Adoption Services

The Humane Society’s adoption services include extensive counseling to help ensure appropriate matches between companion animals and people.

The adoption fees include:

Cats & Kittens: Distemper combo vaccine w/ booster, spay/neuter, microchip with registration, dewormer (if necessary), and flea/ear mite treatment (if necessary). Kittens may require an additional $100 deposit that is refunded when the kitten is returned to the shelter for the spay/neuter surgery. It is required that adopted kitties leave in a cat carrier. If you do not have a carrier, LCHS will sell a cardboard (disposable) carrier for an additional $10.

Dogs & Puppies: Distemper combo vaccine w/ booster, kennel cough vaccine, spay/neuter, microchip with registration, dewormer (if necessary), and flea/ear mite treatment (if necessary). Puppies may require an additional $100 deposit that is refunded when the puppy is returned to the shelter for the spay/neuter surgery. All dogs and puppies also received a Certified Vet Exam (CVI) which is performed by a licensed veterinarian and includes a basic physical exam.

Adoption Fees (Sales Tax Included)

  • Cats: $52.75

  • Kittens Under 6 Months Old: $105.50

  • Puppies/Small Breeds: $316.50

  • Adult Dogs: $184.62

  • Senior Dogs (8+ Years Old): $84.40

  • Senior Cats: $26.38

The Fix Is In – Low Cost Spay/Neuter Services

One of the main goals of the Lincoln County Humane Society is to reduce the pet overpopulation crisis.  Some Wisconsin low cost spay & Neuter programs are:

FixaPet (Neillsville)

Purple Cat Vet (NW WI)

Waupaca County HS (Waupaca)

Sauk County HS (Baraboo)

Wisconsin Community Veterinary Center (Madison)

Precision Vet (Madison)

Wisconsin HS (West Allis)

Fox Valley HS (Appleton)

Madison Cat Project (Madison)

Cats Anonymous (Green Bay)

All of the low cost Spay & Neuter Programs do offer spay and neuter services for the public. LCHS does not assist with appointments or services through any of the above programs. You must contact them directly to make arrangements for your pet.


At its most basic level, humane education is about learning to care for the animals in our homes and communities. It is about fostering kindness, respect and empathy for both human and nonhuman living things, and looking after the environment and its diverse habitats. Humane education has a philosophical component that strives to establish a sense of responsibility and make the world a better, more humane place.

Through radio, newspaper and television exposure, school programs, shelter tours and educational booths, the Humane Society is striving to make more people aware of the needs of animals and to educate the public about responsible animal care.

You can now get engraved ID tags for your pets at LCHS!

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer engraved ID Tags to the public! They can be made right on the spot and they are $3 +tax! We also offer a free basic ID tag with every adoption! Stop in anytime during our open hours; the process takes about 10 minutes.

Dog License Sales

LCHS is not selling dog licenses. License can be renewed through your municipality’s Town Treasurer. Make sure to include a copy of the rabies certificate with the payment. Mail the payment and rabies certificate to your municipality’s Town Treasurer. Dog licenses must be renewed annually. See list below for who to contact.

Municipality Contact Info:
Town of Birch: Marlene Fox 715-218-0391
Town of Bradley: Phyllis Evans 715-453-3326
Town of Corning: Katie Giese 715-351-0918
Town of Harding: Carrie Hintz 715-536-8901
Town of Harrison: Matt Boyle 715-551-6016
Town of King: Julie Allen 715-453-8578
Town of Merrill: Kay Tautges 715-536-4383
Town of Pine River: Donna Opper 715-432-7421
Town of Rock Falls: Cindy Frisch 715-536-3947
Town of Russell: Susan Fisher 715-351-0028
Town of Schley: Susan Podeweltz 715-536-3756
Town of Scott: Ann Krueger 715-539-8355
Town of Skanawan: Jean Zoellner 715-966-6419
Town of Somo: Jody Isaacson 715-564-3239
Town of Tomahawk: Luann Jahn 715-453-6928
Town of Wilson: Laurie Peterson 715-453-8465
City of Tomahawk: City Treasurer: 715-453-4040
City of Merrill: City Treasurer: 715-536-5594

Quarantine Services

LCHS will provide quarantine services for animals that are under a police ordered quarantine after a bite incident.

Quarantine fee is $200. LCHS will not provide the 3 required veterinary exams. The transportion, expense, and scheduling of these appointments will be considered the responsibility of the animal’s owner. It will also be the responsibility of the owner to ensure the police and/or health department receive the appropriate paperwork from the veterinary office after the third exam.

Animals may be surrendered after the bite quarantine is over for additional fees but will not be considered adoptable due to the bite history. Owners wishing to surrender their animal after quarantine will need to schedule this with LCHS staff in advance.

Local Wildlife Rehabilitation Facilities

Home to Home Program

Do you have a pet you can no longer care for but would love to find a new owner on your own? If so, reach out to LCHS about our Home to Home Program. “Home to Home” is an adoption option that allows owners to keep their pets while finding a new, loving home. Home to Home allows an animal to remain in its current home, reducing the population of animals at the shelter, while the owner is still able to search for a new family for the pet. This is a great option to prevent undue stress on the animal and build a relationship between the current and potential owners.

LCHS will help promote the available animal on our facebook page. We will show pictures and list the contact information for the current owner. Then, an interested party can reach out and connect with the current owner to see if the new family will be a good fit for the animal.


  1. the current owner must be a Lincoln County resident
  2. the animal must be spayed or neutered
  3. the animal must be current on its rabies vaccine
  4. the animal must not have any aggression issues or any bite incidents
  5. the current owner must accept full liability and sign a waiver to release LCHS of any liability
  6. the current owner is responsible for requesting additional postings and an update that the animal has found a home
  7. there is no “adoption” or “rehoming” fee
  8. verification must be provided to LCHS for #1-3


  1. verifying the age and information on a photo ID for the interested party
  2. meeting at a neutral location
  3. review tips for introducing two new dogs -
  4.  review tips for introducing a new cat to resident cat(s) –
  5. search the potential new owner’s history using –
  6. establish a written agreement between the current owner and the new owner regarding the animal – consider multiple factors, including what happens if the new home doesn’t work out, if updates will be provided and how often, etc.
  7. strive for open communication – being completely upfront about an animal’s history or the home environment will ensure the best situation for the animal

If you are interested in our Home to Home Program, please email You must also complete a release form, provide proof of address, a spay/neuter certificate, and vaccination certificate. Approval may take up to a week to process.

LCHS frequently receives calls regarding injured birds or wildlife. Although we are eager to help where we can, our facility does not have the permits or the skills to care for these creatures. If you find an orphaned, injured, or abandoned animal that appears to be in need, please stop and contact a wildlife rehabilition facility before intervening. Trained staff at these organizations can advise whether an animal is truly in need and what the next step will be.

For wild birds, please call the Raptor Education Group, Inc. based in Antigo, WI. Again, please contact the facility before handling or moving wild birds. The Raptor Education Group, Inc can be reached at 715-623-4015.

For wildlife, please call Wild Instincts based in Rhinelander, WI. It is recommended to contact the facility before handling or removing wildlife. Wild Instincts can be reached at 715-362-9453. Wild Instincts is available by phone 24 hours a day.

For wildlife, you can also call Northwoods Wildlife Center in Minocqua, WI. It is recommended to contact the facility before handling or removing wildlife. Northwoods Wildlife Center can be reached at 715-356-7400. You can also you use this link for advice on common wildlife situations:

Many organizations try to assist with transporting animals to the appropriate wildlife facility. First, contact the wildlife rehabilitation centers. If you are unable to transport the animal, you can try contacting LCHS to see if there is a volunteer available to assist (we cannot guarantee we will have someone able to help). You can also contact the local Sheriff’s Department at 715-536-6272 for assistance.

We recommend saving these contacts into your phone so you have easy access to the phone numbers in case of an emergency.