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PAWS 45th Anniversary Challenge

Help PAWS celebrate our 45th anniversary by doing 45 things to help animals everyday!


A Successful Stand for PAWS

William has always loved animals; in fact, his first spoken word was “dog”! He enjoys the company of his pet beagle, Tobey, his betta fish Rippletail, and he's always looking for ways to help other animals.

After visiting the PAWS Companion Animal Shelter, William decided to help the dogs and cats in need by raising money selling dog and people treats. He immediately went into action purchasing ingredients, preparing and baking the treats to have them showcase ready.

On the opening day of his dog (and people) treat stand, he enlisted the help of his sister, Julia, and their best friends, Liam and Lucy. William's homemade goodies of dog treats, cookies, brownies and cocoa were a hit. Together they raised a whopping $177.46 in just a few hoursand donated it all to PAWS!

Their donation helped care for the animals at PAWS. From all the animals and people at PAWS, thank you William, Julia, Liam and Lucy!



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




Learn Before You Look:

Ask Riley

Dear Riley,

A baby bird fell from his nest in our backyard. What should I do?

– Tamara, age 10

Have a question for Riley? Send him your question at Riley@paws.org

Dear Tamara,

Springtime brings a lot of baby birds! If a baby bird has fallen from his nest, ask your parent or guardian for help. They can call PAWS for advice. If the baby bird is not hurt, your parent or guardian may be able to return the baby to his nest and family. Since birds have a poor sense of smell, his parents can’t detect the human scent and will continue to care for him. Thank you so much for caring!

Your friend,

Riley Raccoon


Lifetime of Love

Photo from Kids Helping Animals
Bramble, a senior kitty at PAWS

Adopting a new pet is so exciting! As you begin your research to find the perfect pet for your family, there are many things to consider.

  • What kind of pet should you adopt?
  • Should it be a kitten?
  • A dog?
  • A turtle?
  • A bird?
  • Do you have enough space for a large dog?
  • Will you be able to give a small kitten all the attention and playtime he needs?
  • And one of the most important questions, will you be able to care for your new pet for his entire life? Cats and dogs can live to be 15 to 20 years old. Turtles can live to be over 50 years old and parrots can live to be over 60 years old! A pet is a big responsibility!
  • If your family decides that a cat or dog is the best fit, consider an older pet. At PAWS, we always have adult cats and dogs waiting for their forever homes. Many times an older cat or dog may be overlooked because the kittens and puppies are just so cute. While the young ones are cute, they also take a lot of extra work and care so they grow into happy, healthy adults. An adult dog, however, may already be potty trained and know how to walk on a leash! Remember, that a five year old cat or dog can still have many years of love to give.

    Be sure to do your research before adding a pet to your family, and make sure you can give them all the love they will surely give to youa lifetime of love!



    Are you or someone you know thinking of adopting a cat or dog? Be sure to visit PAWS, or your local animal shelter; there are many wonderful cats and dogs waiting for their forever homes.


    Bald Eagle

    • The soles of their toes are covered by special spiny scales. Together with their sharp talons, these help grip slippery fish.
    • Their eyesight is 4-8 times sharper than a human's.
    • The female is larger than the male.
    • They can have a wingspan from 6-8 feet!

    Learn more about wild animals at PAWS.org!

    Kids Helping Animals Photo

    Finding Danny by Linzi Glass 

    Kids Helping Animals Book Cover


    Twelve-year-old Bree is devastated when her beloved dog, Danny, goes missing after her mom accidentally leaves the gate open to their home. In the search to find her beloved pet, Bree becomes immersed in the world of animal rescue. She meets fascinating and selfless characters who dedicate themselves to saving the lives of helpless animals that only want the chance to love and be loved. Share Bree’s journey as she discovers how to help the shelter dogs while searching for Danny.

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


    Vicki's World Famous Vegan Spice Cake

    Kids Helping Animals

    Preheat oven to 350°

    2 cups flour
    1 ¼ cup sugar
    2 ½ teaspoon baking powder
    ½ teaspoon salt
    ¼  teaspoon cloves
    ¼  teaspoon allspice
    ¼  teaspoon nutmeg (fresh ground is best)
    ½ teaspoon cinnamon
    1 ½ teaspoon Ener-G egg replacer

    Cut in 1/3 cup Earth Balance margarine (or other non-dairy margarine), softened.

    Then stir in:
    1 cup soy milk
    1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    2 Tablespoons water

    Mix until combined but do not over mix. Pour batter into a 9” x 8” baking pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. For cupcakes, bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

    Let cool, then sprinkle vegan powdered sugar and/or cinnamon or top with vegan frosting. This cake is also good with a scoop of vanilla soy ice cream. Enjoy!


    Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting

    8 oz. tofu cream cheese, softened
    1/3 cup vegan margarine
    3 cups vegan powdered sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla

    Using an electric mixer or in a large bowl with a hand held mixer, cream the tofu cream cheese and margarine together. Add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat the mixture until light and fluffy.




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

    Immersed: To be fully involved.
    Selfless: Showing unselfish concern for the welfare of others.
    Spiny: Covered with thorns.
    Talons: A claw, especially on a bird of prey.
    Vegan: A person who doesn’t eat meat or other animal products such as eggs and dairy, and avoids the use of all animal products such as gelatin, leather, fur and feathers.

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