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13 posts from May 2010

Miss-Dana Miss Dana is a lovely 4-year-old girl who looooves catnip! She was great with toddlers in her last family, has lived with other cats and is very cuddly. More details on her Petfinder profile.

She is currently available for adoption at PAWS Cat City in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. Visit her, and all the other adoptable kitties, Tuesday through Sunday. There's plenty of love to go around!

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Until I started working at PAWS Wildlife Center, I did not know that:

• BT Deer Mother deer groom their young to keep them as scent-free as possible during the early days of their lives. This protects the fawns from predators while they hide in the grass when the doe is away feeding. Mom will bed down away from the baby as added protection. If you find a deer fawn, do not immediately assume she is orphaned. Most likely, the mother is nearby. Quickly and quietly leave the area. Check the spot in 24 hours and if the fawn is still there, call PAWS for more info.


• Many fledgling birds spend time on the ground learning to fly. Most are not successful the first time they try to fly from the nest. They make short flights as they build their flight muscles and skills. The parents will continue to feed and protect them as much as they can by dive-bombing anyone that presents a threat. It may take up to 1 week for some songbirds and 2 weeks for larger birds like crows to become fully flighted.

•  Juvenile crows Juvenile crows have blue eyes. Crows are quite large babies so they can be mistaken for adults. A great way to tell whether the bird is a youngster is to check the eye color. The young crow will also have bright pink gape flanges (the corners of the mouth) and short tail feathers.

• Most birds have a poor sense of smell. It is a myth that if you touch a baby bird the parents will reject him. Songbirds rely more on sight and sound as their strongest senses. You can put a nestling back into the nest, as long as the bird is not injured or sick. 

I hope this information is enlightening and helps you make more informed decisions about whether a wild animal needs rescuing or not. In any case, I recommend calling PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.412.4040 if you have any questions regarding wildlife. 

Sandy At 10 years old, Sandy should have been living a comfy life with the family she’d known her whole life. Instead, she found herself abandoned just as she was about to give birth. Sandy’s family was going on vacation and didn’t want to bother with a dog in labor, so they brought her to PAWS.

Within 24 hours, Sandy delivered five healthy puppies. The father of the pups is a Miniature Dachshund (Sandy’s family’s new dog), so--as you can see below--the puppies don’t look much like Sandy.

She was an attentive, loving momma despite the stress she endured. To give her a quieter environment in which to nurse, rest and care for her puppies, Sandy and her brood were sent home with a PAWS foster care volunteer.

In a few weeks, after the puppies were weaned, Sandy came back to PAWS so we could spay her and find her a new loving home, one who would appreciate her worth and would stick by her no matter what. It didn’t take long. Sandy was adopted by a wonderful woman who said it feels like they’ve been together forever, and Sandy stays right by her side.

The puppies are still in foster care, but will be back at PAWS for adoption soon!

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