New and improved PAWSkids.org
Just in time for
the school year, PAWS launched a new PAWSkids.org with
a fresh look and feel, and informative, “kid-friendly” content.
In the coming months, it will expand to
include still more information, pictures,
and additional resources for parents and
teachers. The only animal-focused website for
youth based in the Puget Sound, PAWSkids.org
is an important part of PAWS Humane Education
Program. Students doing research on animals
and searching for ways to help animals in their
community, or teachers looking to include humane
curriculum in their classrooms can turn to PAWSkids.org as
If you visit the new website, you will also
see on the homepage an announcement for the
next PAWS Kid’s Day on Saturday, November
4, 2006. 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 at 425.787.2500, ext. 258 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
Mark your PAWS calendar
This calendar is a tribute to the companion
animals who warm our hearts and our homes, and
to all those homeless or stray animals who have
yet to find their own loving families. For $14,
you can purchase a calendar by visiting PAWS
Cat City in Seattle, the PAWS Companion Animal
Shelter and Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, or
by calling 425.787.2500, ext. 255 to order by
phone. PAWS 2007 Calendar is also available
at select retail outlets, including all branches
of Mud Bay Granary, and True Value Hardware
on Mercer Island!
Featuring the beautiful work of B.
Sparks Photographer, save your dates with the
elegant PAWS 2007 wall calendar that highlights
13 companion animals and their unique stories.
Change of seasons, comes
change of hours
Now that most of the orphaned
summer babies have grown up and been
released back to the wild where they belong,
PAWS Wildlife Center returns to its shorter
hours of operation for the fall and winter.
As of October 1, the center is open to the
public to receive wildlife and to assist people
with questions about wildlife, from 8 am to
5 pm, seven days a week.
Is your bird-feeder safe?
feeders are common fixtures
of many backyards, but are
they the best thing for our
urban wildlife friends? While it
can help compensate for the food
resources that have been taken
away through habitat destruction,
pose many threats to their well-being.
- Readily available food in one area can
lead to the gathering of birds in unnaturally
large numbers. Crowding is a key factor in
spreading disease among birds.
- Waste that gathers below and around the
bird feeder can also spread diseases.
- Free-roaming cats find
many of their unsuspecting victims at
- Fallen food attracts mice
and rats, which can also become a nuisance
- Spoiled or poor quality
food can be detrimental to birds' health.
best way to help wild animals
is to provide fresh, clean water
and plant native vegetation that
will provide natural food sources and
habitat for them year-round. However,
if you don’t
wish to give up
your bird-feeder, follow these
tips to keep your local bird populations
- Give the birds some space by putting up
a few bird-feeders. This will help ease crowding
around one station.
- Regularly clean the waste on and around
the bird feeders, including old seed and bird
- Disinfect feeders weekly to help get rid
of and prevent any diseases from spreading.
- Use only fresh, good quality food formulated
for feeding birds (no bread or crackers).
Discard any old or moldy food inside
the feeder or in your supply container.
Thoroughly disinfect the container if you
find rotten food.
- Do not hang feeders too close to your
windows to prevent birds from accidentally
crashing into the windows. To break up the
reflection that the birds see, hang streamers
or strips of material in or place stickers
on your window.
- Keep your cat indoors or supervisor him
when outside to help keep birds (and your
- Encourage your neighbors to take these
precautions, too, as the birds probably feed
at all of the community bird-feeders.
If you have more questions about the effects
of feeding wildlife or how to responsibly maintain
your bird-feeder, call PAWS Wildlife Center
at 425.787.2500, ext. 270.
They came, they raised funds, they
In true Pacific Northwest style, more than 1,100 walkers,
150 volunteers and hundreds of dogs met at Magnuson Park
on the misty morning of September 9. With rain jackets,
umbrellas, and smiles, dedicated animal lovers gathered
to support the animals at PAWS.
Participants in the 15th Annual PAWSwalk
raised more than $160,000 for animals, making
this year's event the most successful ever.
Special recognition goes to Kobi Yamada, the
Top Fundraising Walker, and to Seth Eisner’s
team Urban Beast, who earned the Top Fundraising
Team honor. Congratulations also to the Top
Youth Fundraiser, nine-year-old Simon Sharp
who raised more than $700!
Humans and canines alike also enjoyed the
festivities after the walk. Whether testing
their skills at the canine agility course,
enjoying a relaxing canine massage, shopping
for goodies at more than 30 vendors, or meeting
a host of new friends, everyone left happy
and excited for PAWSwalk 2007! Check out PAWSwalk.net for
details and to see a list of our sponsors who
helped make it a success.
for love? Adopt a shelter dog!
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month,
so if you’ve been thinking of looking
for a canine pal, stop by PAWS or your local
animal shelter. If you adopt from PAWS this
month, you’ll pay $10 less on the adoption
fee for dogs aged one year and older. This
sweet adoption deal, as always, includes:
- Spay or neuter surgery for your new friend,
in order to prevent unwanted litters of puppies.
- Worming and initial vaccinations.
- Free health exam certificate honored by
most local veterinarians, to jump start that
important relationship with a vet.
- AVID microchip with national registration
to provide permanent identification, so your
dog can find his way home if lost.
- Collar and leash, for safe walks.
- Educational materials and access to our
free behavior helpline, to help you and your
pal maintain a strong, wonderful relationship
for a long time to come.
Also, this weekend, October
14 & 15, is
the Safeway sponsored Adopt a Pet weekend,
where both dogs and cats will be anxiously
awaiting their new homes. Thank you to Safeway
who is promoting the adoption weekend in their
stores and donating leashes, cat carriers and
other supplies to shelters, including PAWS. Meet
some animals for adoption at PAWS.