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Lynnwood WA, 98046

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15305 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98087

                                                                                                   September 2005

Last chance to join PAWSwalk
It's less than a week until this big event on Saturday, September 10th at Seattle's Magnuson Park. There is still time to register and collect pledges online at www.pawswalk.net. You can also avoid the Saturday morning rush by registering onsite or checking in if you have already registered, on Friday, September 9th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Magnuson Park.

If you raise $50 or more in donations (excluding your registration fee) you will receive a PAWSwalk t-shirt and for raising $250 or more, a PAWS logo sweatshirt. The top pledge collectors will also receive some fabulous prize packages including a naturalist-guided tour of the Puget Sound on a historic schooner, or a two-night stay for two humans and one dog at the Seattle W Hotel.

The animals thank you! See you there!

As summer ends, birds fly
Since the beginning of this year, PAWS has cared for more than 800 wild baby birds, with the bulk of them being cared for in the summer months by our bird nursery caretaker volunteers! As the summer winds down, the bird nursery has significantly quieted and most of the birds we raised have been released back into the wild.

Now is the time of year that many wild birds begin their fall migration. Many species of songbirds, swifts and birds of prey will travel long distances to southern wintering grounds in Mexico and South America. Other species will travel relatively short distances from the higher elevations of the Cascades and Olympics to the lowlands surrounding them. No matter how long their journey, all of them will face the challenge of maneuvering safely through human development to their destination.

One of the most common causes of injury for migrating birds received by PAWS is the collision with a window. Birds who see a reflection of the sky or vegetation in the window, think there is a clear path. They often fly into the window, which results in broken wings, head trauma or attacks by cats or dogs after falling to the ground. You can help prevent these injuries, by adding decals to or hanging wind socks in front of windows-anything that helps minimize the reflection. For more information on what to do if you find an injured bird or other wild animal call the PAWS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at 425/787-2500, ext. 817.

Animal welfare concerns expressed to federal congressmen
Last month, staffers for congressmen Rick Larsen and Jay Inslee initiated a meeting with PAWS to discuss animal welfare issues and legislation we are supporting or interested in. Among other things, PAWS' directors expressed our support of the Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS) (not named after us nor created by us) which increases regulation of commercial breeding of dogs and cats. (Learn more at www.hsus.org/pets/pets_related_news_and_events/paws.html.) We also expressed the need for more open space for wild animals in Washington or at the very least, responsible development so wildlife can readily survive among humans. We were encouraged and inspired to see our federal representatives take an active interest in animal welfare issues.

PAWS for a Bite restaurants
We already have nine restaurants that have generously agreed to be part of PAWS for a Bite on 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! Stay tuned to the PAWS website for more information. The establishments so far are:

Addis Café
1224 E. Jefferson St, Seattle
206/325-7805

Agua Verde
1303 N.E. Boat St., Seattle
206/545-8570

Amici Bistro
8004 Mukilteo Speedway, Mukilteo
425/438-9544

Chaco Canyon Café
4761 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle
206/522.6966
Stumbling Goat
6722 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle
206/784-3535

Dish
4358 Leary Way NW, Seattle
206/782-9985

Carmelita
7314 Greenwood Ave. N, Seattle
206/706-7703

Crow
823 Fifth Ave. N, Seattle
206/283-8800

Cat City adoptions
PAWS' satellite adoption center, Cat City, located in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood, still proves to be a hub for people looking for feline friends. Since the beginning of 2005, 553 cats and kittens have found new homes through Cat City. With its neighborhood setting, relaxed, home-like environment and cats roaming free of cages, potential adopters are able to interact with them in a bright, comfortable atmosphere. Since Cat City opened in 1997, it has been a great way to give a second chance to many of the approximately 2,400 cats PAWS receives each year.

Hurricane Katrina assistance
Many have asked PAWS how they can help animals who have been displaced, injured or lost due to the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina in the southern part of the country.

As a regional organization based in the Pacific Northwest, PAWS admires and endorses the work of all the national and locally-based animal welfare organizations that have the on-site presence and infrastructure to effectively come to the aid of those in need. In recognition and support of their rescue and recovery efforts, a donation barrel at the upcoming PAWSwalk - taking place Saturday, September 10 - will be dedicated to hurricane relief efforts. We deeply appreciate your concern for all the animals.

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A Northwest leader in protecting animals since 1967, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shelters homeless animals, rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, and empowers people to demonstrate compassion and respect for animals in their daily lives.