It's going to be a Wild Night!
Join us at the Wild Night gala event for an elegant and inspiring
evening to celebrate PAWS and raise funds to fulfill our life-saving
mission. The unique ambiance of the newly-remodeled Sheraton Seattle
Hotel, located in the heart of downtown, will provide the perfect
setting for a memorable evening. The night includes a delicious,
animal-friendly gourmet dinner, the presentation of the Youth Helping Animals Award, and lively silent and live auctions. Wild Night sold out the last two years, so make your reservation today!
It's not just rabbits who multiply like rabbits
Left to their own devices, our beloved canine and feline companions
breed like bunnies, their litters facing uncertain futures. But help is
on the way: Spay Day is coming up on February 26, 2008, when dozens of
local veterinary clinics will offer low-cost spay and neuter surgeries
in Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties. Surgeries on Spay Day are
just $40 for male or female cats or kittens, and $60 for male or female
dogs or puppies---a significant discount on the regular cost. Please
note that additional charges may apply for animals who require
vaccinations, are overweight, geriatric, in heat or have other medical
conditions. Check out PAWS' Spay Day page to find a clinic near you and make an appointment.
Another way you can participate is through the Spay Day USA
pet photo contest. Among many fabulous prizes, the winner of the
contest will have the honor of awarding a $5,000 grant to one of the
organizations participating in Spay Day USA. May the best photo win!
The bills that become laws
The Washington State legislative session is now in full swing and there
are several bills up for consideration that impact animals. You can
help ensure that animals are protected in our state by letting your
legislators know you care about animal issues. Read more about this
session's animal-related bills and how to contact your state senator and representatives to voice your opinion. Thank you for taking action for animals!
Get to know the Northern Flying Squirrel
you know that the Northern Flying Squirrel is the only nocturnal
squirrel species found in Washington State? The thin, furry membrane of
skin that extends from the squirrels' wrists to their ankles enables
these mammals to glide from tree to tree. On the ground, this extra
skin limits their ability to walk, making them easy prey for predators.
To protect themselves, flying squirrels spend the majority of their
lives in trees. So, the next time you want to cut down an old, dead
tree, consider this: there may be a Northern Flying Squirrel resting or
nesting inside the hollowed out protection of that snag.
Wanted: youth heroes
miss this opportunity to recognize a special young person who has shown
incredible compassion for animals. Know someone who has helped a
grandparent care for a pet? Or has led a wildlife habitat restoration
project, or who volunteers with abused horses or rescued pigs? Help us
celebrate kids and teens working hard to make a more humane world, by
nominating your favorite young superhero for the PAWS Youth Helping Animals Award.
Last year's recipient was seven-year-old Caroleve Axtelle. A
remarkable young person, Caroleve plays an integral part in caring for
foster animals with her family, raised nearly $400 for PAWS through
selling home-made dog scarves and lemonade, helped find the guardians
of a stray bunny in her neighborhood, and chose to become a vegetarian
to lessen her impact on the lives of animals.
The 2008 recipient will be presented with the award at PAWS' Wild Night gala on April 5, and also recognized on PAWSkids.org and in PAWS magazine. Download the guidelines and nomination form today. Nominations must be received by February 29, 2008.
9,000th cat adopted from Cat City
George was looking for a young, spry cat when he visited PAWS' shelter
in Lynnwood. Not quite finding who he was looking for, he saw a sign
about PAWS Cat City in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood, asked for
directions and headed south, not knowing he was about to enter the
Upon arriving, Nick immediately liked the welcoming feeling of Cat
City's unique neighborhood setting, and cats roaming free of cages. As
he relaxed inside the cat colony rooms getting to know some of the cats
and kittens, he noticed Paisley, a three-month-old tortoiseshell
kitten. "She was being playful, but she didn't seemed starved for
attention," Nick described Paisley. "I liked that she could have fun
playing on her own, but was happy to have company as well." Nick
decided she would fit right into his home and adopted her on the
spot---the 9,000th cat adopted from Cat City since its opening in 1997!
Paisley, now Kink---named for her slightly crooked tail---shares
Nick's home with his other cat Frankie, who, according to Nick, has now
made it his responsibility to look out for Kink. As to being part of
Cat City history Nick said, "It's pretty shocking. I didn't expect to
be famous when I set out to adopt a cat that day, but it's fun."
Show your love
Valentine's Day is a day for sharing your passion. Here at PAWS, we
cherish you for sharing our compassion for animals. Whether your heart
is full of puppy love, or long-lasting companionship, send your
Valentine a truly unique gift this year by making a donation to PAWS in their honor. You can also share your love by sending your sweetie a special PAWS e-card.
E-cards are delivered immediately, so you can avoid a trip to the
dog-house if you miss the mail or can't get to the store this
out the cooking demonstrations, thousands of delicious samples, veggie
recipe books and dining guides, kid's activities and PAWS---just some
of the attractions you'll find at this year's Vegfest: the largest
vegetarian festival in the United States! There's never been a better
time to explore the delicious and healthful world of animal-friendly
cuisine. Come join us at this annual festival on March 29 and 30 at
Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall, hosted by our good friends at
Vegetarians of Washington. Many opportunities to volunteer for this
event are also available. For more information visit Vegfest2008.org.
A nice bonus to filing your taxes
New customers who use H&R Block to prepare and file their taxes
this year can help the animals at PAWS at the same time. Just print out the coupon
and take it with you to any H&R Block office when you sign up for
service, and PAWS will receive a $25 donation. It's a simple way to
help the animals while taking care of something we all have to do this
time of year. Thank you!