PAWS Magazine

Issue 69, Spring 2008

Advocacy 101

Photo of PAWS' Public Affairs Coordinator, Sylvia Moss, in front of the capitol building in Olympia, WA. Every week new laws are created that impact animals. Much of what is decided in our towns, counties and state depends on citizens sharing their personal views with elected officials. But you don't have to be a professional lobbyist to help strengthen laws that protect animals in your community.

It's as easy as:

  • Signing up for e-newsletters. PAWS' Actionline e-newsletter is a great way to stay up-to-date on issues affecting animals with tips on how to make a difference. Visit and click on "E-News."
  • Visiting the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington's website at to review city and county codes and to see who your elected officials are.
  • Exploring the Washington State Legislature's website at for information on our state's legislative process, how to track bills, and how to identify your representatives.
  • Planning a day trip to Olympia. Take a tour of our state's capital and a quick class on the legislative process. Call 1.800.562.6000 for more information.
  • Telling your elected officials how you feel. Ask your elected officials how they plan to strengthen animal protection laws in your community. Whether you send them an e-mail or letter, make a phone call, or write the editor of your local newspaper: every message truly makes a difference.

After contacting her elected officials, a PAWS' supporter recently shared:

"To my shock, they each replied to me! And these were personal---directly to me! I am regularly writing my own letters to local, state, and federal officials. It has proven quite stimulating and fun. I can't imagine much else being so worthwhile and also being free of charge!"

Please share your personal advocacy stories with us via e-mail at, or copy us on your e-mails to your elected officials. A better world for animals starts today!


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