Pasta for Pets

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Once again, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter will sponsor their annual Pasta for Pets. This salad, pasta and dessert buffet will be held on Wednesday, April 25th at Huckleberry’s Restaurant & Banquet Hall in Prairie du Chien. Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. and includes a variety of delicious pasta, salad bar and home-made desserts baked by Rivers and Bluffs Volunteers.
In addition to the buffet, a Basket Raffle, Live Auction by Adams’ Auction Service and a 50/50 raffle will also be held.
Adams’ Auction Service will start the bidding on an excellent lineup of auction items at 5:30 p.m.

Basket Raffle – Pasta for Pets 2018
  • Dog Basket with Jacket – Dave & Bonita Ralph, Rita Clancy
  • 2. Café Hope Basket – Jo & Gary Brooks
  • 3. Game Basket – Jo & Gary Brooks
  • 4. Beach Bag– Betty Frydenlund
  • 5. Mary Kay Basket – Linda Smrcina
  • 6. Knitter’s Basket– Cheryl Statz
  • 7. Car Care Basket- Exit Realty – Tina Osterhaus
  • 8. Gardening Basket – Darci Knapp
  • 9. Fishing Lures – Starks – Alex & Libby Stark
  • 10. Kids’ Art Basket/Culvers Kids Pack – Sime Family
  • 11. Margarita Basket – Sally Whitish
  • 12. Papa Murphy’s – Papa Murphys
  • 13. Dunkin’ Donuts – Dunkin’ Donuts
  • 14. Kids Basket – Bev Pozega
  • 15. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter Afghan – Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution Inmates
  • & Winneschiek $25 Gift Card
  • 16. The Barn 6 $50 Gift Certificate
  • 17. Puppy Basket – Heidi & Ella Kirschbaum
  • 18. Spring Basket – Jessie & Lizzie Udelhoven
  • 19. Mother’s Day Basket – Michelle Comer & Girl Scouts
  • 20. Stepping Stones Kit & Culver’s Kids Pack – Bev Pozega
  • 21. Kitchen Basket – Sue Rider & Peggy Miller
  • 22. Key Hook – Labrador Retriever Motif - Rivertown Ironworks – Jim & Judy Armstrong
  • 23. Key Hook – Beagle Motif – Rivertown Ironworks – Jim & Judy Armstrong
  • 24. Key Hook – Golden Retriever Motif – Rivertown Ironworks – Jim & Judy Armstrong
  • 25. Key Hook – Labrador Retriever Motif – Rivertown Ironworks – Jim & Judy Armstrong
  • 26. Meditation DVD & Book – Michelle Casper
  • 27. Red Afghan – Helen Jelinek
  • 28. Multi-colored Afghan – Helen Jelinek
  • 29. Go for the Gold – Michelle Casper
  • 30. Let’s Nail It – Michelle Casper
  • 31. Let’s Face it – Michelle Casper
  • 32. Green With Envy – Michelle Casper
  • 33. Shower Me With Love – Michelle Casper
  • 34. Paparazzi Jewelry Set – Michelle Casper
  • 35. All Eyes on Me – Michelle Casper
  • 36. Ring Around the Silver – Michelle Casper
  • 37. Snap on Tools Collector’s Game Set – Merilee Close
  • 38. 3 Scenic Photos – Rueben & Cindy Slater
  • 39. Cabin Fever Puppy Plate
  • 40. Fun n Games Puppy Plate
  • 41. Weekend Gardner Puppy Plate
  • 42. Local Specialty Sampler – Donna Heilmann & Friends
  • 43. Barnes & Noble 5 in 1 Classic Game Set – Debbie & Dennis Leeser
  • 44. Puzzle and Game Books Basket – Debbie & Dennis Leeser
  • 45. Tub of Happy – Lisa Mink & Judy Sagedahl
  • 46. Dog Car Seat – Rita Clancy
  • 47. Wildlife Lamp – Deb Cross
  • 48. Unknown - Deb Luebker
  • 49. Unknown - Deb Luebker
  • 50. Mary Kay Basket – Amanda Wagner
  • 51. Antique Basket – Amanda Wagner
  • 52. Basket of Towels – Linda Redman
  • 53. Unknown – Regan & Becky Kramer
  • 54. Unknown – Deb Luebker
PASTA FOR PETS LIVE AUCTION 2018

1. Night on the Town #1 – AmericInn – 1-night stay – Sunday thru Thursday
Prairie Cinema – 2 movie passes, Casino Queen – 2 Buffet Certificates
2. Hall Tree – hand-crafted by Joe Schmitz
3. Quilt donated by Bob & Diane Witt
4. Find Your Inner Self – Yoga with Cats – 3 sessions for up to 4 people – taught by certified Yoga
Instructor Marjie Bennett – Held at Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter
5. Hand-dyed Silk Scarf and a hand-crafted matching necklace made by Terri Lins
6. Radio Flyer 3 in 1 Wagon
7. The Barn - $50 Gift Card
8. Craft Beers – Joe Kramer & Starks’ Sport Shop
9. Jill Cipra’s Famous Cookie Platter
10. Woman’s Watch/Bracelet Set
11. Vase – Taft's Mill Pottery
12. Fun in the Sun Kids Pack
13. Bird Bath & Garden Globe
14. PdC Area Sampler Tree #1
15. Pampered Chef Basket by Nancy Eastman
16. Complete Set of Novels by PdC Author Tony Wedgeworth
17. Green Bay Packers Football
18. Green Bay Packers Fire Ring
19. Night on the Town #2 – Country Inn & Suites – 1-night stay – Sunday thru Thursday, Prairie
Cinema – 2 movie passes, Casino Queen – 2 Buffet Certificates
20. Cardinal Print – Jill & Brian Cipra
21. PdC Sampler Tree #2
22. Bissell Pet Spot Remover
23. Bistro Table & Chairs
24. Dessert of the Month – 12 months of delicious desserts made by RABAS Bakers – Jill, Donna,
Cheryl, Tina & Bev
25. Mystery Box
26. The Barn - $50 Gift Card & Casey’s - $50 Gift Card
27. Print – Sutton Insurance
28. Power Washer
29. China Hutch/Book Case handcrafted by Phil Dwornik
30. Rosie Stram’s Pickles
31. Santa Print – Terri Lins
32. Wild Bird Feeding Station Complete with Feeders – Ryan Picha and Bev Pozega
33. Auto Care Package – Jackie & Mike Rymarz & Friends
34. Car Detailing & Oil Detail – Heartland Automotive
35. Milwaukee Brewer Tickets & Milwaukee Brewer Fleece Tied Blanket
36. 2 Wisconsin Badger Football Tickets on the 30 Yard Line – Nebraska vs Wisconsin – October 6
37. ½ Hog Processed by Eastman Locker
38. 2 Wisconsin Badger Football Tickets on the 30 Yard Line – Nebraska vs Wisconsin – October 6
39. Bucky Badger Yard Ornament – Rivertown Ironworks – Jim & Judy Armstrong

    Advance table reservations for groups of 8 business associates, family or friends are available by contacting Tina at 608-412-0179. Eight basket raffle tickets are included with the table reservations.
    “Once again we are hoping that the community will come and enjoy a delicious assortment of pasta and desserts as well as a fun night out to support Rivers and Bluffs with their building fund,” said Bev Pozega, one of the event organizers. RABAS volunteers will be on hand to provide information their progress to date.
    Donations may be sent to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC WI 53821. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization and your donation is tax deductible.
    FireShot Screen Capture #035 - 'Pasta for Pets_xcf_pdf' - docs_google_com_file_d_0B2LZwF2hs_vQZmQ3MGVkYzktNmMyNS00MGIxLWIyMjMtMTg1YTVkNjU1M2Ix_edit_hl=en_USPASTA FOR PETS IS POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 25TH DUE TO WEATHER.   
    Once again, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter will sponsor their annual Pasta for Pets. This salad, pasta and dessert buffet will be held on Wednesday, April 25th at Huckleberry’s Restaurant & Banquet Hall in Prairie du Chien. Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at 7:00 p.m. and includes a variety of delicious pasta, salad bar and home-made desserts baked by Rivers and Bluffs Volunteers.
    In addition to the buffet, a Basket Raffle, Live Auction by Adams’ Auction Service and a 50/50 raffle will also be held.
    Adams’ Auction Service will start the bidding on an excellent lineup of auction items at 5:30 p.m.

    Basket Raffle – Pasta for Pets 2018
    • Dog Basket with Jacket – Dave & Bonita Ralph, Rita Clancy
    • 2. Café Hope Basket – Jo & Gary Brooks
    • 3. Game Basket – Jo & Gary Brooks
    • 4. Beach Bag– Betty Frydenlund
    • 5. Mary Kay Basket – Linda Smrcina
    • 6. Knitter’s Basket– Cheryl Statz
    • 7. Car Care Basket- Exit Realty – Tina Osterhaus
    • 8. Gardening Basket – Darci Knapp
    • 9. Fishing Lures – Starks – Alex & Libby Stark
    • 10. Kids’ Art Basket/Culvers Kids Pack – Sime Family
    • 11. Margarita Basket – Sally Whitish
    • 12. Papa Murphy’s – Papa Murphys
    • 13. Dunkin’ Donuts – Dunkin’ Donuts
    • 14. Kids Basket – Bev Pozega
    • 15. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter Afghan – Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution Inmates
    • & Winneschiek $25 Gift Card
    • 16. The Barn 6 $50 Gift Certificate
    • 17. Puppy Basket – Heidi & Ella Kirschbaum
    • 18. Spring Basket – Jessie & Lizzie Udelhoven
    • 19. Mother’s Day Basket – Michelle Comer & Girl Scouts
    • 20. Stepping Stones Kit & Culver’s Kids Pack – Bev Pozega
    • 21. Kitchen Basket – Sue Rider & Peggy Miller
    • 22. Key Hook – Labrador Retriever Motif - Rivertown Ironworks – Jim & Judy Armstrong
    • 23. Key Hook – Beagle Motif – Rivertown Ironworks – Jim & Judy Armstrong
    • 24. Key Hook – Golden Retriever Motif – Rivertown Ironworks – Jim & Judy Armstrong
    • 25. Key Hook – Labrador Retriever Motif – Rivertown Ironworks – Jim & Judy Armstrong
    • 26. Meditation DVD & Book – Michelle Casper
    • 27. Red Afghan – Helen Jelinek
    • 28. Multi-colored Afghan – Helen Jelinek
    • 29. Go for the Gold – Michelle Casper
    • 30. Let’s Nail It – Michelle Casper
    • 31. Let’s Face it – Michelle Casper
    • 32. Green With Envy – Michelle Casper
    • 33. Shower Me With Love – Michelle Casper
    • 34. Paparazzi Jewelry Set – Michelle Casper
    • 35. All Eyes on Me – Michelle Casper
    • 36. Ring Around the Silver – Michelle Casper
    • 37. Snap on Tools Collector’s Game Set – Merilee Close
    • 38. 3 Scenic Photos – Rueben & Cindy Slater
    • 39. Cabin Fever Puppy Plate
    • 40. Fun n Games Puppy Plate
    • 41. Weekend Gardner Puppy Plate
    • 42. Local Specialty Sampler – Donna Heilmann & Friends
    • 43. Barnes & Noble 5 in 1 Classic Game Set – Debbie & Dennis Leeser
    • 44. Puzzle and Game Books Basket – Debbie & Dennis Leeser
    • 45. Tub of Happy – Lisa Mink & Judy Sagedahl
    • 46. Dog Car Seat – Rita Clancy
    • 47. Wildlife Lamp – Deb Cross
    • 48. Unknown - Deb Luebker
    • 49. Unknown - Deb Luebker
    • 50. Mary Kay Basket – Amanda Wagner
    • 51. Antique Basket – Amanda Wagner
    • 52. Basket of Towels – Linda Redman
    • 53. Unknown – Regan & Becky Kramer
    • 54. Unknown – Deb Luebker
    PASTA FOR PETS LIVE AUCTION 2018

    1. Night on the Town #1 – AmericInn – 1-night stay – Sunday thru Thursday
    Prairie Cinema – 2 movie passes, Casino Queen – 2 Buffet Certificates
    2. Hall Tree – hand-crafted by Joe Schmitz
    3. Quilt donated by Bob & Diane Witt
    4. Find Your Inner Self – Yoga with Cats – 3 sessions for up to 4 people – taught by certified Yoga
    Instructor Marjie Bennett – Held at Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter
    5. Hand-dyed Silk Scarf and a hand-crafted matching necklace made by Terri Lins
    6. Radio Flyer 3 in 1 Wagon
    7. The Barn - $50 Gift Card
    8. Craft Beers – Joe Kramer & Starks’ Sport Shop
    9. Jill Cipra’s Famous Cookie Platter
    10. Woman’s Watch/Bracelet Set
    11. Vase – Taft's Mill Pottery
    12. Fun in the Sun Kids Pack
    13. Bird Bath & Garden Globe
    14. PdC Area Sampler Tree #1
    15. Pampered Chef Basket by Nancy Eastman
    16. Complete Set of Novels by PdC Author Tony Wedgeworth
    17. Green Bay Packers Football
    18. Green Bay Packers Fire Ring
    19. Night on the Town #2 – Country Inn & Suites – 1-night stay – Sunday thru Thursday, Prairie
    Cinema – 2 movie passes, Casino Queen – 2 Buffet Certificates
    20. Cardinal Print – Jill & Brian Cipra
    21. PdC Sampler Tree #2
    22. Bissell Pet Spot Remover
    23. Bistro Table & Chairs
    24. Dessert of the Month – 12 months of delicious desserts made by RABAS Bakers – Jill, Donna,
    Cheryl, Tina & Bev
    25. Mystery Box
    26. The Barn - $50 Gift Card & Casey’s - $50 Gift Card
    27. Print – Sutton Insurance
    28. Power Washer
    29. China Hutch/Book Case handcrafted by Phil Dwornik
    30. Rosie Stram’s Pickles
    31. Santa Print – Terri Lins
    32. Wild Bird Feeding Station Complete with Feeders – Ryan Picha and Bev Pozega
    33. Auto Care Package – Jackie & Mike Rymarz & Friends
    34. Car Detailing & Oil Detail – Heartland Automotive
    35. Milwaukee Brewer Tickets & Milwaukee Brewer Fleece Tied Blanket
    36. 2 Wisconsin Badger Football Tickets on the 30 Yard Line – Nebraska vs Wisconsin – October 6
    37. ½ Hog Processed by Eastman Locker
    38. 2 Wisconsin Badger Football Tickets on the 30 Yard Line – Nebraska vs Wisconsin – October 6
    39. Bucky Badger Yard Ornament – Rivertown Ironworks – Jim & Judy Armstrong

      Advance table reservations for groups of 8 business associates, family or friends are available by contacting Tina at 608-412-0179. Eight basket raffle tickets are included with the table reservations.
      “Once again we are hoping that the community will come and enjoy a delicious assortment of pasta and desserts as well as a fun night out to support Rivers and Bluffs with their building fund,” said Bev Pozega, one of the event organizers. RABAS volunteers will be on hand to provide information their progress to date.
      Donations may be sent to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC WI 53821. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization and your donation is tax deductible.
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      Crawford County Community Fund Leadership Award is being awarded to Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter for the Organization Leadership Award. Cheryl Statz submitted a nomination for Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter and Eric Frydenlund nominated Bev Pozega for the Leadership and Service Award. Both were selected in their category to receive the Leadership Award, but because both awards are directly related to Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter, one award will be given to the shelter with Bev as the “Driving Force”. Thank you to both Cheryl and Eric for the nominations. The award ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 19th at Crossing Rivers Health. There will be an hors d’ouevers and dessert reception at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The purpose of the reception is to recognize the recipients as well as to celebrate the spirit of leadership and volunteerism across Crawford County. Rusty Cunningham, editor of the LaCrosse Tribune will be the featured presenter.

      Dancing with the Hawkettes - The Hawkettes Dance Team is volunteering their off-season time to raise funds for two great organizations. Dancing with the Hawkettes will take place on Sunday, April 15th at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. This year’s proceeds from Dancing with the Hawkettes will benefit Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter and the Music Fights Back Foundation.
      Tickets and votes are available at Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter, 460 Cliffwood Dr. (behind Country Inn & Suites) on Mondays from 12-7 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 p.m., from select event organizers and on the website: dwtspdc.ticketleap.com/dwtspdc2018/.
      Early Bird Tickets purchased prior to April 11th will receive 5 votes with the ticket. Tickets purchased after April 11th will each receive 2 votes. Additional votes will be available for purchase for $1 each.
      Doors will open at 4 p.m. Tickets include a delicious chicken in white wine sauce dinner, catered by The Barn, as well as home-made desserts. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. A cash bar will be available. Dance competition begins at 6:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved on the website with two different levels of seating available – Premium and Regular.
      This year’s Dancing with the Hawkettes will include a Dessert Auction. Curt Kramer will be the auctioneer. A 50/50 Raffle will also be held, benefitting the Hawkettes Dance Team for costumes and competition expenses.
      The roster of Dancing Partners includes the following:
      • Jade Afroukh and Bjorn Thompson 
      • Paige Severson and Nathan Bremmer 
      • Bree Holler and Robert Smudde
      • Kina Myers & Justin Cathman 
      • Caitlin Nolan and Ron Sedgwick 
      • Kara Katzung and Mark Seeley
      • Lauren Kennedy and Jeff Panka 
      • Archi Patel and Jeremy Cuff Morgan 
      • Kiesau and Gary Keeney
      • Rebekah Champion and Ken Hess

      Lynn Rider, Ken Stoeffler, Tom Nelson and Ashley Morga will be the judges for this event. DJ Slam (Stewart Slaman) will provide the music for the dance competition and Mike McCoy as emcee will be sure to keep the crowd entertained.
      This event is sponsored by Thrivent Insurance, AAA Awards, Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter, Hawkettes Dance Team, Music Fights Back Foundation, The Barn Restaurant and The Dousman House. For more information on Dancing with the Hawkettes, please contact Shelly Rider at 608-326-8775. Tickets are limited, so be sure to purchase early.
      We are counting on you. I hope to see many of you there.

      Pasta for Pets will be held on Wednesday, April 18th at Huckleberry’s Restaurant and Banquet Hall. It starts at 4:30 p.m. and serving will end at 7 p.m. This event includes a Salad, Pasta and Dessert Buffet, Live Action, Basket Raffle and a 50/50 Raffle. By the time you get this newsletter, Pasta for Pets will be about a week away. We have a great lineup for the Live Auction as well as some unique Baskets for the Basket Raffle. I believe we will have about 34 baskets for the Basket Raffle and about that same number of items for the Live Auction. 
      Last year we made about $6,000.00. Please help to spread the word about Pasta for Pets and I hope many of you will consider attending this great fundraiser. If there are any volunteers who would like to help with bussing tables, clean up or set up.

      RABAS Garage Sale – City Wide Garage Sale (April 19, 20 & 21st -half day) – Garage sale items are coming in and we have many nice items.

      Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter’s Grand Opening is set for Saturday, June 2nd from noon – 4 p.m. Tina will be in charge of this and will be assisted by the Fundraising Committee.

      Wisconsin-Iowa Shopping News Cutest Pet Contest – To celebrate April’s National Pet Month and our new animal shelter, Wisconsin-Iowa Shopping News will sponsor a Cutest Pet Photo Contest. Pet owners are invited to submit photos of their pets to the Shopping News. Registration forms are available at the Shopping News, 405 N. Marquette Road in PdC. Photos can be emailed to the Shopping News at cutestpetever@wcinet.com. Online voting can also be done at the same email address. For those emailing their pet’s photo, please include the following information with the photo: Pet Name, Age of Pet, Owner’s Name, Address, Email and Phone Number. Payment for emailed photos can be done by mailing payment to the Shopping News 405 N. Marquette Road, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821, paying in person or calling Shopping News at 608-326-2457 and paying with a debit or credit card. The deadline to enter the contest is April 5. The cost to enter your pet’s photo is $5 per photo with $2.50 per photo being donated to Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter. Voting will take place from April 9-April 19th and can be done online or by stopping in at Shopping News. First and second place winning photos will receive gift certificates to the sponsor business of their choice ($50 for 1st place, $25 for 2nd place). Rivers and Bluffs will donate a tee shirt or cap to the 3rd place winner. For more information, please contact the Shopping News at the number listed above.

      RABAS Garage Sale – City Wide Garage Sale (April 19, 20 and 21st-half day) – Since we now have a big, beautiful garage, we thought, why not have a garage sale. Please save any items suitable for resale for the garage sale. No junk, please. We will start collecting items for the garage sale on Monday, April 2nd. Please contact Bev, Donna or Staci to schedule a time to drop off your garage sale items. Please let one of us know what you plan to donate and when you will drop it off so we can plan accordingly.

      Princess for an Evening is set for Saturday, May 5th. Once again, all of the stars have aligned for this event to come together. This Father-Daughter Dance will be held at Huckleberry’s Banquet Hall, Juice MC will be the DJ, Brian Cipra has volunteered to be the photographer and Lynn Rider will get the guys out on the floor by providing a group dance lesson. We have received a $250 gift card from Thrivent Financial which will be used to cover expenses and advertising. Exit Realty – Tina Osterhaus – will donate 50 wrist corsages. If you would like to help with set up or the dance itself, please let Bev know.

      Save Your Shoes for RABAS – Bev wants to try this again, even though everyone else thinks she is crazy. But now that we have our own place, complete with a big garage, shoe collection and storage should be much easier than the first time we did it. Once again, if you are cleaning out closets, please save your gently used shoes, boots, flip-flops, and sandals. They do need to be clean and in good shape. The collection will start in May. The start date has not yet been decided, but it will be after the Garage Sale.

      Mothers’ Day Food Stand and Bake Sale at Nelson True Value is set for Friday and Saturday, May 11th and 12th. We will need people to volunteer at the food stand/bake sale and also to bake. If you can bake or help on May 11th or 12th, please let Bev know.

      Rooster Andy’s Chicken Q will be held May 24th near Peoples State Bank on Blackhawk Ave. We will need volunteers to help with this. If you can help, please let Bev know. Volunteers, as you can tell by the above list, we have a lot going on in the next 2 months. We will need your help. If you can help with any of the events, it would be greatly appreciated. It’s a fun way to help RABAS and get to know fellow volunteers at the same time.

      Meat Auction to benefit Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter – Judy Armstrong has set up a Meat Auction at Jim’s Bar on June 15th. Jim’s Bar and Mississippi Meats will handle most of the details. Meat auctions are very popular and have made recently made more than $2,000.00. This fundraiser will not require much work on our part. Judy and Jim will also donate a life-size (5-6-feet-tall) Bucky Badger that we will auction off that night. We are hoping to use the profits from this event to provide
      vouchers for spaying and neutering cats. More on this to follow.

      UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS

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      Dancing with the Hawkettes - The Hawkettes Dance Team is volunteering their off-season time to raise funds for two great organizations. ...
      Memorial Tiles – The tiles are in place on the large wall in the lobby. Inmates and the Building and Construction Class Instructor from the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution installed the tiles on Friday, April 7th. This project started about a year ago when the fundraising committee decided on which title company to use based on cost, quality of tiles and customer service.
      Brick Markers USA from Miami, Florida was chosen. It took a number of months to get the minimum order of 50 tiles, but it was worth the wait. The wall is very striking and people who have purchased tiles have been coming in to find their tile on the wall. The inmates did a great job with the installation and finished the installation today (Monday, April 9th) by applying grout between the tiles. Profit from these tiles is $5,659.00. Thanks to everyone who ordered a tile. If you would like to order a tile, you can do so. The 2nd promotion has begun. Tiles from the 2nd promotion will be ordered when we have a minimum order of 50 tiles. Tiles can be ordered in memory of or in honor of a beloved pet or family member. 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. Tile order forms are also available at the shelter. You can complete an order form and pay for it while visiting the shelter.
      Kwik Trip Gas sales from January 19th through January 31st, 2018 totaled $325.00 for a profit of $16.25. The sale of these cards can play an important role in funding the monthly operational costs. Please consider purchasing these cards from Jill, Donna or Bev. 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. Please support Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter through the purchase of the Kwik Trip Cards.
      Partnering for Pets – Nelson True Value in Prairie du Chien has offered RABAS an ongoing opportunity to raise funds True Value has printed cards that are available at the shelter. If you purchase wild bird food products or pet products fromTrue Value and present this card at the time of purchase, True Value will donate 10% of the purchase price to RABAS.
      But it is up to us to get these cards into the hands of people who purchase pet and wild bird food products from True Value. So, please help spread the word. And then purchasers need to remember to show the card at checkout. A check for $61for February was received on Monday, March 5th
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      Continuing Fundraisers

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      Memorial Tiles – The tiles are in place on the large wall in the lobby. Inmates and the Building and Construction Class Instructor from th...
      Lynn & Denny Moris sadly said goodbye to their beloved dog, Lucky. Lucky was so named as he was found abandoned and tied up to a park bench in front of Ma’s Bakery in Bloomington. He was one Lucky dog. He brought so much joy to Lynn & Denny. He will be greatly missed.

      Judy Armstrong was instrumental in helping a small black lab mix dog from a high kill shelter in Houston, Texas, make her way to Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter and ultimately find her forever home just 3 days later. The cute little dog was named Esperanza while at the shelter in Texas. Esperanza means hope, so RABAS volunteers renamed her Hope. In the last month, we have found homes for many dogs and cats. Here are the stories of two successful adoptions.

      George
      George aka Georgie was at the shelter almost from the day the doors opened to the public. People came and went and Georgie couldn't understand why no one was taking home. Kaitlyn, a dog walking volunteer, instantly bonded with Georgie and was determined to find him a home. He had a meet and greet with a couple of other dogs, but they just didn't mesh well. She realized that he needed to be the only dog in a home. She never gave up hope that he wouldn't be the "Shelter dog" living in the kitchen. After lots of hunting, she found Georgie a fur-ever home where he is very much loved and spoiled!! The family that has Georgie reports he is doing very well and is very happy! He loves to play with his toys and nap with his persons!!! It just goes to prove that every dog deserves a home!

      Super Max by Tracie Priddy
      Our Super Max! Max is truly “Super”. Max “belonged” to all of the shelter volunteers as they were the first people to care and love him. I first met Max in the shelter as I was volunteering with the dogs. That helped me fill the void for wanting a dog and not having one due to our 12-hour work nights plus working on the weekends at a second job during the day. When I first met Max he was in the cat intake room by himself.
      Max tested positive for feline leukemia and needed to be kept away from other cats. Every time that I went to the shelter after meeting Max, his room was always my first stop before going to visit the dogs. Every time I opened the door to Max’s room, I hoped that he wouldn’t be in that room because he had finally been adopted. Yet each time he was still there. Every time I would go in his room he would put his front paws up on my leg waiting for me to pick him up. I would spend some time with him before and after caring for the dogs. Each time it just pulled at my heart. So the next thing that I had to do was convince my boyfriend who is not a “cat person” to let me adopt Super Max. As I suspected, he said “No”. But No is something that I have been used to hearing from him since we have been together. I now have 17 chickens and 1 rooster and I have adopted 4 of them recently from other people.
      He originally said no to them also. I told him the sad story of why Max was in a room away from all of the other cats and that he would need to go to a home with no other cats. Of course, the answer was still “NO”. So after another morning at the animal shelter with the same routine, my heart was breaking to leave Max in the room by himself. Max would get attention throughout the day but it just wasn’t the same as being in a home. So on my way to LaCrosse for a doctor’s appointment, I decided to call Staci and say “YES, I want to adopt Max”. Then I headed to Petco to purchase everything Max would need when I got him home. The happiness from everyone at the shelter filled my heart with joy because he truly deserved to be in a home and have a “furever” family. Then came the time for introducing my new love, Super Max to the man I love and live with, the man who doesn’t like cats at all. Well as I suspected, he was not happy with me.
      But what I’ve learned about him is that sometimes you have to just do it and he ends up being fine with it after I do it. In this case, it took him a little longer to warm up to the idea of Max than it did to the chickens and 1 rooster he said I could never have. So today, our Super Max is much loved by both of us. His favorite spots in the house are in the chair next to the window where the sunshine hits him during the day and he can watch the chickens in the front yard or in our bed while we are asleep. Every day he greets us at the door when we get home from work. He has done the same thing from the 1st day of our meeting – he puts his front paws on our legs, waiting to be picked up to give him hugs and kisses. He truly is Super Max because he got my boyfriend to love him as much as I do and to also realize that cats aren’t so bad after all. Thank you, Super Max, for all of your warmth, playfulness and the love you give to us.

      Rescues, Adoptions & Losses

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      Lynn & Denny Moris sadly said goodbye to their beloved dog, Lucky. Lucky was so named as he was found abandoned and tied up to a park be...
      Hello Friends! As we begin our fifth month of being open, we have found homes for 48 cats and 25 dogs. We’ve had great success adopting dogs out usually within the first week or two of being at the Shelter. Currently, we don’t have any dogs, but that could change at any moment. We are planning on getting five dogs April 29th from two rescues, Lola’s Lucky Day and Paddy’s Paws, that work with high-kill shelters in Texas. These two rescues take dogs who would otherwise be euthanized due to over-population in larger rescues and animal shelters down south. We hope to continue to work with these rescues and help save lives by accepting a few dogs every month. We will continue to post adoptable animals on Facebook and our website as soon as we know they are coming to us. Staci, RABAS Manager

      A Message from the Manager

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      Hello Friends! As we begin our fifth month of being open, we have found homes for 48 cats and 25 dogs. We’ve had great success adopting do...
      All right everyone, get out your smartphones and cameras and start taking pictures of your adorable pets.  Showcase in the photo what you love about your pet.Vote for your favorite photo.  Thanks to Wisconsin Shopping News. Good luck to all.  
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      Cutest Pets Contest

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      The Prairie du Chien Chamber Ambassadors hosted a ribbon cutting and Business After 5 at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter on Thursday, March 22.  Those attending the festivities  Paul Ginkel, Bob Sutton, Michele Kraus, Jill Cipra, Tina Osterhaus, Kevin Mulrooney, Bob Witt, Donna Heilmann, Diane Witt, Sue Rider, Bev Pozega, Stacey Roth, Lori Bekkum, John Howe, Char Bender & Bob Moses.
      Two local businesses are making it easy for community members to support the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter in Prairie du Chien and shop at their retail establishments at the same time.

      Nelson True Value has begun an ongoing program, Partnering for Pets, through which shoppers can help support the animal shelter. According to Bev Pozega, RABAS vice-president, customers at True Value who purchase pet products or store brand Wild Bird Food products will have 10 percent of those purchases gifted to the shelter.

      “They’ve been trying to come up with a way to help us and we’re so grateful,” Pozega said. “This is a great way for customers who already buy their pet products from True Value to give back to us at the same time.”

      For seven to eight years now, Kwik Trip has been offering gift cards, which can be used for gas or groceries at its convenience stores, to citizens who wish to contribute to the shelter. It’s a simple program. For example, give Rivers and Bluffs $25 in cash and you will receive a $25 Kwik Trip gift card. Then, Kwik Trip will give 5 percent of the proceeds to RABAS. From there, you can shop as you normally would at Kwik Trip with the cards. If you purchase groceries with the card, an extra 10 percent will be given to RABAS.

      “Basically, you’re not out anything. You get the same value out of it as what you put into it. You just use the card at Kwik Trip and Kwik Trip is the one that makes the actual donation,” Pozega explained. “The cards make great gifts and they help out our organization.”

      More ways to give
      In addition to these fundraisers, RABAS is selling 4x8 and 8x8 tiles to those who wish to honor or memorialize someone. Tiles will be erected inside the animal shelter.

      Plus, the shelter is collecting old cell phones and inkjet cartridges to be sent to Texas, from which RABAS gets a “kick back,” according to Donna Heilmann, RABAS secretary. The size of the old phones and cartridges must be smaller than the palm of your hand to donate. The shelter, Tender Care Animal Hospital, Computer Support Plus, RadioShack and Mediacom all have boxes for these items.

      “Every little bit adds up,” Pozega said.
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      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