28 Dogs were rescued from a local
puppy mill on Monday, December 1st. We'll be sharing lots of information about the rescue and the dogs as soon as
we can get it all pulled together! In the mean time, we're getting inquiries on how to help. Thank you!!
We need everyone's assistance to help these poor little dogs. There are a couple ways to assist. We need help
caring the for dogs, as an additional 28 dogs require a lot more cleaning. If you're thinking of volunteering, please
email us right away. We desperately need financial assistance! All of the dogs will require dental work, grooming,
vaccinations, spaying/neutering, bloodtests, etc. The vet will be assessing the dogs today so then we'll have more
details on additional medical conditions. But any donations are most appreciated and will go directly to their care.
Our paypal button is located below. Supplies will also be needed, including bleach, pinesol, paper towels, dog food
(especially small bites) and canned dog food (pate only). Again, we'll provide more details as soon as we can.
Thank you for helping!
UPDATE! The 28 dogs are doing well at CCHS. Below
you can read a story about the puppy mill rescue written by a member of our Rescue Team. It really gives you a feel
for what the rescue was like. We've posted a lot of pictures from the day of the rescue so that you can see exactly
how the day went. Just click here to go to that page. We've also posted pictures of the dogs so that you can meet each one. You can see that page by clicking here. They have been assessed by the vet and the grooming has begun! We'll continue to post more pictures and updates
throughout the next days and weeks, so keep watching!
You know, it’s been a while since we’ve been called out to liberate dogs from a puppy mill. Remember
them? A few years ago it was in all the papers and online newsfeeds. People were shocked and horrified at the images and stories
of where many commercially available (pet store) puppies came from. It was a trending social issue and actually garnered considerable
interest from the general public. Enough interest in fact so that people from some States contacted their Representatives
and Senators, even wrote letters to the Editors of papers and got the issue into the policy-makers offices. Indeed, in Wisconsin,
as the movement to “do something about puppy mills” gathered momentum it became a bandwagon that few politicians
could ignore. Eventually a bill or two were formulated and the lengthy process of turning a bill into law was begun. As the
legislation wound its way through the various offices, listening sessions, innumerable meetings and the powerful voting bodies
of both houses it became apparent that Wisconsin was going to have a law on the books that would deal with puppy mills and
all of the ugliness they represented. In fact supporters of that legislation were ecstatic when the bill was passed unanimously
and signed by the Governor. Anyone who follows such things knows that a unanimous vote is a rare thing, then or now.
So with that
legislation the issue of puppy mills and their horrible conditions and practices slipped out of the public spotlight. People
were satisfied that all was well and those awful places would no longer be in business, so they moved on to the next hot button
political issues. Once again the public would become complacent under the false assumption that “it’s all been
taken care of”. The only problem was that, despite the best efforts of all involved, the business of puppy milling is
still alive and well, albeit regulated and reduced to some extent. There is no blame or shame here. Everyone involved gave
their best effort to come up with a solution. It just hasn’t been able to eliminate the business of puppy milling in
Wisconsin. Better yes, gone no.
So, in the past few days, we found ourselves once again on the way to what we call
a rescue, or a liberation, of dogs from a puppy mill. The name and location doesn’t matter. What does matter is that
you realize they are still out there. Still running their dirty, cruel businesses with no thought given to the well-being
of the very dogs that are making them the money.
As we loaded our crates, carriers, and all of the necessary handling
equipment into the three vehicles, a thousand thoughts raced through the minds of the five rescuers. What would we find upon
our arrival? What condition would the dogs be in? Would the owner be hostile? Would the dogs be so scared and unfamiliar with
human touch that they would bite? As we continued to load up the gear, including boots, gloves, filtered masks, catch-poles
and nets we tried to anticipate and prepare for whatever we might find at the site.
On the very cold, subzero
morning, at approximately 9:30 we pulled into the driveway and immediately scanned the collection of buildings trying to determine
which one contained the dogs. Usually, there is a deafening, desperate-sounding, collective barking coming from the building
that houses the dogs. Today there was none. That was cause for concern. As we approached the building that looked most likely
to be housing the dogs, a man appeared from the nearby house. We exchanged pleasantries, commented on the cold and then proceeded
on to a small building we had not considered as a possibility. After all, we were there to get up to 30 dogs and this building
was approximately 12 feet wide by 20 feet long. We should have known better based on past experiences.
We climbed up a ramp and
once inside the barking broke out. The frigid cold air outside had opened our nostrils wide and the old familiar smell of
puppy mill filth penetrated deeply. The dogs were housed in wooden boxes with cheap wire fronts. The floors were heavy wire
grates designed with large enough openings so that dog waste could drop through. We noticed that the piles of dog poop and
urine were collecting in pans under each pen. Some of those piles were 3” deep. The poor dogs had nowhere to escape
from that smell beneath them. It’s a wonder after years of living in those conditions, that a dog would ever become
housebroken, and yet, most do in time after being rescued.
The man was cordial throughout the process. He even reached into each pen,
retrieved a dog and handed one to each of the rescuers. As each rescuer held that first dog, the expressions on their faces
showed disgust at the urine-soaked, matted coats, the smell from infected gums and feces-matted feet, butts and tails. We
won’t go into any more details here. Suffice it to say many of the wounds, injuries and lack of medical care would make
you ill to see it or even read about it. We felt anger at the way the creatures we have dedicated our lives, time and
effort to helping, were being allowed to be treated in such a manner that they ended up like this. It truly is enough to make
you cry, but you can’t, because we are here today to save them, so that’s what we do, and one by one, the dogs
were being delivered into freedom. They knew it too. Despite what they had lived through, the years of horror and neglect,
their tails still wagged as we carried them out.
We knew they had a long road ahead of them. We would have to medically
assess their needs and treat the wounds. We will have to find a way to restore their damaged personalities and get them used
to normal life. We all vowed that this first day of December, would be the first day of their new lives. Lives where they
would know what it was to be a dog. Lives where they could learn what clean, warm, well-fed and most of all, loved meant.
Each of us knew that once again, although the battle will never end, good had triumphed this day and we had made a difference.
If this true
story has moved you in any way, please help us in caring for these poor dogs. Join with us in providing them with everything
they need to heal. It does not come cheap. They will need extensive medical care, large amounts of food, drugs, vaccinations,
blood-tests and grooming too. Please make a donation to help with their expenses.
Feel free to stop by and
visit them, sit with them, talk to them, hold them and let them know, it will be OK. Follow along with us and watch them as
they make progress on their journey to find their new loving homes. With your help, we can make it happen for them.
If you want
to read more about this or see photos of puppy mill conditions and some of the rescues we have been involved with, please
click on “Puppy Mills & Dog Auctions” in the menu on the left
Walk Your Dog to help CCHS!
WOOFTRAX is a great new opportunity
to help the animals at CCHS, and we're very excited to tell you about it! You can support CCHS simply by taking
a walk with your dog (although you don't have to have a dog to help!). You can easily install the iPhone or Android
app to your phone. Then every time you go for a walk, Wooftrax will donate to CCHS for each mile you walk. The
more people we have walking for CCHS, the more they'll be able to donate! It's a great way to help just by taking
download and install the free app to your smartphone. The link below will take you to the Wooftrax website. It will
go through a couple of set-up steps. The most important step is to specify that you are walking for CCHS. Go into
setup and press the "Change" button to change who you are walking for. Select Wisconsin and then the first
Clark County Humane Society listing you see, and save your changes. The app will automatically default to your location,
so it's very, very important to change it to CCHS. Otherwise we won't get credit! The app will validate
your account through your email. Clink on the link they send you and you're all set! You can even upload a
picture of your dog that you'll be walking with. Then when you start walking just press the "Start Walking
for..." button and the app will keep track of your walk. When you stop walking it will be credited to our account.
The more people that walk for CCHS, the higher donation we'll receive! It's such an easy way to help the animals.
all know that walking is good for your health, as well as that of your dog if you have one. As long as you're walking,
you might as well help CCHS! So don't just take your dog for a walk, take your Walk For a Dog!
CLAWS" Adoption Center
CCHS will hold it's next "Adopt a Friend" Adoption Fair at the Paws & Claws Adoption Center in the
Marshfield Mall on Saturday, December 6th, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. "Paws & Claws" Adoption Center
is located right next to Furniture & ApplianceMart. We'll have lots of cats and kittens available for you to
meet, including many stray cats from the City of Marshfield! You just might find a new best friend! Our special
adoption fees have been continued for cats, so all fees are waived on cats over 6 months of age. What a great deal!
We are very pleased to offer microchipping for your pet at the Paws & Claws Adoption Center.
The cost is just $15.00 for the microchip, tag, and lifetime registration. No appointment is needed! We'll
be happy to help anytime we're open on Saturday.
Fabulous pet-themed merchandise is also available at Paws & Claws. From lovely jewelry to beautiful
photo frames to awesome pet furniture, there's something for everybody. We'll also have lots of information
about everything that CCHS has to offer. Please stop by to visit with us and check out the Paws & Claws Adoption
|Paws & Claws Adoption Center in the Marshfield Mall
CCHS NAMES NEW SHELTER MANAGER
|Michelle Tesmer, CCHS Shelter Manager
Clark County Humane Society is very pleased to announce that Michelle Tesmer has been
named Shelter Manager at CCHS.
Michelle has been with CCHS since 2006, and
has become an invaluable asset to the Shelter. She began with CCHS as a volunteer coming to the Shelter
to walk dogs every week. Her love and dedication to the animals was quickly evident. Michelle
then joined the CCHS staff as Volunteer Coordinator and Cat Caregiver in June, 2010. Her duties and responsibilities
continued to expand and she became Assistant Shelter Manager in May, 2012.
Michelle was born
and raised in Abbotsford, graduating from Abbotsford High School. She then attended UW-Stevens Point where
she majored in Mass Communications and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. Michelle and her family
have adopted several pets from CCHS, and she has also shown an affection for reptiles, amphibians, rabbits, etc.
Michelle will continue
her current duties as Volunteer Coordinator while adding many additional responsibilities as she assumes her new role of Shelter
Manager. Staff and management at CCHS are excited that she’ll have some great new ideas for CCHS
and everyone looks forward to helping CCHS expand and grow.
As Michelle takes on her new position as Shelter
Manager, Chuck Wegner will also continue in his role as Executive Director of CCHS. Chuck had served as
Shelter Manager for 18 years, and is now able to focus more time on outreach to Shelter members and supporters, fundraising,
and spreading the word about CCHS to surrounding communities.
quote is by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, and states that “A life without a cause is a life without effect”.
Michelle has truly found her calling at CCHS and will be working hard to further her cause of helping animals in need.
Photo Contest Results!
|Best Buddies submitted by Sierra Ryan Wallick
|Best Cat "Zeva" submitted by Ruth Witt
|Best Other Pet "Angel" submitted by Andrea Ederer
|Best Dog "Belle" submitted by Donna Zygarlicke
Our 2014 Photo Contest brought more fabulous entries than ever before! We were delighted
to see so many great pictures, and our judges certainly had a challenging time choosing the winner in each category.
But they managed to select the winners which are shown above. Each winner will receive a $50.00 first prize. There
were many more photos that received an Honorable Mention, and they are shown on our Facebook page in the Photo Contest Album. We thank everyone who entered our contest and we congratulate our winners. We'll be announcing the categories
for next year's contest a little later, so keep watching!
Everyone at CCHS is very excited about our brand new Doggie Sleepover Program! This innovative
program allows our dogs a chance for a short getaway from the Shelter, and will help to provide more information
about the dog in a home environment. This information can then help us to place the dog in a perfect forever
home. You can read more about the program below and then submit your application to have your very own Doggie Sleepover!
CCHS is very pleased to release our Adoption Statistics for 2013. We saw even more animals be adopted
through CCHS in 2013, and we continue to be very proud of our work as a No-Kill Shelter. Please take a look at the charts
and especially take note of our Live Release Rate.
Did you know? CCHS has been a No-Kill Humane Society since 1997. Wow!! We're so
proud of the work we're doing and the lives we're saving, and we want to share the statistics with everyone.
Please click here to visit our page of Adoption Statistics where you can review seven years of statistics. CCHS is very proud of the
amazing difference we're making in so many lives!
** Our Kitty City Cam is back!! Thank you for
your patience while we worked to string new cable and replace the computer. We're happy to say that you can now
watch our cats and kittens in Kitty City once again! **
In our ongoing efforts to
keep you entertained, CCHS is now broadcasting all the activity live from Kitty City!
You can watch from the comfort of your own home or office, although
we don't condone watching on company time. :-) You'll be entertained by the antics of all
of the characters living in Kitty City.
We're so excited to
be able to share more of what Kitty City is all about. It's a one of a kind place, and the cats and
kittens just love it. Many people never have the chance to visit CCHS.
Now you can see it all right here! Just click on the picture above and it will take you to the live feed.
FIND YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND AT CCHS!
Clark County Humane Society is overflowing with wonderful cats (and dogs too!) in need of new homes! To help bring more
attention to these great pets, adoption fees are being waived on cats over 6 months old. The same adoption process and
procedures apply. You can check out all of our adoptable dogs and cats right here, and then submit your application online. Kittens are excluded from this special event. All adult cats will
be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, blood-tested, microchipped, dewormed, and treated for fleas/ticks. It's a great
chance to find your new best friend! Don't miss it!
Clark County Humane Society is very proud to announce a new life-saving program! Clark County Humane
Society has a new initiative to create a healthier environment for Central Wisconsin's feral cats. Feral
cats are cats that are most likely never going to be house pets. They just don’t like to be handled
or to hang out with people. However, they are still fantastic cats in their own right, and need a chance
to live out their lives in an environment where they are comfortable and happy.
Central Wisconsin Feral
Friends is a new program sponsored by Clark County Humane Society to achieve exactly that! CCHS is seeking
locations (primarily rural property owners) that are willing to provide just three things for these feral cats:
SHELTER, FOOD and WATER.
CCHS will ensure that these cats are spayed/neutered, blood-tested,
vaccinated for Distemper, Rabies and Feline Leukemia, treated for fleas and dewormed.
There is no fee to adopt.
It is that simple to have a (free!) healthy barn cat, and to save a life in the process.
Please visit http://cwferalfriends.wordpress.com/ to learn more about the program and its benefits to everyone! Spread the word! If you can help, sign up
to shelter feral cats. If you'd like to participate by donating funds (not cats!), get in touch with the contacts below.
Together, we can make our world a healthier and happier place!
Central Wisconsin Feral
at Clark County Humane Society
W3926 State Hwy 73
Neillsville, WI 54456
Follow CCHS on Facebook,
Twitter & Pinterest!
on Facebook! Follow us by clicking on the Facebook logo above! Our Facebook Fan Page is now even more exciting,
as we've just added our adoptable pets. It's also where we feature our Happy Homes Photos, and there are lots
of updates posted from our adopters and fans too. Our Facebook fan page is at www.facebook.com/petshelter. Be sure to sign up as a fan and then check back often to see what's been happening at CCHS!
Did you happen to notice some other new buttons on the top of our webpage? CCHS is now on Twitter
and Pinterest! We're just getting started, so it's a great time to join in! You can follow us on Twitter
- our username is @CCHSpetshelter. We'll be tweeting about what's happening at CCHS and sharing pictures and
other fun stuff! We're also on Pinterest, with pinboards about CCHS, adoptable dogs, adoptable cats, and cute things
we had to share. Just click on any of the logos to check it all out and follow along with CCHS!
Do you know what the item to the right is? Do you know how to use it? Can you find your
way to CCHS? THEN WE NEED YOU!! Right now we have a great need for volunteers! This time of year is always
a challenge as we are short-handed due to vacations and summertime traveling. But our cats and dogs still
need to be cared for. We could especially use help with cats during weekdays and dogs on weekends. If you've
ever thought about helping out at CCHS, now is the time! Spending some time with the cats and dogs at CCHS really
makes you feel good about helping out, and we'd be delighted to add you to our team of special people. We'll
provide all the training you need. Our cats and dogs will provide all the appreciation and love you can imagine!
Please click here to go to our New Volunteer sign-up form. Fill in all of the information and submit it. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you shortly and we'll
get you started. It's a great way to help make a difference for so many animals. Don't wait! Sign
WANTED: Kuranda Beds!
|'Charity' shows how much she loves her Kuranda bed!
Our dogs love Kuranda beds! They are so comfortable, and they help our dogs to be healthier, happier,
and more relaxed. They also help to make our cleaning easier. We'd love for each of our dogs to have a Kuranda
bed, but we just don't have enough. Would you like to help our dogs? Kuranda has a wonderful program that
lets anybody donate a Kuranda bed to us. By clicking on their logo below, you'll be taken to their website where
you can order a Kuranda bed through their special Shelter program. Prices are discounted by 28%, and they'll ship
the bed directly to us. It's a wonderful way to help our dogs enjoy their stay at our Shelter. Our dogs say
STRAY DOG INITIATIVE AT CCHS
Many dogs come in to CCHS as strays, having wandered off and lost their way home. Unfortunately,
only a few are returned back to their owners each month. At CCHS, we really want to have more happy reunions!
To that end, we are working with some new ideas to help owners find their lost pets!
have started posting pictures of any lost pets that come to CCHS on our Facebook page. You can just click here to go to www.facebook.com/petshelter to see pictures of the most recent strays. We will be posting these pictures within 24 hours of the dogs' arrival
at CCHS. There is also a photo album of all the stray dogs that have come to CCHS since April, 2011. That can be seen
by clicking here.
We are also working with WCCN/Central Wisconsin Broadcasting to share information
about lost pets. They air "Pet Patrol" each weekday at 11:30 a.m. on station 1370 AM with information about
lost pets. They are also showing the photos of the stray dogs on their website and have added a link back to us on their
site. We truly appreciate their help!
Please contact CCHS right away if you've
lost a pet. Even if it hasn't come to CCHS yet, having your information on file will enable us to get your pet back
to you more quickly if it should come to the Shelter. You may call the Shelter, email us, or post information on our
Facebook page. We hope to return many more lost pets back to their owners!
Or Cheaper by the Dozen....
Anyway you put it, we all know that two kitties are better than one! CCHS is happy to announce the return of our "2
for 1" Cat Sale! If you are looking to adopt two cats or kittens, the adoption fee is waived on the second cat.
Plus, if not already altered, you'll be able to have the second cat spayed or neutered through our Fixapet program at
no cost to you. It's an amazing deal! The two cats or kittens are required to live in the same home, and the
reduced adoption fees are non-refundable. Please stop in at CCHS to meet all of our cats and kittens. There's
never been a better time to add some new furry friends to your life!!
Charitable Money Market Account
Forward Financial Bank offers an opportunity to give back to your community through
a Charitable Money Market Account (CMMA).
You can open a CMMA
at Forward Financial Bank and specify CCHS as your charitable organization. At the end of the year, the bank will donate
.25 percent of your average balance to us. This donation comes from Forward Financial Bank, so it doesn't come out
of your pocket at all. This money will go directly to helping animals in need right here at CCHS.
We thank those Forward Financial Bank customers who have already selected
CCHS as their preferred charity of their CMMA. And we certainly thank Forward Financial Bank for offering this wonderful
program. We hope others will consider using this program to support CCHS.
FixaPet Program for Cats and
We are pleased to announce that our FixaPet program is now available for
cats and dogs. This low-cost spay/neuter program is available to anyone with a cat or dog that needs to be spayed or
Cat Neuter $50.00
Cat Spay $50.00
Dog Spay $80.00
This program is available to anyone from anywhere. There are
Click here for more details about our low-cost spay/neuter program!
Please contact a FixaPet Coordinator at the Shelter to make an appointment for your pet! Just call CCHS
at 715-743-4550 during our open hours of 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
We'll be glad to help your pet!
We really enjoy some of the pet commercials we watch on TV, and we'd like to share two of them with you!
Pedigree has a wonderful ad about their Shelter program which features many actual Shelter dogs. We commend them for
supporting the work of Shelters everywhere. And in case you were wondering, all of the dogs shown in the ad have been
adopted to new homes! PetSmart has a wonderful ad featuring "BoBo", one of our favorite toys. You can't help but
smile watching that one!
To view the ads, you must have Realplayer installed on your computer.
Then just click on the picture below, and enjoy!
|Pedigree Shelter Ad
|PetSmart "BoBo" Ad
ASPCA Ad featuring Sarah McLachlan
We absolutely love this ad. It is very powerful and almost brings us to tears each time we view it. The pets in the ad
are real and so are their injuries. We want you all to know that the ad is produced by the ASPCA (the organization that brings
us Animal Cops). We feel that they are a wonderful organization, worthy of your support. But, we also want you to know that
the Clark County Humane Society deals with the very same sad cases. We have also experienced the tragic things that can happen
Our canine and feline residents here at the Shelter often include those with amputations, eyes missing, broken legs and
spirits, etc. Some of the injuries are from accidents and others are caused by uncaring "humans". Whatever the cause, it's
not the animals fault and we have always done our very best to help them in any way we can.
We ask that when you view this ad, you look at the animals eyes, think about the pain they must have been in to endure
the injury and afflictions they have. Then think about how right here at the Clark County Humane Society you can help. Help
us to care for those who need us most, the ones with no home, no family, no one to help them. That's what we do here. We take
sad stories with likely tragic endings and turn them into happy futures with new loving families.
Come over to tour our Shelter during open hours and we'll be glad to show you the work being done here. You may be
so moved that you wish to join the team of kind and caring volunteers. So, please, by all means, send a contribution
to the ASPCA, but also remember the Clark County Humane Society right here in central Wisconsin too.
Please remember to use your Kwik Card at any Kwik Trip location to make purchases, especially your gasoline.
You'll earn a Kwik Card rebate of 3 cents per gallon of gas and 3% of your in-store purchases.You can then request
that your rebate be donated to our organization. In addition, Kwik Trip will donate another 1% of your in-store credit
purchases. You can designate your rebate to go to CCHS by calling 1-800-305-6666 if you currently have a Kwik Card.
Our Organization Number is 150283. If you do not have a Kwik Card yet, please go to www.kwiktrip.com to apply for one.This is an excellent way to help us raise money
for the pets here and it doesn't cost you a penny. Thank you for your help!!!!!
Do you spend time on the Web searching for information? Now you can help CCHS while you're doing it! We've
partnered with "GoodSearch" as a great new fundraiser to support our work with the animals!
This is a new and easy way to raise money for CCHS just by searching the Internet with GoodSearch.com. It's
simple. You use GoodSearch.com like any other search engine — the site is powered by Yahoo! — but each time you
do, money is generated for CCHS. Each search will raise $0.01 for our cause. That may not seem like much, but
if we have 100 supporters searching the web two times a day using GoodSearch, it will raise $730 for CCHS. And that's
a lot of money to us!!
Last year, search engines generated close to $6 billion in revenue from advertisers. With GoodSearch part of this advertising
revenue will now be directed to our work. We hope that not only will you use GoodSearch as your main search engine from
here on out, but will also pass this message on to your friends and family. The more people who use this, the more money will
go to help us.
Just click on the GoodSearch link above or below, and give it a try! You can even add it to your toolbar as your
preferred Search Engine. Instructions can be found on the GoodSearch website. Be sure to specify Clark County
Humane Society as your charity of choice. We think this is a great new way to raise money to help our cats and dogs.
Please try it out, and let us know what you think!!
The Clark County Humane Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and adoption of cats and dogs. A wonderful
group of over 550 members, our goal is to assist the lost, surrendered, unwanted, and unloved cats and dogs of the area. We
care for them as if they were our own beloved pets while we search for their rightful owners, or try to find them a suitable
new home. All of our volunteers are so very proud that we are one of the few no-kill shelters in the state!
is located 7.5 miles southeast of Neillsville, WI, on Highway 73.
Our address is W3926 State Hwy 73, Neillsville, WI 54456. Our mailing address is PO Box 127, Neillsville,
CCHS welcomes you as a visitor to our facility anytime during open hours!
Open hours are 12-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
If you would like
to adopt a new member of your family, we always have a wonderful selection of friendly, healthy, clean, and well-cared for
pets just waiting to share your heart and home. Please stop by and see all of the wonderful animals available for adoption!!!