Animal Control, Protection & rescue

The Coulee Region Humane Society Animal Control, Protection and Rescue department was established in 1975 as a resource for residents of La Crosse County. The department is available to all villages and municipalities within the county, and will provide residents with the following services. 

  • Stray dog/cat pick up
  • Attempt capture of dogs/exotic animals running at large
  • Issue compliance orders for violations of county ordinances
  • Service box traps for feral cats
  • DOA dog/cat pick up
  • Issue citations
  • Respond to livestock complaints


Emergency coverage is also available 24/7/365 and includes the following services.

  • Vicious animal complaints/currently at large
  • Wild animals posing human health risks
  • Emergency domestic animal cruelty, abuse or neglect complaints
  • Domestic animals hit by cars
  • Rabies specimens pick up as needed
  • Law enforcement assistance with emergency animal-related calls
  • Stray animal pick up/ordered impounded by law enforcement
  • Exotic animal pick up when ordered impounded by law enforcement



City of Onalaska residents please note:

Animal Control will respond to all calls between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. excluding wildlife. The Onalaska Police Department will respond between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Onalaska Police Department: 608-781-9550


Call 608-781-4014 to reach Animal Control. Humane officers are available 24/7/365.

Raptor Mews Campaign

The Coulee Region Humane Society Animal Control, Protection and Rescue department is raising funds to build three mews—specialized housing for raptors—to care for injured wildlife in need.

The department needs $6,000 to build the mews in order to adequately care for the raptors.

Animal Control cares for more than 1,000 wild animals each year. One of the more common wild animals they take in are raptors, particularly hawks, falcons and eagles. 

“The Coulee Region is known for its immense amount of bird species that dwell among the bluff,” said Samantha Luhmann, community outreach coordinator. “So raptors regularly arrive at our shelter for treatment and recovery when injured. Our department is the only certified wildlife rehabilitator in the county.”

It is very difficult and sometimes impossible for Animal Control to rehabilitate and work with injured raptors without mews. 

Currently, the raptors that arrive at the shelter in need are housed inside of cat kennels. If the recovery time is long, a temporary/collapsible flight cage is installed inside of the humane society’s garage. 

Due to insufficient lodging, raptors are oftentimes transferred to other rehab centers hours away. And because raptors must also be released back into the same area upon recovery, Animal Control has to go back to the rehab centers, pick them up once again, and transport them back to the shelter for release when ready. Not only can this be very time consuming and expensive, but it is also very stressful for the birds. 

By building its very own mews, the department would be able to better care for the raptors and rehabilitate even more hawks, falcons, eagles, etc. Animal Control, Protection and Rescues cared for a total of 26 raptors last year alone.

For more information about the Raptor Mews Campaign, visit