The Tuesday morning sun was barely up in Lynnwood when a large van painted with happy dog and cat faces pulled into the Lynnwood PAWS center with a very special cargo.
Operated by New Beginnings of Merced, Calif., the van is part of the group’s mission to reduce the number of pets being euthanized in an area with a critical overpopulation of otherwise adoptable dogs and cats. New Beginnings literally pulls these unfortunate animals off death row and transports them to shelters in areas where they’re more likely to be adopted – and the Lynnwood PAWS shelter is among the best.
The van left Merced Monday evening with more than 60 dogs and cats aboard, and drove 13 hours straight through to Lynnwood, where 28 animals were welcomed with food, water, a comfortable bed and plenty of petting, cuddling and attention from PAWS staff. After unloading the animals, the van got back on the road — headed for the Canadian border and the next shelter destination.
“We’ve been partnering with New Beginnings since 2014,” explained Lynnwood PAWS spokesperson Laura Follis. “Since then we’ve saved more than 5,000 of these animals that otherwise would have been euthanized, and placed them in forever homes.” (You can see a video of the animals’ arrival on the Lynnwood PAWS Facebook page).
According to Follis, Merced’s combination of a lax spay-and-neuter program and a huge population of reproducing animals results in an overabundance of homeless dogs and cats. Merced animal shelters are chronically overwhelmed, and sadly many perfectly adoptable pets are euthanized due to lack of shelter space and lack of homes willing to adopt them.
PAWS workers bring the new arrivals into the shelter.
“We are fortunate here in our area to have a large community of animal lovers,” Follis continued. “We average about one week from intake to adoption, and I’m extremely confident all these pets will find great homes.”
Interested in adopting?
According to Follis, within the next three days all the animals that arrived Tuesday would be processed, checked in, photographed and available on the Lynnwood PAWS website — which will include a description not only of the animal but of the type of home that would make a good fit for each.
But all this can’t happen without the generous support of the community.
“Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is an annual day of giving to nonprofits,” explained Follis. “But at PAWS Lynnwood we’ve renamed it Rescue Tuesday to bring special attention to these at-risk animals and the work we do at PAWS on their behalf. There’s a lot more than meets the eye that goes into putting these animals in loving homes, and that’s what we do.”
Follis urges anyone planning to participate in Giving Tuesday to add PAWS to your donation list. The average cost of care for each of these newly arrived cats and dogs is $380, which covers veterinary care, shelter costs, adoption matching services, food, and medicine. And of course there’s the general overhead and operating costs of simply running the shelter.
Good deeds will never be left unrewarded. Dogs will definitely bring happiness to every human, which is why dog adoption increases especially this pandemic. Aside from donating to nonprofit organizations, adoption is another act of kindness to canines, like a Shiba Inu. Having an agile Shiba Inu puppy running around the house is indeed a great sight!
3 Reasons Why Positive SSL Is Perfect For Simple Websites
Figuring out the best SSL for your site is never a good time. For small website owners, it can especially be a minefield. With so many different price points and all this talk of validation levels and multiple subdomains, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. Do you really need all that stuff for your site? The answer is probably not. That’s why this article is going to argue the virtues of the PositiveSSL certificate from Sectigo Certificate Authority (CA).
Whether you have a blog, an online portfolio, or a personal website, a Positive SSL is the perfect choice for bringing web encryption to your site. Here’s why:
- Your site will be more secure
This is the case for SSL certificates in general, but it never hurts to stress the importance of web encryption. An SSL certificate will help create an encrypted connection between your site and anyone using it. This means that malicious actors will not be able to intercept any information sent over this connection. This is good for you and good for your users. When they visit your site and notice the padlock symbol in the browser address bar, they’ll immediately feel at ease.
- It’s cheap and fast
When it comes to SSL certificates, the varying price points can be a little confusing. Different prices are due to many reasons, such as the CA or reseller you’re purchasing from, the number of domains and subdomains you have, and the validation level.
Positive SSL tends to be the most affordable option no matter where you’re purchasing it from because it’s for a single domain and has the lowest level of validation, known as domain validation. With domain validation, the CA will only check that you own the domain you wish to secure. Because this level of assurance has fewer checks than the other kinds, Positive SSL certificates tend to be issued faster, too. For a simple website that doesn’t require logins, filling in forms, or conducting business transactions, this kind of SSL is all you need.
- It’s from a trusted CA
Having been in the cybersecurity business for over two decades, Sectigo accounts for over 34% of the global commercial SSL certificate market. For this reason, it’s a name that is synonymous with trust. Not all CAs are created equal, so when you come across a new CA, it’s vital to do your research to ensure that their certificates work with major web browsers. With Sectigo, this won’t be an issue.
These days, due to tightening security rules from web browsers and search engines, websites of all sizes need an SSL certificate, even your tiny, unassuming blog or personal website. Keep things affordable, easy, and — most importantly — secure by opting for a Positive SSL.
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