Yappy Hour - August 14

 Are you and your favorite canine companion looking for something different to do on a Thursday night in downtown Prairie du Chien? If so, join Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter and The Sawmill Saloon on August 14th for “Yappy Hour”. All friendly, non aggressive dogs that are up to date on their vaccinations and their humans are invited to The Sawmill for an evening out to celebrate the “dog days of summer”.

 “Yappy Hour” will begin at 6 p.m. in the courtyard adjacent to The Sawmill. Donations will be accepted at the Gate. Yappy Hour includes appetizers (Actually a full meal!), Live Doggy themed music provided by Mike McCoy, raffle, and cash bar.

 Water bowls for the dogs will be filled with fresh water. Homemade treats will be provided for each dog attending.

Humans without dogs are also welcome. All dogs need to be leashed. Flexileads are strongly discouraged. If it is “raining cats and dogs”, Yappy Hour will be canceled.

Donations are gratefully accepted and will go towards the building fund. 

 For more information, please contact Bev at (608) 326-2914 or visit our website at riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org. Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization and your donation is tax deductible. Donations can be mailed to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC Wi 53821

Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle - August 23

The 7th Annual Rivers and Bluffs Prairie Pool Puppy Paddle will take place on Saturday, August 23, at Wacouta Aquatic Park in Prairie du Chien, WI.

Small dogs (16 inches or less at the shoulder) will be swimming first from 9AM-10AM. Then the larger dogs join in the fun. Of course, the smaller dogs can stay and continue to have fun.

Wacouta Aquatic Park is located at 1401 E Wells St.,  in Prairie du Chien, Wi (Map).  Wacouta Aquatic Park has a 0 depth pool entrance. Chemicals added to the pool during human swimming times will be removed. Dogs can wade into the water and will not have to jump in from the wall. Humans can wade into the pool no deeper than ankle high. A certified life guard will be on duty to enforce this rule and ensure the safety of all in attendance. Proof of vaccinations required at registration

Rivers and Bluffs volunteers will  have lunch available which can be purchased for a nominal fee. We appreciate your support and look forward to providing your dogs with a day at the pool.

Please support the sponsors for this event: Halpin Tire, American Family Insurance - Ken Stoeffler Agency, Creative Cuts Salon - Mary Stoeffler, owner, Sut Hill Prairie Ford and Dodge, and Prairie du Chien Park and Rec Dept.

Money raised through this event will be added to the animal shelter building fund for the surrounding area.
Please stop in at our event sponsors: Halpin Tire, American Family Insurance- Ken Stoeffler Agency,  Creative Cuts Salon, Mary Stoeffler, Owner, Sut Hill Prairie Ford Dodge, Nelson True Value, PdC Park and Rec Dept.

For more information on Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter, please contact Bev Pozega at 608-326-2914 and Jill Cipra 608-326-4870. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organizations. Your donations are greatly appreciated and can be sent to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC WI 53821

Your Pet’s Ticket Home

CAS_Cat_05“I just left my pet out for a few minutes, then the phone rang. When I went to open the door and called my pet’s name it didn’t come back. My pet never leaves the yard. What can I do?”
Does your pet have a ticket home? Pets may be lost for a variety of reasons – slipping out of a collar, running through an open door, strolling out of the gate that was accidentally left opened, frightened of thunder, or let out accidentally by a worker. In most cases the lost pets are found by a nearby neighbor or someone else down the road. Unfortunately, your lost pet can’t tell the kindly person it’s name or where it lives. Your pet needs help getting safely back home.
The most effective form of identification is a simple city or village license tag. Most often, the tag has a number that can be referenced to your name, address and phone number. Prairie du Chien pet licenses for unneutered or unspayed  dogs or cats is $8.00. A greatly reduced fee of $3 is charged for neutered or spayed dogs or cats. A vaccination certificate is also needed.  More information is found on the Prairie du Chien web site: http://www.prairieduchien.info/New-to-Prairie-du-Chien.html.
Your pet’s identification is their ticket home of they become lost.  In addition to a license, it’s important that pets have permanent identification in the event they get lost and lose their licenses. The preferred method of permanent identification is a microchip because a tattoo can fade over time.

An Action Plan:

Losing your pet, for some, can be traumatic and overwhelming. If an immediate search within your home or immediate neighborhood fails to locate your pet, your job is to get the word out. Lost Dogs Of Wisconsin (http://lostdogsofwisconsin.org/ offers effective advice for owners who have lost their dogs..  Lost Cats of Wisconsin (https://www.facebook.com/lostcatwi) provides a source of information if you have lost your cat.  Both sites are free. 
A local source of information is the web site of Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter. (http://riversandbluffsanimalshelter.org/)

Celebrate the Fourth–Protect Your Pets

Dog-Fireworks3-300x246The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate but for pet owners it can be a nightmare. Fireworks are very scary to many pets and can cause them to bolt in fear. We urge you to take precautions and keep your pets well secured and indoors. Right now, take a photo of your dog!

If your pet does go missing and runs in fear take the following steps immediately:

1. Immediately put out food, water and your pet's bed or an article of personal clothing at the location where the dog was last seen.
2. Go to helpingLostPets.com. Click on the bright orange box to report a lost or found pet.
3. Print flyers from helping lost pets. Get the word out using flyers and signs. Go door to door in the neighborhood where your pet was last seen.
4. Instruct everyone you talk with NOT to call or chase your pet. Instead, call the number on the flyer.

Lost Dogs of Wisconsin is here to assist you if your dog does go missing. Your missing pet listing will be broadcast our Facebook Page at: https://www.facebook.com/findfido.

Please be sure all your pets are micro-chipped and keep tags on them at all times. We wish you a happy and safe, July 4th.