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It’s time for the famous Coronado 4th of July Parade…again!  This coming Saturday, thousands upon thousands of visitors, and almost every local in town, will turn out to watch the spectacle.  What better time to showcase PAWS and the wonderful animals of Coronado?

ANYONE who would like to join us, with or without their well behaved dogs (and cats in strollers too!), to march down Orange Avenue in support of our animals is most welcome.  If you or your pet gets tired on the route, there will be sag wagons and, of course, plenty of water available for all.  Yellow T-shirts are encouraged but not required. Just bring your enthusiasm, a love of our animals and a desire to have a morning of great fun.

We meet at 9:00 a.m. at the corner of 1st Street and “I” Avenue to get our ranks in order. Our brand new PAWS Chevy HHR, replete with patriotic decorations, will be leading our group, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Jan Schmidt who sadly passed away some years ago.  PAWS used the money she raised through home tours to buy this most needed “Jan’s Van” for transporting our animals to veterinary appointments.  We march in honor of Jan this year.

So, how about it?  Up to the challenge?  Ready to strut?  Want to show your support for the lost, stray and relinquished animals of Coronado?  Want to remind everyone that Coronado is a community which will never euthanize its healthy, treatable and adoptable animals?  THEN JOIN US!!!  It will be a wonderful day for all.

Zoe has been adopted!










Author: Karen Dwinell
Photographer: Kim Johnson

Margaret, the manager of the Coronado Animal Care Facility,
called me to say that a very nice couple with two young teenage
daughters brought their dog in to meet Zoe.  Every which way it was a
match made in heaven.  The dogs liked each other, the kids and Zoe liked
each other and most importantly, Mom, Dad and Zoe liked each other.   I
came down to meet them and Zoe was sitting with them in the lobby
looking every bit the perfect family.  They’d lost two elderly dogs in
the last couple months. They were grieving the loss of their long time
companions, but were ready to give another shelter dog a home.   Zoe
lives in a beautiful home in East Lake.  She has a huge yard to run
around in.  When we left, that was exactly what she was doing.  We
couldn’t have asked for a better family for Zoe.

June Insider Report

paws of coronado june 2015 insider report

The PAWS of Coronado June Insider Report is hot off the presses and is filled with a variety of wonderful news and lots of information including:

A Letter from the Chairman of Your Paws Board of Directors – Sharon Sherman
June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month – The CAT
PAWS Downtown – Sharon Sherman
A Family Affair – Karen Dwinell
Pika & Nikki – Sarah Luken
Making a Purrfect Match – Corinne Mitchell
Unconditional Love – Kim Johnson
Celebration of Life – Our Readers

Please click on the image above to read the June Insider Report online.


paws of coronado yappy hour an extra special happy hour

OKAY…. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th IS THE DAY!!!!! Beginning at 5:00 p.m., McP’s Irish Pub will host the monthly PAWS Yappy Hour. Complimentary chips and salsa accompany happy hour prices from 5-6 p.m. and McP’s will donate 10% of every bar and restaurant tab rung up between 5-7 p.m. to PAWS’ effort to find forever homes for Coronado’s lost, stray and relinquished animals.

This month, PAWS will raffle off ‘NADO SUMMER FUN. Included is kayaking, paddle boarding, biking, yoga and a FIT BIT to keep track of all of your activity! VALUE: OVER $300.00!!! Tickets are $5.00 each or an even better bargain at 5 for $20.00.

So come have a drink, a little something to eat and watch your money find its way to a great cause. Don’t forget to bring your polite canine and feline friends to share in the fun. It is all about the animals, after all!

Unconditional Love

Pinkie with Karen

Pinkie with Karen

Author and photographer: Kim Johnson

It’s no secret that Karen’s love for animals is paramount, but her devotion to Pinkie is a crowning accomplishment.  When Pinkie arrived at the Coronado Animal Care Facility (ACF) with hair loss and emaciation, Karen took the role as her primary caregiver.  Every day she provided the necessary skin treatments and kind attention; this sweet dog knew she wasn’t alone.  When weeks later Pinkie was cleared to have her spay, more complications were noted, providing yet another hurdle for our little munchkin to surmount.  Karen saw her through each setback.

Now this resilient little lap dog is on a new path: one of cuddles, kisses and fun adventures.  Along the way, Karen saw a girl in need and never wavered in her devotion to allow Pinkie hope and friendship.  In her role as the president of PAWS of Coronado, Karen has been an inspiration and sets a prime example for how to treat our furry friends, those little bundles that trust and love us unconditionally.

Pet of the Week: Bunny


Bunny Will Hop Right into your Heart

Sweet and social Bunny came to PAWS from a hoarding situation from which she and 70 other cats were rescued.

·      Bunny is very outgoing and greets visitors to the PAWS cat habitat with a hardy “meow”.

·      Bunny has a playful side and can be fun and frisky, but what she really loves are pets from her human friends.

·      Bunny is not shy about asking for affection, and she will happily return it!

·      With her beautiful tuxedo coat and her charming personality, Bunny is sure to light up her fur-ever home.


Bunny’s Stats: Female Cat, 4 years old, DSH, Tuxedo, Shots Up To Date, Spayed, Microchipped, Tested for FELV, FIV & Parasites, Adoption Fee = $50.00

Are you looking for a sweet and sunny companion to hop into your life? Contact the PAWS adoption team today to meet Bunny! You can contact the cat adoption team through the PAWS website ( or call Bob at 619-840-9727. And please check out Bunny’s full profile at

 By Katie Michelmore