Thursday, January 31, 2008

Donations always needed!

Dog leashes
Canned dog food
Canned cat food
Kitty litter
Cedar chips for puppy bedding
Rawhide bones to chew on
Pet Beds are fun for the doggies and cats
Paper towels
Garbage bags
Larger rubber pails for water in winter
Large metal food dishes
Large rubber bowls
Frontline for dogs and cats
Pain medication and antibiotics
Cedar bedding (not mulch)
Discounted or donated printing service for brochures

Money donations for straw bales for bedding
At least 225 bales are needed to get through the winter.

Money donations for the vet bill.
Send checks to Red Lake Rosie's Animal Fund Account at
Cornerstone Vet Services
Gonvick, MN 56644

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so donations in cash or in kind are tax deductible.

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue
23880 So. Good Road
Trail, MN 56684

Learn about Red Lake Rosie's Rescue

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue
23880 So. Good Road
Trail, MN 56684

Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

Volunteer program to educate Red Lake residents and to reduce overpopulation of companion animals and the resulting problems of abuse and neglect.

2005-July 2008: 1646 animals rescued, sheltered and sent to organizations for rehoming, 1105 spayed/neutered, 8 free clinics.

Located on the west boundary of the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Northwestern Minnesota amid an oak forest located 18 miles from the nearest town.

Rescued animals have been taken from garbage dumpsters, along highways, and sometimes surrendered by their owners.

Many animals rescued suffer from disease, starvation, dehydration, mange or injury.

The RLRR Support Team, rescue groups, shelters and fosters provide much needed assistance.

Karen Good:
Full-time Native American School Teacher for 18 years teaching at-risk kids. Founded Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue Inc. in 2005. Karen has been referred to as the “Mother Theresa” of Red Lake and the animal world. Her compassion, dedication and hard work have lead many people to want to help her. Many say after meeting her that their lives have been touched in very special ways.

How Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue Got it’s Name:
Rosie was a dog rescued in 1998 and surrendered at the Beltrami Humane Society in Bemidji, MN. Someone there saw something special in Rosie and trained her as a therapy dog. She made her new home at a retirement home called Havenwood Care Center in Bemidji. Rosie still lives a very full life and adds joy to the residents there. Because of this unwanted and neglected dog – Karen vowed to help all animals find a home because they are all special and deserve a good life.

RLRR Focus:


Educating Red Lake residents. Teaching basic animal care which includes feeding, watering, shelter, medical care and spay/neuter. Organizing booths and presentations at Red Lake Health Fairs and Clinics for discussing animal issues, abuse, and spay/neuter.

Tribal Code Revision Regarding Animal Abuse/Neglect. Working on revising the Red Lake Tribal Code as it pertains to animal abuse. There has never been a case of animal abuse in the tribal courts except for the protection of people against animals until now. Animal abuse cases have involved the order to destroy animals that have bitten people.

Developing a humane model to be replicated on other Indian Reservations. Based upon that education, Karen is teaching compassion to a society facing enormous challenges. Those who abuse animals may abuse children and women. By teaching compassion and providing an opportunity for volunteerism for students, everyday brutality faced on the reservation is reduced.

2) Medical Care

Provide medical care and spay/neuter from private donations at local vet clinics year round and from sponsored free animal clinics in the spring and summer. RLRR has coordinated 6 free clinics in the past 3 years which spay/neuter, vaccinate, de-worm, provide flea/tick applications and general medical care. Free clinics have been sponsored by HSUS RAVS (Rural Veterinary Services), Golden Valley Animal Humane Society and Animal Ark Neuter Commuter from Hastings.

3) Shelter and Placement

Dogs needing medical attention or waiting to go to a foster home, rescue group or shelter are housed in 14 outdoor kennels with cozy warm igloos. Small pups and cats are in an inside shelter. All rescued animals are provided homes off the reservation.

Red Lake Reservation Background:

Red Lake Reservation is in Northwestern Minnesota and is 564,426 acres (size of Rhode Island).

Unemployment is 39%.

9,000 people live on the reservation.

Average “old” age of any animal on the reservation is 3, due to the conditions of neglect and abuse.

Some people really care about their animals but don’t have the funds or knowledge to properly care for them. Others see dogs and cats as a nuisance.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Newsletter (December 2007)

December 2007 Red Lake Rosie Rescue Newsletter

Animals rescued and placed in November
43 dogs and puppies, 10 cats and kittens

December Transports
Thanks to Diane Dunker (Dec 6) and Donna Perrozzi Jensen and her husband (Dec 15,16)

* Transport/Shelter Work Needed January & February *
Please contact Lynn if you can work a Saturday at the shelter socializing animals, cleaning & organizing and transporting animals to the Cities on a Sunday. Stay at Karen’s in the peaceful country.
Canned cat and dog food Does any one know a source for free or inexpensive good quality canned dog and cat food on an ongoing basis? Karen also needs canned food now.
Kitty litter (if going to Karen’s stop in Bemidji and buy some)
Large garbage bags, Tide laundry detergentLightweight sturdy garden rakes (2) for straw
Pooper scoopers (6) long handled pan with rake to hang on kennels
Monetary Donations for canned food, cat food, kitty litter, milk replacement, bedding, kennels, fencing, shelter supplies, medicine
No blankets or towels needed at this time

RLRR Visit Comments
Twlya: I had a wonderful weekend – worked hard and thoroughly enjoyed meeting Kevin and Karen and working with Tanya and Mike. Karen is a very gracious, hospitable, humble person. I felt like I was in the presence of Mother Theresa. It would be so easy for Karen to get angry that the animals are in this terrible living situation on the reservation, but she seems determined to do what she can with the resources and help she has. She doesn't seem to "expect" anything, just graciously accepts help when it's offered. It's certainly an overwhelming situation, but I'm reminded of the starfish analogy –
"An old man walked up a shore littered with thousands of starfish,beached and dying after a storm. A young man was picking them up andflinging them back into the ocean. "Why do you Bother?" the old manscoffed. "You're not saving enough to make a difference." The youngman picked up another starfish and put it back into the water. "Made a different to that one," he said." And that is what Karen and Red Lake Rosie's is doing. They are savingwho they can. Because we can't help all doesn't mean we shouldn't help who we can. Tanya: Our visit was very worthwhile and a humbling experience. Karen is definitely making a difference up there on the reservation! She truly is a special gal.....a real Wonder Woman! Karen and Kevin are wonderfully sincere people who should be commended on their efforts in helping to end animal cruelty. All of the work they do should not go unnoticed. I'm hopeful for the future of Rosie's Red Lake Rescue and I have faith that some day all the people on the reservation will understand how important it is to respect and take care of God's animals. Karen is definitely leading the way to a better world for both animals and the people of Red Lake. Also, Twyla was a pleasure to work with and meet. She is a great person too! I'm blessed to have met such kind and caring people!

A very gracious donor will match up to $5,000 for donations made through the end of January 2008. Make out donations to Red Lake Rosie Rescue Inc, and send to Karen Good. Please write matching donation on your check.

Another way to double your donation any time is with matching donations from your work.


Thank You
Twyla Hobbs, Tanya Koester-Radmann and Mike Koester for their wonderful work at the shelter and animal transport in November. Mike also put plastic around the shelter building – no water problems for the first time in years in spite of very cold temps.

Tom and Nancy O'Sullivan for transporting and unloading food and Erich at the Chaska Shed for his generosity.

Crystal Berntson for hosting the November RLRR meeting.

Dee Dee Welles for transporting, placing animals and fostering the sweet neglected mini dachshund Minnie Mouse.

Jan Karpel for igloo pads, Linda Ratay for beautiful fleece throws, Donna Perrosi Jenson & Dee Dee for tarps.

RLRR Support Team for working at the shelter, transporting, donations and helping out in so many other ways. Joan Lawson (spay/neuter) $2,000.00
Jodi Ehlenz and Cause for Paws (vet for cats) $1,000.00 Dr. Bruce and Sandy Mack $300.00
Joan Jones and Piper Jaffery Gift Match $200.00Chris Moore $100.00Ben Moore and Vick Bull $50.00Laurie Seebert $100.00Linda Bauman $100.00
Claudia Wielgorecki $80.00
Carol Bohumil $40.00Patty Good $100.00

Next RLRR meeting will be in January – date to be announced

Lynn Mecum
RLRR Support Team Coordinator
Contact me if you can help RLRR. If you have helped, please let me know so we can thank you in our newsletter!

Karen Good
Red Lake Rosie Rescue, Inc.
RR #1
Trail, MN 56684 (check out website)


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