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April 2006  

It’s for the birds

Join PAWS for this year's Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds May 12 and 13, featuring expert speakers (including PAWS staff Kevin Mack, naturalist and Candy Brown, bird care supervisor), guided outdoor birding walks, special field trips by bus and boat, workshops, and children’s activities. Coinciding with International Migratory Bird Day, the festival marks an ideal time for viewing over 200 species of wild birds identified in Edmonds. There's something for the beginning birder and nature enthusiast, as well as for advanced ornithologists. Most activities are free, some are by suggested donation. Visit www.pugetsoundbirdfest.com for updated information and schedule of events.

Calling all kids!

PAWS Kid's Day is coming up on Saturday, May 6. This once-a-year spring event is for kids ages 10-13 to get an inside look at PAWS, learn about the wild and companion animals PAWS cares for, and take part in a service project to help them. For more information parents, guardians or group leaders can contact Julie Stonefelt at 425.787.2500, ext. 258 or education@paws.org. Please note: Kid's Day participants will be able to visit dogs and cats during their activities, but will not have direct contact with any animals in PAWS' care during the event.

Volunteers—the people helping animals

April 24 marks the beginning of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and PAWS honors and acknowledges our incredible community of volunteers who help make our work possible. Over 1,000 volunteers performed over 50,000 hours of service in 2005, and 2006 is already off to an incredible start. Whether they foster animals in their homes, hand-feed orphaned songbirds, deliver messages of compassion to school children, give dogs much-needed exercise, or counsel guardians on cat behavior, PAWS volunteers are critical to our success. To each and every volunteer, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your service to PAWS and to the animals! Find out more about becoming a PAWS volunteer.

Wild Night to remember

More than 330 friends of animals gathered in March at W Seattle for Wild Night: A Gala Celebration for PAWS. And what a celebration it was! Guests sipped the Wild Night signature cocktail—the PAWSmopolitan—while browsing an array of silent auction items to the cool sounds of the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble.

After an animal-friendly banquet, the pace picked up with Emmy award-winning emcee Christine Chen, of Q13 FOX News @ Ten, and auctioneer Howard Choder. The bidding was fast and furious as guests vied for unique items such as an instant wine cellar of 80 fine vintages and the opportunity to feature their pet in the PAWS 2007 calendar, photography by B. Sparks. There were tears of joy when more than $40,000 was generously donated in the Fund a Need —paying for four months of PAWS’ medical costs for the animals.

By the end of the evening, more than $160,000 was raised to support PAWS’ life-saving work —exceeding the event goal by more than $40,000! To our Wild Night sponsors, Honorary Event Chair Muriel Van Housen, table captains and their guests, auction donors, members of the PAWS board, and volunteers, a thousand thank yous.

PAWS Youth Helping Animals award

During Wild Night, the inaugural PAWS Youth Helping Animals award was presented to Catherine Hannan in special recognition of her leadership and compassion for animals. Last year, Catherine created an organization called Sun Puppies to host a fundraising walk to help dogs cared for by Rescue Every Dog, a support group for rural animal shelters . The walk raised $750 that paid for life-saving surgery for a puppy. Congratulations Catherine! Your dedication to animals is an inspiration to us all!

Snips save lives during Spay Day

In February, 412 spay and neuter surgeries were performed during the 12th annual Spay Day campaign, co-sponsored by PAWS and its shelter partners the N.O.A.H. Center, WAIF, and the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. 307 cats and 105 dogs were altered thanks to 42 veterinary clinics in Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties. Their efforts will save thousands of lives by preventing unwanted litters of kittens and puppies from being born in our local communities. If you or someone you know is seeking veterinary care, start by looking at our Spay Day veterinary partners as they are actively supporting a more humane community.

You can still do your part to help end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals by having your dog or cat altered today and encouraging your friends and family to do the same for their companion animals. Click here for a complete list of clinics that offer low-cost spay/neuter services year-round.

Things they are a-changin'

If you've been by the PAWS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center lately, you may have noticed the landscape in front looks a little more open. That's because PAWS is developing a new wildlife interpretive trail system to educate the public about wildlife rehabilitation, human-wildlife conflict resolutions, and native plant and animal species. This trail system will be a great way for PAWS' visitors to learn more about wildlife in their community and another opportunity to teach younger generations of animal lovers how to humanely coexist with wild animals. Stay tuned to the PAWS website and the email newsletters for updates.

Speak out for abused animals—it’s Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month

Mooie, the four-month old puppy who suffered terrible chemical burns in March, is a harsh reminder that animal cruelty is a reality right here in our own community (read about Mooie in PAWS Actionline). Friends of animals across the globe spoke out and made it known that violence against animals is unacceptable, and that we have a responsibility to find and prosecute perpetrators swiftly. We are proud of those who raised their voices for an innocent being who did not have one.

In honor of Prevention of Animal Cruelty month this April, do your part and remain vigilant, report animal cruelty, and educate others about what they can do to help an animal in need. Learn more about reporting animal cruelty. There are countless others like Mooie whose pain and suffering don’t make headlines. You can make a difference for an abused or neglected animal.

Looking for a new best friend?

You may not have to travel far from home to find the furry companion of your dreams. PAWS will be at two community locations with adoptable animals on Saturday, April 8. Dogs looking for new homes will be at the Aurora Village Petco located at 1271 North 205 th in Seattle from 11 am to 3 pm. Cats looking for new homes will be at the Mukilteo YMCA located at 10601 47 th Place West from 10 am to 1 pm. For more information email programs@paws.org. And don't forget, you can always visit PAWS shelter in Lynnwood or PAWS Cat City to meet more fabulous animals. New faces nearly every day!

"Make Mine Chocolate! ™"

Children are eagerly anticipating the surprises they'll receive this Easter. Perhaps one of their wishes is to have a real-life bunny. But do you know what it takes to properly care for a rabbit? Are you willing to make a life-long commitment to the rabbit knowing you, not your child, will ultimately be responsible?

Although rabbits can make wonderful companions, their needs and personalities are very different from dogs and cats. Each year bunnies are given at Easter and inevitably, for many the novelty soon wears off. These rabbits are then abandoned at shelters and sanctuaries, or worse, dumped in parks or on roads where they are attacked by predators, killed by cars or starve. This year, make the right decision for our rabbit friends and for your family, and make your Easter bunny a chocolate one. Click here for more information on rabbits or visit http://www.makeminechocolate.org.

 

 

All rights reserved. 2006 Progressive Animal Welfare Society

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.