The year 2015 certainly started off with a bang for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS). A donation of $20,000 was contributed in early January from a very generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous.
This hard-working, not-for- proﬁt organization recently hit an important milestone in their ﬁnancial climb toward a desperately needed animal shelter for the Prairie du Chien area: $200,000. This additional donation put them even closer to a functioning shelter in the not-so distant future.
A donation of this magnitude, coupled with existing funds allow for site preparation and the start of construction.
Currently the group’s building committee has been visiting other shelters to gather ideas and talk with shelter managers. Project Manager Don Iverson is optimistic that, by this Sumner, the group will have made a decision on the shelter design and will also have an estimate of construction costs. Recently built existing shelters, similar in design and size to what RABAS is planning, range in cost from $350,000 to $400,000. The future home of Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is located at the intersection of 22nd Street and Carnpion Boulevard on two acres of land donated by Steve and Lynda Welter.
RABAS membership, fund raising and donations continue to gain momentum as the group begins its eighth year of active fund raising. What started as a small group of citizens, organized by Dr. Jami Quick, concerned about the need for an animal shelter for the Prairie du Chien area, has blossomed into an active group. of almost 100 volunteers.
Fund raising has become a way‘ of life for RABAS volunteers. With fundraisers ranging from food stands, chicken dinners, pasta buffets, motorcycle poker runs, dog walks dog washes, live and silent auctions, guest server nights, Wake Up Santa, Princess for an Evening, 50/ 50, raffles and Kwik Trip gift cards, this group has done it all. With at least one fundraiser in almost, every month of the year, Rivers and Bluffs is truly a force to be reckoned with. For more information, visit http://riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org or contact Bev Pozega at (608) 326- 2914.
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