Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter Launches Shoe Collection Drive

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