Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle - Saturday, August 24, 2019

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Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter’s 12th Annual Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle. The dog swim will be held at the Prairie du Chien Aquatic Park, located at 1401 E. Wells St. On Saturday, August 24th, “dogs will rule the pool” from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain date will be Sunday, August 25th.
This year, as in the past, small dogs (16 inches or less at the shoulders) will have the opportunity to enjoy the pool from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. without the larger breeds. The open swim for all dogs will start at 10 a.m. Small dogs are certainly welcome to stay and play, but by giving them their own hour they will have the chance to get a feel for the water without being intimidated by the larger retrieving breeds. Once inside the fenced area of the pool, dogs are allowed off leash and the fun begins.
Some dogs need no coaxing; they just run right in the 0 depth entry level pool. Other dogs are more content to walk in the shallow end of the pool, testing the waters so to speak. Dogs are welcome to jump off the edge, retrieve their favorite balls or just paddle the day away. Some dogs don’t even get their feet wet – they enjoy the dog park like atmosphere in the grassy areas and spend the day running
free and playing dog tag with their fellow canines. 
This event is as much fun for spectators as it is for dogs and their humans. A food stand, offering delicious grilled brats and hot dogs, and beverages as well as treats for your favorite aqua-dog will also be available. A 50/50 raffle will also be held.
To ensure the safety of all participants, please keep the following in mind: only friendly, well-socialized dogs are welcome, flexi-leads and choke collars are not allowed, females in heat are not allowed and all dogs must wear buckle collars with ID tags. Dogs must be current on rabies, and DAP or DHLPP vaccinations. Proof of these vaccinations is required before dogs will be admitted. Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccination and a flea/tick preventative are recommended, but not required. 
Participants are asked to print the online registration and bring the completed form to the pool to expedite the check-in process. Registration forms are also available at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter which is located at 460 Cliffwood Dr. Prairie du Chien, WI. The shelter is open on Mondays and Fridays from 12-4, Wednesdays from 12-6 and Saturdays from 10-2
The Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle is sponsored by PdC Park and Recreation and Thrivent Financial.
For more information as well as admission cost, please call Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter at 608-380-1559, Bev at 326-2914 or Jill at 326-4870.
Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization raising money to care for dogs and cats searching for their forever home. More than 350 pets (dogs and cats) have found loving homes since the shelter opened on December 4th, 2017. 
Donations can be mailed to:
RABAS 
PO Box 421 
PdC, WI 
53821 
or dropped off at the animal shelter which is located just off Highway 35, directly behind Country Inn and Suites (460 Cliffwood Drive) in Prairie du Chien.
Print and complete registration form at home
  • Print registration form and complete it at home (Link)


Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter’s 12th Annual Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle. The dog swim will be held at the Prairie du Chien Aquatic Park, located at 1401 E. Wells St. On Saturday, August 24th, “dogs will rule the pool” from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain date will be Sunday, August 25th.
This year, as in the past, small dogs (16 inches or less at the shoulders) will have the opportunity to enjoy the pool from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. without the larger breeds. The open swim for all dogs will start at 10 a.m. Small dogs are certainly welcome to stay and play, but by giving them their own hour they will have the chance to get a feel for the water without being intimidated by the larger retrieving breeds. Once inside the fenced area of the pool, dogs are allowed off leash and the fun begins.
Some dogs need no coaxing; they just run right in the 0 depth entry level pool. Other dogs are more content to walk in the shallow end of the pool, testing the waters so to speak. Dogs are welcome to jump off the edge, retrieve their favorite balls or just paddle the day away. Some dogs don’t even get their feet wet – they enjoy the dog park like atmosphere in the grassy areas and spend the day running
free and playing dog tag with their fellow canines. 
This event is as much fun for spectators as it is for dogs and their humans. A food stand, offering delicious grilled brats and hot dogs, and beverages as well as treats for your favorite aqua-dog will also be available. A 50/50 raffle will also be held.
To ensure the safety of all participants, please keep the following in mind: only friendly, well-socialized dogs are welcome, flexi-leads and choke collars are not allowed, females in heat are not allowed and all dogs must wear buckle collars with ID tags. Dogs must be current on rabies, and DAP or DHLPP vaccinations. Proof of these vaccinations is required before dogs will be admitted. Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccination and a flea/tick preventative are recommended, but not required. 
Participants are asked to print the online registration and bring the completed form to the pool to expedite the check-in process. Registration forms are also available at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter which is located at 460 Cliffwood Dr. Prairie du Chien, WI. The shelter is open on Mondays and Fridays from 12-4, Wednesdays from 12-6 and Saturdays from 10-2
The Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle is sponsored by PdC Park and Recreation and Thrivent Financial.
For more information as well as admission cost, please call Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter at 608-380-1559, Bev at 326-2914 or Jill at 326-4870.
Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization raising money to care for dogs and cats searching for their forever home. More than 350 pets (dogs and cats) have found loving homes since the shelter opened on December 4th, 2017. 
Donations can be mailed to:
RABAS 
PO Box 421 
PdC, WI 
53821 
or dropped off at the animal shelter which is located just off Highway 35, directly behind Country Inn and Suites (460 Cliffwood Drive) in Prairie du Chien.
Print and complete registration form at home
  • Print registration form and complete it at home (Link)
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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 fees:
Under six months - $300.00
Six months to one year - $250.00
Over one year - $200.00

 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.

Adoptable Pets

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Thank you for all of your kind donations and support to keep our shelter running and our furry friends fed! We are currently not taking in wet/moist food for dogs or cats...we are in overflow! We are in need of the following supplies:
  • Dry kitten and puppy food
  • Scoopable cat litter
  • Mr. Clean, Spic and Span, and laundry detergent 
  • Lysol cleaner - with a lilac scent
  • Liquid dish detergent. 
  • Toilet paper & paper towels
Thank you Again for all your support. It is greatly appreciated!

Monetary donations are also needed and greatly appreciated! You can make a monetary donation by clicking the link below.

Wish List

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Prairie got his forever Family! Good luck be a good boy Prairie

Ringo got his forever home! Good luck Ringo

Bailey got his forever home! Good luck Bailey

Good news! I went with my forever family today! I am so happy ...wish me luck 

Lily got her forever home!

Turbo got his forever family and can’t stop smiling!!

Flake found her forever home!

Add captionSniff is off to a wonderful home. She has a lot of ball-playing days ahead of her.

Thank you for your interest in viewing The most recent pet adoptions from Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. We hope you schedule your visit soon.







Recent Adoptions

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If you love animals, becoming a volunteer at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is definitely something you should consider. You will be making a difference not only to the animals that reside there but to the shelter and to your community. Words can’t adequately describe the rewarding feeling you get from helping these beautiful four-legged souls that are without a family to love and care for them.

Volunteers are an essential part of our daily operation.

There are a variety of tasks assigned to volunteers; some include working with the animals, some do not. You can walk dogs, socialize cats, clean cages, help with feeding, watering, and grooming, or administrative tasks. Some volunteers choose more than one “job” so they can contribute wherever help is needed most.

This does require a time commitment. Rivers and Bluffs does expect volunteers to honor whatever time commitment they’ve made. We need to know you’ll be there when you say you will, and if your life is in flux, it’s unfair to the shelter and the animals to make promises you can’t keep.

Getting started as an animal shelter volunteer is easy. You fill out an application and typically attend a “new volunteer” orientation. We use this orientation to familiarize volunteers with our operations and to make sure this new relationship starts off right. It’s similar to starting a new job, except you don’t get paid, at least not with currency you can spend. Shelter volunteers get paid with emotional dollars they can put in their personal bank of pride and self-appreciation.

Volunteering at a shelter is something I highly recommend for all animal lovers. If you’re like me, it may make you sad (and mad) to see so many beautiful animals without a loving home. Yet it will also fill your heart with happiness to know that you are enriching their lives as they wait to find a family of their own. (Click here to learn more....)

Sometimes things happen in life that are beyond your control. Whether because of landlord problems, allergies, relocation, deployment, financial problems, a death in the family, or something else, you may find yourself with no other choice but to give up your pet.
We know how difficult and heartbreaking making this decision can be.
The good news is that you don’t have to surrender your pet to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, and you can do it in minutes.  We may be able to provide resources to help you keep your pet in your home. For more information about alternatives to surrendering your pet, please call us at 608.380.1559.
Rivers and Bluffs hosts a rehoming community page on our website where you can post your pet for adoption. Nobody knows your pet better than you! You can provide the best description of their personality and pictures of them in a home setting. Additionally, you would be most knowledgeable when talking to a potential new owner about whether the animal would be a good fit for them. Rehoming your pet this way allows them to stay at home in comfortable surroundings while you select the home that you think will be the best for them. This also leaves one more opening at Rivers and Bluffs for those animals without someone to advocate for them.
This rehoming service is NOT intended for the sale of animals or purposely-bred litters. The goal of the rehoming service is for individual owners to find good, permanent homes for their animals, not to sell animals for a profit. You may, however, ask for a donation as a rehoming fee.
All dogs and cats listed through the rehoming service MUST be spayed/neutered if over the age of 6 months. In addition, all animals posted here must be up-to-date on age appropriate vaccinations for their particular species, including rabies and distemper.

Click Here to Rehome Your Pet via Rivers and Bluffs Community Listing






On behalf of the animals, we thank you again for your support…our work is possible only through the generous support of people and businesses like you, who help us make a difference in the lives of countless animals and people. Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-run charitable organization. We are pleased to announce the following ways to make a donation.

Donations

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Memorial tiles is a wonderful way to honor a family member, remember a friend, or commemorate an event with your family. The memorial tile wall is displayed prominently and greets anyone who enters the Shelter.
The tiles are in place on the large wall in the lobby. The wall is very striking and people who have purchased tiles have been coming in to find their tile on the wall.  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 the cost of an 8x8 tile is $150.
Online order.
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 The sale of these cards can play an important role in funding the monthly operational costs. The Kwik Trip cards can 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.

Small Inkjet Cartridges. We only collect the small inkjet cartridges and not the large toner cartridges. Please bring the small inkjet style to the shelter during open hours.

Continuing Fundraisers

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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 du Chien, WI 53821

Ph. (608) 380.1559 

Office Manager
officemanager@riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org

General Contact

Contact Us

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Phoneraiser - Please continue to save and donate your old cell phones, smartphones and ink cartridges. They can be dropped off at the shelter, Tender Care Animal Hospital, Radio Shack or Computer Support Plus. Shelly, thank you for your help with this.

Schwan’s and Amazon.Com – To support RABAS by placing an order from Schwan’s, please visit the following website https://schwans.flipgive.com/c/11785#.U7QGs-Z5E31.gmail. Schwan’s will donate 5% of each order placed to RABAS. 

Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Please consider either or both of these fundraisers when shopping online from Schwan’s and Amazon. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

An Additional Way to Help Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter can now be done through an automatic ACH withdrawal from your checking or savings account on a regular basis. This automatic withdrawal can be made for any amount and can be done as often as you would like – weekly, monthly, whatever you would like. These regular donations, no matter how big or small, could easily help Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter with their monthly expenses once the shelter is open.


Another Way to Help is to purchase supplies when you are out shopping or by going online to do so. Things we can use now include clumping cat litter, paper towel, toilet paper, poop bags, 13-gallon trash can liners, liquid hand soap in dispensers for counter tops, copy paper, stamps, and fecal collection tubes. We can also use a few more Kuranda elevated dog beds and Martingale collars in an assortment of sizes – S, M, L. Currently we have enough dog and cat food and treats, bleach, dish soap, dog toys, blankets, and towels.

UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS

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Mailing Address

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter

PO Box 421

Prairie du Chien, Wi 53821

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Location:

460 Cliffwood Drive

Prairie du Chien, Wi 53821

Click here for a map

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Office Manager

officemanager@riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org

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Phone (608) 380.1559

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Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-run charitable organization. State License 468354-DS