January 2007
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Lynnwood, WA 98087

It’s great to be home
As the new year rolled in, PAWS successfully concluded its Home for the Holidays adoption campaign with 402 animals (119 dogs and 283 cats) starting new lives with caring and loving families. We thank everyone who gave a homeless animal a second chance for a happy life. Didn’t make it during the holidays to find that perfect companion? Don’t worry, there are still many wonderful, beautiful animals available for adoption at PAWS.

One joyous union took place between Pete, a mature and mellow Golden Retriever, and Sue and Paul Donovan. During Thanksgiving, Sue and Paul lost their beloved dog Shasta Marie, who went to work with Sue at an assisted living home. Sue said, “We knew the best way to get over Shasta’s loss was to continue loving another senior dog.” They logged onto Petfinder.com and found Pete at PAWS.

Some extra pounds and a few miles on Pete's body were not a worry for Sue and Paul who fell in love with him instantly when they met him at PAWS. Pete joined the ranks of three other dogs and four cats in the Donovan household (with another rescue puppy added to the crowd after Pete), all of whom are special members of the family. "The first night Pete was home," Sue recounted, "he sat on the couch, watched a movie and ate some popcorn. He looked around like he was in disbelief."

The next day, Pete set off with Sue for his first day at work at the assisted living facility. There, too, he is now treated as family. One resident calls him Prince. On a typical day, Pete gives tours with Sue and solicits smiles and pets from anyone who needs them.

Three weeks after bringing Pete into their lives, Sue and Paul discovered he is great at Frisbee. “That’s the beauty about adopting older dogs,” Sue shared. “They are often already trained!” With increased activity and a new spirit, Pete has already lost eight pounds.

"It was so sad that Pete was wandering the streets of Lynnwood on his own," said Sue. "But we were so happy he came into our lives, because we needed him."

Nominate a youth who has helped animals
Do you know of an outstanding young person who has shown incredible compassion for animals? Then nominate him or her for PAWS' Youth Helping Animals Award. This award was created to honor the kind actions of local youth. Nominations may come from any community member touched by the youth or the youth’s project. The recipient will be formally presented with the award at PAWS’ Wild Night gala on Saturday, March 17, and also recognized on PAWSkids.org and in the Summer 2007 edition of PAWS magazine. Nominations must be received by February 16, 2007. Download guidelines and nomination form.

Becoming wild again
In the November 2006 edition of People Helping Animals we shared the story of a young female coyote who came to PAWS with a broken pelvis, the result of a treacherous encounter with a car. After an intricate surgery to repair her injuries (thanks to our friend Dr. Steven Stoll from the VCA Veterinary Specialty Center in Lynnwood), and weeks of cage rest and care, she was successfully rehabilitated and released back to her native habitat in December. Her inspiring story, including details of her release, will be told in the upcoming PAWS’ Wild Again e-newsletter. To make sure you receive it, sign up and read past issues by going to the Wild Again archives.

Coming soon!
Have a Pint for PAWS: Saturday, January 13— Celebrate the new year with friends while helping injured and orphaned wildlife at PAWS. Fabulous prizes, non-stop karaoke and the perfect pint make for a night of fun at Molly Maguire’s pub in Seattle. Learn more.

PAWS for a Bite: Monday, January 29— Dine deliciously and help PAWS at the same time. For this one night only, our friends at the Market Street Grill in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood will donate a percentage of the evening’s proceeds to PAWS. You need to eat anyway, right? Gather your friends and celebrate making it through Monday! www.marketstreetgrill.net.

Kid’s Day: Saturday, February 10— A fun half-day of service and learning all about animals at PAWS in Lynnwood, for kids aged 9 through 12 and their parents/guardians. A limited number of spaces are available. Learn more, including how to reserve your place.

Spay Day: Tuesday, February 27— For the health of your furry friends and for our community, get them spayed or neutered for a specially reduced fee during this annual event. If your companion animals are already fixed (thank you!), be sure to tell a friend or neighbor about the benefits of spaying or neutering their pets. Check paws.org for details in the coming weeks.

Winter wildlife wonders
If you are looking for a memorable wildlife activity this winter, be sure to visit the Skagit Valley to see the many migratory birds who spend their winters in Western Washington. The amazing photo below is of Snow Geese on Fir Island near the Skagit Wildlife Refuge. Bring your camera!

Take action for animals
In addition to People Helping Animals and Wild Again, PAWS also produces Actionline to give people opportunities to help animals in our community. The next edition will provide a summary of bills introduced in the 2007 Washington State legislative session (began on January 8) that may affect animals. To read past editions and sign-up for this e-newsletter visit the Actionline archive page. Thank you for taking action for animals!

Become a Constant Companion
Resolve to help animals every month this year – join the PAWS Constant Companion Program by making a monthly pledge of support. Monthly contributions help PAWS plan ahead and provide a secure future for the thousands of animals we care for each year. Thank you for your companionship!!

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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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