Welcome to the first edition of Kids Helping Animals E-newsletter

Riley Raccoon, PAWS Humane Education Mascot, proudly presents the very first edition of PAWS Kids Helping Animals E-newsletter. Here you will find the latest news from PAWS and learn how YOU can help animals. Kids Helping Animals will be sent four times each year. Tell your friends and they can sign-up to receive this e-newsletter too!

In each newsletter you will find green words. These are vocabulary words that may be new to you. At the bottom of each newsletter will be a section that defines the vocabulary words found in the newsletter.
PAWS Kid's Day

Hey Kids ages 9 to 12: You are invited to Kid's Day on Saturday May 05, 2007!

People who come to Kid's Day will learn more about PAWS and the animals we care for and get a special tour of our main campus. Plus everyone will get a yummy snack and goodie bag to take home. This is not a drop-in event, but a half-day of scheduled projects and tours. Space is limited so your parent, guardian or group leader must RSVP to participate. Please contact the Humane Educator to RSVP and find out more at 425.787.2500 x258. Please contact the Humane Educator to learn more about and RSVP for PAWS Kid's Day at 425.787.2500 x258 or

Kid's Day happens four times each year, so if you can't make it this time, check back at for the next date!
Brother and Sister Help Animals

When Rane and Jillian blow out the candles for their birthdays, they have one big wish: to help animals. Last year they started the tradition when Jillian donated to PAWS. This year she chose to help horses in need. For Rane's 9th birthday, they printed copies of the wishlist from and sent it with the party invitations.

Jillian and Rane's generosity help make wishes come true for homeless, injured and orphaned animals of all kinds. They prove that no matter what your age, you can make a big difference!
PAWS Youth Heroes

Have you done something special to help animals? Do you know someone else who is making a difference for animals? Then tell us about it! To nominate someone, send Riley a message about these efforts and the hero may be featured on! Please note that PAWS must get written permission from your parent or legal guardian before you can appear on

Hope by Randy Houk.
Do you like the story of Charlotte's Web? Well then you might also like this story about another special pig. Her name is Hope. Like Wilbur, the famous pig in Charlotte's Web, Hope is the smallest of her litter. But unlike Wilbur, Hope was born in a factory farm. This true story tells how Hope went from being thrown away with the trash to living happily ever after on a friendly farm in New York State.

Fun Facts: Pigs

  • In 1859, Britain and America almost went to war when an American settler killed a British man's pig near the Canadian border in Washington State.
  • Pigs have no sweat glands, so you can't really “sweat like a pig.”
  • Pigs are believed to be extremely smart in the same ways as dogs.
  • Pigs don't “oink” they “gronk.” They also communicate by barking and saying “wheeeiii.”
  • Pigs wallow in the mud to stay cool and keep from burning in the sun. So do elephants.
Raccoons Get a Second Chance

Last fall some “masked” wild animals at PAWS got a second chance at freedom. These Raccoons arrived at PAWS last spring after becoming orphaned. Even though most of them came from different litters, they had stories that sounded a lot alike.

Most of these baby Raccoons got separated from their mothers because of the places where they were born. Mother Raccoons love to raise their babies in warm dry places off the ground, such as the inside of a big old hollow tree. But as forests are cut down, there are not as many natural places like these. So some Raccoons find shelter in the attics and crawl spaces of human houses.

But often people get angry about or scared of these unwanted guests. The people who own the home may remove or scare away the mother Raccoon before they realize she has babies. If the mother and babies can't be brought together again, then they often end up at PAWS or other wildlife centers.

When these orphaned Raccoons came to PAWS in June, they each weighed less than one pound. Many still had their eyes closed. Since the Raccoons are wild animals and not pets, they were not given names. For about four months they were cared for at the PAWS Wildlife Center. The Raccoons spent the first part of their stay in the baby mammal nursery. Here they were kept warm and dry, and were fed special formula.
As the Raccoons grew-up, they were moved to special outdoor enclosures. The Raccoons learned how to act in the wild by being with each other, climbing branches, exploring pools of water and searching for food.
The Raccoons only saw people when their enclosure was cleaned or they were given food. This way the Raccoons would have a natural fear of humans, just like Raccoons who are raised by their mothers in the wild. Once they were old enough to be on their own, a release site was chosen for each group. These wild places were close to where each group was found and would have plenty of food, water, shelter and space for the Raccoons.

When the carrier door for one group of Raccoons was opened, they came right out. The five Raccoons began exploring the leaves, grass and branches all around them. One of them went into the nearby creek and started feeling around the bottom. After exploring the area around the carriers, the Raccoons headed off together down a well-worn animal trail. They were finally home.

Who are those masked animals?
There is a lot more to find out about what life is like in the wild for Raccoons. Learn more about Raccoons.

Wildlife Emergencies.
Have you ever had a Raccoon in your attic? Or a bird crash into your window? These are examples of wildlife emergencies. Learn how to safely handle a wildlife emergency.
Have Fun Helping Cats and Dogs this Winter

It might be too cold to play outside, but you can still have fun indoors and even help animals at the same time. Here are a couple of ideas to help your animal friends, or the cats and dogs at the PAWS Companion Animal Shelter.

Make festive cat yarn balls. Indoor cats and shelter cats waiting for homes need toys to keep them happy and healthy. Use your favorite colors and try making these yarn balls that cats love.

Bake homemade dog biscuits. Use your favorite cookie cutters and give them to a dog you know, or to homeless dogs at your local animal shelter. Try this recipe from a bake sale fundraiser idea on

Riley Raccoon is the PAWS Humane Education Mascot. One of the ways he helps people learn is answering questions about animals. Do you have a question about animals? Email Riley and he will try to answer it!

I was just wondering if cats really can see in the dark?
From Nick, Age 10

It's true that when it seems dark to us, cats can still see. They need only a very tiny amount of light to be able to see. Cats have a special surface inside their eyes that helps reflect the light like a mirror. That is why a cat's eyes may seem to glow at night. The glow you are seeing is the light reflecting back out from the mirror-like surface inside their eyes! (Have you ever shined a flashlight on a mirror in a dark room? It's cool to see the light reflecting back to another place in the room, and it's similar to what takes place inside a cat's eye.)
If a cat were in a pitch-black room with no windows they would have to find their way around using their other senses. Cats have very good senses of hearing and smell. They would also use their long whiskers to feel for objects that they can't see.

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.

Litter - a group of brothers and sisters born at the same time
Wallow - to roll around
Factory Farm - a farm that is run similar to a factory; the most common type of farm in the U.S.
Generosity - giving and sharing a lot
Nominate - to choose someone to be considered for an award
Orphaned - a young person or animal whose parents are dead or lost
Enclosure - a cage that keeps an animal safe
Habitat - the place where an animal lives
Release Site - the spot where wild animals from PAWS are returned to their natural homes
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Do you have a favorite animal book? Have a good animal story to share? Got a Question about animals? Email Riley Raccoon, the PAWS Humane Education Mascot.
2007 Progressive Animal Welfare Society
A Northwest leader in protecting animals since 1967, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shelters homeless animals, rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, and empowers people to demonstrate compassion and respect for animals in their daily lives.

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