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Power Walker

A passion for animals led Lucy to participate in her first PAWSwalk event last September at Marymoor Park. She was inspired by the work PAWS does to help thousands of animals each year. Lucy’s amazing efforts rocketed her to the finish line as the Top Youth Walker, raising a whopping total of $400!

Lucy and her family are the loving guardians of a nine-year-old yellow Labrador named Belle and a 16-year-old Arabian-Saddlebred horse named Jake. She spends several hours each day at the barn with Jake, developing a true partnership and bond based on trust, communication and love.

Thank you Lucy for your time and energy to walk the walk and make a difference in the lives of so many animals!

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

How to Help

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It's never too early to start thinking about the next PAWSwalk. Keep checking our website for updates. Summer will be here before you know it and you could be the next Top Youth Walker!

Kids Helping Animals
Lucy with her dog Belle

Kids Helping Animals
Lucy riding her horse Jake

Flying Lessons

Ask Riley

Dear Riley,

I saw a bird who looked like he was trying to fly, but couldn’t get off the ground. I’m not sure if he had a broken wing, did he need my help?

– Stephen

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

Dear Stephen,

During the spring and summer months, you’ll see many young birds who aren’t able to fly very well. But in most cases, there’s nothing wrong. These birds are learning to fly! Their parents are usually nearby making sure they don’t hurt themselves. The best thing to do is to just leave them alone.

If you see any animal or bird who might need help, just remember three important rules: 1) Don’t touch them, 2) Tell your parent or guardian, 3) Together call PAWS for advice. Thank you for caring!

Your friend,

Riley Raccoon


My Old Friend

Kids Helping Animals
Amy and Jenny playing together in the snow

Kids Helping Animals
Jenny having a great time at the beach!

How to Help

If you have an older dog or cat at home, be sure he is getting all the attention and love he needs. When you show him love, he’s sure to give it right back!

Puppies and kittens are so cute and playful, it’s hard not to want to bring them home on the spot. But what about your old four-legged friend who still needs you? If you have an older dog or cat at home, remember, they still have a lot of love to give!

Take the story of Jenny the dog. Many years ago, Jenny was an energetic puppy. Her big ears flopped around as she would bounce and play for hours. Jenny’s guardian, Amy, thought she was the cutest puppy in the world. Now, 13 years later, Jenny is quite different. She moves much slower, and she isn’t very interested in fetching the ball.

But Jenny has lots of things a puppy doesn’t have! Jenny has good manners and she never jumps on people when they come to visit. Instead, she gently asks for a scratch behind the ears by nudging Amy’s hand with her nose.

Jenny is also very wise and never needs to be reminded where to do her outside business. And best of all, Amy can tell that Jenny loves her very much. Amy made a commitment to provide Jenny with a forever home, and their years together have bonded them with a comfort in knowing they will be together for the rest of Jenny’s life.

Sometimes when Amy spots a cute puppy walking with his new guardian, she thinks of how fun a new puppy would be. But then she remembers all the wonderful years she and Jenny have had together, and she would never want to abandon her old friend.

Amy knows that it’s important to give Jenny a lot of attention as she gets older, and that Jenny needs her time and compassion now more than ever. Amy makes sure Jenny gets lots of hugs, and she is rewarded with Jenny’s happy wagging tail and a lifetime of love.



  • Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly forward, backward, hover in mid-air, fly sideways and even upside-down.
  • They are the tiniest birds in the world.
  • They have tiny hairs on the tip of their tongues to help lap up nectar.
  • A hummingbird’s wings will beat about 70 times per second and up to 200 times per second when diving.

Learn more about wild animals at PAWS.org!


Kids Helping Animals

Amy's Awesome Artichoke Dip

Kids Helping Animals


8 oz Tofutti cream cheese
1 cup Vegenaise (vegan mayonnaise)
1 cup Daiya mozzarella cheese
2 cloves garlic
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1 can (or bag of frozen, thawed) artichokes
Small pinches of Italian seasonings such as basil, oregano

Preheat oven to 350. Puree the spinach and garlic in a food processor, set aside. Blend cheeses, Vegenaise and spices together. Chop artichokes. Mix everything together and pour into baking dish. Bake at 350 for 10 -15 minutes. 

Serve warm with your favorite chips or crackers, and enjoy!




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.

Bonded: Feeling secure and connected to each other.
Commitment: A promise to do something in the future.
Compassion: Understanding and caring about others. Being kind and helpful.
Nectar: A sweet liquid found in some plants.
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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