Community cat program to reduce stray cats in La Crosse


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WKBT) – A new ordinance from the city of La Crosse would help humanely reduce the number of stray cats.

The Coulee Region Humane Society is interested in working with the Coulee Region Meow Mission to trap, spay and neuter, vaccinate and release cats found in the city.

Cats that go through the process will be marked by cutting off part of their ear.

CRHS leaders say they are doing all they can to help integrate un-socialized stray cats into their working chat program, but if the cats are not suitable, they are humanely euthanized.

“As part of this new program, we would seek to put back to the same place where they were successful and lived, and try to eliminate this unnecessary euthanasia, ”said CRHS Executive Director Heather Drievold.

Since the cats have been spayed or neutered, CRHS leaders hope to see fewer kittens coming to the shelter.

“If we can reduce the number of kittens entering and reduce all of those breeding we are going to end up with fewer cats entering the shelter overall, in addition to having a healthier neighborhood and cat population,” Drievold said. . .

Drievold says this process will be a bigger expense, but thinks it’s the right thing to do.

This program will not be funded by taxpayers. CRHS will continue to work with community partners to fund the program.

The amendment will be voted on at the next meeting of the Common Council.

You can donate items or funds to CRHS at their website.


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