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

 The Awesome Opossum!

Opossums get a bad rap. Many people assume that when they see a opossum in the wild it's a dangerous, rabid creature. However, that is the furthest from the truth.
Here are 5 reasons why you'll want an opossum in your backyard. 

1. Rabies is Rare: Opossums are mostly immune to  rabies because they have a slightly lower body temperature that the rabies virus struggles to thrive in. In fact, opossums are eight times less likely to carry rabies  compared to wild dogs.

2. Sanitation Workers of the Wild: Opossums have an unusually high need for calcium, which incites them to eat the skeletons of rodents and road kill they consume. Their normal diet consists of carrion, rodents, insects, snails, slugs, plants, fruits and grains.

3. Smart Critters: Opossums have a remarkable ability to find food and to remember where it is. When tested for the ability to remember where food is, opossums scored better than rats, rabbits, cats, and dogs. They also can find their way through a maze more quickly than rats and cats.

4. Ticks are Treats: According to  study estimates, a single possum can eat 5,000 ticks in a season. They're a great natural pest control and help keep the tick population at bay.

5. Natural defenses: When threatened, opossums run, growl, belch, urinate and defecate. And when all else fails, they "play 'possum" and act as if they are dead. It is an involuntary response (like fainting) rather than a conscious act. They roll over, become stiff, close their eyes (or stare off into space) and bare their teeth as saliva foams around the mouth and a foul-smelling fluid is secreted from glands. The catatonic state can last for up to four hours, and has proven effective as a deterrent to predators looking for a hot meal.
Info via Mother Nature Network
While you don't have to think they're warm and cuddly, I hope you've joined us on team opossum! And the next time you see one, let it be. It's likely doing you a favor!

Taylor Bates
Community Outreach Coordinator 

and your local opossums.

Chewy's Rescue Ride
is a motorcycle benefit ride and pet-friendly event taking place on Saturday, August 4th, 2018. Registered riders will assemble at Harley Davidson in Onalaska, WI for their 10 a.m. departure. After the ride, they will reconvene at Veteran's Freedom Park in La Crosse between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to join in on the festivities. All registered riders will receive a
t-shirt. You will also be able to register starting at 8 a.m. day of. T-shirts may also be available for purchase. 

Pet-friendly and family-friendly activities will begin at 1 p.m. at Veteran's Freedom Park in La Crosse, located directly across the Black River from Copeland Park. This event is free to the public but monetary donations are appreciated. 

Activities will include a practice K-9 agility course, doggy swimming pools, and other activities along with sponsor booths and smoked bbq. Dogs must be on a leash. Dogs must also be current on all vaccinations including rabies and are licensed for 2018.

**Thank you to our sponsors: La Crosse Area Harley Davidson, VCA Sand Lake Animal Hospital, Pet Me Scratch Me, B & C Trucking, and Holmen Locker and Meat Market**

 3rd Annual "Putts for Pets" Golf Outing 

Join us with Anytime Fitness-La Crosse on  Saturday, July 28th at Valley High Golf Club in Houston, MN for a day of golf! 

This 4-person scramble includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch, and hole prizes. There will also be 50/50 raffles, mulligans for sale, and cash payouts for the top teams. Contact Eric at 608-519-5990 or lacrossept@anytimefitness.com to register your team.

All money raised will benefit the animals at Coulee Region Humane Society!
 Featured Pet: Zalera

Zalera is currently one of our front office cats and longest term residents.  

Zalera is a two year old spayed female that is looking for a home. She is a sweet, playful girl who has quite the goofy personality that makes our staff laugh on a daily basis. She loves everyone and anyone, and tries to befriend every cat she is introduced to. 

She would love a home with plenty of toys to play with and comfy places to nap on. Her favorite activities include exploring, chasing toys, and greeting new people. She should do well with other pets if given a proper introduction. She should also do well with respectful children with parental supervision. 

 Zalera is a wonderful young cat that would do well in almost any home! Stop in today and meet her!
 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!