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PAWSwalk Emcee Lee Callahan with her adopted dog Archie This past Saturday, September 11 was our 19th annual PAWSwalk, and it was another great success for the animals!

While our staff and volunteers are still adding up all the generous gifts, it looks like you helped us raise at least $180,000 for the thousands of dogs, cats and wildlife that PAWS will help over the next year. We couldn't possibly thank everyone enough for their gifts of time and dollars to save animal lives, but we'll sure try -- THANK YOU!

I had the opportunity to walk with the crowd and take photos of the event from start to finish. I couldn't help but smile the entire time. Those shots are posted on our Facebook Page. While you're there, "like" us and keep up-to-date on the animals your PAWSwalk dollars helped save.

SeattleWeekly.com already has some fantastic and hilarious photos from PAWSwalk up as well. We'll post the rest of the professional photos on PAWSwalk.net once they're available.

If you weren't able to join us, we hope you can get in on the fun next year! You can also still make a difference and save animal lives: give online now to help raise the PAWSwalk total even more.

Once again, thank you to everyone who made PAWSwalk a success! We could never accomplish our life-saving work without the amazing support of our community.

PAWSwalkers on their way through Magnuson Park

We recently received these great photos from Noelle Galicia who adopted Sumo (formerly Nansen) at PAWS Cat City in June. She also sent links to blog posts she wrote about him that include some adorable and entertaining videos of Sumo playing at home.

Enjoy her posts: Me and My New Roomie and Sumo, Sumo! Thank you Noelle for sharing these and for giving Sumo such a great home!

Don't forget that you can help cats just like Sumo find their new loving homes by joining us for PAWSwalk this Saturday, September 11.

Sumo Likes CarpetSumo and Cat Scratcher

PAWSwalk 2010 Join us at PAWSwalk this Saturday, September 11 at Seattle’s Magnuson Park. Registration and check-in opens at 8 a.m. – walk begins at 10 a.m.

Register online now through 12 noon Friday, or show up at the park and register in person!

PAWSwalk is just days away and we would be thrilled to have you join us. Below are just some of the fun, family-friendly activities you can look forward to. So come bark in the park with PAWS and celebrate as we raise $200,000 to help save animals lives.

8:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

9:45 a.m.

  • Welcome from Master of Ceremonies Lee Callahan and
    PAWS Executive Director Annette Laico

10:00 a.m.

  • Walk through the park - Get those tails waggin'!
    Shortcuts are available for those who need them,
    and water will be available for humans and dogs on the route.

10:15 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

12:00 noon

1:00 p.m.

  • Event Ends - Happy tails to you!

Register online and learn more about the event at PAWSwalk.net

Can’t make it to PAWSwalk this year?
Make a gift online now and help the animals with your donation.

Sadly, PAWS has seen a large increase of cats coming into our shelter due to pet guardians losing their own homes.

Evicted-cats-1 Evicted-cats-2 About a week and a half ago we received 11 cats who were left in an apartment for a month after the renters were evicted. None of these cats were spayed or neutered and one cat was nursing 4 newborn babies. She and her little ones are now in foster care.

Our veterinary team spayed and neutered the rest of the cats and now they're available for adoption. These cats are very well-socialized with other cats and would be great for adopters who are looking for a pair to go home together.

On the same day we received the 11 cats, we also took in two lovely black cats from another apartment complex whose tenant was evicted. The cats had microchips, so we contacted the cat’s guardian only to find that she was homeless herself, living in her car, and unable to care for her kitties.

And last week, a man brought in a stray cat who was wandering around for a month after his guardians were evicted from the property. The man started feeding the cat and realized he had been finding shelter in the vacant home
by jumping through the broken

Adoption Fees Reduced
To help with this influx of cats at our shelter, we decided to continue our reduced adult cat adoption special to encourage people to adopt now. Through the month of September, the fee for adult cats 6 months and older is $75 and for cats 7 years or older, it's $35. If you’re ready to welcome a new feline friend into your life, now is the perfect time!

In late August, UW freshmen participating in the Early Fall Start program came to PAWS Cat City to solve a murder!

This class was called CSI: Seattle and the mock murder is based on an actual case where DNA analysis showed that fur on the accused's jacket was genetically linked to the victim's cat and that evidence helped secure the conviction.

Mia invoked her 5th amendment rights Genome Sciences professor Celeste Berg brought the students here to collect loose fur (trace evidence) from our adoptable cats and kittens. They will isolate DNA at the root of the fur and compare 3 markers to learn about genetic diversity and see how a cat's DNA is unique enough to link fur to a specific cat.

If you want to learn more, here is a link to an article on domestic cat genome sequencing. To learn more about our wonderful cats (who have been cleared of all charges!), please see our Petfinder listings.

Also, PAWSwalk is this Saturday, September 11. You can help PAWS continue to be an educational hub for people and a refuge for animals in need by joining us for the event!

Aaa_pet_pasngr[1] According to a recent study, 1 in 3 people who drive with their dog in the car admit to being distracted by Fido.

The study, funded by AAA and Kurgo, asked dog guardians how often they drive with their dog and about their habits behind the wheel. Bringing the family dog along for a drive is a common occurrence.

About 80 percent reported doing this, but only 17 percent said they safely secure their dog in the car. Free-roaming dogs in cars create more distractions for drivers, and put the animal at serious risk in the event of a sudden stop.


“Restraining your pet when driving can not only help protect your pet, but you and other passengers in your vehicle,” cautioned Jennifer Huebner-Davidson, AAA National, Traffic Safety Programs manager. “An unrestrained 10-pound dog in a crash at 50 m.p.h. will exert roughly 500 pounds of pressure, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 m.p.h. will exert 2,400 pounds of pressure. Imagine the devastation that can cause to your pet and other occupants of the vehicle.”

In response to the study, the ASPCA has urged motoring pet parents to keep their pets safe and secure in the back seat in a well-ventilated crate, carrier, or specially-designed car harness. If you choose a crate or carrier, make sure it’s large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Read more about the ASPCA’s recommended solutions.

Help save thousands of animal lives this year by joining us at the the 19th annual PAWSwalk on Saturday, September 11 at Seattle's Magnuson Park. You'll be making a difference and having a blast at the same time! Learn more and register today.