auxiliary 584

Sally Baade

Jim Clemens Agency, LLC

United Way of Dane County

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Givinga Foundation, Inc

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Heidi Haltinner

Hometown Sport & Travel Show

Kendra Hawley

Dan Lara

Ivy Catlin

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink

Cynthia Shaw

Lincoln County Sport's Club Open House

Paypal Giving Fund

Jessica Zellers

Jane Parsons

Amy Hameister

Cyndi Orr

Angeline Marquis

Merrill Lion's Club 

Laureate Alpha Delta

Hilary Scully





Cruisin' for Critters Poker Run Sponsors

We would like to thank the following sponsors for donating to our upcoming Cruisin' for Critters Poker Run on June 11th!

M-J Roofing (Mike Wendland)

Lincoln County Cycles

Meyers Marine 

Ursula Moran Stearns

Todd's Country Crafts

Stubby & Sally Thayer

Jim Daenicke

Riverwood Originals, LLC

Kwik Trip

Thrivent Financial

Terri Behringer

Nokomis Auto Sales

Jennifer Ingman

Harrison Natural Resources

Kracker Barrel

Darla Sann-Koenig

Packaging Corporation of America

Steels Workers Local 2-0238 Union


Tomahawk Community Bank

Tomahawk Ace Hardware

RJ Collision Center

Park City Credit Union

Hometown Feed Mill

Swallow Haven Studio

Gary Dotter of Dotter Sugarbush

Derek Krzanowski

Missy Strahota

Touch of Gold

Old Towne Mall

Vicky's Photoshop

Incredible Bank

Brenda Bartz

Cindy Alsteen

Michelle Rose

Aluminum Can Donation in Tomahawk Only

 We would like to thank everyone for working with LCHS to donate aluminum cans in Tomahawk! In May, we received $679.80 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!


May Animal Statistics

May statistics:

49 cats, dogs, and birds were adopted

10 dogs and 2 cats were reunited with their owners

1 dog and 6 cats were transferred to other rescue organizations to help them find homes

Thank you for your support! LCHS is able to help so many animals because of our generous supporters! 

Wildlife Rescues - a priceless resource!

Spring is finally here!  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 or if you're driving and you see a fawn in a ditch on the side of the road, you'll know exactly who to call for answers.  So pull out your phone right now and save these numbers:

Northwoods Wildlife Center (Minocqua) 715-356-7400

Raptor Education Group (Antigo) 715-623-4015

Wild Instincts (Rhinelander) 715-362-9453

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

Firework Safety for Pets

Some quick tips to keep your pets safe during the fireworks -


1. Keep pets at home during the firework shows. Make sure windows and doors are secure

2. Keep curtains closed, ceiling fans running, and the tv on to help distract your pet during the fireworks

3. Make sure your pet has a well-fitting collar with a current identification tag

4. Try a pheromone based plug-in like Canine Calm or Feliway to help your pets

5. Try to walk your dog earlier in the day to reduce stress

6. Leave new toys or special treats for your pet as a distraction during the fireworks

7. Check out "thundershirts" or discuss a prescription medication with your pet's veterinarian 

Walk for Whiskers Update

We would like to thank the volunteers, walkers, and donors who made our 2022 Walk for Whiskers event a success! We raised $1,000 for the animals calling the shelter their temporary home! We would like to thank the following sponsor for supporting our Walk:

Skutak Dental

Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I.

We would also like to thank the Master Gardener's Organization of Lincoln County for donating plants for our second annual plant sale! And a huge thank you to Church Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. for allowing LCHS to utilize their beautiful walking trails!

Johanna Osness Hoerstmann Garden

      We would like to thank our Eagle Scout, Nathan, for adding to the rain garden he created in memory of Johanna Osness Hoerstmann. Nathan created the rain garden in 2020 to help prevent the shelter's outdoor dog runs from flooding. He has maintained the flowers and weeded the garden since its creation and he added the memorial for Johanna this week. Thank you, Nathan, for all your hard work! 

2nd Annual ATV's & Burgers Pub Crawl (Harrison Hills)

Start at any one of our stops, as long as you're back to Winding Trail Grill & Bar (N1002 County Road B, Tomahawk) at 6pm for burgers, raffles, and drink specials. We have The Dead Fretz playing some awesome music for us at 7! 

$15 per entry and receive a free burger when you get back to The Winding Trail! All proceeds go to the Lincoln County Humane Society! 

Stops include:


Town n Country

Boars Nest

Gleason Bowl


Winding Trail

Must hit at least 5 stops. Each stop will have stamp cards. $15 paid at end at Winding Trail. Call The Winding Trail at 715-453-2337 with questions. 

*Photo credit - Winding Trail Grill & Pub facebook event page

April Honorarium Donation

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


Gary Smith by Gerald & Dawn Schmidt 

Don Ashby by Bonnie Ashby & Family

Darlene Graap by Mike & Vonya Ellsworth, Bonny & Donny Graap

Lester Leavitt by Carol Leavitt, Edward Gruett, Richard & Becky Lokemoen, Kris & Jim Lokemoen, David & Cynthia Lambrecht, Dawn Mork, Michele & Richard Moyer

Sarah Kitchen Lange by Arnold Lange, Frederic & Heidrun Lefferts, Gregory Hinz, William & Kathleen Wulf, Kevin & Tammy Cohrs, Emily Edmund & Mary Lutzke, Barbara Rambo-Hartley, Dennis & Gail Abegglen, Gary & Holly Rauen, Nancy Dabbert, Linda Stevens, Paul & Karen Cournaya, Steven Lange

Judy Esser by Stephen & Linda Blake, Robert Snowden Ficks & Mary Briggs Ficks, Darrel & Melissa Dengel, Bonny & Donny Graap, Nicole Marcell, Barb Cummings, Carrie Vanden Boom, Darla Sann-Koenig & Tim Koenig, Scott Gilbertson Family & Friends

Ralph Voigt by Maxine & Jay Tlusty

Judith Elliott by Deb Richardson

George Foehringer by Julie & Alan Coss

Kathy (Kat) Simon by Julie & Alan Coss

Roger Meunier by Janet Beyer-Thums

Pat Myers by Ingrid Erickson

Rick Osness by Carol Osness

Dolores Lonsdorf by Laurie Lonsdorf

Betty White by Brenda Mueller

Don Simpson by Kimberly Fullerton

Barbara Nordall by Jane Hart

Mommy (the cat) by Beatrice Lebal

Bette Baumann by Stephen & Eunice Mann

Marlene Aschbrenner by Shopko Optical Team 79

Gary Juedes by Michael & Joy Burrows

Ann Bauer by Julie & Alan Coss

Bob Jensen by Thayer & Judith Davis

Alex & Max by Peggy & Bob Bauman

Hilda Bukovic by Peggy & Bob Bauman, Bonnie Pophal, Gary & Patti Stickler

Norris Hattlestad by Linda Hattlestad


LCHS Closed Tuesday, May 10

LCHS will be closed Tuesday, May 10. We will reopen for normal business hours on Wednesday, May 11. 

April Donors

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

Mark Moldenhauer

Ursula & Michael Stearns

Meghan Stevenson

Dean Barker

Kristina Hopp

Cecil Ballou

Greater Twin Cities United Way

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Nadine Appel

Angelina Marquis

Givinga Foundation, Inc

Melody Callahan

Rick Ament

Northern Wire Company

Mary Bootz

Kathleen Grant

Carol & Gary Hartwig

Brian Jossart

Jane Elizabeth Parsons

Ruth James

Darlene Raunio

Pat King

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Kendra Hawley

Dan Lara

Mark Paul

Joy of Grooming

Jason Rumbough

Bob & Ginger Jach-Richards

Network for Good (facebook)

Ivy Catlin

Jessica Barnes

Paypal Giving Fund

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink


Sportsman's Alibi Sunday Pool League

Angelo & Joyce Hoeft

Jodi Forster

Amy Hameister

Larry & Joann Benzinger

Gloria Werner

Hilary Scully






Shop at Amazon to Support LCHS!

 Remember to shop at and Amazon will donate to LCHS! Thank you! 


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March Sponsors

We would like to thank the following donors for sponsoring an animal in March! Your support is greatly appreciated.

Kerry & Scott Steele

Jeffrey & Cheryl Schnelle

Cynthia Kotila

Sally Lindsley

Paige Sanders

Purchase 2022 Dog Licenses by March 31!

 2022 Lincoln County Dog Licenses are available at LCHS. Our hours of operation are 12pm-4pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-2pm Sunday. 

Please see our information sheet below for frequently asked questions.


How much does a dog license cost?

$10 for a spayed/neutered dog or $30 for an unaltered dog. If the dog is not spayed/neutered at the time of purchase, we cannot sell the license for the spayed/neutered rate. 


How long are licenses available?

Licenses are available year-round. However, the fees for licenses increase after March 31, 2022. A $10 license increases to $25 and a $30 license increases to $65.


What do I need to purchase a dog license?

Your dog must be vaccinated for rabies in order to purchase a license. The rabies certificate will provide the experation date, tag number, and other information needed for the license. Make sure to bring a copy of the rabies certificate when purchasing the license.


Can I purchase my dog's license through the mail?

Yes! Dog licenses can be purchased through the mail. Send the payment along with the license information form that can be downloaded. *This link is under construction and will be ready as soon as possible! Then mail your check or money order to LCHS (with the check written out to LCHS) at 310 N. Memorial Drive, Merrill WI 54452. You will need to include a copy of the rabies certificate when mailing the payment for the license. 


Can a license sent in the mail that is postmarked before the 31st be sold without a late fee?

No, all license sales must be processed on the 31st. Any mailed licenses received on April 1st (or after) will only be processed with a late fee or they will be returned to the owner for the late fee to be added. 


Can I purchase a dog license online?

No, unfortunately there are software issues that prevent LCHS from selling dog licenses online. 


Can I purchase a kennel license through LCHS?

No, these can only be purchased through municipalities (townships).  


What happens if I don't purchase a license for my dog?

According to the Merrill Police Department, the fine for a first offense of a dog not having a rabies vaccination is $77.50, the same rate applies to a dog that is not licensed. If your dog is ever brought to the shelter as a stray, you will also be required to purchase a county license before the dog can be released.

Bake Sale Items Needed!

 The Bake Sale will be held at the School Complex in Tomahawk on April 9 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, April 8. Items can also be dropped off the morning of the sale but you must contact Jim at 715-966-1961 to make arrangements. 

February Donors

We would like to thank the following donors for their support in February! We are incredibly grateful for everyone's support & generosity!

Chip's Hamburgers

Meghan Stevenson

Lost Dogs of Wisconsin


Patrick Washburn

Timothy & Debra Martin

Cecil Ballou

Irene Faber

Trisha Skofronick

Ruth James

Linda Hudzinski

Sherri Pickett

Nadine Appel

Darlene Raunio

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Ricky Ingersoll

Angeline Marquis

Courtney Kaiser

Rick & Judith Lombard

Janet Selnes

Pamela Welch

Dana & Michelle Sharp

Tomahawk Middle School Student Council 

Misty Kremsreiter

Kendra Hawley

Dan Lara

Joyce Johnson

Premier Touchless Drying System

Ivy Catlin

Abigail Miklaszewicz

Sara Crum Faber

Givinga Foundation, Inc.

Network for Good (facebook)

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink

ORS Impact

Faye Semling

Jane Parsons

Amy Hameister

Elaine Kryshak

Patricia Oelke

Dolores Slizewski

Wisconsin Trailblazers Sled Dog Club, Inc






Thank you, Chip's!

 The total is in and we are overwhelmed by everyone's generosity! From January 17th-March 11th, Chip's held a Paws for a Cause fundraiser for LCHS and the donations amounted to $6,598! Thank you all for donating at Chip's and thank you to Chip's for doing this fundraiser each year for LCHS! 

February Honorarium Donations

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

Esther Dittmar by Darlene Mattson, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Scott & Linda Doerr

Rose Bolling by Alger & Connie Julson, David Julson, Friends of the Family, Greenheck Employees, Beverly Dietz, Gloria Wagener, Cathy Mueller, Kim Borchardt, Jennifer & Matthew Herbert, Barbara & Daniel Adams

Chester the cat by Diane Erickson

Harold Hopp by Jerry & Diana Petruzates, Linda Weege, Kristine Smith, Chipper & Sandy Mosser, Louis & Vernette Heuser

Patricia Woller by Dave & Rita Bonnell, Nancy Kasper, Shirley Mae Engel

Sarah Kastner-Warren by Robert & Diane Zwieg

Delores Burrow by Timothy Burrow

Dawn Sus by American Legion

Lorraine Litzer by Amy & Jeremy Krueger

Donna Thompson by Ivan & Terry Pick

Betty White by John & Julie Shelley, Mark & Barbara Crapster-Pregont, Cynthia Prueser

Carol Engel by Shirley Mae Engel

Edward Leavitt by USW Local 2-631

JoLee Wendt by Patrick & Jane Severt

Donna Thompson by Rick Ament, Penny Callahan, Erin McCarthy, Thursday Night Pool Team, John & Maureen Hick, Jack & Cyndi Baguhn, Michael & Nancy Specht, S.K. Beveridge

Robert "Bob" Kultgen by Nancy Kasper, Lester Jones, Dave & Linda Voelz

Darren "Burd" Burdock by Family & Friends

Marlene Aschbrenner by Diane Thompson, Steve & Jennifer Noto, Friends & Family

Linda Schmidd by Sean Palenik

Ava (the Radloff's Great Dane) by Tom & Linda Tompach

Donald Ashby by Todd & Angelia Johnson 

Ellen Gilliard by Aimee Knospe

Donald Klebenew by Robert & Cynthia Koehler

Tim Rossi by Thomas Rossi


Thank you, USW & WOS Local 460!

 We would like to thank USW (United Steel Workers) & WOS (Women of Steel) Local 460 from Harley Davidson Motor Company in Tomahawk! The Local 460 held raffles and a donation drive to for the animals of LCHS. They donated supplies and $280! Thank you, Local 460!

Pictured: Lori Kopishcke, Liz from LCHS, Jean Geurink, and Mary Flatka

January Honorarium Donors

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

Patricia "Pat" Woller by Nancy Kasper, Jane Chapleau, Matt & Kim Leder, Lisa & Jeffrey Viegut, Rhonda & Christopher Nowak, Susan McKinney, Julie Chartier, Andrew & Krista Zelinski, Sandra & Gerald Weber, Fred & Karen Bruckert, Dan Woller, Thomas & Marsha Peterson, Carl & Mary Moscherosch, Christine Moravec, Anonymous, Nancy Kasper

Betty White by Gale Wolff, Kristin Van Der Geest, Marlene Kirk, Anonymous, Ronald & Beth Kautz, Nadine Appel, Barb Ament, Deena Rathbun, Jane Schulz, Brian & Peggy Morren, Barbara Dalsky Dern, Dawn & William Folta, Denise & James Humphrey, Carl Bergman & Deborah Ristau, Nichole Miller, Laura Norton, Norman & Cheryl Moeller, Matt Burish, Judy Hall, Renee Meyer, Ursula & Michael Stearns, Kevin Podeweltz, Paul Miller, Tabitha Krueger, Pamela Asche, John & Kristi & Jack & Ryan Zentner, Debbie Starnes, Larissa Crawford, Lisa Petrack, Kaelyn Stafford, Heath Garihee, Shannon Staskiewicz, Jeanne Binder, Tara Burkhart, George Schroeder, Tiffany Hansen, Melanie Lepak, Mary Emma Parks, Sam Yeskis-West, Julie Stevenson, SuAnn Pagel-Rast, Denise Rehwinkel, Debbie Huber, Wendy Knospe, Renee Luedtke, Dianne Belling, Nancy Kasper, Linda & Alan Tetzloff, Carol Wyma, Kristine Ziegler, Linda Weege, Scott & Alicia Gomoll, Bob's Mowing Service, Daniel & Jane Schuller, Michael & Carrie Baumgart, Jim & Pat Brimacombe, Mark & Catherine Krupinski, Troy & Heather Brownell, Ingrid Erickson, Peggy Jaeger, Lyle & Cindy Dahlke, David & Dorothy Jorgensen, Karen Lynch, Rick & Judith Lombard, Michael & Nancy Specht, Elizabeth Olmstead McBride, Scott & Linda Doerr, Lawrence & Ruby Schoone, Greg Eichelkraut & Linda Becker, Lynn Little, John Loesel, Kathryn & Lylas Oestreich, John Loesel, Lynn Little

Benny the cat by Noreen Salzman

Adam Smith by Polly Polak, Lisa & Steve Hass, Todd & Angelia Johnson

Gordy Jaworski by Laurie & John Gering

Delores Burrow by Grant Peterson, Judy Lokemoen, Todd & Angelia Johnson, Mike Waszkiewicz & Theresa Stiernagli, Patti & Brian Knetter, Toby & Julie Teschmer, Anonymous, Jane Schulz, Marlene Graap, Dawn & William Folta, Denise & James Humphrey, Ingrid Erickson, Cal & Jacqueline Forsberg, Michael & Joy Burrows, Carl Bergman & Deborah Ristau, Dean & Debra Lemke, Judith Wery

Veronica "Boots" Zwirchitz by Jeri Kavanaugh, Glen & Mary Raddatz, Rich & Jane Poirier, Stephen & Linda Blake, Julie & Alan Coss

William Heideman by Anonymous

Deanna Koebe by Mike & Vonya Ellsworth, Todd & Angelia Johnson

Sarah Kastner-Warren by Gwen Schmidt

Mr. Higgins by Barb Ament

Johanna Osness Hoerstmann's Birthday by Julie Ossness Thorson

Tilly by Larisa & William Millis

Gloria by Laurie Bergh

Jo Lee Wendt by Victor Ledesma

Kristine Anderson by Charmaine Hamilton

Annie by Renee Luedtke

Ruth Wengeler by Dianne Belling

Gertrude Lamphier by Kristine Ziegler

Briggs by Scott & Alicia Gomoll

Robert & Signa Lambrech by Julie & Alan Coss

Mrs. Nierode by Julie & Alan Coss

Riley Kurtz by Andrew & Jennifer Bonnell

Art Ahlgrim by William Hudson

Wanda's Birthday by Kathryn & Lylas Oestreich

Esther Dittmar by Beverly Dietz, Larry & Lois Woller

Harold Hopp by Larry & Lois Woller, Jean & Joe Folta, Jason & Deana Jankowsky

Michigan the bearded dragon by Angel Heineman


January Donors

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

Meghan Stevenson

Kathleen Swope

Robert & Karen McDonald

J.F. & V.M. Romanski

Joanne Myre (John the Muffler Man, Inc.)

Julane Schulist

Lawrence & Susan Wisen

Sandra & William Lussenhop

Karen Townsend

Richard & Marilyn Johnson

Cecil Ballou

Donna Schulz

Sue Mueller & Robert Brennan

Mary Jaax

Jeffrey & Debra Kiefer

Cherie & Andrew Krueger

Kerry Hass

Jane Elizabeth Parsons

Tomahawk Main Street

Kathy Healey

Nancy Kasper


Jeri Kavanaugh

Ruth James

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Nadine Appel

Angeline Marquis

Red Eye Brewing Company 

Cris Luebbe

Lynn Wisniewski

Darlene Raunio

Mary Leyk

Pamela Welch

Janet Selnes

Sarah Wolff

Debra Duncan

Lynn Stocksick

Paul Lockwood

Nora Craven

Roxanne VanDeWeerd

Scott Steele

Susan Stefanich

Ashley Hammon

Maya Sigl

Laura Ellenbecker

Norma Young

Shannon Kadlec

Veronica Vitler

Constance Semling

Jill Kasper Krueger

Bradley Teige

Debbra Selves

Kathleen George-Bol

Mark Schubring

Bridgette Hassel

Debra Calabrese

Therese Devine

Robyn Krueger

Matthew Rueth

David Leiskau

Kelly Jankowsky

Shirley Shook

Dan Lara

Kendra Hawley

Peggy Kautza

Liza Sternitzky

Stephanie Madden

Patricia Kloske

Barbara Gibson

Melody Callahan

E.M. & P.L. Berg

Borregaard USA, Inc

Bill Palubicki

Ivy Catlin

Rhonda Bacher

Sharayah Lee

Tasha Wassink

Paul & Michelle Werner

Mark & Janet Abell

Pledgeling Foundation

K. Krajenka

Amy Hameister

Sandra Shearier

Network for Good

Givinga Foundation, Inc

Bruce & Janis Krueger

Dennis Grefe

Kay & Rodney Berg

Barbara Dalsky Dern

Christina Bennington

Moments Foster Care

Emily Grams

Kathy Cappel










Thank you, Lost Dogs of Wisconsin!

 We have all heard stories about animals being reunited with their families after years, even when the animal is found all the way across the country from where it was originally lost. These heartwarming stories happen because of microchips. No matter how vigilant we are, pets do get lost and need some extra help to find their way home.

Lost Dogs of Wisconsin is a volunteer-based organization dedicated to helping dogs all throughout the state reunite with their owners. David Woods monitors social media posts to connect owners of missing dogs with individuals and shelters that may have the dog in their care or know the location of the dog. 

Because the mission of Lost Dogs of Wisconsin is to reunite pets and their owners, Lost Dogs of Wisconsin generously donated to cover the cost of microchip insertion to the first forty pets being reclaimed by the owners at LCHS. This generous donation helps to ensure that 40 more pets have a better chance of getting home because they are now microchipped. 

Thank you, David Woods, and all of the amazing volunteers at Lost Dogs of Wisconsin! Your hard work and tireless dedication is greatly appreciated! 

Paws for a cause Fundraiser at Chip's Hamburger in Merrill

You guys! We are always blown away with the amount of money that Chip's raises for us in our Paws for a Cause fundraiser and this time is no exception! They started it on Jan. 17th and in just 2 weeks they raised $1,703 for LCHS! They will be doing the fundraiser through the month of February! All you have to do is make a donation when you go through the drive-thru to get some of their amazing food they make! Also if you make a donation of $5 or more you get 10% off your food order! 

Thank you so much to Chip's for doing this fundraiser for us every year and thank you to everyone who has donated so far!


Soup & Chili Cook-Off Canceled

Unfortunately we haven't received enough people registering to make soups this year so LCHS is forced to cancel the Soup & Chili Cook-Off. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to make this event happen in the future.

Soup & Chili Cook-Off February 26, 2022

Registration is open for the Soup & Chili Cook-Off on February 26! Entries so far include:

Cheeseburger soup by Sally T.

Beef barley soup by Jim D.

Ham & bean soup by Carrie J. 

Chili by Christian L.

Sweet Potato Chili by Ted, Paul, & Mark I.

Chili by Pamela L. 

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 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! 

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! 

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! 

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. 

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









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 

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!