Coulee Region humane society

Established in 1971, the Coulee Region Humane Society is La Crosse County's sole humane society and stray-holding facility. || Film produced by Shiloh Rose Productions

the Coulee Region Humane Society actively
promotes the humane treatment of animals and
positive human-animal relationships.

Our Mission

Our mission is 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.

Our Goals

Our goal is and always has been to provide the best care possible for all pets staying at our shelter. We work hard to be their voice, their advocate and their caregiver. 

It is also our goal to place all healthy and adoptable animals into forever and loving homes, and humanely euthanize only animals that are unhealthy and/or not able to be adopted. 

Our Values

We value animals of any and every kind. It is our promise that we will never turn an animal in La Crosse County away, regardless of its circumstance. As a resource to our community, we value transparency and we promise to remain open and honest about what it is we do here at the Coulee Region Humane Society. We value love, we value life and we value community. 

Facts & Services

  • We opened our doors to the community in 1971.

  • We are the designated stray-holding facility in La Crosse County; Animal Control works on site at our facility.

  • Our organization is a Managed Admissions shelter for La Crosse County residents. This means that we take in all stray animals from young to old, healthy to sick, friendly to aggressive, small to large, etc., allowing every animal a safe refuge regardless of its circumstance. However, we manage our intake by scheduling owner surrenders by appointment to make sure there is room in our facility for the new animal.

  • We accept surrendered pets when they no longer can be kept regardless of their circumstance. This service is free for La Crosse County residents.


  • Our shelter offers licensing services through the Coulee Region Animal Control Protection & Rescue department.

  • We offer multiple dog training courses on site as a resource to dog owners of all kinds. Our classes are low cost and scholarships are available.

  • Our Spay Neuter Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP, offers financial assistance to income-eligible pet owners in La Crosse County to spay or neuter their pet.

  • Our Humane Education programs teach humane care, safety around animals and species-specific information to local schools, Girls and Boys Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, etc.