March 2018
PAW PRINTS
Coulee Region Humane Society's monthly e-newsletter.

 Keeping Wildlife Wild

Spring is officially here,  and that means it's baby wildlife season! The warmer weather is enjoyed by both humans and animals and this increases the amount of human-wildlife encounters, especially those involving baby animals. 

We receive hundreds of phone calls throughout spring and summer from people, typically with good intentions, who  interfered in a wildlife situation because they inaccurately assumed a baby animal was orphaned. In most situations we inform the caller that it is important to leave the animal where they found it, and even though the mother may not be in sight, she is likely nearby. 

A baby animal's best chance of survival is with its mother. 
5 reasons to Keep Wildlife Wild
Courtesy of Wisconsin DNR

1.Stress: Wild animals view people and domestic animals as predators and are highly stressed by their presence. This stress can cause serious health problems, and even death, for a wild animal.

2. Diet: Wild animals have specialized dietary needs that are not easily met in captivity. Young wild animals especially require a specific, complete diet. 

3. Disease: Wild animals carry many different diseases and parasites, some of which are transmissible to domestic animals and even humans.

4. Habituation/non-natural behavior development: Wild animals need to learn normal social behaviors from their own species. Wild animals that learn non-normal behaviors from humans or domestic animals will likely not survive if they are released. 

5. It's illegal: Most wild animals are protected under state and federal laws and cannot be taken from the wild or possessed by unauthorized citizens.  Wisconsin's captive wildlife regulations allow a citizen to possess a wild animal for up to 24 hours for the purpose of transferring that animal to an appropriate facility.

Animal Control does respond to calls for wildlife situations in which the animal is clearly injured and/or sick. We often have multiple wildlife animals in our facility receiving rehabilitative care. This care is largely supported by generous donors from our local community. 

Our goal has always been to help the wildlife animals in our care return to their natural habitats. 

Keep Wildlife Wild week is March 19th-25th. Support local wildlife today by donating to our Wildlife Rehabilitation Program  here. 


Sincerely,

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: Grae



Grae is currently one of our longest term residents available for adoption.
She has been waiting for her forever home since October 2017. 

Grae is a sweet little lady who is currently living in foster care. She can be timid when first approached, but once you start petting her, she'll just melt right into you. She even gets along with the resident dogs and other cats in her foster home . She's a low-key girl looking for a quieter home without small children, who may startle her.  She loves perching on high places and watching birds out of a sunny window!

Grae is epileptic and is on medication twice daily to control her seizures. Don't worry though, she is a very good girl for taking her meds, and we'd be happy to show you how!

  Grae's adoption fee has been waived to help her find the purr-fect home able to accommodate her special need. If you are interested in adding this little cuddlebug to your family, ask at the front desk for our Foster Coordinator, Arika, or contact her at arika.arndt@couleehumane.com.
 
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!