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Creating Memories

Santa's Grand Elf (ho! Ho! Ho!)

  • Need a Santa for your family or company party? 
  • Santa Claus can appear at a school event. 
  • Santa Claus can hand out gifts 
  • Santa Claus special photographs. 
  • Santa Claus visits restaurants 
Santa Claus is coming to our area for special personal visits! The volunteers of Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter are very happy that a special arrangement has been made with the North Pole and Southwest Wisconsin.

Imagine if Santa Claus could come to your own house, office, or school to hand out presents and holiday cheer!

Santa has made time to come to our area just to visit you! Surprise the little ones with an early visit from Santa! Kids scream with joy and parents know they have created a lasting memory.

Santa is all-real from his frosty hair and natural white beard to his generous jolly spirit.

Helping Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter raise funds for an animal shelter and, at the same time, spreading the joy of the season is part of the story of the holiday spirit. Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-run charitable organization. Your donation is deductible.(Link: See Rates)

We accept cash, checks, money orders and online payment. All money earned from this event will be donated to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. Due to the limited time available for Santa Claus, a non- refundable deposit is required for all visits. (Link: Make a reservation.)

View and print a Santa Visit flyer for your place of business here
View and print brochure here. Information for your Company newsletter (Here).

Actively raising funds for an animal shelter serving the greater Prairie du Chien area.

PO Box 421
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

(262) 388 - 2654
(Contact Santa)

1st Annual Canine Costume Contest

Dogs ranging in size from small toy breeds such as poodle mixes, a Shih Tzu and French Bulldog to larger breeds including a Rottweiler and Goldendoodle had the opportunity to dress in costume for Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter’s Canine Costume Contest as part of Prairie du Chien’s  Oktoberfest which was held on Saturday, October 17th.  The dogs, their handlers and the organization’s large and furry mascot, Chance, started the day off by walking in the parade through downtown Prairie du Chien.  Spectators along the parade route were delighted with the opportunity to meet and pet the friendly canines.   Thirteen dogs in costume competed in the Canine Costume Contest later in the day.  Canine costumes included a skunk, lady bug, cow and cowboy, turtle, little German girl, ballerina in a tutu, Bark Lite beer can, beer maid and a tuxedo. The friendly competition was decided by monetary donations to Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter – the dogs with the most money in their buckets were awarded prizes.  Bunny, a French Bull Dog from Guttenburg, dressed as a ballerina in a purple tutu, garnered the most “votes”.  It was just by chance that Bunny entered the contest.  Her owners, Joe and Jenny Ehlers, had decided to bring her to Oktoberfest to share Bunny, who loves attention, with the festgoers. RABAS volunteer, Bob Witt, saw the cute little “Frenchie” and invited Joe to enter her in the contest.  Bunny, as 1st place winner will receive a personalized stoneware dog bowl, donated by Tim and Joan Senn of Taft’s Mill Pottery in Bloomington.  Zoey, a Shih Tzu, owned by Donna Heilmann earned 2nd place in the voting donations. Zoey was dressed as a ladybug and all agreed she was “cute as a bug”.  Zoey received a gift bag brimming with dog goodies from Tender Care Animal Hospital. Nicki, an American Eskimo Dog, dressed as a beer maid, and shown by 5 year old Tristan Pozega, came in 3rd place in donations, receiving dog treats and toys from Southwest Vet and Walmart. 

Kwik Trip Rewards Rivers and Bluffs

Do you shop at Kwik Trip? Did you know Kwik Trip will make a donation to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter?
Here’s how you can help:
  1. Apply for a  Kwik Trip Rewards plus card.   Designate Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter to receive your reward points. Once approved to participate in the program Rivers and Bluffs earn Kwik Rewards of 3 cents per gallon on every gallon of fuel you purchase with your Kwik Card.
  2. If you already have a Kwik Card, request a Kwik Rewards Fund-Raising Designation postcard or call 888-736-KWIK.
You have the option to support Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter by designating them to receive a donation check from Kwik Trip, Inc.
Use the following information when designating Rivers and Bluss:
  • Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter
  • P.O. Box 421
  • Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
  • 608-326-4870
To qualify for donations, at least five (5) Kwik Card account holders must designate the same charity to receive their earned rebates as a monetary donation. Until the minimum designation is met, you will continue to receive your Kwik Rewards rebate certificate.
If your earned rebate amount is less than $5, your rewards remain on your account until you have reached at least $5, then we’ll send your certificate the next quarter. Should you close your account prior to your rebate amount reaching $5, your rebate will be mailed to you at the end of the quarter following the closing date on your account. Rebate certificates have a cap of $30, so you may receive multiple certificates if your rewards balance is greater than $30.

Pedaling for Pets couple raises over $3,500 for Rivers and Bluffs

By Correne Martin****Courier Press

DSC_0007On one of the hottest days of the summer, Aug. 16, Ashley and Brandon Christensen left Prairie du Chien to embark upon their 12-day Pedaling for Pets fundraising and awareness adventure. They traversed the state, making stops at animal shelters/humane societies in Viroqua, Sparta, Tomah, Marshfield and Park Falls before returning home and hitting Hayward, Eau Claire and La Crosse along the route.

In that time, they raised over $3,500 for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter; provided eight other shelters with donations of dog and cat food, towels, blankets, litter and toys; and gleaned invaluable information to be used in the construction of RABAS’ future shelter in Prairie du Chien. Personally, the couple also checked the incredible journey off their bucket list.

“I’m glad we did it. A lot of people choose not to do something like this with their free time or they don’t have the opportunity to do so,” Ashley said. “This trip started out as something we wanted to do for ourselves, but we’re proud we were able to help an organization along the way.”

Every day, the two mounted their bikes—Ashley a hybrid and Brandon a mountain bike—around 7:30 in the morning. They were usually done by 2 p.m. and then took time for relaxation and sight-seeing. An anonymous $2,500 donation helped cover the cost of hotel rooms, gas, food and other needs along the way. Though they initially planned to pedal 750 miles, they only did 540, opting to drive certain parts of the route where construction would have increased their biking miles significantly.

In the end, it was still a grueling 12 days, done more than a week ahead of schedule.

“Brandon was always two miles ahead of me so I was by myself with my thoughts a lot,” Ashley noted. “I had to push myself. I was like, ‘Come on girl, you can do this!’ One hill took forever, but I just kept looking down and moving forward.”

Though the scorching heat impeded with Ashley’s ability to complete all of the first day’s planned trip (she did half), Brandon did the whole thing.

“It was my choice to do this trip but my husband was a real trooper,” Ashley said. “I hope we inspired others to do something to make a difference for the greater good because we need more of that in this world.”
Ashley and Brandon toured eight facilities during their journey, including the Vernon County Humane Society in Viroqua, Monroe County Animal Shelter in Sparta, Chasing Daylight Animal Shelter in Tomah, Marshfield Area Pet Shelter in Marshfield, Catkins Animal Rescue in Park Falls, Northwoods Humane Society in Hayward, Bob’s House for Dogs in Eau Claire and Coulee Region Humane Society in La Crosse.

“At each place, they basically gave us the rundown of how their facility worked and the fundraisers they’ve done. Plus, we took pictures of certain things that might be helpful for RABAS,” Ashley explained. “The RABAS building committee also put together a survey for them to fill out.”

Ashley noted that she and Brandon were most impressed by the Northwoods Humane Society in Hayward. It featured an outdoor pack kennel that kept dogs, cats and kittens separated as well as cat trees. “What was really neat was that the thrift store in their town took donations that benefitted the shelter,” she said.

All in all, Pedaling for Pets was a fun and memorable challenge for the Christensens. “Ultimately, everything was for the animals,” the animal lover herself proclaimed. “We’re excited to take all the information we received and make the best shelter possible here.”

Donations are still being accepted for Pedaling for Pets. Contact Ashley at 412-0680 or visit www.gofundme.com/ohiqa0 to contribute. T-shirts are also still available for sale.