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

 Just Chin-chillin'

As most of you know, we care for more than just cats and dogs. We often get in exotic pets that are needing a new home equipped to handle their specific needs. While exotic pets like Delilah the chinchilla can make great companions, many new pet owners jump into ownership without considering what goes into proper care.

Just like with any pet, you should be aware of the laws and regulations in your state, county, and municipality for bans, restrictions or permit requirements. It's important to fully understand the needs of the animal and your ability to meet these needs.

Take chinchillas for example:
  • Chinchillas bathe in "dust baths" and require dusting powder and a dust bin to do so.
  • Chinchillas require lots of exercise. They need a large enclosure with a wheel to play, run, and climb on. 
  • Chinchillas are very social and do well in pairs and groups. Since they need substantial social interaction, having a pair of chinchillas is often better than just one.
  • Chinchillas are sensitive to heat, humidity, and drafts. Extreme heat can even cause life threatening heatstroke. They do not do well when temperatures go above 78ยบ F. 
At CRHS we encourage potential adopters to think carefully before adopting any pet whether it be exotic or domestic. We also ask that everyone in the home also be on board with the new change. There are thousands of  homeless animals waiting for second chances. We hope that if you're ready for a new furry family member, you'll consider adoption. 


Taylor Bates and exotic pets like Delilah.
Community Outreach Coordinator

 Dahl Subaru Adoption Event

What:  Dahl Subaru Adoption Event
Where 821 3rd St S, La Crosse, WI 54601

When: October, 27th from 1-5 p.m.

Join us for a dog and cat adoption event at Dahl Subaru of La Crosse! Dahl Subaru has offered to cover all adoption fees for dogs and cats if you apply on an animal at the event that day. 

 Featured Pet: Zaki & Orchid (Bonded Pair)


This bonded pair, Zaki (top photo) and Orchid (bottom photo) are looking for a home together. They came to us extremely shy and terrified of humans. After many hours of socialization from dedicated volunteers, the two girls are starting to show their true personalities. We believe that they would do well and continue to open up in a quiet home with consistent socialization.

Zaki: She is the bravest of the two and has gained confidence with socialization. She has an adorable little meow and likes to talk about her day from time to time. Zaki also is very curious and loves treats! 

Orchid: She is still very shy but looks to Zaki for reassurance. Orchid loves to curl up in a ball and snuggle in your lap if you have a nice cozy blanket. She absolutely loves slow belly rubs and we've found that it's a great way to calm her down if she's scared. 

Both girls would do best in a home without children. They currently coexist in an office with two other cats so we feel they should adapt well to a home with cats if given a slow introduction. They are "Exceptional Owner Wanted" and have their adoption fee reduced by 50%. 
To learn more about Zaki and Orchid or one of the many 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!