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					The Newsletter of the Partnership for Animal Welfare SPRING 2008

P.O. Box 1074, Greenbelt, MD 20768

PAW Prints in the Park Sunday, June 1st, Rain or Shine.

Come join us for our fourth annual PAW Prints in the Park at Whitemarsh Park on Sunday, June 1st from 12-4 p.m. as PAW adopters, supporters, friends and, most importantly, our PAW adopted dogs gather to partake in the festivities. Our everpopular Walk through a shaded woodland helps to raise funds for PAW animals that PAW Prints in the Park, 2007 await permanent, loving homes and showcases our dog alumni that now have loving So bring some chairs and a picnic lunch and enjoy

But the Walk is just part of the fun. There will be a silent auction filled with treasures, and scrumptious baked goods and snacks for sale. Sign your talented dog up for competition for Best Costume, Owner/ Dog Look Alike and Most Talented trick. For the feline set who can’t join us at the park, (hey, they prefer a snooze on the sofa anyway), their human families are encouraged to attend. You can enter their photo in our cat photo contest for Best Costume Kitty, Lazy Cat and Curious Cat.

the summer day while helping to support PAW and the homeless dogs and cats who rely on us for a new leash on life! For more information, visit our website at A registration form appears on the next page of this newsletter. Directions to Whitemarsh Park: From 495, take Route 50 East towards Annapolis. Exit at Route 3 North. Continue to light at Route 450 West (Annapolis Road, Texaco on right.) Make a U-turn, back tracking South on Route 3. In ¼ mile, there will be a sign for Whitemarsh Park; take a right, passing the Sportfit Club on the right. The large pavilion is straight back to the end on the left. See you there!

homes in your care. Nothing can be more heartwarming to our wonderful volunteers than to see their former fosters and charges, who came to the program homeless and often physically and/or emotionally damaged, trotting in our event. The Walk offers a one-mile trail or longer ones for the more active dogs and a short Walk for the leisure set. And the more sponsors you get for the Walk, the more each step you take counts toward helping these deserving animals. The Walk registration starts at noon and the Walk starts at one.


Sunday, June 1, 2008, Whitemarsh Park, Bowie, MD 12 pm—4 pm



Contact PAW
PAW is a private, nonprofit, and all-volunteer pet rescue group. We do not have a shelter; instead, we keep dogs and cats in foster homes and in temporary kennel space until permanent homes are found.

Here’s how to meet our adoptable pets:
• ADOPTION SHOWS: Visit one of PAW’s weekend adoption shows, held at participating pet supply stores throughout the Maryland/DC area. For information on our next adoption show, visit our website, call the number below, or see our ads in the Washington Post Classifieds under Pets:Dogs and Pets:Cats. We usually have an ad every weekend listing the show location, date, and time. WEBSITE: To see photos and descriptions of all of PAW’s adoptable animals, plus a list of upcoming adoption shows, events, tips, volunteer information, and more, visit our website at: CALL 301-572-4PAW (301) 572-4729 for listings of upcoming adoption shows, volunteer information, donation information, and more. (Since PAW is all-volunteer, we can’t always return phone calls as quickly or in as much detail as with e-mail. Please visit our website for photos and information on our adoptable pets, since we may not be able to return such calls as quickly.) E-MAIL: For cat questions: For dog questions: Other addresses are listed on the website.

You ought to be in pictures...
Think your PAW pet ought to be in pictures? PAW is seeking photos of adopted PAW cats and dogs for our second annual PAW Calendar for 2009. Snap away and send your high resolution photo via email to Contest ends July 31, 2008 so don’t delay. Only one submission for each adopted PAW pet. Plus, for those with multiple PAW pets, you get an extra submission for a group shot. Hint- dog/cat and holiday/theme photos an extra plus! Send in your name, PAW pet name and year adopted. Only the adopted family can submit photos. An impartial committee of judges will select the winners, and winners receive a free calendar – available in time for the Holiday Season. Of course, all of our alumni PAW animals are winners – so we request permission to be able to use your photos for the calendar, our website, newsletter or other PAW media. So get out there and start snapping away – we have lots of happy cats and dogs we’d love to showcase!



PAW Shakes
Published quarterly by the Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW), Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the rescue and adoption of homeless pets. Editors: Jane & Victoria Goode Partnership for Animal Welfare, Inc. P.O. Box 1074 Greenbelt, Maryland 20768 (301) 572-4PAW (-4729) 2008 BOARD OF DIRECTORS: President - Krissy DeShetler Vice President - Sue Silver Secretary - Vicky Balenger Treasurer - Chris Lord Dog Coordinator - Amy Bleich Cat Coordinator - Kathy Llewellyn Fundraising Coordinator - to be determined Outreach Coordinator - to be determined Volunteer Coordinator - Mike Courlander

Heartworms— a serious threat to dogs and cats
At PAW, we see animals in various stages of neglect. Some have been purposely misused, but most have just been tossed aside from their families. Long before they find themselves homeless, this neglect can take its toll on their health. Since 2004, PAW has treated 14 dogs infected with deadly heartworms. We spoke to Wendy Fineblum Hall, DVM PhD for details. Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis) are long (up to 12”), narrow, roundworm (nematode) parasites that are spread to dogs, and to a lesser extent, to cats, by the bite of several species of mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes pick up the first larval stage (L1 or microfilaria) when they get a blood meal from an infected dog. Over Continued page 5

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Mickey’s Story
My wife Ginnie and I lost our boy Larry of fourteen years just before Thanksgiving in 2006. Larry was a cocker mix that found his way to our property one day and stayed (our daughter feeding him without our knowledge probably had a little something to do with the staying part). The local SPCA picked him up, we put an ad in the paper in case his parents were trying to find him, and after a four day stay at the shelter he was part of the family for the next fourteen years. Gin and I loved Larry very much and his passing was very hard on both of us…it took us 18 months until we were ready to fill that hole in our hearts with another pet. In June of 2008, I wrote a letter to several adoption centers, explaining our situation; Gin is a stay-athome Omi (grandma) who takes care of our then three grandchildren that were eight, three and 14 months at the time…with another on the way. We explained that we wanted to adopt a dog that was docile, good with children, and housebroken. I was able to summarize what we were looking for in a mere three pages one Thursday evening. Lisa from PAW called us the very next day and told us that she thought she had a perfect fit and his name was Mickey. We arranged a meeting that Saturday for an introduction. Our visit that day provided a little foreshadowing of where Mickey would be spending the rest of his life…not more than 5.7 feet from wherever Gin is, 24/7. We knew very little of Mickey’s background, only

Bunny vanilla ice cream cup from me, he slowly came around…okay, the piece of cheese that accidentally falls on the floor every Saturday morning when I’m making breakfast may have played a role too. Mickey has really filled out over the past eight months and we’ve kept in touch with Lisa through email, sending her photos of his life at home with us. He has friends that visit regularly. He loves playing tag with Gin’s brother’s dog Buddy and our neighbor’s Doberman Gage (I think I’d run too!), before lounging in his kiddie pool…for hours. We love our Mickey very, very much. Lisa’s matching him with us is a testament to PAW and their commitment to pets and people like us. We recently had an opportunity to take Mickey to a PAW adoption show for a reunion. We think his expression says it all…”Thank you Lisa and PAW for finding me a mom and dad that love me so much!”

Michael and Ginnie Myers - Maryland

Lisa left, Gin right…Mickey center stage

Pet Foster Homes Needed
The need for dog and cat foster homes is always urgent. Without them, PAW cannot save the lives of dogs and cats who have run out of time at local shelters. Foster pets share your home until they find their “forever families.” You provide food, love, and gentle training; PAW provides all necessary medical care, and can loan crates and other supplies. To discuss fostering a dog, please contact, or for cats, contact Thank you!

that his human mom had passed away nearly four years earlier and he was one of several pets who remained with the dad until he was put up for adoption at age five. Mickey was a little shy of men at first; but with lots of petting and, oh yeah, a nightly Blue

5 Heartworms—a serious threat continued from page 3
the next 1-4 weeks, the larva passes through 2 subsequent stages in the intermediate mosquito host, before it becomes the infectious L3 stage that can then be passed to a susceptible dog (or cat) when the mosquito gets another blood meal. Once in the dog or cat, the L3 stage quickly grows into the L4 stage, and several weeks later, to the L5 stage. The L5 stage migrates to the arteries of the lungs (pulmonary arteries) and right side of the heart, where it then (along with many others, typically), matures into an adult male or female heartworm. In order for the infected dog to act as a source of infection to others, there must be both male and female adult worms in its heart and/or lungs, which can then reproduce, forming the L1 stage. When this dog is bitten by a mosquito, the cycle of infection continues. Cats are much more resistant to becoming infected following exposure from a mosquito bite than are dogs. So, in a given area, far fewer cats have heartworms than do dogs.

reached the adult stage. Other tests, particularly radiography, are used to stage the disease in a HW positive dog. Diagnosis in cats is much more difficult. Cats with consistent clinical signs may test positive for heartworm antigen, but this test is often negative, even in infected cats. Another blood test can detect antibody that the cat creates in response to heartworm infection. This test is more likely to pick up an infection, but may also be positive for cats that had been infected, but no longer are. So, cats suspected of being infected should receive both the antigen and antibody test. Heartworms can be seen using echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart and pulmonary arteries). This test is typically more expensive, but also more definitive. Treatment –

Treatment of heartworm infection in dogs is not without its risks. Dogs receive 2-3 intramuscular injections of melarsomine (Immiticide), depending on the worm burden, disease stage and veterinarian’s preference. Because dying worms can cause pulmonary thromboemboli (block the vessels of the lungs), it is less risky to spread injections out over a longer time. Following the injections, dogs must be kept quiet and confined for 4-6 weeks to prevent severe Pathology – the harm caused illness or death. With young and active by heartworms Lucky, currently going through heartworm dogs, this requirement can be challengtreatment, should be ready for adoption in May. ing, but their lives can depend on it! Dogs, which are a natural host, Monthly heartworm medication are affected by heartworms mostly as a function of the num(ivermectin – Heartgard; or milbemycin - Interceptor) is also given ber of worms and the length of time they have been there. (after or before adulticide, depending on the veterinarian’s judgeBecause the worms are big, they mechanically decrease the ment) to kill the circulating L1 larvae and to prevent further infecflow of blood through the heart and lungs, making it harder tion. for the dog to move oxygenated blood to his/her tissues. This effect is especially dramatic during exercise. HeartTreatment of heartworm infection in cats is even more challenging. worms also cause inflammation to the lungs, which results in There is no effective protocol for administering melarsomine further obstruction to blood flow. Cats, which are far less (adulticide) in cats. Since adult worms usually die within 2 years, likely to become infected, are much more sensitive to the cats may recover on their own. Cats can be managed by restricting effects of heartworms. Their increased susceptibility is their activity and treating with steroids to reduce inflammation. caused both by the smaller size of their blood vessels and the Surgical removal of worms via the jugular vein can be attempted in stronger (often fatal) inflammatory reaction that they expericats with many worms. Infected cats may also be placed on heartence, even with far fewer worms than are seen in infected worm preventative to avoid additional infection. The risk of sudden dogs. Cats may have no clinical signs, or may cough, vomit, death in heartworm infected cats remains high, however. be lethargic, lose weight, faint, etc. Cats have the most problems when young worms arrive in their lungs and when larPrevention – vae and adult worms die. Heartworm death can cause sudden lung obstruction and death in an infected cat. While diagnosis (in cats) and treatment can be challenging, and, Diagnosis – how do you know if your pet has heartworms? Heartworm infection in dogs can be detected with a blood test for a substance (“antigen”) produced by adult female heartworms. If at least 3 to 5 adult females are present in a dog, the test will usually be positive. The test will be negative, however, in lighter infections, or if larvae have not yet particularly with cats, ineffective, prevention is easy! Monthly oral (ivermectin/Heartgard and milbemycin/Interceptor-Sentinel) or topical (selamectin/Revolution and moxidectin/Advantage multi) products for dogs and cats are available from your veterinarian, that are easy to administer and effectively prevent infection with heartworms. These drugs kill the L3-L4 larval stages. Puppies under 7 months of age should be started on a dose appropriate for their weight. Dogs 7 months of age and older should be tested for

Heartworms—a serious threat, cont’d heartworm prior to starting prevention. Most veterinarians agree that dogs that test positive should have their adult heartworms treated with adulticide. Dogs with larval infections or very light infections that test negative are safely started on preventative. Cats of any age can be started on preventative without prior testing. However, cats showing clinical signs consistent with heartworm disease should be tested before they are placed on preventative, along with anti-inflammatory drugs. Importantly, since studies show that indoor pets are also infected with heartworms, they should receive preventative, too. So, now that you know more about these mosquito-borne parasites, please make sure that your dogs and cats are protected from them! An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure!

Donations, in Memory of and in Honor of...
In honor of Person:
• In honor of Amy Bleich for her tireless efforts on behalf of PAW, by Rita Bleich • In honor of Enrique Martinez-Vidal and Bea Kingsbury • In honor of Enrique Martinez-Vidal, by Elena MartinezVidal • In honor of Gail Brendle • In honor of Ian Kelly • In honor of Lynda Johnson’s birthday, by Mr. & Mrs. L.R. Johnson and by Lesley Johnson Wiegand • In honor of Patricia Terry, by Michael Terry • In honor of Philippa & Geoffrey Shepherd, by Marjorie Swett • In honor of Sheila Levy’s landmark birthday, by Michael & Phyllis Courlander • In honor of Stefani Watterson, by Rebecca Geller • In honor of the marriage of Karen Fry & John McCormick, by Marjorie Ottenheimer, and by Alice & Bud Herrman

Currently, we have two wonderful dogs who are going through heartworm treatment, suffering needlessly from an easily preventable disease. Lucky and Ariel, 4 year old husky mixes, are siblings who are almost ready to be adopted. They have spent months in treatment and on cage-rest. And, during the treatment, Ariel unexpectedly delivered a puppy, Snickers. While we are Ariel working to do our best to bring happy endings to their stories, there is still more work to be done on them. In May, we hope everyone will be well and available for adoption. After all they have been through, they deserve a chance at a long, happy, and healthy life (and continued heartworm preventative). We, at PAW, plan to make that happen for them.
Sources: Merck Veterinary Manual, 9th edition, 2005. Veterinary Medicine (supplement). March 2008.

In memory of Person:

• In memory of Anna Gregersen, by Bonnie & Tim Mulligan and by Jeff & Colleen Quinn and by Rita Skolnik • In memory of Bud Terry, by Rebecca Duvall • In memory of Charlie Petersen, by Chuck & Sana Petersen • In memory of Jack Morse, dear father of Danny Morse, by Rita Bleich, and by Mark Elert • In memory of Rose “Terri” Howard, by Janet Shaw • In memory of Todd Gillman’s mother, Marilyn, by Lesli’s Sunday School Class

In honor of Person/Pet:

• In honor of George, Shen, & Frenchy, by Diane Morey

In memory of Person/Pet:

• In memory of Bob Flynn and Missy & Faith, by Marianne Metz, Robin Kreamer, & Sammy, and by Connie Surosky, and by John & Connie Cosgrove, and by J.A. Myers Homes, LLC, and by Gerry Barkman • In memory of Henry Wulforst and in honor of Barney the beagle, by Everitt Merritt Continued on page 7

Buddy and Rudy

Buddy and Rudy weren’t just neighbors and good pals—they were both PAW alumni. They shared a special bond. The day that Rudy was coming to his forever home, Buddy waited on his front stoop to greet the new kid on the block. The instant they met, they were friends for life. They loved to wrestle, to walk through the neighborhood together, and to visit the park on special occasions. Ironically, although Buddy moved away from Rudy four years ago, they passed away within a month of each other. May their spirits live within our hearts forever—they brought such joy and love to us in such a short time. Thank you, PAW, for bringing these wonderful boys into our lives. They are greatly missed. Eileen Bator and Steven Stewart

7 Donations, cont’d In honor of Pet:
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • In memory of Darby, by Terry Rutkowski In memory of Dude, by Virginia Smith In memory of Frijol, by Angela Teresi-Reyes In memory of Harpo & Olivia, by Jackie Threatte In memory of Lil Bit with love, by Vernon & Frances Poole In memory of Lulu, by Cornelia Gelissen In memory of Machee, by Virginia Homan In memory of Max Milam, by Debra Liberman In memory of Max, Kodie, & Daisy by Mr. And Mrs. L.R. Johnson and by Lesley Johnson Wiegand In memory of Missy (Snowball), a true home companion of six years, by Harry & Ruth Cottman. She is and will continue to be missed by her family. In memory of Missy, loved and missed by Ruth & Harry Cottman, by Laurie Collins In memory of Mitzi, our sweet beagle girl, by Karen & Bob Huguley In memory of my dog, Sandi, who died recently, by Sarah Beacom In memory of our childhood pets, by Thomas & Patricia Carroll In memory of our standard poodles, Emily, Margie, & Ruthie, by Eugene Petruzzelli In memory of our sweet lab, Molly, whom we lost Sept. 1st, by Carol & John Anderson In memory of Pepper, who came to me 11 years ago from PAW, by Kathryn Porter In memory of Rudy & Buddy, by Eileen Bator & Steven Stewart In memory of Sami, pet rabbit of Sara Luongo, by her parents

• In honor of Black Beauty with love, by Vernon & Frances Poole • In honor of Bogart the puppy who wouldn't quit, and the people who never gave up on him, by Patti Gouch • In honor of Dina’s rescue from the shelter, by Amy Pergosky • In honor of Kerrie Smith, by Thomas Allen • In honor of Lady Beck, by Carol & John Anderson • In honor of Molly, by Cornelia Gelissen • In honor of my wonderful dog from PAW, Chester, by Joanna Haley • In honor of our wonderful PAW dog, Chloe, by the Forman family

In memory of Pet:

• In memory of Berkeley, beloved Golden Retriever of Linda McGlone, who suddenly & unexpectedly went over the Rainbow Bridge on 12/28/07, by Marsha Rader • In memory of Blues, by Barbara Freedman • In memory of Braxton, by Frieda Shama • In memory of Brutus, by Chris & Anne Thulin • In memory of Buckley, dog of Sarah & Warren Eresian, by Janice Goldblum • In memory of Bunny (cat), who died at 19, by June Hanley • In memory of Cammi, by The Shanahans • In memory of Daisy & Oscar, beloved companions of Uzi Ben-Ami & Judy Stern, by Michael Weiss

Membership/Donation Form for Partnership for Animal Welfare, Inc. P.O. Box 1074, Greenbelt, MD 20768,, 301-572-4PAW PLEASE CHECK AS MANY AS APPLY: ___Membership: □ Single ($25) □ Family ($45) ___Renewal: Please check here if this is a renewal membership. ___Additional donation: I am enclosing an additional gift of $______ ___I enclose an additional donation in memory of: A person: _________________________________ A pet:____________________________________ ___I enclose an additional donation in honor of: A person: __________________________________ A pet: ____________________________________ Total Enclosed: $_______________ ___Volunteer: I am willing to help in the following capacity: _____________________________________________________________________________________ Name: _________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________________ E-mail: _______________________________________
Please make checks payable to the Partnership for Animal Welfare and mail to the address above. The animals thank you.


PAW Shakes to…

• We are very grateful to the following trainers who
have provided invaluable assistance with some of our most challenging dogs: George Cockrell of Companions Dog Training, LLC; the trainers at Dog Sense; Sabine Hentrich of Four Positive Paws; and Lindsey Reese of the Dogwood Acres Canine Academy. Arfs and wags! ANNA’S ARK, DOGWOOD ACRES, REISTERTOWN BOARDING KENNEL, PLEASANT GROOM 'N INN, and THE PRESTON COUNTY CLUB FOR PETS for boarding some of our homeless pets at reduced rates and giving them extra special attention. Woofs and wiggles! THE POTOMAC ALMANAC for featuring an adoptable PAW dog and cat every week in their paper. Purrs and tail wags! GAZETTE NEWSPAPERS for featuring a promotional spot for PAW in some of their weekly editions. Meows and woofs! PAW’s ADOPTION SHOW HELPERS, DRIVERS, and FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEERS for sacrificing their weekend hours to help keep our group going from week to week. Meows! WUSA TV'S PETLINE 9 for featuring an adoptable PAW dog periodically on a live TV spot on the Saturday morning news. VETERINARIANS AND STAFF at Beltway Referral Associates, Beltsville Veterinary Hospital,


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Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates, College Park Animal Hospital, Family Veterinary Clinic, Hocking Veterinary Associates, Kenhaven Animal Hospital, Metropolitan Emergency Animal Clinic, Negola’s Ark Veterinary Hospital, VCA Veterinary Referral Associates, and Watkins Park Animal Medical Center for providing reduced-cost vet care to PAW’s homeless dogs and cats. Woofs and wags! • Many thanks to the following caring techs at COLLEGE PARK ANIMAL HOSPITAL for taking "Dina" home for overnight observation when her puppy delivery was eminent: Liz Bartlett, Kaitlin Croyle and Ryan Oltjern.


Wags and heartfelt thanks to Dr. Prowell, Shari O'Hagan and other kind staff at BELTSVILLE VETERINARY HOSPITAL for their above and beyond care of our two very sick pups, Bogart and Brigit (formerly Itchy and Scratchy). We can't thank you enough for the expert care you gave them!

• PRINTING IMAGES of Rockville, for printing this
newsletter at reduced cost. Bow wows! • PAW’s FOSTER and ADOPTIVE FAMILIES. We couldn’t save lives without you. Slobbers and slurps! • WHOLE PET CENTRAL in Rockville and BARK! in Olney for hosting some of our dog shows. • LAST BUT NEVER LEAST, Maryland-area PETSMART and PETCO stores for hosting our weekly dog and cat adoption shows. Paw shakes and purrs to all.

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