PAWS' Dogs Need Toys
running low on our supply of toys for the shelter dogs at PAWS. If you
can help give them some comfort by bringing stuffed toys, squeaky toys
or chew toys (no rawhides, please) to PAWS' shelter in Lynnwood, our
four-legged friends would most appreciate it! Directions to PAWS.
Do it for Love! Low-cost spay/ neuter surgeries available on Spay Day
Spay Day, February 28, 2006, PAWS is partnering with N.O.A.H., WAIF,
the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, and more than 35 veterinary
clinics to offer low cost spay and neuter surgeries in Snohomish,
Island, and Skagit counties. The goal of this annual, national effort
is to help end the overpopulation of homeless animals.
Take into consideration that every time a person is born in America, so
are 15 dogs and 45 cats—too many for the number of available homes.
Altering just one animal makes a difference. Spaying and neutering is
also a great way help our own animal friends live longer, healthier
lives. All are welcome to take advantage of this special one-day offer.
this year—the City of Lynnwood will waive pet license fees for city
residents whose pets are altered on Spay Day. Even if your own
companion animal is already fixed, you can help by encouraging your
friends and family to do the same for their animals. You can find
useful information about the benefits of spaying and neutering on PAWS'
spay and neuter resources webpage.
Low-cost fees for Spay Day 2006 are:
$30 for male or female cats and kittens
$40 for male or female dogs and puppies
There may be additional charges for animals who require vaccinations,
are overweight, geriatric, in heat or have other medical conditions.
Speak to clinic staff where you make your appointment for details. Click here for a list of participating clinics or call 425/787-2500, ext. 671.
you to all our veterinary partners who not only offer low-cost
surgeries on Spay Day, but provide assistance throughout the year to
animals in need at PAWS.
Inspired by a young person’s work to help animals?
sure to nominate them for the inaugural Youth Helping Animals award,
created to recognize outstanding dedication and service to animals. The
deadline for nominations is February 13, 2006, and
nominations may come from any community member. The recipient will be
formally presented with the award at PAWS’ Wild Night gala on Saturday,
March 11, 2006, and also recognized on the PAWS Kids Website and in PAWS magazine. Download guidelines and nomination form.
Wintry weather brings injured seabirds to PAWS
month, PAWS received more than 60 grebes found beached in Ocean Shores.
The birds were suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, lack of food and
other injuries after the rough winter storms. Although not an uncommon
occurrence, this influx put a big strain on the resources and people at
Grebes and other seabirds are not built for maneuvering on land. Once
beached and weakened, the birds’ feathers accumulate sand and debris,
damaging the waterproofing and insulating properties that protect the
birds. As long as they remain on land, they are unable to forage,
escape danger or properly preen to restore their waterproofing. Without
help, many succumb to hypothermia, dehydration or starvation.
more than month, PAWS staff and volunteers worked overtime to medicate,
feed and monitor the grebes. Daily, we used gallons of water and so
much electricity on special dryers and heaters to keep the birds warm,
that circuits regularly overloaded.
of the birds were so sick, PAWS was not able to help them, but a few of
the strong survived. Happily, some are already released and others are
going back to the wild later this month. Please consider a special
donation to help cover the costs of caring for these seabirds and other
injured wildlife like them, by making a donation online.
all the seabirds PAWS cared for were in need of assistance, sometimes
seabirds on beaches do not need help. Before attempting to rescue birds
or any other wild animal that might be injured, please call PAWS at
425.787.2500, ext. 817.
Lessons well learned
you tell your puppy to sit, does she look confused? Ever wondered what
your dog might be thinking? Here is your chance for you and your canine
friend to figure each other out. Starting in March, PAWS will offer
basic obedience classes for puppies 12 to 20 weeks old and dogs five
months and older (two separate classes for these age groups). The fee
for the six-week session is $100.
addition, PAWS will also offer Puppy Club, a great way for your pup
(aged 2 to 4 months) to gain crucial socialization skills in a
supervised environment, while getting in some good playtime. Puppy Club
will be every Sunday at noon from May through September. Each 40-minute
drop-in session is $10 and after you attend five sessions the sixth is
Click here for more information on all the dog training classes PAWS offers or call 425.787.2500, ext. 820 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t let your house be a home for wildlife
spring approaches and the mating season kicks into gear, wildlife moms
and dads look for warm places to raise their babies. To prevent wild
animals from making your house a home, make repairs sooner rather than
holes and cracks in and around your house foundation. You'd be
surprised what animals can fit through. Check under the eaves, along
the roofline, and in the attic for openings. Replace loose shingles on
- Prevent entry through chimneys and vents by installing screens. Keep dampers closed when fireplace is not in use.
branches that hang over your house. To prevent animals from climbing
trees to access windows and roofs, remove lower branches and wrap metal
cylinders around the trunk at least three feet from the ground.
- If you have a pet door, keep it closed at night.
wild animals have already taken up residence in or under your house,
wait until they leave and then seal their access. During spring and
summer—prime mating season—assume there are babies present and be
careful not to separate parents from their young. If possible, wait
until the family is old enough to move out.
you cannot wait for animals to leave on their own, make their
surroundings less inviting. Turn on a bright, flashing light and leave
a radio show playing near their den site. Many animals are sensitive to
smell, so deter them with mothballs or ammonia-soaked rags. Deploy as
many deterrents as possible at the first sign of problems, but do not
use these methods when babies are present.
animals such as bats should be closed out while they are active at
night, whereas squirrels, for example, can be excluded during the day.
Set up a one-way door or stretch a piece of plastic across the
entrance. Use extreme caution to avoid trapping infants inside as they
will be unable to use the one-way door and their mothers cannot return
for them. Only when you are certain that there are no animals,
including babies, left inside, close the opening permanently.
trapping and relocating wildlife does not solve human-wildlife
conflicts and is, at-best, a short-term solution. Trapping separates
mothers from babies resulting in death of the young left behind and
other animals will take their place in your home unless the conditions
that attracted the animals in the first place are corrected.
For additional assistance on humanely solving wildlife conflicts, call PAWS at 425.787.2500, ext. 817 or refer to fact sheets about specific wild animal species.
Katrina cats adopted!
months of trauma and uncertainty, all four cats in PAWS' care who were
rescued after Hurricane Katrina have found new, loving homes. With the
efforts of PAWS' staff, volunteers and friends in the community, we
were able to give these cats the attention and care they needed and
who was the oldest and weakest when he first arrived at PAWS, is
pictured here with his new person, Elizabeth. Despite her raging
allergies, Elizabeth loves that Morris snuggles under her chin every
night at bedtime.
To continue to help homeless animals like these Katrina cats, please donate today.
Food you can feel good about
2006 is just around the corner on March 11 and 12, at the Seattle
Center Exhibition Hall (a bigger venue this year). This annual, fun
vegetarian festival is presented by Vegetarians of Washington,
sponsored in part by PAWS, to celebrate and promote a healthy, animal
and environmentally friendly lifestyle. There will be nutrition
presentations, cooking demonstrations, books for sale and author
signings, kids' activities, and thousands of free vegetarian food
samples from over 150 companies. Stop by the PAWS booth while you are
there. For more information visit www.vegfest2006.org.
order to run such a large event, organizers need hundreds of volunteers
to lend a hand. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to volunteer!
Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and free admission to the event.
To volunteer for Vegfest, visit www.vegofwa.org/vegfest/volunteer.html to complete a volunteer application form, or call 206.706.2635.