Sam and Betsy

Betsy's Story

Betsy- One of our favorite places to be is the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteering. In July of this year, a little Long-Haired Chihuahua was surrendered when we were there. She only weighed a little over 4 pounds and was terrified, shivering in her kennel and totally afraid. Bob and I decided to bring her home to foster. Imagine our surprise when she got along with our Lab mix Molly and both of our elderly cats. Seemed like a match made in heaven and that is how little Betsy came to live with us. In the past three months, Betsy has become a very important part of our family. She’s gained a couple of ounces, learned how to wear a harness and walk on a leash. And on many warmer days, you can see us walking around town with Betsy in her little doggie stroller!! She’s attended the Prairie du Chien Homecoming parade, won 4th place in the Oktoberfest Costume Contest (she was a Bumble Bee) and just this past week did the shelter proud by participating in the downtown Halloween event to showcase the shelter. Bob and I are extremely grateful to our shelter. 7 years ago, we adopted our sweet Molly-dog when we saw her on the shelter Facebook page and this year our Little Betsy came to live with us. Thanks, Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter – Bob and Diane Witt

Sam's Story

Sam- My name is Maggie Novey. I'm a regular volunteer at RABAS. I started volunteering in late January and I'm so pleased with the large number of animals that have been adopted! One that was adopted came to my house! I adopted Sam, a 14-year-old Ragdoll cat. He came to the shelter when his previous owner had to move to a nursing home. Sammy hid in his litter box at the shelter for a week. He barely ate or drank. He was terrified. I thought about Sammy that whole week. Who would adopt a 14-year-old, slightly anti-social cat? He needed me! That Friday I came out to the shelter and brought him home, much to my husband's surprise! That was 6 months ago. Sam is a quirky cat. He chose a bed to hide under and that's where you will find him most of the time. We were told he did that with his previous owner, too. Just last week he asked to sit on the couch with me and today he jumped up with my husband - a first! Remember, Sammy's been with us for 6 months. Shelter animals often need time to adjust. They don't know why they ended up at the shelter. They don't know what to think when they come home with us. Most animals don't come with a backstory. We don't know what they have experienced or how they were treated. We love our little "Troll under the bed!" He's funny and weird but makes us laugh. All he needed was our patience and time to adjust. Glad we gave him both. He's great!