Oshkosh Area Humane Society
A life saving shelter
The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is dedicated to informing the community about animal behavior, safety, pet responsibility, and bite prevention. Countless hours are spent on the phone with community citizens, answering their questions, as well as in classrooms, teaching over 2,500 children each year about these important issues. OAHS offers a variety of programs, based on the needs of the animals and the community, such as bite prevention programs for the Oshkosh Police Department and public cat behavior classes, but it is with the youth of our community that OAHS staff and volunteers devote their greatest time and efforts to reaching.
Education is the key to ending pet overpopulation and the problem of homeless, unwanted animals. The earlier children have an understanding of companion animals and their needs, the better chance these children will grow with an instilled respect and compassion toward all living things and our environment. Every year more than 1,500 children have the opportunity to learn how to meet the needs of companion animals, what it means to be a "responsible" pet owner, safety around animals and how to read animal body language. Showing children how to be caring and compassionate youngsters will encourage them to grow into responsible and respectful adults, building a more humane community for people and for their pets.
The Oshkosh Area Humane Society recommends school and/or service groups have an educational presentation before requesting a tour of the animal shelter. Children who first participate in an educational program will have a better appreciation and understanding of why there is a need for an animal shelter and what they can do to help homeless animals.