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Janeen L.
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Rating: 5

Great changes

posted 6 years ago

I adopted Hunter, my second Beagle, a year ago this month from the Humane Society of Barron County. At that time the shelter was in a shambles, it was dirty and over run with cats and dogs and not managed well overall. There were cat cages all over the front entry area and it smelled poorly. About two months ago I returned to the shelter to check out the changes I heard about and was amazed. I can not say "WOW" enough. All the cat cages in the front removed, the smell gone, the animals maintained better, new management and changes to their mission statement. For being the only shelter in the county, a new animal control officer they are handling everything very well. Great job to everyone at the shelter for their efforts in these changes. The shelter is also doing a great job at outreaching to the community for assistance and fundraising events. I am proud to say I am now a volunteer at the Humane Society of Barron County.

Pros: Great changes over the last year

Cons: needs more space

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Mattchanat
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Rating: 5

Great Experience All the Way Through!

posted 5 years ago

I found HSBC through petfinder.com. I fell in love with a photo of "Natasha" a border collie/husky mix who looked just like my late border collie/husky (also a "Tasha"). I communicated with the staff by email and they were always prompt and great to deal with . They had a lot of information about Natasha and I could tell they had all spent a good deal of time getting to know her and were able to answer my questions about her behavior and habits. Natasha was a bit of a special case because she is very smart, very sensitive, and very energetic (after all, she is a border collie/husky mix!) She had already been returned to HSBC once because she was too active for the person that adopted her (or too smart?) I could tell the staff was being very careful about who she would go to next--they wanted someone who would understand her needs. Luckily, I'd had 2 bc/husky mixes in the past (one for 12 yrs, one for 14--both shelter dogs), and currently had a bc/lab mix and a bc/aussie mix, so I knew what I was getting into.

I somehow convinced my sisters to make the 5 hour trek to Barron with me on a cold day in January. We arrived later than expected (got lost thanks to mapquest) but the staff stayed and waited for us. I spent a little bit of time with Tasha outside and all she wanted to do was climb into my lap (she was only about 35 lbs, so it was okay). Because of lack of space, Tasha was being kept in a large pet porter when not in one of the exercise runs. This wasn't ideal (and shows you why HSBC needs to win the contest!) but I could tell that the staff was doing everything they could to make sure the dogs were clean, comfortable, well-socialized and exercised. In fact, the whole place was remarkably neat and clean (though absolutely full of cats and dogs.) I have volunteered at various shelters and rehab centers and I know how hard it is to keep up with that many animals. They really did a fantastic job.
We were given a tour of the whole shelter and were very impressed. It was hard for us to leave without adopting more animals. One of my sisters and her husband are vets and my other sister a former groomer. Among our families we have 12 dogs, 14 cats, and 20 horses. Unfortunately we just didn't have any more room at the time!

Once everyone said goodbye to Tasha we were on our way back. She curled up on my lap in the back seat of the car and either slept or watched me the whole way home (not quite what I expected!) When I introduced her to the older dogs she was submissive so everything went smoothly. Mu husband adored her (she also tried to climb into his lap) and so did my son. She did chase the cats for awhile, but just for fun and soon learned not to. I stayed in touch with HSBC for a little while. They were kind enough to send me some prints of Tasha's website photos.

We've had Tasha for 2 years now. Everyone who sees her thinks she's just about the best looking dog they've ever seen. She is also quite a "talker" and keeps us laughing. She loves snow and to steal toys from the other dogs and taunt them into chasing her. I know I'm not supposed to play favorites, but she's probably the coolest dog I've ever had. Our old bc/aussie mix passed away last fall. It's getting to be about that time when I start figuring I have room for one more....When the time comes, I'll certainly keep an eye on the HSNC website!


Pros: Very caring staff, facility very clean and neat.

Cons: They need more space.

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Jimka
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Rating: 5

Phoenix and Ollie

posted 5 years ago

My 90 year old father had just lost his spouse, and needed a companion. On a visit to the Barron County Humane Society he met Phoenix. He wasn't convinced Phoenix the dog was just right.. but appreciated all the staff help to show him various dogs and answer all his questions. The next day he visited the Eau Claire Humane Society... BIG DIFFERENCE. Because of the large population, individual attention to visitors was much less apparent there... and the choice of pets smaller... So, his mind was made up! Back to Barron County Humane Society where the kind staff helped him with all the details.. He's delighted with his new companion, Phoenix. The staff was gracious enough to take a picture of my father with his new pet and send it to me (posted)

Pros: Very Helpful and knowledgeable ... met our every neeed

Cons: none apparent

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carol f.
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Rating: 5

An angel with a tail..Licorice aka Truman

posted 5 years ago

Licorice the Angel with the Tail My parents walked, worked, and lived side by side for 61 years. When my dad died at 94, my shy mother was living alone for the first time in her 83 years. I was desperate to bring her comfort and companionship. With her blessing, I went to our Barron County Humane Society to find her a cat. I chose carefully and looking back, I chose well. Licorice and my Mom bonded and fell in love within a few days. It became clear that the big black cat was trying to take care of her in his own way. He would nag her to get dressed in the morning. His basic care got her moving about her home. He gave me visual cues on how she was feeling. I had developed the habit of stopping by every evening to check on her. If Mom was feeling well, Licorice watched for me from the bedroom window. If she had a bad day, Licorice would be lying on the back of her chair with paws resting on her hair. A reaction to medication made her sleep too much and I stopped by early one morning to check on her welfare. Every twenty minutes, Licorice would leave my lap, go into the bedroom, and loudly demand that she wake up. Licorice has an extrovert “it is all about me” personality. His just being in the room made it easier for my quite mother to make conversation with caregivers who came most days.

In four short months, my mother was in the hospital for the last time. The Hospice workers wanted Licorice brought to say goodbye to my mother. He knew instinctively what to do. He crept up close to her ear, purred his little heart out, and was so careful not to touch anything but her hair. This professional lap setter seemed to know that other touching would cause her pain. After a time, Licorice left my mother’s side and came slowly over to the side of the bed. He carefully studied the bubbling oxygen and the shifted his gaze to mine. We locked eyes for a long time. At that moment, we were not a human and an animal, we were just two of God’s creatures who both knew without a doubt, that we were about to lose someone we loved.

My father in law and my mother passed away with 24 hours of each other. The next 2 weeks were a painful blur of the disposition of earthly remains and earthly possessions. I kept the recliner my mother had rested for the last months of her life. I was with Licorice when he saw the recliner for the first time since Mom had died. I was curious to see his reaction. He wailed in distress and then he did something that brought comfort to me. Still wailing, he leaped to the back of the recliner, but he did not look down to where his beloved master had always sat. Licorice looked heavenward, scanning back and forth. This angel with a tail must have some inside information and who am I to argue. Bless your heart Licorice……may you have a long and happy life.

{Licorice lives with us now and his name has been changed to Truman. Ruth would still know him know him….no matter what the name}

Pros: the right cat at the right time for the right person

Cons: none

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Rhonda T.
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Rating: 5

Kudos to the shelter

posted 5 years ago

As my children were growing up, this shelter was a favorite place to go. We would play with the kittens, walk the dogs, foster animals, bring in animals that we found, and help with the fundraisers. We adopted pets from this shelter. the shelter was great at making sure that anyone adopting was the proper placement. We went through a small interview to make sure we were a good match.
The shelter had a great program for volunteers where my daughter loved to put in the hours.
The fundraisers were very creative and we tried to be involved with many including going to "Jail".
Now my kids are grown and it seems I don't get there very much. It is a distance. but I try to support them as I can. I started bringing our Kinskid to visit. He loved it! The staff was great for letting us explore.
The shelter is also great for bringing in animals that we have been abandoned and we can't find homes for them. Sometimes I feel we have brought more animals in than adopted!!

I am glad to be part of this shelter and only wish that all communities could have a place like this to help the animals.

Keep up the good work!!

Pros: great people, variety of animals, easy to volunteer

Cons: too far away

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