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Columbia County Humane Society
N7768 Industrial Road
Portage, WI 53901
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Columbia County
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Our dogs love to sleep on Kuranda dog beds, but we don't have enough for everyone. If you would like to donate a bed at a special wholesale price for another dog to sleep in comfort, please click here.

2014 Pet Insurance Reviews

Pet of the Week!

Charlie is a goofy boy! He is a hoot to watch play with a tennis ball! Charlie is a sweet dog who needs a new home. He gets along with other dogs and is ready to go to a home where he can learn new things. Charlie already knows how to sit and shake. Charlie can be shy at first but he really quickly shows you his class clown side! Please consider Charlie!Click here for more info...

Our Minivan Fundraiser is over!

Thanks to you and your generosity, CCHS has successfully raised enough money to purchase a new van which we so desperately needed after ours was totaled in a recent accident. We need a van to take animals to vet appointments, pick up strays, do transports, and run day-to-day errands in town. Thank you everyone who donated to this fundraiser! We greatly appreciate your support! Any amount received over what we need for the van will be placed in our general fund to help the animals.

Office Manager Wanted

CCHS has an immediate opening for a qualified Office Manager. This position is part-time, 20 hours per week. The ideal candidate will have a banking or accounting background and have knowledge and experience with computers and programs such as QuickBooks and Microsoft Word and Excel. This position will be responsible for all aspects of payroll and filing taxes. Must be pleasant and professional and have the ability to function in a high-stress environment. Good verbal communication skills on the phone and person-to-person are a must.

This position will be responsible for all CCHS accounts and managing office/shelter supplies. The ideal candidate must have good organizational and written communication skills and have a valid driver's license with a clean driving record. Must like working in a team environment and with the public. This position reports to the Executive Director/Assistant Executive Director and Board of Directors. Starting wage is $10 per hour. Must pass a drug test and background check.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to CCHS, Attn: Susan, N7768 Industrial Road, Portage, Wisconsin 53901, or email them to

Part-Time Caregiver Wanted

CCHS is seeking a part-time caregiver. We have one position open for Saturdays. The ideal candidate will be a people person who loves helping customers and working closely with coworkers. This position requires heavy lifting of over 40 pounds, working with animals of all temperaments, and working with chemicals.

Applicants must be able to work independently and as a team player. We are seeking a person with computer skills and a clean, valid driver's license. We usually start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays and leave when the last customer leaves. This can range from 3 to 3:30 p.m. depending on how busy we are. Starting pay is $7.50 per hour.

This is a fast-paced, fun job, and if you enjoy working with people and animals, this may be the part-time job for you! Please stop in to fill out an application at N7768 Industrial Road, Portage, Wisconsin.

Save Your Stuff For Fur-N-Fluff

CCHS is accepting donations for our annual garage sale which will be held June 19 and 20, 2015. We are seeking new or gently used items to be sold to benefit the animals at our shelter. Items can be dropped off at CCHS during regular business hours. No clothes or electronics please. Donations for our garage sale are greatly appreciated! Join us and help a good cause.

The results are finally in . . . for the 2014 CCHS Holiday Drive

CCHS would like to thank everyone who donated to our 2014 Holiday Drive. It was a huge success, raising $35,000!

Your donations were especially meaningful, considering today's difficult economic times. We do not receive any governmental or county funding, so we rely on contracts with municipalities for strays, adoption fees, and donations to survive.

All of the money you donated will go directly for the care of the animals at our shelter. All of us at CCHS, as well as all the animals, thank you for your generosity!!

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!

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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.

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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.

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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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