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September 4, 2009 

In this issue:

    Join us at PAWSwalk
    Cat Adoption Discount
    Wildlife Sightings—What You Should Know
    Boycott the Circus

2008 PAWSWalk Photo

Join us at PAWSwalk!
We're just over a week from the 18th annual PAWSwalk on Saturday, September 12 at Seattle's Magnuson Park. If you haven't yet, register yourself and/or your team at You'll receive your own webpage, from which you can e-mail friends, family and coworkers asking for their support. Use Facebook and/or Twitter to get your friends and followers on board, too.

Your participation will save lives! Just $10 each from 20 friends will go a long way to help us reach our goal of $200,000. All proceeds help us care for the thousands of injured, orphaned and homeless animals who need our help, now more than ever.

More than just a walk in the park, PAWSwalk includes animal-friendly shopping, canine massage, dog agility demos, a kid's zone, prizes and much more. Get the full scoop at See you there!

Happy Endings
Picture of baby black bear
Last winter, PAWS cared for four Black Bear cubs whom we successfully returned to the wild in May. Now we have three other bear cubs who will require care all the way through next spring.
  Picture of Cookie
When Cookie got a cold during her stay at PAWS, she needed a foster home to rest while she got better. For two weeks Cookie received the medicine, love, and attention she needed. When the perfect family walked into our kennels, we think Cookie knew it before we did - her whole body started wagging from nose to tail!
Picture of Blue
Meet Blue, a gentle, 2-year-old, Himalayan mix.

Cat Adoption Discount
Through the end of September, PAWS is slashing the adoption fee for all cats, six months and older, to $30 - a third of the normal fee - in the hopes of relieving an overload of cats at our Lynnwood shelter and PAWS Cat City in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood.

We've taken in more kittens this year than last and because of the tough economic climate, the number of people asking PAWS to take in cats they can no longer afford to keep has risen. PAWS is trying to accommodate those requests as much as possible, but we're full, and when space is limited we need to reserve it for stray animals who need a safe place to wait for their families to find them.

If you have been thinking about adding a feline companion to your household, now is the ideal time to meet a variety of friendly cats who are looking for their perfect match. Cats adopted from PAWS are spayed or neutered, microchipped, have had their first set of vaccines and come with a cat carrier. See our hours & directions.

Wildlife Sightings—What You Should Know
Have you heard about the Cougar sighting in Seattle? While this wild cat has residents and wildlife officials on their toes, the news serves as a good reminder that wild animals are all around us. They are constantly adapting to even the most urban environments. Not only are Cougars in our midst, but Raccoons, Coyotes, Bobcats and many more. Even if you don't see them, they are here.

So what should you do to ensure you and your pets don't run into trouble with a wild animal? Here are easy steps you can take today

  • Keep pets inside where they are safe. Allowing your pet to roam freely, may mean serious injury or even death. And not just because of wild animals, but also cars, poisons and not-so-nice people.
  • Gather up fallen, rotting fruit and vegetables from your garden.
  • Secure garbage cans and compost bins.
  • Clean up fallen seed around birdfeeders. It attracts rodents, which will in turn attract other predators.
  • If you are having a conflict with a wild animal and need advice, call PAWS at 425.787.2500 x817.

Boycott the Circus
Ringling Bros. Circus is coming to Kent and Everett this month. The USDA has cited them for repeatedly breaching minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act. Many circus goers attend the circus because they love animals, especially elephants. What they don't realize, or are not yet convinced of, is by attending circuses that use animals they are supporting an industry which callously exploits and abuses animals for its financial gain. Boycott the circus and spread the word! Read more in our latest Actionline. | 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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