It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like “An Animal Shelter”

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like “An Animal Shelter”
With the opening of Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter just around the corner – December 4th things are beginning to really come together.
Staci has been busy readying the shelter for our first residents. The first 5 Volunteer Training Sessions have been held. If you missed the first 5 Volunteer Training Sessions, there will be more held in the upcoming months. These training sessions are general in scope. More “specialized” training sessions will be held as we learn which volunteer opportunities people are interested in. Just a reminder, Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter will be open on a “by appointment only” basis. Appointments can be made by contacting Staci at 608-790-2473 or by emailing Staci at rabasmanager@gmail.com. A pallet containing 2000 pounds of kitty litter as well as a pallet of dog food and a pallet of cat food was delivered recently. The dog and cat food as well as the kitty litter were donated by Purina.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like “An Animal Shelter”
With the opening of Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter just around the corner – December 4th things are beginning to really come together.
Staci has been busy readying the shelter for our first residents. The first 5 Volunteer Training Sessions have been held. If you missed the first 5 Volunteer Training Sessions, there will be more held in the upcoming months. These training sessions are general in scope. More “specialized” training sessions will be held as we learn which volunteer opportunities people are interested in. Just a reminder, Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter will be open on a “by appointment only” basis. Appointments can be made by contacting Staci at 608-790-2473 or by emailing Staci at rabasmanager@gmail.com. A pallet containing 2000 pounds of kitty litter as well as a pallet of dog food and a pallet of cat food was delivered recently. The dog and cat food as well as the kitty litter were donated by Purina.
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Help prevent homeless pets! Every year, unplanned and unwanted litters create millions of homeless pets.
Spaying and neutering gets to the root of overpopulation of homeless pets as it prevents the birth of so many unwanted animals. Every year, each adult unspayed female CAT can have up to three litters with an average of 4 kittens. Every year, each adult unspayed female DOG can have up to two litters with an average of 4 puppies. 35% of dogs and cats in U.S. households are not spayed or neutered which means there are 60 million pets that can still breed.
Some areas provide low cost spay/neuter clinics which is a helpful alternative for those who cannot afford full priced surgeries. All animals adopted from Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter will be spayed or neutered before going to their new homes.

A Message from the Manager

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Help prevent homeless pets! Every year, unplanned and unwanted litters create millions of homeless pets. Spaying and neutering gets to th...
Donna will soon be decorating a Christmas tree at the animal shelter. But, this will be no ordinary tree. This tree will be “teeming” with donation opportunities to help the shelter with its every day needs. In addition to Christmas decorations, the tree will have paw print ornaments with suggested donations. Stop on by to see how you can help Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter help pets in need.

Decorated Tree to Help Shelter

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Donna will soon be decorating a Christmas tree at the animal shelter. But, this will be no ordinary tree. This tree will be “teeming” with...



Memorial Tile Orders-To date we have received orders for 36 tiles for a profit of $2,988.00. We only need 14 more tile orders before we can place our first order. If you are planning to purchase a tile in memory or in honor of a beloved pet(s) or animal lover, we would appreciate it if you would please consider doing it soon. Tiles can also be inscribed with a family or business name. The engraved tiles make excellent gifts for the animal lover in your life. Cost of a 4x8 tile is $75 and cost of an 8x8 tile is $150. Memorial Tile Orders can easily be placed online 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 PO Box 421 PdC, WI 53821. The tiles will be displayed on a large interior wall near the entrance of the animal shelter.



Kwik Trip Gas sales  The sale of these cards can play an important role in funding the monthly
operational costs. The Kwik Trip cards can also be purchased at the shelter. The cards can be used in the store for products or at the pump for gas. A simple swipe at the pump and you will be on your way without waiting plus you will be helping Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter. We make 5% from every gasoline purchase and an additional 10% for every in-store purchase. Kwik Trip Gas Cards make excellent Christmas gifts for that person who has everything or for that student on your gift list. Please support Rivers & Bluffs

Tractor Supply Holiday Bake Sale
will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 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.

Other Ways to Help Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter

Phoneraiser - Please continue to save and donate your old cell phones, smartphones 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  – To support RABAS by placing an order from Schwan’s, please visit the following website: https://www.schwans-cares.com/campaigns/31390-rivers-and-bluffs-animal-shelter. 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 and 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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Memorial Tile Orders -To date we have received orders for 36 tiles for a profit of $2,988.00. We only need 14 more tile orders before we...
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.
For those of you who were not fortunate enough to be at Wake Up Santa today, I thought you might like to see some of the pictures.  These were taken by Debbie Leeser (aka Mrs. Claus).  Thanks to everyone for their help to make this event a success.  I know that it is one of our events that is looked forward to by the community.  The first picture is Santa Claus (Dennis Leeser) and one of Santa's elves (Joanne Brooks), 3rd picture is Santa, Staci (shelter mgr.) Staci's daughter Mia and her friend Josh, next picture is Santa and Mrs. C and Trina Skime's Girl Scout Troop, Chance (Linda Bedward) and Santa take time for a picture together, Santa and Chance asleep in fron of the tree, my two beautiful grandkids - Braelyn and Maverick, in awe of Chance, Maverick eyeing the candy canes, and the last picture is Tina's beautiful granddaughter Layla, not sure if she should get any closer to the man in the red suit and white beard.

We had 63 kids visit Santa today.Thanks to our sponsors - Walmart, Paper Moon in McGregor, Subway in PdC, Boscobel and Fennimore, and Thrivent Financial.  Once again, thanks to all.  Mr. and Mrs. Claus you did a great job.  
 

 


 



Wake up Santa 2017 A success

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For those of you who were not fortunate enough to be at Wake Up Santa today, I thought you might like to see some of the pictures.  These ...
Nancy Eastman, a local Pampered Chef consultant, will sponsor an online Pampered Chef Party to benefit Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS).  Doris Christopher, a Chicago native, founded Pampered Chef in 1980 with the belief that quick tips and powerful tools can fuel a faster, no-fuss cooking experience. Today, many of us don’t even have the time to sit down for an entire meal, let alone make one. Nancy will be presenting live facebook shows on the RABAS website throughout the month of December. The short presentations will display fabulous ways of creating stress-free, one pot meals that gets dinner to the table in about 30 minutes.  This is Nancy’s favorite way of connecting with family and friends. There is a story behind every recipe.  These are the treasures that get passed down from generation to generation.  Nancy grew up in the Prairie du Chien, Mar Mac area and has recently retired from the USAF with 24 years of service.  She would like to pay it forward to the community by partnering with the animal shelter to chart a pragmatic path that holds shelters appropriately accountable for the substantial responsibilities that come with the job of sheltering animals.  Pampered Chef products will be available online beginning December 1st, by visiting pamperedchef.com/go/animalshelter. The party will close on December 31st. Products will be shipped directly to the purchaser immediately after processing.  RABAS will receive a donation totaling 30% of sales which includes 15% from Pampered Chef and an additional 15% donated by Nancy. For every party booked, the Pampered Chef Company will donate $3 with Nancy adding $2 per party. Cooking shows, help guests use Pampered Chef unique products prepare simple and delicious recipes while sharing tips and techniques to make every day cooking easier and faster.  Nancy recommends using Pampered Chef

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter
460 Cliffwood Drive
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Ph. 608.380.1559

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-run charitable organization. State License 468354-DS