Coulee Region Humane Society asks for community help to pay for surgeries

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) – An Onalaska animal shelter is asking for your help after two furry friends were brought in requiring life-saving surgery.

The Coulee Region Humane Society in Onalaska helps animals find new homes, but the animal shelter does more than that, too. It ensures that every animal has a second chance at life.

Hermès and Leo recently arrived at the shelter.

Hermès entered as owner surrender. The kitten needs her entire ear canal removed – an operation her previous owners couldn’t afford. Leo was rescued after a car hit him, bs his hind legs are fractured and without a plate placed in his pelvis, Leo cannot move.

“He needs surgery now to have a good prognosis. Our goal is just to move forward. We know that could set us back,” said general manager Heather Drievold.

Hermès and Léo are not the only animals arriving at the shelter in need of medical assistance.

It’s common for animals to be brought in that need medical attention, Drievold said.

One of the most common reasons animals are turned over to the shelter is that the owners can no longer afford their medical bills.

“Having health issues that the owner can’t afford and working to surrender because they’re trying to help this animal get that second chance in hopes that we can somehow help this animal in the field veterinarian,” Drievold said.

The shelter has a budget for these medical expenses, she says, but it is limited.

Hermes and Leo’s surgeries are expected to cost a total of $11,000 — a number well above the shelter’s forecast.

Despite the expensive surgeries, the Coulee Region Humane Society is committed to providing the two animals with the surgeries they need, but they need community support to pay for them. If the shelter is unable to raise the funds, it may have to euthanize an animal, although it is too early to tell as future expenses are unpredictable.

You can donate to the Hermès and Leo surgery fund here.

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