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IN THIS ISSUE: Miles from Home | Watch for Babies in Your Yard | Meet Adoptable Cat Jenny
Oil Spill Disaster | Kids Spreading Kindness | Save the Date for PAWSwalk
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Miles from Home

When Mike Wong got the call that his cat was safe at PAWS, he was at the shelter within 10 minutes to pick up his lost friend. Herbie, an indoor-kitty, had been missing for 25 days after he slipped outside past a visitor. Someone who lives more than two miles away found the wayward orange tabby under her house.

Mike posted flyers all over his neighborhood, filed a lost report with PAWS and regularly checked in-person at PAWS. It was Herbie’s microchip that saved the day—again. This wasn’t the first time Herbie was found miles away. Relieved to have his companion home, Mike was shown once again that the one-time investment in that microchip was definitely worth it.

We believe that, too, that’s why each cat and dog adopted from PAWS is microchipped. If you pet doesn’t have one, talk to your veterinarian about getting one. And—most importantly—make sure your contact info is up-to-date with your local shelter and the national microchip registry. Learn more about microchips.
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Watch for Babies in your Yard

It’s natural this time of year to get the itch to clean up your yard and start fresh. But before you prune trees, cut back bushes, or clear brush piles, wait! They could be harboring a nest of newborns.

Most wild animal parents are in full-swing raising the newest generation of their species, so consider these points before you get busy cleaning:
  • Wait until fall to trim trees and clear brush piles when the young ones have left their nests.
  • If you can’t wait, thoroughly inspect for nests. Look carefully, as some nests are so small and well-camouflaged they are easy to miss (hummingbirds’, for example).
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Two fledgling Golden-crowned Kinglets at PAWS
  • If you knock down a nest, check the babies for injuries. If they’re okay, and the nest is intact, you can put it back on a secure branch. Make sure it’s well-covered from the sun and rain, and out of reach of pets. (It’s a myth that parents will abandon their babies if a human touches them.)
  • If the babies are hurt, follow PAWS’ guide on helping injured or orphaned wildlife. You can also find tips on creating a surrogate nest if the original one is destroyed.
  • If it’s safe, consider leaving the dead tree on your property. Dead trees are perfect habitat for many animals, such as woodpeckers and Flying Squirrels, and they’re getting harder to come by for wildlife who need them.
  • For questions about wildlife, call PAWS at 425.412.4040.

Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month - Meet Jenny!

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month here at PAWS when we celebrate cats and offer fantastic discounts on adoption fees, so now is the perfect time to adopt.

If you're in the market for a feline friend, Jenny might be the one for you. This four-year-old is bold and brave, always ready to charge into a new adventure. When she's in her kennel, she can be quite vocal, but tends to quiet down when she's out and about. She’s a fan of playtime and gets along great with the whole family, even kids.

Learn more about Jenny or meet some other wonderful cats looking for new homes.
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Oil Spill Disaster

We are deeply troubled, as you surely are, by the massive oil leak on the Gulf Coast. Many of our wildlife rehabilitation colleagues and friends are there helping seabirds, marine mammals and reptiles covered in thick, toxic crude oil.

As a wildlife rehabilitation center in Washington State permitted to rehabilitate oiled wildlife, we know how taxing it can be to help animals recover in even a small oil spill, let alone one of this magnitude—physically, financially and emotionally. Learn how you can volunteer and about other ways to help the organizations working in the Gulf Coast.
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PAWS' wildlife rehabilitators wash an oiled Canada Goose after an oil spill in Washington State in 2006.

Kids Spreading Kindness

The National Humane Education Society held a nation-wide contest asking kids to be humane educators and write essays or send in pictures based on this year’s theme: Companion Animal Overpopulation and the Importance of Spay/Neuter.

Four fourth graders from a classroom at the Seattle Jewish Community School, where PAWS’ humane educators visited for six weeks for our in-depth Kids Who Care program, entered essays and won! Read more about the winning entries.

We can’t tell you how proud we are to know that the kids we teach are now teachers themselves, helping to spread compassion and respect for animals far and wide. Congratulations!

Save the Date for PAWSwalk

Mark your calendars for this year’s PAWSwalk on the 11th of September. Surround yourself with dogs of all shapes and sizes and join more than a thousand other animals lovers like you for a beautiful walk in Seattle’s Magnuson Park. Stay tuned for more!

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