Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Twin Cities Pet Expo

It was our first time at the Expo and it was very exciting and worthwhile! Our friendly RLRR volunteers, happy ambassador dogs, DVD, photos, brochures, t-shirts and dog & cat treats drew people to our corner booth. We raised $460 in t-shirt & treat sales and $271 in donations for a $731 profit. We collected a lot of high quality dog and cat food from vendors at the end of the Expo for RLRR. And we had 23 people sign up to receive the RLRR Newsletter, several of whom are interested in volunteering and transporting!

Several people told us they had adopted a Red Lake dog or cat through rescues and shelters that partnership with RLRR. Hearing comments like these is what it is all about!

1) We feel so good that we adopted a dog that had such a hard life – living outside with no shelter, scavenging for food and water. He truly appreciates every little thing we do for him.

2) I have never had such a wonderful loving dog.

3) When our eyes first met and I held Katie with her sparse fur and a raged ear and she cuddled in my arms, I knew that I had to get to know her better. After half an hour, we adopted each other. My life has never been so fulfilled!

4) I can’t imagine that he lived at the dump like many dogs do. No one cared if he lived or died until RLRR rescued him. As a foster, I had to coax him into the house with food and then he didn’t know how to walk on a floor. I’ll never forget how he stood frozen with his eyes wide open. I dribbled bits of food in a path that lead to the living room carpet. His body seemed to melt as he walked on something soft for the first time. It didn’t take him long to curl up into a plush doggie bed and start dreaming of a better life which happened a month later when he was adopted into his forever loving home.

5) My Red Lake dog took coaxing by her owners to surrender her. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into but after reading his terrible abusive story, I had to take him. It seems like he can’t do enough to show us his love and appreciation. Our hearts are one.

6) I tell everyone that I am the proud parent of a Red Lake cat. One of my friends also adopted one. When I got Pearl home, she hid for several days and then came out a little more each day. With TLC and patience, she now sits on my lap as soon as I sit down. She loves it when I hum to her.

7) I had never heard of Red Lake dogs until I read about them on the Pet Haven website. Thank you Red Lake Rosie’s for rescuing them and Pet Haven for fostering them. Max is an older needy dog and is such a sweetheart. We took him to obedience school. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks! (RLRR has several wonderful rescues & shelters that we work with).

Thanks to our amazing volunteers and ambassador dogs who worked the RLRR booth, and made RLRR information sheets and yummy home-made all natural dog and cat treats!


Monday, February 11, 2008

Tee shirts!


Wear a beautiful RLRR t-shirt with logo designed by Nokomis, a Red Lake native. T-shirts will be available for purchase at the Red Lake Rosie's Rescue Booth during the Pet Expo this weekend. If you aren't going, we will have what's left over at the next RLRR meeting (TBD). We can order more if needed - just not sure when.

The white preshrunk t-shirts are made by Gildan (Colorado Timberline brand) and are ultra cotton heavy weight. Unisex sizes are S, M, L, and XL. The logo is on the back and RLRR is on the front. See attachments. Cost: $20.

Let's promote RLRR by wearing these inspiring t-shirts!

We will also be selling all-natural home made doggy biscuits - made by Laurie & Benay in our group. They sound good enough for human consumption - just imagine a good biscuit dunk with your coffee in the morning.

Cash or checks only - no credit cards.

RLRR booth (#628) at Twin Cities Pet Expo, Mpls Convention Center
Feb 16 & 17, 2008 Saturday 9:00 am-8:00 pm & Sunday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

We will have RLRR ambassador dogs & their proud owners on Saturday from 11:00-1:00 and 3:00 - 5:00 and on Sunday from Noon - 2:00 at the Twin Cities Expo.

See you there!


Friday, February 1, 2008

January 2008 Statistics

16 dogs and 4 cats rescued, sheltered and placed

17 neuter/spays

2 major medical

2 quill removals

Newsletter (January 2008)

January 2008 Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue Newsletter

2007 Statistics
503 animals rescued, sheltered and placed (356 dogs/pups, 145 cats/kittens, 1 deer ,1 rabbit)
455 neuter/spays
5 major medical
Numerous quill removals
950 animals served at spring & summer clinics provided by AHS/Animal Ark & HSUS RAVS (Rural Area Veterinary Services). Immunization, wormer, flea/tick treatment, spay/neuter.

RLRR booth at Twin Cities Pet Expo, Mpls Convention CenterFeb 16 & 17, 2008 Saturday 9:00 am-8:00 pm & Sunday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tell your friends and visit us at booth #628. We plan to have brochures designed by Barbara Bowman, video by Malyssa Woodward, photos, RLRR ambassador animals, donation boxes made by school children and RLRR t-shirts for sale!

February Transport
Denise Luke will be going to RLRR Feb 8 to transport animals.

Transport/Shelter Work Needed in March
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.
Stainless steel bowls & pails of all sizes (easily sanitized and chew proof)
Collars (no leashes needed)
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 (4) long handled pan with rake or shovel
Monetary Donations for canned food, cat food, kitty litter, milk replacement, bedding, kennels, shelter supplies, medical, shots & testing. Make out donations to Red Lake Rosie Rescue Inc, and send to Karen Good.
Double your donation with matching donations from your work.
******** CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. RLRR is 501 c 3 ********

Jackson Got Adopted
Happy ending for beautiful Jackson – the dog with a broken mandible and complete teeth loss on one side due to a terrible beating. After emergency vet care, Amber Anderson helped with his adoption. A nurturing second grade teacher adopted him and will give him lots of TLC for the rest of his life. Thanks to Amber and his adopter.

Diane Dunker’s Jackpot Visit
In October I went to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue for the first time. I was a little apprehensive as I didn’t know what to expect. I was greeted by 9 large friendly dogs, who stay at Karen’s - rescued by her. Some were curious but kept their distance, some wanted pats on their heads and one wouldn’t even think about not dropping a ball or rock at my feet. I was quickly put to work assembling igloos & filling them with straw so they had houses for the winter.

Two other volunteers, Colleen and Carol, scrubbed, organized and cleaned part of a house that Karen used to live in into a palace fit for cat-kings and cat queens.

I have worked with animal rescues before but there are two things that stand out most for me: how Karen cares for the dogs and how nice they are. I am used to taking dogs out of their kennels one at a time for fear of them running away. At the outdoor dog shelter by Karen’s house, she would open the kennel doors twice a day and the dogs would run, jump and play together while we cleaned. Then Karen would round the dogs up to go back into their kennels. I was so glad to see the dogs play together and get so much exercise. That brings me to the second thing I noticed – how nice and sweet they are.

That brings me to Penny. Colleen, Carol and I were loading the vehicles with dogs to transport to the Cities. All weekend there had been one dog that tugged at my heart in an extra-special way – Penny. While all the dogs were playing, she would often sit on the sidelines and watch like a spectator – like a little lady. Penny had no place to go so she couldn’t come with us. Hopefully she could get on the November transport. When we hit the road for home I cried for the first hour – I couldn’t believe I had to leave her. Later I learned Penny didn’t make it on the November transport either. I would lay awake at night thinking of this sweet dog. Enough of that – I would foster her till I found her a home. Ann from Pet Haven knew my plan and asked if I could bring back Mina – another unbelievable sweet dog. I’d bring back as many as I could fit in my car if she had foster homes. I brought back 13 dogs (2 adults, 1 abused pup and 10 husky pups).

Penny stayed with me for 2 ½ weeks and then she hit the jackpot of all jackpots; a wonderful home with 3 children where she will get all the attention, all the food & all the warm beds she could ever want. They are keeping her name, Penny, but I call her Jackpot – because she hit the Jackpot and she loved it when I sang her the Jackpot song.

Thank You To Our Generous and Gracious Donors!
Debra & Doug Stockhill, Diane Dunker, Geno & Donna Perrozzi Jensen for working at the shelter and transporting animals in December.
Barbara Bowman who fostered 30 cats (incredible), donated food & crates, worked at the RAVS clinic and helped get large cat kennels.Pet Haven, ARF, Animal Ark, ARVSS, St Francis of Assissi, Cause for Paws, AHS, for fostering and finding loving homes for so many animals.Patti Simonette, Deanna Fuller, Babs Doffing, Dawn Jacobsen for fostering and finding homes. Rabbit Rescue, Dachund Rescue for fostering.Mary Ann Cameron for donating kitty litter.Cause for Paws and Parkview Cat Clinic for donating large cat kennels.Matt and Amber Anderson for supplies.Debra and Doug Stockhill for canned dog/cat food, cat litter, warm gloves & sweatshirts and other supplies.Geno & Donna Perrozzi Jenson for tarps & warm parka’s for Karen & Kevin.
Lawson Family Fund, St Paul Foundation (for spay/neuter) $25,000.00
Anyonymous $5,000 Anyonymous $2,500
Dr. Bruce and Sandy Mack $1,000
Doug & Debra Stockhill $450 (includes sponsorship for Pet Expo booth)
ARF (Animal Relief Fund) $400
Nancy Christopher $200
Tammy Carlson Leonetti $150
Susan Ipsen $100Catherine Thompson $100
Joan Jones $100
Linda Jarzhski $50Carol Bohumil $30
Benay Rosenthal $25Twyla Hobbs $30
Lynn Mecum
RLRR Support Team Coordinator
Contact me if you can help RLRR or would like to be a part of the RLRR Support Team in the Twin City area.

Karen Good
Red Lake Rosie Rescue, Inc.
RR #1, Box 56
Trail, MN 56684 (check out website)


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