February PAW This Month!

PAW Dog of the Month: Fess Parker


Some of you will remember this sweet, jaunty, now 8 year old hound who was adopted from PAW two years ago. Forces beyond his control led him back to us, and we love him dearly. As always, we promise the well-being of PAW cats and dogs throughout their lives. An ideal home for Fess would be one or two adults who enjoy brisk walks and would savor the company of a sweet, soulful hound dog. He’s house-trained and fine by himself while you’re on errands or at work. He’s gotten a little portly since he left (now 90 lbs.), so the walks are super-important, as is not caving when he looks at you for treats! He's quiet around the house, but when he's outside in the fresh air, he sometimes feels the call of the wild and bays to his heart's content! Won't you take him in as your forever pup?

Want to give Fess a loving, quiet forever home with tons of fun walks?! Submit an adoption application below!

Thank you for helping Fess Parker find his forever home!

Submit Application for Fess Parker!

PAW Cat of the Month: Tinker


Tinker is a sweet, black and white girl who is about 2 years old. She loves people - including kids - and will roll onto her back for belly rubs. She's a great cuddler, both with her people and her foster brother, Shooting Star.

Tinker is spayed, microchipped, up to date on her vaccinations and tested negative for FIV/FELV. To learn more about Tinker, please contact Heather at cat-coordinator@paw-rescue.org.

Thank you for helping Tinker find her forever home!

Upcoming Fundraising Opportunities!


Check out these wonderful PAW license plate frames, which can be purchased by special arrangement by emailing Tracy Crotty at mtetm@yahoo.com, or follow the link below to order them through the mail. Please note there will be a $7.00 shipping fee if mailed. The frames are $15 each, all proceeds, of course, go towards helping PAW continue our mission of rescuing homeless dogs and cats and finding them forever homes.

Buy PAW License Plate Frames Here!

AmazonSmile Charity Lists: A New Way to Give Through Amazon Smile!

Giving to charity has never been easier. AmazonSmile Charity Lists is a new and meaningful way for you to donate items directly to charitable organizations. With Charity Lists, all charity accounts are verified so you can take the guesswork out of giving and donate worry-free!

Begin purchasing items for dogs and cats in need here clicking the button below.


How Maryland and Federal Employees Can Help PAW

Maryland Charity Campaign (MCC): is a workplace charitable giving program that offers State Employees and eligible Retirees the opportunity to contribute to charities using the convenience of payroll deduction. Currently, more than 800 charities participate in the campaign, including PAW.  If you are a MD State employee or eligible retiree and would like to donate to PAW through the MCC, please go to:  https://mcc.maryland.gov/. Thank you!

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC): About 85% of PAW expenses this year will be for veterinary care and boarding for our rescue animals. Our funding is entirely dependent on individual bequests, donations at fundraising events, the website, and the Combined Federal Campaign. CFC is the workplace charitable donation vehicle for active and retired federal employees and contractors, and represents more than 22,000 charities. We receive about 20% of our income through CFC, a 50% decline over recent years. Donations to all CFC charities are down and this year's fundraising atmosphere will be particularly challenging. If we are to continue to rescue, heal, and place animals at our current pace, we need to raise significantly more CFC funds. If you are an active or retired federal employee and would like to donate through CFC, please be sure to speak with your agency CFC coordinator. You can also ask your CFC coordinator to get us an invitation to their charity fair!  CFC events occur primarily between early October and mid-November on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested in helping at one of the fairs, please contact Martha at marthaoppenheim1@gmail.com. You do not need to be a federal employee or retiree to help at the fairs. We really appreciate your help! 

Donate Your Birthday!

Do you have a birthday coming up? As you may know, Facebook allows you to campaign for the nonprofit of your choice for your birthday. We'd love it if you would campaign for PAW! Need help getting started? Click the button below for step-by-step directions. Thank you for your generosity, and Happy Birthday!

Start My FB Birthday Campaign!


The need for foster parents is ALWAYS dire. Have you ever thought about opening your home to a dog or cat who needs a temporary home? Now is the time to make that thought a reality. Do you know someone who would make a good foster parent? Put them in touch with PAW now. The more foster homes we have, the more animals we can rescue.

For information about what is involved in fostering, go to
https://paw-rescue.org/foster/ or contact Dave Campbell at dog-coordinator@paw-rescue.org or Heather Nawrocki at cat-coordinator@paw-rescue.org.

The six benefits of fostering (Adapted from: The Dogington Post; May 2017):

1. Fostering saves lives.
2. You have a hand in making the animal more “adoptable.” We learn so much about the animal from the foster.
3. You have the opportunity to change an animal’s future.
4. Fostering can be great for your family.
5. You become part of a wonderful community (PAW!).
6. You will make someone’s family complete.

The Dog Park Is Bad, Actually

Dog parks may seem like great additions to the community, but they’re rife with problems — for you, and for your dog. Here’s what to know before you go.

A Message From our Friends at The New York Times

Every morning, rain, shine or snow, people stand around making conversation with strangers as their dogs chase, run and mingle. Ranging from elaborate fenced playgrounds and rolling fields to small inner-city runs, dog parks are among the fastest growing park amenities nationwide. The Trust for Public Land found that there has been a 40 percent increase in the development of dog parks since 2009.

The first dog park in the United States was the Ohlone Dog Park, which was founded by Martha Scott Benedict and Doris Richards in 1979 in Berkeley, Calif. Since then, dog parks have become standard amenities in developing city and suburban neighborhoods across the country, but are they actually good for dogs? Surprisingly, canine behavior experts aren’t so sure.

According to a 2018 survey conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (N.R.P.A.), 91 percent of Americans believe dog parks provide benefits to their communities. This was especially true among millennials and Gen Xers, who overwhelmingly recognized dog parks as beneficial amenities. The study found that the top two reasons responders cited for supporting dog parks were that 60 percent thought that they gave dogs a safe space to exercise and roam freely, and 48 percent felt that dog parks were important because they allowed dogs to socialize.

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