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November 1, 2008 

Tell Snohomish County that Animal Services are important to you!

Help animals in Snohomish County

Join PAWS on November 5 in Everett at the Snohomish County Council public meeting. Help us send a message that animal services need to remain a priority!

Snohomish County is undergoing its budget process. Faced with declining revenues and competing demands, the county has announced they will need to make cutbacks---which could include animal control officers. If you live or work in Snohomish County, join PAWS at the public hearings on November 5 to show the county council that animal services are important to you! Meeting details.

Animal sheltering services and comprehensive animal control are an essential part of a safe and healthy community. According to Snohomish County's own estimates, over 300,000 dogs and cats currently live in the county. Cutting animal control officers would hinder the ability for the county to cover animal-related calls in a 2,100 square-mile community. In 2007 alone, the county received more than 11,500 animal-related calls, including reports of abuse and neglect, stray animals, animal bites, and many others that potentially threatened public health and safety. And the need for these services will only grow as the people and animals of our county continue to increase.

Thank you for the 180 letters sent to Snohomish County leadership so far in response to PAWS' last Actionline. You let the council know that animal services are important to you and your letters were noticed!

At the September Snohomish County public meeting, individuals helped through human services programs made a strong show of support---the council was notably impressed by their numbers. The animals can't speak for themselves, but we can give them a voice! Join PAWS on November 5 in Everett and send a message that comprehensive animal services need to remain a priority.

Meeting details:
Snohomish County Budget Public Hearing
When: November 5, 2008; 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Where: Henry M. Jackson Board Room, 8th Floor, Robert J. Drewel Building (Administration Building East), 3000 Rockefeller, Everett

Please e-mail or call the council office at 425.388.3494 to confirm events or for additional agenda information.

Live or work in Snohomish County and haven't sent a letter to the council yet?
Send a personalized e-mail---the more personal the more noticeable!

Thank you for speaking out for the animals in Snohomish County!


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