PAWS cares for cats displaced by Hurricane Katrina
Last month, PAWS received four cats rescued in the Gulf Coast who were
previously cared for at the Oregon Humane Society. All are being treated for
upper respiratory infection and were quarantined for 10 days to monitor for
other health issues. Currently, they are in foster homes to recuperate until
they are available for adoption on December 16 th. Their photos and descriptions
have been posted on Petfinder.com, giving their families the opportunity to
Two of the cats, Morris, an orange tabby who is approximately 14 years old,
and Joanie, a grey and white older cat with a bobbed tail, are being monitored
closely. Both spent time in the emergency vet clinic on arrival, seriously
weakened by their ordeal. Morris was found by a neighbor in the New Orleans
area where, sadly, his feline sibling had already died. His is the only
story we know.
The other two, Mandy, a shy and sweet black and white cat, approximately
seven years old, and Gemini, a unique brown tabby who has some Abyssinian
traits and is approximately three years old, are doing well. All our new
charges are receiving excellent medical care and plenty of TLC to help them
feel comfortable so far from home.
PAWS is taking up to six adoption applications for each cat. You can
download an application
and bring it in person to Cat City in Seattle or to our main shelter in Lynnwood
(click here for directions
to both locations) to meet with an adoption counselor. People will be notified if they are
selected and PAWS will arrange a visit with the cats.
Please remember, these four cats need homes, but so do the many other
cats and dogs that enter PAWS every day. Consider giving one of them a second chance and
freeing up space in our shelter for more animals in need.
Even if you are not currently looking to bring home a new animal companion, you can help.
PAWS urgently needs help to cover the costs of these cats’ medical expenses and the
thousands of animals like them we care for each year.
Please make a donation
today online, or call 425.787.2500, ext.255. For all the animals in our care, thank you.
Special thanks also to the Humane Society for Seattle/King County for coordinating the
transportation and transfer of animals displaced by Hurricane Katrina to our area.
PAWS for a Bite
It was a fabulous night of fine food and fundraising for animals at PAWS. Thank you
to everyone for dining out on October 18th for PAWS for a Bite. Please join PAWS in
thanking our partner restaurants for participating in this annual event. Keep the following
list handy and be sure to visit these restaurants year-round, to show you appreciate their
support of PAWS. Stay tuned for the grand total raised in December's newsletter.
Bring 'em home for the holidays
More families bring companion animals into their lives during the holidays than any
other time of year. That's why PAWS is joining thousands of other shelters across the
country for "Home 4 the Holidays." Between November 7, 2005 and January
2, 2006, PAWS' goal is to place at least 500 homeless dogs and cats into new loving
homes, offering adoption fee discounts on featured animals. So instead of buying your
next friend from a pet store or breeder, adopt from PAWS and give a homeless animal
the second chance she deserves. Give her a home for the holidays! Click here for more information on adopting
and to see some wonderful animals looking for a place to call home.
Dust off those pruning shears
In a previous edition of People Helping Animals, we cautioned you about cutting
down or trimming trees during the early spring through early fall, the height of
nesting season for many wild animals. (Read the March 2005 edition)
Now that leaves are turning color, it's a good time to safely trim those branches.
Your chances of finding an active nest from now until early January are pretty slim,
but always check first. However, do consider leaving that old, dead tree on your property.
Snags provide essential, year-round shelter for cavity dwellers like flying squirrels,
small owls, and some woodpeckers. For more information call the PAWS Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center at 425.787.2500 x817.
Northern Saw-whet Owl |
(photo by Paul Bannick)
Appreciate your local shelter!
During the week of November 6 - 12, PAWS is joining the Humane Society of the
United States (HSUS) to celebrate National Shelter Appreciation Week. Animal shelters
play a vital role in maintaining the health and safety of the local community while they
advocate and care for many kinds of animals. Did you know that PAWS…
- Makes approximately 3,000 loving matches between people and homeless dogs
and cats, and reunites another 375 lost animals with their families every year?
- Provides training classes and a free behavior helpline to strengthen the bond
between people and their pets, thus keeping more animals in their homes?
- Has cared for more than 91,000 wild animals representing over 240 species since 1981?
- Serves as the first-responder in Washington state in caring for affected wildlife
in the event of an oil spill?
- Has reached more than 3,000 children in the last year, with messages of
responsible pet care, respect for wildlife, and treating all animals with kindness?
- Assists the public in finding humane ways for solving human/wildlife
conflicts in their communities?
- Advocates for animal and environmentally-friendly legislation to defend
and protect the wild and companion animals with whom we share our lives?
If you'd like to be part of PAWS' work, volunteer, attend a special event, adopt
your next companion animal, donate supplies or money and tell a friend.
To get started, visit our website at www.paws.org.
Have an animal-friendly holiday feast
According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, it's estimated
that 256 million turkeys will be raised for food this year. Most of them will
likely have spent their lives in cruel, deplorable conditions in factory farms.
This holiday season, shake things up by serving up a delicious vegetarian meal
instead. There are several tasty meat substitutes available in local grocery
stores. Cook these up as you would with your favorite traditional recipes and
try the following sides as a complement. Delicious!
Stuffing for Turkeyless Turkey
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms chopped
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cup water
- 3 tsp "chicken" flavored broth powder (vegan item available in many natural food stores) or vegetable broth powder
- 1 1/2 loaves bread cubed
- 1/2 apple cut into small cubes
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 1 teaspoon sage
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Slice bread into small cubes. Sauté oil, onions, celery and mushrooms until onions are
transparent. During last few minutes of sautéing, add sage, marjoram, thyme, salt and
pepper. Add "chicken" flavored broth powder to water and mix well. Combine all ingredients
and toss well. Put in baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- 1/2 pound mushrooms
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (brewers yeast) flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1/4 cup soy butter
- 1/2 cup white flour
- 3/8 tsp onion powder
Sauté mushrooms in soy butter until soft. Mix yeast, flour, salt and
onion powder. Blend water into dry ingredients until smooth. Heat on low
until thick, stirring constantly. Cook one more minute. Add mushrooms to the
mixture and stir to blend. Taste. Add extra salt or onion powder if desired.
Makes about 3 cups.
For more great vegetarian recipes check out the Vegetarians of Washington's
website at www.vegofwa.org.
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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.