PAWS Kids Helping Animals E-newsletter

Warming up winter

Youth Spotlight Photo from Kids Helping Animals The members of Girl Scout Troop 50122 use their talented sewing skills to make beautiful fleece blankets for the shelter animals at PAWS. These soft and warm gifts provide a cozy, snuggly cuddle for all the cats and dogs awaiting adoption.

Thank you for your compassionate hearts, and helping the animals at PAWS!

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Older dogs are just as smart!

Ask Riley Dear Riley,

Can you teach an old dog tricks?

- Sarah, Age 9
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Dear Sarah,

Absolutely! A lot of people think only puppies are able to learn new tricks, but that’s not true. Older dogs are just as smart. Training any dog takes patience and positive reinforcement. Your pet will enjoy spending time with you, and you’ll both be learning something new.

Your friend,
Riley Raccoon


Sweet Ginger Poppy

Ginger Poppy’s twinkling eyes looked up adoringly at her guardian Gladys, as they made their way around the garden. Nearby, her dog buddy Erik the Red, napped on the deck, his tail lazily wagging as he dreamed. Looking at Ginger Poppy’s, fluffy red coat and smiling teddy bear like face, Gladys finds it hard to believe that six months ago, this beautiful dog did not have a home.

When Ginger Poppy’s original family lost their home, they could no longer provide for the 11-year-old dog. With heavy hearts, they brought her to PAWS in hopes that she would find another loving family to care for her the rest of her life.

Older dogs have a harder time getting adopted, plus Ginger Poppy was a purebred Chow Chow and would require special grooming care. PAWS quickly contacted other rescue groups to help spread the word that she was up for adoption. Surely, someone would fall in love with this sweet, fluffy, lovable old girl.

Gladys, who had a lot of experience caring for Chow Chows, knew she and her husband, Richard, could provide a loving home. Plus they had another Chow Chow named Erik the Red who would be great company for Ginger Poppy. Like a superhero coming to the rescue, Gladys drove 50 miles from her home in Maple Valley, just to meet Ginger Poppy! It was a perfect match.

Gladys also knew that older dogs are wonderful pets and with a little patience, would do just fine in new surroundings. Within hours, Ginger Poppy was strolling through the garden, sniffing flowers and wagging her tail non-stop. Her new playmate Erik the Red was delighted to have a buddy and took the time to show her around his home.

Ginger Poppy now spends her senior years taking casual strolls with her family, relaxing in the sun, supervising Gladys in the garden, or napping with Erik the Red. How great is that! What’s even better is the joy she’s brought to her new family. Gladys recently wrote to PAWS saying, "Ginger Poppy acts like she’s always lived with us, and we are so pleased she’ll be with us for the rest of her life. She has made our lives richer."

Picture of Ginger Poppy, a Chow Chow dog, and her dog friend Erik the Red

Picture of Ginger Poppy outside on the deck of her new home


Stella and Tulip: A Home for Us
by Willa Gold

Kids Helping Animals Book Cover Stella and her puppy Tulip, find themselves lost and without a home. They meet a friendly pug who puts them in the path to find Shona, a lady who provides shelter for lost and abandoned dogs. Follow their journey as they meet other dogs who need help. A compassionate story that touches on abandoned pets, puppy farms, the value of microchipping, and animals caring for one another!

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Black Bear

  • Despite their name, black bears can be blue-gray, blue-black, brown or cinnamon in color.
  • They typically live in forests, but are also found in mountains and swamps.
  • Their diet consists mostly of grasses, roots, berries, and insects. They’ll also eat fish and mammals and easily develop a taste for human foods and garbage. (Don’t leave food out for wild animals!)
  • They’re good at climbing trees. They usually climb up to get food such as acorns and cherries.
  • The babies will stay with their very protective mother for about two years.
  • When winter arrives, they spend the season dormant (inactive or hibernating) in their dens, feeding on body fat they have built up by eating all summer and fall.
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Photo of Black Bear


PAWS Facility Caretaker

Picture of Facilities Caretakers Lumber, pipes, hammers and power tools. What do all of these items have to do with PAWS helping animals? Most people don’t realize how important it is to make sure everything is built properly and running smoothly at the PAWS Wildlife Center and Companion Animal Shelter. Luckily we have two Facility Caretakers at PAWS who are expert builders and problem fixers!

Bears, deer, squirrels, eagles and seals are just some of the wild animals who need special housing while they’re receiving care at the wildlife center. Can you imagine putting a bear in a duck pool, or an eagle in a raccoon enclosure? Of course not! And it would be a huge problem if we couldn’t get water to fill the seal pool. These special enclosures not only provide a place for the animals to heal, but also allow them to practice foraging so they will be able to find food when they are returned to the wild.

How about all of the dogs and cats at the shelter? They need special places to exercise and play while waiting to be adopted. Besides the different kennels we have for the dogs, cats and foster kittens, we also have a great dog walking trail and training area. Sometimes crazy weather can cause damage to the building or landscaping around PAWS. When that happens it is important to have things repaired quickly.

Thanks to our facility caretakers, the animals in our care have safe places to stay with fresh water, clean housing and a place to play and exercise --- all of these things contribute to healthy and happy animals!

How to Help Build a birdhouse for your backyard and provide shelter for birds. Even when food is abundant for a certain species there may not be enough cavities for nesting. Bird houses are a good way to provide cavities if other alternatives like dead, standing trees are not available.

Discover other ways you can help animals everyday.



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.

Cavities: Hollow spaces or holes.
Enclosures: A structure that is surrounded by a fence or wall to create a private area.
Facility Caretaker: A person who maintains and manages a building or place that provides
a particular service.
Foraging: Looking or searching for food.
Positive Reinforcement: Focusing on and rewarding good behavior.

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