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PO Box 1037
Lynnwood WA, 98046

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15305 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98087

July 2006  

Come bark in the park!

Meet hundreds of dogs and thousands of people at Seattle’s Sandpoint Magnuson Park for the 15th Annual PAWSwalk on Saturday, September 9, 2006 presented by 98.9 Smooth Jazz KWJZ and Pacific Ridge Homes.

Registering online for PAWSwalk is fast, easy, and guaranteed to make your fundraising more fun and successful. When you register, a personal Web page will be created and you'll be able to send e-mails asking your friends and family for donations at the click of a button.

Gather your friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors to form a team to raise money for animals in need. And remember you don't have to have a canine pal to pull you along – you can walk in honor of your cat, rabbit or your favorite wild animal. After the healthy 5K walk, enjoy animal-friendly shopping, refreshments, canine agility demonstrations, tips on coexisting with wildlife, and our expanded Kid’s Zone. Don’t delay, join in the fun and register for PAWSwalk today!

Beware of “bombs bursting in air..”

For the Fourth of July, one of the most frightening days of the year for many companion animals, help keep your pets from becoming lost by outfitting them with collars and updated identification tags and getting them a microchip (a permanent form of ID). A secure collar with an identification tag is most helpful, as anyone who finds your lost animal can contact you directly instead of taking the animal to a shelter.

Here are other ways to help minimize animals' stress and risk of becoming lost during this noisy holiday:

  • Keep animals indoors and provide them with a “safety spot" with their favorite toys and bedding.
  • Turn on music or the television to help mask the commotion outside.
  • Stay with your animal as much as possible. If your companion animal suffers from serious noise anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about anxiety-reducing medication.
  • If your animal gets lost, check your area shelters right away and at least every other day until you find him. File a lost report at the shelters, post flyers in your neighborhood and check local veterinary clinics. Have pictures of your animals handy to help you during the search.

The celebration of Independence Day is not only disturbing to companion animals, but to many wild animals, as well. If you see anyone accidentally or intentionally endangering a wild animal with fireworks, please call your local law enforcement immediately.

Found a fledgling?

This time of year fledglings—the teenagers of the bird world—hop around on the ground, following mom and dad, still begging for food. They are not yet ready to go out on their own, but gradually exploring more and learning to fly. Fledglings are usually the same size as their parents, so they may be difficult to discern from the adults. If you look closely, you may see that they have shorter tail feathers, patches of down, blue eyes (in the case of crow fledglings), or other differences. You may also notice they seem awkward and gangly compared to their sleeker parents, and appear to have a difficult time flying and landing. A fledgling is usually less wary of danger, and may be easier to approach than an adult bird.

Although fledglings are often not quite savvy enough to fully avoid danger, if you see them on your property, don’t assume they need rescuing. Keep an eye out for the parents who are likely nearby. In addition, keep companion animals confined and away from the area. Politely ask neighbors to do the same. If you’ve found a bird you suspect is injured or needs help, call PAWS at 425.787.2500, ext. 817.

Calling all kids

PAWS needs kids aged 9-12 years old to help us commemorate National Homeless Animals Day this August 19th, by joining us at our second Kid’s Day of 2006. Back by popular demand, Kid’s Day is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids and their parents or guardians will get an inside look at PAWS, learn about the wild and companion animals we care for, and take part in a service project to help them. This is not a drop-in event, but a half-day of scheduled projects and tours. There are only 12 spots available, so RSVP’s are required in order to participate. Please contact Julie Stonefelt to RSVP or to find out more 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.

Out and about with PAWS

In your travels around the Puget Sound, be sure to stop by to support PAWS at these upcoming events:

July 15 — Portage Creek Wildlife Area Discovery Day, 10 am to 2 pm. Discover this Arlington park with the guidance of a variety of specialists to learn about nature drawing, area history, native plants, wildlife and more. For more information call 425.388.6616.

July 22 — Washington Trails Association’s Trailsfest, 9 am to 4 pm. This outdoor extravaganza at Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend features classes and hands-on activities for everyone—from kids and families, to novice adventurers and experienced hikers. Learn more at www.trailsfest.org.

August 1 — Brier Night Out, 6 pm to 8:30 pm. This celebration to keep crime out of neighborhoods will include several community organizations and agencies. For more information visit Brier’s website.

August 1 — Author Emily Scott Potruck’s signing event of her book “Tails of Devotion,” 5 pm to 6 pm. Emily will be signing and selling her book at the Alexis Hotel in Seattle, and 50 % of book sales during the event will go to PAWS. Learn more at http://www.tailsofdevotion.com.

August 2 — Another “Tails of Devotion” book signing event to benefit PAWS at Starbucks Headquarters in Seattle, 11:30 am.

August 5 — PAWS animals available for adoption at the Old Mill Town in Edmonds at 201 5 th Ave S (5 th and Maple) , 11 am to 5 pm. Email programs@paws.org or call 425.787.2500, ext. 820 for more information.

PAWS inspires a new career with animals

Through a partnership with the Delta Society (a national Bellevue-based service and therapy animal organization) a group of Japanese scholars come to tour PAWS every spring. Their goal is to learn more about how shelters in the United States run and take those ideas back to Japan.

This summer, PAWS has been lucky to have one of these friends from across the world, Yumi Oeda, volunteer with us almost every day for the past few weeks. Work with animals is a new path for Yumi, whose background is in social work. But in her vocation with humans, she discovered animal-assisted therapy and decided to explore the field more. That’s how she connected with the Delta Society.

“At first my interest was just in animal-assisted therapy,” said Yumi. “But when we toured PAWS, I realized how important animal welfare was.”

At first Yumi worked only with the cats in the cat room. With her hard work and dedication, PAWS staff soon began asking her to help in many other areas of the shelter—from walking dogs to answering some questions from the public. She loves learning about and helping with whatever she can.

“What I really like about PAWS is the attention staff and volunteers give to the animals,” said Yumi. “If the dogs or cats seem stressed, they do whatever they can to help make them more comfortable.”

Yumi will be at PAWS for another two weeks, then she must return to Japan, where she plans to take more classes on animal-assisted therapy and hopes to start her career working with animals. As for PAWS, we wish Yumi could stay indefinitely. She’s been a very good friend both to the people and animals here. Thank you Yumi, we’ll miss you!

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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.