April 2018
Coulee Region Humane Society's monthly e-newsletter.

 Let's Get Batty

April 17th is National Bat Appreciation Day! 

April is the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are typically beginning to emerge from hibernation. Bats are often misunderstood and feared, but bats play a critical role in our environment. 

In one hour, a single bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes. In areas with large bodies of water, these bats are especially helpful keeping the mosquito population at bay.  I t has also been estimated that bats save farmers in North America over $22 billion every year in pest control services. 

Bats are slow to reproduce and often concentrate in large numbers in summer and winter. Bats can live over 25 years and usually have only one baby, called a pup, per year. As a result, bats are very susceptible to drastic population decline due to disease, pesticides, and habitat destruction. 

Many people refer to bats as "flying mice," but actually, bats are more closely related to humans than they are to rodents.
And aren't we supposed to be nice to our relatives?

5 Ways to be Bat Friendly

1. Reduce pesticides:  Midwestern bats are insectivores. Their diet is  primarily night-flying insects, including many pest species. Feed a hungry bat and save money by minimizing the use of pesticides in your lawn and garden.

2. Avoid disturbing bats:  Stay out of caves where bats are hibernating in winter.  If a bat is disturbed during hibernation, it may arouse and become active.  This increased activity can lead to starvation if the bat's fat reserves are used up before winter is over.

3. Safely remove bats if inside your home: If you find a bat inside,  close it in a room with an open window or door to allow the bat to leave on its own. If the bat does not leave on its own, wait until it tires and lands. Wearing gloves, use a cardboard or plastic box to cover the bat. Gently slide a piece of paper or cardboard behind the bat and enclose the bat inside the container. Take it outside and place the container on its side at the base of a shrub or other protected area. Never throw a bat into the air to encourage it to take flight.

4. Put up a bat house or build your own:  Click the following link for DIY instructions on how to build your own bat house. http://www.batcon.org/resources/getting-involved/bat-houses

5. Donate to Wildlife Rehabilitation:  Animal Control Protection and Rescue houses and cares for hundreds of bats in need in our facility each winter. As the weather warms, they are released back into the wild. This is only possible through generous community donations. 

To donate to our Wildlife Rehabilitation Program visit: www.youcaring.com and search for
"Coulee Region Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation."
A very small percentage of bats do carry rabies so it's important to see a medical professional if you have had contact with a bat. Please call us at 608-781-4014 and ask for  Animal Control Protection and Rescue  with any questions or concerns regarding bats.

National Bat Appreciation Day by spreading the word about the benefits of bats!


Community Outreach Coordinator

 Spay-ghetti and Fixin's Dinner

Join us for a delicious spaghetti dinner and help support our S.N.A.P.program, the first spay-neuter assistance program offered in La Crosse County. 

Dinner will take place on April 19th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 612 Division St., in La Crosse. There will also be a bake sale and raffle to enter with prizes of $100, $50, and $25 available. 

Dinner tickets are $6 per dinner or 4/$20. Raffle tickets are $2 each or 3/$5. Both can be purchased at Coulee Region Humane Society and/or night of the event. 

For more information visit our Facebook page or Website

 Featured Pet: Sugar

Sugar entered our shelter 3/14/17

Sugar  might just be the sweetest guy you will ever meet! He loves attention and will reach for your hand if you stop petting him. He is currently one of our office cats and you can always find him keeping a staff member company.

Sugar is an 8.5 year old neutered male that was brought to us after he suffered a stroke. Because of this, he wobbles when he walks. Sugar is also blind and four paw declawed which makes getting around even more difficult. But despite his challenges, he remains confident, adventurous, and affectionate. His positive attitude is something we all admire. 

He has been great with our resident cats and should do well with other pets if given a slow and proper introduction. He would also prefer a quieter home with older, respectful children.
To see our other animals available for adoption at the Coulee Region Humane Society , visit the shelter during our visiting hours from 1-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or 1-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
 Get Involved
There are several ways you can become more involved with our shelter. You can spend your free time socializing with the animals by becoming a volunteer , participate in and attend one of our many fundraisers or events , sponsor a kennel , become a foster parent or simply make a financial donation online. However you want to help, know that it is greatly appreciated and truly does impact the lives of the thousands of homeless animals that enter our shelter every year. We need your help to help them!