our commitment to helping animals.
Animals truly need the voices of their human advocates. All too often, when the interests of man and animal are in conflict, man prevails. Animal welfare is a social matter, of which, people need to learn to be passionate. The Eau Claire County Humane Association is dedicated to educating the public about the need for humane treatment of all animals and responsible pet ownership.
Our Mission Statement
At the Eau Claire County Humane Association we are dedicated to making this world a better place for animals to live. We strive to help homeless animals find their new, forever loving homes. We do our very best to assist every pet that comes through our doors.
Animal education is another large aspect of our mission. By teaching our community about responsible pet ownership and assisting them with the needs of their pets, we hope to decrease the number of homeless animals in our community.
The mission of the Eau Claire County Humane Association is to be a voice for all animals by providing education, resources, and support for the community, compassionate care for homeless animals until they can be placed in forever homes, and coordination with other organizations to promote animal welfare.
Community Involvement to Create Better Lives for Animals
We wish to contribute to a better life for animals and to inspire awareness of and compassion for all living beings. We aspire to provide a safe haven, loving attention, nutritious food, meticulous health care, and daily exercise to each and every animal in our care, and to do our best to secure for each of the animals permanent, loving, responsible homes. We shall carefully attempt to match companion animals with caregivers to attain a quality and nurturing lifestyle for both pet and owner.
Much of our time and energy goes toward ending the specific problem of pet overpopulation. We will be active in our community educating the children in our schools, bringing the community together with fundraisers and pet-friendly events and ensuring that each pet owner has all the resources and information necessary to care for their pet.
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You Can Help Save Lives
We must rely on donations from our friends and supporters who share our belief that every animal deserves the opportunity to be adopted into a loving home. Because it is difficult to run a shelter based solely on donations, our success depends on you. You CAN make a difference. Your generous support of the Humane Association will help us to feed and care for our local pets until they are adopted into a loving home.
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At the Eau Claire County Humane Association we have an open admission philosophy — we accept every animal regardless of health, age, breed, or temperament. We feel open admission is essential to providing shelter and care to the thousands of animals who otherwise have no safe refuge.
ECCHA is committed to reducing euthanasia. We believe every animal deserves an opportunity. Our goal is to serve animals throughout their lives, and our programs focus on ending homelessness and addressing the needs of animals. We strive to do the greatest good, given limited resources, to help the greatest number of animals. In balancing the welfare of the animals with our responsibility to the public, we recognize not all animals are suitable for adoption.
When the difficult decision is made to end an animal’s life, we believe compassionate euthanasia by injection is the most humane and dignified method. This difficult decision is made ONLY when all other options have been exhausted, including working with other shelters, raising funds to provide for medical care, and utilizing our network of foster homes.
Working with all groups, we’ve set our sights on a future where every animal is given a life-long home.
Our Board and staff are committed to the open admission philosophy, responsibly using our resources to help animals, and finding alternatives to euthanasia.
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Position Statement on Declawing Cats
The Eau Claire County Humane Association is strongly opposed to declawing cats for the convenience of their owners or to prevent damage to household property. The only circumstances in which the procedure should be considered are those in which all behavioral and environmental alternatives have been fully explored, have proven to be ineffective, and the cat is at risk of euthanasia. Cats' claws play a vital part of in their ability to defend themselves. They use them to capture prey and to settle disputes with or escape from other animals or people who are hurting or threatening them. Furthermore, as part of their daily rituals, cats instinctually pull the claws on their front paws through surfaces that offer resistance. They do this to mark their territory, exercise muscles normally used in hunting, relieve stress and remove worn sheaths from their nails.
Declawing of cats, or onychectomy, is the amputation of the last digital bone, including the nail bed and claw, on each front toe. If the surgery is performed correctly and the entire nail bed is removed, the claw cannot regrow. The surgery involves the risk of anesthesia, excessive bleeding and postoperative complications, including infection, and is accompanied by pain that may last from several days to much longer unless appropriate pain control is provided.
A variety of alternatives exist to manage natural scratching behavior and to prevent injury from cat scratches. These include having a cat's nails trimmed regularly in order to blunt the tips, providing scratching pads, posts and other appealing structures for the cat to use and using behavior modification techniques to induce the cat to use them, using deterrents such as double-sided tape (e.g., Sticky Paws ®) to protect furnishings, and covering the claws with soft temporary pads (e.g., Soft Claws ®). Owners should also be familiar with cat behavior and proper handling techniques to avoid being scratched. Because declawing has not been proven an effective method for improving other behavioral issues, including aggression towards people or other cats, it should never be used as a behavioral remedy or as a preventative measure. Behavior concerns should be discussed with trained behavioral experts, who can recommend techniques that are effective in managing feline behavior issues. Therefore, we believe that is the responsibility of animal welfare advocates to inform individuals of alternative, nonsurgical methods to address destructive clawing, including referral to a veterinarian or animal behaviorist.