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Columbia County Humane Society
N7768 Industrial Road
Portage, WI 53901
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Columbia County
Humane Society

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Pet of the Week!

Myron is an example of one of the great mysteries of animal shelters -- why the best cats seem to be overlooked month after month. He is one of the nicest kittens we have and yet he has not been adopted. Myron was born on Christmas of last year, and although still a kitten, he has had the misfortune of coming to our shelter when there are so many kittens who are younger than him. Everybody wants the smallest kitten they can find. Myron is nine months old and wants to find that “forever home” that he hears the other cats talk about. Please take the time to check him out. He is very cute, playful, and sweet. We see no flaws in him. You are going to love him! His adoption fee has been partially sponsored and will be reduced to $20 with an approved application.Click here for more info...

Empty the Shelter Adoption Event

Come join us at CCHS on Saturday, October 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for our open house. There will be refreshments and a bake sale, and fees will be reduced!

Come find your new best friend, and help us empty the shelter. We have several animals to choose from!

Tell your friends or bring them with you, and help us find some forever homes for the animals. They will give you all their love for saving them. What more could a person ask for?

Check out this flyer for all the details.

Help CCHS Win $100,000!

All you have to do is go to to submit your story and nominate us! If we win, it would really help solve a lot of our money problems for the short term!

Please help us by submitting your story by October 31, 2015!

The Petco Foundation in partnership with Halo, Purely for Pets, announced its Holiday Wishes grant campaign, and we have the opportunity to receive $100,000 with your help!

If you adopted your pet from the Columbia County Humane Society, you can share your story and nominate us!

For more information and to submit your story and nomination, visit by October 31, 2015.

There's still time to submit your adoption story and nominate us for a chance to win a Holiday Wishes grant from the Petco Foundation.


As always, we thank you for supporting CCHS!

New Websites For Helping CCHS

CCHS is now "live" for both PayPal Giving and eBay GivingWorks!

CCHS is organized to ensure the protection, sheltering, and welfare of all animals in and around Columbia County through a cooperative effort with our citizens. Through education, service, dedication, and love, CCHS believes that every animal's safety and well-being can be secured through shared responsibility and action in the community."

100% of your donation will reach the charity you support.

Gifts that do more good. Your donation will be processed and disbursed to your selected nonprofit by the PayPal Giving Fund, an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Federal Tax ID 45-0931286). You will receive a tax receipt for your gift and thanks to PayPal's support, 100% of your donation will reach the nonprofit of your choice.

Cat Care Attendant Needed

Are you looking to get directly involved with helping the animals at CCHS? If so, we currently have volunteer opportunities open that involve animal care.

A Cat Care Attendant assists CCHS staff in feeding, watering, and general cat care. The following times are open and in immediate need of volunteers:

Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Times are flexible, but cat care must be done by the time the shelter opens to the public.

You can have a direct role in helping the staff care for the cats at CCHS. How cool is that?

Please contact us for more information. Staff are available by phone at 608-742-3666 or by email at

E-Waste Brigade

Do you have old cell phones, laptops, or camcorders that need to be recycled?

CCHS can help you now that we are part of E-Waste Brigade.

Please check out this flyer for more information regarding the types of items we can accept.

Do you buy Fresh Step® litter?
Please help us!

It's simple. Buy Fresh Step® litter, join the Fresh Step® Paw Points® program, and then donate your points to our shelter by visiting our Paw Points® page. The more points we earn, the more free litter we get.

Get started by clicking here. CCHS and all the cats
appreciate all your help! We can't do it without you!

Do you shop at

When you visit the link below before clicking over to Amazon, our organization will earn a portion of every purchase made! How simple is that! Please support CCHS and shop at using the link.

Click here to start shopping!

Supplies Needed ASAP!

Looking to donate items to CCHS? A few items we really need:
Laundry detergent (high-efficiency for front-loading machines),
garbage bags, dish soap, bleach,
and clay cat litter (non-scoopable).
Click here for complete list of needed items.

The Watchdog

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The Watchdog!

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Support our Business Sponsors!

Renew or Start your CCHS Membership!

Click here for more information on membership.

CCHS is striving to be proactive in its attempt to place homeless cats in forever homes. We constantly find ourselves full to the maximum with cats. So the Executive Director Susan and the Board of Directors met and talked about solutions to try to fix our problem with the over-abundance of homeless cats in our shelter. We have found that having the NO FEE cat adoptathons have significantly reduced our cat numbers at CCHS and we have been able to place our cats in record time. We realized that we needed a long-term solution to the problem we face here.

CCHS has decided to permanently lower our cat adoptions fees to the lowest amount possible. We realize that the fee we are getting will not come close to covering the expenses of getting the cats ready for adoption, but we are hoping our donations and having small fundraisers for that purpose will offset the amount needed to ready them for adoption.

Here are the new permanent CCHS cat adoption fees:

Young adult cats 6 months to 1 year: $40 (old fee: $50)
Cats over 1 year: $20 (old fee: $50)
Cats 6 years and older: NO FEE (old fee: $50)
Kitten fees will remain the same: $80

Our cats will always be spayed and neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and dewormed before adoption. That will not change even with the lower fees. We are hoping these new fees will keep a constant flow of adopters coming through our doors and make CCHS the hotspot for adoption!

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