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Helping Lost Pets Provides One National Website for All Missing Pets*

Spencer LDOWAn old saying “like two ships that pass in the night” has been the biggest hurdle to increased return to owner rates for shelters and successful reunions of lost dogs and their owners.  The popularity of internet and social media sites have been a wonderful resource for missing dogs but all too often, the finders and owners are posting on entirely different websites or Facebook pages. They both think they are doing everything they can – but they miss, their postings quietly drifting past each other and never connecting.

Helping Lost Pets and Lost Dogs of America has the solution!  When you file a free report with any one of our 23 sister states, your lost or found dog is automatically entered into the HeLP international map-based website.  Unlike car keys that usually stay where they are lost, dogs have four legs and walk. They can easily cross county, state or even country borders. They are also often taken across borders when they are picked up by Good Samaritans and may end up in a shelter far away from where they were found.  But when you register your lost or found pet with HeLP you don’t have to worry.  Everyone with access to the internet via a computer, tablet or phone is able to access the listings and see visually on a map where your dog is missing. They can use HeLP’s robust search features to search by breed, location, gender and color.

Spencer, a Jack Russell Terrier was lost in northern Illinois. The owners filed a report with Lost Dogs Illinois which automatically enters the dog into the HeLP database and map.  Just a few short days later, a Good Samaritan in Rock County, Wisconsin found Spencer and filed a found dog report with Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, which was also automatically entered in HeLP.  Lost Dogs of Wisconsin volunteers who dedicate their time to “matching” – watching for potential matches of lost and found dogs quickly realized that the two dogs were one and the same and within a few short minutes were able to make the phone calls to connect the owner and the finder.

Without the power of HeLP, Spencer may easily have ended up in a shelter in Wisconsin and been rehomed or even put down,  without the owner ever realizing what had happened.

Our goal is to encourage EVERY finder, owner, shelter, vet clinic, animal control facility or other entity that holds missing pets to register them with Helping Lost Pets. Together we can  reunite more lost pets with their families and free up space in shelters for needier animals.



Hot Weather Dangers for your Pets

With summer approaching and weather temperatures heating up, it’s important to pay special attention to your pets. Taking the precautionary steps to keep your pet safe will guarantee a much happier and healthier summer.

The Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals stresses how important it is to keep your animals safe in hot weather and stresses don’t leave pets in car in hot weather.

“You should never leave your pet in an enclosed car in hot weather,” said Dr. Lichtenberger owner of MECA.

“Although the temperature outside may seem comfortable, it could still be dangerous. The temperature of an enclosed car could increase over 100 degrees in a very short time. While you are inside running a quick errand, your pet could be struggling with heat stroke,” noted Lichtenberger.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), an animal could die of heat stroke in just a few minutes. Some signs of heat stroke include heavy breathing, dark tongue, restlessness and lack of coordination. If you see an animal struggling, do not hesitate to help. Try your best to locate the owner however, If you are unable to, call the authorities and wait by the car until help arrives.

If you find yourself in a situation where you fear your pet is suffering from heat stroke, move your pet to a cooler area. ASPCA states that your pet’s temperature should not be over 104 degrees. If you find that your pets temperature has increased past this point, let your pet drink small amounts of water to cool down. It is very important to seek medical attention right after you get the situation under control.

Every Time You Walk Your Dog With This App, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter Gets A Donation

phone-app-v2You give your dog a treat every time the two of you go on a walk. Why not give Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter a treat, too?

That's the premise of Walk for a Dog, a smartphone app that donates money to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter every time you walk your dog. According to Walk for a Dog's parent organization, WoofTrax, donations are funded via sponsorship deals and advertising, and generally vary from 11 to 25 cents per mile, depending on the number of people who have signed up to walk in benefit of a particular animal organization.

WoofTrax CEO Doug Hexter emphasized the number of people walking in support of Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter , and the number of walks they take, factors more into the donation amount than the distance they might walk.

"The miles are factored in, but not heavily," said Hexter, "as Walk for a Dog users are of all ages and abilities. A walk with your dog around the block or a 5-mile hike all count. We simply wanted to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get out there and walk their dog."

"It’s hard to get people to do something new," Hexter . "But millions of people are already walking their dogs every day. We simply wanted to encourage that activity and add more value to it."

“Every funding period is going to be different,” Hexter said. “About twice a year, we send donations to organizations with active walkers. The donation pool is divided based upon the number of people walking for a particular organization and the number of times they walked.”

In the six months since Walk for a Dog launched, it has distributed $10,000 in donations across the nearly 4,000 animal shelters which have signed up.

“Don’t just take your dog for a walk,” goes the WoofTrax slogan. “Take your walk for a dog. It’s healthy for you, your dog and Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter.”

The app is available both in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

8th Annual Prairie Pool Party–August 22, 2015

The 8th Annual Rivers and Bluffs Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle will take place on Saturday, August 22, at Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien, WI.

Small dogs (16 inches or less at the shoulder) will be swimming first from 9AM-10AM. Then the larger dogs join in the fun. Of course, the smaller dogs can stay and continue to have fun.

Wacouta Aquatic Park is located at 1401 E Wells St.,  in Prairie du Chien, Wi (Map).  Wacouta Aquatic Park has a 0 depth pool entrance. Chemicals added to the pool during human swimming times will be removed. Dogs can wade into the water and will not have to jump in from the wall. Humans can wade into the pool no deeper than ankle high. A certified life guard will be on duty to enforce this rule and ensure the safety of all in attendance. Proof of vaccinations required at registration

Rivers and Bluffs volunteers will  have lunch available which can be purchased for a nominal fee. We appreciate your support and look forward to providing your dogs with a day at the pool.

Please support the sponsors for this event: Halpin Tire, American Family Insurance - Ken Stoeffler Agency, Creative Cuts Salon - Mary Stoeffler, owner, Sut Hill Prairie Ford and Dodge, and Prairie du Chien Park and Rec Dept.

Money raised through this event will be added to the animal shelter building fund for the surrounding area.
Please stop in at our event sponsors: Halpin Tire, American Family Insurance- Ken Stoeffler Agency,  Creative Cuts Salon, Mary Stoeffler, Owner, Sut Hill Prairie Ford Dodge, Nelson True Value, PdC Park and Rec Dept.

For more information on Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter, please contact Bev Pozega at 608-326-2914 and Jill Cipra 608-326-4870. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organizations. Your donations are greatly appreciated and can be sent to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC WI 53821