Covid-19 Update

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Effective March 20th our doors will be closed to the public. This is to keep our staff and volunteers healthy and safe and so that we can continue to provide care to the animals.
We will still be providing our normal services to the public, and adopting out animals and taking in strays as space allows. We will only be allowing visitors in that have a scheduled appointment to
- Meet an animal if they have an approved adoption application
- Finalize an adoption
- Surrender an animal
- Reclaim a stray
- Turn in a stray
This is to make sure that we are following all of the CDC's recommendations as best as possible.
We will be working today to post all the cats and dogs that are in our care on Petfinder so that they are able to be viewed online. It may take up to 24 hours for Petfinder to show all the animals in our care, so keep checking daily if you are looking for a new pet. Keep in mind that some animals could potentially be on a stray hold or being assessed for medical issues. You can still apply on these animals, but they may not be able to go home right away. If you have questions about a certain animal please give us a call or send our manager an email at manger@riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org. If you are interested in adopting and want to see what animals are available for adoption at our shelter please visit this link: https://www.petfinder.com/search/pets-for-adoption/…
If you do see an animal you are interested in adopting please fill out an application online at https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfqaj8C1N97pxUOl7…/viewform
Now on to our fundraisers:
- Our Canine Egg Hunt that was scheduled for April 11th is canceled
- Pasta for Pets is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. Any baskets or other raffle items that were donated will be used for the rescheduled date.
- The Open House Food Stand at Nelson True Value will be canceled
- Princess for an Evening will also be postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date
- Our other events that are scheduled for late May will be put on hold as we stay updated on how COVID-19 progresses.
If you have donations you have been meaning to drop off at the shelter please still bring them by! We will be setting up some sort of outdoor donation box that will keep your donations dry. Staff or volunteers will collect these daily. We can always use pet food, cat litter, and shoes for our Shoe Drive.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to call the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter at 608-380-1559. We appreciate your patience during this time and will keep you updated if anything changes in the future. We will be following the recommendations of local health departments, the Wisconsin Department of Health and the CDC.
Finally here is a cute picture of everyone's favorite cat, Dimitri to brighten your day!

Effective March 20th our doors will be closed to the public. This is to keep our staff and volunteers healthy and safe and so that we can continue to provide care to the animals.
We will still be providing our normal services to the public, and adopting out animals and taking in strays as space allows. We will only be allowing visitors in that have a scheduled appointment to
- Meet an animal if they have an approved adoption application
- Finalize an adoption
- Surrender an animal
- Reclaim a stray
- Turn in a stray
This is to make sure that we are following all of the CDC's recommendations as best as possible.
We will be working today to post all the cats and dogs that are in our care on Petfinder so that they are able to be viewed online. It may take up to 24 hours for Petfinder to show all the animals in our care, so keep checking daily if you are looking for a new pet. Keep in mind that some animals could potentially be on a stray hold or being assessed for medical issues. You can still apply on these animals, but they may not be able to go home right away. If you have questions about a certain animal please give us a call or send our manager an email at manger@riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org. If you are interested in adopting and want to see what animals are available for adoption at our shelter please visit this link: https://www.petfinder.com/search/pets-for-adoption/…
If you do see an animal you are interested in adopting please fill out an application online at https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfqaj8C1N97pxUOl7…/viewform
Now on to our fundraisers:
- Our Canine Egg Hunt that was scheduled for April 11th is canceled
- Pasta for Pets is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. Any baskets or other raffle items that were donated will be used for the rescheduled date.
- The Open House Food Stand at Nelson True Value will be canceled
- Princess for an Evening will also be postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date
- Our other events that are scheduled for late May will be put on hold as we stay updated on how COVID-19 progresses.
If you have donations you have been meaning to drop off at the shelter please still bring them by! We will be setting up some sort of outdoor donation box that will keep your donations dry. Staff or volunteers will collect these daily. We can always use pet food, cat litter, and shoes for our Shoe Drive.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to call the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter at 608-380-1559. We appreciate your patience during this time and will keep you updated if anything changes in the future. We will be following the recommendations of local health departments, the Wisconsin Department of Health and the CDC.
Finally here is a cute picture of everyone's favorite cat, Dimitri to brighten your day!
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The Great Shoe Collection Drive is on!

  • Starting March 1st and continuing through April 11, the Great shoe collection is on! 
  • Funds raised will be used for operating expenses and pet care at Rivers and  Bluffs Animal Shelter. 
  • The drive is based on the number of pairs collected throughout the month.
  • Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used or new shoes.

Shoes can be brought to the Rivers and 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, 12-4, and Saturdays, from 9-1.
If you have shoes to donate but cannot deliver them to the animal shelter during open hours, please call the animal shelter at 608.380.1559
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.
Rivers and 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

Shoe Collection Drive

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Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter(RABAS) strives to find the absolute best fit for the animals under our care, completing background checks, and ensuring the environment where the animal will be living will offer the best outcome for the animal.
While RABAS readily accepts animal surrenders when the animal cannot be cared for accordingly and the appropriate surrender requirements have been met, it is the policy of RABAS to reject an adoption application for any individual, regardless of their affiliation to the shelter, that has surrendered a cat or a dog for a minimum of 24 months from the date of the surrender.
Either the RABAS Board of Directors or the Shelter Manager may consider approving an adoption application in less than the 24 month period for extenuating circumstances only.

Additional donations
For many animals, the cost of their care exceeds their adoption fee so we would be happy to accept any additional donation you are able to make which supports the care of all animals in need.

Dog adoption fees
  • Under six months - $300.00
  • Six months to one year - $250.00
  • Over one year - $200.00
The fee includes:
  • spay/neuter surgery
  • rabies vaccination if age-appropriate
  • heartworm testing if appropriate
  • deworming
  • flea/tick medicine
  • Bordetella and distemper/parvovirus vaccinations
  • a microchip is also included.

Cat Adoption Fees:
  • Adult cat over one year is $100 
  • Kitten under one year is $125
The fee includes:
  • Spay/neuter
  • distemper vaccination
  • deworming
  • FeLV testing
  • 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.

Adoptable Pets

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There are so many ways to get involved! Using your experience, skills, passion, and abilities, we can find the perfect way for YOU to help our animals and staff here at Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter!

Our Highest Need Positions:
Dog Kennels: Our dedicated dog volunteers help every day moving dogs, cleaning inside kennels, and exercising our dogs three times a day: 7 AM - 10:30 AM, 3 PM - 4 PM, 7 PM - 8 PM We are looking for volunteers willing and able to help provide clean spaces for our dogs. We choose to do this three times a day for the health of our dogs. Even committing to just one or two shifts a week is a great help!

Cat Condos, Our hard-working cat volunteers need help cleaning the cat condos two times daily; 7 AM - 10:30 AM, 3 PM-4 PM. You will also have the opportunity to socialize cats during this time. Purrs of gratitude and ears to scratch await as a "thank you" for helping keep our cat rooms cleaned to purr-fection. Even committing to just one or two shifts a week is a great help!

Housekeeping: Looking for a good, clean opportunity to help animals? Our housekeeping volunteer help to keep up with the dishes, laundry, and light cleaning all throughout the building.

Contact Info: manager@riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org

How to Become a Volunteer
Step 1:
  • Option 1 - Complete the application form online. The online form includes the Volunteer Liability Release, Volunteer Code of Conduct, and Photo Release.
  • Option 2 - Print out a volunteer application using the links below Fill it out at home, and bring it to the shelter.  
  • Option 3- Stop in at the shelter during open hours for a volunteer application. Fill it out and hand it in.
Step 2:
  • Once your application is received, a Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteer or the manager will contact you within 7-10 days to schedule you for a one-time new volunteer orientation. Each orientation lasts one hour and gives a general introduction to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, a tour of the facility, and an opportunity to schedule your first training shift based on your area of interest.
  • Read or print the Volunteer Handbook. (Link)
Step 3:
Attend your first training shift with the appropriate Staff Lead.

Volunteers Spotlight
By RABAS Volunteer Linda Smrcina
Why volunteer? I was asked this question and my first thought was Why Not? As I reflected on that question, the realization came to me that I volunteer because it makes my heart happy.
The dogs and cats at the shelter need us and the joy they give back makes returning all worth it. None of the animals choose to be here, but while here we can try our best to make their stay as
comfortable as possible. Sure, sometimes the chore is a little overwhelming, but at the end of the shift, seeing the dogs and cats content makes the time worthwhile and fulfilling. I have been volunteering since the shelter opened and hope to continue for a long time. Again, WHY? The animals are awesome and so are the volunteers I work with!!!! (Photo Left: *Linda Smrcina is sitting with Zeus)

By RABAS Volunteer Shelly Mergen
I will try to keep this short although I could go on forever about my love for dogs. My name is Shelley Mergen and I am a newer volunteer at the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. For years I have watched a caring group of people grow into a fully functional and thriving animal shelter because they had a vision. Our area was in desperate need of a place for displaced animals to be accepted into and taken care of. As for my part of this, I have always been a dog lover, I used to be that girl growing up where my mom would say, “OH NO SHELLEY, not another stray!” Over my almost 60 years, I have had a couple of my own dogs that were my heart and my soul. My best friends. I have
followed the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter Facebook page for years and finally decided that I should check into being a volunteer. The process was very simple and everyone was welcoming. As a volunteer you have many options, you can walk dogs, wash dishes, snuggle kitties, clean kennels the list is endless. Every little bit helps.
My personal experience has been pretty humbling. I never realized how much I would enjoy volunteering at the shelter. Walking the dogs has been a great exercise for me. Getting to know each new dog and encounter different breeds has just been FUN. I thought it might make me sad working here but just the opposite. These dogs NEED love and understanding and reassurance. Their lives have been turned upside for one reason or the other. Every animal has a story. Every journey getting to the shelter is different.
Another thing I have liked about the Shelter is that there is no judging. The shelter is a safe haven, for owners that for whatever reason have had to surrender or the stray that was found on the street. The shelter and the animals and the people there have really restored my faith in humanity. I can’t say enough good things about being a volunteer, it has given me much more joy than I predicted. This facility and its volunteers are much needed in our area and I am so glad I made the decision to become a volunteer. Some days, I hate to leave!
(Photo left: Shelley Mergen is with Gypsy, a Catahoula Leopard/Hound mix who is a very well-behaved, gentle dog in need of a loving home.)

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.


Make an Online Donation
Rivers and Bluffs welcome online donations via PayPal. All major credit cards accepted.

Mail cash or check directly to Rivers and Bluffs.
Please send donations to the following address.

Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter
PO Box 421
Prairie du Chien, WI
53821

Please include your name, street or mailing address, city, state, and zip code. We'd also like your email address and telephone number.

Become a Friend of Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. Choose your own donor level
Download and print a form by clicking on this link. 
Choose your donor level:
  • Benefactor $500.00 
  • Patron $150.00 
  • Sponsor $75.00 
  • Family $35.00 
  • Individual $25.00 
  • Student $5.00

Automatically deduct a monthly donation from Bank Checking account
Using our easy online donation form, you can sign up to donate automatically on a monthly basis via your bank account. Simply click on this link to download the form. Print it, then bring it to People's State Bank.

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. Drop-in when the shelter is open, or, call ahead: (608) 380.1559.

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Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is proud to be a Partner for Pets! BISSELL and LostPetUSA.net have teamed up to help organizations like ours raise money, and now you can help too! When you purchase pet products on bissell.com and enter the code ADOPT at checkout, a portion of your purchase will be donated to our organization! It’s simple.
  • Shop pet products on www.bissell.com
  • Enter the code ADOPT at checkout
  • Then select our organization!
Learn more at www.bissell.com/partnersforpets.


Donations

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Happy Adoption day Duke.

Gypsy and Zeus recently found their forever homes!
Happy adoption day!

Gypsy and Zeus recently found their forever homes!
Happy adoption day!

How about some more puppy adoptions to brighten your day on a rainy, cold day!
Happy adoption day to the last of the Candy Bar Puppies!

How about some more puppy adoptions to brighten your day on a rainy, cold day!
Happy adoption day to the last of the Candy Bar Puppies!

Adopted 3/14/2020

Adopted 3/14/2020



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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Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter understands that making the decision to surrender a pet is very difficult and we are committed to working with you to find the best possible solution for you and your pet.

Admissions Process

If you decide that surrendering your pet to Rivers and Bluffs is the right option, please be aware that we follow a managed admission philosophy for all incoming animals. We request that all customers schedule an appointment before bringing an animal to our facility.
Utilizing a managed admission process ensures that we have the resources to give each animal the best care and accommodations we can provide and allows us to properly isolate, treat and prevent illness from spreading to at-risk populations. It also assures you that you will get one on one attention. Managing the admission of animals helps us plan and prepare, instead of reacting, and allows us to save more lives.

We strongly urge that a surrender donation is made.  There is a considerable cost to care for and rehome pets that are in our care. Rivers and Bluff Animal Shelter asks for a surrender donation to offset those costs and to provide the best care possible for your pet. Any donations beyond that cost are greatly appreciated. Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter accepts cash or credit card, or checks.
  • Minimum $50 for an adult dog or cat (4 months old or older)
  • The minimum surrender donation for a litter of kittens or puppies is $50/animal.

Appointment Process

  • Call 608.380.1559 to schedule an appointment. An appointment is needed to ensure that we have space and resources to best provide for every animal entering the shelter. It is also our goal to schedule appointments for all incoming animals.
  • Bring all veterinary records to your appointment. This will ensure that your animal will not receive unnecessary vaccinations or procedures and will expedite their medical assessment.
  • Allocate 30 – 45 minutes at Rivers and Bluffs for your appointment. This will provide time to complete a personality profile so we can learn more about your pet’s temperament in the home. If you would like to save time at your appointment, please print and fill out a Personality Profile for your pet and the Surrender Authorization Statement. Bring the forms along to your appointment
  • Bring the animal yourself. We will receive the most accurate information if you bring your pet in yourself. If you are unable too, we need a written and a signed consent form naming you or another person to act as your agent and that you authorize this agent to bring the animal in on your behalf.  Agent Authorization Statement.
    • All cats should be in a carrier and all dogs should be wearing a collar and leash.
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 

Manager

Contact Us

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Fundraising Committee usually meets on the 2nd Monday of each month at the shelter. Meetings start at 6 p.m. We did not meet in February. The March meeting of the Fundraising Committee will be held on Monday, March 9th
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Canine Egg Hunt – April 11 2:00 p.m.
  • Photos with Easter Bunny
  • Canine Easter Bonnet/outfit contest
Pasta for Pets – Huckleberry’s April 15 4:30 – 7:00
  • AYCE Salad Bar, Pasta & Dessert Buffet
  • Silent Auction featuring large ticket items and a Basket Raffle. 
Nelson True Value Garden Center Open House Food Stand – Saturday, April 25th 9-2 or 3

SAVE YOUR SHOES FOR RABAS
  • Start saving shoes now. New shoes and used shoes in good condition can be brought to Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter – 460 Cliffwood Dr. PdC
PRINCESS FOR AN EVENING – Huckleberry’s Restaurant & Banquet Hall MAY 2nd

Nelson True Value True Value Mother’s Day Bake Sale & Food Stand Friday and Saturday, May 8th and 9th

Rooster Andy’s Chicken Q - May 21st 



UPCOMING EVENTS

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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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Shelter Manager

manager@riversandbuffs.org

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(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