Board Report -- Honor or Abandon: How We Treat Our Elderly Pets Leads to New PAWS ElderCare Program
by Sharon Sherman, Chairman of the Board  
Dixie - Senior Cat
Angelo - senior dog
Mahatma Gandhi is often credited with the saying:
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
 
Gandhi didn't say, "... how its young, beautiful and healthy animals are treated." Rather, he articulated that how a nation discharges its ethical obligations to all of its animals ties directly to its greatness. It is this compassion for all living creatures, including the aged with all of their challenges, which separates cultures that rise from those which stumble and fall.
 
"While many cultures celebrate the aging process and venerate their elders, in Western cultures - where youth is fetishized and the elderly are commonly removed from the community and relegated to hospitals and nursing homes - aging can become a shameful experience. Physical signs of human aging tend to be regarded with distaste, and aging is often depicted in a negative light in popular culture, if it is even depicted at all." (Huffington Post. 7 Cultures That Celebrate Aging And Respect Their Elders, May 18, 2015)
 
Sadly, in our nation, this "youth fetish" extends to many of our nation's pets as well. Here at the Coronado Animal Care Facility we continually take into our care cats and dogs whose only "problem" perceived by their owners is advanced age. Their humans just don't want them anymore, interested instead in younger animals who can give something to them; instead of remembering they took on the commitment of caring for their pet for its lifetime.
 
Of course with aging comes quirks: elder dogs can't walk as far or as fast, their hearing and sight are not as clear, they may have arthritis. Elder cats often need special bland diets, they may sleep more, and some are a bit crankier than when they were young.  I am 65 and these "maladies" are certainly familiar to me... I have them all.  But, as our veterinarian, Dr. Barbour, reminds us every time we take in an elder cat or dog, "Age is not a disease." It is simply whom we are and where we are, still with much to offer, still with much to give.
 
There are so many benefits to taking an elder dog or cat into your home.  Elder dogs do not need the amount of exercise of a young animal, they come to you housebroken, are predictable and like to follow a routine, they have a laissez faire attitude toward life and take it all in stride.  Elder cats aren't as mischievous and down right destructive as kittens and teens can be; they are not as nocturnal, letting you sleep through the night; they can train your other cats to be good pets; and they have a penchant for napping in sun puddles instead of demanding attention from you on their schedule. An older pet is happy spending quiet time with their human, a tremendous gift many of us would love to receive.
 
In March, a 14 year old dog previously adopted from PAWS was given back to us, no longer wanted, and a 12 year old cat was relinquished because she couldn't get along with the new 3 year old cat brought into the house. All of a sudden, through no fault of their own, these animals found themselves alone.  It brought into focus the need for PAWS to begin a new ElderCare program. With this new program comes the need to find committed volunteers willing to give these pets no more than we would want and hope for ourselves: the security of a home with someone to care for and love them until the end of their lives.
 
Are you a person who is not afraid of what we all will someday face: our own aging? Are you a person who has compassion for one of God's creatures who might not be as pretty as they once were, with grey around their mouth and maybe missing some teeth? Are you a person wanting to enjoy the unique gifts an elder pet has to offer? Are you a person who wants to see elders honored rather than abandoned? If so, please contact me at sharon.sherman@pawsofcoronado.org. As part of this new PAWS ElderCare program, PAWS will pay for needed veterinary care as the years go by and will provide food, supplements and flea preventative as requested.
 
We at PAWS so hope to hear from you. Just knowing you are there, ready to step up as an ElderCare volunteer when needed, and when you are able, will bring this new PAWS ElderCare program to life. 

Carter has Found His Forever Home
by PAWS Dog Adoption Team

Carter
Carter after being shaved

Carter with forever mom
Carter going home with his forever mom
In February, a PAWS volunteer found Carter, a little stray dog, in the Coronado Little League field.  He was scared and in terrible condition:  his fur was filthy and so matted that he could barely walk.  In addition, some of his teeth were so sore that he winced whenever his head was touched.  PAWS began his rescue by having the veterinarian shave him down to his skin to remove all his matted fur.  Afterward Carter felt so much better, he was happily walking and running.  He also had extensive dental work that relieved his pain; he will now allow people to touch his face and pet him on his head.  Carter, a four-year-old male Poodle/ Bichon Frise  mix was finally ready for his forever home. 
 
This once frightened boy is now delightful and loving.  Carter enjoys being close with his human pals and going for walks on his leash. His beautiful white fluffy coat is being to reappear.  But, most importantly, Carter recently found his forever home when a young woman with a huge heart came to the Coronado Animal Care Facility.  She fell in love with Carter and adopted him last week, completing his rescue!

Kitten Season Has Begun
by PAWS Staff Writer

Kitten season  - 2
                 
In years past, kitten season usually only ran from springtime through summer.  Now, for reasons unknown, kittens are being born nationwide from early March all the way through November.  Last year, our own Coronado Animal Care Facility (CACF) had dozens of kittens born throughout the year and we have already begun our 2017 kitten season.  
 
The CACF currently is caring for a litter of "bottle babies" being raised by one of our most dedicated volunteers, Julie Ziegler.  Julie takes kittens that have lost their mother and brings them up as though they were her own.  Feeding, grooming, helping them learn to eliminate...all of these things and more Julie and her family do on behalf of these tiny felines.  Most importantly, she begins the socialization process so when the kittens are of an age to be adopted, they act like cats and interact with humans on a loving and trusting basis.
 
A pregnant cat, found at Loew's Hotel and due to deliver any day, just arrived at the CACF. We have built a whelping box, filled it with the softest towels and are awaiting the arrivals of the kids.  We will keep the kittens at the shelter until they are weaned and then send them to interim homes for their care and socialization until they are old enough to be adopted.  We will spay the mother, of course, the only reason for the problem of pet overpopulation being a lack of commitment by many to spaying and neutering their own pets, as well as a lack of support to trap, neuter/spay and return of feral cats.  PAWS and the CACF does have that commitment, however, as we see the heartbreak of pet overpopulation on a daily basis.  
 
We will keep everyone posted on our website and Facebook page about this year's kittens. Nothing is cuter than a litter of kittens growing up, finding their personalities, showing their mischief and eventually landing in their forever homes.  Think about it...your kitten may just be waiting for you to find her.  

(Photo by Ronnie Gustavson)
The Magic of Puppies
by Kim Johnson and the PAWS Dog Adoption Team

Pattie Albelo with puppies
Pattie Albelo with Candy, Valentino and Rose
 
Triplet Maltipoo puppies, Rose, Candy and Valentino, arrived at the Coronado Animal Care Facility (CACF) on Valentine's Day when they were approximately 6 weeks old.  It did not take long for PAWS volunteer Pattie Albelo, who knows the magic of puppies, to take the first step to claim one as her own.  But talking her husband, Mike, into "just one more" canine was where the work would start.   Apparently, it wasn't the daunting task she thought it would be. Valentino, the black and white male puppy, did what he does best by spreading the love to his newfound dad.  
 
At the same time, Valentino's sisters found their forever families as well.  Now each had to wait as immunization protocols were followed and they were spayed/neutered prior to adoption.
 
During the last six weeks these puppies have certainly livened up the lives of the PAWS volunteers and CACF staff.  It's been a bit of a Romper Room for the staff, but the work has paid off, and these puppies are the very most loving little fluff balls, content and happy to greet each new day.  Finally, a few days ago the puppies had their final immunization, clearing the way for their adoptions.  Rose, Candy and Valentino are now in their forever homes!

(Photo by Kim Johnson)
Rabies Vaccination And Pet Licensing Clinic
by PAWS Staff Writer

Coronado ACF
Coronado Animal Care Facility

Each year, as a service to our community, the City of Coronado Animal Care Facility (CACF) sponsors a Rabies Vaccination And Pet Licensing Clinic.  This year, the clinic will be held on May 6th, Saturday, 10:00am-2:00pm at the CACF (1395 First Street).  Rabies vaccinations will cost only $10.00 and are available to any animal, whether a Coronado resident or not.  Pet licenses for animals that live in Coronado will cost only $12.00 and are a great way to insure that if your dog or cat is picked up lost in or outside of town, it will be returned to you quickly and safely.  Mark your calendar and come down to the CACF to take advantage of these low cost protections for your pet!

(Photo by Phil Martin)

Judd
Recent Successful Adoption Stats :

                    Feb 17     Mar 17
Cats          0                4              
Dogs         4              12                      

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Here are some of our current adorable adoptables:

Cola
Cola

Mack
Mack
Pepsi
Pepsi
Daisy
Daisy

Bonnie
Bonnie
Jinx
Jinx
To view all our animals for adoption, click here.               (Photos by Kim Johnson)
- Apr. 13, 8:00am -  PAWS Open Meeting  - Coronado Golf Course Clubhouse
- May 6, 10:00am-2:00pm - Rabies Vaccination & Pet Licensing Clinic - Coronado ACF
- May 11, 8:00am - PAWS Open Meeting - Coronado Golf Course Clubhouse
Volunteer Needed:  Reading to PAWS Dogs Program Coordinator

Kids read to shelter dogs

 
PAWS would like to start a Reading to PAWS Dogs program at the Coronado Animal Care Facility. Children ages 7-17 will be invited to read to our dogs. To begin, we will meet monthly on Sundays from 11:00am-12:00pm. 

If you are interested in coordinating this program for PAWS, please email   Beth.Good@pawsofcoronado.org.  Thanks! 

(Photo courtesy of The Bored Panda)

Youth Donations
by PAWS Staff Writer
Kiser Family
Kiser Family

Chaz Kiser  recently celebrated his 8th birthday. Rather than receiving gifts, he asked his friends and family to donate pet toys to PAWS. Many thanks to Chaz, his family and friends for their donation!


Bake Sale donation

Grace Elardo, Jordanne Peterson and Kylie Peterson with PAWS President Karen Dwinell

Many thanks to  Grace Elardo, Jordanne Peterson and Kylie Peterson who recently held a bake sale to benefit PAWS!

Easter Bonnet Yappy Hour 

Easter Bonnet 2017
Most Creative - Mary Jane

Over a dozen dogs entered the recent PAWS Easter Bonnet Contest that was held this past week during our Yappy Hour at McP's Irish Pub.  It was a fantastic evening with wonderful bonnets and cheer!  To see more photos of this fun event, check out our  website post!
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Insider Report Editor: Beth Good
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