PAWS Kids Helping Animals E-newsletter
WHAT'S NEW:

Stories, Videos, and Pictures Oh My!

Check out our PAWS Blog today! Reading our blog is a great way to learn about the incredible work PAWS does to help animals. Some cool items already posted include an adorable video of a baby bear practicing his skills foraging for food, silly photos of kittens available for adoption at Cat City, and a story about kids helping animals.


YOUTH SPOTLIGHT:

Pupcakes for PAWS

Youth Spotlight Photo from Kids Helping Animals Carson had a fun and tasty idea for his community service project. He raised money for PAWS by making and selling yummy “pupcake” treats for dogs. Carson managed and logged his time for each step of the process. From purchasing the ingredients, preparing and baking the pupcakes, to marketing to family and friends, the hours added up quickly.

Thank you Carson, for your hard work, dedication and generous donation to help the animals at PAWS!

Know some cool kids helping animals?
Tell Riley Raccoon, our Humane Education mascot!


ASK RILEY:

Helping Wildlife

Ask Riley Dear Riley,

The other day I visited the PAWS Companion Animal Shelter with my family and saw that you name all of the dogs and cats who are waiting to be adopted. Do you also name all of the wild animals while they are at PAWS?

- Whitney
Got a question for Riley? Send him your question and he will try to answer it. You can e-mail him at Riley@paws.org

Dear Whitney,

Great question! The wild animals who are brought to PAWS Wildlife Center are given an identification number. Unlike the dogs and cats at the shelter, these animals are not pets and need to stay wild, so we do not play with or name them. While they are at the wildlife center, we provide expert care until they are healthy and well enough to return to their homes outdoors.

By keeping them wild, our wildlife patients will have the best chance to return safely to their natural habitat.

Your friend,
Riley Raccoon


FEATURED STORY:

A Feisty Feline

Last summer, a little kitten wandering along the side of a busy road looked lost and confused. A concerned person stopped to help and discovered that this was no ordinary kitten; this tiny ball of fur was a baby Bobcat! Nobody knows what happened to her mother, but it was clear that she had been separated from her family and couldn’t survive on her own. Thankfully, the orphaned Bobcat was rescued from the road and brought to PAWS.

Even though the young Bobcat was thin and weak, weighing less than two pounds, she made it very clear that she was a wild one with her fierce and feisty attitude. She threw quite a fit when she arrived at PAWS, and at first refused to eat, but she eventually adjusted to her temporary surroundings enough to regain her appetite. PAWS wildlife rehabilitators provided the Bobcat with many creative enrichment items to engage her curiosity and encourage her to run, jump, bat and play. To keep her wild, they made sure the Bobcat rarely saw her human caregivers.

Months went by as the scrappy little Bobcat kitten slowly transformed into a sleek, confident adult. Her strong and graceful body, along with sharp claws and teeth finally had caught up to her big attitude. After a full year, the Bobcat was ready to return home to the wild.
 
 

Picture of orphaned Bobcat when she came to PAWS

Picture of Bobcat when she was released into the wild

How to Help Young wild animals may be cute, but they should never be kept as pets. Help keep wild animals wild by observing them from a distance, and allowing them to live peacefully in their habitat.


BOOK REVIEW:

Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?
by Jennifer Blomgren

Kids Helping Animals Book Cover Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree? is a wonderful story full of magical pictures that take you on an adventure exploring the many creatures and plants that make their home in, under, and around a magnificent evergreen tree. Read this book today to learn more about the flora and fauna that live together in this busy forest neighborhood.

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


FUN FACTS:

Chicken


  • Chickens are the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus-Rex.
  • Certain breeds of chickens can lay colored eggs.
  • Before a chick is ready to hatch, he will start peeping to let his mother and siblings know he is ready to emerge from his shell.
  • A mother hen keeps track of her little ones by counting the peeps of each chick.
  • Chickens can travel up to nine miles per hour when they want to.
  • Chickens give different alarm calls depending on which type of predator is threatening them.
Learn more about animals at paws.org!
Photo of Chicken


CAREER SPOTLIGHT:

Party Planner Extraordinaire - the Events Coordinator

Picture of Events Coordinator What better way to celebrate your love for animals than to have a party! Imagine having a job that uses your creative talents, artistic eye and great personality to help animals. As a party planner extraordinaire, the PAWS events coordinator organizes fun and important events that inspire people to donate and support PAWS. An events coordinator does not just plan a terrific party; she creates an experience to remember.

Motivating people to donate is important because without enough funds, PAWS could not do all of the life-saving work that we do. Money donations help us purchase equipment, food and supplies to provide the best possible care for all the animals at PAWS. Our special events help raise a large amount of financial support by bringing together animal lovers to celebrate and put the fun in fundraising!

As fun as it sounds, planning and running an event requires a lot of hard work and great communication skills. The events coordinator must also pay attention to details and be very organized. When unexpected things pop up, she must be quick on her feet and creative under pressure to make sure everything runs smoothly so that everyone continues to have a fabulous time.

So remember, any time people gather together for a purpose, someone is needed to oversee all the details for a successful event, and that someone could be you. Start today and plan your own party to help animals!


LEARNING CHECKPOST:

Vocabulary

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.

Enrichment Items: Special objects that are like toys, but are used to help wild animals exercise and learn how to look for food.
Foraging: Looking or searching for food.
Flora: Plant life.
Fauna: Animal life.
Funds: Money required to pay for needed materials and services.
Habitat: Place where an animal lives and finds food in his natural environment.
Orphaned: Without parents, a home or family.
Wildlife Rehabilitator: A person who cares for injured or orphaned wild animals for the purpose of returning them to the wild.


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