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PO Box 1037
Lynnwood WA, 98046

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15305 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98087

                                                                                                       August 2005

Do the PAWSwalk!
There are only five more weeks until PAWSwalk on Saturday, September 10th at Seattle's Magnuson Park! The walk is PAWS' biggest fundraiser and dollars raised help save lives throughout the year. Join us by registering for the walk, collecting pledges and telling friends, family and coworkers about the event.

You don't have to have a canine friend to pull you along. Walk in honor of your cat, horse, rabbit or perhaps a wild animal. Afterward, enjoy vendor booths, vegetarian food, kids activities, doggie massage, an agility course and more.

Register today at 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 8:00 am, the walk starts at 10:00 am and the celebration runs until 1:00 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.

We also need lots of volunteers to help run the event. If you are interested, please contact Mary Leake Schilder at or 425.787.2500, ext. 270.

Home sweet home
Earlier this summer, PAWS took in a litter of 12 pit bull terrier puppies that firefighters found when responding to an apartment fire in Everett. The puppies, all 12 living on top of each other in a crate, were malnourished and covered in fleas and filth. At PAWS, they received good food, medical care, much-needed baths and love. A few went to partner rescue groups and the others were adopted from PAWS after spending time in foster care. One of them, Stuart, went home with Bill and Marsha Hackett.

"He sleeps with us at night," noted Bill. "There's just no other way of doing it. In fact, I woke up this morning with his feet in my mouth."

Stuart joined three rescued Cockatoos as part of the Hackett animal clan. In fact, he and one of the birds named Mr. Whispers have become buddies. Stuart plays with Mr. Whispers' tail and Mr. Whispers stands on Stuart's back, massaging him with his feet.

"Stuart has made such a difference in our house," said Bill. "It's hard not to become infected with his playfulness and affection. He's a happy, happy dog."

We, at PAWS, are happy too, that we were able to help Stuart and his littermates find their forever homes after such a traumatic start to their young lives.

What's in Wildlife?
Last month, eight orphaned Vaux Swifts were admitted to PAWS' Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Seattle Animal Control brought six of them in and citizens found the other two after they had apparently fallen from their chimney nests in Olympia and Snohomish.

These small, fascinating birds spend most of their time in the air, foraging, gathering nesting materials and even mating. In addition, they cannot perch like other birds. Instead, they cling to vertical surfaces, like chimneys or the inside of hollow trees. To provide for their needs, PAWS' talented wildlife facilities caretaker created a fake wooden chimney, lined with carpet to which the fledglings can cling (see the photo).

Volunteers and staff feed the young Vaux Swifts every 30 minutes from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (along with the many other baby birds in our care). They are getting stronger and bigger every day. In just a few more weeks, when they old enough and can forage on their own, they will be returned to the wild places from which they came.

E-Greetings from PAWS!
Imagine the heartwarming feeling your friend or family member will have after opening a personalized e-greeting from you featuring a breathtaking photo of a PAWS animal. PAWS greeting cards are back and better than ever, featuring animals saved by PAWS. Send an e-card today!

All Dogs Day
Come visit PAWS at All Dogs Day on August 20th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Camp Charlie Off Leash Park in Duvall. This is an event for dog lovers and their canine friends in honor of National Homeless Animals Day, bringing together the community for an afternoon of fun with dog rescues and dog oriented businesses. There will be fun activities and competitions for our canine friends. Just $10 per family and the proceeds are given to participating non-profit dog rescue organizations. Visit and click on "Location" for directions. PAWS will be there with adoptable dogs and information about our services to share with the community. For more information, please contact

Is your puppy driving you crazy?
Looking for a training class for your pup? PAWS now offers a Puppy Basic obedience class for those darlings 12 to 20 weeks old. Puppies and their people will learn all the basic skills needed for a well-rounded companion. One-hour classes start on August 16th and run until September 27th (with one week off)- 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The fee for the class is $100. To sign up and for more information, email or call 425/787-2500, ext. 820.

Dine out to help animals
Save the date for this year's PAWS for a Bite, Tuesday, October 18th. On this night, animal lovers can dine out at great Seattle area restaurants and support animals in need at the same time! Participating establishments will donate a percentage of that evening's profits to PAWS. Check at the end of the month for the latest details and list of restaurants.

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