24-hour animal control, wildlife services returning to Onalaska

City previously cut hours from contract

Residents of Onalaska will soon once again have 24-hour access to animal control services.

A change in the city’s contract with the Coulee Region Humane Society last year meant the shelter could no longer respond to animal control calls after 10 p.m.

Previously, the Humane Society provided 24-hour, 365 days per year animal control services to Onalaska.

The city made the move to cut those hours in order to save money last year, but is reconsidering that decision in the new year. Their new contract with the shelter will restore that 24-hour coverage.

“The shelter is in the city of Onalaska, so to turn our neighbors away was kind of a real heartfelt (problem) for us when we have to tell someone who’s just up the street that we can’t come and help them,” said Animal Control Supervisor Kathy KasaKaitas. “I understand it was a financial reason, but I’m glad they figured out a way to get it back for the community.”

The humane society handles about 1200 animal control wildlife calls throughout La Crosse County every year.