ECCHA puts on several fundraising events throughout the year including our Fido and Friends 5K, The Cat's Meow Fundraising Gala, and Annual Santa Paws sale. Want to get involved? We need crafters, planners, runners, prize wranglers and everything in between! Email
to tell us your special skill and see how you can get involved.
The Education Committee was developed to increase awareness of animal welfare issues in addition to promoting ECCHA's mission and goals. The committee will meet as often as necessary to develop, implement, and monitor education programs. For more information, contact our Executive Director at 715-839-4747 ext. 25 or email at
News & Events:
what's happening at ECCHA.
Raising awareness about animal welfare and working to increase donation revenue are both key elements to keeping the shelter running. From pet expos to community outreach opportunities, ECCHA always has something exciting to involve you and your pet. We host new events almost monthly and are always reaching out to our community for support. So check back often to learn more about our current needs and upcoming events.
37th Annual Fido and Friends 2023
May 20, 2023
Join ECCHA for the 37th Annual Fido and Friends Fun Run/Walk! This event is both family AND dog friendly!
Come hang out with staff and volunteers bright and early as we raise money for homeless pets in Eau Claire. Vendors, activities, manicures & microchips, Fido's Fotobooth, and more!
CASH prizes for top fundraisers - plus everyone who raises $100 or more for ECCHA gets a sweatshirt! Learn more and register here.
Dine out for ECCHA
April 11, 2023
Four restaurants in Eau Claire are donating part of their proceeds to ECCHA!
Panda Express: 20% of all sales from 10:30 AM to 9 PM (customer needs to supply event flyer)
Panera: 20% of all sales between 4 PM to 8 PM (customer must mention event)
Milwaukee Burger: 10% of all sales from 3 PM to 6 PM
Chipotle: 33% of sales between 4 PM and 8 PM (customer must show flyer or mention fundraiser)
Click here to see WEAU's story and to download the graphics!
Prevent a Litter Month 2023
February 1, 2023
Its Prevent a Litter Month again at ECCHA! We have partnered with dozens of local vetrinarians to offer discounts on spay/neuter in an effort to fulfill our mission of decreasing the population of homeless pets. Check out our Facebook page from February 1-March 31 to see lots of posts and resources about the benefits of altering your animal. Download the ticket below for money off a spay/neuter!
Santa Paws Business List 2022
November 25, 2022
Purchase your Santa Paws at any of these participating businesses from Black Friday until Christmas Day! All proceeds help the homesless animal at ECCHA.
Santa Paws Kickoff & Adoption Event
November 18, 2022
Santa Paws is coming to town! Join us at the Brewing Projekt on Friday, November 18th to purchase the first available Santa paws of the year! Santa Paws are hand crafted year round by an amazing group of volunteers and are only available for purchase from Black Friday to Christmas Day! ALL money raised goes to the care of homeless animals at ECCHA.
The Cat's Meow Gala 2022
October 20, 2022
Exciting news! The 3rd Annual Cat's Meow Goes Country is here! That's right; this year's event will be themed around all things "Country", as we celebrate another great year at the shelter. The evening will feature cowboy karaoke and dancing, silent auction, raffles, wine and whiskey pull, heavy hor d'oeuvres, and more! Doors open at 5:30 and the event runs from 6-9 PM at the Wild Ridge Golf Course. Tickets are limited, buy yours now!
Western themed attire strongly encouraged!
All proceeds benefit the animals of the Eau Claire Humane Association
Click here to see the event page & register
36th Annual Fido & Friends 5K Run/Walk
May 14, 2022
It's time to register for our 36th Annual Fido & Friends 5K run/walk! This dog-friendly event will take place again at the Pine Pavilion in beautiful Carson Park, or sign up to participate virtually from anywhere!
Register as a team or individually and fundraise for ECCHA to win CASH prizes! The top 3 teams or individuals who raise the most will win.
Register now and get a head start on fundraising!
Prevent a Litter Month
February 1, 2022
It's prevent a litter month! Download a coupon for money off a spay/neuter service with our vet partners:
ANIMAL WELLNESS CENTER | ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF CHETEK | ARK ANIMAL HOSPITAL | AUGUSTA VETERINARY CLINIC | BRAKKEN VETERINARY CLINIC | COLFAX ANIMAL HOSPITAL | ANIMAL HOSPITAL NORTH | DR. REITER'S VETERINARY CLINIC | EAU CLAIRE ANIMAL HOSPITAL | KINDNESS ANIMAL HOSPITAL | LAKE WISSOTA ANIMAL HOSPITAL | ROCK FALLS VETERINARY CARE | OAKWOOD HILLS ANIMAL HOSPITAL | OSSEO VETERINARY CLINIC | CHIPPEWA VALLEY VETERINARY CLINIC | RIVERVIEW ANIMAL HOSPITAL | WESTGATE ANIMAL HOSPITAL | CHIPPEWA VETRINARY CLINIC| HOOF AND PAW CLINIC
Download your coupon here!
Santa Paws Kick Off & Adoption Event
November 6, 2021
Christmas is coming faster than you think! Join ECCHA at The Brewing Projekt on Saturday, November 6th to pick up the first available Santa Paws of 2021! While you're at it, chat with ECCHA staff and volunteers about adoption opportunities, volunteering or fostering. We will see you there!
November 5, 2021
Be part of our Santa Paws Fundraiser! Santa Paws are felt paw-shaped ornaments that are handcrafted every year by our talented committee. Each ornament can be purchased for $5-$100 and the money raised provides everything from food to medical procedures for the animals in our care. (And of course some toys & treats, too!). Stop in one of the 40 locations or click here to purchase yours online!
Event - 2021 Cat's Meow Gala - Maskerade
October 14, 2021
The Eau Claire County Humane Association is hosting their 2nd annual fall gala, The Cat's Meow. The Mardi Gras themed fundraiser will be held on Thursday, October 14th at Wild Ridge Golf Course. The evening will feature live jazz music and dancing, silent auction, raffles, wine and bourbon pull, heavy hor d'oeuvres, and more! Tickets are limited to only 200, buy yours now!
The Eau Claire County Humane Association board of directors and staff have made the decision to make this a masked event.
Mardi Gras themed attire highly encouraged!
Tickets are $75 per person
All proceeds benefit the animals of the Eau Claire Humane Association.
Click Here to Register
FREE Microchip Clinic & Thrift Sale
September 18, 2021
Join Eau Claire County Humane Association on Saturday, September 18 for a FREE Microchip clinic sponsored by Lost Dogs of Wisconsin!
The shelter will be offering items at discounted prices including cages, food/treats, toys and more!
No appointment necessary - everyone is served on a first come, first serve basis. ALL furry friends are welcome. Questions? Call the Shelter at 715-839-4747
ECCHA’s Current Wish List
May 20, 2021
Donations help our shelter run smoothly! We appreciate anything you are able to drop off. The things we need most this week are:
Kittens are coming! We need the following items so we can take care of these babies until they are old enough to be adopted! Please donate anything you can from this list by bringing the items to the shelter (donation bins right outside our front door for your convenience) or shipping directly to us. Thank you so much!
Kitten Dry Food
Reusable Bags (for baby bags!)
Thank you so much for your help!
Donations can be left in our donation bin outside the shelter door or delivered to us at:
3900 Old Town Hall Road
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Event - 2021 Fido & Friends Fun Run/Walk
May 14, 2021
We loved seeing everyone and their pups in Carson Park! Thank you for joining us for our first in-person event since 2019!
News - Update from the Director
December 4, 2020
The Eau Claire County Humane Association is pleased with the sentencing outcome in the trial against our former accountant Ms. Nicolle Wilson. We would like to thank Eau Claire County for investigating and prosecuting Ms. Wilson and holding her accountable for her actions against us, and others in our community. We would also like to thank our supporters for continuing to trust us throughout this time. Although we were fortunate to receive all the money back that Ms. Wilson took from us, the impact of what she did still lives on today. We are thankful that the court system helped bring to justice this case. As always, if you have any questions regarding this matter or any matter with the Humane Association, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!
Frequently Asked Questions
December 1, 2020
1. If you have lost a pet or found an animal, you can submit an online lost/found report on our homepage: https://www.eccha.org/
2. If you have a question about an adoptable pet, all adoptable animals are listed on our website under the "Adopt" tab and include information & biographies.
3. If you are in need of any items for your pet, our Community Pet Food Pantry is available Mondays and Fridays from 11:00am - 2:00pm. The actual pantry itself is locked, but please knock on our door and our staff will assist you with a pre-made bag of supplies depending on your pet's needs. More information can be found here: https://youtu.be/rqYvpPeXBFE
4. We are now able to bring back volunteers! Apply online: https://www.eccha.org/act/volunteer.phtml
5. We are always accepting foster applications: https://www.eccha.org/act/foster_a_pet.phtml
6. Curbside adoptions have been created to keep you and our staff safe. Please follow the guidelines provided to you by our adoption counselors for your adoption.
Thank you so much for your support and patience with our new procedures!
News - Curbside Adoption Process
December 1, 2020
Interested in adopting a new pet? Here's what to do:
1. View adoptable pets on our website!
Small animals: http://ow.ly/u9Bi50z5Jrl
2. Apply Online: http://ow.ly/gjRN50z5Jre
3. An Eccha adoption coordinator will follow up with you. Adoption forms can be completed before coming to the shelter and we ask that you wait in your car. For meet and greets, please come alone or with one other adult: no kiddos please. *We need to continue to limit social contact to be able to allow for safe adoptions.
*Please have patience: We are working with limited staff, coordinating with foster families who are bringing pets to the shelter, and spreading out appointments to ensure social distancing, sanitizing, and safety.
News - PSA Pets and Covid-19
April 30, 2020
News - COVID-19 Resources
April 16, 2020
ECCHA Press Releases:
Covid-19 and Pets:
Being informed and taking precautions is your best course of action. According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), "it is important that COVID-19 does not lead to inappropriate measures being taken against domestic or wild animals which might compromise their welfare and health or have a negative impact on biodiversity". Pet parents under no circumstances should be abandoning their pets because of COVID-19.
Veterinary officials worldwide agree that there is no evidence that dogs or cats can become ill from this strain or serve as a carrier of the infection.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is an enveloped virus, meaning that it is relatively easy to kill. Disinfecting surfaces with a bleach based cleaner or one with at least 60% alcohol will kill the virus. If you or another family member is exposed to COVID-19 or becomes sick, it is best to mechanically clean the house and then use a disinfecting product. The person who is sick or exposed should quarantine himself or herself to one room/area.
Pet parents should adopt good hygiene habits, such as washing their hands before and after handling pets, their food and supplies, and maintain a clean environment. Bathing your pets is a good idea using a shampoo specifically for pets. Please do not use any disinfectants or human based products on your pet.
The ECCHA will continue to be a temporary home for pets in need that have no other resource. If you have questions, concerns, or need assistance, please contact the shelter at email@example.com. We are all in this together.
ECCHA's Intake of Animals during Covid-19:
The health and safety of our pets and the community is ECCHA's top priority. Animal shelters are well versed in handling community challenges, disease control, and relying on community collaboration. ECCHA has put into place several protocols and resources to continue to support the community, provide compassionate care for homeless animals, and coordinate with other organizations to promote animal welfare.
At this time, ECCHA is recommending that municipalities only respond to high priority/emergency calls. These include injured or sick stray animals, cruelty and neglect complaints, bite complaints, and any animals deemed dangerous. We are asking the community to help find the owners to lost pets and leave healthy stray and community cats be during this crisis.
The ECCHA will continue to be a temporary home for pets in need that have no other resource and are in need of immediate care. By not suspending intakes into the shelter, we could quickly run out of space or not have enough staff to care for the animals, which could lead to an increase in euthanasia. We will be reducing intakes in order to keep staff and the community safe as well. We will not be taking in any non-emergency surrenders. We can offer alternatives to surrendering your pet as well as a courtesy post on our Facebook page. Please email ECCHA at firstname.lastname@example.org for alternatives to surrendering.
ECCHA can offer supplies to help keep pets with their families during this time. Supplies for cats, dogs, and some small animals are available for pick up Mondays and Fridays between 11am-2pm at ECCHA based on our donations.
News - More COVID-19 Resources
April 15, 2020
Paws and Tails Newsletter