August 2007 

Get your tails wagging for PAWSwalk!
There are just four weeks until the 16th annual PAWSwalk! Presented by 98.9 Smooth Jazz KWJZ, PAWSwalk will take place on Saturday, September 8 in Seattle's Magnuson Park.

PAWSwalk is one of our biggest fundraising events, and proceeds help us care for the thousands of injured, orphaned and homeless animals who need our help year-round.

Register today---it's quick and simple using the online tools at PAWSwalk.net. At this site, you can create your own pledge collection webpage, then start spreading the word to friends, family and coworkers about all the animals whose lives they will help save through their support.

A cover dog search contest for CityDog Magazine, testing for well-mannered dogs for Canine Good Citizen certification, and microchipping for your pup's safety and permanent identification are just a few of cool activities going on this year. Registration and check-in begin at 8 a.m. with the 5k walk kicking off at 10 a.m. Then enjoy animal-friendly shopping, canine massage, vegetarian treats, agility demos, a kids' zone and much more.

Are you able to help out behind the scenes? Every pair of helping hands is much appreciated! Please sign up by following the "Volunteer" link at PAWSwalk.net or contact Sylvia Moss at smoss@paws.org or 425.787.2500 x257. Thank you!

Take action for animals
Photo of Action Guide for teens coming soon! Introducing PAWS' new Action Guide, a fun, fresh, and practical toolkit jam-packed with projects teens can do to make a real difference for animals. Inspired by the hundreds of requests PAWS receives each year from young people wanting to help animals at PAWS and in the community, the Action Guide will be available August 22.

Project ideas include movie nights with friends or dog cookie bake sales at the local dog park. Read about these ideas, what local teens have to say about being kind to animals, and more in your own free copy. Action Guides will be available at PAWS in Lynnwood, Cat City in Seattle, or e-mail Riley@paws.org to have one sent to you.


Round two
Photo of baby Eastern Gray Squirrel. Although many wild species have their babies in the spring, mid-to-late summer is another prime breeding time for native Douglas and Northern Flying Squirrels as well as the commonly seen Eastern Gray Squirrels. This means that it is important to be cautious when pruning trees, sealing up entry holes into basements and attics, and keeping pets safely confined, as baby squirrels may be present. For questions about a baby squirrel or other wild animal you think may need help, call PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.787.2500 x817.

Foster care: It's easier than you may think!
Have you ever wondered about becoming a PAWS foster care volunteer? Worried about the time commitment? Check out these answers to the most common questions about foster care.

"I thought foster care took much longer, like three months to foster an animal."
The time that an animal needs in foster care can vary, some animals need a month to gain weight, get older and become properly socialized, while some only need a couple of weeks to get over an illness. The foster care team will work with your schedule as much as possible to ensure that everybody's needs are met.

"I have other animals so I can't foster."
Almost all of our foster parents have animals of their own, after all we are a network of animal lovers! All you need is a spare bathroom or bedroom that can be closed off from the area where your own animals are housed.

"I think it's amazing what you do, but I couldn't because I would adopt them all!"
The process of letting go is never easy, especially in the beginning, but it gets easier very quickly. Our foster parents are always proud of the work they have done to help their foster animals become healthy, well-socialized and ready to go to their forever homes.

"Wouldn't I have to spend all day with them? How could I work an eight-hour job and provide foster care?"
While some animals may need more constant human care and supervision, most foster care placements do not. Litters of kittens have each other to interact with during the day, so cleaning, feeding and playtime can easily be done before and after work hours. Other animals may just need a quiet place to rest and recuperate from an illness, so spending the day alone napping is just what they need to be well again.

Learn more about being and becoming a foster care volunteer, call 425.787.2500 x822 or e-mail fosterintern@paws.org.

El Greco toasts PAWS
Join us as we salute Capitol Hill's favorite posh dining locale: El Greco! Between August 1 and October 31, our fine friends are donating $2 to PAWS for every glass of Martin Codax 2006 Albarino wine sold. Here's to the animals!

Tee-off with Norm's Eatery and Alehouse
The first annual Norm's Putt-Putt Tournament at Interbay Putting Course will be on Friday, August 17. You won't want to miss the one-of-a-kind event! Contact Steve at 206.547.1417 or drop by Norm's Eatery and Alehouse to register your team today!

Freshly baked dog treats at Great Harvest Bread Co.
In celebration of the dog days of summer, the Great Harvest Bread Co. in Lake Forest Park will be donating a portion of the proceeds to PAWS from the sales of their freshly baked dog biscuits and Frisbees, from August 10 through August 31. Treat your dog today by stopping by the store at 17171 Bothell Way NE. Yum!

Two for Two
After being at PAWS for nearly six months, Miles finally found his forever home. PAWS' Shelter Manager, Lisa Hockins, recently received this heartwarming update from Miles' new guardians.

Pearl (left) and Miles at home.

"Hi Lisa,
This is Carlos Garcia. My partner, Jim, and I adopted Miles, the black bull terrier/lab mix about a month ago. I just wanted to email you and let you know how happy we are with him. Miles is FANTASTIC. He is such a sweetheart, goofball, love bug, crazy dog. Our older dog, Pearl, has learned to tolerate him. But, she pretty much tolerates every dog. And we think she actually, heaven forbid, likes him. We were concerned that he would be a bit of handful, but he is really very, very sweet and we are so happy that he has joined our family. We'll get around to sending him to obedience training, but that is tiny to the amount of joy he has brought us.

And speaking of Pearl, she was a PAWS rescue as well. We got Pearl about five years ago and that makes 2 for 2 of the best dogs in the world that we have gotten from PAWS."

Find your own special match at PAWS today!

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