Winter 2009

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PAWS is looking for youth heroes! Do you know someone, 18 years old or younger, who has done something wonderful for animals in our community? Nominate that person for PAWS' Youth Helping Animals Award. The last day to send in nominations is February 2, 2009, so don't wait. Download the nomination form to learn more.
Photo of students from St. Luke School in Shoreline.
Youth Spotlight

The students of St. Luke School in Shoreline had a unique idea to raise money for PAWS. With the help of their Vice Principal, Susan DeLong and parent Kathryn Strecker, the students brought in gently used books and CDs, and sold them to the Half Price Book store. Once everything was sold, they presented PAWS with a $200 donation at an all-school assembly. Thank you St. Luke School for being so generous and creative!

Know some cool kids helping animals? Tell us about them at!
Dear Riley,

I really, really want a puppy for my birthday. Is that too big of a gift to ask for?

Ryan, age 7

Hello Ryan,

A new puppy is a big responsibility and this is a decision your entire family should make together. You and your family will need to provide fresh food and water every day, an ID tag and collar, exercise and play time, veterinarian visits, a place to be inside with the family, training, and lots of love for the puppy's whole life. As you can see, there is a lot to think about. If your family is ready, go together to animal shelters in your community so that everyone can help decide on the best puppy. Thank you for asking a great question!

Your friend,
Riley Raccoon

Have a question for Riley? Send him your question and he will try to answer it. You can e-mail him at

Patches by Ellen Miles

Photo of Patches book cover by Ellen Miles.
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies and know a lot about them because the Peterson family is a foster family for the local animal shelter. When Charles meets Patches, a cute Beagle puppy who is always tied up in the garage, Charles knows that the dog needs his help. Read Patches and learn how Charles and Lizzie help the poor pup find the home he truly deserves.

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

Fun Facts: Cows

Photo of a cow and calf.
  • Just like dogs, cows use their tails to show their mood. If a cow's tail is tucked between her legs, she is cold, sick or frightened. If her tail is held straight out, she is in a playful mood.

  • Cows have 320 degree vision, and can see in almost every direction---except directly behind them---without moving their heads.

  • Smells are also very important to their communication and behavior, and cows can detect smells up to five miles away.
Learn more about Farm Animals at!
A Baby is All Grown Up

One summer day, a female Mule Deer was hit by a car on Interstate 90 near Cle Elum, WA. A newborn fawn lay next to her feeling confused and in a state of shock as cars sped by. Fortunately, someone knew who to call, and a wildlife rehabilitator named Marnee came to help.

Photo of a baby Mule Deer.Marnee hurried to the scene of the accident. Sadly she discovered that the mother deer had died, but amazingly the little male fawn was not hurt. Marnee carefully wrapped him in a blanket and brought him to the PAWS Wildlife Center so he could be raised with other fawns who were already at PAWS.

The baby Mule Deer grew up with three other orphaned deer. They received a lot of care at PAWS. The wildlife rehabilitators made sure the deer were fed the right food, gave them checkups and watched them closely to make sure they were growing up healthy and strong.

The deer slowly transformed from spotted, awkward, spindly-legged youngsters to muscular young adults. By November they were ready to take care of themselves and go back into the wild.

There was excitement in the air as the deer were loaded into their transport containers and driven to two different protected, natural habitat areas. It was finally the Mule Deer's turn to be set free. He slowly backed out of his container, looked around and stuck his tongue out as though he was testing the air. He began to explore, listening with his long ears and sniffing the air with his twitching nose. Finally, he realized this was where he belonged, and trotted off down a wooded slope, enjoying his freedom.

If you see a baby deer have an adult you trust call PAWS. Sometimes mother deer leave their babies alone while they search for food. Other times, the fawn may need your help. Remember the rules to helping an orphaned or injured wild animal: 1) Don't touch 2) Get an adult you trust 3) Call PAWS for help at 425.787.2500 x817.

Career Spotlight: Wildlife Rehabilitator

Photo of a PAWS' Wildlife Rehabilitator handling a seal.At PAWS, wildlife rehabilitators play a very important role in saving the lives of wild animals and birds, and returning them back to their natural habitat.

They work with the wildlife veterinarian, and help provide the proper care for all the injured and orphaned animals brought in to the PAWS Wildlife Center. They give the animals checkups and medicine. They also make sure the animals are fed the right foods and receive the proper care to help the animals heal as quickly as possible.

Wildlife rehabilitators must know a lot about how many different wild animals act, what they eat and how they live. They also help return the animal back into the wild once the animal is strong and healthy.

If you love working with animals and want to help all the wild animals in your community, consider becoming a wildlife rehabilitator!

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.

Habitat: A place where a plant or animal lives.
Orphaned: Without parents, a home or a family.
Veterinarian: A doctor for animals.
Wildlife Rehabilitator: A person who cares for wild animals who are sick, injured or orphaned for the purpose of returning them to the wild.
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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.

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