March 2007
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Spring training begins at PAWS
While superstar baseball players practice their batting and throwing in Arizona, training for superstar canines picks up again at PAWS this month. If you recently adopted a new dog companion and want to start your relationship on the right foot, or if you are looking to learn new skills with an old friend, PAWS can help you accomplish your goals. Dog training classes include basic training for puppies and adult dogs, and a special class for challenging canines. Learn more about dog training classes offered at PAWS, including schedules, fees and how to sign up.

Read all about it!
If you missed PAWS' new Kids Helping Animals e-newsletter that came out last month, don't fret. You can read the winter edition in the archives on PAWSkids.org. Do you know young people who love and want to help animals? Share Kids Helping Animals with them and encourage them to sign up for the e-newsletter now (with their parent or guardian's permission) so they can receive the next issue this spring. Happy reading!

Help wanted
At PAWS we're gearing up for our busiest seasons. We need lots of extra hands to help us care for the many wild and companion animals we will receive this spring and summer. At PAWS Wildlife Center, volunteers help feed baby birds and mammals, as well as clean enclosures, wash dishes and prepare food for hundreds of other wildlife patients. In our Foster Care Program, we are looking for people to provide extra TLC in their own homes to orphaned kittens and puppies or sick adult dogs and cats. Our goal is to help them grow stronger and become ready for adoption into a new home. Volunteers in the Companion Animal Shelter have several opportunities, including helping to answer questions from the public, walking dogs and feeding cats. These positions require a weekly commitment of a set schedule.

Looking for a more flexible commitment and enjoy speaking to people about animals? PAWS also needs folks who want to share the good word about PAWS at community fairs and festivals around the Puget Sound. Trainings for community outreach volunteers begin soon. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old to sign up for a position, but those helping with foster care can enlist the help of everyone in the family. Learn more about volunteering at PAWS, and be a part of our life-saving work.

In addition, PAWS has a variety of internships offering academic credits and/or work experience in the field of wildlife rehabilitation, companion animal shelter work, and public affairs and advocacy in animal welfare. You can link to the different PAWS internships at the bottom of PAWS' job listings webpage.

Snip, snip, hooray!
Due to the high demand during Spay Day for discounted spay and neuter surgeries, PAWS is offering two more days of appointments at our clinic on March 13 for cats and March 15 for dogs. If you (or someone you know) are qualified low-income and want to have your cat or dog spayed or neutered, please call PAWS at 425.787.2500 x849.

Meanwhile, the numbers of surgeries performed for the rest of the Spay Day event are being tallied. Thanks to our partners at the NOAH Center, Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation (WAIF), Everett Animal Services and the Humane Society of Skagit Valley, as well as many friends in the veterinary community, we were proud to again offer this lifesaving service this year to the people and animals in Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties. Washington State Governor Christine Gregorie also recognized the critical need to alter pets when she proclaimed February 27, 2007 as Spay and Neuter Day. Read the proclamation. Stay tuned next month for the final results of Spay Day 2007. If you missed this year's event and still want to spay or neuter a pet, please refer to list of clinics that provide low-cost surgeries year-round. Do it for love!

Remember…we love our pets
In January last year, Washington State unveiled a new specialty license plate for the pet lover. The "We Love Our Pets" license plate, featuring lovable characters designed by artist and author Brian Basset ("Adam@Home" and "Red and Rover"), was created to fund pet sterilization programs statewide. More plates sold means more companion animals will be spayed or neutered throughout the state, reducing the number of homeless animals in need. As of March 1, these license plates may be personalized, as well. Express your love for your pets and help animals at the same time! For more information visit the Washington State Department of Licensing website.

Spring is in the air
As days gradually grow warmer and longer, gardeners and home owners are drawn outside to tend to their yards. This change in seasons also means that wild animals are beginning to find mates, build nests and produce offspring. While you are working in your yard this spring, don't forget to check for babies in nests before pruning or cutting down trees, or clearing vegetation. What you perceive as a twisted pile of sticks, branches or leaves may be seen as a perfect place by wild birds and mammals to raise their young.

If in the course of your yard work you come across an active nest with babies, please do not disturb it. Instead leave the nest where it is, try to be as quiet as possible working in surrounding areas, and wait until the young have grown and dispersed to continue your work in the nest area. If you have accidentally knocked down a nest, place it with the babies inside in a secure location close to where you found it, and call PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.787.2500 x817 for advice on how to proceed. Thank you for being a good neighbor to our wild friends.

A vegetarian smorgasbord
You can cover breakfast, lunch and dinner at Vegfest 2007 on March 24 and 25, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. This annual food festival is presented by Vegetarians of Washington—and sponsored in part by PAWS—to celebrate and promote a healthy, animal- and environmentally-friendly lifestyle. There will be nutrition presentations, cooking demonstrations, books for sale and author signings, kids' activities, and thousands of free vegetarian food samples. You won't leave hungry!

Vegfest organizers also need hundreds of volunteers to run the event. You don't have to be a vegetarian to volunteer! Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and free admission to the event. For details visit Vegfest2007.com or call 206.706.2635.

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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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