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Every penny counts. The students of the Penny Harvest program make sure of that.
PAWS was recently honored by Adams Elementary, Cedar Valley Community School, McGilvra Elementary and John Muir Elementary with donations totaling $1,584. Wow!

Penny Harvest Kids Through the Penny Harvest program, children nationwide learn that they can make a difference in their community and the lives of others. After collecting a plethora of pennies in the fall, student representatives from each school form a leadership team called a Roundtable Group. These student leaders work hard to identify and research the issues of their communities and then award donations to deserving organizations who best serve their concerns.

I was invited to meet with many of these students during their selection process. Animal welfare is near and dear to many children. Not only do they want to help animals in need with direct care, they also want to educate others to prevent cruelty and abuse.

As Penny Harvest representatives, Marlowe and Elliot (4th grade student leaders) stated in their school’s newsletter, the reason why they selected PAWS was because:

"PAWS  is an organization that helps stray animals such as dogs, cats and wild animals as well.  They neuter and spay dogs and cats to lower the amount of stray animals so not as many get sick or injured.  They also help wild injured animals, baby starving neglected animals and much, much more.” 

PAWS volunteer Marc Warner and I , were thrilled to represent PAWS at their awards assemblies. The handmade checks we received were as big as their hearts. Thank you Penny Harvest students for caring about animals and making a difference in so many lives. You rock!

PAWS Campus Update: April 5, 2011

  

Despite the prolonged rainy, chilly period we have been experiencing lately, the behavior of wildlife here on the CAS/WL campus has been a constant reminder that spring has arrived. Birds and mammals all over our little patch of habi-tat have been preparing to welcome the next generation.
I have encountered at least two pairs of American Robins onsite that were collecting nesting materials. The male in the photos below had a mate nearby that was collecting dried grass. She flew off to an unknown location with the nest –building materials while the male continued to forage. Female robins do all the work when it comes to building the nest, but the male will be chipping in to help with feedings as soon as the hatchlings arrive.


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A pair of Northern Flickers are busy taking turns excavating a nest cavity in a snag behind the wildlife raptor cages. The images below show the male pausing to make sure the coast is clear before returning to his work.

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Another nest that is currently underway belongs to a group of Bushtits. I say “group” because in addition to the mated pair, Bushtit nests often include so called “helper birds.” The majority of these helpers are adult males that have failed to find a mate. They assist with nest building and feeding of the young. The Bushtit nest is coming together nicely not too far from the dog walking trail. The photo below is pretty bad, but you can see the outline of the pouch-like nest and a Bushtit near the right edge of the frame with nesting material in his beak. 05 Bushtit Nest in progress, PAWS Campus 040211 km

 

 

 

 

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There are still a few birds in winter flocks flittering around campus, but you can tell they are switching into breeding mode. They seem a bit preoccupied and pay less attention to a person  standing nearby pointing a camera at them. The Black-capped Chickadee in the following photos is a good example. He moved through with a flock on Saturday.

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The chickadee was very busy looking high and low for any food he could find. He also became agitated when other chickadees came too close, a sign that he’s starting to feel the breeding season shift toward territorial behavior.

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I stayed very still when the chickadee was foraging nearby, but it was clear that he knew I was watching him. Every so often he would pause to take a closer look at me.


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At one point, the chickadee perched in a very wren-like position on a vertical twig. It appears that he was looking at the camera in this shot, but he was actually inspecting the crooked twig in front of him.

 

 

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When I took the photo of him inspecting the twig, the chickadee turned to look at me (below left) and then reposi-tioned to a horizontal perch before taking an even closer look at me (below right).

 

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Apparently unconcerned by my presence, the chickadee resumed foraging (below left). I took a few more shots and left him to his work.

 

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As I walked past the wildlife center’s deer pen last week, I spotted a Dark-eyed Junco standing on the top of the fence. He didn’t see me at first (below left), but the sound of the camera shutter caught his attention (below right). After he looked at me, he disappeared into the deer pen.

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Ruby-crowned Kinglets are still abundant on campus, but that will change in the weeks to come. Many of them will migrate north into Canada for the summer, while some will simply fly out to the Cascades to breed at higher eleva-tions. None are known to nest in the Puget Sound lowlands. Still, many of them are starting to sing their mating songs in anticipation of the coming nesting season even while they continue feeding in winter flocks here on campus.

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I usually only get one or two quick photos of a kinglet before the bird moves on but, much like the chickadee earlier in this update, The kinglet in the photos below seemed too preoccupied to pay much attention to me. It’s a hectic time of year for these little birds.

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Last but not least, I encountered the squirrel in the photo below as I was walking next to the wildlife Ekker cage com-plex. You can’t tell very well in the photo, but she had an extremely large belly. I don’t think this was from eating the abundant hazelnuts on the property either. I think that by the time you read this, there will be a dray (squirrel nest) on campus with a newborn litter of squirrel kits.

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Despite the fear of snow, Thursday was the most successful Humane Lobby Day to date, with more than 50 participants!

The day started with an interactive presentation by Rep. Hans Dunshee of District 44 (co-sponsor of the spay-neuter assistance bill and the prevention of animal cruelty bill).

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Rep. Dunshee captivated the audience with his broad knowledge of this session’s animal welfare bills. (He even posed for our "team photo" with Abby the PAWS Humane Education wonder dog.)

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After two hours of briefing, dozens of bagels, and a sea of coffee, attendees headed off to visit with their representatives. Topics on the agenda included: strengthening animal cruelty enforcement (HB 1147 & SSB 5065), anti-tethering protection for dogs (HB 1755 & SB 5649), creating a spay-neuter assistance program (HB 1226 & SB 5151), opposing the hunting of cougars with hounds (HB 1124 & SB 5356), and the battery cage initiative (I-1130).

Among the 50 attendees, were a unique group of youngsters from the Seattle Jewish Community School. These fourth-graders are veterans of the PAWS Humane Education Program and have won national awards for their essays on circuses that exploit animals.

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After taking some tours and running their own mock legislative session, these little lobbyists sat with Rep. David Frockt and Sen. Scott White (of their own District 46). Their lobby was well prepared, well written, and amazingly persuasive.

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Look for more on this group in the upcoming spring edition of our PAWS magazine!

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Shop the PAWS Store now! 
Any donation gift card or PAWS Store purchase made by December 17 will still arrive before the Christmas holiday!
 

Make a donation in his/her honor!
To make a holiday donation in honor of a friend, family member or animal in your life, you can contribute to the animals at PAWS online. You’ll be helping the animals at PAWS, and we’ll send a special card to your honoree.

Fill their stockings with gifts from the PAWS Store
If you are looking for great gifts that give back, browse the PAWS Store for comfortable and fashionable apparel, dog leashes, water bottles, as well as the PAWS 2011 Calendar, gift memberships and more for every animal lover on your holiday list.

Gifts and purchases made this holiday season help the animals in our care today, and will help thousands more in the year ahead. Thank you!

Nov 25

Thank you!

Sony_web As we sit down to celebrate our friendships and family this Thanksgiving Day, I give my heartfelt thanks to every one of PAWS’ friends who give second chances to animals in need.

Without our family of supporters, the work we do would not be possible. It’s your help that has saved the lives of the animals you see pictured here, and thousands of others this year.

Thank you!
Annette

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What’s cuter than 1,200 pups and 1,500 people all walking together in support of PAWS? You and your pooch joining the pack, of course!


IMG_6328The 19th annual PAWSwalk takes place this year at Seattle’s Magnuson Park on September 11, just one month away. We would love to have you, your family and friends (four-legged and two-legged alike) join us in celebrating the work PAWS does and raise funds to support the thousands of animals we will help this year.


This family event really does have something for everyone. The 5k walk, beginning at 10 a.m., takes you through scenic Magnuson Park. Is your pooch not moving as fast as he used to? Do you have a stroller you’d like to bring along? Not to worry–two short cuts will be available, making the walk accessible to everyone.


IMG_6468 Perhaps you’d like to see how Fido does on the agility course hosted by the Canine Behavior Center, or at fly ball with the Seattle FlyDogs Fly Ball club. Also this year, we’ll have face painting for kids, as well as fun activities in our Kids Zone. We’re even introducing a new guardian and canine look-a-like contest this year.

Register today and use the next month to raise funds that will support the life-saving work PAWS does each day. 


Want to volunteer at the event? We could use your help. Contact Sasha Anderson at sanderson@paws.org or 425.787.2500 x261.


We’ll see you at PAWSwalk 2010!


P.S. – On Thursday, August 19 the PAWS Staff and Volunteer Team will host a special PAWSwalk 2010 fundraiser at BalMar in Ballard! Your pooch is welcome on their outdoor patio, and there will be food and drink specials available, plus an exciting raffle drawing for fun prizes. Visit the PAWS Events Calendar for more information.

 Squirrel Sock-puppet Did you ever stop to think about all the different senses we use to experience and learn about animals and the world around us? I recently had the incredible opportunity to help develop curriculum for and present summer camp lessons to students at the Louis Braille School, which serves children with vision impairment and special challenges. After hours of brainstorming, curriculum writing, and even blindfolding ourselves, my co-educator and I could not have been more thrilled with the results of our unique presentation.

The children were able to experience different ways they can appreciate, learn about and help animals with the use of sounds, touch and scent. It really made me think of a lot of different ways I experience things. For instance, hearing a bird chirp, the scent of ripe strawberries, or petting my dog.

There were so many delightful moments that touched me. I will never forget bringing my therapy dog Abby to visit the campers. As I observed one camper carefully touch her soft ears, wet nose, and curly tail, he suddenly exclaimed, “She’s beautiful!” It warmed my heart to know he felt her beauty. It also reaffirmed that like all kids, these children have an inherent love of animals.

We were thrilled to team up with Louis Braille School and wholeheartedly agree with their director Carolyn Meyer, that when we focus on people’s abilities, they produce amazing results. It’s hard to explain, but if you check out these photos, maybe you’ll understand what I felt.

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Using a tub filled with water, trash and food that wild animals find in their natural habitat, I explain to Brett the importance of not polluting.

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PAWS educator, Sandy, guides Christopher hands over a pair of Great Horned Owl wings.

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Sandy helps Brett create a pinecone enrichment item to donate to the animals at the PAWS Wildlife Center.

Baby looking on at the family cat Are you expecting a new baby, or thinking about starting a family? With all the excitement and emotional and physical stress involved in bringing a new human child into your family, it’s easy to lose sight of the animals in your life who are also completely dependent upon your love and care.

It’s important to start planning ahead of time, to ensure that both your pet’s and human child’s needs are met once new baby arrives.

PAWS has some great resources with tips for integrating new babies into homes with cats and dogs.
 

  • In our latest PAWS magazine, two families shared their success stories of bringing a new baby home to their formerly pet-centric household.
  • Kay Joubert, PAWS Director of Companion Animal Services, was also recently quoted on the issue in Parent Map magazine.
  • And on our website, we have a resource page on pets and babies, that provides a great set of proactive steps you can take to ensure a happy home and family.

Bringing a new baby into the family doesn’t have to mean giving up or ignoring your beloved, life-long furry companions. Use the resources above, and if you still have concerns or questions, please utilize our free behavior help line for one-on-one answers and solutions.

Carriage crest 1_ecClearly, kids in our community care about animals. PAWS was recently honored by several Penny Harvest schools with donations totaling $2,633.33. Wow, and to think people say a penny doesn’t go far these days.

Thanks to the Penny Harvest program, children nationwide learn the value of every penny and how to help their community. After collecting pennies in the fall, each school selects student representatives to form a Roundtable Group. These student leaders help identify and discuss the issues of their community and then select deserving organizations who best serve these concerns. 

 This year, a whopping 47 percent of Penny Harvest Roundtables identified animal welfare as one of the top three issues they care about most. I was invited to meet with several of these students during their selection process. I can tell you first hand, they took their job seriously. I was so impressed with their compassion, leadership qualities and commitment to make this a better world.

Students chose PAWS, because we help both wild animals and companion animals in our community. You can imagine how thrilled I was to represent PAWS at their awards assemblies once we were selected! After all, who doesn’t dream of receiving handmade checks that are so big you need both hands to hold it up?

Dogs and check1_ecSo a great big thank you to these schools for caring about animals:

  • Carriage Crest Elementary
  • Cedar Valley Community School
  • Coe Elementary
  • Gatewood Elementary
  • Giddens School
  • Greenwood Elementary

You guys rock!


 

Work-party-1 Mallards-in-Stagman-cage-p Check out these photos from our last Youth Work Party where an awesome group of young and enthusiastic volunteers spent a morning creating pools for a group of orphaned baby ducklings.

Everyone worked hard and had fun, and the end result was priceless. Quite “quacktastic” if you ask the ducklings!

So what are you waiting for? If you are 10 years or older, you can join the Youth Work Party Team with a parent or guardian today.

Together, we will work on different projects around PAWS to help the animals. Space is limited for each work party so don’t wait. If you’re interested, our next work party is on July 24. We’ll be building bird perches, bunny hide boxes, and cat toys to help the animals at PAWS!