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Every year at this time, we humans have a blast scaring the pants off each other, sharing sugary sweets and out-doing each other with costumes. But for our four-legged family members, Halloween often is a truly scary time. Here are some important tips to keep your pets safe this weekend:

  1. Keep pets inside. During Halloween, leave your pets in a comfortable room with a closed door so they can’t slip outside when the kids come a-knocking for treats. Keeping the radio on will also help reduce anxiety caused by noisy groups and overeager kids.
  2. Do not share candy with your pets. Some types of candy, including sugar-free, can make your pet sick, and chocolate can even cause death. Instead, treat your dogs and cats to biscuits and catnip toys made especially for them.
  3. Make sure Fido’s costume is fun and safe for him. Many folks find dogs in costume to be the cutest thing since that YouTube clip of the surprised kitten. But remember that pets are beings who deserve respect, so please don’t put your dog in a costume unless you are certain he enjoys it. Be sure the costume doesn't restrict his breathing, sight, hearing, or movement. Always make sure the fit isn't constricting, and watch for signs Fido may be getting stressed out.>
  4. Pets should wear collars and tags, and be microchipped. We recommend these steps all year ‘round to ensure your lost pet gets home to you. At stressful holiday times it’s especially important that each of your pets wear a collar and ID tag, and have a registered microchip.
  5. Don’t let that pumpkin start a fire! If you have carved jack-o-lanterns with lit candles burning, a curious cat or excited dog may hurt herself or start a fire. If you do have such Halloween regalia, be sure you place it in a location that is inaccessible to your pets, such as outside (remember #1? you’re keeping them inside, right?) or in an entry blocked by a gate or closed door.


There's nothing spooky about this black kitty. Jake is available for adoption at PAWS Cat City.

You may have heard the news about Snohomish County potentially ending its contract with PAWS to house stray animals from unincorporated areas. The contract is scheduled to end effective January 1, 2011 if approved by the Snohomish County Council.  PAWS is deeply concerned about the effect this will have on the community and its animals. We have been proud to serve as the animal shelter for Snohomish County for more than 20 years, and have been an essential resource and safety net for the citizens and animals of the County for more than 40 years.

Adoptable Dog Cora at PAWS
If the proposed 2011 Snohomish County Budget is approved as-is, animals like Cora, who was found in unincorporated Snohomish County, would no longer be brought to PAWS for sheltering.

The number of animals

PAWS and the Everett Animal Shelter have been the contracted agencies to provide stray services for the County for quite some time. In 2009, PAWS housed more than 1,200 stray cats and dogs from unincorporated Snohomish County, the vast majority brought to us by caring citizens who took time to bring lost, scared animals to safety.

If the County ends its contract with PAWS, citizens will have only one place to take those animals.  Per Snohomish County Code 9.12.055, PAWS will not be allowed to take in and house stray animals from unincorporated areas of Snohomish County, and will have to instruct citizens to take strays to the one designated County shelter in Everett.

Tough choices

Times are tough and PAWS supports the County in efforts to achieve a sustainable budget. We appreciate that the budget would still retain key services sought by the community, including animal sheltering services. In this economy we are seeing an ever increasing number of animals abandoned and neglected because of foreclosures, evictions, job loss and hard times. Eliminating PAWS as a location where citizens and animal control officers can bring animals does not reduce the need. It simply makes the service less convenient and less accessible.

We are concerned that the elimination of a second animal shelter within the County will not achieve the financial reductions envisioned by the Auditor’s office, and will negatively impact the citizens at a time when so many are experiencing the hardships of a difficult economy.

PAWS is concerned that fewer animals will be picked up which would mean more animals on the street to become injured, to potentially cause car accidents when they run into the road, and to breed, thus increasing the overall number of animals who will need help.

The County Auditor stated that one of the reasons behind the elimination of this contract for cost savings is the annexations proposed to occur sometime in late 2012, which might diminish the need for stray services in the southern portion of the County. We aren’t aware of any date certain for annexations, but agree when they occur, it would be appropriate for the County to no longer provide for stray services in the affected area of the County.

PAWS is also concerned for our colleagues at the City of Everett animal shelter. We fear that taking on an additional 1,000-plus animals at a time when they recently expressed a lack of sufficient staffing to handle the current workload, will stretch the facility and staff to a point where they may face the need to euthanize healthy, adoptable animals – a practice they have worked very hard to avoid.

PAWS’ shelter is not closing

If this decision goes through, it affects our ability to take in strays from unincorporated areas of Snohomish County. However, PAWS will continue to take in owner-surrendered cats and dogs as we have the space and resources, as we always have. We will continue to provide adoption services—through PAWS last year more than 2,000 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens were matched with loving families. PAWS contracts to house strays with other municipalities and will continue to take in stray animals from Brier, Bothell, Kenmore, Lynnwood, Lake Forest Park, Mill Creek, Mukilteo and Shoreline.

A Northwest leader since 1967, PAWS also rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, offers effective, humane information for preventing conflicts with wild animals, and provides educational programs in area schools and throughout the community. Community support and the work of more than 1,000 volunteers are vital to PAWS' ability to do this work. 

What you can do

The Snohomish County Council is accepting comments and community input on the proposed budget, and would appreciate your views on the Executive’s proposal regarding stray services for animals from unincorporated Snohomish County. The County budget will be approved by November 22. If you’d like to comment on the 2011 proposed budget, you can do so through the County’s website or by contacting your councilmember.


Red-tailed-Hawk-102565-in-ward-cage-101610-KM-(3)---cc Red-tailed-Hawk-102565-in-ward-cage-101610-KM-(2)---cc On October 10, a man in Burien, WA found this Red-tailed Hawk stuck under a safety net on his trampoline. The bird was very disheveled from his attempts to break free, and he had clearly suffered serious injuries.

The hawk was admitted to PAWS Wildlife Center and the veterinary staff determined that the bird had fractured one of his legs. We splinted the bird's leg and after several days the bone began to heal.

The splint has now been removed, and the bird is being housed in an outdoor cage while he completes the healing process.

Barred Owl 102583 in ward cage, 101910 KM (2) Barred Owl 102583 in ward cage, 101910 KM (3) This owl was found on the ground in downtown Seattle on October 14. He appeared dazed and unable to fly. The bird was picked up and taken to the Seattle Animal Shelter and then transferred on to the PAWS Wildlife Center.

The wildlife center staff found no external signs of injury to the owl. We did give him supportive care for what we believed was a mild case of head trauma, possibly resulting from a window or vehicle collision.

Happily, after just a few days in care the owl improved dramatically. We moved him to an outdoor aviary and it appears that he will make a full recovery.

Prudence2-web Prudence1-web Prudence is a shy but friendly 5-year-old kitty who has lots of love to give. She only needs a few minutes to get to know you and she will love you forever.

While napping and cuddling are her favorite pastimes, she also likes to play and chase toys for your amusement.

Prudence came to PAWS as a stray from Bothell, and is more than ready to settle back in with her new forever family.

So come in and meet Prudence today at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA. Her adoption fee is $90 which includes a great package of essentials: her initial vaccinations, a microchip, her spay surgery (already completed), a carrier, and a free visit to a local veterinarian.



Jessie is a very energetic young German Shepherd mix.

She might be a bit shy when she first meets you, but her playful, exhuberant side comes out eventually. She loves rope toys, and is a very active dog.

While she enjoys her play time, she also loves company, and is the most affectionate dog ever!


Meet Jessie at PAWS in Lynnwood. Her adoption fee is $100, which includes a great package of essentials: her initial vaccinations, a microchip, her spay surgery (already completed), and a free visit to a local veterinarian.

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Animals helped by PAWS with your support in 2010 Each fall, many of us participate in our employer’s workplace giving campaign. Giving a small, yet life saving, amount to PAWS each paycheck is easy and allows you to stretch your generosity over the course of the year.

Every dollar makes a difference for animals. In fact, PAWS receives about 14% of our annual budget through employee workplace contributions, proving that small gifts pooled together can save countless lives.

Many employers will also generously match your donations, making your gift go even farther for the animals at PAWS.

If you have questions or would like support for your campaign, please contact Tana Feichtinger at tanaf@paws.org or 425.412.4024, or learn more online.


For inspiring results of animals that were helped because of community support, read more stories on PAWS Blog. Thank you!


October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so I wanted to share a few tips on picking the right pup for you and your family.

But first, why adopt from a shelter?

  1. You’ll give a good dog a second chance. There are lots of reasons animals end up in shelters: a new baby in the family, financial hardships, or moving, to name a few. 
  2. Expert advice. The people at PAWS are very knowledgeable and take time to get to know the animals in order to help you find your perfect match.
  3. It’s a very good deal. You receive so much with your adoption fee at PAWS: spay or neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip and a free visit with a local veterinarian (not to mention a new best friend).

Lady, an adoptable dog at PAWS To consider before making a commitment

  • Your lifestyle and expectations. Do you need a dog who enjoys adventurous hikes, or one who considers moving from the sofa to the overstuffed chair enough excitement for one day? Can you be dedicated to keeping a long-haired dog’s coat maintained, or are you the “wash and wear” type?
  • Time away from home. If you work long hours, an adult dog who is well-established in housetraining will work better than a young pup with a small bladder.
  • Your financial situation. Senior dogs might have more expensive medical needs, but every dog should have at least yearly check-ups and there are always those unplanned trips to the veterinarian. And don’t forget food, treats, bedding and the numerous toys you won’t be able to resist at the pet supply store.
  • Pets and people already at home. Make sure that the animals and the people you’ve already made commitments to are also ready to welcome a new four-legged family member.
  • Check out some of these other considerations.

So, if you think you ready to adopt a shelter dog, stop by PAWS to see the amazing selection of canines just waiting to go home. Like Lady pictured above, or any of the other wonderful dogs for adoption.

Foster, Adoptable Cat Foster, Adoptable Cat Foster is a handsome, friendly and easy-going tabby who is just waiting to meet you.

He has a quiet nature and would enjoy a new home that matches his personality. This 5-year-old boy is used to being an indoor-only cat, perfectly content watching the world go by on a sunny windowsill.

Looking for a loving, gentle new companion? Come meet this dashing fellow at PAWS Cat City in Seattle!

His adoption fee is $90 which includes a great package of essentials: his initial vaccinations, a microchip, his neuter surgery (already completed), a carrier, and a free visit to a local veterinarian.

Cleo1Cleo2Three-year-old Cleo is a wonder-dog-in-training. She has been charming staff, volunteers and visitors since she was transferred to PAWS from a shelter in Tacoma.

She's a big lab mix with lots of energy to burn. She would do best in a household with children over seven who lead an active lifestyle. She loves being outdoors and hopes her new family does too!

Come see this awesome girl at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA and help her find her forever home.

Her adoption fee is $100 which includes a great package of essentials: her initial vaccinations, a microchip, her spay surgery (already completed), and a free visit to a local veterinarian.