December PAW This Month!

PAW Dog of the Month: Sadie


Sadie is a 5 year old lab mix who weighs 69 lbs. She appears to be a boxer/lab mix but who knows! She came to PAW with her brother, Matt, because their mom had to move somewhere that did not allow dogs. She's sweet and gentle with people and other dogs. She is sad and confused in general though, because she has been taken from her home. She is dealing with some separation anxiety and will need to go to an experienced dog owner’s home; maybe one with another dog friend. If you are Sadie’s person, please fill out an application!

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

Submit Application for Sadie!

PAW Cat of the Month: Roque

Roque is a gray tabby who was born around July 2019, and was found with her sister Jean Gray. They made their way to a rural shelter, and PAW has transported them to the DMV in hopes that they will have a better chance of finding forever homes!

Roque reportedly loves affection, and is super sweet. 

Roque is spayed, microchipped, FIV/FELV negative and up-to-date on her vaccinations.

If you would like to meet Roque, please contact Heather at

Thank you for helping Roque 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, 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!


The 2020 PAW calendars have arrived!!!! They are now available for pickup/delivery at some of our adoption shows, by special arrangement, and by mail. They make wonderful holiday gifts.

Please email Tracy Crotty at to let her know if you want any held for you and from what show you would like to pick them up. If you are unable to go to a show to get them, let her know and she'll see what special arrangements can be made, or follow the link below to order them through the mail. Please note that there will be a $7.00 shipping fee if mailed.

The calendars are $15 each, all proceeds, of course, go to help the animals who will hopefully someday grace future calendar pages. Thanks so much for your support!

Purchase PAW 2020 Calendars 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.



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! 

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.

Fox 5 DC: Rescue Me Monday

PAW was featured on Fox 5 DC's Rescue Me Monday segment last Monday with dogs Sky and Rhiley, cat Allium and kittens Peace, Love and Joy. They've quickly forgotten about the "little people" and have taken to asking for their assistant on the regular. Check out their appearance on live TV here!

Watch PAW on Rescue Me Monday

Family Trees For Dogs? DNA Tests For Pets Take Off, Ahead Of The Science

A Message From our Friends at NPR

When Los Angeles resident Marie Kordus takes her rescue dog Anya out walking, some people say she looks like a wolf or a fox. Once a little boy even said, " 'Mommy, look at that lady, she's walking a coyote!' " Kordus recalls.

But when she adopted her slender, cream-colored rescue pup, she was told she was a German shepherd mix.

Still, Kordus decided to try to find out more about Anya's ancestry. She went online, ordered a DNA kit, swabbed Anya's mouth for saliva, put it in a tube, and mailed it off. One week later she had results.

Click here to read more!

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