September 2007 

Watch those windows
Coming soon to a flyway near you---the fall migration of wild birds. As the sun changes its position in the sky and food becomes more scarce, birds take their cues to head south. Many species of songbirds, swifts and birds of prey travel long distances to southern wintering grounds in Mexico and South America. Other species travel relatively short distances from the higher elevations of the Cascades and Olympics to the lowlands surrounding them. Still others come from areas further north to spend the winter in our communities. No matter how long their journey, all of them face the challenge of maneuvering safely through human development.

Western Tanagers, like this one, winter in Mexico and Central America.

Window collision is one of the most common causes of injury for birds received by PAWS during migration. Birds who see a reflection of the sky or vegetation in the window think there is a clear path. This, unfortunately, leads them to fly directly into the window, resulting in broken wings, head trauma or attacks by cats or dogs after falling to the ground. You can help prevent these injuries by adding decals to or hanging wind socks in front of windows—anything that helps minimize the reflection. For more information on what to do if you find an injured bird or other wild animal call PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.787.2500 x817.

Hoping to see some migrating birds this fall? Check out Seattle Audubon's birding tips.

Get your leashes ready!
Our 16th annual PAWSwalk is this Saturday, September 8 and it's not too late to join the fun! Full details, including a schedule of events and how to register and collect donations, are at

Registration and check-in begin at 8 a.m. and the healthy 5k walk kicks off at 10 a.m. The cover dog search contest for CityDog Magazine, animal First Aid demos, and testing for well-mannered dogs for AKC Canine Good Citizen certification are just a few of the activities this year. You'll want to make a day of it and save time for animal-friendly shopping, canine massage, agility demonstrations, the kids' zone and much more!

Every registered walker receives a PAWSwalk bandana. In addition, walkers are rewarded for their fundraising efforts with fabulous prizes! Visit for more details. Get your pack together today!

Fall for something sweet
With fall just around the corner, here is a recipe for a yummy vegan dessert, shared with us by PAWS' Donor Relations Coordinator Vicki Nelson. No animals will be harmed in the making of this cake—enjoy!

Vicki's World Famous Spice Cake

Preheat oven to 350

2 cups Flour
1 cups Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
teaspoon Salt
teaspoon Cloves
teaspoon Allspice
teaspoon Nutmeg (freshly ground is best)
teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoons Ener-G brand egg replacer (found at most natural grocery stores)

Cut in (use two butter knives or a pastry cutter/blender):
1/3 cup Soy Margarine (Vicki prefers Earth Balance brand) softened

Then stir in:
1 cup Soy Milk
1 teaspoons 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 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. For cupcakes, bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool, then sprinkle with vegan powdered sugar and/or cinnamon, or top with vegan frosting. This cake is also fabulous with a scoop of vanilla soy ice cream.

A cruel life under the big top
Join PAWS as we educate attendees of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Everett Events Center September 6-9, about the inherent cruelty of life for circus animals. Learn how you can help by reading our latest Actionline.

Judge the deed, not the breed
Any poorly-socialized dog can be at risk of harming humans or other animals. But when a poorly-socialized dog has a strong, muscular build—or has been trained to be aggressive—the outcome can be devastating, as in the case of recent news reports about injuries caused by pit bulls and pit bull mixes.

Boris is currently waiting patiently at PAWS for a new, loving home.

The American Pit Bull Terrier may be one of the most misunderstood of all canine breeds. And with good socialization, exercise, and responsible care, these handsome dogs make wonderful companions, despite their "tough image."

At PAWS, we meet, play with and adopt out dozens of friendly, loving, loyal and beautiful pit bulls and pit bull mixes every year. There's Miles, who lives happily with another PAWS dog, and Stuart who shares his home with rescued Cockatoos. Carbon, China and Handsome were highlighted in our spring 2004 PAWS magazine. Beyond their square heads and muscled bodies, they are devoted dogs simply looking for a place to belong and be loved.

  • Read several accounts of heroic pit bulls at Pit Bulls on the Web.
  • Check out Law Dogs USA, an organization that trains homeless pit bulls to become respected detection dogs for law enforcement agencies.
  • Learn about common monster myths from Bad Rap, an organization dedicated to helping pit bulls and the people who love them.

Our global village
So that we can better help our customers whose first language may not be English, PAWS is seeking assistance to translate educational brochures. If you are fluent in spoken and written French or Chinese, please contact Kay Joubert at for more information on how you can help. Thank you!

Give at the office
This fall your employer may invite you to participate in its workplace giving program. What is workplace giving? It's an efficient and convenient way to make charitable donations to organizations you care about.

Through automatic payroll deductions---making a one-time donation, or giving $10, $20, or more per paycheck to PAWS---your gift goes a long way to help the animals in our care. For example, with a pledge of $105, less than $9 a month, you can feed all the dogs and cats at PAWS Companion Animal Shelter for one week!

And, did you know that PAWS Wildlife Center is a member of Earth Share of Washington? Earth Share is a federation of 66 local, national and international organizations who focus on environmental issues. You can give through Earth Share of Washington and know your contributions are going to fund a variety of important environmental causes including PAWS' life-saving wildlife rehabilitation.

For more information on your workplace giving program contact your employer's human resources department, or Eleanor Blackford at PAWS at 425.787.2500 x833 or Thank you!

Back to school
Has your summer been just too busy for you and your pooch to join a PAWS dog training class? Well you're in luck! We still have classes left that start in September. Don't forget Puppy Club too, a fun and safe way for your young dog to play with other puppies, supervised by PAWS staff, every Saturday until the end of this month. To see schedules and fees, and to download registration forms, visit our Dog Training Classes page. | Support PAWS | Volunteer | Adopt | Co-exist with Wildlife | Report Animal Cruelty

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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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