Bake Sale at True Value

Friday and Saturday
May 8th -9th, 2015
9AM - 2PM

Sweets and stuff

Take mom out to lunch
Brats and Hot Dogs
Baked Goodies
Rivers and Bluffs to Sponsor Food Stand and Bake Sale At Nelson True Value (Map)
Nelson True Value will be the venue for the May fund raiser on Friday and Saturday. The menu includes grilled brats and hot dogs.
Cheryl Statz,  president of Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, invites everyone to stop in for a delicious grilled brat or hot dog while shopping for their Mother’s Day flowers and spring gardening ideas. Statz added “Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter appreciates this wonderful opportunity to raise money at one of Nelson True Value’s busiest weekends. The organization is working especially hard this spring as they hope to start construction on an animal shelter by the end of this year.”
Bev Pozega, vice president of the group would like to thank the community for their continued support. Download PDF flyer. Post at your work place or school locker.  Show your support.
Photos from past Bake Sale

Pedaling for Pets*

ChristensensIn lieu of a vacation this summer, Prairie du Chien residents Ashley and Brandon Christensen will bicycle 750 miles around Wisconsin to raise awareness and funds for Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS). They will stop at eight checkpoints along the way and meet with humane societies and animal shelters in those communities to gather information that might be helpful to RABAS, which plans to build its own animal shelter for the area. They’ve labeled their journey Pedaling for Pets.

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On Aug. 16, the energetic young couple plans to leave Prairie du Chien and head toward Viroqua, where they will first meet with the Vernon County Humane Society. Second, they will travel toward Sparta and stop at the Monroe County Animal Shelter. Third, they will visit Tomah and its Chasing Daylight Animal Shelter. The fourth stop will be in Marshfield, where the two will meet with the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter, which is similar to RABAS in that they have no physical shelter at this time but have had land donated toward one. The next and northern-most stop for Ashley and Brandon will be in Park Falls (near Bayfield) at the Catkins Animal Rescue. Sixth, they will drop down to the Northwoods Humane Society in Hayward. Seventh, they will stop in Eau Claire at Bob’s House for Dogs, which is literally a fun house where disabled and senior dogs can roam freely. Finally, before heading back to Prairie du Chien, they will check in at the Coulee Region Humane Society in La Crosse. Their plan is for the trip to take three weeks and end around Sept. 6.
“In the next couple of weeks, we will be driving the route to scout out the roads and campgrounds where we want to stay,” Ashley said. “We would also like to stop at the shelters, drop off posters and start creating excitement about us passing through those communities.”
The day they leave, Ashley said, they hope to have a sendoff celebration in Prairie du Chien, though details of that haven’t been finalized yet. The couple’s goal is to average 80 miles of pedaling per
“It’s scary. We are training but it’s not going to be easy,” Ashley said. “This is a personal challenge for us and we really don’t want to let those animals down.”
The idea for Pedaling for Pets came to the Christensens this past winter when they had a conversation about achievements they had listed on their personal bucket lists. “I mentioned I would like to do a long-distance bike ride,” Ashley said. “My husband said he had always wanted to do that too and was totally on board with it.” Next, they decided to choose a charitable cause near and dear to their animal-loving hearts, which is where RABAS came in. The pair are members of the animal shelter group and owners of a dog, two cats and a turtle.
“The members of RABAS have invested so much time and money into building a shelter and we want to help make a difference, more than just volunteering at a bake sale,” Ashley stated.
The Christensens have determined a number of fundraising avenues to help them reach their goal, a lofty $10,000. They started a Go Fund Me website, Pedaling for Pets (as well as a Facebook page).They are selling T-shirts. They are organizing a bowling tournament for June 7, at 11 a.m., at Leisure Time, in Prairie du Chien. It will be an eight-pin tap tourney with four to five people per team and also involve a pulled pork lunch with dessert, a silent auction, DJ and karaoke, raffles and more. And, during their adventures around Wisconsin, they will seek donations from businesses and corporations in the communities they pass through.
“We’re sending out letters soon to the businesses. We’re encouraging people to pledge so much if we make it to a certain checkpoint,” Ashley noted.
All proceeds will benefit the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter as they work toward constructing a regional shelter in Prairie du Chien.
When they stop at each shelter along the route, Ashley and Brandon will take pictures and ask questions specific to how the establishments are run, what fundraisers have worked well, what could be done differently in building a shelter, etc. Also, they plan to present each shelter with items from their wish lists.
Ultimately, in addition to the money raised, the couple simply hopes to spread awareness and build knowledge about RABAS across the state.
“We want to turn this into something big, something that people across Wisconsin get behind and support,” Ashley said.
For more information, to donate to the cause, to sign up for the bowling tournament or to purchase a bright yellow Pedaling for Pets T-shirt, contact Ashley at (608) 412-0680 or
**Source: Courier Press, Prairie du Chien.

Golf Tournament

golftouneylogoThe Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter (RABAS) is adding a new event this year to our fundraising activities and we would love for you to be a part of it. We are having a Golf Tournament.
Our golf tournament is scheduled at the Prairie Du Chien Country Club
Saturday, June 13, 2015.
This will be a four person step aside tournament. The cost is $60.00 per person and includes 18 holes of golf with a cart and a small meal. Shotgun start at 10:00 A.M. Registration starts at 9:00 A.M.
Prizes will be awarded to the first two teams in each of the following categories:
  • Four Person Female Team
  • Four Person Male Team
  • Mixed Couples (two male, two female)
To sign your team up for this event please call one of the following:
  • Brenda Wilson - 608-317-7001
  • Linda Richmond - 608-317-7654
  • Prairie Du Chien Country Club – 608-326-6707
We would also like to ask you to please consider being a hole sponsor.
Hole sponsorship is $50.00. A sign with your company or family name on it will be placed on the golf course during the tournament. This would be a great way to show your support for our less fortunate animal friends as well as your love for your own furry family members.
We are also having a memory / in honor of board. For $5.00 you can have your pets name on the memory / in honor of board which will be displayed in the club house.
Please contact Linda Richmond or Brenda Wilson at the above numbers to get your pets name on the wall. If you would be able to sponsor a hole, please send your check for $50.00 to:
Linda Richmond
1101 South 15th St.
Prairie Du Chien, WI 53821
The deadline for the hole sponsorship is Friday, May 22 so we have time to get each sign made.
You can pay your golf entry fee the day of the tournament.
Thank you all for your consideration in helping Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter with our fundraising efforts. Your generosity is so appreciated.

Pasta for Pets

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1916 S Marquette Rd.
Prairie du Chien, WI
All you can eat Salad Bar and Pasta Buffet, with dessert Bar, Milk and coffee included
Tickets available at the door:
Age 11-Adult $9 ; Kids Age 4-10 $6;
Age 3 and under Free
Live Auction – 5:30PM
Special Silent Auction
The following items will be featured on the Live Auction:

*Items below may differ from  images below
2 handcrafted wood pieces from the collection of Walter Skaife,
a Taft Mill Pottery vase
Handmade, one of a kind, 4 foot high oak flower pedestal.  IMG_20150423_182351_389
autographed Green Bay Packer football football
Vizio 24” LED television tv
a Razor Spark Kick Scooter scooter
2 pairs of Wisconsin Badger Football tickets badgertickets
a Night on the Town (1 night stay in a suite at Country Inn & Suites, countryinn
a 2 hour trail ride at The Childrens’ Ranch ranch
2 Prairie Cinema Movie passes and 2 Lady Luck Casino Buffet certificates) cinemabuffet
an Amish Built Kids Adirondack Rocker rocker
a Samsung Blu-ray Disc Player/DVD Player bluray
Samsung Smart Camera camera
a campfire ring fire
3 different styles of dog beds beds
a 3 burner gas grill grill

The silent auction will also feature something for everyone, including children, from local businesses and individuals.
The live auction will conclude at 6:30 p.m. and the silent auction and buffet will end at 7:00 p.m. Kwik Trip Gas cards will also be available for sale. “Once again we are hoping that the community will come out and enjoy a delicious assortment of pastas and desserts as well as a fun night out and help Rivers & Bluffs with their building fund” said Bev Pozega, one of the event organizers. RABAS volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. For more information on Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter or Pasta for Pets, please visit our website or contact Bev at 326-2914 or Jill at 326-4870. Donations may be sent to RABAS PO Box 421 PdC WI 53821. Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization and your donation is tax deductible.