F Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter

Animal shelter receives largest donation to date*

Reprinted with permssion – Courier Press 1/15/2017

screenshot-www.pdccourier.com 2017-01-26 12-49-14An 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.

Fifth Nelson True Value Annual Pet Expo

Monty's-Home-Pet-Expo-LogoLocal pet enthusiasts are invited to attend the 5th Annual Pet Expo at Nelson True Value on Saturday, February 11th.   This event, co-sponsored by Nelson True Value, Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter, Tender Care Animal Hospital and Howe Printing will benefit Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS).   The Pet Expo will start at 9 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. It will include a bake sale featuring delicious home-made treats (just in time for Valentine’s Day) and a food stand.  An entire slate of pet-related activities will be featured.  At 9:30 a.m., watch a dog obedience demonstration by local residents and their dogs that have been in training for the last 2 months.  A Best Pet Trick Contest will take place at 10 a.m. The first 10 pets registered will be eligible to compete for prizes donated by Nelson True Value and Prairie Cinema.  To register for the Best Pet Trick Contest, please call Bev Pozega at 608-326-2914.  Come to the Pet Expo to vote for your favorite pet trick.  From 10 a.m. – noon,  visit with Kristen Lynch of Anasazi Racing Huskies of Blanchardville, Wisconsin and two of her Sled Dogs.  Kristen will also have a dog sled and equipment used in the sport of Dog Sledding. Kristen is not currently on the race circuit, but enjoys dogsledding and winter camping with her dogs. At 10:30 a.m. and noon, meet Crawford County’s K-9 Law Enforcement Team (pending any emergencies they may have to respond to). Deputy Breeser will talk about the different aspects of the work this team does as well as the training involved. A Parade of Rescued Dogs will take place at 11 a.m. – come see what great pets rescued dogs can make.  At 11:30 a.m., join the fun with your well behaved and socialized dog in the Dog Olympics – Fun Games to Play with your Dog.  Try their paws at Musical Chairs, an 11 legged race, and Dress Your Dog.     Throughout the event, Tender Care Animal Hospital staff will offer nail trims to well-behaved dogs for a donation to RABAS and staff will be available to answer health care questions about pets. Crawford County Animal Control Officer, Crisse Reynolds will micro-chip dogs for a reasonable fee, with all proceeds going towards a Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Rehome program.  Crisse will also answer questions about her duties as Animal Control Officer and will share stories of her success in reuniting lost pets with their owners.  According to Crisse, if more pets were micro-chipped, her job would be much easier and her success rate even higher.  Please note, all dogs in attendance must be current on vaccinations and be well behaved and socialized. Dogs must be leashed at all times
Meet Callie, the Golden Doodle, a beautiful therapy dog.  Chance, Rivers & Bluffs large and furry mascot will be on hand throughout the day for photo opportunities.  Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers will have a design of the building and will offer updates on the animal shelter.  A Make & Take Craft Table, featuring “Tie Your Own Dog Tug” and “Love a Pup” Valentines will be offered throughout the day.
Local school children in grades 4K through 4th grade (PdC, Seneca, Wauzeka, Bloomington, North Crawford & MFL Mar/Schools) are invited to enter the Coloring Contest. Coloring sheets will be distributed to these children at their schools.  Entry deadline is Friday, February 3rd.  Coloring sheets can be dropped off or mailed to Nelson True Value, 125 N. Marquette Road, PdC, WI 53821. Nelson True Value employees will judge the contest.  Winners of the Coloring Contest will be announced at the Pet Expo at 12:30 p.m. with prizes awarded by Deputy Breeser, Breck and Chance.  Prizes in each of the 3 grade categories (4K & Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th) are 1st Place – AmericInn Motel Swimming Pool Party for up to 15 people, 2nd Place – Pizza Hut Gift Card, 3rd Place – Prairie Cinema Movie Passes. (Download Coloring Contest)
RABAS volunteers will also have tee shirts and Kwik Trip gift cards available for sale.  The group makes 5 per cent from the sale of each gift card.  As with all fundraisers, a donation jar will be out. We are now raising money for Phase 2 of the animal shelter.
Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax exempt.  Donations can be dropped off at the Pet Expo or mailed to RABAS, PO Box 421, PdC, WI 53821.
For more information on Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter or the Pet Expo, please contact Bev Pozega at 326-2914 or visit our website at www.riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org.  Like us on Face Book.

Capital Campaign Underway

The Top Notch Construction and Design  crew is busy building the exterior shell of the shelter on 3.4 acres of property in the city’s business park.
Simultaneously, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter embarked on a capital campaign Nov. 1, 2016 through Jan. 31, 2017, from which they hope to raise funds toward furnishing the interior of the facility.
“We need to raise another $400,000 for the interior of the building,” said Cheryl Statz, RABAS president.
“We’ve always felt, once people see it built, they’ll believe. We’re hoping this will bring in donations a lot faster (than the past nine years),” added RABAS Vice President Bev Pozega. “We’ve had a lot of fundraisers to get this far—it’s been a lot of cookies, poker runs, shoe drives and generous donations.”
Rivers and Bluffs is thankful for the donors to the capital campaign thus far.
  • Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien
  • Raymond & Sandy Kittle
  • Jenny & Evan Mallon
  • Kyle Pattison – Pattison Sand Co.
  • Bloomington Livestock Exchange
  • Arleen & Gary Kozelka
  • Jami & Ken Quick
  • Joe & Carrie Kramer
  • Jill & Brian Cipra
  • Randy & Kathy Paske
  • Bev & Dennis Pozega
  • Cheryl Statz & Steve Tibbetts
  • Gary & Kathy Koch
  • Crawford County Title
  • Wendy & Stewart Remaly
  • Ms. Kristi Bahls
  • Kay & Joe Schmitz
  • Gary & Joanne Brooks
We have received $32,500.00 in anonymous donations. Total Capital Campaign $$ to date:  $59,100.00. 
We have an additional $14,750.00 committed for year 2 and beyond.  
Thank you to all who have helped with the Capital Campaign.  We appreciate your support.  Watch us grow!