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Shelter Shorts December 2011

Shelter Shorts December 2011

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SHELTER SHORTS is a monthly newsletter intended to keep Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers and supporters connected. With everyone’s hectic schedules, we know it is often difficult, if not impossible to attend monthly meetings or to work at all of our fundraisers.
SHELTER SHORTS is a monthly newsletter intended to keep Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter volunteers and supporters connected. With everyone’s hectic schedules, we know it is often difficult, if not impossible to attend monthly meetings or to work at all of our fundraisers.

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December, 2011
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 atlilnicki@live.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, January 19.
Fundraising UpdatePhoneraisers
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. Donna Heilmann will package and ship the phones toPhoneraisers.
Tee Shirts
We have 4 colors in 3 sizes to pick from – sand, light blue, yellow and pink in medium, large and XL. TheRABAS logo on the front is in color. Shirts sell for $14 each. If you would like to purchase a tee shirt, please contact Bev and she will bring one for you to the next meeting or make arrangements to get one toyou. We also have a number of the original style tee shirts that were purchased at Sports World. These alsosell for $14.
Dog Obedience Classes
If there is any interest, I hope to start classes in March. Tractor Supply is the best place I have had to holddog classes – we can work outside if the weather is warm and dry, or inside if the weather does notcooperate.
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 and 2012 Calendars
Dr. Donna Higgins continues to support RABAS through her beautiful wildlife prints on display at her office downtown PdC. The framed and matted prints, sell for $85, of which Donna donates $50 to RABAS.If you are looking for an attractive addition to your home or office, or a unique gift idea, please consider a print from Donna Higgins. Donna’s wildlife prints range from humming birds to bald eagles, deer, egretsand pelicans.
The 2012 Wildlife Calendars are on sale now and they are beautiful!!!. This year’scalendar features eagle prints and I think they will be a very popular item. Donna has also added anote about profits from her wildlife prints being donated to RABAS.
The prints can be viewed on line at our website (www.riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org
 
)or at her office.Calendars can be viewed on Donna’s Facebook.
A Winter Yappy Hour
will not be held this winter. The general feeling of the people in attendance at theDecember meeting is that it would not be well attended.
A 2
nd
Culvers Custard for Critters
may be held in the near future. To date, I have not heard anythingfrom Jason about another “Custard for Critters”.
Kwik Trip Script Gas Cards – 
Once again, thank you to those who have purchased the Kwik Trip Cardsand have made the commitment to purchase cards from us before purchasing gasoline or any Kwik Trip products. RABAS has made about $1300 in profit from the first week in October through mid December.If this trend can continue, this means an additional $5,200.00 annually. For RABAS, this is a considerableamount of money. Just think what we could be doing if more members and volunteers would support thisfund raiser. I know many of you are tired of receiving emails from me almost begging you to buy the Kwik Trip cards. It is just that this is a profitable fund raiser and it is so easy compared to most of the fundraisers we have. Jill, and I are willing to deliver cards on the same day of the request or the next day – whatever works for you, works for us. There are reasons why some people choose not to purchase the Kwik Trip cards – Kwik Trip does not sell E85, some people pay for their gas and KT purchases with their KTcharge cards to save money on gas purchases, and others use their Cabela’s credit card for purchases toearn Cabela’s points for future Cabela’s purchases. I can certainly justify these reasons. Everyone needsgas and many people purchase food items at Kwik Trip also. We are not asking people to buy things thatthey may not really want or need. There are some of us who still volunteer to bake for bake sales and whoend up buying our own baked goods back from bake sales. Selling these cards to family, friends and co-
 
workers, or even just purchasing them for your own use requires little effort – much less effort than any of the food stands or other fund raisers that we do on a monthly basis. Other than the $8.60 shipping fee per order, there is no expense involved such as advertising. Cards are available for sale at Merle NormanCosmetics (downtown PdC) and also at River City Roller Rink on Friday nights and on Saturdays andSundays. Cards will be delivered to you with a day’s notice by calling Bev at 326-2914 or Jill at 326-4870or by replying to this email. If you live out of town and would like to purchase the cards, we will mailthem to you upon receipt of your check made payable to RABAS.Volunteers can be issued up to $300 worth of cards at one time for selling. Money for the cards should bereturned to Jill or Bev in a timely manner (2 weeks) for depositing in the checking account. Unsold cardsshould also be returned within that time frame.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.Wake Up Santa
was held on Saturday, December 3
rd
. According to deposits and checks written for WakeUp Santa from the December treasurer’s report, I believe that we cleared $691.45. Everything ran verysmoothly and again we heard many favorable comments. One thing that we decided not to do this year wasto print off approximately 1,000 registration forms and take them to area schools. The return on all of theseregistration forms was about 1 per cent. It was time consuming to print and fold all of these forms plus the paper and ink used – the end result did not justify the time and the expense. A limited number of registration forms were available at all area schools, but I do not believe any of them were utilized. It isamazing to me how this event just seems to “come together”. The advertising and registration forms weredone more than a month in advance with Jill, Randy and Bev working together via email to get things outto local papers, radio stations and the website. The “coming together” was truly evident on Thursdayevening when we decorated the hall. Everyone just pitched in – saw what needed to be done and got itdone. Not once did anyone say “What should I do?And then on Saturday, once again the volunteers justrecognized what was needed and it came to be – registration, kitchen, dining area, Santa and Mrs. Santa, photography, games, craft table, gift shop and clean up. Thanks to all of you who helped to make thisevent another community success. Once again, there are many behind the scene jobs that get done. We hadhelp from 2 new Girl Scout troops this year – Rochelle Fuller’s Girl Scouts helped with the gift wrapping inSanta’s Secret Gift Shop and with keeping the kids entertained prior to the “countdown” to waking Santa.Kari Polodna’s Girl Scout Troop made beautiful decoration to decorate the tree. Donna went on Facebook to ask if anyone had an artificial tree to donate to RABAS and she was able to get a beautiful tree. Thanksalso to Brian Cipra for donating his time and material for the photos. I am sorry to say, that I do notremember the donor’s name, but a thank you note was written and mailed to her. Thanks again to everyonewho helped in any way with this wonderful community event.
Santa Visits – 
Our very own Santa – aka Randy Paske had 12 Santa visits this year, including Wake UpSanta. A few of these were donated. Through December 14, Santa visits accounted for $250 in donationsto RABAS. I know that there were a few after that, including 3 on Christmas Eve.
I hope that Santaknows how much his dedication to promoting RABAS and spreading holiday cheer was appreciatedby those whose homes he visited and by this organization. While most of us were celebratingChristmas Eve with our families, Santa made 3 visits that evening, foregoing his own familycelebration. Thank you, Santa!Christmas gift wrapping and Christmas bake sale
was held at Tractor Supply on Saturday, December 17from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Thanks to Jill, Donna Vicki and Bev for baking and to Jill and Bev for volunteering tospend the better part of the Saturday before Christmas at Tractor Supply. We did very little gift wrapping – I think a total of 3 or 4 people had their gifts wrapped and one of them did not give us anything for wrapping. The baked goods sold very well and we could have used a few more plates of Christmasgoodies. We also sold $350 worth of Kwik Trip Gas Cards to complete strangers. I think that we madeabout $400 in profit, but I am not sure. Jill will have the final total on the January treasurer’s report.
The Pet Celebration Tree
was not as successful as Donna and I had hoped it would be. In fact, the only pets on the tree were in memory of Donna’s deceased Nikki and in honor of her two Shitzus Molly andSadie and Bev’s deceased beagle Didi, and her two dogs Nicki and Vegas. We did receive a $20 donationfrom Don Stram on the day we set the tree up. Donna decided to take the tree down in early December dueto lack of interest. Phil and Deb Dwornik did try to have their pets on the tree, but the tree was taken down before they got their pictures there. They did donate the money anyway in memory of Nikki and Kitty, andin honor of Sadie and Cody. Donna and I still feel that this could be a profitable fund raiser, but we need tofind a place that has more foot traffic.
 
 
The Christmas Party/December Meeting
was not as well attended as it has been in past years, but thosewho attended had a nice time. The food and camaraderie were great! In addition to the gift exchange, fooddonations were also collected. Paskes took the 50 lbs of food collected to the local food pantry.
Pounds Off People and Pooches (POPPS)
is done for this year, but hopefully will resume in the spring.
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 atBluff Haven, Deb and her dogs Jasmine and Sami go to Walter Schmitt Home and Paula and Maggie visitBluff Haven. Deb, Sami and Jasmine visit Bluff View twice a week for the reading program. Bev will startin January. Deb, Bev and dogs visit Wyalusing Academy, twice a month. When we arrived at WyalusingAcademy on Tuesday, December 22, Jeff Umhoeffer presented us with a $500 check payable to RABAS inappreciation of our visits. But the words he spoke meant as much to Deb and me as the check. He said thatthe time the kids get to spend with the dogs is one of their best received programs and that we are trulymaking a difference in the lives of the kids whom we spend time with every month. Again, I do not knowwho has more fun when we go – the residents and staff of Wyalusing Academy, the dogs who each receivean hour of attention or Deb and I for sharing our passion for our dogs. I know for Deb and me, sometimeswe would rather stay home than go out, but once we get to the site, we enjoy every minute we are there andare glad that we did make the effort to go.
RABAS Fund Raising Gauge
 – At the December meeting, Julie provided the group with a sketch of thegauge. It will be a very unique and attractive gauge when finished. The black and white sketch featured atree with a cat climbing up the tree (to be used as the indicator in our advancement for funds) with a dogand a doghouse (with our logo and/or name on) at the base of the tree. Julie will contact local businessesfor donations of plywood, paint, primer, shop supplies. Julie’s brother, Jim Robbins of 3R’s WoodworksInc. from Fennimore, designed the sketch and will construct the gauge. The gauge will be placed at River City Roller Rink. Thanks to Julie for taking the lead on this and to Sue Rider – River City Roller Rink- andJim Robbins for their help with this. I think that this gauge will be very well received by the communityand should increase awareness of our organization and our progress in land acquisition and then building progress.
A conversation had been started in late October with the city administrator, Aaron Kramer to helpus with land acquisition.
To date, there has been no more action on this matter as far as I am aware.
Two new RABAS Banners
were printed by Design Homes of Prairie du Chien. The banners were pickedup in late November and they are very nice. They should last for a number of years. A thank you note waswritten for the banners. The ones we have been using are more 4 years old and they have seen better days.Design Homes has generously donated banners for a number of recent events, including Yappy Hour, andWake Up Santa.
Volunteer hours – 
Please keep track of your volunteer hours each month and get them to Jill. Volunteer hours can include any of the following and probably some things that are not mentioned: meetings, baking,working at fund raisers, hanging posters, phone calls and all the things it takes to make this organization asgreat as it is.
Mississippi River Cruise to benefit RABAS
is in the works for 2012. Randi K. will head up thecommittee for this event. Watch for more info in early 2012.
Treasurer’s Report – 
Treasurer Jill reports that RABAS now has approximately $88,302.73 including$15,905.05 in our checking account and $72,397.68 in 4 different CDs. There is still money to be recordedfrom the sale of Kwik Trip Cards, Tractor Supply Bake Sale, Santa Visits and Wyalusing Academydonation. Even though we were not able to acquire land by the end of 2011, I do believe that we reached or came very close to reaching $90,000.00 in the checking account and CDs by the end of this year by thetime all money is deposited and recorded.
True Value May Bake Sale and Food Stand
 – discussion was held at the December meeting as towhether to sign up for the True Value Food Stand as we have done the past 4 years on the Friday andSaturday before Mother’s Day. Volunteers to bake and work are declining and we have not made as muchmoney in recent years to make it worth the work involved. Donna suggested to have the food stand/bakesale only on the Friday (May 11) and not to do the Saturday. She will be in charge of this fund raiser. Bevwill help her.
Mom and Son Play Date
is an event that a number of moms who have boys suggested RABAS sponsor.After talking to some of these moms at Wake Up Santa and getting activity ideas for this event, the topicwas discussed at the December meeting. Support for this event was not overwhelming, but Jill and Julie in

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