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16 posts from October 2010

Farrah2-cc Farrah1-cc Meet Farrah - a beautiful, 3-year-old orange beauty.

She can be a little shy when you first meet her, but once she warms up you'll discover the sweetest, most engaging little lovebug.

Farrah will need some gentle encouragement to come out of her shell so a quiet, predictable, adult only home would suit her best.

Come by and visit this sweet girl at PAWS Cat City in Seattle!

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.

Ginger Poppy in the gardenGinger Poppy with Erik the RedWe recently received this great update from Gladys, who adopted Ginger Poppy (formerly Buddha Girl), an 11-year-old Chow Chow mix, this summer. (Read her story in the August People Helping Animals e-newsletter).

"I've attached a few pictures taken of her in the past week, and as you can see her coat is growing in nicely. She is such a happy dog, loves a little stroll around the garden, maybe a lie in the sun on the front porch for a little while, but then she wants back inside.

She and Erik the Red [Gladys' other dog] get along just fine, and will lie together down in the computer room if Richard and I happen to be down there at the same time.

We are so happy she came here to live with us, she's made our lives richer."

That's exactly the kind of story we hope for when we make matches between people and animals here at PAWS. Meet your perfect match today.

Oct 05

Road Hazard

It’s common knowledge that roads are dangerous places for wildlife. Usually, this danger comes in the form of cars, trucks and other fast moving vehicles, but did you know that the pavement can be dangerous to animals even when no cars are driving on them? A Western Grebe we received at the PAWS Wildlife Center last week was a victim of this little-known danger.

Western Grebe 102509 in Pool, 093010 KM (5) small 
Many species of grebes and loons spend the summer breeding months on inland, freshwater lakes. In the fall these birds migrate to Puget Sound and the Pacific coast to spend the winter in saltwater bays. They make frequent stops to rest on lakes, rivers and ponds during their migration, but the bodies of water they see from the air are not always what they appear.

From the air, wet pavement looks an awful lot like water. The illusion frequently tricks loons and grebes into coming in for a landing. The birds usually don’t realize their mistake until they are on the ground and by then it’s too late.  Many are injured during their surprise hard landing, and even those who aren’t find themselves in dire straits.  Loons and grebes can only take flight from the water. They are highly adapted for aquatic life, and their legs are attached to the very back of their bodies. On dry land they have extreme difficulty standing, and their small wings and heavy bodies make a stationary take- off impossible.  Once grounded the birds are doomed to starvation or predation if no one comes to their rescue.

Western Grebe 102509 in Pool, 093010 KM (6) small

Thankfully, the grebe who we recently received was rescued. He had landed on pavement in Bothell, Washington, less than 15 miles shy of his Puget Sound destination. At PAWS we checked him for injuries (he had none) and made sure his feathers were still in good shape and waterproof. He stayed with us overnight and received a few free meals of fish before being released into Puget Sound the following day.  Hopefully he will not run into the same trouble next spring when he makes the journey back to his freshwater breeding grounds. 

Great Horned Owl 10-2351 in raptor box 091610 KM (4)This owl was found entangled in a soccer net in Clinton, WA on September 10. She was freed and brought to PAWS. Her left wing was very tender when she was admitted, likely due to a strain-related injury from struggling in the net. Her wing was immobilized with a wrap to allow it to heal. She is doing very well in care.


Benny is a big guy with an even bigger heart! He's an easy-going 9-year-old and is friendly to everyone (except cats...but nobody is perfect!).

Benny absolutely loves attention and belly rubs, and is looking for a forever home where he can spend his golden years getting lots of affection. He's great on a leash and would love to get in shape with regular walks!

Come visit this big lover today at PAWS in Lynnwood. Read more about the adoption process.

Black-headed Grosbeak 10-2365 cat attack victim in ward cage 091610 KM (2)  This young grosbeak was brought to PAWS Wildlife Center on September 12 after he was attacked by a house cat. He suffered multiple puncture wounds, one of which you can see covered by a clear bandage in this photo. He is currently being treated with antibiotics and his wounds are being cleaned regularly to help stave off an infection.

Grosbeaks are migratory, and by the time this bird’s injuries have healed he will have missed his migration window. He will need to be over-wintered at PAWS and released in the spring when others of his kind migrate back into our state.