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Following King County’s announcement yesterday of a regional animal services proposal, I wanted to clarify PAWS' role in the plan.

Beginning in May, PAWS will provide sheltering services for cats and dogs from the city of Shoreline. Negotiations are still being finalized with Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and Woodinville, but we expect to provide services for these cities sometime in the near future.

We are not taking stray animals from these places until all contracts are finalized and dates set, therefore citizens in these communities need to continue to take strays to King County’s shelter.

Since these five communities are geographically close to us, and we have an already well-established system for handling strays, we reached out to them last fall when King County announced it would close its shelter. PAWS feels confident we can handle the number of animals from these communities, while still providing the high-quality care we give the animals at our shelter today.

PAWS has always strongly believed in collaboration as the best way to achieve a humane community and create a safety net for abused, unwanted and lost pets. We are glad we were able to fill an important need in this region.

It is also important to note, that PAWS has not entered into negotiations with any other King County city nor with the County itself to take in animals from other areas. As many of you know, we already provide sheltering services for unincorporated Snohomish County, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Lynnwood and Brier.

Stay tuned to the PAWS blog, as we'll make announcements here when everything is finalized. If you have questions about PAWS' role do not hesitate to contact us.

Frito, Adoptable Cat at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA 

Frito is available for adoption at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA.


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I love the way Paws helps and gives to animals!! You have inspired girls (Im in the group) to donate to places like Paws. Right now our whole school is donating to Paws, Monday it starts and its pennies for puppies, I got every penny I could find in the house!!! I LOOOVE puppies!!!!!

Thank you so much for your kindness and working on the school fundraiser for the animals!

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