New Management! New Name! New Hours! New Hopes and Dreams!

The Oneida County Humane Society (OCHS) has assumed responsibility for the operation, management and financing of services for stray and abandoned animals in Oneida County. The services will be run out of the former Rhinelander Animal Shelter building on North Stevens Street in Rhinelander. OCHS is working under a six-month management agreement with the City of Rhinelander, which currently owns the building. The agreement will be reviewed and renegotiated toward the end of 2012. The North Stevens Street facility will be known as the Oneida County Humane Society Adoption Center to emphasize that there are many wonderful animals available for adoption here. Most of the pets have come here only because their owners are no longer able to care for them. It is a great place to meet and adopt a loving new family member.

To better serve the public, the Adoption Center will be open from noon to 6 pm Mondays through Fridays, and from noon to 3 pm on Saturdays. The change gives staff adequate time for cleaning and maintenance of the kennels in the mornings, and it provides time for working families to meet available pets after school and work. OCHS hopes to expand its services to include education and low-cost vaccinations and micro-chipping. We will work closely with other animal welfare groups in our area, including the F.R.A.S. Pet Food Pantry and The Fix Is In, Inc (a low-cost spay and neuter organization), to help pets and their people live long and healthy lives together.