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December 10, 2008 

Photo of a Spotted Bat.
Spotted Bats have very low and loud calls that can travel long distances. Their large ears likely help them to pick up these long distance calls.
In this issue:

    A most unusual wildlife patient
    Honor a young hero
    Sent by an angel
    Donate your unwanted wheels
    Money saving tips for pet care

A most unusual wildlife patient
Last month PAWS received an unusual wildlife patient who was found on a downtown Seattle sidewalk: a Spotted Bat. Bats are not uncommon in urban areas, but this species is not ordinarily found west of the Cascade crest, and can even be hard to spot on the east side.

After consulting with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and local bat experts, the best guess was that she may have stowed away in the cargo of a truck traveling from the east side of the mountains. The female bat had a minor bruise on her wing, but was able to fly well. She voraciously gobbled the mealworms PAWS' wildlife rehabilitators gave her, and was otherwise healthy.

After the bat spent just a few days at PAWS, our wildlife rehabilitation team, in consultation with WDFW, decided to release her east of the Cascades at Moses Coulee. A known population of this elusive bat species resides there and the habitat is ideal (read about this population in The Olympian). In mid November, PAWS' Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. John Huckabee drove the bat over the mountains, and at dusk placed her in a rock crevice (a Spotted Bat's preferred roost). She crawled up into the crevice and disappeared.

Honor a young hero
PAWS is now accepting nominations for our Youth Helping Animals Award honoring a young person 18 years old or younger who has shown extraordinary compassion for animals. The recipient will be presented with the award at PAWS' Wild Night on March 14, 2009 and will be recognized on PAWSkids.org. Nominations are due on February 2, 2009. Download the guidelines and nomination form.

Sent by an angel
Photo of a Justin the cat.One rainy night, a young tabby cat stood yowling like a lion at Denise Linehan's door. When she went out to check on the commotion, the cat stepped right in, ate a little food she offered, took a nap and made himself at home. Denise was sure that someone must be missing this sweet kitty, but he had no ID. To give his family a chance to find him, Denise did the right thing and took the cat to PAWS.

Once he was here, Denise couldn't get that handsome tabby---named Justin by PAWS' caretakers---out of her mind. She visited him at the shelter, each time checking to see if anyone had claimed him. No one did, so Denise decided that Justin needed to be part of her family. "There must have been a reason why he came to my door," said Denise. "He was sent by an angel." PAWS' adoption counselors knew this match would be a good one.

Disappointingly, before he could go home, Justin got sick and needed to stay at PAWS to get better before he could get neutered. He has shown much improvement, and PAWS' medical team feels he'll be well again very soon. Denise and her family are still committed, and eagerly await that phone call informing them that Justin can come home.

If you have room in your heart and home this holiday season for an angel like Justin, please adopt an animal from PAWS or another local shelter or rescue group.

Donate your unwanted wheels
Send your car to the dogs!Avoid the hassle of car lots, expensive ads and price haggling and get a charitable gift tax deduction instead! Donate your car, truck, van, SUV, RV, motorcycle or boat to help animals at PAWS.

Contact Northwest Charity Donation Service at 800.961.6119 and tell them you want the proceeds from your vehicle donation to go to the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Lynnwood, Washington. They will assist you with determining the market value of your donation, pick it up free of charge, complete all DMV title transfers, sell the vehicle on consignment, furnish you with a receipt for tax purposes, and send the proceeds to PAWS. A stress reliever for you---a lifesaver for the animals.

Money saving tips for pet care
Need to find ways to trim your budget? Check out these tips for saving money on pet care.


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