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Shelter Shorts - Sept-Oct

Shelter Shorts - Sept-Oct

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September & October 2012
SHELTER SHORTS
is a monthly newsletter intended to keep Rivers and Bluffs Animal Sheltevolunteers and supporters connected. With everyone’s hectic schedules, we know it is often difficult, if notimpossible to attend monthly meetings or to work at all of our fundraisers.Everyone is invited to submit articles for the newsletter. To do so, please call Bev at 608-326-2914 or email her at wyalusing2012@gmail.com.
Monthly meetings are held on the 3
rd
Thursday of every month at the Prairie du Chien City Hall.
Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. Please use the back door. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.The next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15
th
.
Phoneraiser
Please continue to save your old cell phones and ink jet cartridges. Drop them off at Tender Care AnimalHospital, or bring them to the monthly meeting. According to Donna, we should soon be receiving another check from Phoneraiser. Thanks, Donna for taking the time to collect, sort and send the phones andcartridges in.
U.S. Bones
Please continue ordering cat and dog treats from USBones.com. They donate 25% of each order placed toRABAS.
Dr. Donna Higgins’ Wildlife Photo Gallery
Dr. Donna Higgins continues to support RABAS through her beautiful wildlife prints on display at her office downtown PdC. She has recently changed the format to 12”x12” prints in borderless “clip” frames.Donna feels that these may be more affordable at $35 each. She will donate $25 to RABAS for each printshe sells. These prints are absolutely beautiful. Please stop in at Dr. Donna Higgin’s office, downtown PdCto see them. You may be able to see them on RABAS facebook page or Donna’s facebook or possibly onour website – www.riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org.
Kwik Trip Gas Cards – 
First of all, thank you to our steady customers who purchase Kwik Trip gas cardsfrom Donna, Jill, Sue Rider and Bev on a regular basis. We appreciate your continued support. You areresponsible for contributing almost $6,000.00 to RABAS since October 2011. Please consider buyingKwik Trip cards before filling your tank or buying Kwik Trip products. Just think what we could be doingif more members and volunteers purchased the cards before buying gas. The cards can be used for gasolineor any items sold in Kwik Trip Convenience Stores. Purchasing gas with the cards is easy – you can justswipe the cards at the pump and go, thus saving time and raising money for RABAS at the same time.Other than the $8.60 shipping fee per order, there is no expense involved such as advertising. Cards will bedelivered to you with a day’s notice by calling Bev at 326-2914 or Jill at 326-4870 or by replying to thisemail. If you live out of town and would like to purchase the cards, we will mail them to you upon receiptof your check made payable to RABAS. With the holiday’s fast approaching, remember Kwik Trip cardsmake excellent stocking stuffers or Christmas gifts, especially for college students or employees. I know people get tired of me trying to convince more people to purchase these cards to benefit RABAS, but it is just so easy compared to most of the fund raisers we do. And gas is something everyone uses – we are not buying our own cookies back from bake sales or purchasing something we really do not need.Remember, we make 10% on each card sold. Cards come in increments of $25, $50 and $100.
Please,help RABAS reach our goal through the purchase of these cards.Please take the time to check out our website – riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org.
Information on itchanges sometimes daily. This website is awesome!!! Thanks, Randy for constantly updating our website.
Therapy Dogs International
teams remain active in the community. On Tuesdays Kathy and Digger are atPrairie Maisson. Deb and her dogs Jasmine and Sami visit Walter Schmitt Home and have once againstarted the reading program at Bluff View School for kids in need of extra reading help. Bev and her dogsVegas and Nicki will visit Wyalusing Academy twice a month. She is currently waiting for the paperwork to be approved. Paula and her therapy dog Maggie have taken a temporary time off from therapy work dueto health issues with Maggie. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers so that she can soon return towhat she loves doing – sharing her love with those at Prairie Maisson.
Dog Obedience Classes
will begin in early January. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings at Tractor Supply. We can use the back storage area which is an excellent place to work dogs. If you or anyone youknow are interested in attending, please reply to this email or call me at 326-2914.
Volunteer hours will
be collected by Randy P at monthly meetings or you can email your hours to Randyatrepaske@gmail.com.
 
Pounds off People and Pooches (Community Dog Walk)
has ended for the season. The group had someenjoyable fall walks and looks forward to resuming in spring of 2013.
Planning Meetings
have been held on 2
nd
and 4
th
Wednesdays of each month. This small, dedicated grouphas contacted local municipalities to find out what their stray animal policies are. Most if not all of thosecontacted seem to have taken a “Don’t ask, don’t tell policy”. Some of the municipalities said that theyhave very few strays, if any. I believe that no one could give us a definite answer regarding what happensto stray animals. Others inferred that we would probably not want to know. When asked if theyrecognized a need for an animal shelter and would they support one, most said the need is there, but theycould not commit to financially help to support one. The group combined a board meeting and propertymeeting this past Thursday, November 8. Randy had statistics from an animal shelter in Fond du Lac thatwere very interesting. It is overwhelming to see the operational costs of existing shelters.
Pet Food Pantry
– The idea to help those in need feed their pets was discussed a few months ago at a property meeting as a way of getting out into the community to help keep pets in their homes. We feel thatthere is a need for this. The Coulee Cap Food Pantry, located in The Bargain Boutique was contacted tosee if they would be receptive to distributing pet food to those meeting the income requirements for theFood Pantry. Peggy at the Food Pantry said that they would try it, but are limited on available space. Itold her that we would keep excess pet food in our storage shed and that I would be responsible for collection of pet food from donation boxes and delivering it to the Food Pantry as needed. Peggy seemedto also feel that there is a need for this service. Pet food donation boxes were distributed this past Tuesday, November 6 to the following locations: Tractor Supply, Nelson True Value Hardware, Southwest Vet,Tender Care Animal Hospital, and Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly. To date, the only food in the boxes was donated by RABAS members. It is our hope that the community will help us help those who need this service bykeeping the pet food boxes full. We are hoping that this can be done on a continuous basis, not just for theholidays. Pets, like people do need to eat year around. Diane and Lee Akin, owners of Prairie Cinema,have generously offered to show a movie with admission being a donation of pet food or people food. Themovie, “Water Walk” started yesterday (Friday, November 9) and will continue through Thursday, November 15. Showtimes are 3:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. It is a movie for the entire family about a father and son who have drifted apart. They decide to retrace the same route Marquette and Joliet took fromUpper Michigan to St. Louis, Missouri in a single canoe. They encounter many challenges along the way.Limited shots of Boscobel and Marquette, Iowa are included in “Water Walk”. Chance, our large, furrymascot greeted show-goers last night. Thank you, Diane and Lee for this great opportunity to help the PetFood Pantry. Those who attended also got to see the on screen ad for Wake Up Santa. What a great way toget the word out about Wake Up Santa. Thanks, also Diane and Lee for this. Sue Rider and River CityRoller Rink will provide another way to donate to the Pet Food Pantry. On Saturday, November 24, Suewill open the skating rink from 10 a.m. – noon. Admission for this skate will be a pet food donation.Chance (aka Linda Bedford) will also be on hand to skate with the kids. Bev and her therapy dogs will beavailable to answer questions about the organization and to meet the dogs. Jackie at Tractor Supply plansto make a large Christmas tree and invite people to put pictures of their pets on the tree. The donation boxwill be located near the tree. Please help fill the donation boxes with a donation of pet food. This smalldonation could help keep pets in their homes.
Wake Up Santa
will take place on Saturday, December 1. Planning is well underway. Wake Up Santawill once again be held in the Community Room at City Hall. We will wake Santa up promptly at 8:30a.m. Kids are encouraged to bring noise makers to help wake up the slumbering Santa. Registration formswill be available at local businesses and schools including: Monkeys Tale, Tractor Supply, Tender CareAnimal Hospital, St. Gabe’s School, Bluff View and B. A. Kennedy Schools in PdC as well as Seneca,MarMac (Monona), Wauzeka and River Ridge. Registration forms are also available on line atwww.riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org.Registration forms and payment should be mailed to RABAS POBox 421 PdC, WI 53821 and need to be received no later than Wed. November 28. For more information, please call Jill at 326-4870 or Bev at 326-2914.
If you can volunteer to help at Wake Up Santa, please let Bev or Jill know or reply to this email.
Weneed additional help for this event to make it run smoothly. Wake Up Santa is a fun event to work at. Wewill start by decorating the Community Room on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. Saturday morning wewill meet between 7: a.m. – 7:30a.m. to finalize the preparations. We are usually done by noon. For thoseof you new to RABAS, Wake Up Santa begins with kids waking Santa up at 8:30 a.m., followed by breakfast. “Personalized” visits with Santa begin as soon as Santa is awake. Other activities includeSanta’s Workshop (make & take Christmas ornament), Santa’s Secret Gift Shop (kids can purchase quality
 
gifts for parents, caregivers, teachers, pets and siblings with the help of Santa’s elves for selection and giftwrapping), Santa Bingo, Pin the Nose on Rudolph and a coloring table. No adults allowed in Santa’sSecret Gift Shop. Brian Cipra will be on hand to take pictures of Santa and the kids. A 5”x7” photo willcost $10 and be ready for pickup at Tractor Supply on Saturday, December 15.
If you can donate a box of pancake mix or bottle of syrup, to help defray costs, please let Jill or Bevknow or reply to this email.Tractor Supply Gift Wrapping and Christmas Bake Sale
will take place on Saturday, December 15from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please consider baking your favorite Christmas goodies for this bake sale. We alsohope to have some home-made dog treats, dog tugs and dog bandanas available at Tractor Supply. Again,if you can donate any baked goods, please let Jill or Bev know or reply to this email. If anyone is availableto help at Tractor Supply, please let Bev know.
RABAS Christmas Party
will be held on Thursday, December 20 at Huckleberry’s Restaurant. TheChristmas party is an excellent time to reconnect with shelter volunteers. We will order off the menu beginning at 6 p.m. with the December meeting to follow while the food is being prepared. Please note,everyone is responsible for their own meal. We will also do some type of gift exchange or donation to thefood or pet food pantry. If you would like to attend the Christmas Party, please call Bev or Jill or reply tothis email by December 13. We will discuss gift exchange/food/pet food pantry donation at this week’sgeneral meeting and information will be provided to those who RSVPat the time they confirm. This isalways a fun gathering and it is nice to get together and enjoy each other’s company without working at afund raiser. I hope to see many of you there.
Bingo Anyone?
At this week’s property/board meeting, Randy had information on the Fond du LacAnimal Shelter and how they meet their monthly expenses. One of the ways they raise a lot of money tofund their shelter is through weekly Bingo games. This is something that RABAS had discussed years ago, but never followed through with it. I think at the time, we were struggling with our tax exempt, non profitstatus. The possibility of Bingo as a fund raiser was briefly discussed at Thursday’s board meeting.Personally, I would like to try it, but it would take some research. Bingo is very popular in this area, andwe would first of all have to find a place to have it and to find out which nights if any are available. But before we even pursue it, we would have to have people who would be willing to commit to volunteer  possibly once or twice a month. If we were to decide to do Bingo, we would most likely not do it duringthe warm months – May-October. So we would only be talking November, December, January, February,March and possibly April. So what I am asking is if you feel that you would be willing to help with Bingo, please let me know. If we do not get a good response, it does not pay to put the effort into researching it.If we had enough people who would volunteer, we could come up with a schedule and possibly have each person take one or two bingos for the season. Personally, I would really like to try this, and would bewilling to put in the time and effort to research it.
Fall Fund Raisers UpdateHuckleberry’s Chicken Dinner – 
I believe we made about $700 including donations, silent auction andthe dinner itself. Thanks to everyone who made desserts or donated to the silent auction. And thanks toHuckleberry’s for their constant support of RABAS.
McGregor Arts & Crafts Fair
was scheduled for October 6 & 7 and October 13 & 14. Bev, Joe, Donnaand Jill worked the first weekend. The weather was quite cool, but dry. Not as many booths or people inattendance as in the past. We sold cheese curds, daffodil bulbs, large take and eat cookies, afghans,Halloween glow in the dark trick or treat bags, dog tugs, apple turnovers, and gourd bird houses. We took in $962.05 in sales and $248.04 in donations. It seemed that once people passing by heard the word“animal shelter”, they would at least either buy a cookie or make a donation. Dog tugs, and trick or treat bags were popular items. I believe we sold 8 gourd bird houses and about 100 daffodil bulbs. The 2
nd
weekend in McGregor was basically a washout. John, Judy and Bev set up in the rain on Saturday andquestioned whether we should be there. By late morning, the skies started to look a bit brighter so wedecided to stick it out. It was warmer the 2
nd
weekend than the first. Also, less booths and people inattendance because of the rain. Julie and Todd were scheduled for Sunday morning. The morning startedwith a steady downpour and it never got any better. Julie made the wide decision to not even set up. Itrained until about 3 p.m. We managed to sell most of the cheese curds via email and Bev and Jill deliveredthem that afternoon. Total income for the 2
nd
weekend was $315.25 which includes $207 in sales and$108.25 in donations. I think it amazed most of us who worked those weekends how willing people wereto put a few bucks in the donation jar. I believe total profit for both weekends, minus expenses of cheesecurds, flower bulbs, trick or treat bags, apple turnovers, gourds and booth registration totaled approximately

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