You donít have to be President to pardon a turkey
To meet the demand for breast meat, turkeys in factory farms around the county have been genetically altered to grow so quickly and to such a size that their skeletons canít keep up, and their legs can no longer support them. They face short and painful lives in inhumane conditions, before a grueling journey to a plant to be ďprocessed.Ē This holiday season, give our feathered friends a break and cook up a scrumptious vegetarian or vegan feast instead. With so many delicious non-turkey alternatives, your family will enjoy a happy—and healthy—holiday. For a complete animal–friendly holiday menu including Vicki‘s World Famous Fried “Chicken”, Herbed Stuffing with Mushrooms, Velvety Vegan Gravy and Tangy Cranberry Sauce, check out the fall 2006 issue of PAWS Magazine or email firstname.lastname@example.org . The turkeys thank you!
Help them find a home for the holidays
Everyone needs a warm, safe place to call home, and if you hope to add a new furry friend to your household, we invite you to make PAWS your adoption headquarters! Choosing to adopt from a shelter, rather than supporting pet stores and breeders, reduces the number of homeless pets in our community. Our goal through January 1, 2007 for our Home for the Holidays campaign is to find permanent loving homes for 500 homeless cats and dogs.
And did you know that November is national Adopt a Senior Pet Month? While puppies and kittens repeatedly steal the spotlight with their entertaining antics, PAWS adoption counselors often recommend older pets for many reasons. For starters, raising a puppy or kitten requires a tremendous amount of time, patience and energy—limited commodities for most of us. With older animals, what you see is what you get. If you take home an adult cat, for example, you‘ll know right away if he prefers a lap or a window seat. Many “experienced” pets are also already house–trained, making for a much smoother transition into their new homes.
Other advantages of grown animals include:
- They are usually mellower, making it easier to gauge their suitability for families with young children.
- Because of their longer attention spans, they are often easier to train.
- An adult animal introduced into a home will find his or her place in the household quicker.
- Senior animals with calmer dispositions can be perfect for senior adopters seeking a quieter companion.
- With proper nutrition and a safe environment, many animals can live 15 to 20 years—plenty of quality time to share.
- More often than not, adult animals are well-adjusted, healthy cats and dogs who are at PAWS for various reasons not related to a health or behavioral issue.
Come meet the beautiful dogs and cats currently available at PAWS.
Baby it‘s cold outside!
Looking for a fun way for your company, family or friends to help animals this holiday season? We have the solution! PAWS needs all kinds of supplies to keep the animals in our care happy and healthy this winter: food, blankets, toys, and much more.
Hosting a giving drive for the animals is a wonderful way to introduce the life–saving work of PAWS to those you know. To help, we have created a tool–kit with everything you need to get started: instructions on how to organize a drive and a sample e–mail message for you to personalize and send to your family and friends, along with our PAWS Holiday Wishlist. For information about the animals‘ year–round needs, please visit our wishlist page. For more information about hosting a holiday drive for the animals, visit PAWS gift drive page, or contact Eleanor Blackford at 425.787.2500 x833 or email@example.com.
Concerned About Coyotes?
Perhaps you‘ve heard the recent news reports about the increase in coyote sightings in suburban and urban areas. With the encroachment of development on wildlife habitat, it naturally follows that coyotes and other wild animals are increasingly sharing space with humans. In addition, coyotes are often spotted more frequently in the fall and winter, as the young born in spring venture off to find their own territories. While coyotes have been known to prey on small pets like cats, they arenít the most common dangers to free–roaming felines. Cars, diseases and cruel people top the chart of culprits. Read more about coyotes and simple ways to coexist with them. You can also call PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.787.2500 x817.
In looking for their new territory this time of year, many young coyotes encounter several dangers themselves. This October, PAWS Wildlife Center received a juvenile female coyote from the Olympia area who had been hit by a vehicle and suffered a broken pelvis. While PAWS wildlife staff provided supportive care, we sought the assistance of Dr. Steven Stoll, a board certified orthopedic surgeon from the VCA Veterinary Specialty Center in Lynnwood, to provide surgery to repair her pelvis. The surgery was essential to ensure the coyote will be able to reproduce normally and maintain a respected social status as a female coyote in her family unit. After a few weeks of cage rest and an additional six to eight weeks of rehabilitative care, she will hopefully be released back into the wild where she belongs.
Young female coyote at PAWS.
How to find holiday pet care
If you are planning to leave town during the holidays, you‘ll probably need to leave your four–legged family members behind. With so many choices out there, how do you find a pet sitter or boarding kennel that will meet your and your companion animal‘s needs? Research, research, research.
For a boarding kennel, ask questions such as:
- Ask for references from friends who have recently used a sitter or kennelís services, check with your local Better Business Bureau.
- Never leave your animal at a boarding kennel without taking a tour and introducing your animal to the staff.
- Set up a time for the pet sitter, you and your pet to meet to ensure your pet and the sitter are comfortable with each other.
For a pet sitter, ask questions such as:
- Will your animal be kept alone in his/her kennel?
- Will your animal have access to the outdoors?
- Are the kennels adequately ventilated and is the temperature regulated?
- How will your animal be exercised?
- Will your animal be interacting with other animals and/or staff members?
- Will cats and small animals be housed away from dogs?
- What are the facility's policies on veterinary care?
- Can the facility accommodate your animal's special medical or dietary needs?
Before you head out of town:
- Can she provide proof that she is insured and bonded?
- Will she administer medications to your pet if necessary?
- Can she provide written documentation of services and fees?
- Is she familiar with local emergency vet clinics?
- How does she keep track of your petís needs?
- Create clear instructions on caring for your animal, including feeding schedule and amount, emergency phone numbers, and contact info for your veterinarian.
- Make sure your pet has up-to-date identification and vaccinations.
For in-home care, keep all food and supplies, in one, easy-to-find area. For boarding, be sure to label all food, toys and bedding you leave with your animal.
- Be sure your pet is well-socialized and knows basic commands. If your animal has behavior challenges, be up front and inform the pet sitter or boarding kennel.
Give back and lower your stress this holiday season
Join PAWS and more than 15 other local charities on Saturday, December 2 for the Northshore United Church of Christ‘s 4th Annual Alternative Christmas Fair. The church has invited non-profits representing a broad spectrum of issues to be a part of this non-denominational event.
From 9 am to 3:30 pm, you will have the opportunity to learn more about PAWS, and the other charities, and make a gift to your favorite group in honor of someone special. In lieu of a traditional purchased gift, you will be given a card to present to your loved one, explaining the donation made in their honor. It‘s a great alternative for everyone on your list, makes your holiday gift–giving easier, and helps animals in your community! For directions to or information about the fair call the church at 425.483.1667 or visit www.northshoreucc.org.