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August 2006  

Oh my deer—browse

At PAWS, we know it’s officially summer when we receive the first orphaned deer fawn in our wildlife rehabilitation center. This summer, we are caring for six deer fawns including a set of twins. By mid-October these deer will likely be ready for release back into the wild. But until then, their care presents one challenge: acquiring enough branches of fresh, nutritious leaves for them to graze, or “browse” on.

PAWS wildlife volunteer Leila Madge saw this need and made it her goal to fill it. As part of her 10-week volunteer internship this summer, Leila began researching tree cutting and landscaping services. Another wildlife volunteer, Stephen Gall, directed her to Seattle Tree Preservation Inc., an environmentally-minded tree cutting service that would be able to provide PAWS with pesticide-free tree branches (and they even own equipment which runs on diesel made from soybeans). Leila set up a twice weekly pickup schedule with the company: she drives a truckload of branches from Seattle to Lynnwood on Monday mornings, while Stephen covers Thursdays. The branches also supplement greenery for our aviaries, making PAWS’ songbirds feel at more at home while they recuperate.

With Leila’s departure, we could use an extra hand collecting branches and browse for the wild animals in our care during September and October. If you are interested, contact Wildlife Volunteer Program Manager Rebecca Mandell at rebeccam@paws.org or 425.787.2500, ext. 818.

Sign up for Kids Day

PAWS still has some spots open for the next Kids Day on Saturday, August 19, from 9:30 am to 1 pm. 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 and RSVP’s are required in order to participate. Please contact Julie Stonefelt to reserve your place 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.

Put your best paw forward at PAWSwalk!

There are just four weeks until the 15 th annual PAWSwalk on Saturday, September 9 at Seattle's Magnuson Park, presented by 98.9 Smooth Jazz KWJZ and Pacific Ridge Homes.

PAWSwalk is one of our biggest fundraising events each year, and proceeds help us care for the thousands of injured, orphaned and homeless animals who need our help. Register today and join us by collecting pledges and telling friends, family and coworkers about the event, and all the animals whose lives they will help save through their support.

Online registration is easy at www.PAWSwalk.net. After you’ve filled out a simple form, you’ll receive a customizable web page from which you can send e-mails asking your friends for support at the click of a button. If you need help or would like to register over the phone or by mail, call our PAWSwalk team at 425.787.2500, ext. 833.

On the day of the event, check-in begins at 8:00 am, the walk starts at 10:00 am and the celebration runs until 1:00 pm. Every registered walker will receive a PAWSwalk bandana. In addition, walkers will be rewarded for their fundraising efforts with prizes! Visit www.PAWSwalk.net for details. Social, leashed dogs are also welcome on the walk. They must be current on vaccinations, over four months old, friendly to people and other dogs, and not in heat.

You don't have to have a canine friend to pull you along. Walk in honor of your cat, horse, rabbit or favorite wild animal. Afterward, enjoy shopping for animal-friendly merchandise, vegetarian food, and participate in kids’ activities, doggie massage, an agility course and more.

Want to help out behind the scenes? We are still in need of volunteers to help at the event. If you are interested, please sign up by following the “Volunteer” link at www.PAWSwalk.net or contact Sylvia Moss at smoss@paws.org or 425.787.2500, ext. 257. Thank you!

They came from Waveland

Nearly a year after the devastating storms in the Gulf Coast region, many people are still struggling to get back on their feet. Consequently, many have been forced to give up their companion animals to local shelters. These shelters—already packed to capacity—are having difficulty finding new homes for the animals in an area where many people are barely able to take care for their own needs.

In July, PAWS received a call from In Defense of Animals, an animal organization based in California, asking if we’d be able to help relieve a shelter in Waveland, Mississippi (one of the hardest hit areas) by taking in some of their animals. PAWS agreed and just last week received eight kittens and six dogs of all varying breed mixes. Even with the upheaval in their short lives, and a long car trip across the country in the middle of summer, all of them greeted PAWS staff with the friendliest of dispositions. As of August 4, all eight kittens were adopted as were two of the dogs, while two more were pending adoption.

Emma, a four-month old Lab mix, was one of the first to find a new home through PAWS with Ryan and Kirsten Morigeau. The photo here shows just how happy all three are to have found each other. Kirsten wrote, “ It is most definitely OUR pleasure to share our home with Maggi (formerly Emma).  We decided to name her Magnolia—which is the state flower of Mississippi and a tribute to her heritage.  She's doing great and has adjusted so easily to our family—we are extremely proud of her.”

Thank you Ryan and Kirsten, and to all those in our community who daily open their hearts and homes to animals in need.

A Day in the Park at PAWS

We were thrilled to have a group of 20 community volunteers at PAWS last month for Earth Share of Washington’s Day in the Park, to help with construction of our new wildlife interpretive trail. Earth Share of Washington (ESW) is a nonprofit organization that brings together financial and other support for 66 local, national and international environmental organizations. Every year ESW puts on the Day in the Park event, gathering individuals who want to lend a hand in their community.

During their four hours at PAWS, the volunteer team cleared blackberry bushes and other non-native plants, spread wood chips, and dug post holes for fencing, all for the new wildlife interpretive trail. 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. Thanks to the help from Day in the Park volunteers, the wildlife interpretive trail is really starting to take shape!

Not only did we accomplish a lot during the event, we also made new friends. Several volunteers said they would return to help plant native vegetation for the trail in the fall, and one decided to become a weekly volunteer helping care for patients in PAWS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Hospital. Thank you everyone!

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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.

 

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