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Here’s what you missed

Did you miss our Membership meeting on January 17th? You missed a chance to learn more about a great organization, Paws With A Cause. And you missed meeting Argon, the cutest Golden Retriever.

Marilyn showed up the amazing skills that Argon possesses to be a Paws dog. She provided more information about the organization and invited us to come to their facilities for a tour.

There are many ways we can help Paws With A Cause. Have you ever thought about owning a dog, but don’t want the commitment? Volunteer to foster a puppy. The foster program lasts twelve to fourteen months. The puppies need a loving environment full of stimulation to prepare them for their career as a Paws dog. Donate money. Marilyn talked a little bit about the cost of a Paws dog. They are not cheap, and the organization does not turn someone down due to financial restrictions. Each dog is worth $30,000. Of course individuals are asked to hold a fundraiser, but many who are receiving a Paws dog are simply unable. Your money helps offset the costs associated with placing a dog with a person in need.

Did you know Paws With A Cause began here in West Michigan? Now they can be found all over the United States including Hawaii and Alaska!

Recently Paws branched out to reach children with Autism. It started with four dogs and has quickly become successful.

These dogs provide many individuals independence that they might not otherwise experience.

Quota thanks Paws for sharing their story and partnering with us at our book fair. It is our hope to continue this joint effort and to learn more from each other.

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Rachael’s birthday

Happy Birthday Rachael!

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President’s Message, January 2013

GIVE

You can’t hold someone who
wants to leave
You can’t clutch a memory
as if it were today
You can’t take an insult
close to heart
You can’t grasp for glory
from your chair
You can’t seize life
thinking only of loss
And you can’t grab a laser pointer dot
on the wall
No matter how much you try
These hard-earned truths I give to you

From “I Could Pee on This
And Other Poems by Cats”
By Francesco Marciuliano

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