Raising a pet can be difficult. Most days it is as easy as eat, sleep, play, but there is more to think about when it comes to your companion animal. Your pet will depend on you for everything from nourishment and exercise, to medical attention safety. Be sure you are completely prepared for anything that arises by using the helpful resources below.
ECCHA Support Programs
Purina Pets for People Program
Studies show that owning a pet can help people live healthier, happier lives. As most pet owners will agree, a pet also can be a great cure for loneliness.
To encourage shelter animal adoption, Purina Pet Food began this program which pays the adoption fee for all senior citizens (age 60 or over).
If you are interested in utilizing this program, simply fill out our regular adoption application. When an Adoption Coordinator calls you to set up a time to complete the adoption, make sure to mention that you are over the age of 60.
Please note that if the animal is not spayed or neutered, you are required to pay the spay/neuter deposit. The deposit will be refunded after the procedure is complete.
Pet Transitional Living Program
Pets are an important part of the family in many households. However, if domestic violence is prevalent, the family pet may become a victim also.
An abuser may threaten, batter, or kill the family pet in order to maintain power and control over his/her victim(s). Many victims of domestic violence will not seek shelter for themselves, especially if there is no safe place for their animal companions to go.
The Pet Transitional Living Program was created to provide temporary shelter for all members of the family in danger.
We All Love Our Pets (WALOP)
To provide pet food and supplies to senior citizens who are part of the Meals on Wheels program, the We All Love Our Pets program was established by a ECCHA volunteer In 2006. Without the financial means or ability to leave their homes on a regular basis for pet supplies, these individuals consider their pets to be family members – sometimes the only family they have.
WALOP currently serves about 25 human recipients with 21 cats, 9 dogs, 2 birds, and a few fish. A WALOP volunteer contacts each member for a list of necessary supplies. They are then delivered the first Saturday of each month.
This program is made possible by a grant from the Petco Foundation, The Ahimsa Foundation, and individual donations from local community members. If you would like to donate towards this program, send your donations to:
Attn: WALOP Program
Eau Claire County Humane Association
3900 Old Town Hall Rd.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
For more information on the WALOP Program or to find out if you are an eligible recipient, contact our Executive Director at 715-839-4747 ext. 25 or email at
Neighboring Animal Shelters
If you do not find the pet you are looking for at our animal shelter, we encourage you to check out listings at other local animal shelters and rescue organizations. Purchasing a pet from a breeder or newspaper advertisement can just add to the pet overpopulation problem in our community. Always consider giving a homeless animal a chance first!
View neighboring animal shelters.
Licensing Your Pet in Eau Claire County
Please note that to obtain a pet license for ANY municipality, you must provide proof of a current rabies vaccination for that pet, including: name of vet clinic that administered the vaccine, date it was administered, date it expires, and rabies tag number.
For other questions regarding pet licensing in Eau Claire County, you can call the Eau Claire County Humane Association at (715) 839-4747.
View where you can license your pet.