Fall 2007

What's New

Now accepting nominations for the 2008 Youth Helping Animals Award!
This award was created to honor the kind actions of local youth. The recipient will be formally presented with the award at PAWS' Wild Night gala on Saturday, April 5, 2008 and also recognized on PAWSkids.org and in the Summer 2008 edition of Kids Helping Animals newsletter. If you know a person aged 18 or younger who has done something wonderful for animals, download the nomination form to learn more.
Youth Spotlight

Chelan decided to share her birthday with animals in need this year. She sent us this letter with her donation:

"Dear PAWS,

For my 10th birthday I raised money to help animals and I want to give this money to you. I did this both because I LOVE animals and I think they are not treated as well as they should be sometimes. I know you guys help with that. I raised over $400 to help out and I hope the animals enjoy it! I am also looking forward to "Kid's Day" to learn how I can help out more."

Thank you, Chelan, for sharing your birthday with the animals at PAWS!

Dear Riley,
I really want to help in my community but I can't. I was thinking about making a dog biscuit bake sale but I don't know how. Please help me.

Claire, age 10

Hi Claire,
Thank you so much for your e-mail and for wanting to help animals! No matter what your age you can make a big difference for animals at PAWS and in your community. A dog biscuit bake sale is a great idea!

You can find instructions in the "How to Help" section on PAWSkids.org or the new PAWS Action Guide. You can get a free copy at the front counters of the PAWS Shelter, Wildlife Center or Cat City.

I can also mail a copy to you. Just have your parent or guardian send me your address - remember to always ask their permission before giving out your personal information!

Kindly yours,
Riley Raccoon

What Is Animal Cruelty? And What Can You Do About It? Coloring Book

Have you ever seen someone hit a cat or leave a dog outside with no food or water? If so, then you have seen animal cruelty. This coloring book will help you learn how to identify animal cruelty and what you can do to stop it from happening. You can see some of the pages and buy the book from the Humane Society of the United States.

Got a favorite animal book?
Tell Riley all about it. We may review it in the Kids Helping Animals newsletter.

Fun Facts: Cats

  • Each year PAWS takes in twice as many homeless cats as dogs.
  • Cats purr mostly when they are happy. Some experts think cats also purr to calm themselves down when they are nervous.
  • Cats are nocturnal, which means they are most active at night.
  • Cat attacks are one of the most common reasons that injured birds are brought to PAWS.
  • The cat pictured here is polydactyl, which means he has more toes than most cats.
Learn more about caring for cats at PAWSkids.org!
Feature Article
Nika reunited with her family.

In September a kind citizen found a scared, sweet black dog wandering alone near Lynnwood, Washington and brought her to PAWS. She wasn't wearing any identification so they named her Maria. When no one came looking for Maria, the shelter workers did one last internet search for lost dog postings.

Heather, one of the shelter workers, found a posting about a missing dog that matched Maria's description. But the family lived in Anacortes, Washington - a very long way from where Maria was found. Heather decided to e-mail the family, just in case Maria was their lost dog.

The family sent a picture and told Heather about a special command not taught to most dogs. Maria responded quickly to this command - it was definitely their dog, and her real name was Nika! It had been three months since Nika's family had last seen her, when they were together in Burlington, Washington---nearly 50 miles from where she was found.

No one knows how she traveled so far, but her family was very happy to have her back.

Pets need identification! Our animals can't ask for help getting home if they get lost. Make sure your pets have identification tags on a collar and a microchip. This is the only way to make sure they get home safely.

Did you notice the green words in this newsletter? These are vocabulary words that may be new to you. Below you can find each word with its definition.

Citizen – A person who lives in a city or town
Command – To give an order or direction
Identification – For pets, this is something they wear that tells people who they are and who they belong to
Kid's Day – Special volunteer days at PAWS just for kids.
Microchip – A tiny computerized chip the size of a grain of rice that is inserted under the skin of the animal. It's another form of identification.
Nocturnal – active at night
Permission – to get the okay
Polydactyl – having many toes
Want more ideas? Check out PAWSkids.org!

Kids Helping Animals is published by the Humane Education Program of the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). A Northwest leader in protecting animals since 1967, PAWS shelters homeless animals, rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, and empowers people to demonstrate compassion and respect for animals in their daily lives.

All Rights Reserved. 2007 Progressive Animal Welfare Society.