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PAWS Mailing Address:
PO Box 1037
Lynnwood WA, 98046

PAWS Street Address:
15305 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98087

                                                                                                       July 2005

Walk for animals at PAWSwalk this September
Join thousands of people with hearts and soles on Saturday, September 10th for this year's PAWSwalk - presented by 98.9 Smooth Jazz KWJZ - to raise money and support the programs and services at PAWS. The animals need your help!

You don't have to have a canine best friend to pull you along. Walk in honor of your cat, horse, rabbit or perhaps a wild animal. Gather your friends, family, coworkers, book club or softball team to raise money for animals in need. Afterward, enjoy vendor booths, refreshments, and unique entertainment.

Register today and start collecting pledges online at www.pawswalk.net. Personalize your pledge website and send emails to your friends and associates, asking for their support. Not web savvy? Call 425.787.2500, ext. 833 to register and receive your walker's kit with pledge forms, complete instructions and tips for collecting pledges.

Registration begins at 8 am, the walk starts at 10 am and the celebration runs until 1 pm. Registration is $20 before the event, $25 the day of. Kids 12 and under are free with a registered adult. Every walker receives a PAWSwalk bandana. To receive a t-shirt, walkers must bring $50 in donations (registration fee not included) and for $250 they receive a PAWS hooded sweatshirt. Social, leashed dogs are welcome on the walk. They must be current on vaccinations, over four months old, friendly to people and other dogs, and not in heat.

Help us spread the word about this event by forwarding this email. The more the merrier to celebrate helping animals!

Seattle Foundation supports PAWS Cat City
Cats Rule! And the Seattle Foundation agrees. On June 17th, PAWS received a $15,000 grant for our operations at Cat City --our largest donation thus far from the Seattle Foundation. Thanks to their generous gift, we can continue to provide exceptional care for homeless cats and kittens awaiting adoption at Cat City. Thank you Seattle Foundation!

Do wildlife babies need your help?
Before you decide to rescue young wild animals you find on a hike, in your backyard or on the side of a road, make sure they really need your help. This time of year, deer - as well as cottontail rabbits and other animals - leave their babies alone for extended periods while they forage for food. In addition, there are lots of fledgling songbirds awkwardly hopping around learning to fly and fend for themselves. Currently, PAWS is caring for five deer fawns in our Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and do not have room for any more. At least three of them were accidentally "kidnapped" by well-meaning people who didn't realize they didn't need human assistance. Although they are receiving excellent care at PAWS, their mothers would have done a much better job at raising them.

If you find a baby animal and are not sure if he needs help, call PAWS' Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at 425/787-2500, ext. 817 or use the interactive guide on what to do if you find a baby animal on our website at www.paws.org/wildlife/injured/. And please share this information with your friends and family!

How can you say no to these faces?
These are just two of the kitten cuties waiting for foster care right now at PAWS. Hundreds of kittens continue to stream into PAWS, and they need your help. This is the season when PAWS' foster care room fills up quickly and foster parents are called on to provide temporary care for these little fuzzy bodies.

Many just need a little care, attention and socialization, while other kittens require more intensive nurturing, including bottle-feeding. Some adult animals could also use some time to recover from illnesses in a home environment. All you need is a love for animals, a little time and a suitable space, like an extra bathroom. Contact PAWS' Foster Care Coordinator Jennifer Westfall at JenniferW@paws.org or 425/787-2500, ext. 822 to learn more. How can you say no to these faces?

Kids Who Care
Thanks to the dedicated PAWS humane education team, hundreds of school-aged kids will have a safer, more enjoyable summer when it comes to animals. During the spring session of the Kids Who Care program, volunteers and staff visited 12 classrooms in Everett, Mukilteo, Edmonds, and Shoreline School districts. We reached 300 children with 72 in-depth lessons on responsible companion animal care, peaceful co-existence with wildlife, and empathy for farm animals. And this is just one fraction of the humane education efforts at PAWS - during the month of May alone, 62 programs were delivered, reaching almost 800 kids! Learn more about PAWS humane education programs.

New digs for raccoons at PAWS
After two years of raising necessary funds, laying the foundation and assembling the parts, two of the four new raccoon cages in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center are up and running. Last week, a group of juvenile raccoons, ready to move on from the mammal nursery, christened the new pre-release conditioning enclosures. They tried out the raccoon hammocks, tested the branches and took advantage of the space.

Housing the raccoons in four separate units instead of one large one, will allow PAWS to better manage different age groups of raccoons and minimize disease transmission. The cages are made of metal and therefore can be flame-sterilized after raccoons are released, the only way to kill the roundworm that many raccoons carry. In addition, the concrete floors are equipped with a drainage system that leads directly to the sewer and the water treatment plant.

While the current raccoon guests prepare for their future release back to the wild, staff and volunteers are diligently working on completing the construction of the last two enclosures. Thanks to the many individuals who helped make these improvements possible through gifts of time, money and supplies. At PAWS, we continue to strive to provide the highest standard of care for wildlife patients in need.

Bear release video now available
Video of the releases of three bears featured in last month's newsletter is now available. The two females were released 35 miles apart in the Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest and the male was released deep in the Cedar River Watershed. They had been brought in separately and spent the winter socializing with each other and gaining weight. PAWS has successfully rehabilitated and released 39 bears since the founding of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 1981. Watch it now!




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