February 2005

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PO Box 1037
Lynnwood WA, 98046

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15305 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98037

Spay or Neuter Your Animal Friend at a Discounted Rate on Spay Day
On February 22nd, as part of the national Spay Day campaign, PAWS and more than 35 veterinary clinics and local animal organizations in Snohomish, Island, and Skagit counties will offer low cost spay and neuter surgeries. This annual community effort is more than just an event, but an important step in helping end the overpopulation of unwanted and homeless animals in our community.

For instance, one single female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years and one single female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 dogs in six years. This amounts to many more animals than there are homes available. Thousands of animals would be saved if just one dog and one cat were altered. And not only is spaying and neutering good for the community, but it's a great way help our own animal friends live longer, healthier lives.

Spay Day is open to anyone, regardless of income level, who wants to have their dog or cat spayed or neutered. Even if your own companion animal is already fixed, you can help end overpopulation by encouraging your friends and family to do the same for their animals. You can find great information to share with them about the benefits of spaying and neutering on the PAWS Spay and Neuter Resources webpage.

The following are the fees for Spay Day:
$30 - male or female cat or kitten
$30 - male dog or puppy
$40 - female dog or puppy

Please note that additional charges may apply for animals that require vaccinations, are overweight, geriatric, in heat or have other medical conditions.

Can't make the February 22nd date? Some clinics are offering low-cost spay neuter appointments on other dates. Be sure to ask. Click here for a list of participating clinics for Spay Day or call (425) 787-2500, Ext. 671.

Learn More about Humane Education
Don't forget to sign up for the Sowing Seeds Humane Education Workshop, February 12th and 13th in Seattle, co-sponsored by PAWS and Pasado's Safe Haven. The workshop is presented by the International Institute for Humane Education (IIHE), which created the first humane education training and certificate program in the U.S. Sowing Seeds offers teachers, activists, educational administrators, humane educators, and parents the opportunity to learn new approaches for teaching about animal protection, environmental preservation, human rights, and cultural issues. For more information or to register, please visit www.iihed.org or email: sowingseeds@iihed.org.

What We Can Learn from a Spider
Every other week, Kevin Mack, the Naturalist in the PAWS Wildlife Department, shares a special account of his experiences with wildlife in the Wild Again e-newsletter. Some weeks you can read the moving tale of a majestic animal who, after receiving care in the Wildlife Center, returned home to the wild. Other editions give insight into the challenges and joys of working with injured, orphaned and displaced animals in the Center.

Each issue seems to move and inspire more and more readers, but last month, PAWS received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback for Kevin's story about his relationship with a resident spider. Read "The Choice."

Making Lifelong Matches All Year Long
Love comes in many forms, even in a wet nose and warm fur. Everyday, not just for Valentine's Day, PAWS plays the role of matchmaker by helping people find just the right animal for a lifetime of joy, friendship and love.

In 2004, PAWS matched nearly 3,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens with new loving families. This life-saving work would not have been possible without the support of individuals in our community who volunteered, adopted or donated to PAWS. Your donation today means that PAWS can continue to help a senior find companionship, help a young girl find a playmate or fill a void for a family who loves animals. Read about some of the wonderful love connections made through PAWS on the Animal Tales page. If you have a story to share about a great match with your companion animal, we want to hear it! (Details are on the Animal Tales page.)

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