Wake Up Santa - Dec 2

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Don’t let Santa sleep through Christmas! Attend Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter’s “Wake Up Santa”.(Click to download registration)
Santa has been so busy planning for the upcoming holiday season that he has been caught napping on the job! Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter invites all children to wake up Santa on Saturday, December 2nd in the Community Room of City Hall at 214 E. Blackhawk Ave. in Prairie du Chien. We will wake Santa promptly at 8:30 a.m. Kids are welcome to bring noisemakers to get the job done. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. Children will wait quietly behind the closed doors of the Community Room until the countdown at 8:30 a.m. A pancake and sausage breakfast follows and will be served until 10:00 a.m.
Admission includes an all you can eat breakfast, a “personalized” visit with Santa, Santa games including Santa Bingo, Pin the Nose on Rudolph and Santa Says. Children can also “make and take” an ornament for their Christmas tree in Santa’s Workshop. Tristan the Magician will entertain the children as they wait their turn to visit with Santa. Children 3 and under are free.
Children are delighted as Santa finds their name in his special “Good Girls and Boys Book and seems to know if they have been “naughty or nice”.
Santa’s Secret Gift Shop will be open during the event for children to purchase reasonably priced gifts for family members, caregivers, and pets. Santa’s elves will help with gift selection and wrapping. No adults allowed!
Brian Cipra Photography will be on hand to capture this special moment in the child’s life. A 5x7 photograph will be available for purchase and ready for pickup on December 16th at Tractor Supply.
Wake Up Santa is sponsored by Brian Cipra Photography, Walmart, Thrivent Financial, Paper Moon Books & Beyond in McGregor and Subway Restaurants in Prairie du Chien, Fennimore, Lancaster and Boscobel. Registration forms can be picked up at Tender Care Animal Hospital, Paper Moon Books & Beyond, as well as the following area elementary schools – St. Gabriels, Bluffview, B. A. Kennedy, River Ridge, Seneca, Wauzeka and Mar-Mac. Registration forms are also available online at www.riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org. Advance registration is strongly recommended as space is limited. Mail in registrations and payment must be received no later than Wednesday, November 29th and should be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC, WI 53821.

For more information on Wake Up Santa, please contact Bev at 326-2914 or Jill at 326-4870. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization raising money for an animal shelter for the Pdc Area. Donations are greatly appreciated and may be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC WI 53821

Don’t let Santa sleep through Christmas! Attend Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter’s “Wake Up Santa”.(Click to download registration)
Santa has been so busy planning for the upcoming holiday season that he has been caught napping on the job! Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter invites all children to wake up Santa on Saturday, December 2nd in the Community Room of City Hall at 214 E. Blackhawk Ave. in Prairie du Chien. We will wake Santa promptly at 8:30 a.m. Kids are welcome to bring noisemakers to get the job done. Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. Children will wait quietly behind the closed doors of the Community Room until the countdown at 8:30 a.m. A pancake and sausage breakfast follows and will be served until 10:00 a.m.
Admission includes an all you can eat breakfast, a “personalized” visit with Santa, Santa games including Santa Bingo, Pin the Nose on Rudolph and Santa Says. Children can also “make and take” an ornament for their Christmas tree in Santa’s Workshop. Tristan the Magician will entertain the children as they wait their turn to visit with Santa. Children 3 and under are free.
Children are delighted as Santa finds their name in his special “Good Girls and Boys Book and seems to know if they have been “naughty or nice”.
Santa’s Secret Gift Shop will be open during the event for children to purchase reasonably priced gifts for family members, caregivers, and pets. Santa’s elves will help with gift selection and wrapping. No adults allowed!
Brian Cipra Photography will be on hand to capture this special moment in the child’s life. A 5x7 photograph will be available for purchase and ready for pickup on December 16th at Tractor Supply.
Wake Up Santa is sponsored by Brian Cipra Photography, Walmart, Thrivent Financial, Paper Moon Books & Beyond in McGregor and Subway Restaurants in Prairie du Chien, Fennimore, Lancaster and Boscobel. Registration forms can be picked up at Tender Care Animal Hospital, Paper Moon Books & Beyond, as well as the following area elementary schools – St. Gabriels, Bluffview, B. A. Kennedy, River Ridge, Seneca, Wauzeka and Mar-Mac. Registration forms are also available online at www.riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org. Advance registration is strongly recommended as space is limited. Mail in registrations and payment must be received no later than Wednesday, November 29th and should be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC, WI 53821.

For more information on Wake Up Santa, please contact Bev at 326-2914 or Jill at 326-4870. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization raising money for an animal shelter for the Pdc Area. Donations are greatly appreciated and may be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC WI 53821
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After more than 10 years of almost continuous fundraising and donation requests, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS) volunteers will soon see their long-awaited dream become reality.
The RABAS Board of Directors recently hired Staci Roth to fill the full-time shelter manager position. Staci is from Wauzeka, WI. She has many years of experience in animal health care as a Vet Tech in LaCrosse, as well as operating her own parrot rescue in Coon Valley, WI. Staci is passionate about helping homeless animals find their forever homes and is very excited about being the manager of Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter. The Board of Directors feels that Staci is a “perfect fit” for the organization and hopes that her enthusiasm for animal rescue will be contagious to the entire community.
Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter was started more than 10 years ago by Dr. Jami Quick, DVM, who realized the need for an animal shelter in this area. What started as a small group of citizens concerned about animal welfare in the PdC area, slowly grew into a volunteer organization that became a force to be reckoned with.
The volunteer group holds many fundraisers on an annual basis, sometimes sponsoring more than 1 event per month. Past Events have included motorcycle poker runs, dog walks, dog washes, bake sales and brat stands. Some fundraisers have become much anticipated annual events, including Nelson True Value Pet Expo, Chicken Q, Pasta for Pets, Princess for an Evening, Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle and Wake Up Santa.
There were times when we felt that the shelter would never become a reality and we were ready to give up. But then a donation would arrive in the mail or we would be successful in rescuing a pet and we became re-energized in our efforts. Little by little our bank account grew as did our confidence and community support. Even without a physical building, people turned to our volunteers for help with unwanted & homeless pets. The donation of 2 acres of land at the intersection of East Campion and 22nd Street by Steve and Lynda Welter bolstered the group’s enthusiasm. Encouraged by the generosity of donors, the group persevered as they saw their dream come closer to fruition. At the prompting of the city, RABAS swapped the 2 acres of land on East Campion for 3.4 acres of land north of Prairie du Chien, just off State Highway 35N, located west of Country Inn and Suites. This new property would benefit the organization in a number of ways – more land, a more rural setting and a location between the Mississippi River and the beautiful bluffs to more closely match the name of the animal shelter.
A Building Committee, headed by Paula Gutzmer and Don Iverson, was formed with the goal of benchmarking successful shelters to identify ideas to incorporate into Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter. After much investigation and design work, the group took a leap of faith and broke ground on October 25, 2016. Top Notch Construction of Bloomington, Wisconsin was chosen as the contractor and construction began on November 1st 2016.
Just a little over a year from the start of construction, the Prairie du Chien area has an animal shelter that the community can be proud of thanks to our great contractors, local business and private sector support and our wonderful volunteers. Final touches are being done to ready the shelter for accepting dogs and cats in need. The Board of Directors, consisting of Cheryl Statz, President; Bev Pozega, VP; Donna Heilmann, Secretary; Jill Cipra, Treasurer; Randy Paske, Dr. John Kurt, DVM, Lynn Rider, Joe Kramer and Staci Roth, are excited to announce that Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter will open on Monday, December 4th. In its early stages, the animal shelter will be open on a “by appointment basis only”. Appointments can be made by contacting Staci at 608-790-2473 or emailing her at rabasmanager@gmail.com. A Grand Opening will be held in the spring of 2018.
The Board recognizes the fact that fundraising and dependency on donations will always be a way of life for Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter as it is for most animal shelters. Volunteers will play an important role in the day to day operations of the animal shelter as Staci is the only full-time employee at this time. If you would like to volunteer at the animal shelter, please contact Staci. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible. Donations can be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC, WI 53821. Another way to support Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is to purchase a memorial tile. Memorial tiles can be purchased for those who would like to leave a lasting legacy in memory or in honor of a loved one or beloved pet. The tiles will be displayed on an interior wall at the entrance to the shelter.
For more information on Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter or the memorial tile fundraiser, please visit our website at www.riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org or like us on Facebook.

Dog Obedience Classes will start this Wednesday at Tractor Supply. Classes start at 6 p.m. Cost of classes is $60 for 7 classes. All proceeds from this program will be used to help with spaying and neutering cats in need. For more information, please contact Bev at (608) 326-2914.

Donation jars to benefit Rivers & Bluffs will be in place this week. Joan has already placed them at SW Vet and Ma’s Bakery in Bloomington.

Wake Up Santa will be held on Saturday, December 2nd in the Community Room of City Hall. We will decorate on Thursday night starting at 4:30. A light supper will be provided for those helping to decorate. We need volunteers for both decorating and the event itself. Remember, many hands make light work. We wake Santa up promptly at 8:30 followed by breakfast and a number of activities for the kids including Tristan the Magician. The doors will open to the public at 8 a.m. so volunteers should be there about 7:30 a.m. If you can help decorate the Community Room and/or help with Wake Up Santa, please let me know by calling me at 326-2914 or replying to this email. We are also in need of about 5 boxes of pancake mix (add water only), a can of Pam, a small can of coffee, a few gallons of chocolate and white milk as well as apple and orange juice. If you would like to donate any of these supplies, please let Bev or Donna know. These can be dropped off on Thursday at the Community Room of City Hall or if you contact Bev or Donna, we can make arrangements to pick them up if you live in town. They can also be dropped off at the animal shelter if you contact Staci prior to arrival to make sure she will be there. Please let Donna or Bev know by Monday, December 27th, if you plan to purchase any of the above items. As always, thank you for your help.

Tractor Supply Holiday Bake Sale will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th & 17th. We will need a large assortment of baked goods as we usually sell out easily at this event. If you can bake for this bake sale, please reply to this email or call Bev at 326-2914.

Yes, RABAS, we have a Santa for Wake Up Santa. As you may know, Randy Paske who has played Santa for many years for our annual Wake Up Santa and his wife Kathy (aka Mrs. Claus) have decided it is time to hang up their Santa & Mrs. Claus attire. Dennis Leeser from Woodstock, Illinois, has volunteered to fill the boots left by Randy. His wife, Debbie, will take over for Kathy as Mrs. Claus. Dennis has experience being Santa for the local nursing home in Woodstock, Illinois as well as for “The Polar Express” that Woodstock did for a number of years. He has his own Santa suit. They will come to PdC on Friday, Dec. 1st. I would like to thank Randy & Kathy for their many years of bringing a realistic and believable Santa and Mrs. Claus to the area children.

Thanks also to Dennis and Debbie for volunteering to keep the long-going tradition of Wake Up Santa alive. Wake Up Santa is scheduled for Saturday, December 2nd in the Community Room at City Hall. If you would like to help, please contact Bev or Donna.

Other Ways to Help Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter

Phoneraiser - Please continue to save and donate your old cell phones, smart phones and ink cartridges. They can be dropped off at Tender Care Animal Hospital, Radio Shack or just bring them to a RABAS meeting. Donna, as always thank you for your time and effort in this project.

Schwan’s and Amazon.Com – To support RABAS by placing an order from Schwan’s, please visit the following website: https://schwans.flipgive.com/c/11785#.U7QGs-Z5E31.gmail. Schwan’s will donate 5% of each order placed to RABAS. 

Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Please consider either or both of these fundraisers when shopping online from Schwan’s and Amazon. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

An Additional Way to Help Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter can now be done through an automatic ACH withdrawal from your checking or savings account on a regular basis. This automatic withdrawal can be made for any amount and can be done as often s you would like – weekly, monthly, whatever you would like. These regular donations, no matter how big or small, could easily help

Another Way to Help is to purchase supplies when you are out shopping. Things that we will always be in need of include: paper towels, clumping cat litter, bleach, garbage bags, copy paper, envelopes, stamps, and dog and cat toys to name a few things. Before purchasing any large items for the shelter, please check the “Needs List” that can be found on our website or contact Donna or Cheryl

Rivers & Bluffs Tee Shirts and Caps are available for purchase at the shelter. If you would like one, contact Staci, Bev or Donna.

UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS

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Dog Obedience Classes will start this Wednesday at Tractor Supply. Classes start at 6 p.m. Cost of classes is $60 for 7 classes. All p...

My name is Staci Roth and I am beyond excited to be joining the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter team as the Shelter Manager! I have cared for and rescued a wide variety of animals throughout my life, and am so thrilled to be continuing this work in our community. I have extensive experience working in veterinary clinics, and also created and directed my own animal rescue for 15 years. I hope to use these experiences to foster an energetic and inclusive environment where all pets can find their forever homes. I raise my family to nurture and protect the lives of animals and hope to help guide our community to do the same.
Memorial Tile Orders can easily be placed on line by going to our website www.riversandbluffs.org. Click on the link and you will be able to order online using Paypal or print off an order form which can be mailed along with payment to RABAS POBox 421 PdC, WI 53821.
Tiles will be Mayflower Red (brick red) in color and will have engraved letters in black. Tiles are
available in two sizes – 4”x8” and 8”x8”. The 4”x8” will have 3 lines of print available and the 8”x8” will have up to 6 lines of print. Each size can have up to 20 characters/spaces per line. We will charge $75 for the 4”x8” and $150 for the 8”x8”.
We will also sell the mini bricks which will be exact replicas of the tiles ordered for those donors who would like a remembrance of their tile. The cost for the mini tiles is $12 each. A 4x8 or 8x8 tile will need to be ordered before ordering a mini tile.
The tiles will be displayed on a large interior wall near the entrance of the animal shelter. Jim & Judy Armstrong of Rivertown Ironworks will make and donate a large black wrought iron emblem featuring the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter logo. The logo will be centrally located on the wall with the tile. Please help spread the word about the tiles through Social Media.
The memorial tiles are a way to leave a lasting legacy in memory of or in honor of that special pet or pet lover in your life as well as help Rivers & Bluffs raise additional funds. Businesses are also encouraged to purchase tiles to express their support of Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter.
For more information on the memorial tile program, please contact Bev Pozega.

Order A Memorial Tile

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Memorial Tile Orders can easily be placed on line by going to our website www.riversandbluffs.org. Click on the link and you will be able...
Now that our shelter is on it's way to completion, people have been asking us what we need. We now have the garage available for storage so here is a list of things we are going to need .
This is just the start of our list. If you think of something, we probably need it! Please click here to contact anyone of our Board members.

Needs list!

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Now that our shelter is on it's way to completion, people have been asking us what we need. We now have the garage available for storage...

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter
460 Cliffwood Drive
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821