News and Notes

138 Classrooms and counting

PAWS Humane Education Program continues to grow each year, directly reaching students and adults through our classroom offerings. Through the first half of 2011, we have already delivered 138 presentations, providing lessons of compassion and respect towards animals to over 1,300 kids.

In addition to our core six-week Kids Who Care program, which covers topics from responsible pet care to a greater understanding of wildlife and farm animals, PAWS also offers stand alone workshops about companion animals, wildlife and careers in animal welfare.

For more information about workshops for your group, or for classroom offerings in the fall, call 425.412.4026 or e-mail education@paws.org.

Welcome new Board Members

PAWS recently welcomed four new faces to our Board of Directors: Brian DeFoe, Norma Fuentes, Dora Leung, and Alexandra Smith.

Brian is a business lawyer currently practicing with Lane Powell. He has a strong interest in providing service to nonprofit organizations and cares deeply about animal welfare.

Currently the Chief Development Officer at Stroum Jewish Community Center, Norma Fuentes has an extensive background in development with nature conservation and animal care organizations. She couldn’t be happier to be putting her experience to good use with PAWS.

Dora Leung is a CPA and Senior Manager in Clark Nuber’s tax practice. As the proud guardian of four adopted dogs, she is passionate about helping others find the joy in providing a home for abandoned animals.

Also the proud guardian of former shelter dogs, Alexandra Smith is an attorney with Lane Powell who has practiced environmental law in Seattle and Olympia for 20 years. She is eager to contribute her skills to the community in a meaningful way, and we couldn’t be more pleased that her passion led her to PAWS.

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome these new members to the Board. Thank you all for contributing your valuable time, energy and skills to PAWS on behalf of the animals!

Get ready, get set...20th Anniversary PAWSwalk!

PAWSwalk is coming! Join thousands of walkers and their canine companions on Saturday, September 10 at Seattle’s Magnuson Park for the 20th Anniversary of PAWSwalk. Participating in this benefit event for PAWS will help save the lives of dogs, cats, and wildlife in our community. Raise awareness and funds for the animals, have fun, and help us reach our goal of $200,000.

In addition to the 2k and 5K walks, PAWSwalk features the Kids Zone, a canine agility course, FlyBall demonstrations, contests for you and your dog, shopping, free samples and more.

Register at PAWSwalk.net. You can register as an individual or start a team and join fundraising forces with your friends, family, and co-workers. There are prizes for the top fundraisers and for all walkers who raise at least $50. Register today and start saving lives!

Animals win in Olympia

For Washington State’s 2011 legislature, it’s been a year all about the budget. But it’s also been a year for animal protections, thanks to a strong show of support from the animal welfare community.

SB 5065 strengthening animal cruelty protections passed and was signed into law by Governor Gregoire. This new law closes the gaps so that people convicted of animal cruelty cannot easily become repeat offenders. While the current law applies to only those who have been ordered by the court to forfeit their animals, the new law will apply to any person convicted of felony animal cruelty. The bill also increases jail time and penalties for those convicted of second degree animal cruelty.

Also, a bill allowing sport hunters to hunt cougars with hounds was successfully stalled in its tracks. PAWS, along with other concerned organizations and citizens, voiced opposition for this bill because of its ineffectiveness, and legislators listened.

Stop by and say “Hi”

PAWS tent

The bright orange PAWS tent will be on the move this summer, with stops at fairs and festivals around Puget Sound. Volunteers will be on hand to answer your wildlife questions, help you with pet issues, and even sign you up for PAWSwalk. We have information, literature, and smiles for miles!

Mill Creek Festival        
July 16 & 17, 11 a.m–6 p.m.
Mill Creek Boulevard and 161st Street
For more info: millcreekfestival.com

Fred Meyer Sidewalk Sale
July 16 & 17, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Ballard Fred Meyer, 915 N.W. 45th St.

Brier Night Out
August 2, 6–8:30 p.m.
Brier Park, 2903 228th Street SW

See our entire calendar of summer events and festivals at paws.org.

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