Join us for our inaugural Pet A Palooza! In addition to the excellent presentations below, we’ll have food, vendors, a Dog Kissing Booth, Doggie Tennis BIngo and much more!
Schedule of Events:
Vernon County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Program 10:30 am
Myk and handler Mark Bellacero will conduct a presentation highlighting the importance of K9 units to law enforcement, how Myk can be utilized to protect his handler or apprehend violent and non-compliant suspects, as well as how the program is financially supported.
Basic Dog Training Tips and Fundamentals 11:30 am
Driftless Dogs will conduct a dog owner’s session discussing the learning, communication and responding to basic obedience commands. Including: Command consistency, training timing, praise and reward, being realistic with training expectations. Stephanie will utilize a shelter dog to demonstrate teaching a couple basic commands.
New Dog Introduction 12:30
Lori Rockwell DVM will share in this session the importance of the new dog introduction. Whether the dog is being introduced to your family or your pack, learn the steps to ensure your newest family member is welcomed by everyone. Additional emphasis will be on creating interactions that allow shelter dogs to feel comfortable and safe to build life long compatible relationships. She will share tips for selecting your next dog, based on breed personality characteristics.
A Guide to Driftless Humane Society Beginning at 10:15A
Walking tour of the DHS facility while discussing: How does the shelter help the community? How to volunteer with the shelter? How to foster or adopt?
All About Your Cat 11:00 am and 1:30 pm
Hannah Peterson from Animal Tracks Veterinary will discuss cat interaction, behavior, and keeping them happy and healthy. Topics covered will include: How to manage health and safety for my indoor/outdoor cat? How can I exercise my cat? What are the best toys (exercise, mental stimulation, scratching)? What can I do to encourage better pet co-existence?
It’s the Holiday Season! Our animals are counting on you to fill their stockings with good things. Plan to attend our first annual Branches Winery Fundraiser - all proceeds go to the shelter.
Your tickets includes a card for 6 wine tastings, a glass of wine/beer, local cheeses, meats, fruits, desserts, music, silent auction and an overall wonderful evening out.
Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com, Citizen First Bank and Branches Winery.
Type in Driftless Humane Society to find the Branches Winery Fundraiser.
It’s a Fiesta! We have loads of kittens who are so absolutely cute and feisty and are ready for their fur-ever home. They will be in our Colony Room hanging from the rafters on Saturday, stop by and choose your new companion. All kittens are $50!
We’ll be trimming the tree, decorating and making snowflakes, enjoying hot chocolate and cookies from 10a to 2p.
Join the Howl-O-ween fun, and help raise funds for the Viroqua Bark Park all while walking your dog!
Through cooperative efforts, the Viroqua Bark Park has been extensively planned and designed for year-round dog exercise, socialization, and safety. An off-leash dog park where people and their dogs can enjoy playing and socializing in a park-like setting. While not yet opened, the key to develop the park is funding through donations and great events like this! Join us on October 27 in Eckhart Park to learn more about the Viroqua Bark Park.
All dogs and humans are encouraged to dress up in their Halloween costumes! A doggie costume contest will take place at Noon, with four size categories (Large, medium, small, and toy dogs) judges by three SURPRISE Judges!
Many people plan to join, although they don't have a dog, or their dogs can't participate. We welcome everyone to come learn more about the Viroqua Bark Park and join in the fun!
11 am - Noon : Registration at Eckhart Pavillion
Noon : Doggie Costume Contest at Eckhart Park
Dog Walk to follow Costume Judging
$15 Registration per dog, People walk for free
Viroqua Bark Park gift for each registered Dog
What’s better than a huge, multi-family rummage sale? Why, one that supports the Humane Society, that’s what! We are simply loaded with items for this fall’s sale …. lawn mower, power washer, bikes, kitchen utensils, pyrex dishes, clothes, outdoor chair cushions, fun and fancy dog and cat items, clothes, wine glasses, drinking glasses, coffee mugs, cds and dvds, electronics, clothes …. (yes we have LOTS of clothes).
We’ll be serving lunch too, hot dogs, chips and water (free will donation).
Save the date!
Business here is booming, and that's not always a good thing. Our dedicated staff is working hard to keep up with the cleaning, walking, grooming and everything else needed to care for these animals. Last week we received 12 animals from law enforcement due to a neglect/abuse situation. At this time we have over 40 cats, 15 kittens, 20 dogs and 5 birds.
Although we can always use money and donations, what we really need right now are foster families. Being a foster is a great way to enjoy a cat or dog without a long term commitment, and allows the animal to thrive in a home environment. It also gives us good insight into the animals needs and behaviors to place them in a good permanent home.
We will be having our first Foster Family Orientation on Tuesday, August 21 at 5:30p. You must be 18 years old or older to foster.
Scratching your head asking "what the heck is a Caturday?" It's a Saturday dedicated to the celebration of cats, of course. And it's going to be Saturday AND Sunday, so it can get a little confusing.
We will be open on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19 from 10a to 4p and are having a cat and kitten extravaganza. Cats 1 year and older will be $35, and those under 1 year will be $60. Kittens are cuter in pairs, so we can do two for $100. Or even buy two get one free! We'll consider all reasonable offers!