Monday, December 15, 2008
UPDATE: Apollo has a new home! Thank you Maria, and your family, for fostering Apollo for four (4) months and providing him with a safe place to recover. You did a splendid job caring for him and teaching him that he can trust humans. Thank you!
Looking for a great addition to your family this holiday season? PAWS has a nice, friendly, family oriented male boonie dog that is up for immediate adoption. Here are his details:
Age: 1-2 years old
Color: Brown short-hair
Shots: Annual vaccinations given in 09/08
If you are interested in adopting Apollo, please contact Maria at email@example.com or 256-0340. You may also called PAWS at 285-PAWS.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
So here I am sitting in the Honolulu airport, getting ready to leave for Saipan. Honolulu was the site of my most recent continuing education seminar. Veterinarians are required to get 15 hours/year of CE (Continuing Education), to stay current on recent medical advances. I was amazed to find that last year I logged 81 hours of CE. This year I managed 35 hours.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
PAWS has six beautiful puppies that are currently up for adoption to a good home. The pups were found abandoned on Thursday and are thought to be about 6-7 weeks of age. All the puppies have been de-wormed, treated for fleas and ticks, and bathed.
If you are interested in adopting one of these pups, please contact PAWS at 285-PAWS.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Meet Rico, a tiny little bit of a pup, found abandoned near the old Puerto Rico dump. Nearly run over by a car in front of her, a PAWS member stopped to offer the shivering & starving puppy some assistance. Rico appears to be approximately 8 weeks old. She has had a flea dip, wormer and is eating some really good food at her foster home and is feeling a lot better. She is a happy little thing, following everyone around and wagging her tail. She is looking for a loving home, with a family that can provide continued worming/shots. She is shy around bigger dogs, but loves kids. Call or text Rose at 285-0408 for more information.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Both cats are male 5 1/2 months old and have been neutered, so no serious cat fights over females, aggressive behavior, or peeing on furniture! Also, both cats have been vaccinated and de-wormed. They get along well with dogs and other animals. They are good outside cats, but are litter trained for those days/nights that they spend inside.
If you are interested in adopting these super friendly cats, please contact Madison at firstname.lastname@example.org, by cell phone at 789-5050, home number 285-9095, or PAWS at 285-PAWS.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Apollo is a great family dog that is up for adoption to a good responsible home. He has been fostered as an inside dog by a family with two children for almost three months, and according to the family, he has proven to be a great family pet that gets along well with other animals.
Apollo is a male boonie dog, thought to be about two (2) years in age. He has been vaccinated, de-wormed, and treated for mange.
If you are interested in meeting Apollo, please contact Maria at 256-0340.
Four beautiful and healthy puppies are up for adoption to good homes. These pups are about 7-8 weeks old, have been de-wormed and treated for fleas. There are three black pups and one white pup, all with loving personalities.
If you are interested in adopting one of these pups, please contact Sonny at 989-9059.
PAWS President Katie Busenkell is fostering what she is calls “The Best Cat.”
Watson, ten month old tabby cat, was found starving to death by Busenkell’s dog, Holmes, about two months ago at Kilili Beach. Through lots of love, food, and numerous visits to the veterinarian, Watson has fully recovered and blossomed into quite a character.
Watson has been de-wormed and vaccinated. He is a very social animal, constantly looking for attention and talking. He gets along well with dogs and cats.
If you are interested in adopting Watson, please contact Katie at 256-0243.
If you are interested in adopting one of the above animals, or have questions about responsible pet ownership, please contact PAWS at 285-PAWS or visit our website at www.paws-saipan.org or our blog at www.paws-saipan.blogspot.com.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
NT "No Tail" was last seen in San Vicente, by the Stanford Hotel 3 weeks ago. He is a 5 year old Doberman and Rottweiler mix.
He was wearing a studded leather collar and has an injured front paw.
Please call 235-4541 if you have any information. A $200 reward** will be given for information leading to his return.
Paddle is a Maltese with white and brown eyes.
The last place he was seen was around the residence in San Jose, Beach Side.
He has been a family dog for many years, and the kids really miss him. A reward** is offered for his return. No questions asked. The family just wants him returned safely.
If you have seen Paddle, or know of his whereabouts, please contact 483-5041 or 234-8489.
If you do not want to be identified, please drop the dog off at the Seman Residence across the street from the Mobile Station in San Jose.
**Please note that PAWS is not responsible for any reward offered in association with the return and/or information leading to the return of a lost/stolen pet. All rewards are offered by the owner of the missing animal and are the responsibility of the missing animal's owner.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Sorry for the generic mass email, but I have some rather sad news and I only want to type it once.
Unfortunately, Luna died last night. Even more upsetting than that is that she didn't die because of her illness; she was shot in the back of the head with a 22. When we came home and found her a little after midnight, her body was still warm and the blood was still fresh. We are certain of who did it - our neighbor was awake and hanging out with a friend on his porch 20 yards from her body, but claimed to know nothing, hear nothing, see nothing. Glenn went and questioned them and their story kept changing. We called the police. They came and wrote a report and said that they would be contacting our neighbor and his friend. I doubt there will be much follow-up and even if there is, I doubt there will be much resolution. Luna was the sweetest dog in the world, and as you all know she was like a child to us.
Thank you for all your help, concern and support. Sadly, someone had other plans for her.
Lindsay and Glenn"
If you find this email as outrageous as we did, please contact the media at:
• Saipan Tribune: Jayvee Vallejera Editor at email@example.com
• Mariana Variety: Zaldy at firstname.lastname@example.org
• KSPN: Chris Nelson at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
We would also ask that you contact our leading legislators at:
• Senate President Pete Reyes: email@example.com
• Senator Maria Frica T. Pangelinan: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Speaker Arnold Palacios: email@example.com
• Representative Tina Sablan: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com
Something must be done about this. This is wrong. This is absolutely wrong.
Make our community a better place by demanding something of our legislature and law enforcement officials.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Once again, PAWS has some great animals up for adoption. If you or someone you know is interested in adopting or fostering an animal, contact PAWS at 285-PAWS or visit the PAWS website at www.paws-saipan.org or www.paws-saipan.blogspot.com.
Brother and Sister Combo:
Two puppies are up for adoption – a boy and a girl. The puppies are thought to be about two (2) months old. The rescue family has not administered vaccinations, so they will need to visit one of the island’s veterinarians at Paradise Island Animal Hospital (234-9669) or the Department of Land and Natural Resources (234-6169). These two pups are very friendly and great with children.
If you are interested in adopting or fostering one or both of these two loveable pups, please contact Sophie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One adorable brown female pup. “She's adorable, LOVES the kids and people, is energetic, snugly, sweet, fuzzy,” said the pup’s rescue home. She is about seven (7) weeks old.
If you are interested in adopting this little female, please contact Nicolette at email@example.com or 322-0200.
This is a great family dog that is house trained, and has received his vaccinations and de-worming. He loves company and enjoys being around children and other dogs, including cats.
If you are looking for a companion, please contact Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org or PAWS at 285-PAWS.
PAWS is also looking for families that are willing and able to foster homeless animals, like Choco, who was abandoned by her owners when they left island. Choco is a brown female, thought to be about one year old and very sweet.
Choco’s older brother is also in need of a new home – temporary or permanent. His name is Blackie. He is very sweet and loves to greet people by jumping up and rolling over for a petting.
If you are interested in fostering Choco or Blackie, please contact PAWS at 285-PAWS to discuss foster obligations and opportunities. Alternatively, you may contact the rescuers, Mark and Patti, at 322-6676.
Monday, August 18, 2008
The first animal is Apollo, a dog that was rescued from As Matius on Wednesday evening after a neighbor called to report that the dog had a plastic cookie bucket stuck on his head for at least five days.
“Though the image may sound funny at first,” said PAWS President Katie Busenkell, “I assure that this was no laughing matter. Had the neighbor not helped this animal, he would have died from starvation and dehydration. A miserable and prolonged way to die.”
The animal was taken to a foster home where the bucket had to be removed with dull-point scissors.
“Apollo is recovering beautifully. PAWS would like to place him with a family that will appreciate his past and provide him with a loving home in the future.”
Apollo is a male boonie dog, thought to be about 1 year of age. He is good with children, cats, kittens, and dogs. According to Busenkell, “He is just happy to be around anyone that is willing to pat his head and talk to him. He’ll make a great companion for someone or some family.”
If you or someone you know is interested in adopting or fostering Apollo and providing the animal with a loving home, contact PAWS at 285-PAWS. Foster families will be provided with one bag of dog food per month.
The second animal is Chin Chin, a kitten thought to be about six weeks of age.
Nine days ago, this kitten was found in the middle of the road, just in front of DPS, bleeding from the mouth. The rescuer thought a car had hit this kitten, so they took it to Paradise Island Animal Hospital for an examination.
According to Dr. Tudor, the kitten only had a chin injury that had removed the skin from the bone. A full recovery is expected, though the kitten is expected to have some scarring.
According to her foster family, she is a healthy, playful, and incredibly affectionate little kitten that is oblivious to her healing chin wound. “She gets along with dogs and other cats, and would make a great family pet.”
If you are interested in adopting or fostering Chin Chin, please contact PAWS at 285-PAWS. Again, foster families will be provided with $20 a month for cat food and/or kitty litter.
Busenkell noted, “It is always important that the community help us find responsible homes for unwanted or abandoned animals. Without the eyes and ears of the community, we would not be able to place these animals in good homes and our foster families would cease offering their help and support. Therefore, we are asking everyone in the community to help us find responsible and loving homes for these animals.”
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Lone Male Kitten - Boy is He CUTE!
This little guy is quite a character! He isn't afraid of anyone or anything. He loves attention and to play. The foster family has really enjoyed caring for him and would like to find him a good home. If you are interested, please contact Rachelle at email@example.com or at 322-2104 or 286-7909.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
More specifically, we would like to thank our sponsors and donors: Representative Diego Benavente, Mayor Juan B. Tudela, Costco, The PEW Charitable Trust, Beautify CNMI!, Angil Design, Inc., Friends of the Mariana Islands (FMI), PTI, Expressions, Photography by Jack Hardy, Pacific Trading Company, Dr. Ignacio Dela Cruz, Judge Alex and Kathy Munson, and Tania David.
We would also like to thank the many volunteers that donated their precious time. Thank you George Hassleback, Judge Alex Munson, Brad Ruszula, Angelo Villagomez, Cinta Kaipat, Gus Kaipat, Francine Coulture, Ann Brazel, Mary McGee, Marja Onni, Melissa Simms, Adam and Rachell Miles, Judy Kim, Madison Smith, Ron and Moon Smith, Ken and Monique Kramer, Deane Jesse-Jones, Ciara B. Dela Cruz, Kiana Villagomez, Jay Santos, and Joe Przyuski.
Lastly, we could not have reached to the public without our friends in the media. Thank you Marianas Variety, Saipan Tribune, KZMI, Beach Road Magazine, and KSPN.
You all did a wonderful job! Thank you.
If you attended the event and would like to view and/or purchase pictures, please visit Photography by Jack Hardy http://saipanjack.smugmug.com/gallery/5093092_N3YdK/. Pictures of the event are available for purchase, as are mouse pads, t-shirts, mugs, and anything else you can put a picture on! Purchases can be placed on on-line and 30% of profits will be donated to PAWS for the education program and rescues.
We look forward to seeing you all next year.
Chair of the Beautify CNMI! Animal Welfare Committee
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Navy Hill. The box contained four (4) kittens that are estimated to be around 5-6 weeks old.
“We know people are desperate to find homes for animals, but to go to this extreme is cruel. Call PAWS at 285-PAWS and we will help you find a home for unwanted animals,” said PAWS President Busenkell.
The kittens appear to be healthy and happy at their foster home. If you are interested in fostering and/or adopting one of these playful and loving kittens, please contact Rachell via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 322-2104 or 286-7909.
Also available for adoption is a male kitten that is thought to be about 6-8 weeks old. “He has beautiful markings and would be a perfect cat for a family with no other animals,” said PAWS Vice President Melissa Simms who is fostering the animal. If you are interested in adopting this kitten, please contact Melissa at email@example.com, 234-1253 or 285-PAWS.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Costco donated nearly $800.00 in pet-care items for the dog show and PAWS rescues. Such items include Advantage for flea control, dog biscuits, dog treats, a pet pillow, puppy training pads, cat food, cat litter, and education books for children and adults.
Other community leaders, like the PEW Charitable Trust, Angil Design, Inc., and numerous CNMI residents, made monetary donations. The monetary donations were used to purchase prizes such as large bags of dog food, Frontline for flea and tick control, dog toys, and Adams shampoo and dip for flea and tick control, just to name a few.
“We have had an amazing amount of support from the community,” said PAWS Vice-President Melissa Simms. “And thanks to these generous donations, we will be able to award people for loving their pets. Our main objective in hosting the Dog Show is foster the human-animal bond.”
The Dog Show is a free event that will be held this Saturday from 4-6 p.m. at the CPA Airport Field, underneath the Flame Trees at the southern end of the field. Participants are encouraged to sign up early by downloading an application on-line at http://www.paws-saipan.org/dogshowsignup2008.pdf and submitting the applicaiton to Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, June 5.
People can sign up at the show between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. There will be absolutely no entries accepted after 3:30 p.m. The show will start promptly at 4:00 p.m.
If people have questions about the show, contact Katie on the PAWS PTI Hotline at 285-PAWS.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The first was hosted by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in Boston, Massachusetts from May 8-9. In attendance were select delegates from Bahrain, India, Mexico, Columbia, Africa, Brazil, and Saipan.
The second, Animal Expo 2008, was hosted by the United States Humane Society in Orlando, Florida from May 14-17. In attendance were numerous delegates from India, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Chile, Italy, Belize, Peru, Kuwait, China, Australia, and Saipan, just to name a few.
Both conferences exposed me to amazing people doing amazing things for animals throughout the world. This was inspiring, and perhaps much needed to re-energize our efforts here at home.
The conferences were an opportunity for experts and donors to share advice, knowledge and experience on animal care/welfare issues. So, in order to better serve our community and animals, I attended numerous workshops, including but not limited to: (1) how to recognize and combat compassion fatigue; (2) how to lobby for anti-cruelty legislation; (3) how to count and recognize cruelty cases in our community; and perhaps most importantly to our success, (4) effective methods of animal control. Copies of the presentations, and more, are available for your review per your request. I invite all of you to review these materials and to educate yourself about the importance and possibility of helping Saipan’s animals and/or our community.
In addition to attending numerous workshops, I want you to know that I did my best to draw attention to our situation here in Saipan. I spoke to representatives from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), WSPS, United States Humane Society (USHS), Humane Society International (HIS), the American Humane Association (AHA), the Pegasus Foundation, Maddie’s Fund, the Petco Foundation, and many more. I also made a point of talking directly to Wayne Pacelle, the President of the Humane Society and an internationally well-respected humanitarian.
What was the result? A renewed feeling of hope. I firmly believe that if we follow-up on the networking that was accomplished at these conferences, that change may be on the horizon for our animals and communities. But, PAWS and Beautify CNMI! desperately need your help in order to make these changes possible.
We need volunteers. We need people who love animals to help us foster homeless animals. We need people who are interested in honing professional skills to write letters and/or lobby on behalf of Saipan’s animals. We need people to go into schools and give 30-minute presentations to children about the importance of responsible pet ownership, compassion, and understanding animal behavior.
We don’t want all of your time. Just what you can give. And, if these tasks scare you, or you think you don’t know enough to jump in and help – not to worry!!! We are more than happy to either train in what we know or look for answers together.
If there is one base-line lesson that I learned by attending these conferences it is this – if people living in the deserts of Peru and Kuwait or the bush of Africa can muster up the strength and resources to combat animal cruelty, then we can do it too and we have little excuse not to.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
If you are interested in learning more about our volunteer efforts, please contact Rose Callier at email@example.com.
And, on May 17th, PAWS and Beautify CNMI! will be hosting our Second Annual Best of the Worst Dog Show! Categories include:
- The Fattest;
- The Most Uneven Ears;
- The Best Belly Dragger (shortest legs);
- The Most Disobedient;
- The Booniest;
- The Most Like a Movie Star; and
- The Best of Show.
Entry forms and waivers can be downloaded at http://paws-saipan.org/. Please submit your entry form to Katie Busenkell at firstname.lastname@example.org. The waiver must be signed at the event in the presence of one of our volunteers.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact PAWS at email@example.com or at 285-PAWS.
PAWS and Beautify CNMI! would like to thank our 2008 National Pet Week Sponsors: Costco, PEW, Beautify CNMI!, DLNR, and Angil Design, Inc. Thank you for your generous donations and making this year's celebration possible!
Saturday, March 29, 2008
By: Katie Busenkell
The idea of training a dog can be daunting. I know from personal experience. I have a boonie dog that is about 3-4 years old. I have never met a dog with so much energy. He doesn’t walk – he bounds, literally jumping 2 feet into the air. He doesn’t walk – he runs like a thoroughbred. On more than one occasion, his high energy levels have gotten us (him and me) into uncomfortable situations with others.
A naughty, misbehaving dog is a nuisance. Nobody, including myself at times, liked my dog. In an attempt to find a solution to his bad behavior, I did some research on dog training. I read books on dog training, spoke with dog trainers and veterinarians, and perused various websites.
Most, if not all of the sources, had one thing in common – it wasn’t just the dog that had to change his behavior. I had to change my behavior, my way of dealing with him, if we (my dog and me) were to succeed at transforming him from a naughty, mischievous dog into an obedient dog.
I cannot possibly summarize all that I have picked-up along the way into one article. So, I have decided to summarize and publish one approach to dog training into a three part series***. Using the methods summarized below, my dog has learned a series of simple commands over the last 2-3 months. These commands include, “sit,” “lie,” “come,” and best of all, “stay.”
I challenge you try these methods at home with your dog. Just remember, be patient and kind. It takes time, but in the end, it pays off!
1. EASY: It’s important that your dog know when to calm down. So the first command is “easy.” This is a relaxing command. Introduce the command to your dog when he is calm. Then, gradually try it in more challenging situations.
While saying the word, pet your dog slowly from his neck down the back. This movement, long calm strokes down the back, mimics the calming gestures of a mother dog. So, while gently stroking your dog’s back, repeat the words “easy” and “good dog” in a soft gentle voice.
You should find that your dog starts to breathe a little easier and that he is relaxed. DO NOT let your dog lie down.
Once your dog has become relaxed, stop petting your dog. However, you want to keep chanting the words “easy” and “good dog.”
2. ORIENTING RESPONSE: An orienting response is a non-threatening sound or move that has a startling effect on your dog. You do not want to scare the dog. Rather, you want to grab the dog’s attention.
Do not use the words “No” or “Stop.” Those should be reserved for another command.
Once you have gotten your dog’s attention again, and you have him sitting or standing next to you, start petting him again and chanting “easy” and “good dog.”
After several days, you’ll notice that by chanting “easy” and “good dog” you will be able to stop petting your dog and he will be sit quietly as you are chanting.
Be prepared in the beginning to use the “orienting response” often. Training a dog takes time and patience. Don’t get discouraged. Just remind yourself that it will take some dogs longer than others to decode the human language.
3. RELEASE: The only time your dog should come out of his relaxed state is when you say so. To let him know it is okay to move about freely, use a hearty “OKAY!”
Provide your dog with numerous sessions with the “easy” and “okay” exercises so your dog can learn the difference between the two. You don’t want your dog to confuse “easy” with “sit.” Rather, you want your dog to learn that “easy” means, “move about freely, but calmly and be sure to pay attention to me.”
Teaching a dog to sit, stay, and heel makes the dog a better companion. These commands establish control over your pet and serve as a constant reminder of who is the top dog.
1. SIT: You can best teach the “sit” command by a smooth, steady lift of the leash, saying the word “sit” and immediately releasing the tension as soon as your dog sits. If the dog resists, give a light tap on the dog’s rump. Don’t push the rump down. Pushing the rump down creates a natural counter-pressure that you can easily misinterpret as defiance. So, gently and slightly tap the dog’s rump. This should give him the message of what you want him to do.
2. STAY: With your dog sitting, hold the leash straight up with just enough tension in the leash to create counter-pressure. This allows you to use positive reinforcement (praise) as your dog is staying in position. Gradually reduce the counter-pressure as your dog begins to understand the stay. Naturally, praise the dog as soon as your dog complies.
3. HEEL: The objective of “heeling” is to keep your dog by your side where you have more control of him. Use gentle, but short, snaps of the leash to bring your dog into the heeling position. Again, the key to getting your dog to understand the word “heel” is to repeat yourself over and over again.
Be sure to praise your dog when he is in the right “heel” position. Maintain your pace no matter how hard your dog tries to distract you from the “heel” exercise. Change the pace once in awhile by slowing down and saying “heel easy” or doing a quick paced walk and saying “heel.” Then, add turns. Your dog will start to read your body language and stay in the “heel” position regardless of where you are going or how fast or slow you are moving.
Occasionally, release your dog from the heel position so he can learn the difference between “heel” and a freer walking exercise.
Try these commands, and next month there will be more progressive lessons on dog training. In the interim, if you are interested in learning more about dog training methods and/or dog behavior, I highly suggest you read the following books:
1. Dog Training in 10 Minutes. By: Carol Lea Benjamin.
2. The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions. By: Stanley Coren.
3. How to Speak Dog: Mastering the Art of Dog-Human Communication. By: Stanley Coren.
For a comical read on naughty dogs and the dog-human bond, I highly suggest:
1. Marley & Me. By: John Grogan.
*** The dog training methods provided above were obtained in full from The Gentle EasyKind Way: Behavioral Training Methods. By Carl A. Koski.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
PLEASE, come out and support our partner in making Saipan a more beautiful place to live and visit!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
By Jeffrey C. Turbitt
I lost a member of my family this week. There won't be a funeral. There will be no well wishers. No one will wear black. Some will even casually dismiss as absurd the melancholy that permeates my soul right now. You see, Shelby Turbitt wasn't my wife, child, parent, aunt or uncle; she was "just" my beloved dog for twelve years.
Jeffrey C. Turbitt is the language arts department chairman at Saipan Southern High School, as well as an avid scuba diver and traveler. He offers more thoughts in his blog Hypercritical Thoughts at: www.turbittj.blogspot.com/ He welcomes feedback, tips and story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column appears regularly on Wednesdays.
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Contact Susan at #483-7834 right away, to make Aggie a part of your family today!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Jenny Zhang contacted PAWS after seeing that we had 10 cats needing homes. Jenny was a cat lover and previously had two cats. One had passed away some time ago and the other recently was lost or ran away. She was considering getting a new cat from PAWS, but will be leaving island soon. She called us with a FANTASTIC offer..."Could PAWS use some cat supplies?"
Yes, we can! A volunteer met Jenny and she offered us a huge box of items, including a brand new 30lb container of cat litter. Thank you, thank you, Jenny for your generosity! And what a great idea!
Do you have any pet supplies or items you no longer need? Give us a call and donate them to PAWS! You can remove some clutter and make a difference to some pets at the same time!
Also this week, PAWS had a call to removed a sick/injured dog from a business in Garapan. A truck was needed to take her the short ride to the Vet's office. Unfortunately one could not be located in a timely manner and the dog needed urgent medical care. No government office would help after repeated calls. Then our PAWS volunteer spotted a man with a truck nearby. She went over to him and explained the situation. He said he would be happy to help!
Thank you so much to Steve Marron for taking the time to transport "Sweetie" to the vet! Your time and kindness was greatly appreciated by PAWS and this dog is no longer suffering on the streets. A ten minute ride changed her life.
These are just two examples of what some people might consider "little things" but they really did mean A LOT!
There are many ways you can help and volunteer with PAWS, even if time and money is limited. Next time you see a PAWS dontation box at a local business, throw some small change in it. Every little bit helps! Also, Memberships are only $10 right now, downloadable from our website at http://www.paws-saipan.org/. or at Juanny's Salon and Porky's Bar & Restaurant, or by contacting any Board Member.
PAWS would also like to thank Education Presentation volunteers Carol Danelius and Ann Brazel. We are having a lot of fun with them and with the great kids in the elementary schools. Please join us!
This is one of the most rewarding ways you can volunteer with PAWS. We are looking for more people to work in teams of 2, giving a 1/2 hour presentation one day a week. Yep, that's it - a 1/2 hour reading stories and having fun educating kids about animal compassion, care, responsibility and safety. Contact us to observe one of our next presentations and see what it is all about!
Or if you love working with kids and have a few hours once a month, come join us for Kids Night Out! Parents can drop off their kids for a night out and we entertain them with games, crafts, and pet related presentation and animal themed movie. Our next KNO (Kids Night Out) is Friday, February 29th and we are still looking for volunteers. Contact Melissa Simms at email@example.com to help out!
PAWS wishes to thank ALL its volunteers: past, present and future! Don't delay, volunteer and contribute today!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
JCT: What are some of the unique issues and problems pets and their owners face in the CNMI?
ET: The main challenge we face in the CNMI is that most of the people out here have grown up without the services of a small animal veterinarian. Because of this, many people here honestly have no idea what their responsibilities are to their pets. It's as simple as that. Keep in mind this is how I grew up.
JCT: If I am a pet owner with a limited budget like a lot of people here, what are the most important and cost effective things I can do to give my pet a better quality of life?
ET: The very simple answer is to remember that owning a pet is an option. No one forces you to have a pet. Taking care of that pet is not an option, it's an obligation not only to the pet, but to your family, your neighbors and your community. God gave us dominion over the animals and this means he gave us responsibility for their care. When we run into problems with this is when we try to sidestep our responsibility and make someone else responsible for our lives, or pets, as the case may be. So if you're truly unable to care for a pet, don't get one in the first place. It only leads to headaches, heartaches, and very bad feelings of guilt. Once you choose to bring a pet into your home and your heart, you need to jealously guard that pet from disease and this means preventative health care. It costs little to prevent disease, and much to treat the same disease, not to mention the emotional toll that a sick pet takes on the family. Before you get a pet, call the veterinarian and get an idea of what the likely cost will be. My wife Susan wants me to write an article titled, "How much does a FREE puppy cost?" Good point.
JCT: What advice would you offer the local government to deal with the problem of the large stray dog population on island? Also, do you have any thoughts on the anti-animal cruelty bill that seems to be languishing in the legislature?
ET: Very simple, enforce the laws that are already on the books. Prosecute those that steal and abuse pets. I know of no society that turns a blind eye to theft or destruction of private property, even if it's a dog or a cat. Enforce the laws equitably. More laws isn't the answer to unenforced laws. There are already an abundance of applicable laws that could be enforced but aren't. When the people of Saipan want an anti-cruelty law they'll pass one, but in the meantime, enforce the laws that are already on the books.
JCT: If the animal shelter is actually built, are there dangers that the dogs living in close contact could pass disease to each other, and if so, how can that be prevented?
ET: Very good question. This is my greatest fear if a shelter is forced through before the government is truly committed to its upkeep. Shelters tend to become cesspools of disease if not properly managed, and I see little commitment on anyone's part to actually run a shelter the way it should be run. Besides that, Saipan already has a shelter. It's called Paradise Island Animal Hospital , and it costs the government of Saipan, and the people of Saipan, nothing to run it. It is financed by those that bring in their pets for care, that is, those that do, not just complain. Not many in the government know about it precisely because it costs them nothing, and it doesn't show up on anyone's budget -- except mine.
JCT: Please explain why spaying and neutering is important, and is there a way with medical advancements that the indigent people here would be able to do this in a cost effective fashion that might even help diminish the large stray population?
ET: Spaying for female dogs and neutering for male dogs is part of preventative medicine. Spaying prevents breast cancer, uterine infections and prevents unwanted puppies and kittens. It also keeps us from losing our favorite pets during the birthing process, which happens quite a bit on Saipan to non-spayed females. Neutered male dogs tend to stay home, tend not to get hit by cars and get injured in dog fights, which keeps the pets healthier and the owners happier because they aren't spending money they don't have. Spayed and neutered dogs also tend to live much, much longer with a better quality of life than their non-spayed and non-neutered cousins because of the above. We spayed more dogs and cats last year than in any previous year -- all without the aid of subsidies. We have expanded the services offered by Paradise Island Animal Hospital way beyond what it was when I got here and this has been based purely on demand for more and better services by my clientele.
The best way for me to save people money is to stress preventative care, not to provide cheap, ineffective care. If the dogs and cats are vaccinated, they don't get sick so the owner doesn't have to worry about not having enough money for the treatment. If the dog or cat is examined once a year and checked for parasites and other problems, any health challenges that are found can be caught earlier and treated easier and cheaper than by waiting until the pet is sick. People know that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What they don't know is that an ounce of prevention is lighter than a feather, while a pound of cure can be very heavy to bear.
JCT: What is it like to be the vet, in terms of the emotional highs and lows, of a place with an animal population in such distress?
ET: Relative to "an animal population in distress," I don't see that. I've seen nothing but positive change in the seven years I've been here. It is a daily improvement and that keeps me high on what is happening on Saipan. When I got here the best pet owners were the mainlanders with the "locals" barely showing up on the radar screen. What a lot of people didn't know however, was how much these people wanted good veterinary care for their pets. Now the best pet owners are my Chamorro and Carolinian clients, followed closely by the Japanese and then the mainlanders. People here don't necessarily do as much prevention as I would like, but they never give up on their pets when they bring them in for care. In that respect it's much more rewarding practicing out here than on the mainland. People are gradually learning about the benefits of preventative health care for their pets. People out here love and care for their pets the same as on the mainland. The ugly story that "locals" don't take care of their pets is just not true. The numbers of neglected pets per capita on the mainland is much higher than out there. On the mainland, the local animal control keeps unwanted pets off the streets and puts them to death to accomplish this. We don't have this option on Saipan, so when you look at the number of strays vs. the numbers that would be running loose on the mainland without animal control continually removing them, we are doing much better out here than they are on the mainland. Our problems are just more visible. Millions of dogs and cats are put to sleep every year on the mainland due to rampant neglect of pets. How can we think that we are qualified to lecture anyone else on how to take care of their pets when we can't manage it in our own country?
People on Saipan want better care for their pets, not cheaper, lower quality care. Jesus made the comment that "The poor will always be among us". Our benchmark should not be the poor, or neglectful pet owners for they will always be among us. Let's benchmark our efforts based on the behavior of the responsible pet owners. This number is growing rapidly on Saipan and it has little to do with financial ability. To be sure, we will never be totally free of stray dogs and cats, and this is where the local government will need to step up at some point with a leash law (already on the books but unenforced) and a decent shelter (already on the books but not provided), but not before the commitment is there. Saipan can become a model for good pet ownership throughout Micronesia with very little effort.
Jeffrey C. Turbitt is the language arts department chairman at Saipan Southern High School, as well as an avid scuba diver and traveler. He offers more thoughts in his blog Hypercritical Thoughts at: www.turbittj.blogspot.com/ He welcomes feedback, tips and story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. His column appears regularly on Wednesdays.
Monday, February 11, 2008
"The cats are incredibly friendly. They just need a good home that will take proper care of them." PAWS said.
Eight of the animals are about six (6) months old. The other two (2) animals are adult cats, one male and one female, are also up for adoption and appear to be in good health.
All together, PAWS needs to find homes for the following cats/kittens:
- 1 female kitten – 6 month old. Her coat is white, black, and orange.
- 2 male kittens – 6 months old. Their coats are orange and white.
- 4 female kittens – 6 months old. Black, grey and white.
- 1 male kitten – 6 months old. Black, grey, and white.
- 1 adult female – black and white. Absolutely beautiful.
- 1 adult male – orange and white. A real gentleman.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
WHERE: Whimsy Room – SAIPAN GRAND HOTEL
COST: $10 first child, $5 each add’l Sibling, ages 3-12
CHECK IN: 6:00 – 6:30 PM (No drop offs after 6:30)
REGISTER: Via email - email@example.com
Thursday, February 7, 2008
This is Ellia wearing one of her artistic crotchet pieces that she makes and sells for the benefits of animals. Beautiful!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
UPDATE: All of our puppies have been placed in good homes. If you are still interested in adopting a puppy, please check back!
We have two adorable male puppies that are up for adoption! These two boys are about 6 weeks old. Both have been de-wormed and treated for ticks/fleas. If you are interested in meeting these two, please contact Annie at 483-0198 cell and 322-7241 home. You may also email Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This little pup has absolutely lovely personality - a perfect companion for children 5-9 years old. All she wants is gentle attention and to play. This female boonie pup is about 8 weeks old, brown with white markings on her nose and the crest of her head. She has been de-wormed and she has received her first mange-treatment at DLNR. She his well on her way to making a fast recovery. If you are interested in meeting this little lady, please contact Katie at 286-0970, 256-0243, or at email@example.com.
My name is Aprilleen Sablan. I am in 6th grade. I attend school at William S. Reyes. My homeroom teacher is Ms. Phyllis Ain. I am writing to you because I think the CNMI Legislature should pass the Anti- Animal Cruelty Law because the people of the CNMI aren't treating animals the way they should be treated. Most of the villages I go to, I see abandoned animals, animals with diseases and that isn't right. This law will prevent animals from being neglected, abandoned, and injured.
A few nights ago you said that you weren't going to pass the law because the CNMI has a budget. It doesn't really matter if the CNMI has a budget or not. The law wouldn't need that much money. If you pass this law the CNMI would be a better place. There wouldn't be any neglected or injured animals. The CNMI would be an even more beautiful place. Now the CNMI isn't that beautiful because there are animals going around with diseases and animals that are injured, and that might scare away the tourists. The CNMI Legislature wants more tourists to come to the islands, right? So I think the Legislature should pass the Law. I hope you and the rest of the representatives pass this law. Thank you for your time.
William S. Reyes Elementary School
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Students press Legislature on anti-cruelty bill
The first batch of letters from students of William S. Reyes Elementary School pressing lawmakers to enact an anti-animal cruelty bill was hand-delivered to the Legislature Wednesday.
The students, according WSR sixth grade teacher Phyllis Ain, made really good arguments in their letters. “Not only were they concerned about the well-being of the animals, but they were really concerned about how the absence of the anti-animal cruelty law would effect tourism in the CNMI,” Ain said.
One of the letters was from sixth grader Aprilleen Sablan to Senate President Pete Reyes, where she stated that an anti-animal cruelty law will not only prevent animals from being neglected, abandoned, and injured but would help “the CNMI become an even more beautiful place” and not scare off tourists. She added in her letter that, “A few nights ago you [Reyes] said that you weren't going to pass the law because the CNMI has no budget. It doesn't really matter if the CNMI has a budget or not. The law wouldn't need that much money.”
Ain said the students didn't really understand why the law was not being passed because of “no money.” “They didn't understand what that had to do with passing the law that would just punish people who would hurt animals. I said I didn't know and that they should ask the people who are responsible; and that's what they did,” Ain said.
She said she understands that CNMI lawmakers have priorities. “And I respect their priorities. But the pie is not just one size. There are a lot of segments to that pie. And this is an issue the community is obviously concerned about, and it's growing.”The second batch of student letters to the Legislature will be sent out today.
Dan Anderson, who hand-delivered the first batch of 31 letters to the Senate president, said that, from what he read, the students have valid questions. “They [students] wanted to know why they [lawmakers] couldn't pass the law and why they couldn't pass the budget,” Anderson said.
Pets Assistance and Welfare Services president Katie Busenkell said, "The reports of pet-theft and rampant animal abuse that is tolerated in Saipan is appalling. It is absolutely disgraceful that on American soil, it is legal to beat and or torture an animal to death.”
She urged people to “write your legislators and urge them to pass the PAWS Animal Protection Act. It is the foundation to some much needed change in the way animals are treated on Saipan."