May 2007
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PO Box 1037
Lynnwood WA, 98046

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15305 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98087

Celebrate and protect migratory birds
Chances are that a good deal of the chirping you've awakened to the last few weeks can be attributed to migratory birds, returning from their wintering spots in South America. International Migratory Bird Day on May 12 is a celebration of these beautiful, melodious creatures who make incredible journeys across the globe every year. Migratory birds—like the Wilson's Warbler photographed outside PAWS Wildlife Center (pictured here)—are not only symbols of spring, but provide many benefits including insect pest control, and recreational opportunities for bird watchers and nature lovers.

Wilson's Warbler on PAWS' campus.
Unfortunately, migratory bird numbers are in decline due to habitat loss, climate change and pesticide use. In order for us to enjoy these feathered wonders for years to come, we need only take some simple steps in our daily lives to help protect them. Here are a few to help migratory birds in your community:
  • Observe the birds around you. Teach and show others what you have discovered.
  • Create or improve habitat in your yard, at work or at school by adding native plants. Learn more about naturescaping.
  • Take a class on migratory birds to learn more about them.
  • Keep your cat safely confined to keep him from harming birds. That doesn't mean she has to always be inside. Try an outdoor play enclosure, walking your cat on a leash, or simply supervising your feline when she's outside.
  • Reduce your use of pesticides in your yard and garden. Check out Northwest Natural Yard Days.
  • Buy shade-grown coffee which helps preserve trees that birds need.
  • Use recycled "green" home paper products to conserve forest habitat.
  • Participate in a bird count or study to help experts learn more about birds.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about migratory birds and the importance of protecting them.
  • Attend the Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, May 18 and 19 for birding trips, seminars, art and crafts, kids' activities and more. PAWS will be there, too!
  • Learn more about International Migratory Bird Day.
Honoring mothers everywhere
This Mother's Day, make a special gift for the baby animals at PAWS. Your donation will help the hundreds of injured or orphaned animals in our care this season and will be a loving tribute for your mom. Help give the animals the second chance they deserve, and we'll send a beautiful card, letting your mom know of your thoughtful gift. Thank you!

A match made at PAWS
We receive many letters, e-mails and photos from happy adopters who found their new best friend at PAWS, sharing touching and fun stories of their new life together. We are grateful for every single note, knowing that the dog or cat is well-loved and the family is as pleased as pie. Here is one such e-mail PAWS received in April:

To the Staff at the Lynnwood PAWS,
Penelope at home with Elijah.
I just wanted to thank all of you for allowing me to adopt the most wonderful cat. Last month, my son Elijah and I visited the shelter to adopt his first cat. The staff was so fabulous in reviewing charts and cat personalities to find one who would be gentle around younger children. We were there for quite awhile, looking for the perfect match. We gladly adopted a 3 year old cat, Penelope, who has been the most incredible addition to our family.

At night, Penelope waits in my son's bedroom as I read him a book. As soon as he turns out the light, I have Elijah in one arm and Penelope in the other, rocking them both to sleep. Elijah often wraps his arm around Penelope and kisses her face. Penelope is so patient, tolerant, and loving. We could not have been more blessed with exactly what we were looking for.

Thank you for all of the patience you gave in helping us carefully choose a cat. You all were so friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. We look forward to referring you to other friends and family, as well as, visiting again if we decide to add to our family.

Penelope is very happy and will continue to be well-loved.

Katy and Elijah

Dedicated swimmers take the plunge once again
Our fearless friends will be making their chilly swim from Vashon Island to West Seattle on Sunday, June 24 on their 8th annual Paddle for PAWS. Bob Donovan and Paul Zimmerman will again brave the cold waters of Puget Sound to raise money for the animals at PAWS. "We really believe in what PAWS does," says Bob who lives in Bothell and manages his family business Kenmore Camera. "They help save the lives of thousands of animals every year, needing tremendous effort and resources to do so."

"We've been raising money for PAWS by swimming for seven years. They've been helping animals in need and educating our community for 40. What PAWS does makes what we do really, really easy. We're happy to help out any way we can," says Paul, Redmond resident and Microsoft employee.

Amazingly, this year Bob will be making the swim after an attempt at summiting Mt. Rainer the preceding week. The pair will be escorted by a few boats and kayaks of friends beginning at 12:00 pm. Please join them at the end of their journey at Lincoln Park to celebrate their accomplishment, where they are expected to arrive between 3:00 and 4:00 pm.

You can help these brave and dedicated men meet their goal of raising $10,000 for PAWS! Make your gift online, call 425.787.2500 x256 to make a credit card gift, or mail your check payable to PAWS to: Paddle for PAWS, PO Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA 98046

Thank you Bob and Paul for your continued dedication to the animals!

Be safe—dog gone it!
Dogs have been loyal and loving companions to people for thousands of years. These days, dogs are so much a part of the family that they go on vacations and are included in holiday celebrations. As much as they are a part of our lives, we must remember they are not humans. Dogs communicate very differently. Part of this can come in the form of a bite—even those canines who have never bitten before can communicate this way. If a dog has teeth, he can bite.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association approximately 800,000 people seek medical treatment for dog bites each year, most of them children, and these incidents are often preventable. In recognition of this problem, National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 20-26) was created to educate others. Prevention is the key:

What children should know:
  • Children should not hug or kiss dogs on the face, even well-known neighbor or family dogs. Many dogs don't like this, even if they have tolerated it before. Teach kids to pet dogs gently on the chest or the side of the neck instead.
  • Teach your child to be safe around dogs. Not all dogs—even those with a person—are comfortable with strangers. If your child is approached by a strange dog, your child should stand still like a tree, with arms straight down at his sides, and fingers tucked under. A strange dog will most likely loose interest and go away. This also works for a family dog who is hyperactive and getting too rough with a child. Children should never run or scream as this will heighten the dog's interest in them.
  • Teach your children never to tease a dog or disturb one who is eating, sleeping, playing with a toy, tied up, or behind a fence.
What parents should do:

Kids practicing how to be safe with a puppet dog at a PAWS humane education class.
  • Always supervise your children when they are around dogs, even your own. It takes only one time for your dog to run out of patience or translate a seemingly harmless action as a threat. Because humans interpret body language differently than dogs, you may not even realize what is happening until it is too late.
  • Take your dog to training classes using positive reinforcement to learn more about dog behavior and communication, to socialize your dog, and to enhance your relationship. Include older children in the training to help your dog and your kids understand and respect each other. (Positive reinforcement works well for all members of the family!)
What all dog guardians should do:
  • Spay or neuter your dog. Altered dogs are three times less likely to bite.
  • Starting when they are young, gradually expose your dog to new situations, new people and other dogs, and be proactive about socializing them throughout their lives. Training classes are a great avenue.
  • Always supervise your dog—never think that your dog won't bite.

Low-cost spay/neuter surgeries
PAWS is still offering low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs of qualified low-income individuals in the Puget Sound region on Wednesdays through May 23, 2007. Fees are $30 for cats and kittens, and $40 for dogs and puppies. Additional charges may apply for animals who require vaccinations, are overweight, geriatric, in heat or have other medical conditions. For more information or to make an appointment (all surgeries must be scheduled in advance) call PAWS at 425.787.2500 x849.

Upcoming events
Adoptathon at PetSmart—May 5 & 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meet some of PAWS' charming canines looking for their forever homes at the Aurora PetSmart at 13000 Aurora Ave. N in Seattle. For more information, email or call 425.787.2500 x820.

Fremont Fair—June 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and June 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
PAWS will be out in full force at this summer celebration of Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, and fundraiser for Solid Ground, an organization whose goal is to create a community free of poverty, prejudice and neglect.

Greenwood Classic Car and Road Show—June 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PAWS Cat City is right on Greenwood Ave N. (and 85th Ave. N) in Seattle where this event takes place. Starting in June, Cat City is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come in and meet some classic felines who can really purr!

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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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