PAWS Magazine

Issue 70, Summer 2008

From the heart

Photo of PAWS Executive Director - Annette LaicoDear Friends,

Many of you ask about Cosmo and Rocky, the two kittens I wrote about three years ago, who I fostered for five weeks then adopted as permanent life companions. I'm pleased to report they've grown into wonderful, independent, yet affectionate boys who I cherish dearly.

And every year at this time, as PAWS' foster care team goes into overdrive caring for so many litters of sick or unwanted kittens, I think of the amazing dedication and skill that embody our foster care program. I think of how selfless volunteers clean up after, medicate and sometimes bottle-feed through the night the most fragile ones in our care.

I also think of our wildlife center staff and volunteers who daily tackle piles of laundry, feed orphaned songbirds every half-hour, and scrub away caked-on food that infant Raccoons have smeared around their enclosures. The chores are endless, but our family at PAWS moves tirelessly forward to save lives.

In June, we wrapped up another successful school year of delivering our in-depth Kids Who Care program to fourth and fifth graders. We gave 90 humane lessons to more than 450 students in 15 classrooms. After a short hiatus, we began new animal workshops for area summer camps in late June, bringing educational messages tucked inside exciting hands-on activities to eager campers.

Wherever your adventures take you this summer, I hope you have the opportunity to admire the breathtaking wildlife all around us, or spend time with a favorite companion animal. I also hope you take a moment to reflect on how significant your support is to thousands of injured, orphaned, abandoned and homeless animals. Our warmest thanks go to every member of PAWS' family for giving animals---and the humans who appreciate them---new hope for a brighter future.

All my best for a wonderful summer,

Annette Laico
Executive Director


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