Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. & Dr. Dosal!!

Everyone associated with Red Lake Rosie's Rescue extends their most sincere congratulations to our loyal volunteers Lauren and Mike who just graduated from vet school at the University of Minnesota!!

These two have volunteered for RLRR since they were in college together and continued all through vet school. We knew them before they were married :-)

They have helped with community outreach bringing food, houses and straw bedding to animals without shelter.

They have made countless trips to the shelter to help with chores and socialization of the dogs and cats.

 There has been lots of cuddling and kissing involved along the way.

They have helped at so many fundraisers. Don't let that sweet smile fool you -- don't challenge Lauren at bowling!

They have helped at clinics from the very start and got some early experience neutering cats for us.

The cold winter weather never stopped them and I know their youth and smiling faces helped Karen keep going many times.

They have driven loads and loads of supplies up to the shelter and transported animals back to the Cities. They have also fostered many cats and dogs from RLRR and helped find homes for even more.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sami, the senior pug, is home

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue received an older pug dog transported from White Earth. We arranged placement with Grey Face Rescue and they adopted her out to a great home. We are happy to partner with WE R Furr Rescue and Grey Face Rescue in order to save Sami and others like her!

Karen & RLRR


We adopted sweet little Sami the Pug about 2 weeks ago! She has been a wonderful addition to our family and the perfect companion for our other Pug who is both deaf and blind. 

She has adjusted well and learned the routine quickly! Seems like we have had her forever. She enjoys spending time outside, lots of belly rubs, and laying on Dad's lap! We cant help but spoil her because she is such a good doggie and we love her so much!

Thank you to both Rosie's Rescue and Greyface Rescue for the amazing work you you do to help animals like Sami! Now Sami has her Fur-ever Home!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day: Thanks to Feline Rescue!

A skinny dehydrated mother cat who had given birth to five kittens on April 1 was dropped off at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue a few days later, after two of the kittens died. Karen fed the hungry mama and kept the kittens alive with formula until the mama started to produce milk. The little family came down to the Twin Cities on the next transport to be fostered by Feline Rescue, Inc.

Mama is a pretty calico and her surviving kittens are all orange and white boys. I am their foster mom, so I got them set up in my bathroom/nursery.

Kittens are safely in the tub lined with padding and fleece and a cozy teepee den. Mama is free to come and go from the tub when she needs a break to eat or use the litterbox.

It wasn't long before the tent bed was too small for the whole family, but the kittens kept using it for naps until they learned how to climb the tent bed and then they slept on top!


Originally, I thought I would call the group the April Fools because of their birthdate and name them after famous red-headed comedians, but the kittens were just too yummy and sweet, so I named them after favorite golden treats with fun names.

Mama now gets time out in the rest of the house and the kittens are approaching six weeks of age and are anxious for life outside the confines of the bathtub. The bathroom will be space enough for them for a few more weeks. They will be ready for adoption after spay/neuter when the kittens reach 12 weeks of age. Contact Feline Rescue foster adoption coordinator Joan at 651-705-6264 if you are interested in meeting them!

RLRR blog editor

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Animal Clinic May 5-7

Community Animal Clinic - Thursday through Saturday at NOON, May 7.

Services for all dogs and cats, and grooming!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Minnesota Pet Expo

NEEDED - Handmade items and merchandise to sell at The Minnesota Pet Expo!

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue will have a booth at The Minnesota Pet Expo June 11 & 12.

The Expo has been a great way to introduce people to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue and has been a major fundraising event for us.

During the last 5 Pet Expo's, we raised over $7,000 with the majority of the proceeds coming from donated items. You can help by donating handmade items or merchandise for us to sell at the booth. Handmade items don’t need to be pet related.

The Minnesota Pet Expo
Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, June 11 10:00-6:00
Sunday, June 12 11:00-4:00


Please contact Lynn Mecum if you can donate items or have any questions.

Lynn Mecum

Friday, April 22, 2016

PJ's story: “Free To Good Home”-- Not a good idea

PJ who became known fondly as “Pajama Pants” had a stroke of luck when Nancy O’ Sullivan, Red Lake Rosie's Rescue board member and volunteer, saw a posting on Craig’s List for “Free to Good Home” -- a 6-year-old Havanese Cuban Bichon male dog. 

Nancy, with her experience, knew this could be very bad for PJ and went into action to save this boy and get him safely to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue on April 12th.

What a good boy he was and housetrained, too! PJ immediately moved into the cathouse and was a guest for only 5 days -- just long enough to get burrs in his feet and make friends at the shelter :-)


RLRR wants to warn people that when you post an animal on a public forum like Craig’s List as “Free to Good Home” many times it is really bad for the animal. They could end up in the wrong hands as a bait dog (for fighting dogs), or even used in research. 

Asking for a fee can help, but it is more responsible for you as the animal guardian, if you cannot keep your animal, to surrender to a reputable animal shelter or humane society where he/she will have a chance for a good home. And, obviously, don't just dump the animal to fend for itself.

In this case, PJ got a great opportunity. He left on transport Saturday, April 16th for a great foster home with Pet Haven. Our special thanks to Nancy who spotted the posting and sprang into action! And, as always, thanks to our transport volunteers and rescue partners.

Karen and RLRR 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lily the Chihuahua- Lucky to be alive!

You ask yourself- “How much food does it take to sustain a Chihuahua?” When Lily came last week to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, she had a protruding backbone and hips. Her ribs were showing and her sternum was sticking out with no flesh on it. We wondered how Lily could possibly get in this condition?

The person who rescued Lily stated that Lily had spent the winter outdoors besides being starved. We do not know how this little girl survived. 

On arrival, she began eating small soft meals and little by little began to eat at a normal rate. She had a nice dry bed in a warm house. No more outdoor living for her.

Understandably, it was taking a while to gain her trust as she was not treated well at all in her former home. She was just lucky to be alive.

But now, her luck has changed, and after a few days at the shelter, she left for a great foster home with Pet Haven. We are told her foster dad has other small dogs and we know her hard times are over.

RLRR wants to let people know that small breed dogs are NOT to be left outdoors to fend for themselves. Many tragic stories are reported about small breeds that become victims of predators, hit by cars and 4 wheelers, and many freeze to death in the winter. A small breed dog needs to be cared for indoors in a loving environment with food and water provided on a continual basis.

We want to thank the food providers and funders, transporters, rescues and great foster homes the Red Lake animals are getting. You are all appreciated and are saving the lives of animals like Lily.

Karen and RLRR


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