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*Non-clumping cat litter


Contact Info

Coulee Region Humane Society, Inc.
911 Critter Court
Onalaska, WI 54650

Phone: 608-781-4014
Fax: 608-781-1646

Facility Operator License Number 268468-DS

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Lost and Found

General Information

  • We hope you never lose your pet.  But if your pet becomes lost, keeping an identification tag on your companion animal along with her rabies and license tags can help others reunite you and your furry friend. Keep track of where you have filed your pet’s rabies certificate and license paperwork

Have you lost your pet? Has someone you know lost their pet?

What to do:

  • Contact your local Humane Society or local law enforcement to report your animal missing, and see if there is a holding facility for stray animals.

  • For lost cats, also check our Lost Cats Facebook page to see if possibly your cat is at our shelter. This page is in no way a substitute for filing a lost and/or found report at our shelter.

  • If you are unable to locate your companion animal the first day, contact the local newspaper and place a lost ad with an accurate description of her and the area she went missing from.

  • Search for your companion animal. Ask your friends and family members to help you; it may prove very helpful in your companion animal finding her way home as she may be more likely to come to someone she knows. Remember, companion animals can become frightened or disorientated if they become lost, so please exercise caution, even with your own furry friends. Do not assume she will find her way home on her own; lost companion animals can become scared or may find themselves hurt…again make sure you continue searching for her.

  • Your mail carrier is an excellent source of information about animals in the neighborhood. You may want to let him/her know you have lost your companion animal.

  • For more information, including tips on how you can help find your pet, visit the Missing Pet Partnership’s website at

Missing cats - a special challenge.

Missing cats are challenging to find. Here are some tips, based on our experience and information from Missing Pet Partnership (MPP), to help you locate your cat.  More specific details can be found at

Information from MPP indicates that many times a cat, especially an indoor only cat, is within a five block radius of home.  The first strategy to use in searching for your cat is to obtain permission from all neighbors to enter their yards and conduct a determined and thorough search for the missing cat (and to set baited humane traps there when necessary). Asking neighbors to look for the cat isn’t sufficient because they will not be as determined as you are to find your missing cat.  Look under decks, under boats and in closed garden sheds and garages.  A cat may have slipped in an open door and now be closed in.  Use a flashlight to catch your cat’s eye shine.  Driving around and calling for your cat is not as effective as a physical search for your cat.

A next step is to put up posters to let people know that your cat is missing.  MPP indicates that at a typical intersection you have 5 seconds and 5 words to get your message across on a poster.  Make your poster huge (28” x 22”) so that people driving by can see it.  Use fluorescent poster board to attract attention.  Put the posters at major intersections.  Keep the message brief and to the point such as “Lost Cat Orange Tiger”.  Include a picture of the missing animal.  More details about making and placing these posters can be found at

Coulee Region Humane Society has a “Missing Cat Kit” available for you to use as you search for your missing cat.  It contains a humane live trap, the resources needed to make the posters described above and information about where to place the trap.  Contact CRHS during normal business hours to find out whether the Missing Cat Kit is available for your use.  The Kit is only available to residents of La Crosse County, must be reserved prior to pick-up and must be picked up at CRHS.   A $50 refundable deposit is required when the trap is picked up.  The refund will be made when the trap is returned.

Above all, do not give up too soon.  Cats can hide in silence and may not emerge for several weeks.  It may be consoling to think that someone has taken your cat in, but your cat may be nearby, afraid to return home or injured.  Keeping a humane trap set near your home may give your cat the chance it needs to be found.  Do not give up hope!  Again, visit MPP for more details on finding your missing cat.

Did you find a someone's pet?

What to do:

  • Use caution! If she were to bite you and run off, there could be serious health issues regarding rabies.

  • Contact animal control or your local law enforcement agency.

  • Try to coax the animal to you or into an enclosed area; never chase an animal to try to catch it.

  • If it’s a dog, use a lead of some sort (belts or shoelaces work well if you have nothing else) and gently lead it to a safe place. Even if you wish to hold on to the animal yourself, call your Humane Society or law enforcement. A call will help the appropriate agencies be aware in the event they are contacted by the animal’s owner. If you are asked to leave a message, make sure you leave your name and the number(s) at which you can be reached.

  • If it’s a cat, do not confuse a frightened cat with a feral cat.  A fearful cat may hiss and lunge and urinate.  This cat may be someone’s beloved pet, not a feral cat.  Setting a humane trap may be the best chance of helping this pet.

  • If you are unable to locate the owner of the animal you have found on the first day, contact the local newspaper and place a found ad with an accurate description of her and the area she was found at.

  • If you find an animal while you are traveling, contact local law enforcement and ask who can provide assistance to the animal you have found or transport her to the nearest town and leave her with local law enforcement.

  • Please do not ever leave an animal you are unfamiliar with alone with children.

  • Please do not assume the animal is neglected or abandoned…mistakes happen and animals escape…this happens a lot and the animal may just need your help in finding her way home.

Specific Information for Animals Lost or Found in La Crosse County:

Resources for Lost or Found Pets in other Counties Throughout Wisconsin: 

General Information to Redeem Your Animal at the Coulee Region Humane Society:

  • As required by State statute and/or local ordinance, you will need to furnish proof of current rabies and license (if applicable).

  • If the rabies vaccination for your companion animal is not current, a pre-paid rabies can be obtained from any licensed veterinarian.

  • If the annual license for your companion animal is not current, this can be obtained at your local Treasurer or Clerk’s office. A license can also be applied for at the Coulee Region Humane Society. For more information about licensing your companion animal... Click Here.

  • A redemption fee will apply as defined by local regulations.

  • Your companion animal can be redeemed during our office hours... Click Here.

  • For more information on applicable redemption fees, contact the Coulee Region Humane Society during their office hours at 608-781-4014.