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August 8, 2008 

Come Bark in the Park for PAWS!
Come join us at PAWSwalk!We're just four weeks from the 17th annual PAWSwalk on Saturday, September 6 at Seattle's Magnuson Park. Presented by 98.9 KWJZ and Castor & Pollux Pet Works, this year's event promises to be HUGE.

Now is the perfect time to register at PAWSwalk.net. You'll receive your own webpage, from which you can e-mail friends, family and coworkers asking for their support.

Your participation will save lives! All proceeds help us care for the thousands of injured, orphaned and homeless animals who need our help year-round.

More than just a walk in the park, PAWSwalk includes animal-friendly shopping, canine massage, agility demos, contests, a kid's zone and much more. Get the full scoop on the fun and a schedule of events at PAWSwalk.net.

100,000 Wild Animals
PAWS recently reached the milestone of caring for 100,000 injured, orphaned and sick wild animals since beginning wildlife rehabilitation in 1981. Read the inspiring stories of some animals we've helped heal and return to the wild in our monthly Wild Again e-newsletter and please consider making a donation to help care for the wild animals currently at PAWS, and in the future.

One Unique Bird
Photo of a young Merlin at PAWS.Last month, PAWS Wildlife Center received a unique baby---a nestling Merlin (a small type of falcon) who had fallen from his nest in a north Seattle neighborhood. He and the rest of his family are the first Merlins confirmed to have nested in Seattle.

The young Merlin was uninjured, but could not be returned to the nest due to its height (over 80 feet). Nearly two weeks later, neighbors who had been monitoring the Merlin nest let us know when the other babies began to fledge---strengthening and testing their flight muscles.

The Merlin in PAWS' care was then returned to the neighborhood in a yard near the nest tree, in the hopes the parents would take over care again. Shortly after being set free, the young bird started calling and was answered by his siblings in a nearby tree. The next morning, the watchful human neighbors reported they had seen the adult birds feeding the recently returned fledgling, successfully reunited.

Read more about these unique Seattle residents in the Seattle Times' recent article.

Circus Comes to Town
Ringling Bros. circus is coming to the Comcast Arena at Everett September 4-7. Over 100 USDA violations prove that Ringling not only abuses its animals, but also poses threats to public safety. You can help PAWS educate people on the cruelty that animals face in circuses by distributing postcards to circus-goers as they leave the shows. If you are interested, please contact Sylvia Moss at smoss@paws.org.

Foster to the Rescue
Photo of Dotty at play.Four-month-old Dotty came to PAWS with her sister as a transfer from the Everett Animal Shelter. During Dotty's initial exam, PAWS' team found that she had an old eye injury that had gone untreated. The damage was extensive, so much so, that repairing it would be difficult, and keeping it would cause more problems. PAWS' veterinarian determined that her eye should be removed.

To recover after surgery, Dotty went home with PAWS' foster volunteer Julie Hamilton, who took her to work every day. With her young and vibrant personality, Dotty was a hit at the office and at home, impressing everyone she met. After three weeks in foster care, Dotty is now back at PAWS looking for her forever home.

With the dedication of foster volunteers like Julie, PAWS is able to save more than 1,000 at-risk and vulnerable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens every year. Join us in saving lives by becoming a foster care volunteer today.

Tips for Co-existing with Raccoons
It's that time of year when young Raccoons are no longer infants, and are heading out with mom to explore and search for food. This means you may see more Raccoons in your neighborhood, and therefore, should take simple steps to ensure you don't accidentally cause conflicts with them.

Photo of a Raccoon at release.
  • Never intentionally feed Raccoons, as they can lose their fear of humans and become aggressive and too dependent on people for food. Bad news for them and for you.
  • Tightly secure your trash cans and compost bins with bungee cords, weights or rope.
  • Lock any pet doors after dark to prevent Raccoons from coming in the house, and move all food items away from the pet door entrance.
  • Remove any pet food, bird feeders and fallen fruit from outside.
  • Protect your pets by keeping them indoors, especially at night and creating a secure pen for outdoor pets, such as ducks and chickens.
  • Thoroughly clean barbecue grills and grease traps after each use.
  • Share these tips with your friends, family and neighbors. It's up to us to prevent conflicts and take the steps necessary to co-exist peacefully with wildlife.

If you are experiencing conflicts with Raccoons or other wildlife, call PAWS Wildlife Center for assistance at 425.787.2500 x817.

Report to the Community
PAWS' 2007 Report to the Community is now available online. Read about our accomplishments last year and how generous support from people like you helps us save lives.


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