Paws Humane

Who could be the pets of the week?
February 2, 2011, 7:32 pm
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This week, PAWS is giving extra attention to two of their plumper pets: Patty and Cricket.

Patty, 4 year old Beagle mix

Meet Patty, a sweet, rotund four-year-old “bagel” (beagle/basset mix) who is looking for her forever home. Like most dogs of the bagel variety, Patty enjoys sniffing, cuddling, eating, sleeping, and vocalizing herself although her favorite activity is sleeping in a comfy chair. This vocal nature is not a good feature to bring home to an apartment community, however. Instead, Patty would enjoy a home with a big backyard that she can roam in from time to time — or even better still, a country home where she can sniff to her heart’s content (under close supervision). Patty is spayed, current on vaccinations and wormer, heartworm negative and micro-chipped.  She is getting the hang of housetraining, too. Her adoption fee is $175.

Cricket, 10 years old

Meet Cricket, another plus-size girl who is also looking for a forever home. She is ten years old but acts so youthful you would not be able to guess her age. She is a vibrant and beautiful buff tabby. She is a friendly gal who loves attention. Cricket is always the first cat in her room to greet the visitors. She keeps her coat beautiful and her green eyes sparkle. Cricket is a happy and well rounded cat, ready to start anew in a loving home. She is spayed, current on vaccinations, FeLV/FIV negative and micro-chipped. Her adoption fee is $50.


Pets of the Week!
December 30, 2010, 10:43 am
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It’s time for the PAWS Pet of the Week!  These lucky pets get to kick off the new year!  Also, congrats to Sammy and Bella (previous cats of the week) on being adopted!



Drift is a 1 ½ yr. old female solid white domestic shorthair. She is a fairly petite cat. When Drift first came to the shelter, she would stay by herself while all her roommates played and cuddled together. She was scared of people and would run away and hide. Poor Drift! Thanks to another kitten here at the shelter Drift is becoming more sociable. Raven, a 10-week-old tortoiseshell kitten was lonely. We put them together and they immediately developed a friendship. Raven was outgoing and was not afraid to take the standoffish Drift under her wing.  They cuddled together and Raven kept Drift safe and secure. Raven has taught Drift that humans are not so bad and she doesn’t have to be scared and lonely. Raven has been adopted and now it’s Drift’s turn! Drift needs a calm home where she can continue to receive affection and security. Drift is spayed, current on vaccinations, FeLV/FIV negative and micro-chipped. Her adoption fee is $100.



Frankie is a handsome six year old border collie/Alaskan husky mix who couldn’t find his way home. A kind citizen picked him up and tried to find his owners but had no luck. When Frankie came to us he was heartworm positive and very matted — he even had some little pinecones stuck in his fur. Currently he is sporting a lion cut but when his fur grows back, he will have a very beautiful, shiny black coat. Frankie is very calm, quiet, housebroken and well-behaved; he seems to love children and car rides, and he really enjoys it whenever people come to visit him. Frankie will need to be the only dog in the household. He has been neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and heartworm treated. His adoption fee is $175.

A Donation with Every Click
December 2, 2010, 3:02 pm
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Here’s an awesome way to help out PAWS and it is seriously SO easy!

All you have to do is download the GoodSearch – PAWS Humane toolbar here.

Each time you search the web with GoodSearch’s Yahoo-powered search engine, about a penny will go to PAWS.

Also, if you ever shop online—every time you shop at 1,000 participating stores including Amazon, eBay, Target, ToysRUs, Staples, Best Buy, etc., a percentage of your purchase will be donated for free! (The site also has thousands of money-saving coupons!)  The shopping experience and the prices are exactly the same as going to the retailer directly, but by going through GoodShop, up to 30% of the purchase price is donated the user’s favorite cause!

To give you a sense of how the money can add up, the ASPCA has already earned more than $30,000!

Please tell 10 (or MORE!) friends about the PAWS GoodSearch toolbar today. They’ve been featured in the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Oprah Magazine, Good Morning America and more.

Seriously, you couldn’t ask for an easier, free way to help PAWS Humane!

Shelter Pet Appreciation Day!
November 30, 2010, 10:31 am
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I got an email yesterday from The Shelter Pet Project saying how today is Shelter Pet Appreciation Day and how we can help get people to adopt more pets from shelters.  For some reason, it’s a common misconception that pets from shelters have something wrong with them. So for one full day, let’s show everyone just  how great shelter pets really are!

To celebrate, join The Shelter Pet Project in asking animal lovers to post to Facebook telling the world about a great shelter pet you’ve known and loved.  This doesn’t take anything fancy, just share your pet’s name and story, favorite memories, or how you met and fell in love with your shelter pet. You can post by status update, sharing a photo, linking a blog post, or sending a Tweet.  Just make sure that you tag “Shelter Pet Project” in your post, so that all the posts will be on their fan page, showing everyone all the shelter pet stories.  I also chose to tag PAWS Humane, since that is where I adopted my sweet babies!

The Shelter Pet Project is a public service ad campaign sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund in partnership with the Ad Council and the entire animal welfare movement.

Turkey Day Pet Tips
November 23, 2010, 1:17 pm
Filed under: Informational, Uncategorized

Taken from the ASPCA website

This Thanksgiving my sweet pup, Zoey, will be coming with me to visit my family.  For many of us, sharing the holiday season with our pets is important, but we also have to remember that there’s a limit as so how much they can participate.  After all, we all know it wouldn’t be a good idea to cut a slice of pie for Fido or Mr. Whiskers!

I will be out of town until Monday, so I just wanted to leave you with a few  Thanksgiving Safety Tips from the ASPCA website to keep in mind while you’re celebrating with your pup or kitty:

  • Turkey Treats. If you’re going to feed your pet a little piece of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked.  Raw or undercooked turkey may contain salmonella bacteria! Yuck!
  • Stuffing Safety. Sage is a common herb to put in Thanksgiving stuffing, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.
  • Raw bread dough is a no-no! According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach.  As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.  And I don’t know about you, but surgery is NOT something I want during the holidays!
  • Sweet Treats. If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
  • Tummy Troubles. A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays (which is probably what humans should do too!)
  • A Feast for Fido. While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy. (Zoey absolutely LOVES green beans in her Kong!)

I hope you’ll keep these tips in mind while you’re feasting with your loved ones.  If you’re looking for a new addition to your family to join you for the holidays, then definitely stop by the PAWS Humane shelter!  Don’t forget, Foster for the Holidays is coming soon! Just fill out a foster application (available on their website)  and either email it at or deliver it to the shelter by December 18.  Every pet deserves to have a warm, loving home during the holidays!

Hello, Shasta and Toby!
November 22, 2010, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Adoptions, Uncategorized

Today I decided to head over to the shelter after class and pick one dog and one cat to put in the spotlight.  The selection process consisted of me asking the adoption counselors, “Hey, who should I cuddle with today?”  I then spent 30 minutes with each animal.  Now I know being with them for a half an hour each isn’t going to tell you everything about their personality but it can at least give you a glimpse.


Carrol, the cat adoption counselor, suggested that I cuddle with any cat in the cat condos, since they don’t get as much attention as those that are in the cat colonies (in the big rooms).  So after walking in the room and hearing a million meows, my eyes fell on 9 month old, Shasta.  Shasta gave me her fair share of meows but wasn’t quite as mouthy as some others.  Instead of petting her in her condo, I took her into an adoption room.

If curiosity killed the cat, then I honestly don’t know how Shasta has survived!  This little lady went around the room and sniffed every inch of it, examining every nook and cranny.  She was so caught up in the newness of the room that she didn’t even pay me any attention as I sat in the middle, attempting to snap some photos of her.  After about five minutes, she brushed past me (what seemed like on accident), meowed, and started purring.

From then on the purring didn’t stop.  Even when she insisted on jumping onto every thing in the room (2 chairs, 2 small tables, and 1 desk), she would keep coming back wanting me to stroke her.  She never settled in my lap because she couldn’t stop exploring the room, but I have a feeling if she got more comfortable in the room she would have happily snoozed on me.


As for Toby, a six month old Terrier/mix, the dog adoption counselor, Ashley, directed me toward his room.  He was just put on the adoption floor today, and she said he wants nothing more than a lap to lay on.  When I approached the door, Toby immediately jumped on the door, barking.  To me I couldn’t see how this pup was calm enough to even think about laying on my lap!  According to Ashley, her and the other counselors are pretty sure he suffers from separation anxiety, but his previous owner said that he is crate trained (which is the best way to combat anxiety).

When I came in the room, Toby was definitely hyped up.  Luckily he had plenty of toys in his room that we played with to blow off steam.  After just a few minutes, he was ready to cuddle.

For thirty minutes he sat by me, laid by me, and even laid on me a few times, the entire time with his tongue hanging out and panting.  It didn’t surprise me to find out that he is good with all people and even friendly with cats and dogs.  He is definitely not a lazy dog though.  After a little while of relaxing, he’d get right up and grab a toy to play for a little while, then went right back to relaxing.  He also knows how to sit, shake, and lay down!

Hopefully, you’ve gotten a taste of some of the pets at PAWS, but remember, it’s only a taste!  If you really want to get to know one of them, you’re more than welcome to go by the shelter and hang out with them yourself.

Until next time!

December Promotions, Specials & Events
November 20, 2010, 5:12 pm
Filed under: Adoptions, Events, Uncategorized

PAWS has quite a few things planned for this holiday season, including adoption specials and events!  Here are some things happening in the month of December:

Adoption Special

  • $25 off of Cat Adoptions
  • $50 off of Dog Adoptions

Veterinarian Services Promotions

  • Chihuahua $60 Spay/Neuter for the entire month of December (look for more details in my previous post!)

Happy Howlidays Event
December 11th from 4-7 pm @ the PAWS Humane shelter

This even is a great opportunity to bring the kids and your furry family members to PAWS Humane for a day filled with holiday fun! You’ll be able to get your photo taken with Santa and enjoy hot cocoa and snacks. Children can decorate frames, stockings, and cards for friends and family. Admission is free, but they ask you to bring an item from the wish list for an orphaned shelter pet and help them celebrate the Holiday Season.  Donations wouldn’t hurt either!

Foster for the Holidays
To me, this is one of the most important programs PAWS does over the holidays.  Foster for the Holidays is an opportunity to provide a homeless pet with a holiday season that they wouldn’t get at the shelter.  If you’re  interested in helping give these shelter pets the best Holiday season,  complete the Foster Application (which can be found on their website) and email to or deliver to PAWS by December 18th.  Accepted participants will receive confirmation and can visit PAWS December 17th -19th to preselect their potential foster pet.  Foster pet pickups will be December 22nd and returns will be January 4th.  Those who decide to adopt their foster pet (and I hope you do!) will be able to complete the final paperwork and receive their ‘Foster for the Holidays’ discount on January 4th.