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

 Welcome to Squirrel City

Spring has been a rough one for our local baby squirrel population. With late snow storms and high speed winds, many young squirrels were thrown from their nests and left on their own, too young to fend for themselves. 

"The squirrels we're seeing are ones that are too young to be away from the nest but unfortunately too large for the mother squirrel to carry up the tree and put back into the nest," said Animal Control Supervisor,  Kathy KasaKaitas. 

After each major storm we received multiple reports from community members concerned about the baby squirrels they had found. Our Animal Control Officers worked diligently to help the baby squirrels that required intervention. In fact, they had responded to so many reports that our regular wildlife room was overflowing, and could not provide the space needed for the amount of baby squirrels and other wildlife coming in.

They began setting up tables and lining up crates and kennels next to each other, on top of each other, and anywhere there was space to make sure we could continue to take care of these orphaned squirrels. At one point our facility housed over 40 baby squirrels in addition to other wildlife. It was then dubbed, "Squirrel City" for obvious reasons. 

Most of the baby squirrels required bottle feeding every few hours. Staff members and volunteers stepped in to help Animal Control make sure each baby got a second chance at survival. 

And while we still receive calls each week about baby squirrels, it seems to be slowing down. Now, many of Squirrel City's residents have matured enough to be moved to our outdoor enclosure where they have more space to run, eat, and well, be a squirrel! Once old enough, they will be returned to their natural habitat. 

Our mission is and always has been to actively promote the humane treatment of animals and positive human-animal relationships. We strive to be a resource to our community and a go-to place to learn about animal care, welfare, ethics and treatment. Squirrel City is a perfect demonstration of our commitment to the mission of CRHS. 
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Taylor Bates  & Squirrel City Residents
Community Outreach Coordinator

 Upcoming Event: Kitten Shower!

 Featured Pet: Gandalf

Gandalf is our new Resident Superstar! 

Gandalf is a 2 year old neutered male that enjoys lounging around most of the day, with a few trips to you to get some pets and playtime! He would make a great couch buddy and provide lots of entertainment and companionship. 

He does like his own space every once in a while and will let you know when he's had enough attention and is ready to go back to napping.   

Gandalf should do well with other pets if given a proper introduction, but would prefer a home with older, respectful children ages 15 and up. Gandalf tested positive for FIV. If you have other cats in the home, we recommend talking to your veterinarian for more information before adoption.

As the Resident Superstar, Gandalf's adoption fee has been waived to encourage adoption! 
To see Gandalf or any of 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!