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19 posts from July 2010

Sign Sunset Hill Vet Clinic hosted us and our kittens during the recent Ballard Seafood Fest. In addition to the two kittens adopted out by our PAWS Cat City volunteers, the clinic donated proceeds from their dog bathing, photos and other sales that weekend to PAWS… about $1,000!

 Maxwell greeted visitors


Maxwell greeted visitors


Lager and his new dadKuza and his new mom 


Kuza and his new mom (with Maxwell supervising)

Lager and his new dad

Pindar's litter butt Harriett's bed head - sm


Harriett got a wicked case of bedhead


Pindar had fun in the paper litter

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Thank you Sunset Hill!

Friday morning we received a phone call from Chanele Holbrook, director of the Heernett Environmental Foundation in Tenino, WA.  Chanele had spotted a female Black-tailed Deer with a green ear tag on the Heernett property. The number on the tag was 110, corresponding to a deer  PAWS released on the 850-acre Heernett site in November  2007. Just hearing that the doe was still alive and well was great news, but the best news of all was that she was not alone. A fawn was following closely on her heels as the deer climbed a hill and disappeared into the forest.

The goal of the rehabilitation efforts we undertake at the PAWS Wildlife Center is to release healthy, physically and behaviorally intact wild animals who will completely reintegrate with their natural community.  G110 with fawnWe do our best to keep the animals in our care completely wild, and we have radio-tracked a variety of different animals after their release in order to help us determine whether or not this reintegration is occurring. Some of the animals we release are fitted with ear tags or other identifying markers. While reported sightings of these tagged animals are extremely rare, they sometimes provide us with excellent news like that reported by Chanele.

So a Black-tailed Deer who came to PAWS as an orphaned fawn is now back in the wild caring for fawns of her own. I can think of no better indicator that her rehabilitation at PAWS was a success.

Photo courtesy Chanele Holbrook-Shaw, Heernett Environmental Foundation 

Meet Ally, a sweet, lovable three-year-old hound dog. She's a playful and energetic gal who enjoys walks on leash. As you can see in the video, she's a true hound and loves to stop for sniffs along the way. This pretty lady also understands basic commands and has had crate training.

Ally would prefer a cat-free home with children twelve years and older. If she seems like your gal, come visit her today at PAWS in Lynnwood. Her adoption fee is $100.


Work-party-1 Mallards-in-Stagman-cage-p Check out these photos from our last Youth Work Party where an awesome group of young and enthusiastic volunteers spent a morning creating pools for a group of orphaned baby ducklings.

Everyone worked hard and had fun, and the end result was priceless. Quite “quacktastic” if you ask the ducklings!

So what are you waiting for? If you are 10 years or older, you can join the Youth Work Party Team with a parent or guardian today.

Together, we will work on different projects around PAWS to help the animals. Space is limited for each work party so don’t wait. If you’re interested, our next work party is on July 24. We’ll be building bird perches, bunny hide boxes, and cat toys to help the animals at PAWS!

It's been awhile since we last gave an update on the three orphaned Black Bear cubs currently in our care at PAWS Wildlife Center (for background, see prior posts here and here).

Our wildlife volunteers and staff have been busy caring for the summer rush of injured and orphaned wildlife, but Kevin Mack, PAWS' Naturalist, did have time to capture this clip of the bear cubs and send it over while the staff were cleaning the enclosures (that's what all the background sounds are in the video).

Growing up without a mother bear is far from ideal for these cubs, but as you can see in the video, they are doing well considering the situation. They've got so much energy, they don't know what to do with themselves.

Our rehabilitators are sure to provide them with plenty of enrichment to keep them active and learning their instinctual behaviors. The cubs learn and expend their energy with items such as logs and plants they would normally encounter in the wild, varying surfaces to climb over and under, and of course plenty of water and a range of foods mimicking their natural diet.

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Duke_carIt’s not often that the Pacific Northwest reaches extreme temperatures during the summer.  So when the heat kicks in, it is critical to be aware of overheating not only for yourself, but also for your pets. If your dog is used to traveling with you wherever you go, it may be a good idea to leave your companion in a cool area at home during high heat time.  It can take minutes for the inside of your vehicle to overheat, even with the window open.

If you happen to notice an animal in a vehicle that appears to be in immediate danger, you should dial 911.

The agency responsible for enforcing laws to protect dogs in hot cars is the local animal control. Officers have the right to remove an animal who is in immediate danger. For some localities, especially more rural areas or small cities, the police or sheriff’s department take care of animal control services instead of a separate department. View a list of local animal control phone numbers on our website.


Have you considered Fido in your July 4th planning?

If you’re thinking of bringing him along, consider that he may not feel the same about Independence Day as you do. Most animals have a natural fear of loud noises. Unless you know for certain your companion animal is at ease with large crowds and loud explosions, July 4th may be a terrifying experience for her or him.

Keep animals safe over July 4th by following these tips: July 4 Chihuahua

  1. Reconsider bringing your dog to fireworks displays. Even leaving your dog in your car is not a good idea—warmer weather and dogs can be a deadly combination and open car windows make it easier for a terrified dog to escape or get stolen.
  2. I.D. all your animals! At minimum, outfit your dog or cat with an ID tag. The ideal is an ID tag and a microchip with your up-to-date contact information. While microchips won't wear off, a collar I.D. tag is the quickest way to reunite with your lost dog or cat.  
  3. Keep all companion animals indoors to avoid accidental injuries caused by fireworks, to ensure people don’t torment your animals with fireworks, and to reduce the risk of losing your companion animal. Dogs on tethers or in backyards may try to escape the loud noises and flashes. Cats can get disoriented by the scary noises and run into traffic while trying to seek a safe hiding place. Also, please take the time to help a lost animal if you find one.
  4. Help reduce stress and accidents indoors. Provide a "safety spot" in a room or where they normally sleep in the house. Even a well-mannered dog or cat may demonstrate atypical behavior while fireworks are going off. Remove anything you don’t want them to soil on or chew and replace it with a safe chew toy for dogs or cat nip toys for cats.  
  5. Reduce scary sights and sounds by turning up a radio or television and shut all windows and doors to help drown-out loud bangs. Close curtains and blinds to block out the flashing lights.
  6. Think ahead for next year! If your companion animal suffers from noise anxiety, talk to your veterinarian about anxiety-reducing medication. Consult with a professional trainer for calming and desensitization techniques to help them overcome their fears.

Wildlife may also be extremely frightened by loud noises and bright flashes. Keep them in mind this holiday weekend and use fireworks with discretion. If you find an injured or orphaned wild animal, contact PAWS at 425.787.2500 x817.

Happy, safe Independence Day to all!

Simon Simon waited patiently through two kitty colds in foster homes, but his patience paid off!  The day after being posted as our Pet of the Week in the PhinneyWood blog, he went home along with sweet girl Bauble to a mother-daughter pair.  As they reported on the blog…

“We didn’t realize he was such a celebrity [as Pet of the Week] until after we had already adopted him and Marnie (formerly Bauble). They were up with the birdies at 4:30 this morning to make sure we were on the job and then went back to sleep themselves.  There’s nothing like life with kitties.”

“Simon was under my bed purring for a long time last night. The windows are now open with screens and a perch for each cat. Lovely breezes, with plenty to look at outside. They’re both being lavished with attention, and they seem very happy to be here. Both have sweet meows and are great conversationalists. They are just what this place has needed for a long time!”

"Simon and Marnie seem to be loving it here. Simon likes to sleep on top of the bed now with me, and Marnie sacks out on the living room couch. Simon started jogging…well once, accompanied by thunderous paw noises on the hardwood floors. He’s looking slimmer already. Maybe it’s all that exploring in the basement. Marnie is still the star with the laser pointer and I’m hoping she will never figure it out. They’re slowly getting to know each other, usually around the food bowl. Although Simon seems to be the alpha cat, Marnie is really confident and brave around him. Love my new kitties!"


Nansen & adopter Nansen's first evening at home Nansen came to us as a scruffy tomcat and blossomed into a dashing fellow with help from a great foster home!  His new mom posted photos (including the one at right) on our Facebook page within hours of bringing him home, along with the note:

“Thanks again for all the help guys! Nansen has been exploring his new surroundings since we got home. :) He especially loves the windows!”

And apparently the soft, fluffy carpet!


Sebastian Annie & adopter Kittens Sebastian & Annie’s new parents also posted an early update to Facebook:

“So happy to report little Scout (previously Annie) and Jasper (Sebastian) are working out their differences quickly and spent the evening playing and grooming one another. Currently they are cuddled up together napping! Looks like they might be buddies after all! Yay! :)”


Trip & adopter

Confident boy Trip (now Byron) charmed his way into the heart of his new mom, who posted:

“He is such a lovebug! So far he's discovered that the window ledge makes a perfect spot for checking out the world, that catnip logs and bellyrubs are the best things ever, and that dipping a paw into the fish tank gets you a wet paw and no fish. ;) He is settling in wonderfully and I'm very happy to be his new kittymama.”