Houghton, MI M W F 4- 8p

906-487-9560 Sat 2p - 7p

Mark Your Calendar! The Bash is Back!

CCHS BASH – Saturday July 22  

12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Live Auction 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Come enjoy a free hot dog and beverage, and check out all the gift baskets that you could win for only a buck!  Plus there are thousands of dollars in live auction items to bid on. And don’t forget the prize wheel where every spin WINS!

Each year the annual summer BASH is the  biggest fundraiser for CCHS. Help us grow our fundraising capacity through your generous  tax-deductible donation and feel good about a valued partnership and support of a great  community resource.

Special thanks to everyone who helps make the CCHS BASH an amazing event.  Supporters, businesses, visitors and volunteers all come together to help the animals!  Thank you!


Alpha Dog – $1000 –



Animal Lover – $100

  • Aspirus
  • RC Mechanical
  • Superior Family Chiropractic

CCHS Partner – Up to $100

  • Advance Tec Auto Body
  • Northern Auto
  • Ace Hardware – Calumet


Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. – Ted Simonson
Homestead Graphics & Design
Auto Zone
O’Reilly Auto Parts
Auto Pro
Car Quest
Dairy Queen
Country Inn & Suites
Keweenaw Automotive
Mine Shaft
Adventure 4X4
Regis Salon
Sayen Auto
Taco Bell
Iron Mountain Motor Sports
Pizza Hut
By Nature
5th & Elm
Pizza Works
Apple Blosson Mech
Good Times Music
LB’s Chill & Grill
Soumi Restaurant
Surplus Outlet
Rhythm Bike & Board
Victoria’s Kitchen
Franklin Square Inn
Bonfire Sreakhouse Bar & Grl
Up & Running
Michigan Made
Down Wind Sports
 MT. Ripley
Cyberia Café
 Ed LeBonte
 Clyde Elmblad
Hancock Bike Shop
Kangas Café
Kaleva Café
La Cantina
Magic Kiln
Peterson Fish Market
Quincy Footware
Sounds & Motion
Properly Pampered
Studio Pizza
Ramada Inn
Cocoa Cola – Hancock Bottling
Bodies in Balance
Calumet Golf Club
Copper wrld/Cal Merch
Ed Gray
Garden View Asst Living
Mike’s Auto & Towing
Miners Café
Salon 1281
L & L Bar
Northside Auto
Burger King
Pat’s Foods
Michigan House
Red Carpet System (Call)
Hahn Copper
Charmed Gifts & Jewelery
Miller’s lanes
Able Property services
Penninsula Auto Repair
Paige Waird Gallery
Cross Country Sports
Detroit Lions
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Tigers
Green Bay Packers
Bigby Coffee
AUTOPET – Litter Robot
Candie’s Corner
Loading Zone
Quincy’s Dining
Drive Thru Depot
Barb’s Favorite Jams & Jellies
Jam Lady
Wood’n Spoon




Ticks and Lyme Disease

After a long winter, it’s hard to find anything bad to say about the arrival of spring. But the Copper Country Humane Society (CCHS) would like to remind everyone that the warmer weather that lets them enjoy long walks with their four-legged friends also signals the emergence of a less welcome arrival: ticks. And, with them, the possibility of Lyme disease.

Shelter director Becki Clouthier estimates that about ten dogs a year arrive at the CCHS testing positive for the disease, a number, she says, that has grown each year.  Typically, she and other shelter workers only test those dogs at greatest risk: hunting dogs, outdoor dogs, animals that come in with ticks on them and young dogs displaying lameness in their hind quarters, a known symptom of Lyme’s.  Confirmation of the disease is followed by a 30-day course of antibiotics, a treatment Clouthier said cost $150 per dog.  

In response to an email, Dr. Ivy Barnhart, DVM, of Copper Country Veterinary Clinic responded that she, too, has seen an increase in the number of animals testing positive each year, partly due to increased testing. “However,” she added, “ people who have lived in the area for a long time have stated that ticks were never as abundant as they are now.” The veterinarian said she suspected environmental and ecological changes may be responsible for the surge in the local tick population.

Primarily, it is through annual testing that the presence of the disease is discovered.  “It is important to note,” Dr. Barnhart reminded, “that dogs do not get a ‘bull’s eye rash’ after being bitten by ticks like people do. When a dog comes in that has a history of limping on more than one leg and seems generally painful and lethargic, we will often test for Lyme disease. Sometimes these dogs are so painful that they can’t walk and have to be carried by their owners.”  

Another Lyme’s red flag may be the discovery of kidney disease, an illness that can develop as a secondary response to the infection. While not every animal’s illness will progress to that point, Dr. Barnhart warned that dogs who do “tend to respond poorly to treatment.”

On a more optimistic note, the vet added that “Thankfully, our canine friends do not typically seem to develop the same chronic illness symptoms associated with Lyme infection that some people do. However, the dogs that develop joint pain and kidney disease are seriously ill, and it is important to do everything we can to prevent dogs from suffering in this way; there is no way to predict which dogs will become severely affected by Lyme disease.”

In closing, Dr. Barnhart noted “ ticks that carry the bacteria are very common in this area,” and recommended, “that all dogs that are at risk of exposure to ticks (which is most of the dogs in our community) be protected with an effective tick prevention product and vaccinated annually.” An annual shot is necessary, she said, because the vaccine “is NOT associated with prolonged immunity.”

While CCHS does not offer Lyme disease inoculations, they provide a reduced cost dog and cat vaccination clinic. DHPP/FVRCP shots are available for $10; rabies shots are $10 for a 1-yr vaccine or $15 for a 3-yr vaccine.  In addition, microchipping is available on site for $20. Pet ear cleaning and nail trims can be provided for a donation. Keep your eyes open for the next vaccination clinic this fall!

Written by Susan Rasch


Easter Bunny Welcomes Donations

If you and your cat or dog show up at Auto Value of L’Anse today between 9a.m. and 1p.m. and donate a used blanket, some canned pet food or kitty litter, you can get a picture taken of your pet with the Easter Bunny. Free! No foolin’! That’s because the business is using its first ever Pet Appreciation Day to give the Copper Country Humane Society (CCHS) a hand. Co-owners Jackie and Ron Skytta, longtime animal-lovers and puppy parents of shop dogs Adah and Annie, have announced that anyone showing up with items from CCHS’s website priority wish list can leave the store with a holiday pic. The Skyttas said other items earning a free pet picture include paper towels, laundry detergent, bleach, small paper plates (6” in diameter) and white or colored copy paper.

The CCHS is deeply grateful to Auto Value of L’Anse and the many other businesses that have stepped up to help animal over the years.  That’s because the no-kill animal shelter is 100% locally funded. Contrary to a common misunderstanding, the CCHS is not a subsidiary of any national or state group, such as the Humane Society of America.  CCHS relies entirely on grants, fundraising events and donations to provide a safe haven for the many animals they have housed and rehomed since the group first formed in 1972.

The shelter, which looks after approximately 900 lost and abandoned animals from Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw Counties each year, is also proactive when it comes to animal protection. They offer low-cost vaccination clinics in Houghton each spring and, for the first time, this year will offer one in Baraga County as well. Dates and locations for the clinics will be announced soon.  In the meantime, on Mondays from 4-8 p.m. you can bring in your cat or dog to be microchipped at the rate of $20 per animal, something that can cost pet-owners as much as $75 to do elsewhere.

I’ll continue to pass along information about the Copper Country Humane Society each month in this space. And, if any of my Tanglewood Farm animals do anything silly, you’ll be the first to know. Having said that, I can’t help but wonder if the Skyttas have ever tried photographing emus?


This article first appeared on April, 1, 2017, in the Daily Mining Gazette

Use Amazon Smile Today and Donate to CCHS

Amazon is celebrating its #1 ranking in customer satisfaction by the ACSI! Today, March 16, Amazon will donate 5% (10 times the usual donation rate) of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Copper Country Humane Society. Get started at smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7423778.

CCHS is always looking for a few necessities. Check out our Wishlist , our Amazon wishlist, and send items to our mailing address!

PO Box 453
Houghton, MI 49931


Become part of CCHS today!

Would you like to be a hero? Want to Make a Difference? Come be part of the Copper Country Humane Society’s Team of Volunteers! Get Involved Today!  Here are just some ways you can help the animals and make a difference. 

  • Event planning and Fundraising
  • Social Media Networking
  • Computer/Website skills
  • Finance and Accounting skills
  • Animal Socialization and Interaction
  • Shelter Maintenance
  • Attend a Board Meeting /Join the Board

Board meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month – 6pm – Evangel Baptist Church – Houghton.  Note – Board meeting location can vary so please check facebook or contact CCHS to verify location of board meeting.

Please contact CCHS for more information on how you can be an active volunteer.   ** www.cchumanesociety.com  **  Email: contactus@cchumanesociety.com


Raise the Woof – Comedy Show

Join us for a night of laughs, great comedy and pure entertainment that will also help the animals.  Raise the Woof is stand up comedy tour that works with local animal rescues in the cities it plays. Giving a voice to animals through laughter. Spreading awareness and raising money, a night of laughs that brings good feelings to everyone!

Orpheum Theater, Hancock * Saturday, January 21, 2017                                  Doors Open at 7PM – Show starts at 8PM 

Tickets are $15 each or 2/$25. Seating is limited. Tickets are now on sale.  Click here to buy tickets now! www.events.org/cpage.aspx?e=104196

We’ll also be having a 50/50 raffle the night of the event.

Special Thank you to the Orpheum Theater, Houghton Community Broadcasting, Thrivent Financial and Superior Block for sponsoring this event!  Your support makes a difference!