Monday, October 01, 2007

Start Your October with PAWS and Beautify CNMI AWC

In an effort to reach out to the general public, and educate adults and children about responsible pet ownership and compassion for animals, PAWS and the Beautify CNMI! Animal Welfare Committee are making a real effort to hold more events that involve YOU, the general public.

So, join us this October for our Open Meeting, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, and/or Kids' Night Out. Or, if you have some time, volunteer to give a responsible pet ownership presentation to elementary school children. At the very least, ask one of our board members for an animal-care brochure and hand them out to someone you know.

The point is - we want YOU to make a difference, and we need YOU to volunteer and contribute. It all starts with YOU.

Date: October 5, 2007
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Fiesta Resort's Chambre Bar
What: Open Meeting

PAWS is hosting a meeting for those that would like to discuss and learn more about animal-related issues and projects.

PAWS members, lawmakers, and members of the general public that are in attendance will have an opportunity to learn about the PAWS education program, pick up informational brochures on animal care, ask questions about the Animal Protection Act of 2007 and the Mayor's Shelter, or share ideas, comments and concerns with lawmakers and PAWS Board Members in attendance. Those in attendance can enjoy free appetizers and a no-host bar, courtesy of Fiesta Resort.

Date: October 7, 2007
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Where: Mt. Carmel Catholic Church's Fountain
What: Blessing of the Animals – Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

PAWS and Mt. Carmel Church will be celebrating the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Around the world, the Catholic Churches recognizes the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 4th by offering a Blessing of the Animals. Traditionally, people bring their animals to the church for a blessing by a priest, pastor, or bishop.

This year, Saipan will celebrate its first Blessing of the Animals at the Mt. Carmel Catholic Church Fountain. All community members, Catholics and non-Catholics, are invited to bring their animals to the Mt. Carmel Fountain and receive a blessing at 8:00 a.m. on October 7th.

PAWS and Mt. Carmel Church would like to remind participants to have their animals on a leash. And perhaps more importantly, participants are asked to make arrangements for the direct transportation to and from the Blessing. No animals should be kept waiting in a car before, during, or after a Mass or service.

Date: October 12, 2007
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Fiesta Resort Game Room
What: PAWS – Kids' Night Out
Cost: $10.00 for the first child and $5.00 for each additional child in an immediate family.

Looking for a few hours to yourself? Want to enjoy a quiet dinner with someone special? Well, PAWS is here and able to help!

Starting in October, PAWS and Fiesta Resort have teamed up to host a fundraiser called Kids' Night Out (KNO). Children ages 3-12 are welcome to participate in our fun program while parents take a few hours off. During this four-hour period, the children will play video games for a half hour, be engaged in arts and crafts, story reading, and an educational movie. Fiesta Resort has generously offered to provide snacks and caffeine-free drinks.

Check-in will be between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. Parents must pick up their children no later than 10:00 p.m.

If you are interested in learning more about this great escape, please contact Melissa Simms at

Also, don't forget to turn in on Monday mornings to Power 99 at 9:00 for the PAWS Pet Stop with PAWS Board Member Rose Callier.For more information on these events, and more, please visit our website at or

I also must take this opportunity to thank Fiesta Resort and the Saipan Grand - both of which are Tan Holding Companies - for their incredible generosity. They came to us and offered us the use of their facilities to raise awareness about responsible pet ownership and compassion for animals. We are incredibly grateful for this kind act and their support of community efforts. Thank you.

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