PAWS Magazine

 

Issue 49, Summer 2001

 

PAWS Notes

PAWS brings a positive message about animals to Spokane circus-goers

PAWS Advocates brought a positive message about wild animals to Spokane circus-goers in February, encouraging families to stop attending circuses that feature performing animals.

Just as they did at Ringling Brothers' Circus in Seattle last year, PAWS advocates and volunteers dressed as clowns, and engaged the public with spinner toys carrying the message that Wild Animals Belong in the Wild. "It was a tremendously positive experience," said Stephanie Hillman, PAWS Wildlife Advocate. "People told us that they were genuinely appreciative of our approach and our message."

One e-mail message received by PAWS the day after the event seemed to sum up the feelings of many families attending the circus:

"After being handed a PAWS brochure at the entrance to the circus (Shriner's/Jordan, Spokane Veteran's Memorial Coliseum) I was a little uneasy. I don't normally like persons that protest this or that, I'm not an animal lover, but your representative in the tiger suit was friendly and not belligerent. I read the material during the intermission, and after thinking about it and observing the condition of the animals I am outraged by what I saw. I thought the elephants looked drugged. Thank-you for being there. I've further more tried to explain to my kids about what I learned and I think it will be a cold day in Hell before I return to an event in which animals are treated as that. You made a difference

Mike Christiansen & Family,
Spokane WA"

PAWS dog walkers travel around the earth

PAWS Shelter dog Dottie the Dalmatian was the lucky pooch to walk the final leg of a 25,000 mile "walk around the world" that PAWS shelter dogs have been traveling since 1996.

Over the past five years volunteers have walked shelter dogs twice a day, every day, around the fifth mile nature trail on the PAWS campus. Ellen Boyle, PAWS volunteer, walked Dottie the final fifth-mile.

"Now that we have walked around the earth, we are challenging all Puget Sound residents to join with us and spend this summer walking to the moon," said Robbin Jones, PAWS Director of Development. PAWS is encouraging Puget Sound families with dogs to track their dog walking mileage this summer. PAWS will tally miles on September 15 at the Bark in the Park dog festival at Gasworks Park.

"If 5,000 area residents walk their dogs just 4 miles a week this summer, we'll be on the moon!" said Jones.

PAWS is offering free calendars for residents to track summer dog walking mileage. Calendars are available at the PAWS Lynnwood shelter, PAWS Cat City in Seattle, area Pet Pros pet supply stores and on-line at www.barkinthepark.com.

Washington State Legislature ignores animals during record session Despite a record-length legislative session, which stretched into July, the Washington State legislature failed to pass any major animal-friendly legislation during 2001.

PAWS Advocates worked with legislators to propose legislation helping chickens in the egg-laying hen industry and legislation to ban the private ownership of large exotic animals as pets. The last issue of PAWS Magazine noted that House Bill 1725, the PAWS bill to ban the private ownership of exotic animals, had received a hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee and the committee was considering further action. The bill was not acted on and stalled in committee.

PAWS was also a key supporter of Senate Bill 6037, designed to clarify rules governing spay and neuter services provided by animal shelters and non-profit humane organizations. Unfortunately SB 6037 died in the Rules Committee due to political game-playing. "We were disappointed to see how easily a few powerful legislators could block animal-friendly bills from moving through the democratic process," said PAWS Advocate Cindy Raven.

A few animal-friendly bills did become law, including a bill allowing animals to be beneficiaries of trusts.

PAWS has released a report on the 2001 legislative session, available online at www.paws.org/advocacy.

Thanks to his microchip, Yukon goes home again... twice

Two families arrived looking for Yukon, the Alaskan Malamute, at the PAWS shelter when he went missing earlier this summer. After two years of searching for her dog, Simon, Cindy Stoehr was contacted by the staff at PAWS who had found her details from the microchip imbedded under the dog's skin.

Cindy had never given up hope of finding Simon, becoming part of a nationwide network of people who have lost their animals, and helping with their national lost-pet web site.

However, only an hour after Cindy had taken Simon home, a man turned up at the Lynnwood shelter, with a scrapbook full of pictures of an identical Alaskan Malamute, his children desperate to find their four-legged friend.

Kevin Wentz and his family had been caring for Yukon, Simon's new name, since being given Yukon by a man who had found him as a stray. Upon hearing that Yukon had become such an important part of Kevin's family, including sleeping on the children's bed, Cindy made the tough decision to allow Yukon to stay with his newer family.

"So many animals that come to PAWS haven't been loved enough," said Richard Huffman, PAWS Advocacy Director. "And here is this dog who was so clearly loved by two different families. Yukon is one lucky dog." The Wentz's plan to let Stoehr visit Yukon regularly in his new home.

PAWS partners with local groups to encourage folks to keep their cats indoors

The Puget Sound Cats Indoors Coalition has produced a brochure encouraging cat guardians to keep their cats indoors. PAWS is a member of the coalition, along with Seattle Audubon Society, Humane Society for Seattle/King County, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Seattle Animal Control, King County Wildlife Program and American Bird Conservancy.

The goal of the coalition to spread the message that an indoor cat, on average, is a much healthier and safer cat. They face fewer risks of injuries and illness, being hit by a car, attacked by wildlife, being lost or stolen and inhumanely treated, poisoned or trapped. The average life of an indoor cat can be 10 years longer than that of an outdoor cat.

An indoor cat is also less of a threat to wildlife. There are approximately 500,000 cats in the Puget Sound area, and if each catches just one bird per month, 6 million birds would be killed per year. "Contrary to popular belief, domestic cats are not part of the natural ecosystem," says PAWS Wildlife Advocate Stephanie Hillman. "They are an introduced predator which North American birds have not developed any defenses against."

For more information, or a copy of the brochure, please contact any of the coalition members listed above, or Stephanie Hillman at stephanieh@paws.org, or 425.787.2500, ext. 256.

Expanded shelter clinic opens at PAWS

A new clinic to help the animals at the PAWS Lynnwood companion animal shelter is set to open soon, replacing the current clinic. "We found that we couldn't put a second surgical table in our current clinic," said Colleen Smith, PAWS Companion Animal Services Director. "We had reached our limits in our ability to spay and neuter more animals."

Last year PAWS spayed and neutered 2,132 dogs and cats, a major increase from 1,500 the year before. The enlarged clinic will include a second surgery table, which will also allow PAWS to assist other shelters in veterinary care.

"Our enlarged space allows us to operate the shelter more efficiently," said Smith, "meaning we can improve our care of lost and abandoned animals."

The clinic is taking over the old Advocacy and Outreach building. An isolation ward will go into the old clinic building.

PAWS Advocacy & Outreach and Development staffs have all moved one mile north of the Lynnwood campus to the new PAWS North Campus on Highway 99. The new building allows for the expansion of Advocacy and Education campaigns as well as providing a professional atmosphere for the Development team.

Seattle restaurants are asked to forego veal

This fall PAWS Advocates will be encouraging Seattle restaurant owners to remove veal from their menus.

"The life of a veal calf is particularly cruel," said Jennifer Hillman, PAWS Farm Animal Advocate. "We are going to ask restaurants to make a commitment on behalf of all veal calves." The first phase of the campaign involves approaching Seattle restaurant owners and chefs, educating them about the inherent cruelty in the veal industry, and encouraging them to remove veal from their menus. Advocates will ask restaurateurs to sign a pledge stating that they will not serve formula-fed veal. A similar campaign by Farm Sanctuary in New York City was very successful.

National surveys have consistently shown that people are not demanding veal as an option in restaurants. A recent poll showed that 89.3% of those surveyed rarely or never eat veal. PAWS' efforts are part of a nationwide focus by animal welfare groups on the plight of the veal calf. For more information on how veal calves are raised, see the artical on page 18. To receive a copy of the PAWS veal brochure or to get involved in the campaign, please contact Cindy Raven at 425.787.2500 x810 or cindyr@paws.org.

Time to get barking!

Bark in the Park set for September 15 at Gasworks

Mark your calendars for a day of canine fun and frivolity! 98.9 Smooth Jazz KWJZ presents PAWS' second annual Bark in the Park featuring 10th Annual PAWSwalk on Saturday, September 15th at Gasworks Park in Seattle. Bring your doggie and two-footed friends to the party!

The day long event kicks off with PAWSwalk, Washington's favorite doggie walkathon. Top prize for the most monies raised and collected is a trip to Hollywood, CA with special host, Natasha Allas, Miss World USA 1999-2000! Second place finisher receives a 2-night visit to the dog-friendly resort, The Sheep Dung Estates and The Other Place, north of the wine country in California. Listen to live jazz and pop music at the Kettle Chips stage, cheer on the doggie contest and competition contenders, visit more than 50 animal-friendly crafts and vendor booths, enjoy delicious food and drink, and experience plenty of surprises.

Pledge forms are available throughout the Seattle area and on our web site at www.barkinthepark.com.

New receptionists ease the PAWS phone call crunch

Now when you call PAWS with a question and want to speak to a ‘real person' instead of the voice mail, you can! PAWS has hired receptionists to answer phone calls to the Lynnwood facility seven days a week from 11am to 5pm.

The majority of callers have questions concerning spaying and neutering, the PAWS pet friendly apartment guide, re-homing animals, and lost pets.

It takes a special person to cheerfully handle such a diverse and at times demanding array of public inquiries.

Tracy Krause and Joy Snow, the new part-time receptionists, are earning rave reviews for their efforts. "They are handling their responsibilities with real professionalism and skill," Said Debra Handrich, PAWS Office Manager.

Enjoying the work makes a difference. "I can't remember the last times I enjoyed a job so much," said Tracy. "It's nice to be working somewhere that really matters."

There is plenty of work to keep Joy and Tracy busy. Each day, they list available animals for adoption on the phone line and provide information on re-homing adult animals. They may also be found working on a stray dog and cat phone line for people who have lost their pets, but have called after hours or when phone lines are busy.

USDA gasses hundreds of Canada Geese in Seattle, despite protests

US Department of Agriculture/Wildlife agents captured and gassed several hundred Canada Geese in Seattle-area parks in June and July, despite offers of humane, non-lethal alternatives.

USDA agents cruised several Puget Sound area parks daily in June and July in an attempt to carry out a contract made with the Seattle Metropolitan Waterfowl Management Committee to round up and inhumanely gas 4200 Canada Geese. This contract was signed despite the efforts of PAWS, Humane Society of the United States, Northwest Animal Rights Network and Geese Peace, who had presented the Waterfowl Committee with humane non-lethal alternatives to the gassing.

A group of concerned activists from the area managed to hold early morning through late evening watches at all the ‘priority parks,' to bear witness to the USDA activities. Due to the persistence of this group of animal advocates, thousands of geese were saved, as the USDA could not easily outsmart them. It is estimated that the USDA was only able to kill 300 to 500 geese. In the week following the end of the round-ups PAWS advocates held a memorial at Greenlake to honor the 150 geese that were captured and killed at that popular park. PAWS advocates handed out literature asking park visitors to contact elected officials and demand that proven, humane alternatives be used next year.

Hundreds party and raise thousands for the animals on Wild Night

In March, 200 friends, guests ,and supporters raised over $100,000 for PAWS during Wild Night, a gala dinner and auction. Everyone enjoyed a spectacular, beautiful Olympic mountain sunset viewed from the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, delicious vegan dining, and a multitude of silent and live items from hummingbird feeders and puppy collector plates to a Glacier Park bicycle trip and a rare 1971 Mercedes Benz! The evening sizzled during the live bidding for the chance to be a judge for the 2002 Seattle Fire Fighters Calendar, which proved quite popular!

Walla Walla prosecutor fails to press cruelty charges in IBP Case

The 11-month investigation into violations of the Humane Slaughter Act, state cruelty statutes, and worker safety and health codes at the IBP-owned slaughterhouse in Wallula, WA, has concluded with the Walla Walla County Prosecutor deciding not to press criminal charges.

A videotape shot by one of the workers inside the plant, combined with the sworn affidavits of over 20 workers, clearly demonstrated that cows were indeed being butchered while still fully conscious. However, prosecutor Jim Nagle has stated that "...even though there is good evidence of improper slaughtering practices by the employees, there's nothing to impute that activity to the corporate level."

"Nagle's statement represents another clear example of corporate power and immunity," said PAWS Farm Animal Advocate Jennifer Hillman.

One result being touted as a positive outcome is an agreement reached between IBP and the Department of Agriculture that allows the department to monitor animal slaughtering and to verify that IBP continues training programs "…to ensure that only experienced, well-trained employees carry out stunning operations."

"This does not address the real issue of the production line moving too fast for any worker—experienced or not—to properly stun the animals," said Hillman.

PAWS continues to work with other local and national organizations on this issue.

Fall schedule for PAWS University evening community classes

Are you looking to adopt a dog, but need some help finding the perfect dog? Would you like to learn more about vegetarianism and the role food animals play in our environment? These are just a few of the community classes being offered this fall as part of PAWS University.

All classes, unless otherwise indicated, will be held in the Cromwell Room in the Shoreline Conference Center at 18560 1st Ave NE in Shoreline.

Canine Behavior and Training Wednesday, August 8th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Presented by Diane Jessup, Thurston County Animal Control and author of The Dog Who Spoke With Gods. Class will be held in Multipurpose Room B in the Olympia Center, 222 North Columbia, Olympia, WA 98501.

Vegetarianism: Food Animals and the Environment Tuesday, September 11th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Presented by Jennifer Hillman, PAWS Farm Animal Advocate.

Pet Parenting Class:* How to Live with a Pet Tuesday, September 18th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Presented by the staff of the Humane Society for Seattle/King County. Class will be held in the Education Room at the Humane Society for Seattle/King County, 13212 SE, Eastgate Way in Bellevue. RSVP to Kathan at 425-649-7554.

Vegetarianism: Cooking and Nutrition Tuesday, September 25th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Presented by a nutritionist from Vegetarians of Washington.

Choosing the Right Dog for You and Your Family Tuesday, October 3rd, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Presented by Caren Malgesini, Caren's Canine Counseling.

Pet Parenting Class* How to Live with a Pet Tuesday, October 16th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Presented by the staff of the PAWS Companion Animal Shelter.

Bats of the Northwest, Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Presented by Margaret Gaspari, Bats Northwest

Introducing Fido – Easy Canine Introductions Tuesday, October 6th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Presented by Shannon Finch, Animalkind T-Touch and T-Team.

Pet Parenting Class:* How to Live with a Pet Tuesday, November 13th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Presented by the staff of the Humane Society for Seattle/King County. Class will be held in the Education Room at the Humane Society for Seattle/King County (address above). RSVP to Kathan at 425-649-7554.

To RSVP for these free classes, please call Holly at 425.787.2500 x812 or e-mail holly@paws.org. For details about upcoming classes and directions/map to the Shoreline Conference Center please visit the PAWS Web site at www.paws.org.

* The Pet Parenting Classes are the result of a partnership between PAWS and the Humane Society for Seattle/King County. This is a great class for future, new, and experienced companion animal guardians. Topics include: training, pet needs, communication, realistic expectations, introductions to people and pets, and much more.

PAWS and other shelters join forces for Adoptathon

PAWS joined forces with other local shelters in August for the biggest Adoptathon in years. Through a partnership with Humane Society for Seattle/King County, Seattle Animal Shelter, and King County Animal Shelter, PAWS participated in the first ever Regional Adoptathon on Saturday, August, 11 and Sunday, August 12.

PAWS offered reduced adoption fees for dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits and guinea pigs, plus special deals for adopters who adopted two cats on the same day. Adopters also received free microchip identification, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, collars, tags, leashes, cat carriers and "Good Dog" behavior training for their newly adopted companion animals.

The PAWS shelter offered extended hours on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and regular hours on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for an update on the success of the Adoptathon in the next issue of PAWS Magazine.

KING-TV's Pohlman honored for IBP coverage

KING 5 investigative reporter, Duane Pohlman, was recently honored for his seven-part exposé of animal cruelty at an IBP slaughterhouse near Walla Walla. Pohlman earned a Genesis Award for outstanding news series at the Fifteenth Annual Genesis Awards on March 10th.

PAWS Advocates assisted the national animal advocacy group, Humane Farming Association, with prosecution of IBP following the exposé. Pohlman's reports featured footage of fully conscious cows being slaughtered alive at the plant.

Actors Judd Nelson and Charlotte Ross co-hosted the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. PAWS Advocates Jennifer Hillman and Cindy Raven joined Pohlman at the event, along with Humane Farming Association investigator, Gail Eisnitz.

The Genesis Awards honor journalists in all media who shine the spotlight on animal cruelty. The only major media and arts award concerning animal issues, the Genesis Award is presented by The Ark Trust, Inc. to honor outstanding individuals in the major media and artistic community who have communicated animal-rights and animal-welfare issues with courage, artistry and integrity.

PAWS assists with lawsuit against McDonald's

Seattle attorney Harish Bharti is suing McDonald's on behalf of Hindus and vegetarians for deceiving customers into believing that their french fries are made with no animal by-products. PAWS is assisting Bharti by calling on vegetarians who believe that they have been misled by McDonald's to join the class action suit.

As far back as 1990, McDonald's led their customers to believe that their French fries were cooked in 100% vegetable oil, thus making them safe for vegetarians and Hindus. A representative from the international corporate chain has recently admitted that beef flavor is used in the preparation of the fries. McDonald's is not required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reveal the use of beef flavoring, the ingredients only stating "natural flavoring."

Feeling offended and deceived at this discovery, two Hindus and one non-Hindu vegetarian sought help from Bharti. "Hindus and vegetarians all over the world feel shocked and betrayed by McDonald's deception and ultimate greed," said Bharti.

Further information, including a declaration to participate in the suit, can be found at www.paws.org or www.bharti.com.

PAWS shelter celebrates Grandparents' Day

The PAWS Shelter will be celebrating "Grandparents' Day" September 9 with a special promotion featuring the well-loved Seniors for Seniors adoption program.

The innovative program places senior cats and dogs, typically over 7 years of age, with qualified seniors who are 60 years or older. PAWS will be encouraging seniors and grandparents to rediscover the joys of having a “best friend" by visiting the PAWS shelter on Grandparents' Day to meet some of the wonderful animals available for adoption.

"This is the first time we'll be celebrating "Grandparents' Day" with a special adoption promotion," explains Programs Manager Kay Joubert. "We have been reaching out to the senior community through the Seniors for Seniors adoption program, and we want to continue this work by encouraging grandparents of all ages to consider adoption of an adult animal into their home."

Special adoption rates will apply to animals one year and older, while senior animals will be highlighted at the special rate of $35. Every grandparent who adopts an adult cat or dog that day will receive a special gift with his or her adoption. For more information about the "Grandparents' Day" celebration or the Seniors for Seniors adoption program, please call (425) 787-2500, ext. 488.

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