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The Shelter Scoop
August 2016 Volunteer Newsletter from Centre County PAWS

Hello <<First Name>>!

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable August.  Thanks to our Kitten Days of Summer promotion, we've had a record number of cat adoptions.  To celebrate, we're extending Kitten Days of Summer until Labor Day!  We've waived the adoption fees for all cats under the age of 1.  All PAWS kittens and cats are microchipped, up-to-date on shots, tested for key illnesses, and spayed/neutered. Kittens also receive their first vet visit to a Centre County vet free.  Cats who are one year and older are PAWS' Five Dollar Felines, meaning you can welcome them into your home for just five dollars!

Centre County PAWS is going to be heading down to the State College Borough Municipal Building for our 2nd Pit Stop!  Check us out Monday, August 15th from 11:30-1:30  We'll be bringing some of our most lovable pit bulls to meet and play with people on their lunch break!  

I hope you enjoy this month's Volunteer Newsletter!

Mark Your Calendars:         

Centre County PAWS Volunteer Night Out With the Spikes:

When: 7:05 p.m. Thursday, August 11th
Where: Medlar Field

Join us for our second Volunteer Night Out With the State College Spikes!  Field Box tickets are only $10 for PAWS volunteers.  Tickets include meal voucher good for a hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink!  Anyone who came to the first game can tell you what a great deal this really is!  To purchase tickets, contact Erik Hoffman at the ballpark at 814-272-0213.

PAWS Student Welcome Back Cookout:

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, August 25th
Where: Centre County PAWS

All summer we've missed our student volunteers.  Join us for a cookout and fire pit at PAWS!  We're going to be grilling up hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers.  Feel free to bring lawn games or just come and hang out.  Please email Catherine ( if you have questions!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Alumni Play Date 

When: 4-5 p.m. Sunday, August 28th
Where: Centre County PAWS

Join us for our Alumni Play Date!  We're inviting PAWS alumni back for a visit.  We'll have our play yard open for dogs to play in, pools, a water balloon toss, doggie ice cream, and an obstacle course.  

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.  We'll send out more information soon and let you know about up coming classes in the newsletters.

Volunteer Picnic

Thank to everyone who came out for our Volunteer Picnic, we hope you had a good time!  The sky cleared up just in time for us to have our picnic and blow up the bounce house!  Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped us set up big thanks to Mike for helping with all of the grilling and Josh who helped set up and clean up.

Volunteer of the Month!

This Month's Volunteer of the Month is Natalie Norman, a dog care volunteer.  Congratulations Natalie!  Check out the blog to learn more about Natalie:

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

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!

We met our new best friend in August!

73 cats were successfully adopted in July, bringing the year total to 270 placements
16 dogs were successfully adopted in July, bringing the year total to 165 placements

Adoption Follow Ups!

Jill's new name is Lilly.  She gets along well with Stanley, Leona, and Thelma-our 3 other cats.  Leona has taken the role of mama cat with Lilly.   Thelma is approximately the same age as Lilly & loves to play.   Lilly really gets along with everything including our Bull Terrier & Boston.  She enjoys looking out the window at the many birds.   The vet said she is doing well, she's just a small cat.  She loves to cuddle on our laps.  She has adjusted well to our hectic household.  We love her & she completes our household. She likes to sleep in her pink bed in our finished basement. She enjoys a little solitude during the day.

Millie and I are doing great! She’s actually incredibly smart—training her has been extremely easy. We are learning how to do all of her commands in different environments with different levels of distractions and she’s been learning very quickly. I got her a very long leash to use at the park nearby when we play so that she gets a chance to run around and stretch her legs. At home, she likes to lay down and beg for the cats to come down and play with her, but
 they are still too wary of  her. On the bright side, at least Millie isn’t chasing them!…
 I attached a picture of us taking a walk (her favorite thing—she likes to go exploring a lot). She loves to carry sticks around!
Our Tumbleweed is doing fantastic!  He has fit into our family perfectly - including his canine brother and sister! He is the "whole package" - he loves to play, but can be a lap cat, too. The very best thing about Tumbleweed (but we call him Charlie, now - I call him Charlie T.) - is how he is with our 1 year old grandsons. They adore him, and he lets them pet him-then he just sits by them and watches them play!  His first vet visit with Dr. Ritchie went well. He does have a heart murmur that we will keep an eye on - no symptoms at the present time.
I want to thank everyone at PAWS-everyone was so kind and helpful, and the facility is just A #1 in my book - I highly recommend it to everyone! Thanks for checking on Tumbleweed, just another show of how caring everyone is at your facility! - Patty
Jax (or "Jackson" as we now call him!) is doing so great!  His adjustment has been so smooth and he is the perfect fit for our family!  We could not be happier with him.  And we think he loves us too!
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 August Birthday!

  • Jill Higgins
  • Lindsey Mazurek
  • Caroline Pinkse
  • Jordan Santillo
  • Elizabeth Shewark
  • Patricia Correll
  • Hailee Martin
  • Melanie Shaffer
  • Robin Derr
  • Kerrin Okane
  • John Casses
  • Benjamin Miller
  • Kate Clancy
  • Cameron Spencer
  • Lynda Narber
  • Jenna Garzoni Myers
  • Taylor Wertz
  • Chuying Ma
  • Haley Ryland
  • Anna Morrison
  • Caroline Bennett
  • Lori Moyer
  • Hui Hou
  • Russ Souchak
  • Kristin Dunmire
  • Allysan Jones
  • Geoff Ricco
  • Neal Yoder
  • Irem Oz
  • Daniel Bennett
  • Anna Childe
  • Cheryl Sharer
  • Troy Waite
  • Nina Jablonski
  • Jennifer Wexler
  • Emily & Gabby Lombardi
  • Patricia Ellenberger
  • Vicki Jarvie
  • Annie Klodd
  • Coriander Findley
  • Jin Seo
  • Erika Del Pilar
  • Wanda Hoy
  • Judy Hartle
  • Sloan Fuller
  • Brooke Findley
  • Joslenne Pena
  • Rich Santillo
  • Lauren Hess

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