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January 26, 2010 
In this issue:

    You're invited to PAWS Wild Night
    Twisty the traveling cat
    Nominations wanted
    Is your bird feeder safe?
    Top ten resolutions for 2010
    PAWS Kids Workshop in February
    Discounted spay/neuter open to anyone
    Join us on Facebook and Twitter

You're invited to PAWS Wild Night
Join us on Saturday, March 27, 2010 for a gala benefit and celebration for animals. PAWS Wild Night is one of the Seattle area's most unique, entertaining and compassionate events.

Join 500 like-minded community leaders at the beautiful Sheraton Seattle Hotel for an evening of great animal-friendly food, exciting auctions and the opportunity to raise funds that will save animals' lives.

Don't miss this wonderful way to join our efforts and be a champion for animals. Learn more and register today.
Wild Night 2010

Twisty the traveling cat
In November, Twisty was brought to PAWS with a broken leg. After PAWS' veterinarian put his leg in a cast, he spent several weeks with a doting foster care family. Not once did the cast seem to bother this easy-going cat.

By the end of December, George and Mary Anne Eells came to PAWS with heavy hearts—the day after their beloved cat of 12 years had died. They were hoping to find another special kitty to share their home. Since they traveled often, they wanted a cat who wouldn't mind frequent car rides. They thought a small kitten would be perfect to introduce him to the idea at an early age.

But during their visit, PAWS' adoption counselors introduced them to Twisty. By now his leg had healed and he was ready to go home. Although he was older than the Eells wanted, they were impressed how calm and loving Twisty was and decided to adopt him. But how would he react to a long car ride?

Once home, George and Mary Anne took Twisty for a test drive. They put a harness on him that was secured in the car and placed a pillow between them. Mary Anne said, "Twisty got up on the pillow and lay down just like he had always done this. He was perfectly content and never meowed at all. We love him and he loves us and everyone else that comes to the house. We truly feel that this was a match made in heaven."

Thanks to generous supporters like you, matches made in heaven happen every day. If you're looking for a traveling, hiking or lounging companion, check out the animals available for adoption at PAWS.
Picture of Twisty
Co-pilot Twisty is nestled comfortably between his new guardians.

Nominations wanted
PAWS is seeking nominations for the PAWS Champion of the Year 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.

Is your bird feeder safe?
Bird feeders are common fixtures of many backyards in winter, but are they the best thing for our wild feathered friends? While feeders may be somewhat beneficial to birds during lean times, feeding wildlife—including birds—can pose many threats to their well-being.

  • Readily available food in one area can lead to the gathering of birds in unnaturally large numbers. Crowding is a key factor in spreading disease among birds.
  • Free-roaming cats find many of their unsuspecting victims at bird feeders.
  • Fallen food attracts mice and rats, which can also become a nuisance for homeowners.
  • Spoiled or poor quality food can be detrimental to birds' health.

Picture of Red-breasted Nuthatch
A Red-breasted Nuthatch snatches a seed at a bird feeder.
The best way to help wild animals is to provide fresh, clean water and plant native plants to provide natural food sources and habitat for them year-round. In the long term, only appropriate habitat will ensure that wildlife continue to survive and thrive. But if you don't wish to give up your bird feeder, follow these tips to keep your local bird populations healthy:
  • Put up a few bird feeders. This will help ease crowding around one station.
  • Regularly clean the waste on and around the bird feeders, including old seed and bird droppings.
  • Disinfect feeders weekly to help prevent diseases from spreading.
  • Use only fresh, good quality food formulated for feeding birds (no bread or crackers). Discard any old or moldy food inside the feeder or in your supply container. Thoroughly disinfect the container if you find rotten food.
  • Do not hang feeders too close to your windows to prevent birds from accidentally crashing into the windows. To break up the reflection that the birds see, hang streamers or strips of material in or place stickers on your window.
  • Keep your cat indoors or supervise him when outside to help keep birds (and your cat!) safe. Don't hang feeders where other roaming cats can easily ambush or gain access to feeding birds.
  • Encourage your neighbors to take these precautions, as the birds probably visit their feeders, too.

If you have other questions about feeding wildlife or how to responsibly maintain your bird feeder, call PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.412.4040.

Top 10 resolutions for 2010
Did you remember to make your resolutions for 2010? Are you sticking to the ones you made so far? If you need some easy resolutions that will help both animals and you, check out this top 10 list.

PAWS Kids Workshop in February
If your kids love cats and dogs, they won't want to miss the next PAWS Kids Workshop: Crazy About Cats and Canines on February 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It's a half-day of fun on PAWS' campus where kids learn about pet behavior and how to train animals in a positive way. Participants will also have an opportunity to visit with one of our adoptable cats or dogs as well as a special shelter animal ambassador. Activities include interactive games, crafts, a dog safety exercise and a tour of PAWS Companion Animal Shelter.

The workshop is for children in third through sixth grades, and there is a $15 fee per child to cover the cost of supplies. Space is limited. Learn more and register today.

Picture from Kid's Workshop

Discounted spay/neuter open to anyone
On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 as part of the national Spay Day campaign, PAWS, along with shelter partners NOAH, Everett Animal Services, Homeward Pet Adoption Center, WAIF and the Humane Society for Skagit Valley—and local veterinary clinics in Snohomish, King, Island and Skagit counties will offer low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. This annual effort helps end the suffering of unwanted and homeless animals in our community by preventing unplanned litters. Spaying and neutering is good for the community and a great way to help our animal friends' live longer, healthier lives.
Spay Day is open to anyone, regardless of income level, who wants to have his or her dog, cat, puppy or kitten spayed or neutered. If your pet is already altered, please encourage your friends and family to do the same for their animals. Share with them the benefits of spaying and neutering.

Fees for surgeries during Spay Day are $40 for male or female cats or kittens, and $80 for male or female dogs or puppies. Additional charges may apply for animals who require vaccinations, are geriatric or are in heat.

To learn more and to see a list of clinics where you can make an appointment, visit our Spay Day page.
Spay Day 2010
If left unaltered, our pets can multiply like rabbits. Get your pet spayed or neutered on Spay Day.

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