Who We Are and What We Do
The goals of the Northwoods Humane Society are to provide shelter and
new homes for abandoned and surrendered pets and to help prevent
unplanned litters of puppies and kittens by a very proactive spay/neuter
program. The NHS was authorized as a non-profit organization in 1987
and through dedication and perseverance, the dream of the present
day shelter became a reality in October of 1996. The NHS building
incorporates an upstairs apartment for a live-in caretaker, an office,
reception area, pet visitation room, dog and cat isolation rooms, 16 dog
runs, 30 cat runs, a 100’x 100’ outdoor fenced play area, 3 fenced and
covered outdoor exercise areas, multiple indoor and outdoor cat play
areas, a kitchen, laundry/grooming room and storage. Later, in
memorial to their daughter Mandy, Wally and Ann McIntire donated the
outdoor pavilion, which serves a multitude of purposes from picnics
and yard sales to dog obedience classes. Another addition was the
Morton building which is used for isolating new, at-risk arrivals as well
as additional storage. The NHS complex is situated on 87 lovely acres of
woods and fields with well-maintained and marked trails for the
enjoyment of the dogs and those who walk them. A sparkling white
climate controlled van transports the animals in safety and comfort.
The NHS does not euthanize animals unless there are terminal illness or
debilitating health issues, aggression or other behavior issues. The
dogs and cats are provided high quality food, top veterinary care and,
perhaps most importantly, loved and taught that people can be good.
The NHS is very active in educating and helping the public spay and
neuter their dogs and cats. All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered
before leaving the shelter, with local veterinarians supporting an early
spay/neuter program for puppies and kittens. There is the SNAP (Spay
Neuter Assistance Program) for low/fixed income families where the
cost is shared by the NHS, the veterinarian and the pet owner. During
the month of February, local veterinarians sponsor reduced price spays
and neuters. The NHS commits funds for free spays and neuters and
also helps provide transportation.
The NHS, through the Pat Geddeis Emergency Medical Memorial Fund,
is able to help defray the costs of emergency medical treatment for pets
of low income families. Unfortunately, the PGEMMF is limited and one
of the goals of the NHS is to increase this fund and its abilities to help
families care for their pets.
The NHS strives to educate the public through articles in the Sawyer
County Record, the LCO Times and newsletters. During the summer
there are free obedience classes hosted by Regina Petty to help with
behavior issues, a top reason pets are surrendered to shelters. Regina
also works with families in their homes to learn how to live with their
pets and modify unwanted behavior.
The NHS is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization and receives NO funds
from any local, state or federal government. The annual $140,000.00
working budget comes entirely from donations, fundraisers,
memberships, adoption fees, memorials and income from the Thrift
Shop. It is a large endeavor requiring much time, creativity, planning
and work to raise this amount every year in a small community, but the
NHS members feel it well worth the effort to offer such an inviting, safe
haven for surrendered and abandoned animals as well as help prevent
future unplanned litters.
As you look around our site, you will notice that we have included
stories about many animals we've had the privilege to know over the
years. There are so many stories that we can't begin to tell them all, but
we hope you enjoy the ones we've included.
Located 4 Miles East of Hayward on Hwy 77 at O’Brien Hill Road
Hours: Mon-Sat 11a.m.-3:00 p.m. Closed Sundays
State of WI Licensed & Inspected, License No. 267329-DS
|Dog Training classes will be held at
the new addition at the shelter.
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Northwoods Humane Society Holiday News
– Deanna Persson, President
Comedian Keenan Thompson did a skit as Mr. Serious about
the early arrival of the Christmas holiday decorations and
events – shouting "it is too early – Thanksgiving First!" Most
of us would agree with him, but in reality, planning and
preparing are a necessary evil.
The holiday season shows up with a bang. Santa arrives on
Main Street in Hayward on Friday, November 29, the always
beautiful Christmas Cantata will be performed several times
the following weekend, tickets for the Randy Sabien holiday
show at the Park Theater are on sale, Catherine Sebek’s
cookie exchange is scheduled, the Lure of Lights volunteers
are getting the lights in place, the schools are preparing for
their winter concerts.
The Northwoods Humane Society has its share of holiday
preparation and events. Thanksgiving weekend, the staff will
decorate the shelter, put up a Christmas tree for the cats and
hang stockings for the dogs. If you would like to bring a cat or
dog toy and wish them happy holidays, please stop by.
On December 7, Mulberry Street, located on Highway 63
North on the way to Cable, is hosting Holiday Shopping for
NHS. The shop is decorated with a beautiful holiday flair and
a percentage of all proceeds comes to NHS. Doug Parson and
Ryan Brothers always have a ‘special’ something to sell for
animal lovers and Sis Hale and friends are there with great
dog treats. Cable also has a holiday event this weekend.
Mrs. Baier and her fourth grade teaching partners and
students will again be making dog treats as part of their Core
Value Crunchers curriculum. Last year this team of bakers
raised over $700 for the Northwoods Humane Society.
Marketplace helps provide the supplies needed. The baking
will begin on December 5th, completing the project on Friday,
December 13th. If you have time to help on one of the days
for an hour, please give me a call at 715-634-4543. The
students are great to work with.
Marketplace has already begun their holiday support of the
Northwoods Humane Society and the Hayward Area Food
Shelf. They have bags packed for each organization that are
either filled with pet food and supplies for the shelter or food
products for families in need. The bags are $5 to $10 each.
They have done this for the Northwoods Humane Society in
the past and it really helps us. Marketplace also has the NHS
food basket there for dog food and supplies. Walgreen,
Northern Lakes Coop and Feed Mill and Wal Mart also have
food shelves for the Northwoods Humane Society animals. We
are always in need of canned food for cats and dogs, cat
litter, paper towels, large plastic garbage bags, bleach and
pet treats and toys.
An on going great fundraiser for the Northwoods Humane
Society are the selling of dog biscuits that are sold at the NHS
Thrift Shop. The following is the recipe that is used. You can
bake them, freeze them and bring them to the Thrift shop
and a volunteer will bag them up. We sell them for $3.00 a
bag. We need these biscuits all year long. Sis needs more to
sell at Mulberry Street on December 7th. Click here for dog
When you are confused about what to get someone for
Christmas, please consider the NHS No Shopping Gift Giving.
Just make a donation to NHS in honor of someone and we will
send them a holiday card sharing the news of your
thoughtfulness. Our newsletter will be out the end of
November and there is a form there – or you may pick up a
form at the shelter, send your donation and information to
NHS, P. O. Box 82, Hayward, WI or make the donation on-line,
giving us the name of the person being honored.
Thanksgiving isn’t here yet, but before you know it – it will
be gone and we will be in the midst of singing ‘Jingle Bells’
some where in the area.