PAWSOME is an adjective given to any young member of our community who does something awesome for PAWS, and that definitely describes 11-year-old Beth S. from Huntington County.

Beth presenting her check to PAWS

Beth presenting her check to PAWS

Beth created and sold “backpack buddies” to fellow students in her school. She created snake, lizard and dragon fly designs and sold them for $1, $1.25 and $1.50 respectively.

The “backpack buddies” were such a hit that Beth had to enlist the help of her teacher and several classmates to complete the roughly 300 orders.

After all the orders were complete and some additional donations accepted, Beth came to PAWS recently with a check for $425!

Beth used this money to become a Guardian Angel for PAWS’ dogs Lee and Flip and PAWS’ cats Emmie and Bee Bee.

Beth's "Backpack Buddies"

Beth’s “Backpack Buddies”

That means that Beth has already paid the adoption fee for these four wonderful animals as a gift to their future forever families.

Beth and her parents are themselves forever families to a PAWS’ alum—Maggie, who was adopted in December as Beth’s Christmas present.

PAWS cannot thank you enough Beth—you are truly a PAWSOME young lady that we are happy and extremely fortunate to have in our community!

Life-altering is the only way Elvis can describe this past week—he went from being stricken with infections when he came to PAWS to finding his forever home (and touching the hearts of PAWS’ volunteers) in seven short days!

Elvis on his adoption day with his new mom!

Elvis on his adoption day with his new mom!

Elvis, a six-year-old Bullmastiff, came to PAWS on Sunday, February 10 after being picked up by our Dog Intake Coordinator.

He smelled so badly from infections in his ears and on his skin that those taking care of him that day had to wear masks to keep from getting sick. They worked through the smell; and in about an hour, Elvis was looking and smelling better.

However, Elvis still needed veterinary attention. Elvis went to the vet first thing Monday morning and had his ears deep-cleaned and cutaneous carcinomas–a type of skin cancer—removed (any donations to cover the cost of this pricey surgery would be greatly appreciated).

Elvis never complained when blood was drawn, his sores and terribly infected ears cleaned and his badly matted fur (from pus) shaved. He remained quite the happy dog and that temperament won the hearts of everyone he met.

Elvis also won the heart of a Guardian Angel, who paid his adoption fee, and his forever mom—all in one week!

Elvis is just one of the many success stories of the thousands of animals that have walked through the doors of PAWS over the past 30 years, and would not have been possible without the tremendous work and dedication of our volunteers and supporters!

Elvis on his first day at PAWS with our Director of Operations, Dog Intake Coordinator, a PAWS Medical Coordinator, then on his adoption day with a PAWS Medical Coordinator, Elvis' Guardian Angel (and PAWS volunteer), his adopter, Dog Intake Coordinator, Director of Operations

Elvis on his first day at PAWS with our Director of Operations, Dog Intake Coordinator, a PAWS Medical Coordinator, then on his adoption day with a PAWS Medical Coordinator, Elvis’ Guardian Angel (and PAWS volunteer), his adopter, Dog Intake Coordinator, Director of Operations

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Charlie hopes that his smile is the key to your heart and you will become his valentine!

Love is in the air this week with Valentine’s Day on Thursday and PAWS is on a mission to make sure the holiday doesn’t pass without every single one of our cats and dogs having a valentine!

You don’t need to adopt a cat or dog from PAWS to become their valentine, though that would be a great gift! You can still show how much you love one (or more) of our wonderful canines or fabulous felines by sponsoring them this month for only $25, a tax exempt donation that helps support food, shelter and medical costs for our animals.

To sponsor a cat or dog, simply click on the link that is below their individual picture on the PAWS’ website.

Currently, there are about 20 dogs and 25 cats without a valentine this week. PAWS hopes that you will help lower that number, and know that you will be thanked with a much-deserved woof and purr salute!

Do you think your PAWS’ alum is the luckiest pet? If so, enter Petfinder’s Luckiest Pet Contest for a chance for you to win a $500 gift card to Petco and a $5,000 donation for Centre County PAWS!

Treasure hopes to get adopted before February 20th so she has a chance to become Petfinder's luckiest pet!

Treasure hopes to get adopted before February 20th so she has a chance to become Petfinder’s luckiest pet!

Petfinder is celebrating lucky 2013 by sharing the stories of the luckiest adopted pets, then helping adoptable pets find homes. Pet parents can upload a photo or video of their pet and describe why he/she is the luckiest, giving color to their life before and after adoption.

The deadline to enter the contest is 11:59am ET (just before noon) on February 20, 2013. Entrants will select a Petfinder member (PAWS would definitely appreciate it if you selected us!) when submitting their story.

The voting period to determine the luckiest pet will start on February 21 and visitors can vote once a day for animals throughout the contest with the voting period ending March 18, 2013.

The luckiest pet with the most votes will win a $500 gift card to Petco and a $5,000 donation in their name to the designated organization (hopefully PAWS!)

Good luck to everyone who submits an entry; we know all of our alums are extremely lucky dogs and cats!

For the past two weeks, PAWS’ Facebook fans have been submitting entries to our photo contest, showing everyone how they “Share the Love” with their pets during the holiday season. We were treated to two dozen adorable pictures, and are here to announce the winners of the contest!

Our first winner was selected by a random drawing and is Hodya M. and her cat Minka! Hodya wins a PAWS’ shirt with a gift on its way to Minka.

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Our second winner was determined by which picture received the most votes and is Laurie S. and her cat DJ! A total of 64 people voted on this adorable picture of DJ. Laurie and DJ won a prize pack from PAWS that includes a PAWS’ shirt, a handmade “Share the Love” ornament and a variety of gifts for DJ!

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest, either by uploading photos or voting. “Share the Love” is not only about helping the cats and dogs at PAWS find their forever families, but also about celebrating the joy animals bring to our lives.

Here is a collection of the other cute pictures submitted to the contest:

PAWS is getting in the Christmas spirit by participating in the 18th Annual Festival of Trees!

The Festival of Trees is a community event that ushers in the holiday season. The festival has turned the Central PA Institute of Science Technology (Harrison Rd., Pleasant Gap) into a Winter Wonderland with dozens of decorated trees and vendors.

Thanks to the fantastic artist skills of the students at Park Forest Middle School, PAWS won first place the past two years and we are hoping for a three-peat since the students (those in Ms. Molly Gazda’s art class) did another great job! Look below for a sneak peak of our tree–how can we not win!

The theme for our tree this year is “Share the Love,” which is what PAWS and Stocker Subaru hopes everyone will do this holiday season to celebrate the joy animals bring to our lives and to help those cats and dogs still patiently waiting to find their special forever families.

Help PAWS claim first place once again by voting for our tree (tree #19 and located in the back row) with your cash donation.

You can stop by the Festival of Trees this Thursday and Friday (the 6th and 7th) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children (just please remember to bring a little extra cash to vote for the PAWS tree!)

Since the Festival of Trees is being held in conjunction with the Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, a free shuttle for the Festival of Trees will be available at the Bellefonte High School and on the Diamond.

When Santa was at PAWS last Sunday, we were able to snap these adorable pictures of him with several of our dogs who you know have only one item on their Christmas list–a new forever family!

Honey is a very sweet 5-year-old spayed Beagle/Hound mix who was rescued from being abandoned. Read more about her here.

Honey is a very sweet 5-year-old spayed Beagle/Hound mix who was rescued from being abandoned. Read more about her here.

Nadia is an adorable 1-year-old spayed Rottweiler mix who weighs 50 pounds. She came to PAWS from the Central PA Humane Society, but was originally found as a stray. To read more about her, please visit this website.

Nadia is an adorable 1-year-old spayed Rottweiler mix who weighs 50 pounds. She came to PAWS from the Central PA Humane Society, but was originally found as a stray. To read more about her, please visit this website.

Maggie is an energetic 2-year-old spayed Shepherd/Lab mix. I came to PAWS from the Huntingdon County Humane Society; however, I was originally found as a stray. Visit here to read more about this girl to loves to play!

Maggie is an energetic 2-year-old spayed Shepherd/Lab mix. She came to PAWS from the Huntingdon County Humane Society; however, was originally found as a stray. Visit here to read more about this girl to loves to play!

Buzz is an energetic 6-year-old French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix. He is a very friendly boy who is good with older children and some dogs. Read more about Buzz at this website.

Buzz is an energetic 6-year-old French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix. He is a very friendly boy who is good with older children and some dogs. Read more about Buzz at this website.

Lincoln is a 1.5-year-old neutered German Shepherd, who has an application pending!

Lincoln is a 1.5-year-old neutered German Shepherd, who has an application pending!

Thanks to BowerShots Photography for taking these great pictures!

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