THE P.A.W.S POST

BRINGING YOU ALL THINGS PAW-SOME!! DECEMBER 2020

MISSION STATEMENT

P.A.W.S. is an animal welfare group whose purpose is to educate the Washington Township High School student body and the local community on an array of issues involving the welfare of animals. The group will focus on raising awareness of laws, regulations, and treatment of animals along with sponsoring various fundraising initiatives to aid in the comfort of local rescue organizations.
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE LEADER OF THE PACK


So much has changed since the current health pandemic hit in March. We have all been forced to change our daily routines and to practice new habits. Over the years, the P.A.W.S. Club has sponsored guest speakers and fundraising events at WTHS. This year’s focus will be on awareness, education, and supporting local pet food pantries. We look forward to bringing you monthly theme-based newsletters filled with all things PAW-some. In the meantime, on behalf of the P.A.W.S. Club I would like to thank all our members who helped create and assemble our first newsletter, as well as those who continue to support the P.A.W.S. Club and animal welfare causes. Wishing you all Happy Howl-idays and a Paw-tastic New Year!! Please enjoy the first issue of The P.A.W.S. Post .


Emma Schemelia

President 2020-21 P.A.W.S. Club

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CELEBRATING OUR FURRY AND NOT SO FURRY FRIENDS by Leah Schemelia

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v World Wildlife Conservation Day- December 4th

v International Day of Veterinary Medicine- December 9th

v National Llama Day- December 9th

v International Animal Rights Day- December 10th

v Holiday Food Drive for Needy Animals Day- December 11th

v National Day of the Horse- December 13th

v National Monkey Day- December 14th

v Visit the Zoo Day- December 27th

P.A.W.S. FOR A CAUSE

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING

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FUN AND FROSTY FACTS by Emma Schemeglia

· Many animals hibernate during the winter, including bears, hedgehogs, squirrels, snakes, turtles, chipmunks, bees, etc.

· Make sure to keep mistletoe and/or holly away from pets during the holidays.

· Also, make sure any wires from holiday lights are put up high so your pet doesn’t chew on them.

· A reindeer’s nose warms the air before it is breathed into their lungs (https://blog.nwf.org/2010/12/reindeer-twelve-fascinating-facts-about-these-amazing-creatures/)

· Certain species of animals can survive for awhile without oxygen while hibernating. (https://cottagelife.com/outdoors/10-incredible-facts-about-hibernating-animals/)

· If your dog doesn’t have thick coats of fur, you can keep your dog warm by putting clothes on them, like a coat or sweater. (https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/cold-weather-safety-tips)

· Animals such as penguins, polar bears, foxes, whales, seals, etc. can survive in the winter months. Many of these animals live in the Arctic and Antarctic. (https://www.coolantarctica.com/Antarctica%20fact%20file/science/cold_all_animals.php#:~:text=Arctic%20and%20Antarctic%20birds%20and,F)%20depending%20on%20the%20species.) \

· Many species of birds, insects, bats, elk, etc. migrate to the south during the winter season. (https://www.thenaturalhomeschool.com/animals-winter-migration.html#:~:text=Birds%20and%20insects%20are%20not,as%20there%20is%20up%20north.)

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P.A.W.S. PUNS

What do the reindeer use to clean their hoofs? Santa-tizer

Where do reindeer get their coffee? Starbucks.

What does a reindeer call their significant other? Cari-boo.

What’s a reindeer’s go-to cleaning product? Comet.

What should you give a reindeer with a stomachache? Elk-a-seltzer

SAVING ANIMALS. SERVING COMMUNITY by Aemilia Orrio

Each month, the P.A.W.S Post will feature an organization with the focus on the well-being and safety of our beloved animal friends. One local option for those of our Washington Township community is the Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center. This location was previously known as the Camden County Animal Shelter. For a little background, I have been volunteering at this site for three years and have adopted an animal from there. Homeward Bound prides itself on working diligently to find their furry residents loving homes. All cats and dogs up for adoption have received vaccines, spayed/neutered, and have been microchipped. Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center also houses a clinic that provides affordable pet wellness services. If you are not sure if you are ready to adopt, they also have a fostering program, so animals can spend some time away from the shelter. All medical care will be covered by Homeward Bound while fostering. The adoption process as well as volunteering opportunities are covered on their website. All animals deserve a home, so if a family is willing to bring in a new pet, they should consider saving a life and adopting from their local shelter. For more information go to the Homeward Bound Website.

https://homewardboundnj.org/about/about-us/

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P.A.W.S. HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT By Rayn Andrews and Ryan Crowley

Movies: Not sure what to watch this holiday season? Here are some PAWSOME movies to watch with your pets, and if you do not have pets, these movies are wonderful for animal-lovers as well!

WISHING OUR WTHS FAMILY A PAW-SOME HOLIDAY SEASON!!!

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