Monday, May 22, 2017

One more time...


Unfortunately, we had terrible weather Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the big garage sale fundraiser for Red Lake Rosie's Rescue.

We had so many donations of wonderful things and everything is set up, so we decided to try for a better sale on Thursday of this week at the same location at 6924 Newton Ave. S., Richfield, MN. Conveniently accessible two blocks east of Penn Ave. S. and 69th Street -- just blocks from Hwy 494, Hwy 35W, and Crosstown Hwy 62.

We need volunteers to help with the sale and to help pack up the remainder of items Thursday night, Friday and Saturday. Please contact Lynn Mecum at or call/text 651-283-7668. Or contact Denise Luke at or call/text 612-269-2254. Thanks so much!! We couldn't have managed without our volunteers last weekend; Thanks to them!!

Be sure to come and shop, and spread the word among your friends and family!! We were very gratified to have shoppers who knew about Red Lake Rosie's Rescue in the first days of the sale :-)

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Today is the final day of the Red Lake Rosie's Rescue garage sale fundraiser!! The weather hasn't been favorable for the three days of our sale so there are LOTS of great items remaining. You can shop in the garage, under a tent, and in my house, so don't let mere cold and rain prevent you from coming!

Location: 6924 Newton Ave. S., Richfield, MN 55423
(two blocks from intersection of Penn Ave. S. and 69th Street)




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Shop Mega Garage Sale; Proceeds go to RLRR!!

MEGA FUNDRAISER garage sale during Richfield's city-wide garage sale days!  All proceeds benefit Red Lake Rosie's Rescue.

Dates:  Thursday - Saturday, May 18-20, 2017, from 8am-5pm

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

24+ families donated wonderful items that you are going to want
                *  Items collected for several months for this sale 
                *  Everything is clean and in great condition 
                *  Garage and driveway is OVERFLOWING - 24 tables full
                *  No room to put everything out at once, loads added daily

Over 500 Books (most priced between $1-$3)
*  Kids to adult 
  • Cookbooks, health, history, design, christian, novels, fiction, nature, arts and crafts, war, planes, kids and teens fiction/storybooks/educational/crafts/drawing
Over 200 board games and puzzles ($1-$5)
*  Large selection, vintage to new, some never opened

Arts and Crafts
*  Stacks of Stamping’UP and scrapbooking supplies: packs of paper, die cut-outs, stencils, stickers, scissors, accents, embellishments, punches, albums  
  • Yarn, fabric, fleece, photo albums, flowers, kits, frames
*  Black faux leather over sized chair
*  Shabby Chic distressed end table and bedside table
*  Shabby Chic distressed chair
  • Shabby Chic distressed dresser
  • Black table and 4 chairs with beautiful red floral fabric
  • Small patio table, 2 chairs, and blue umbrella
  • Red stove heater (looks like furniture)  approx. 21” x 12” x 28”
  • Table and floor lamps
  • Plus more
Over 100 MATCHBOX cars and plastic play boxes
 From the 1960’ and 1970’s

*  Table full, many new pieces, loads of Lonnie Loveness

400 DVDs and CDs 

ProForm treadmill

Clothes - many name brands
*  Girls to women size 18 months to size 3XL (tables and racks full)
*  Older boys to men size small to XL (large selection)

Shoes and Boots 
  • Girls and women’s from size 4 girls to size 13 women’s
Home Touch STP 2000 pants presser - like new

Small electronics, boom boxes, speakers

Numerous framed prints, mirrors, wall hangings, home decor, candles

Large variety of household, cooking, glassware, bedding, down Q quilt

Baby and infant car seats (no recalls), strollers, infant supplies, toys 

Monday, May 15, 2017


Unable to make the trip to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue?  Here’s your opportunity to help the RLRR animals without leaving in the Twin Cities.  We need several volunteers each day of this MEGA fundraising garage sale.  We have an overflowing garage, furniture, and 24 tables which will be filled with a wide variety of items.  

PLEASE HELP!!  Without more help, we won’t have time to refill the tables and help customers to maximize sales.  Even if garage sales aren’t usually your thing, let this be a labor of love :-)

ALL proceeds benefit Red Lake Rosie's Rescue and the animals of Red Lake.

We need "early bird" helpers and help throughout each day to:
*  Set up and fill tables on the driveway, several clothes racks, and tables in the garage. 
*  Organize items on tables.
*  Help customers.  
*  Move things into garage at end of each day. 

Dates:  Thursday - Saturday, May 18-20, 2017, from 8am-5pm
You don't have to commit to a whole day; ANY hours will help.

Location:  6924 Newton Ave. S., Richfield, MN 55423  (Denise's house)

Contact:  Lynn Mecum   651-283-7668


P.S. If you can't help at the sale; COME SHOP!! We need shoppers, too :-)

Monday, May 8, 2017

Victim Zorro

RLRR got a call in midwinter that a large kitten had wandered to a residence and they requested us to pick it up. They said it had broken legs.

Susan and Justin answered the call and brought little Zorro to the shelter. While the cat's ears had no frostbite and the front legs showed no evidence of frostbite, the two hind feet looked crisp and made a sound like someone walking on wooden legs -- "Clunk- clunk- clunk."  The tail also had a wound.


Jenny quickly made some contacts and the Animal Humane Society took in Zorro and performed surgery to remove the hind feet. Zorro was placed in a foster home, where he was thriving.

Here is an update from Zorro's foster mom:

"A well deserved rest for this pumpkin! Zorro is gaining energy every day! He's starting to play with toys and loves eating!! He loves to be held and purrs like crazy😍 His feet and tail amputations are healing beautifully and he's walking better every day."

When he was posted for adoption and he was quickly adopted.

This story is a reminder that, in spite of handicaps, the animals we rescue and serve are resilient and can overcome obstacles that we simply cannot comprehend.

Thank you to AHS, Jenny, transporters, and our supporters who make these miraculous rescues possible!


Sunday, May 7, 2017

RLRR Garage Sale Fundraiser!

We are having a HUGE garage sale during Richfield's city-wide garage sale days! Ask your family and friends to help the animals of Red Lake Reservation by donating their unwanted items and shopping at the sale. All proceeds benefit Red Lake Rosie's Rescue (donation slips for tax purposes are available). 

Together, let’s help save the lives of more companion animals and make this a major fundraiser!
Dates:  Thursday - Saturday, May 18-20, 2017, from 8am-5pm

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

Drop off:  By Sunday, May 14, if possible.  The sooner, the better so we have time to price everything. Large items like 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.

We need to BORROW tables for the sale, Please contact Lynn (info below).

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

Before the sale (Sat, May 13, Mon, May 15, Wed, May 17): To set up, organize, and price merchandise.

During the sale (Thu, Fri, Sat, May 18-20): To help customers, tidy up merchandise, AND we need volunteers in shifts of a couple hours to sit at a table to share information about Red Lake Rosie's Rescue.

After the sale (Sat/Sun May 20-21): To pack up leftovers from the sale.  

Please help in any way you can. And, shop at the sale and encourage your family and friends to come, too!! 

Contact:  Lynn Mecum at or 651-283-7668 for more information.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jonah gets a makeover


Jonah, a Shih Tzu/Bichon mix, came to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue as a surrender in early April. A nice lady named Patsy rescued him and brought him to us. He was a very matted and dirty little boy!

Jonah was so matted it was hard to look at him. Mats don't just look bad, they negatively affect an animal's health and happiness. As mats get tighter and tighter, they continually and painfully pull at the skin underneath eventually causing sores and infection. They also harbor parasites and in the back become soiled with urine and feces.

We tucked him in for the night with food and water and straw in his kennel. We were so happy to find a place for him at TriCounty Humane Society in St. Cloud and that he could be transported the very next day. We hoped this poor boy would get a shave and a bath first thing.

Early the next morning as we prepared for the transport, Jenny and I went to Jonah’s kennel to get him loaded in a crate. To our dismay, Jonah darted out the door! It was still dark and almost impossible to see him. We were so discouraged to think we may have lost Jonah and in his miserable condition!

Finally, after an hour using headlights and flashlights, Jenny was able to run after Jonah and catch him.

We were rejoicing again when we found out that when Jonah arrived at Tricounty later that day,   there was a groomer waiting for him and he was treated with a shave and a bath immediately!

We received this update from Tricounty:
"Jonah looks amazing and is super sweet! He was neutered today and already has a deposit for adoption, so hopefully will start his new life tomorrow!"

Thank you to everyone who played a part in the rescue and relief of little Jonah who is now up for adoption. It is also a message to guardians of the long-haired and curly-haired dogs on the importance of regular grooming and bathing. Do not let your animal friends end up sick and miserable due to lack of grooming.

There will be grooming available at the upcoming clinic May 4, 5, and 6th in Redby. We are asking for a $10 donation per animal for grooming and wellness checkups.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

A visit, plus a donation of clinic supplies!

What a nice surprise when Shannon and Mike drove into the driveway of Red Lake Rosie's shelter with a U-Haul trailer full of clinic and shelter supplies on Friday April 28th. They collected and purchased clinic supplies such as 240 bottles of water, paper products, rubber gloves, coffee, filters, puppy pads, and numerous other supplies.

They remembered our shelter cat Nicholas and brought a box of his favorite canned Friskies shreds for him. They also brought a batch of delicious muffins that Jo Tallchief, our RLRR board chairperson and I enjoyed.

Shannon and Mike got a chance to meet all the animals at the shelter. Shannon and Mike have three Red Lake cats that they adopted from Pet Haven, you can learn more about them in an earlier blog post HERE. Also riding along were their two family canines, shepherd mixes, Rudy and Rolly, 10-years-young, who also toured around the shelter. We happily expect to see Shannon and Mike at the shelter as volunteers this summer.

With the clinic coming up May 4, 5, 6, I could knock off many of the items on the shopping list. Not only does Red Lake Rosie's Rescue pay per animal for clinic services, but also for a contract wellness veterinarian, room rentals for volunteers, some refreshments for volunteers, transport fees, vaccine and medical supplies, cleaning supplies and paper products.

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue asks the Red Lake community members to contribute $10 per animal and any nonmembers to pay $50 per animal to help defray these costs. When all expenses are added in we spend about $8,000 or more per clinic. It is well worth the investment, however, to help end the overpopulation of unwanted animals.

Thank you, Shannon and Mike and all the kind people, like our loyal food-preparer Claudia, who provide financial and material support for our vital neuter and spay clinics!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Rosie Update

"Um, we're in love ... can you blame us?? Say hello to Rosie, who just joined Grey Face today! She's great with dogs, cats and people she's met so far.  

She's mostly blind and deaf but that doesn't stop her from stealing hearts! She'll be up for adoption soon!

"Read more about Rosie and all of our adoptable dogs, or fill out an adoption application at"

Monday, May 1, 2017

Another Rosie

On April 19th, a blind, 10-year-old, female pug named Rosie arrived at Red Lake Rosie's Rescue after a plea from a resident and her daughter. Susan and Justin answered the call and brought little Rosie to the shelter.

Rosie arrived wearing a heart necklace and she came with a letter handwritten from the heart:

“This is Rosie. She is blind. We rescued her from the women’s shelter about 10 years ago. Then we lost our home and she has been staying with a relative, but then that couldn't continue. Rosie can’t stay with us, so we, me and Lenelle, decided to surrender her to Rosie’s rescue, because we know you will find her a good home with someone who will pay lots of attention to her like we did.

"We love Rosie enough to give her a better home. Rosie also has a heart necklace on from me and Lenelle which we hope stays with her.

"Can you please keep us updated on her? Pictures? Anything on how she is doing and to see her new home?

"Rosie loves to be talked to and to have her shoulders massaged. She loves beggin strips, she sits and shakes hands for them. She eats moist and meaty burger dog food. Please take good care of her. Find her a good home. This hurts us to let her go, but we love her enough to let her go to a better home. She loves to sit on your legs. 

"Thank you from Lauren and Lenelle"

We are pleased to report that Rosie has been accepted by Grey Face Rescue & Retirement in St. Cloud, MN. We will share updates. We hope to get a nice photo for her family to remember her.


Friday, April 28, 2017

Not a joke!

April 1, 2011 was a very important day for one kind-hearted woman, an innocent dog and her puppies.

The family of a dog that had just delivered puppies decided that they didn't want the puppies. So, they put the four newborns in a paper bag, went to the dump, and tossed them into a dumpster. Later that day, our good samaritan stopped at the dump, heard the cries of the puppies, and located them in their paper bag coffin. 

With tenderness and tenacity, she took in the puppies and somehow tracked down the momma dog. She convinced the dog’s owner to surrender her and took all the dogs home with her. She called the momma, Leela, and helped her raise her puppies. About eight weeks later, she found excellent homes for three of the puppies. Unfortunately, the fourth puppy had severe birth defects to all four of his legs. She named him Lite Brite and cared for him and his mother until just a few weeks ago, when financial difficulties meant she could no longer properly care for the two dogs.

With great sadness, she decided to surrender Leela and Lite Brite to Pennington Humane Society in Thief River Falls. She knew they would do their best to find great homes for her fur babies. The staff quickly fell in love with these two amazing dogs, each with one brown eye and one blue. They changed Lite Brite's name to Scooter, because of the way he moved around. He scoots and hops on his rear legs and the elbows of his front legs. He’s a happy-go-lucky boy, but they knew it would be a struggle to find a home for a dog with such a severe handicap.

So, they called Karen Good at Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue. Without hesitation, Karen took in Leela and Scooter and started reaching out to her network of rescue groups based in the Twin Cities. At the same time, Karen approached the Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue Board of Directors to seek approval to order a full-support wheelchair for Scooter. While he could get around, he had developed callouses on this legs and, since his belly always on the ground, he is at an increased risk for urinary tract infections. A wheelchair will give Scooter increased mobility and protect his well-being.

We need your help. Please consider donating to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue to help cover the nearly $500 cost of Scooter’s wheelchair.  

You can donate using Paypal from the link on our website at or checks made out to Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue can be sent to Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, 23880 S. Good Rd, Trail, MN 56684. All donations are tax deductible as we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 

Thank you for your support. We are so grateful to the good samaritan for her compassion and care of Leela and Scooter. And, we thank Pennington Humane Society for reaching out to us for this special pair. We will update you on their progress.

Kim Williams
RLRR Board of Directors


Saturday, April 22, 2017

RLRR Alumni Cats

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!



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