Coulee Region Humane Society is seeing more abandoned pets

The Coulee Region Humane Society is starting to see more abandoned pets in our area.

Last week, the shelter received two abandoned dogs on the same day, and they need the public’s help.

The nonprofit says one of the abandoned dogs has a serious medical condition and is in need of treatment.

Taylor Bates, the marketing and events coordinator at the Coulee Region Humane Society, said medical expenses are one of the hardest things to budget for and when they receive a dog in very poor health, it’s a big blow to the shelter.

“It’s easy to lose faith in humanity here a little bit,” Bates said.

Cooper was found alone on the side of the road. His owners didn’t want him.

“They said, ‘keep the dog, we’re already on our way to Chicago,'” Bates said.

Another dog who was too scared to come out was found abandoned on the side of a road in La Crosse County in a pet carrier.

“Your first instinct is to get really angry. Who would do something like this to an animal?”, Bates asked. Making things even worse, tests found that Cooper has heartworm.

“That’s kind of a downer for us because that takes six to eight months of treatment. It’s over $1,000 of just treatment alone besides the daily care, vaccinations that go into it,” Bates said.

Kathy KasaKaitas, the animal control supervisor for the Coulee Region Humane Society, said the shelter

wants to help treat every animal so they can find them a good home, but recently, its budget has taken a huge hit from medical expenses.

“A lot of them are hit by cars, so it eats up the budget really quick. There’s been a lot of Lyme’s (disease), there’s been a lot of unusual joint surgeries, ligaments that need repairing, eye removals, inoculations, things like that,” KasaKaitas said.

Even if an animal just needs basic vaccinations and to be spayed or neutered, it will cost around $200.

“We’re not in this for the money,” Bates said.

Even though helping to run the Humane Society can be stressful, Bates said it’s all worth it to find the animals loving homes.

“When an animal that’s been here maybe a couple weeks goes home, we all kind of just high-five and we smile. It’s like we saved one more life. Really there’s no better feeling than seeing an animal go home to a really excited family,” Bates said.

If you would like to donate money for Cooper’s medical expenses, you can go to

The shelter is hoping to raise $2,000 for the treatments.

The Humane Society wants people to know they can always drop off pets at their shelter rather than abandoning them.

For people who are struggling to pay for their pets but would like to keep them, the Humane Society also offers interest-free loans.

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