About Columbia County Humane Society
About Our Shelter...
Columbia County Humane Society (CCHS) is a private, non-profit organization that depends primarily on donated funds. CCHS is independent. It is neither controlled nor governed by any local, state or national animal welfare organization.
The Columbia County Humane Society was incorporated in 1925 in response to growing community need to care for unwanted and abandoned animals. It was recognized as a charitable tax-exempt corporation in 1975. In 1978, the first shelter was constructed. Twenty years later, a new shelter was built at Highway 16 West and Industrial Road.
Each year, the Humane Society provides care and shelter to approximately 1200 animals. A number of these animals are strays brought in by local officials or animals abandoned at the shelter by their owners.
Over the years, we have saved the lives of countless animals through immediate care and treatment, and ultimately adoption. Because of the Society, otherwise unwanted animals have found happy, loving homes. The new shelter opened in 1998 to accommodate the increasing number of animals needing care and to provide increased services to the community, allowing the Society to continue its humanitarian work well into the 21st century.
The Columbia County Humane Society (CCHS) takes pride in the fact we do not euthanize an animal at our shelter for space. We also do not euthanize animals if they are not adopted within a certain length of time. All animals at our shelter are given every chance at adoption possible. We understand not every dog and cat will be adopted quickly. Some circumstances surrounding an individual animal may make their stay longer. Older and special needs animals may stay months. Sometimes we can’t find a reason why an animal finds itself in our care for months. We believe they are just overlooked!
Unfortunately, CCHS cannot say we never euthanize an animal. The reality of it is, not every animal we care for can be adopted. The decision to euthanize an animal is not made lightly. Each animal is evaluated medically and they receive temperament evaluations.
Come Meet Our Pets...
SHELTER HOURS AND DIRECTIONS
(CCHS: Two miles west of Portage on Hwy. 16)
Address: N7768 Industrial Road Portage, WI 53901
Phone: 608-742-3666 Fax: 608-745-1256
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 12:00 pm - 5 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Sundays, Wednesdays and Holidays
We also hold monthly adoption fairs at Mounds Pet Food Warehouse in Sun Prairie WI.
Our Adoption Process...
Adoption Rates and Discounts
Normal adoption fees: (fees are guidelines and may be different. See animal description for the adoption fee)
Dog adoption fee includes: spaying/neutering, Micro-chipping, Heartworm testing and standard vaccinations.
• Adult Dogs (over 35 lbs) $150 + tax
• Adult Dogs (under 35 lbs) $175 and up + tax
• Puppies (under 7 mos) $225 and up + tax
Cat adoption fee includes: spaying/neutering, and standard vaccinations.
• Adult Cats over 6 years - No Fee
• Adult Cats 1 year to 6 years $10 + tax
• Young Adult Cats 6 months to 1 year $40 + tax
• Kittens (6 mos and under) $80 + tax
• Senior Cats & Dogs 25% discount
• Senior Citizens 25% discount
• CCHS Members 25% discount
Anyone wishing to adopt an animal must fill out an application and go through a screening process.
Applications are available either at the shelter or on-line.
[Print dog application] [Print cat application]
Every effort is made to match the family and animal who are right for each other.
Same-day adoptions are allowed on already altered dogs and cats. Dog owners should bring their dogs to meet the adoptable dogs. You should have veterinary references available for your current pets. You should also have landlord information available, a leash/collar for dogs and a cat carrier for cats. If you pick an animal that has not yet been altered, you will have to wait for the surgery to be performed before taking it home.
CCHS has the right to deny any application for any reason.