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Time to tee off for the Coulee Region Humane Society

Kaitlyn Riley

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Golfers in the coulee region have an excuse to hit the green for a good cause.

A Rounds for Rescue Golf Tournament at Fox Hollow Golf Course in La Crosse Friday, Oct. 9 will help raise money for the Coulee Region Humane Society.

Executive Director Heather Drivold said the humane society has been busy with pet placement, but many of its main fundraisers were canceled because of COVID-19. The shelter still has plenty of costs in supplies and veterinary care.

“We’re still getting many animals every day, so we need doctors,” she said.

The cost to participate is $240 for a 4-person team. The entry fee covers 18 holes, a golf cart, and lunch. There will be prizes, raffles, and dogs.

“There’s a lot of fun to be had,” Drivold said. “We hope we get a lot of participation. We’ll have our pet therapy dogs there, so maybe if you get a bad shot and you need some encouragement, you can pet one of the dogs and get back out there.”

Drivold and her staff made many adjustments to the Humane Society Policy because of the pandemic. They do not allow guests in the shelter, but those interested in adopting can do a virtual pet meet and speak over the phone for a pet consultation.

“We are actually having really good success with that,” she said. “It’s given us more time to spend with the animals individually, so our staff can really get to know their personality and help match it to potential owners.”

Those interested in participating in Rounds for Rescues can order tickets online. Businesses can also sponsor holes. Anyone who cannot participate but would still like to help the shelter with daily costs can make monetary donations or drop off items such as towels, blankets, and Royal Canin kitten formula and kitten food.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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