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The Shelter Scoop
September 2016 Volunteer Newsletter from Centre County PAWS

Hello <<First Name>>!

I hope everyone had a great summer.  Hopefully, if the weather ever cools down, it will start to feel like fall.  Our cat team did an incredible job adopting out our kittens during the Kitten Days of Summer.  We has a record 
74 cat adoptions in July and 53 adoptions in August.  Great work!

Welcome back to all of our students; you've been greatly missed!  Please email Catherine ( if you would like to become a regular on a shift.  

If you would like to help out PAWS but can't make it in, check out our Everyday Needs List for something you could pick up at the grocery store. ( We can always use paper towels.

Be sure to check out all of the events coming up.  We have quite a few events and volunteer classes scheduled, with descriptions below.  Check your schedules to see if you can come to any or all of them.   

I hope you enjoy this month's Volunteer Newsletter!

Mark Your Calendars:         

Centre County PAWS Volunteer Night Out at the Greek:

When: Tuesday, September 13th
Where: The Greek Restaurant
102 E Clinton ave State College, PA 16801
Join us for a Volunteer Night Out at the Greek!  Our first fundraiser Night Out at the Greek went so well, we want to have another one!  Make sure to pick up a flyer or print the picture for when you visit!  For Dine in or Take-out only.

Don't want to dine alone?  Email Catherine ( to find out when a group is going!­

Hope to see you there!

Fur Ball

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Where: Centre Hills Country Club, 153 Country Club Road, State College 16801

All proceeds from this event directly benefit PAWS’ adoptable cats and dogs. The Fur Ball is Centre County PAWS’ most important fundraiser of the year.
Cocktail reception and open bar 6:00 pm –7:00 pm.  Sumptuous dinner, silent auction, and live auction to follow.
Please contact Christine Faust at  

Educational Classes

We'll be doing a regularly occurring costumer interaction training for dealing with potentially difficult visitors, a regularly recurring "how to" for cat and dog medication, and a regularly recurring dog body-language course. Here are two that are coming up!

Frontline Training

When: 9 AM-11 AM
Where: Centre County PAWS

We wish that everyone we come into contact with would be both polite and civil.  Unfortunately that is not always the case.  This workshop will address how to handle those times when the public is neither polite nor civil.  It will discuss basic strategies to deescalate inappropriate behavior and understand where the tipping point is when volatile behavior may become violent behavior and what we should do about it.  While this workshop is geared toward interacting with the public in a non-profit organization the reality is this is a life skill that is applicable wherever you may go.  We will provide some breakfast foods and beverages.  Please email Catherine ( if you would like to attend.

Self-Healing for Animal Caretakers

When: September 24, 2016 (Saturday) from 11:30 - 1:00 PAWS Basement
Cost: Free to any current Centre County PAWS volunteer or staff, $15.00 to all others.
Where: Centre County PAWS

Reiki Relaxation and Stress-Relief Techniques for Animal Care Staff and Volunteers.
Learn a variety of techniques from the Japanese system of Reiki to relax, renew and rebalance your spirit.

Instructor:Yvonne Riley,  SARA (Shelter Animal Reiki Association) Reiki Practitioner and Centre County PAWS Volunteer
Contact Yvonne at to register.  Indicate if you are a current Centre County PAWS volunteer/staff member.   Space is limited to 10 people.

Stray and Feral Cat Management Discussion:

When: 4 p.m. Sunday, October 16th
Where: Centre County PAWS

Have you seen a stray or feral cat in your neighborhood?  Interested in learning more about feral and stray cats?  We'll discuss topics like:
  • Trapping cats
  • Spay/Neuter Assistance
  • Feeding
  • Shelter
  • Talking with Neighbors
  • Dealing with Local Governments
Please email Catherine ( if you have questions!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Volunteer of the Month!

This Month's Volunteer of the Month is Julia Mitchell, a dog adoption councelor volunteer.  Congratulations Julia!  Check out the blog to learn more about Julia and our other Volunteers of the Month:

The Volunteer of the Month gets a blog feature on our website and their very own parking space!  The Volunteer of the Month can be anyone who logged hours during the previous month or a Volunteer who has logged more than 4,000 hours.  The volunteer will be contacted via email.  If a youth volunteer wins, their parent or guardian will be able to use the parking space.  Make sure to log your hours!

Help Wanted

Filming Frontline Training Class

On Saturday, September 24th, we will need one volunteer to start / stop a camcorder to record the presentation and be able to use the camcorder and change "tapes" as needed.

Hardware needed:

1 power extension cord
1 "modern" preferably digital camcorder with USB audio / video out
4 to 5 or enough "tapes" or memory cards to record 4 hours of audio and video

Please contact Lisa ( or Catherine ( if you can help!

Medical Team

We're looking for someone to help us on our Medical Team.  Applicants MUST be available on Sundays.  Please email your resumes to Lisa (

We met our new best friend in August!

53 cats were successfully adopted in August, bringing the year total to 323 placements
30 dogs were successfully adopted in Augustbringing the year total to 195 placements

Adoption Follow Ups!

Mr. Worf (Yoda) and Jean-Luc (Chewy) are doing great! They are growing so fast and we love them more every day!

Willow has been doing well. We are very happy ... she is a sweet girl and a great addition to the family. Vet visit went well and training is progressing. Our 2 existing cats are slowly getting use to having a dog in the house again. But all is well.
Mendel, formally Mr. Mustardseed, is settling in well.
Booger, formerly Patrick, was the dog that was found injured on 1-80.  Read more about his story here:   Booger is doing great on all accounts. 
Love following up on our furry friends?  Lots of our adopters check back in and while we can't post them all here, we post them on our Facebook.  Check out the Happy Endings photo album on Facebook here: ( 

Happy September Birthday!

  • Luke Genovese
  • Connor Shadle
  • Lauryn Fleischhacker
  • Katelyn Williams
  • Divya Patel
  • Ji Woon Kim
  • Maura Barrett
  • Ashley Reese
  • Nicolette Hylan-King
  • Roxanne Williams
  • Ellen Hermann
  • Alyse Fong
  • Lauren Mazza
  • Samantha Depinto
  • Kathie Vondracek
  • Bryce Rigg
  • Emmaline Theobald
  • Caitlyn Smith
  • Alisha Pushinsky
  • Beatrice Strelow
  • Robin Sharp
  • Christine Eleazer
  • Taylor Scida
  • Mary Lee Kerr
  • Alissa Hanshew
  • Skye Knepp
  • Denissa Knepp
  • Michael Yi
  • Tiffany Schwartz
  • Carly Winberg
  • Tanner Johnson
  • Michelle Sickles
  • Christine Guza
  • Danae Blasso
  • Leah Homan
  • Marissa Robertson
  • Chris Caskey
  • Riley Santillo
  • Jenni Hoy
  • Brandon Jenkins
  • Michael Hardy
  • Wendy Schweitzer
  • Kim Cavanagh
  • Mary Abbott
  • Kira Wetzel
  • Wanlin Zhu
  • Christopher Felice
  • Mariah Macdonald
  • Katherine Fiegel
  • Yaqun Zhang

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