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December 15, 2009 

In this issue:

    Compassionate gift ideas
    Home for the Holidays
    Nominate a champion
    Your voice needed for animals
    Bear cubs update
    Seabird crisis
    Join us on Facebook and Twitter

Compassionate gift ideas
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Imagine how that special person in your life would feel if they knew you made a donation in their name to PAWS this holiday season. Or with a gift membership to PAWS your loved one will receive a year's subscription to PAWS magazine filled with touching and educational stories about animals.

You can also surprise a friend with the PAWS 2010 Calendar. Beautiful, elegant, and featuring spectacular photography by B. Sparks, the calendar makes the perfect gift for the animal lover on your list—and the proceeds help animals in need.

Order a calendar or honor a loved one with a donation by December 20, so we can ensure they'll receive your gift by December 24. Thank you for giving the gifts that save lives!


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After staying several months at PAWS, Gable is now spending the holidays at home with his new family.

Home for the Holidays
Bring home the gift of unconditional love to your family this holiday season by adopting an adoring pet from PAWS. Through January 5, PAWS has reduced the adoption fee for dogs and cats over six months old by 20 percent for our Home for the Holidays adoption campaign. For this limited time, the adoption fee for a dog is $80 and for a cat it is $72.

See photos and read more about the many loving animals looking for homes, or visit PAWS in person in Lynnwood or PAWS Cat City in Seattle.


Nominate a champion
PAWS is seeking nominations for the PAWS Champion for Animals award honoring an individual who has shown extraordinary compassion for animals. The award will be presented at PAWS Wild Night on March 27, 2010. If you know someone who has gone above and beyond for animals, download the guidelines and nomination form. Nominations are due February 19, 2010.

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Your voice needed for animals
PAWS has been busy preparing for the 2010 Washington State legislative session which begins on January 11. Two key bills we have been following will be carried over from the 2009 session. To keep both people and wild animals safe, HB 1885 would prohibit intentional feeding or attracting certain wild animals, such as bears, coyotes and raccoons. To significantly and humanely reduce the number of homeless and abandoned pets, HB 1406 & SB 5329 would fund 70,000 spay/neuter surgeries each year for cats and dogs of low-income residents, and for feral and free-roaming cats in our state.

Your input is crucial in passing bills that impact animals. You can prepare yourself for the session by taking a few easy steps:

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Bear cubs update
PAWS Wildlife Center is currently taking care of three Black Bear cubs. The female cub was hit by a car this summer. At only 10 pounds, she suffered serious head trauma and took several weeks to recover. The two male bears are brothers from Oregon. They were orphaned when their mother was shot and killed after she broke into a chicken coop. Sadly, they have experienced quite a bit of trauma in their young lives, but are now doing very well at PAWS.

All three are healthy and growing, with the brothers weighing in at around 100 pounds, and the girl not far behind. Constantly playing, the males are especially rambunctious and will wrestle for long stretches of time. The female also occasionally gets in on the action. Thanks to PAWS supporters like you, who believe in giving injured and orphaned wild animals a second chance, these orphans will be returned to the wild where they belong by next spring.


Seabird crisis
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Rescued Common Murres being rehabilitated at PAWS.

Earlier this fall, PAWS took in more than 100 seabirds who were debilitated by a harmful algae bloom off the Washington and Oregon coasts. To avoid drowning and hypothermia, the birds struggled ashore where they were unable to feed or otherwise care for themselves.

After more than three weeks of exhaustive care at PAWS, several rescued seabirds were successfully rehabilitated and returned to the wild. At each release a joyous crowd watched as PAWS Wildlife Center staff and volunteers did the honors of setting them free. Read more and see amazing photos in PAWS' latest Wild Again e-newsletter.


Join us on Facebook and Twitter
You'll get all the latest PAWS news, cute pictures of adoptable dogs and cats, and updates on some of the amazing wild animals you help us save. Become a fan of PAWS on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.



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