Reprinted with permssion – Courier Press 1/15/2017
An anonymous $100,000 donation toward the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter has given its capital campaign the boost it needed to begin phase two of its shelter project in Prairie du Chien’s North Gateway Business Park.
“An anonymous donor gifted $100,000 to the animal shelter, making this donation the largest one-time donation to date,” RABAS Vice-President Bev Pozega said in a press release Tuesday.
Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers are beginning their 10th year of fundraising. Construction on phase one of the building started in early November and is nearing completion. Phase one consists of the exterior of the building, storage garage, foundation and utility location. The group is still in need of additional funds to finish phase two and provide for operations for the first year.
However, the RABAS Board of Directors decided that, because of the unexpected $100,000 donation, the organization will move forward with phase two, including interior construction, kennels and cages, office equipment and furniture, perimeter fencing and two outdoor canine play areas.
Currently, the capital campaign has netted more than $180,000. A number of upcoming fundraisers are planned for the next few months, including the Nelson True Value Pet Expo, Pasta for Pets, Princess for an Evening, True Value Food Stand, Rooster Andy’s Chicken Q and a garage sale.
Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is located just off Highway 35 on Cliffwood Drive, directly behind Country Inn and Suites. For more information on RABAS or the shelter, call Bev Pozega at 326-2914 or President Cheryl Statz at (608) 306-3896. Visit www.riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org and the group’s Facebook page for additional information.
Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization. Donations are tax deductible and can be mailed to RABAS, P.O.