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Dog-O-Ween Event Guide


COLA Overview - September 2013

Dear COLA Community, 
We, as an organization, have been working very positively and productively with an amazing skeleton staff of dedicated volunteers. Due to unfortunate miscommunication regarding an amendment to the bylaws last year and personal losses, we lost a number of Board Members and with them some of the man-power we come to expect. We now have six board members working very hard organizing and facilitating our many off-leash areas. We are very much looking forward to welcoming up to six (6) NEW board members this evening which will add up to a healthy team of dog lovers going forward.
Despite the difficult circumstances we've all worked through this year, we have a lot of accomplishments of which we should be proud. In addition to holding several productive board meetings and producing comprehensive minutes, we have been very active in monitoring the maintenance and financials of our off-leash areas with weekly visits. We have managed to keep our park steward positions filled with enthusiastic and qualified volunteers. We have been standardizing the COLA message on our kiosks at the parks for universal understanding of the worthwhile function of COLA and our off-leash areas. We have been building important alliances with other organizations and businesses in many Seattle communities. We are pleased to boast that there has been a positive COLA presence at every major dog-related event this year around the city, in particular, the upcoming DOG-O-WEEN in October at Genesee Off-Leash Area in which we will be taking a major role in its implementation and function.
A change in web masters made us temporarily off-line but we now have revamped and updated our website and integrated it so that we were able to at least get a newsletter out this year. And we held our first public forum in COLA history. We have straightened out some confusion over the relationship between the stewards and the board. We have begun a conversation with the city's professional dog walkers to explore their issues and concerns. We have been lobbying city government to do a comprehensive master plan for off-leash areas to see how urban planning can accommodate the dog owner population explosion.
We have much work to do coming up. Let's work together and utilize our individual skills and passion and love of dogs to broaden our brand and keep our positive message of goodwill to our neighbors and community. Thank You.
Message from our Cola Chairman: It has been a pleasure working with this year's dedicated army of COLA volunteers including our park stewards and our own Board of Directors. We took over last year as a new administration. It has been a bumpy start but we have managed to prioritize what is most important to us and that is transparency, cost effectiveness and being sure that all of our OffLeash Areas are well maintained and have competent stewardship.
Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our community of dog lovers.
Patrick Jones
Citizens for Off Leash Areas

Lucy & Angie


  Help Seattle Humane Find Homes for Lucy & Angie!    
Great news! Last month's star, Minnie, was adopted! This month, we're spotlighting Lucy and Angie. Please forward this email to friends and family and click on their photos for flyers that are easy to print and post.(NOTE: Files may take a moment to fully download). See more adoptable pets at   
Adopt Lucy!
 Lucy is a petite 9-year-old Spaniel mix with soft ears and a flowing golden coat. When socializing with other dogs, she’s a bit nervous, but she’s eager to learn and strongly motivated by treats. Lucy is currently working on her social skills with a loving foster family, as it takes her longer to become comfortable in new situations. With a little patience and love, she will blossom into a loyal companion. Lucy would thrive in a low-key, low-traffic adult-only home where she can relax and feel safe as the only dog. Set up a time to meet this special girl by calling our Adoption Department at (425) 649-7563. 


Adopt Angie!

  Meet Angie, a 2-year-old torbie with a unique black and pink accented nose, and the most striking apple-green eyes. This playful kitty is a sweetheart with a loud purr who enjoys swatting at her feather wand and chasing laser pointers. Her shy nature makes her appear independent, but once she gains your trust, she soaks up all the attention she can get! Angie would benefit from a calm, quiet home where she can get the love and attention she needs to build her confidence. This loving lady is comfortable around other like-minded cats, but would prefer her very own powder room. Come and meet Angie for yourself at the Seattle Humane Society!



COLA Meeting Sept 18th 2013



COLA Needs Your Help! - Meeting September 18th

Everyone is invited to the COLA meeting on September 18th. Learn more about how we can maintain the parks that are so important to dog owners in Seattle. COLA relies on volunteers and input from the community. We are looking for new park stewards, board members and other volunteers to help with events like Dog-O-Ween. It's a great opportunity to contribute to an awesome organization!


September 18th
100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle

July 2013 Newsletter

July 29, 2013
Dear COLA Community, 
Welcome to the new COLA newsletter!
COLA has been working hard to update our online services.  
Check out the July newsletter at this link: COLA July 2013 Newsletter and let us know what you think! 
Thank you for supporting COLA as we continue to grow! 
COLA Board

Pet Rescue in Whitman County



Dear Lucy,

Seattle Humane Society's Life-Saver Rescue Program on Sundayrescued 70 frightened and neglected dogs, cats and small animals from a rural residence in Whitman County, where 99 animals were removed in all. Many of the pets - including 21 cats, 5 large dogs, 29 small breed dogs, 15 guinea pigs and 1 rabbit - were malnourished and suffering from medical conditions including skin, respiratory and dental infections.

“The owners took in these animals, but they soon became overwhelmed by the number of pets in their care. They obviously needed help,” said Seattle Humane’s CEO David Loewe. “Thanks to the combined efforts of Whitman County officials and several shelters, all of these animals will receive the care they deserve.”

Now we need your help to continue to provide care for these pets.Your donation will support the medical care, behavior rehabilitation, housing and adoption for these special pets.

$25 Helps us place a rescued pet in a loving home.

$75 Supports a spay or neuter, preventing unplanned litters.

$150 Gives a pet a soft bed, food and loving care.

$250 Provides medical care to an animal in need.

Please help us care for these rescued pets. Donate now and make a world of difference for these neglected animals.

See the full story on KOMO 4 News.





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