Adoptable Pets

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Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter strives to find our animals the best home and to minimize the amount of time the animal stays in our shelter. For those reasons, we do not necessarily wait for all interested adopters to fill out adoption forms before placing the dog or cat. If you are interested in an animal, please visit us and fill out an adoption form as soon as possible. If you don't get the animal you want, there may be another just waiting for you! We only want what is best for our furry friends.

The adoption fee for an adult dog over one year is 200.00(tax included) and a puppy under one year is $250.00 (tax included). This includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccination if age appropriate, heartworm testing if appropriate, deworming, flea/tick medicine, Bordetella and distemper/parvovirus vaccinations. Microchip is also included.

The adoption fee for an adult cat over one year is $100 (tax included) and a kitten under one year is $125(tax included). This includes spay/neuter, distemper vaccination, deworming, FeLV testing and a rabies vaccination if age appropriate. If the new owner requests, a microchip is included. (An extra fee may be applied.)

Our organization has done its best to evaluate the health and disposition of the pet(s) you are adopting. However, RABAS can only assure you that the pet(s) you are adopting appeared healthy and was/were suitable for adoption at the time of the adoption. It is possible that he or she has been exposed to diseases that may not show symptoms for several weeks, including diseases that could be transmittable to humans.

Refunds. No matter how careful the shelter is in attempting to match the right pet with the right family, there are occasions where animals are returned to the shelter. Adoption fees are non- refundable, except at the discretion of the Shelter Manager. Those fees not refunded are considered a donation.

Animal Returns. For adopted animals returned to the shelter at any time, staff records the information on the Log Sheet. The adopter must return the Rabies tag, the Rabies Certificate, and any other information pertinent to the returned animal that was given to him or her at the time of adoption. At the Shelter Manager’s discretion, another animal may be chosen to adopt within a 30-day limit.
Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter strives to find our animals the best home and to minimize the amount of time the animal stays in our shelter. For those reasons, we do not necessarily wait for all interested adopters to fill out adoption forms before placing the dog or cat. If you are interested in an animal, please visit us and fill out an adoption form as soon as possible. If you don't get the animal you want, there may be another just waiting for you! We only want what is best for our furry friends.

The adoption fee for an adult dog over one year is 200.00(tax included) and a puppy under one year is $250.00 (tax included). This includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccination if age appropriate, heartworm testing if appropriate, deworming, flea/tick medicine, Bordetella and distemper/parvovirus vaccinations. Microchip is also included.

The adoption fee for an adult cat over one year is $100 (tax included) and a kitten under one year is $125(tax included). This includes spay/neuter, distemper vaccination, deworming, FeLV testing and a rabies vaccination if age appropriate. If the new owner requests, a microchip is included. (An extra fee may be applied.)

Our organization has done its best to evaluate the health and disposition of the pet(s) you are adopting. However, RABAS can only assure you that the pet(s) you are adopting appeared healthy and was/were suitable for adoption at the time of the adoption. It is possible that he or she has been exposed to diseases that may not show symptoms for several weeks, including diseases that could be transmittable to humans.

Refunds. No matter how careful the shelter is in attempting to match the right pet with the right family, there are occasions where animals are returned to the shelter. Adoption fees are non- refundable, except at the discretion of the Shelter Manager. Those fees not refunded are considered a donation.

Animal Returns. For adopted animals returned to the shelter at any time, staff records the information on the Log Sheet. The adopter must return the Rabies tag, the Rabies Certificate, and any other information pertinent to the returned animal that was given to him or her at the time of adoption. At the Shelter Manager’s discretion, another animal may be chosen to adopt within a 30-day limit.
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BELLA’S STORY
The first few weeks were interesting. Bella and Duke had some difficulties at first, but have since improved...they still have their moments, but more often than not they seem to enjoy each other’s company and play. Bella, or “Bells”, has adjusted pretty well. She gets along pretty well with Tugger also, unless she happens to be trying to eat his food, then Tugger gets a bit cranky with her. She enjoys her walks and play time outside, she loves to play fetch, in fact, you won’t see her much without a tennis ball...she still loves to jump up on people and try to “kiss” their nose with hers and also still likes to punch with her paws. She is very excited, loving, and playful. She likes to lay next to Duke and playfully nip at his ears and get him up to play, she really likes his attention. She is very funny and very alert...she watches everything and learns so quickly. She likes to roll around on her back and loves a belly rub and enjoys being combed. When she lays down, she just flops her body down and it makes a loud thud and then she sighs, it reminds me of something a bored child would do on a rainy day. She does not eat or drink ladylike. She sprays food and water everywhere and makes quite the mess, but wouldn’t change her (she sometimes sticks her nose in the water dish and blows bubbles? Looks like she is snorkeling?). Despite some of the challenges, she has come a long way as far as being in a house and has been a blessing to our come a long way as far as being in a house and has been a blessing to our family. Thank you and the rest of the volunteers who spent time with her.

Niko aka Mac

My husband, Sean and I lost our 10 1⁄2-year-old Denali to an aggressive form of cancer in 2010. After that loss, we knowingly adopted a senior dog with a very aggressive mammary gland cancer. We went into it knowing that she may only be with us for a couple of weeks, but we thought she deserved to be in a real family with people that loved her for as long as she had left. She had 2 surgeries and was pronounced cancer free. We were blessed to have Ginny in our family for 4 years. Because of Ginny, we decided that we would rescue senior and or special needs dogs. While we had Ginny we also adopted Luna and Ruby. Currently, our family consists of two 7-year-old dogs, Vixi & Pippi and a 16-year-old dog, Abbey.
On March 2nd my husband was driving by River and Bluffs Animal Shelter while on the job and saw what he thought, was a bag of dog treats lying in the middle of the road. He saw 2 ladies standing in the parking lot talking so he stopped to let them know that they might want to check out the bag. As it turned out they were discussing a blind little (6 1⁄2 pound) dog that had been surrendered just that morning. My husband said he was definitely not in the market for another dog because we had 3 at home already. Well, Bev “talked” him into coming in to just meet the little guy. Sean ended up taking
his entire lunch break visiting with him and brought me there the very next day to meet him. On March 9th I brought him home to try fostering for a couple weeks to see how he got along with our other 3 dogs. Needless to say, on March 26th we officially adopted “Niko”.
Being only 1 1⁄2 years old he is full of puppyish playfulness. His favorite toy is a purple monkey that he loves to “attack”. He is quite the cuddler when he’s not playing or going for walks his favorite place to be is curled up on my chest/shoulder area. He’s added so much fun to the household. It’s been interesting to watch him get around and learn his new home. He really has no idea that he is blind. He is fearless and quite an explorer. We are thankful for the bag of dog treats that someone lost on the road, which by the way...... ended up being pretzels. Thank you, Staci and Bev! Niko will forever be a part of our family. ~Brenda and Sean

I would like to share a “Letter to the Editor” written by Colleen Bouzek that was recently in the PdC Courier Press. Many of you have seen it, but for those of you who have not, I hope that you enjoy it. I think it perfectly sums up the feelings of most if not all of the volunteers at Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter. - Bev

Dear Editor,

I am writing to remind people of the wonderful place that is now in our community-an animal shelter! Many of you already know about River and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS) for short. It is located behind Country Inn and Suites at the north end of Prairie du Chien., It has been open since Dec. 2017 after years of dedicated people working like crazy to make it happen.
I wasn’t one of those special people, in fact, I didn’t even start volunteering until April of this year. It is a wonderful experience and I want to share a little bit of it with you.

Many people volunteer in many ways, and it amazes me as to the diversity of the people and the ways of helping. I chose to be a “cat person”, since my lovelies there. Two mornings a week, I go in at 7:00 am to get the cat parts of the building ready to go for the day. I am not alone. There are “dog people” taking care of the dog kennels, and walking dogs. There are laundry people, taking care of towels and blankets and washing pet dishes. There are people to take care of the lobby (they need to pick up all the cat toys first since the cats get to roam during open hours if possible), and emptying wastebaskets, etc. You get the picture. Some days a few people do these things: other days there are more. All of these people are volunteers, with the exception of one paid employee, Staci Roth.

She is a marvel -caring and taking people through the process, whether it be adopting a pet or surrendering a pet. It is not an easy job, because pets can make us very emotional.

She’s compassionate when needed but tough when that’s needed too. My hat’s off to Staci! Good job!

So, anyway, I scoop poop - along with cat condo clean up , etc. Glamorous - No but very satisfying. When I open up those cat rooms in the morning and all those creatures come out, with tails in the air, rubbing against my legs and begging to be petted - I can not tell you the joy and pride I feel that I can help them to be comfortable and cared for until they find their own home!

Animals come and go, and sometimes there is a touch of sadness when one that I’ve cared for awhile finds their forever home, isn’t there anymore. But I realized that they have found a place to call home and that is what these people, from all walks of life, have worked together for. A fantastic human event when you think about it.

So, my long-winded message is several fold: If you haven’t been to the shelter, go check it out because I think you will find it amazing; if so inclined, volunteer in a capacity that you feel comfortable in, because there are many ways to do so; and finally, ADOPT, ADOPT, ADOPT! There has been a recent influx of kittens that are all going to need homes, and while we will continue to scoop their poop, and love them, it would be nice for them to have their own human!

Colleen Bouzek Prairie du Chien, WI

A Beautiful Bench for Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter

- This beautiful granite Evergreen Bench was donated to Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter by Archie Monuments-Southwest and Coleen Skaife. Archie Monuments is located in Fennimore, WI and serves Southwest Wisconsin.
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...

Staci Roth
Hello Friends! We had our 6th month anniversary this month and things continue to go well. Currently, we are in the midst of “Kitten Season” at the shelter. We have close to 40 cats and kittens (more kittens than cats). The kittens are finally old enough to be spayed, neutered, vaccinated and ready for adoption. They are so cute and so much fun to watch as they play and then curl up in a pile to nap. On Monday, we moved the kittens that were in Cat Intake into the Cat Playroom. How much fun that was to watch them romp in their new-found freedom. 
The daily morning routine should go much faster now that the kittens are out of intake. I would like to thank everyone for their continued support in caring for the dogs, cats, and kittens at the shelter. I would also like to thank those of you who care for the cats and kittens. With the explosion of kittens at the shelter, it was more than one person could handle every morning. I truly appreciate those of you who are familiar with the kitten routine for coming in to help out, even though you were not scheduled. To date, we have found homes for 72 cats and 43 dogs. Pretty amazing to say the least!
On Sunday, June 24th, Judy will be picking up 2 dogs from high-kill shelters in Texas. We have had great success in finding great homes for these dogs. It is a win-win situation for RABAS. The dogs are being rescued and finding new homes and we are getting dogs that have been spayed/neutered, heart-worm tested and vaccinated at no cost to us. 
Currently, we have 2 small Pug/Pom mixes (brother & sister) who are very sweet. We also have Athena, a Chihuahua mix who is being fostered by one of our volunteers. I am hoping that Athena will find her forever home with the volunteer who is fostering her. 
We received 3 dogs from Texas on Sunday, June10th and all three have found homes (2 within just a few days and the 3rd in less than 2 weeks). 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.

A Message from the Manager

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Staci Roth Hello Friends! We had our 6th month anniversary this month and things continue to go well. Currently, we are in the midst of...
Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter
PO Box 421
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
or
Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter
460 Cliffwood Dr.
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Ph. (608) 380.1559 

Shelter manager:
Staci Roth rabasmanager@gmail.com


Board of Directors
President: Bev Pozega 
Vice President: Joe Kramer
Secretary:
Chief Financial Officer: Tori Iverson
Member: Jill Cipra 
Member: Randall Paske
Member: Dr. John Kurt, DVM

Contact Us

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Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter PO Box 421 Prairie du Chien, WI 53821 or Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter 460 Cliffwood Dr. Prairie...



Shoe donations will also support micro-enterprises in developing nations and reduce what goes into landfills

Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS) is conducting a shoe collection drive which started Monday, May 14th and will end on July 13th. Funds raised will be used for operating expenses and pet care. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods. If the group can collect 2,500 pairs of gently worn, used or new shoes by July 13th, they will receive approximately $1000.00. Those dollars will directly impact the lives of the pets at the animal shelter. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes. Shoes can be brought to the Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter – 460 Cliffwood Drive in Prairie du Chien. The animal shelter is open on Mondays from noon to 7 p.m. and on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12-4. If you have shoes to donate but cannot deliver them to the animal shelter during open hours, please call Bev at 608-326-2914 to schedule a drop-off appointment. Pickup will be available to those individuals with 50 or more pairs of shoes by calling Bev.

All donated shoes will be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

This is the 2nd time that Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is conducting the shoe drive. The group raised over $2,000.00 in 2016 through their “Save Your Shoes” Collection Drive. The group’s goal for this year is 300 bags or 7,500 pairs of shoes. Businesses are encouraged to collect shoes from employees or to set up collection boxes.

“We are excited about our shoe drive," said Bev Pozega, Vice President. "We know that most people have extra shoes in their closets that they would like donate to us and help those less fortunate become self-sufficient. It’s a win-win for everyone,” she added.

By donating shoes to Rivers & Bluffs, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives. Pickup will be available to those individuals with 25 or more pair of shoes by calling Bev at 608-326-2914.

Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a not for profit 501 (c)3 organization. Your tax-deductible donation can be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC, WI 53821

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