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March 2018 | Newsletter

 Registration Now Open
for PAWS' 2018 Conference!

Join PAWS in Burbank, California, from November 9-11, for three days of informational and inspiring panels and featured speakers at the 2018 International Captive Wildlife Conference . This event is held in the Los Angeles area once every four years, and it is our largest conference. More than 500 people attended in 2014, representing 24 U.S. states and six countries.

The International Captive Wildlife Conference is a global summit that focuses on the confinement and use of captive wild animals, especially those exploited for entertainment. Its aim is to educate, stimulate critical discussion, and promote action to protect and improve the welfare of captive wildlife. 

This year’s conference has a special theme: “Confronting Captivity.” This theme reflects a growing and very active resistance to the exploitation of captive wild animals around the world – from tourist elephant rides to orcas performing in marine parks and the exploitation of big cats for entertainment. Our speakers are on the front lines, working for change through scientific research, ethics, law, conservation, and animal care, policy and welfare. 

PAWS is very excited about this year’s conference, which is more international in scope than any previous conference. Nearly half of the speakers are new to this event, such as Jill Robinson of Animals Asia, Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach of World Animal Protection, Katherine Connor of Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, Roxy Danckwerts of the Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery, and Jason Mier and Maggie Shaawari of Animals Lebanon. They join our many returning speakers, including featured speakers David Hancocks (author and former zoo director) and Stephen Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project. Click here to see the list of speakers as of this date (more speakers to be added).

The three-day event is taking place at the Pickwick Conference Center in Burbank, California, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The full program will be available closer to the time of the event, but topics are as follows:
Friday, November 9
Focus on Elephants

Saturday, November 10
Captive Wildlife Issues and Solutions (Law, Welfare, Science), Marine Mammals in Entertainment

Sunday, November 11
Captive Bears and Big Cats Around the World

Registration for all three days is $300 (savings of $75 off individual day rate). This includes a delicious plant-based lunch each day, and morning and afternoon snacks.

PAWS is offering a special package rate of $330 that includes the conference and our Friday evening Ice Breaker event where you can mix with other conference attendees and speakers, while enjoying plant-based appetizers and refreshments.

Students rates are available for the conference.

We encourage you to register and book your hotel stay early. (Conference attendees can get a discounted room rate of $159/night, but the number of rooms is limited.) For information on event location, hotel accommodations, and transportation, and to register, click on the button below .

PAWS has been presenting inspiring and thought-provoking conferences since 1992. We look forward to seeing you in November!
Rescued tiger "Rosemary" was named in honor of the late Rosemary Arnot, a wonderful friend and former PAWS board member.
Rescued Tiger Undergoes Spay Surgery
and Preliminary Dental Work

Tiger Rosemary Arnot (pictured above), one of eight tigers rescued last year from a defunct roadside zoo in Colorado, received some special veterinary attention in February. She underwent an ovariohysterectomy (spay) as well as preliminary dental work, provided with the assistance of several specialists in veterinary surgery, dentistry, and anesthesiology. This successful procedure took place in the new, state-of-the-art Pat Derby Animal Wellness Center at PAWS' ARK 2000 sanctuary.

PAWS wishes to express our gratitude to Dr. Nicodin Farcas (dental specialist), Drs. Margo Mehl and Dan Polidoro (surgeons), and Kirk Stafford (RVT) for donating their valuable time and services. Rosemary recovered well, and will have further dental work performed in late March. We will be including an update on Rosemary in next month's newsletter.
The veterinary team prepares Rosemary for surgery. From left to right: Lynn Dowling, RVT (PAWS); Kirk Stafford, RVT; Dr. Nicodin Farcas, DVM, DAVDC from the Animal Dental Clinic in San Carlos, CA; PAWS' veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Curtis; and PAWS Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Jackie Gai. Kirk Stafford and Dr. Nicodin Farcas both generously volunteered their expertise during the combination ovariohysterectomy and dental procedures.

Dr. Margo Mehl and Dr. Dan Polidoro, board-certified surgeons from VCA San Francisco Veterinary Specialists perform spay surgery on Rosemary. Both doctors generously donated their expertise to this successful procedure.
Tickets Still Remaining!

Wine and Dine at PAWS’ “Elephant Grape Stomp” Event – And Support Elephant Care at PAWS

PAWS’ 12 th annual Elephant Grape Stomp: An Afternoon in TUSKany is a very special event that supports the rescue of wild animals in need and their lifelong care at our three California sanctuaries. It takes place on Saturday, April 21 at the ARK 2000 Sanctuary in San Andreas. Tickets are still available, but we encourage you to purchase yours now!

Event highlights:
  • Sip and Enjoy: More than a dozen award-winning California vineyards will be on hand for wine tastings.

  • New this year: Take pleasure in delightful and healthy cuisine at international food stations specially created by Executive Chef MJ Espiritu Gerometta and the innovative culinary company Pivotal Foods, Jeff Newland of the popular Dos Coyotes Border Cafe, and enjoy savory bites from Miyoko’s Kitchen.

  • Learn about the animals: Visit our rescued or retired tigers, bears and elephants and hear their touching stories.

  • Vote: Cast a vote for your favorite elephant to win the Ms./Mr. Tuskany contest. The winner receives a tasty edible bouquet and your donation supports the animals at PAWS! (See information below on casting votes, even if you can't attend the event.)

  • Bid: Win one or more exciting items in our fabulous silent auction.

  • Shop: Stop by our gift shop where you'll find a wide selection of merchandise. All purchases benefit the animals at our sanctuaries.
This is an adults-only event (21+). Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds go toward the care of the animals at PAWS’ three sanctuaries.

Purchase your tickets today!
Click on the button below to buy tickets and get more information about the Grape Stomp. You can also vote for your favorite elephant in the Mr./Ms. TUSKany contest; votes are $5 each. Or call the PAWS office at (209) 745-2606, M-F, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST, to charge your tickets and vote.
If you can’t attend this event and still want to root for your favorite elephant to become the next Mr. or Ms. TUSKany, you can purchase votes here or by calling the PAWS office.
Ticket sales and voting end on Thursday, April 19; tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. 
We look forward to seeing you at the Grape Stomp!

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No grapes are actually stomped at the event. As we go to press, area wineries that will be participating in this year's event include: Black Sheep Winery , Bodega del Sur , Brice Station , Broll Mountain Vineyards , Irish Family Vineyards , Ironstone Vineyards , Jada Vineyard , Milliaire , Renegade , Stevenot , Twisted Oak , Vina Moda , Wilderotter and Zucca Mountain Vineyards .
PAWS' Veterinarian Speaks at U.C. Davis
PAWS Director of Veterinary Services Dr. Jackie Gai (right), was an invited speaker at the 2018 Wildlife and Exotic Animal Symposium at U.C. Davis. Dr. Gai shared pearls of wisdom gained over many years of caring for older animals in an hour-long talk titled, "Caring for Elderly Wild Animals in Captivity." This popular symposium drew nearly 200 attendees, including veterinary professionals, students, and members of the general public.
A 2001 alumnus of U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Gai also participated in a Career Panel during the symposium, answering a variety of questions about her career path, experiences, and recommendations for those interested in wildlife medicine. Says Dr. Gai, "It is always an honor to speak at U.C. Davis, and I embrace the opportunity to share what I've learned from caring for wild animals in captivity since 1989. It is also an honor and privilege to be part of the healing process for older animals, many of whom have come from situations of abuse and neglect."
Canada Lynx Misha passes away
The PAWS family is saddened to report the unexpected passing of Canada lynx Misha (left), from a brief but severe respiratory illness on March 5th.
Misha was born in May 2005 on a fur farm in Canada. Spared from being killed for her skin, she and her companion Rufus were sent as kittens to live at the Storybook Gardens Zoo in Canada where the two lived for several years. When the zoo decided to downsize, the lynx pair needed a new home. PAWS enthusiastically agreed to provide a permanent home to Misha and Rufus, and with the help of Zoocheck Canada the pair arrived safely at our Galt sanctuary in the summer of 2012.
Misha and Rufus shared a large habitat with shade trees and soft grass. Although Misha was more of a "night owl" than Rufus, the pair could often be found snuggled up together in a cozy den box. After Rufus' passing in 2017 from complications of a deformed spine, Misha continued to be reclusive, preferring to spend much of her time in her den. Caregivers installed new elevated platforms and other structures for climbing, and new logs to scratch and rub on, and soon Misha was venturing out of her den during the day to explore and enjoy her habitat.
Misha will be remembered for her watchful eyes, her regal demeanor, and her expressive, twitching tail. She will be greatly missed by all of her caregivers.
There are many ways you can help PAWS animals:
Donate To PAWS. PAWS receives no government funding and must rely on your donations to continue our work. Three ways to give and every donation matters.  Learn more

Adopt A PAWS Animal. If you would like to help our animals, one of the best ways is to become an "adoptive parent," or give a PAWS adoption as a gift to an animal lover in your life. PAWS adoptions are symbolic adoptions only. No animal will be sent! Learn more

PAWS Partnerships. Help us change the life of a victim of captivity by becoming a PAWS Partner. PAWS partnerships help support our sanctuary operations and the day-to-day care of the animals. Learn more

Estates/Planned Giving. You can help us make sure captive wildlife in need of shelter will always have a PAWS sanctuary to call home! Learn more

Give to one of PAWS' special ongoing fundraisers: the "Dollars for Dirt" campaign for PAWS' elephants, or the "Support a Rescued Tiger" campaign to benefit the 17 rescued tigers living at our ARK 2000 sanctuary.
Purchase PAWS apparel and merchandise. Clothing for adults, kids, toddlers and infants, as well as other fun merchandise like coffee mugs - available from our  online gift shop .

Shop online through IGive and raise money for PAWS! Up to 26% of your purchase - at more than 1,600 retailers - can be donated to PAWS. Learn more

PAWS Amazon Wish List. View here , and shop using  AmazonSmile .

EBAY Giving Works. List items on EBAY and choose PAWS as your charity. Donate a percentage of each sale to the animals. Visit our EBAY charity listing page  here . Start selling!

Corporate Donations and Matching Fund Programs. Learn more  about what is needed.

Donate Your Vehicle To PAWS.

Attend A Fundraiser. PAWS sanctuaries ARE NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC but we do schedule a limited number of special events throughout the year. Click here to view PAWS' Calendar of Events.
Thank You March
Amazon Wish List Donors!
Cassandra Lightfritz: one gallon of liquid bleach. Patricia L. Connelly: one 10 lb. tub of Psyllium. Deb (no last name): 10 bottles of Emcelle Tocopherol. C. Hoppe: two Hefty Strong Trash bags, 33 gallon, 48 count. Kaywood G. Fuqua: one gallon Red Cell; one box Glad trash bags, 13 gal. Lori Duval-Jackson: one 5 lb. tub of Psyllium. Cristen Esquibel: one 5 lb. tub of Psyllium; one Probiocin Oral Gel. Belinda Rogers: one Probiocin Oral Gel. Darlene S. Murchison: three 5 lb. bags of Missing Link Ultimate Equine Skin and Coat. Gary (no last name): one bottle Emcelle Tocopherol. Joanne and Paul Osburn: seven bags of diced pineapple; five bags of diced papaya. Anonymous donors: two, 7 qt. stainless pans; one 4-pk of Azodyl, one 12-pk of Probiocin Oral Gel.

Click on PAWS' "wish list" links below to
donate specific items that are needed at our sanctuaries:

View "wish list" items that are needed,
but not listed on the Amazon list,  here .

PAWS provides lifetime care to the tigers, bears, elephants, and other animals that call our sanctuaries home. As animals age, their needs change and they may develop arthritis, kidney disease, and other conditions that are readily treatable with proper care. PAWS expert animal care and veterinary staff provide specialized nutritional and medical support, tailored to the individual needs of each animal.
Your generous donations make this excellent care possible.
Connect with us:
P. O. Box 849, Galt, CA 95632
(209) 745-2606