Monday, October 8, 2007

PAWS had a BIG weekend!!

Well, PAWS had one of it's biggest weekends ever.

Friday - PAWS Open Meeting:
Friday night we had open meeting at the Fiesta Resort's Chambre Bar. The meeting was open to the public and intended to educate people about PAWS programs and initiatives. We had a great turn out, and we thank everyone who took the time to come to the meeting.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Lance Razon of the Fiesta Resort, and Fiesta Resort in general, for hosting the open meeting and providing us with delicious appetizers!

And, thank you Rep. Cinta Kaipat and Precinct 1 Candidate Tina Sablan for attending the meeting and learning about animal-related issues and concerns.

PAWS Board Members Bobbi Grizzard and Ron Smith.

Table full of do-gooders: (from left to right) PAWS Board Member Rose Callier, Beautify CNMI!'s Rep. Cinta Kaipat, Friends of the Marianas Islands Marites Castillo, and Cynthia and Jeff Turbitt.

PAWS Thanks Fiesta Resort and Fiesta Resort's Lance Razon for helping PAWS reach out to the community.

Marites Castillo, Rep. Cinta Kaipat, PAWS Board Member Katie Busenkell, and Joe Przyuski.

Ron, Katie, and Precinct One Candidate Tina Sablan talk about animal-related issues.

Paradise Island Animal Hospital's Dr. Tudor and PAW Board Member Deane Jessee-Jones.

Cinta, Moon, and Ron.

Lucy Sablan and Deane - Lucy will be selling her handmade beaded jewelry at the Holiday Arts Festival and all donations go to PAWS! Thanks Lucy!

Whose that guy dancing with Lucy?

Saturday - Joeten Kiyu Library:
On Saturday, PAWS read to youngsters at the Joeten Kiyu Library at 10:30 and at 1:30. What a great time! Children between the ages of 3-9 joined us for story time, followed by some coloring book/responsible pet ownership exercises. Thank you, Rose Callier for doing both readings and bringing Wyatt, our AKC Canine friend. I've never seen a dog behave so well.

Sunday - Blessing of the Animals:
Then on Sunday, Mt. Carmel Catholic Church and PAWS celebrated Saipan's first Blessing of the Animals in recognition of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. About 30 dogs, 4 cats, and a fish were brought to the church to receive a blessing by Father Ryan Jimenez. Among the dogs that were present at the blessing was none other than Father Ryan's own pouch - Pico - a chocolate lab with a lot of energy.

Pictures and a write up on the event has been forwarded to the United States Humane Society, per the organizations request. Be sure to check out the Humane Society's website for the mention of Saipan's Blessing of the Animals.

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