From the heart

Dear Friends,

We just couldn't wait any longer. With this issue of PAWS magazine, you, our donors and friends, are getting a sneak peak at our updated look that will be fully rolled out in 2010. We are very grateful to Green Rubino, an award winning Seattle-based integrated marketing firm for so generously donating their time and expertise. They have our deepest appreciation for taking us through this process.

I believe this change in our look better reflects the organization we are today—one with more than four decades of experience, a leader in the field, compassionate, professional, unified, collaborative. It marks what we hope will be an even brighter and stronger future for the animals and the community we serve. I hope you like what you see.

And while our logo has a different twist, you'll notice there are familiar elements. After all, we still are people helping animals, connecting you with a new dog friend, opening a child's eyes to the wonder of the natural world, providing expert medical care to an injured owl so he can live free again, and speaking out for animals in Olympia and our local communities.

As 2009 comes to an end, we put the wraps on another busy summer season at our wildlife center and companion animal shelter, allowing more time over the winter to plan, make repairs and prepare for spring. Our Kids Who Care program is in full swing in area schools, and we launched two new kids workshops this summer (see page 5). Thanks to you, our 18th annual PAWSwalk was a huge success. More than 1,500 people and almost as many dogs raised close to $200,000 for the animals.

I want to send a very heartfelt thank you to our volunteers, staff and friends for your dedication, compassion and support of PAWS. Even in these challenging times, you have made sure the animals are never forgotten. Together, we are people helping animals.

Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season.

Annette Laico
Executive Director

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