F Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter

Capital Campaign Underway

The Top Notch Construction and Design  crew is busy building the exterior shell of the shelter on 3.4 acres of property in the city’s business park.
Simultaneously, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter embarked on a capital campaign Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017, from which they hope to raise funds toward furnishing the interior of the facility.
“We need to raise another $400,000 for the interior of the building,” said Cheryl Statz, RABAS president.
“We’ve always felt, once people see it built, they’ll believe. We’re hoping this will bring in donations a lot faster (than the past nine years),” added RABAS Vice President Bev Pozega. “We’ve had a lot of fundraisers to get this far—it’s been a lot of cookies, poker runs, shoe drives and generous donations.”

Rivers and Bluffs is thankful for the donors to the capital campaign thus far.

  • Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien
  • Raymond & Sandy Kittle
  • Jenny & Evan Mallon
  • Kyle Pattison – Pattison Sand Co.
  • Bloomington Livestock Exchange
  • Arleen & Gary Kozelka
  • Jami & Ken Quick
  • Joe & Carrie Kramer
  • Jill & Brian Cipra
  • Randy & Kathy Paske
  • Bev & Dennis Pozega
  • Cheryl Statz & Steve Tibbetts
  • Gary & Kathy Koch
  • Crawford County Title
  • Wendy & Stewart Remaly
  • Ms. Kristi Bahls
  • Kay & Joe Schmitz
  • Gary & Joanne Brooks

We have received $32,500.00 in anonymous donations. Total Capital Campaign $$ to date:  $59,100.00. 

We have an additional $14,750.00 committed for year 2 and beyond.  

Thank you to all who have helped with the Capital Campaign.  We appreciate your support.  Watch us grow!

Breakfast with Santa, Wake up Santa 2016

Breakfast with Santa and Wake Up Santa take place in the Community Room of Prairie du Chien City Hall (Map) during the first Saturday of December. Children are invited to bring pots, pans, wooden spoons and other noise makers to "wake up Santa". Then, promptly at 8:30AM, on the count of three, the children bang on their pots and pans and shout "Wake Up Santa" at the top of their lungs. The fun event begins!

Download Wake Up Santa Regsitration

Admission includes:
Breakfast with Santa

After Santa is awake, a hot, delicious, breakfast served by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers  between 8:30 AM-10:00 AM.

A Personalized Visit with Santa

We hope to make this a memorable experience for your young child for years to come. Santa will have a large book with each child's name and personal information.

Santa's Workshop

While children are waiting for their personal visit with Santa, they can make a special ornament for their Christmas tree.
Organized Santa Themed Games
Pin the Tail on Rudolph, Coloring, Santa Bingo, and more...
Santa's Secret Gift Shop

Santa's Secret Gift Shop will also be open. Children can purchase quality gifts for parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers for $3 or less. Gifts can also be wrapped at the time of purchase.

Photo with Santa

A professional photographer will be on hand to capture this special moment in your child's life.
Nominal cost for 5X7 color photo. Photos can be picked up at Prairie du Chien,, Tractor Supply, Pick up date and time shown on registration

A tail-wagging moment: Ground broken for animal shelter*

Dog SweetieRivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter officially broke ground Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 25, on the site of its future shelter on Cliffwood Drive, behind Country Inn and Suites. RABAS board members, volunteers and Top Notch Construction contractors Pete and Paul Langmeier were on site. Pictured (from left) are Paul Langmeier, Joe Kramer, Brandon Christensen, Joan Senn, Donna Heilmann, Randi Kluesner, Randy Paske, Bob Witt, Diane Witt, Mayor Dave Hemmer, City Administrator Aaron Kramer, Jill Cipra, Deb Eades, Tina Osterhaus and Bev Pozega with her golden doodle dog. (Also pictured) Sweetie, Paula Gutzmer’s therapy dog, was among at least a dozen canine companions at the groundbreaking who anxiously await the new shelter for their friends as well. More photos can be found at pdccourier.com or on the Courier Press’ Facebook page.(Photos by Correne Martin)

RABAS Groundbreaking















Many of those attending brought their dogs.


The board unveiled the new sign at the location of the future animal shelter, on Cliffwood Drive, behind Country Inn and Suites


City Administrator Aaron Kramer handed RABAS vice-president Bev Pozega a donation from the city of Prairie du Chien for $15,000.