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YOUTH SPOTLIGHT:

Pet Sitting Pros

Pet Sitting Pros
Jackson and his sister Serafina took their love of animals and turned it into a thriving business! These young entrepreneurs launched their very own pet sitting business, creating their own opportunities to work with pets in their community. They also wanted to help other animals who need a good home, so they decided ten percent of their profits would go to PAWS. This dynamic duo recently donated over $75 to PAWS, and are now saving up again with the goal of sponsoring a kennel. Thank you Jackson and Serafina for your creative, amazing way to help and make a difference for animals.

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

Crows are Protective Parents!

 

Ask Riley

Dear Riley,

I really like birds but sometimes I think crows can be scary. Yesterday, a crow flew down at me, and all I was doing was walking down the street! How come crows don’t like me and why are they trying to scare me?

- Joshua, age 12

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 Joshua,

What a great question! The experience you’re describing is what we call dive bombing. Crows do this to protect their young when strangers are near their nest or when their babies are on the ground learning to fly. Crows aren’t trying to be mean or scary; they’re just being good parents and guarding their young. Never fear though, crows rarely hit their targets and they’ll stop when they feel the threat of danger has passed.

Your friend,

Riley Raccoon

FEATURED STORY:

Wild About Wild Babies

Spring time and summer time are a great time to be outside!

It’s also that time of year when a lot of furry or feathered wild babies begin to appear. Whether we’re playing in our yard or a park, hiking on trails, or camping in the woods, it’s very common to see baby wild animals and birds during the spring and summer months. Tiny bright eyes from a baby bunny may be peering out at you from a grassy spot, or you can hear the chirping of baby birds in their nests.

“That wild baby looks like she’s all alone, I wonder if she needs help?"

If you see a baby deer or bunny all by herself, you might think she needs help, but that isn’t always true. Fawns and bunnies are often left alone while the adults look for food. They’re usually hidden in a safe spot, and wait quietly for their parents to return. A young bird learning to fly may flap his wings but still remain on the ground. You don’t need to worry because his mom and dad are nearby making sure he is safe.

So if you see a baby bird or wild animal who you think needs help, don’t touch him. Instead get an adult you trust and together you can call PAWS to make sure he is fine. If he needs help and you bring him to the PAWS Wildlife Center, he’ll get expert care until he is healthy and ready to return back into the wild.

 

Baby Bunny


American Robin

How to Help
How To Help: Don't Disturb the Babies

When you're playing outside or helping with yardwork, be careful around bushes and trees. If you see a nest, don't disturb it. Instead, leave the nest, the babies, and the area around it alone, so the adult animals or birds can feel safe and raise their babies until they are grown.

Discover other ways you can help animals everyday.

 

BOOK REVIEW:
Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz

Dogs Of Bedlam

Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz

Did you know that some dogs have jobs? That’s right! Rose, Izzy, Frieda and Lenore are four dogs on Bedlam Farm who use their unique skills every day for their special jobs. Rose herds sheep, Izzy is a therapy dog, Frieda guards the farm – but what does Lenore do? Find out what Lenore does while you enjoy this heartwarming story and beautiful photographs of how four furry friends became a family and the important jobs they perform.     


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

 

FUN FACTS:
Cats

  • Cats can run up to 30 miles per hour for short distances.
  • Cats do not have a rigid collarbone like many mammals. This is why they are able to squeeze through small spaces.
  • Cats who live indoors are safer than cats who are allowed to go outside.
  • Cats can see much better than people in low light.

Learn more about animals at paws.org!

Cat City Tabby
CAREER SPOTLIGHT:

Foster Care Coordinator

Teeny, tiny kittens and puppies who need to be bottle fed, a timid dog rescued from a puppy mill, a momma cat with brand new kittens---these are just a few of the many animals at the shelter who need to spend some time with a foster family before they are available for adoption. They just need a little extra tender loving care before finding their forever home.

A foster care coordinator is an expert who knows the special physical, medical and emotional needs of each dog, cat, kitten and puppy who need special attention. How do you feed a baby cat or dog when they don’t have a mom and they can’t eat real food yet?  What do you do if they are sick? How do you teach good manners to the animals?  An animal can’t talk to us using words, so a foster care coordinator has to understand their body language to know how they are feeling, and then teach and help foster parents learn these same things.

So besides being great with animals, a foster care coordinator also needs to be a good listener, be very patient, enjoy talking to people, have good attention to detail and love to learn. She’s a pet care expert, veterinary assistant, teacher, behavior assessor and customer service agent all in one!

It’s a lot of work, but also very rewarding. PAWS’ Foster Care Coordinator, Rebecca Oertel says there’s so much to love about her job. One of her favorite things is when a pet climbs into her arms or lap, looks into her eyes, purrs or snuggles and relaxes, knowing they are safe.  She also loves bottle feeding kittens, watching kittens play and seeing all the pictures and stories from foster parents and adopters. 

The really cool thing is that you can get involved starting today. Together with your family, you can become a foster parent and provide love and care to kittens, puppies and pets in need of special tender loving care!



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.

Behavior assessor: An expert who examines and determines the personality and traits of a person or animal.
Entrepreneur: Someone who organizes and starts a business. 
Fawn: A baby deer.
Foster: The care of puppies and kittens until they are strong enough to be at the shelter to find forever homes.

Want more ideas? Check out paws.org!





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