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Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter moves forward in Prairie du Chien

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PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (KWWL) - Dirt and weeds currently fill a lot at the intersection of Campion and 22nd Street in Prairie du Chien, but the goal is to build an animal shelter and adoption center.

"We want it to be a place people want to come to spend time," said Bev Pozega.

The idea for the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter started seven years ago.

"It was started by Dr. Jamie Quick, a local veterinarian, who definitely saw the need for an animal shelter in this area. We have no animal shelters for Crawford, Grant, or Clayton counties," said Pozega.

Bev Pozega and others have spent the last seven years fundraising. They host an event nearly every month.

So far, the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter has around $150,000 in the bank.

Progress for the shelter took a giant leap forward when the two-acre lot was donated by Steve and Linda Welter.

"We could've spent all of our money that we've worked for for seven years on land, and then we'd have to start over for a building," said Pozega.

Pozega expects to need at least another $200,000 for the building. Some businesses are offering to help with some of the expenses.

"Design homes has stepped up. They will make a large donation either in money or supplies. Prairie Sand and Gravel has also committed to helping with a driveway and concrete and site preparation so that's huge. We just need a few more businesses to step up," said Pozega.

Pozega said after seven years the commitment to building the shelter is stronger than ever.

"We want to save animals as soon as we can," she said.

You can help by volunteering at fundraisers or by making a donation.

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