COMMUNITY GOAL – PLACEMENT OF ALL ADOPTABLE ANIMALS
The Coulee Region Humane Society is an open access shelter. In being an open access shelter, we accept all animals – that is, we do not turn away animals in need of assistance.
Our goal is to place all healthy and treatable (adoptable) animals and humanely euthanize only animals that are unhealthy and/or untreatable (unadoptable).
At this time, we feel the main challenge in reaching our goal is simple – we do not have enough individuals looking to bring an animal into their home through adoption.
You can help the Coulee Region Humane Society reach our goal by:
- Spay or neuter your companion animal. This will eliminate any chance of your companion animal adding to the already overwhelming animal population. Even if your companion animal is an indoor animal, accidents happen. Or, offer financial help to your friends and family to spay or neuter their companion animals.
- Be proactive about addressing behavioral or other concerns that arise with your companion animal. Seek out help before the concern develops into something that is unmanageable or becomes too overwhelming or frustrating, ultimately leading to your surrendering or giving up your animal. We encourage you to call us first; we will do what we can to assist you either directly or provide resources that can help you. Other local resources to seek out assistance from include:
Bark Busters: www.barkbusters.com/page.cfm/ID/50/id_directory/1383
Family Dog Center: 608-779-3647 or www.familydogcenter.com
Pet Me Scratch Me: 608-781-9663 or www.petme-scratchme.com
Sue Butler: 608-457-2757 or www.butlerk9trainingandmore.com
- A few online resources to seek out assistance from include:
Animal Humane Society: www.animalhumanesociety.org/training/library
Cats International: www.catsinternational.org/
Dumb Friends League: www.ddfl.org/tips.htm
- Consider and promote adoption as an option. If you or someone you know is considering adding a companion animal to your home, please consider adoption. According to the Humane Society of the United States, 6-8 million animals enter shelters each year. Only about 50% of these animals find homes; the remaining 3-4 million are euthanized because they are unadoptable or no home is available.
- Do your homework! Before you bring a new companion animal into your home, make sure you research the breed and its characteristics to ensure that the animal matches your lifestyle. Be realistic – for both your sake and the animal’s sake – bringing a companion animal home and then having to surrender it (or give it up) is emotionally hard on everyone involved.