Shake the winter blues—and a paw!
It's easy to feel a little stir-crazy during these dark and wet winter
months. What better way to cure the doldrums and stimulate your mind
than by going back to school? Dog school, that is. Dog training classes
are a great way to spend quality time with your pooch, and PAWS' winter
classes, hosted at The Whole Pup in Edmonds, start in February. From
basic skills classes, to one tailor-made for more challenging
behaviors, and even sessions to prep your pup to take the AKC's Canine
Good Citizen® test—there's something for every dog, no matter his or
her educational background. Learn more and register today!
Nominate a youth hero
Know a young person who has done something extraordinary for our furry,
feathered or scaled friends? PAWS is happy to invite nominations for
our Youth Helping Animals Award
honoring a special youth, 18 years old or younger, who has shown
outstanding compassion for animals. The winner will be presented the
award at PAWS' Wild Night gala on April 5, and will be recognized on PAWSkids.org and in PAWS magazine. Download the guidelines and nomination form. Nominations are due on February 29, 2008.
Resolve to help animals all year long
PAWS Constant Companions, our sustainer club, is a convenient and
effective way to help animals all year long. When you become a Constant
Companion, you elect to make a monthly or quarterly gift by credit or
debit card, and your contributions are immediately put to work for the
animals in our care.
Benefits of becoming a PAWS Constant Companion:
Join us as a Constant Companion, or make your first gift for 2008 today! For the animals, thank you.
- It's a convenient way to support the animals at PAWS all year long.
- You can make a substantial impact on animals' lives, by giving regularly throughout the year.
- You can change your gift amount, or cancel your Constant Companion membership at any time.
- You help us plan ahead and provide a secure and stable financial future for the care of thousands of animals in need.
At last, Georgie is home
PAWS was buzzing with excitement a few days before Christmas when Georgie, one of our long-time dog
Shelby, Pam's son Christian, and Georgie snuggle up on the couch.
residents, found his forever home just in time for the holidays. (Read his story
in the December edition). Georgie was adopted by Pam Dustin, a PAWS
volunteer who had fallen for Georgie during her volunteer shifts. After
his successful meeting with Pam's three other dogs, the Dustin family
decided Georgie was a perfect fit. In fact, after having him overnight
for a trial run, they happily reported that Georgie greatly enjoyed the
company of his new furry siblings, including the cat.
After being home for just a few weeks, Pam reports, "Georgie is
adjusting to his new family very well. He is in love with Shelby, our
Boston Terrier. The two of them run around the house chasing each other
for hours. Our two Chihuahuas are still adjusting to him, but he is so
gentle with them. Georgie is so affectionate that my three teenagers
fight over who gets to snuggle with him." Congratulations Georgie, and
thank you to the Dustin family for giving him a fresh start.
Coffee is for the birds
In the case of "shade-grown" coffee, it actually is for the birds. This
type of coffee is grown on traditional plantations under the canopies
of most of the last remaining forests in Latin America. These trees
provide crucial and increasingly rare habitat for wild birds (as well
as other animals and plants), several of whom migrate to the Northwest.
Before you buy your next cup of Joe, learn more about how it was grown
and the effect it might have had on wildlife. You can find a plethora
of information from the Seattle Audubon Society's Northwest Shade Coffee Campaign.
It's not just rabbits who multiply like rabbits
On February 26, 2008, PAWS is partnering with the N.O.A.H. Center,
WAIF, the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, Everett Animal Services, and
dozens of local veterinary clinics to offer low-cost spay and neuter
surgeries in Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties. This annual Spay
Day effort helps end the suffering of unwanted and homeless animals in
our community, by preventing unplanned litters. Spaying and neutering
is good for the community, and a great way to help our animal friends
live longer, healthier lives.
Even if your own companion animal is already fixed (thank you!), you
can help by encouraging your friends and family to do the same for
their four-legged friends. Share with them the myriad of benefits of spaying and neutering.
Surgeries on Spay Day cost just $40 for male or female cats or
kittens, and $60 for male or female dogs or puppies—far below the
actual cost of the surgery. Please note that additional charges may
apply for animals who require vaccinations, are overweight, geriatric,
in heat or have other medical conditions. Participating clinics will be
listed on the Spay Day page on PAWS' website in early February. Mark your calendar!
Another way to support wildlife
This summer, nine-year-old Anasophia McLain Smith learned about seals,
and the outstanding job PAWS did in caring for many injured seal pups.
Anasophia also followed the story of an injured duck who lives in the
pond across the street from her home. The duck was brought to PAWS for
care, then returned to the pond once her foot was healed. For the last
three years, Anasophia's art has been featured in calendars to raise
funds for local wildlife organizations. She chose PAWS Wildlife Center
as the focus of her 2008 calendar. If you are interested in one of
these limited-edition calendars, they are $20 each and all the proceeds
help PAWS care for injured and orphaned wildlife. For more information,
please e-mail Janetdsmith1@comcast.net. Thank you Anasophia!
Take action for animals in 2008
Sign up to receive Actionline,
PAWS' monthly e-newsletter that includes practical, effective tips for
how you can create a better world for animals. If you already
subscribe, then why not set a goal to sign up three friends or
co-workers? Forward them a recent Actionline e-newsletter, inviting
them to subscribe and join you in speaking up for those who have no
voice. Thank you!