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PAWS For Reflection 04/04/2016

We had an absolutely gorgeous evening for our annual fish fry on Good Friday.  A great deal of fish & hushpuppies, along with potato salad, slaw, and baked beans was enjoyed by a great many of you.  The YETI cooler, donated by Dr. Kathy Swafford, was won by Carlene Steele of Dongola.

 

We had a great time, too, and wanted to thank all of you who attended.  Special thanks to Lou Boswell for once again donating the use of her beautiful Lou’s Room for our event. 

 

Next up, later this month, is our annual plant sale at PAWS Place Adoption Center.  We’ll have bedding flowers and plants, tomatoes & peppers, and spectacular hanging baskets for your spring and summer decorating and enjoyment.

Meanwhile, check out our babies available for adoption on Petfinder.com, AdoptAPet.com, or our website.  Then come meet your new BFF.  Remember, each one that is adopted makes room for another furbaby that may be in desperate circumstances. 

Visit PAWS 2nd Chance Resale, too, for just about anything you might need for your home or yard, or to wear.  Lots of very pretty formal gowns for as low as $20-$50. 

Talk to us about our work, ways you can help and support us.  We believe that any day you can help save a life is, indeed, a good day.  We think you feel the same way.

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

 

PAWS For Reflection 03/28/2016

Let’s move forward.  Daylight Savings Time is here, our world is green and blooming and budding.  It definitely is Springtime in Southern Illinois.  Our Spring plant sale at PAWS Place Adoption Center will begin soon.

 

 

 

Looking ahead a bit more, PAWS 2nd Chance Resale has a number of beautiful dresses and gowns just perfect for the upcoming spring formal events.  Some have never even been worn and are available at a fraction of the cost of dresses in boutiques. 

 

And, of course, winter clothing is on sale, some for as little as $1 each.  You’ll enjoy your visit to the store, and will always find a bargain.

 

We treasure your support, and always love to hear the “happy tails” of your adopted companion animals.  You’ll find no better friend than a furbaby from PAWS Place Adoption Center, and as long as you’re with us, we’ll be rescuing, caring for, and rehoming them.

 

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.

PAWS For Reflection 02/22/2016

 

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.

PAWS For Reflection 03/21/2016

Remember we talked about the 5300 lives saved and rehomed since the opening of PAWS Place Adoption Center? Well, we just finished last year’s statistics, and over 900 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens passed through our doors over just the past 3 years, with nearly 900 adoptions during that same period.  We adopted animals to no less than 23 states in just those three years.

It is truly amazing what power there is in utilizing internet to share our babies’ stories and pictures. There is no greater exposure, no greater venue for getting these animals adopted than the outlets we utilize, Petfinder.com, Adopt-A-Pet.com, our own website, pawspaws.org, is and our facebook site.  We have adopted animals from New York to California and many, many places in between, thanks to these websites. 

We really look forward to seeing you at our annual Good Friday Fish Fry this Friday, 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 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.

 

We’ll also be having the drawing for the YETI 20 qt. softside cooler that evening, too.  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 now at PAWS 2nd Chance Resale.  You don’t have to be present to win, but we hope you are!

 

We want to again to offer our many thanks to the Kroger shoppers who have chosen PAWS to receive community rewards from the Kroger Company. The more supporters that designate PAWS as their charity choice, the more Kroger will donate, at no additional cost to shoppers.  You already have your Kroger shopper card, so all that’s necessary is to log in to www.Kroger.com/communityrewards, and use the PAWS ID #10673.  The program applies at any Kroger, not just in Anna.

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

PAWS For Reflection 02/08/2016

 

World Spay Day is an annual campaign of The HSUS, Humane Society International and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. On the last Tuesday of every February, World Spay Day shines a spotlight on the power of affordable, accessible spay/neuter to save the lives of companion animals, community (feral and stray) cats, and street dogs who might otherwise be put down in shelters or killed on the street. The 22nd annual World Spay Day is February 23, 2016. Join PAWS and help spread the message!

In every community, in every state, there are homeless animals. In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest, nearly 4 million cats and dogs annually, are euthanized. These are healthy, sweet pets who would have made great companions.

Spay/neuter is the only permanent, 100 percent effective, method of birth control for dogs and cats.

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

A USA Today (May 7, 2013) article cites that pets who live in the states with the highest rates of spaying/neutering also live the longest.

 

Unneutered dogs are much more assertive and prone to urine-marking (lifting his leg) than neutered dogs. Although it is most often associated with male dogs, females may do it, too. Spaying or neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.

 

For cats, the urge to spray is extremely strong in an intact cat, and the simplest solution is to get yours neutered or spayed by 4 months of age, before there's even a problem. Neutering solves 90 percent of all marking issues, even in cats that have been doing it for a while. It can also minimize howling, the urge to roam, and fighting with other males.

 

Other behavioral problems that can be ameliorated by spay/neuter include:

1) Roaming, especially when females are "in heat."; 2) Aggression: Studies also show that most dog bites involve dogs who are unaltered; 3) Excessive barking, mounting, and other dominance-related behaviors.

 

When you factor in the long-term costs potentially incurred by a non-altered pet, the savings afforded by spay/neuter are also clear.  Caring for a pet with reproductive system cancer can easily run into the thousands of dollars?five to ten times as much as a routine spay surgery.

 

Additionally, unaltered pets can be more destructive or high-strung around other dogs. Serious fighting is more common between unaltered pets of the same gender and can incur high veterinary costs.

 

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!

 

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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