November PAW This Month!

PAW Dog of the Month: Josey


Josey is a sweet and calm 4 year old, 80 lb., lab/mastiff mix girl. She gets excited to see you and then stops the minute you pet her and soaks up the love you’re giving her. She is looking for a family that would love to cuddle and love her as much as possible. She bonds quickly with anyone who shows her true love. She is a big lap dog!

If you are interested in adopting Josey, please click below to submit an application. Thank you for helping Josey find her forever home!

Submit Application for Josey!

PAW Cat of the Month: Shooting Star


Shooting Star and his brother Bottle Rocket were turned in to a rural Virginia rescue when they were very young. Born in March 2019, these cute boys were ready to find their forever homes. Bottle Rocket has been adopted but Shooting Star is still waiting for his forever home.

Shooting Star is a buff tabby male with medium hair. He's a little more shy than his brother Bottle Rocket and can become a bit startled by sudden movements or loud noises. However, he does enjoy petting sessions on his foster dad's lap, and often gauges situations based on another kitty. His ideal forever home would be either as a single pet, or with an outgoing feline friend that he can stick with. Shooting Star would probably enjoy a dog-free home without children.

Shooting Star is neutered, microchipped, up to date on his vaccinations and tested negative for FIV/FELV. To learn more about Shooting Star, please contact Heather at

Thank you for helping Shooting Star find his forever home!

Upcoming Fundraising Opportunities!

Giving Tuesday is Coming!

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we invite you to kick it off with us on Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, you'll have the chance to join people around the world and support a cause close to your heart.

This Giving Tuesday, help us continue to give the gift of forever homes to homeless dogs and cats in local and out-of-state shelters. By giving to PAW on Giving Tuesday, you are providing transfer, vetting, kenneling (for dogs and cats that aren't being fostered), and additional expenses, to these homeless dogs and cats. Additionally, continued income allows us to rescue more dogs and cats, so you will be directly responsible for more dogs and cats being saved and finding their forever homes.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and stay tuned for more details! 


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.



Want to do some early Christmas shopping? Or just want to buy a nice gift for a friend or yourself? With each purchase of this sweet "Paws Off Necklace," PAW will receive $10.50, through December 25th. You or your friends can wear this lovely necklace knowing that you helped animals in need by donating to PAW!

“Paws Off Necklace," Item 1516N. Retail price is $42.
This delicate necklace has a built-in extender from 15 to 18." It's rhodium-plated with Swarovski crystals, and is nickel-free, lead-free and cadmium-free. It is backed by a Lifetime Replacement guarantee.

Order "Paws Off Necklace" Here!

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

Shop with AmazonSmile!

When shopping online with Amazon, make sure you shop through AmazonSmile. It is exactly the same, except a portion of your purchase will benefit PAW. In the 3rd Quarter of this year, AmazonSmile users contributed $220.35 by just simply shopping. To date, AmazonSmile has donated a total of $2,917.97 to PAW!

So please remember to shop with AmazonSmile and make sure PAW is your chosen non-profit. Thank you for all of your support!

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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 or contact Dave Campbell at or Heather Nawrocki at

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.

Thanksgiving Pet Safety

A Message From our Friends at American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends, but it also can carry some hazards for pets. Holiday food needs to be kept away from pets, and pet owners who travel need to either transport their pets safely or find safe accommodations for them at home. Follow these tips to keep your pets healthy and safe during the holiday.

Click here to read more!

Donations are Appreciated!

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OR Mail in this Donation Form:

Partnership for Animal Welfare, Inc.

P.O. Box 1074, Greenbelt
United States