Prairie du Chien businesses make it easy for community to support animal shelter

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Aron Cavanaugh, of Prairie du Chien, took his pup to the Pet Expo, sponsored by Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter at Nelson True Value, Feb. 3. True Value recently started its Partnering for Pets program, which gives 10 percent to the shelter for all pet products and Wild Bird Food products purchased at the store. (Nelson True Value photo)

By Correne Martin

Two local businesses are making it easy for community members to support the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter in Prairie du Chien and shop at their retail establishments at the same time.

Nelson True Value has begun an ongoing program, Partnering for Pets, through which shoppers can help support the animal shelter. According to Bev Pozega, RABAS vice-president, customers at True Value who purchase pet products or store brand Wild Bird Food products will have 10 percent of those purchases gifted to the shelter.

“They’ve been trying to come up with a way to help us and we’re so grateful,” Pozega said. “This is a great way for customers who already buy their pet products from True Value to give back to us at the same time.”

For seven to eight years now, Kwik Trip has been offering gift cards, which can be used for gas or groceries at its convenience stores, to citizens who wish to contribute to the shelter. It’s a simple program. For example, give Rivers and Bluffs $25 in cash and you will receive a $25 Kwik Trip gift card. Then, Kwik Trip will give 5 percent of the proceeds to RABAS. From there, you can shop as you normally would at Kwik Trip with the cards. If you purchase groceries with the card, an extra 10 percent will be given to RABAS.

“Basically, you’re not out anything. You get the same value out of it as what you put into it. You just use the card at Kwik Trip and Kwik Trip is the one that makes the actual donation,” Pozega explained. “The cards make great gifts and they help out our organization.”

More ways to give
In addition to these fundraisers, RABAS is selling 4x8 and 8x8 tiles to those who wish to honor or memorialize someone. Tiles will be erected inside the animal shelter.

Plus, the shelter is collecting old cell phones and ink jet cartridges to be sent to Texas, from which RABAS gets a “kick back,” according to Donna Heilmann, RABAS secretary. The size of the old phones and cartridges must be smaller than the palm of your hand to donate. The shelter, Tender Care Animal Hospital, Computer Support Plus, RadioShack and Mediacom all have boxes for these items.

“Every little bit adds up,” Pozega said.

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