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PAW Dog of the Month: Lydell


Lydell is a 1 year old, 48 lb., Dutch Shepherd mix. He is a nice guy with lots of fun and energy! He would benefit from an active owner or a family with kids who will run and play with him. He loves to interact with people and dogs. He does need some leash work but is a fast learner! He already knows "sit" and "come"! Lydell can be rough in play but that's just because playing is so exciting! He loves tennis balls and stuffed animals, brings them to you so you'll play too, and will readily give them up. He is very happy to meet other dogs and wants to play with them.

Thank you for helping Lydell find his forever home!

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PAW Cat of the Month: Sunshine


Sunshine is a 2 year old male buff tabby. Sunshine has been affectionately nicknamed Sunny, and he does have a warm sunny personality.  His foster family will often refer to him as FOMO because this kitty doesn’t want to be left out!  Sunny is a born follower and trails his foster families’ 4-year-old cat around the house to make sure he doesn’t miss out on anything.  Sunny does require the company of other cats and will need to go to a home where he will have at least one kitty companion who will accept his don’t leave me behind attitude.  

Sunshine’s warm and loving disposition is remarkable.  He was rescued from a hoarding situation in the spring of 2021 where he was one of two hundred plus cats.  When PAW took over his care, he had multiple infections.  He is now infection free and healthy! However, Sunny has been diagnosed with chronic idiopathic rhinitis. This means he will always have a bit of a stuffy nose.  Don't let that stop you from adopting this loving and gentle survivor kitty!  He takes two low-cost medications daily plus two over the counter supplement to keep his sinus inflammation and snuffles under control.  This guy is a champ at taking those pills! Sunny is on a diet that consists largely of wet food since it also plays a part in keeping him free from developing sinus infections. 

Soon after being rescued by PAW Sunny required surgery to free his left third eyelid.  The surgery was successful, but his left eye is somewhat scarred.  His vision is not at 100%, but he sees very well.  He can track fast moving toys and follows everyone’s movement in the house.  He is the rare cat who doesn’t find gazing out the window essential… unless that is what his foster brother is doing. 

Sunny has a calm energy and is best described as a gentle and sensitive soul. He loves a good wrestle with his foster brother but will also play independently.  Sunny has developed an attachment to one of his toys, a little squirrel.  He will sing a tender song of love about his little squirrel as he carries him around the house.  He is a true lap cat and is happiest when there is a lap to snuggle into.  After people earn his trust Sunny will allow himself to be picked up for brief periods as long as his ears are being rubbed.  Sunny is confident when new people come into his foster home and will be right there with his foster family greeting guests.  Given a little time he warms up to the new people and enjoys letting them pet him.  Sunshine is without a doubt a house cat.  Anything beyond the front or back door is too much and he will back away from the vast world beyond the home.  Like many cats he does not like sudden noises or fast movement and would do best in a home that is more tranquil than chaotic.

Sunshine is neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and tested negative for FIV/FELV.

If you would like to meet Sunshine via a Facetime or Zoom video call, as well as ask questions about him, please complete the application here: and we will be in touch.

If you have any other questions, please contact Annaliesa at

Thank you for helping Sunshine find his forever home!

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Upcoming Fundraising Opportunities!

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: 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 Sanjeeta at You do not need to be a federal employee or retiree to help at the fairs. We really appreciate your help! 

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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!

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Be Your Dog’s Advocate | What to Consider

From our friends Lisa Lyle Waggoner and Cold Nose College....

Be an advocate for your dog.

Have you ever stopped to think about what it means to “be an advocate for your dog”?

Merriam-Webster defines advocate as “one that supports or promotes the interests of another.”

As a professional dog trainer, I’m always encouraging my clients to be advocates for their dogs. To me, this means putting the physical and emotional well-being of my dog before my own needs. This includes protecting my dog from injury, from other dogs and from other people. It also means that I may need to speak up for my dog in a variety of situations because she doesn’t have the ability to do so.

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