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PAWS . . . for Reflection

an article by Pets Are Worth Saving, Inc.


Hey!  Did you miss us last week?  Well, print deadlines and “getting older forgetfulness” sometimes do not play well together.  Here we go.

If you haven’t marked your calendars yet, don’t forget that our annual Good Friday Fish Fry is March 25th, 5 to 8 pm at Lou’s Room in Anna. It’s always an evening of great food, great fun, and great friends. 


We’ll have new PAWS shirts available, and for those of you who haven’t visited the store lately, our precious Mona Lisa now has her own banner t-shirts, too.


Then, we have that YETI 20 qt. softside cooler.  Dads, husbands, brothers, grandpas, your best pal, all the guys will love this one.  Tickets are for a donation of $1 each or 6 for $5, and the drawing will be that evening.  You can see this prize and get your chances at PAWS 2nd Chance Resale. 


We want to remind you again that World Spay Day is February 23, 2016. This is the annual campaign of The HSUS, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association to shine a spotlight on the power of affordable and accessible spay/neuter to save the lives of homeless and unwanted companion animals. This is the 22nd annual World Spay Day. Join PAWS and help spread the message!

In addition to the humane aspect of spaying and neutering companion animals, there are numerous other benefits, both for them, for our communities, and for the families of neutered animals

Pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering are reported to live the longest.  Spaying or neutering your dog or cat should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.


Other behavioral problems that can occur as a result of their drive to breed can be ameliorated by spay/neuter and include roaming, aggressive behaviors, greatly reduced rates of biting, and other dominance-related behaviors.

Long-term health care costs incurred by a non-altered pet with reproductive system cancers can easily run into the thousands of dollars, also demonstrating the savings afforded by spay/neuter


So, please join us in our mission to end the needless killing of homeless companion animals in Southern Illinois, and across the U.S.  Do the responsible and honorable thing for them, for your family, and for your community.  Spay or neuter your pets!


And if yours are all done, then “pay it forward” by sponsoring this life-saving surgery for a friend’s dog or cat, or those of your relatives or coworkers.  You will feel so good!


Meanwhile, if you see a companion animal in need, in trouble, or suffering, please, please call someone before it’s too late for them.  Call your local animal control office, the police, the Sheriff’s Dept., and let us know, too.  It IS your business if an innocent being who cannot speak for himself needs your help!


Spay/Neuter/Adopt companion animals and keep PAWS in mind.  Call or write to us at 139 E. Vienna St., Anna, IL, 62906; ph: 618-833-DOGS (3647); pawspaws.org; and facebook.com/PAWSAnna.

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