Monday, June 09, 2008

Thank you for Making it Possible

PAWS and Beautify CNMI! would like to thank the sponsors and supporters of this year’s “Best of the Worst Dog Show.” With community support, we were able to put together a great show and give away some great prizes. Thank you.

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 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.

Katie Busenkell
PAWS President
Chair of the Beautify CNMI! Animal Welfare Committee

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Help PAWS Find Homes for Unwanted Animals!

On Friday, May 30, 2008, a Saipan resident found a box taped shut on the side of the road in 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 and Chair of the Beautify CNMI! Animal Welfare Committee Busenkell.

"Dumping animals like this does nothing to benefit our island. If the animals die - they will stink. If they live - they will feed off of our native birds and raid trash cans in an effort to survive. The best solution is to find a responsible home where the animals will properly looked after and cared for."

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 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, 234-1253 or 285-PAWS. (PR-PAWS)

Monday, June 02, 2008

Community Supports PAWS/BC Dog Show

Thanks to numerous community leaders, PAWS and Beautify CNMI! will be awarding great pet-care items at this year’s dog show scheduled for June 7, 2008 from 4-6 p.m.

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 and submitting the applicaiton to Katie at 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.