We hope this email finds everyone enjoying the beginning of spring! We are writing you in hopes that you may be able to make a donation to the Hearts for Heartworm fund. In January, the pharmaceutical company Merial announced that there would be a national shortage of Imiticide through the first quarter of 2010. Imiticide is the only drug approved to treat adult heartworm disease so the ramifications of this shortage were disastrous. Please watch the Hearts for Heartworm videoto learn more. PAWS would like to thank Miss Brittany Schmidt for all the hard work and contributions to this video.
Imiticide is now available again and PAWS is faced with over $10,000 in veterinary costs to treat 32 infected dogs. This expense has forced us to stop taking in any new dogs and has held up multiple adoptions. Many dogs have been adopted but they are waiting for treatment before they can go to their adoptive home. And sadly, the euthanasia rate at Tipton County is skyrocketing because PAWS is unable to take in any new pups. Spring is typically our busiest adoption time of the year and known in the rescue world as "puppy season." Litters upon litters of puppies are being put to sleep because we don't have the funding to rescue them. Please consider making a donation here. As soon as we are able to raise the funds to cover heartworm treatment, we will be able to resume rescuing dogs from Tipton. For the dogs currently on the euthanasia list, every moment counts. Every donation- no matter how small- counts. Thank you, as always, for your incredible support.
Many thanks, The Pups and Volunteers at PAWS
Tide is hoping for a quick, successful fundraising campaign Tide is a 1.5 year old pure bred Weimaraner who ended up at Tipton County Animal Control as a stray. He was adopted by a local family who kept him for two weeks and returned him. When the pound staff asked why they were returning him, the family said that they had taken him to the vet and found out that he had juvenile cataracts. They decided that the $1,500 price tag to fix his eyes was not worth his life and they sent him back to the pound to face almost certain euthanasia.
Tide did not ask to have this eye problem and he did not ask to be among the millions of animals in need of a home. His current medical condition almost guarantees that no other rescue group or adopter will step forward to save him. Please help us raise money for this special case by clicking on this link to DONATE.
Leyla is a two year old husky mix who spent her entire life as a stray dog. A man first saw her as a baby running around the woods and started to feed her. Almost a year later, he noticed that she was pregnant. He was able to catch her puppy and adopted the puppy himself. The man asked PAWS for help as he did not want to see Leyla having litter after litter and contributing to the massive problem of animal population. Eventually, we were able to trap her.
Leyla has been petrified of people since she came into our organization. The Schmidt family took great time and care to help bring her out of her shell and Leyla made incredible progress under their care. Just last week, Leyla went to Kelly Parker's house to foster. Kelly has been keeping a blog that monitors Leyla's progress. Watching a dog this shy learn to trust people is a beautiful process. We hope that you will subscribe to Leyla's blog and visit often to see how well she is doing! Why did PAWS ask for a lawyer in the last email?
At PAWS, we make a commitment that all dogs in our care experience a safe and healthy environment. Unfortunately, a situation arose in which one of the PAWS dogs needed help from the legal system. New Hampshire lawyers Ross Terrio and Patricia Morris graciously offered their expertise so we can ensure that this dog is returned to a safe situation. We can not thank all of you enough for the many emails and suggestions you made to assist us in this case.
Please enjoy this incredible video created by PAWS Volunteer Christina Messier. It includes pictures of all 694 dogs adopted in 2009- look for your precious PAWS pup! If you adopted your PAWS pup in 2009 and their photo is not pictured, please email Christina here.
The Durham Pet Fair Sunday May 16th 11am-5pm Cochinchaug High School 135 Pickett Lane Durham, CT
The volunteers at PAWS are very excited to participate in this 2nd annual event hosted by "Help Willy's Friends." Please join us and meet some of the local foster dogs, enjoy great food and music, and shop for all sorts of creative pet items. More information about the event can be found here. We look forward to seeing you there! MRFRS Strut for Strays in Mass! Sunday May 23rd 11am-4pm Bartlett Mall Newburyport, MA
PAWS has been participating in this incredible event for the last few years and we can't wait to join our friends at the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society for food, fun, and furry friends!
Whisker Walk Sunday June 6th 11am-3pm Lancaster Fairground Lancaster, MA
Whisker Walk is a fun day for families and their dogs PLUS a dog walk-a-thon fundraiser to benefit rescue groups like PAWS. Last year's walk had one hundred different rescue groups and pet vendors- it is a huge event! The event is held on 50+ acres so pet owners and animals lovers have plenty of space to bring their own furry friends! For more information on this great event, please click here.
Change Your Search Engine, Save a LIFE!
PAWS has partnered with Goodsearch.com in hopes that you will help us raise money anytime you shop on the Internet or do a search! We have raised $154.04 so far and know that we can do better if more people participate! Here is how it works:
Select "Tipton Treasures- PAWS New England" under Who Do You Goodsearch For?
Start searching! It's easy! They have a great toolbar, search box, and homepage option.
You can also click on the "Shop Now" button to ensure that a percentage of your Internet purchases (Amazon, Apple, Best Buy etc) go to PAWS!
Are you a friend of PAWS? Link to Us!
PAWS webmaster, Jean Seok, has helped us develop a new PAWS logo that can go in email signatures and on your webpages. Help us spread the word about PAWS New England by going to this link and adding our logo to your emails and webpages!
PAWS New England uses this newsletter as a way to connect with all of our former adopters and supporters.