Saturday, April 22, 2017

My husband Michael and I are the proud pet parents of three Red Lake Rosie alumni cats. Calvin the black tuxedo cat, Peppy the peach one, and Comma the one with the comma on her face made their way into our home via Pet Haven Inc of MN. We also have another cat and 2 senior labs that were also rescued.

Our animals have brought so much joy to our lives that we would like to say thank you for everything you do. One of my so-called talents is the ability to save money. I have a knack for extreme couponing and finding deals that no one else can and have spend the past several months gathering supplies for use in your upcoming spay and neuter clinic and also at the shelter.

There is no need to arrange transport. We will deliver the supplies to the clinic location or the shelter. We are looking at renting a U-Haul trailer as neither our SUV nor our van will hold everything. If there other supplies that need to make their way up to you we may be able to help. We were thinking of heading up a few days before the clinic starts. This would give us time to gather more supplies and arrange a U-haul rental.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With the utmost respect and admiration for all you do,

Without our supporters, Red Lake Rosie's Rescue would not exist. Thank you all! It is wonderful how people have used their particular skills to help out.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Faithful Volunteers

Cay and John are a couple that have been coming from Bemidji to volunteer at the Red Lake Rosie’s shelter at least once per month for the past year! We can only wish for more volunteers from this area like Cay & John and Nancy & Tom :-)

They are hardworking and are nonstop walking dogs, cleaning kennels, cleaning the cathouse, making repairs, assembling crates, cleaning puppy pens, shoveling roofs, and doing grounds work to make the shelter a nicer, cleaner place for the animals living here. 

They always have time to give the animals love and attention which helps to socialize them.

We appreciate their help so much. Cay even drove all the way to Minneapolis to attend the Friends of Rosie’s meeting!

At the end of the day, the place is always in great shape because of their kindness and hard work. Thank you!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shelter Makeover for Volunteers!!

We received a message from Julie that she wanted to come to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue and do a makeover in the cathouse bedroom. We were SO excited, but didn’t imagine what a wonderful surprise would receive!

Over the past months, Julie has motored all the way from Barnesville to the shelter -- 118 miles each way -- to work on the room several times. She started with painting and then shopped for things that she included in her design for the room. Julie worked at home on making other items for the room.

Julie used lifts to raise up the bed and purchased all new bedding and curtains. Julie designed the beautiful curtains which she just put up on Friday. The room is in earth tones and it is beautiful!

Julie did this all at her expense and we are so appreciative.

We are happy to have this room for our volunteers who come and want a place to stay. Thank you, Julie, for making this place so lovely!



Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Scotti, the Troll

Just one year ago, in May of 2016, Scotti came into our lives. Red Lake Rosie's Rescue was called to a residence where two older dogs were to be euthanized, because one of the dogs, Scotti, had bitten or attempted to bite a neighbor.

The two elderly dogs were not going to leave the property willingly and it took some time to get them crated and transported to the clinic. Pet Haven volunteers, Rachel, Nicci, and Nate did assessments of Scotti and his brother. Scotti would not cooperate, but they befriended him anyway :-) Both dogs went to the RLRR shelter that evening.

Two weeks passed and Scotti’s brother came around nicely and was transferred to another rescue for adoption. Scotti would have to spend more time at the RLRR shelter. 

Scotti was a loner, never making friends with other dogs or people either. He used to lay under the ramp to the cathouse and we lovingly called him “The Troll”. He reminded us of the character in the story of the Billy Goats Gruff who would hide under the bridge and frightened the goats as they crossed. When someone came too close, Scotti would bear his teeth but never bite.

Scotti and I developed a bond and he waited each morning and evening for me to come to the shelter. He would follow me around while I was doing my chores and loved to get canned food treats. Scotti always waited on the porch while I worked inside and then would get his bowl of canned and grain-free food which he loved. Scotti would let me pet him, but would not let me pull out any of the burdock he was collecting in his fur!

Recently, Scotti stopped eating and was getting older and frail. Sadly, he crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday, April 18, 2017. It was a rainy day and tears of sadness were shed for Scotti. It reminded me of the soulful sound of the blues song “The Sky Is Crying”. It is quiet tonight at the shelter and someone very special is missing.

Until we meet again my friend. 

Love Karen

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

RLRR Garage Sale Fundraiser: Items to sell needed!

Ask your neighbors, friends, and family to help the animals of Red Lake Reservation by donating their unwanted items to the garage sale we are hosting during Richfield's city-wide garage sale.  All proceeds benefit Red Lake Rosie's Rescue and donation slips for tax purposes are available.  Together, let’s help save the lives of more companion animals and make this a major fundraiser!  You can also support RLRR by shopping at the sale!!
Dates:  Thursday - Saturday, May 18-20, 2017, from 8am-5pm

Location:  6924 Newton Ave. S., Richfield, MN

Drop off:  Before Sunday, May 14.  The sooner, the better so we have time to price everything.  Large furniture can be delivered until Wednesday, May 17.

Two drop-off locations:  Richfield and Stillwater.  May possibly be able to meet at another location for pick-up.  Sale is in Richfield, most pricing done in Stillwater.

Needed:  Furniture, tools and power tools, sporting goods, jewelry, bikes, skates, framed art, craft supplies, garden supplies, home decor, household, baby and infant items (check for recalls), toys, games, puzzles, antiques, collectibles, DVD’s, CD’s, records, books, clothing, shoes, and small electronics.

We need to BORROW lots of tables and clothes racks for the sale.  Please encourage your family and friends to shop at this HUGE overflowing sale!  

Volunteers:  We need help with set-up and pricing on Saturday, May 13, Monday May 15, and Wednesday, May 17.  We need help during the sale (Thu, Fri, Sat, May 18-20) and packing up leftovers after the sale (Sat/Sun May 20-21).  Volunteers are also needed at a table with RLRR information to share during the sale.

Please help in any way you can!

Contact:  Lynn Mecum or 651-283-7668

Monday, April 17, 2017

RLRR at Bark in the Park, Sat. May 20

Bark in the Park
Saturday, May 20 10:00-2:00

Hilde Performance Center
3500 Plymouth Blvd, Plymouth, MN

We will be there selling Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue t-shirts and an assortment of hand made and donated items. We rely on events such as this to help us fund our many needs at the shelter.

Bring your favorite four-legged friend and visit with companies, non-profit groups, and rescue organizations specializing in dogs. There will be a 1K walk lead by Miss Minnesota at 9:45, vaccinations and nail trimming available, "Ask The Vet", disc dog demonstrations, and dog merchandise for sale at the vendor booths. You and your dog can also enjoy the Pup-arazzi Photo Booth, Face Painting, and Caricatures!
The Hilde Performance Center is an open air stage surrounded by grassy areas for you and your on-leash dog to romp and play. There will be several kiddie pools and water bowls for your dog’s enjoyment.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter, Bunny!

Bunny was a beautiful long-haired tortie that was a surrender at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue a few years ago. RLRR is so thankful for the relationship we have with Feline Rescue where we are able to send cats by twos to be adopted. Bunny's story is one of the many success stories we have with Feline Rescue.

Yesterday I received this picture and message:

"I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for all that you do.

In 2012, after the death of my cat Boo-Boo, I decided to spend 2 days a week visiting the homeless cats at Feline Rescue. I love all the cats, even the snarky ones. I don't remember her exact surrender date, but in early 2014, a long-hair tortie that they named Bunny showed up from you guys. 

All my recent cats, {Binky and Comet}, have been either feral or hated people. I seem to have a way with them. Bunny was definitely a problem. She kept attacking the volunteers when they would clean her litter box, kennel, and give her food and water. She did respond to a few people, and I was one of the fortunate few. 

I had lost Comet's sister Sunny, my soul mate, in 2013, and, in the spring of 2014, Comet had a stroke. I didn't want Binky to be left alone if Comet didn't pull through. I figured no one would adopt Bunny the way she acted, so I brought her home. Comet did pull through, thank heavens, and Bunny has become an awesome family member. Of course she has the famous "tortitude", but she's really sweet. She doesn't like being picked up or held, but she often climbs up on us for loving. We live in a rural area and get mice, but Bunny totally loves hunting them.

She's very safe now. My cats are NEVER allowed outside where they can get hurt. If it hadn't been for you guys rescuing her and sending her to Feline Rescue, we wouldn't have met. I can't imagine our family without our Bunny. Shelters seldom hear about how their former charges end up, and I know I always love hearing the happy endings from adopters, so I thought I'd share Bunny's story with you. Thank you again for all you do."


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