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17 posts from February 2011

Fox-Sparrow-110080-in-aviary-cage-020511-web On January 31, a woman in Mountlake Terrace, WA discovered this Fox Sparrow being attacked by a cat in her yard. The bird was left with multiple puncture wounds and lacerations, and lost all of his tail feathers, but he was still clinging to life. The woman quickly brought him to the PAWS Wildlife Center for emergency care.

At PAWS, the wildlife rehabilitator on duty cleaned the sparrow’s wounds and administered fluids and other care to treat shock. She also started him on a course of antibiotics as cat bite victims are at very high risk of infection. The following day, the veterinary team anesthetized the sparrow to further evaluate the wounds and to suture those that required it. Fortunately, the bird managed to avoid any broken bones in the cat’s mouth. He responded well to treatment and remained bright and alert.

As of this writing, the Fox Sparrow has completed his antibiotic regimen and has been moved to an outdoor aviary cage. The accompanying photo shows him standing on a rope perch after taking a bath in a nearby water bowl. Although he still has some healing to do, and some feathers to grow in, we are hopeful he will make a full recovery.

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Skeeter. Border Collie/Greyhound.

Another guy who likes to keep his nose to the ground. Very friendly, likes to play with others, be it human or canine.


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Pixie. Bull Terrier.

I think the picture says enough for this girl.


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Madeline. Shepherd Hound.

She likes to fetch, just needs to work on the retrieval part. But how can you argue with a face like that?

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Senators are needed to request Senator Pridemore, chairman of the Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee, hold a public hearing on the spay/neuter bill, SB 5151. By contacting your senators on SB 5151, you can sway them to advise Senator Pridemore and change the course of this bill. Please help today.
Thank you for helping keep this important legislation alive.

This past week, we’ve received bunches of great updates from past adopters. These were so wonderful, we wanted to share the happy stories and photos with everyone. So, here goes:


Nash-web Tammy:
Nash, formerly known at "Gator," chillin' on the stairs.











BossTweed-web And here's Boss Tweed, formerly known as "Ty," taking a nap in one of his favorite positions.









HollyWithKids-web Trisha:
We adopted "Holly" from Cat City yesterday - these are my two kids during the meet and greet session. They named her Stylish, and she's just as sweet as they come! Thanks for taking her in so we could take her home!






Dexter-web Susan:
Dexter is VERY happy in his new home! He loves the backyard to play fetch and tug or war with his tire bone...We love this Pup! He is so easily trained, he already doesn't jump on people anymore!












Lyndsey-web Lyndsey:
She is at home at her new house! Thank you so much we love her!









Sparky-web Mona:
A huge thank you for letting my family adopt Sparky 16 years ago at PAWS. She left us yesterday and we are very sad she is gone, but she was the most wonderful, loving, sweet dog I've ever known and I had to thank you for this gift.



TimmyMason-web Jenny:
Timmy and Mason say hi! Both the boys are doing really well so far. Neither of them took more than a couple of hours before they were settled in and walking around like they own the place. They're a little indifferent towards each other the way cats are, but no hissing, no claws, no trouble at all. In fact, as soon as I train them out of wanting to sleep directly on top of my face at night, we'll be all set. Thanks for taking care of these two guys until I could come adopt them!


Marty. Pitbull mix

One of the best guys around. Obedient and playful.



Buster. Pointer/Hound.

This wonderful guy has his nose constantly to the ground. And not too camera-shy either.



Lobo. Australian Cattledog/Labrador Retriever

This little-big guy...okay he's big, just short...loves his treats. He also likes a little scratch behind the ears.

(Mark Coleman is our new Community Relations Manager here at PAWS.  For the next couple of weeks Mark is shadowing different members of our staff, and blogging about his experience.  It’s our way of showing Mark what we do, and it gives us chance to get the “new guy” dirty!)

 Why is it always the cute puppies and cuddlesome kitties that get all the press around here?  O.k., that’s a silly question, but sometimes people forget that PAWS is also a world class ER and Trauma center for sick or injured wildlife.

Today I follow wildlife rehabilitator Nicki Rosenhagen during her morning duties.  Nicki’s a veteran “rehabber” here at the Wildlife Center.  With a touch of Midwest in her voice, and a little sarcasm in her smile, she tells me this is the “slow” time of year.  That must be a relative term, because today we admit or treat more than a dozen wild animals in the span of just two hours.  You wouldn’t believe the range of animals they treat here.  From a pigeon with a chest wound, to a bat that got a rude awakening during his hibernation, Nicki and Veterinary Technician Jean Leonhardt admit, triage, and feed anything that flies, crawls, or hops in the front door.  In the world of not-for-profits, “if you’re in the room, you’re on the job”.  Today I’m in the room, so….

“You just lay the blanket over them gently. Then wrap it around as you lift.” Nicki’s teaching me how to handle a bird with what looks like a donated baby blanket.  I slowly wrap the House Finch with the pink “blankie” and hold him up for examination.  This is amazing.  I’ve never held a bird in my life, but now I can feel it move against my fingertips. Nicki opens the birds’ beak gently, and looks for any sign of distress.  With a gentle puff – she blows on the bird to separate the feathers. On the wing, there’s dried blood and a bald spot.  She’ll let the bird rest with a dose of antibiotic, and check back later.  I’ve never considered this, but do you know what the biggest risk to a sick or injured animal is when it comes into the Wildlife Center?  I thought maybe it was how a bone was broken, or how much blood the animal has lost.  Believe it or not, the biggest threat to an animals’ safety is stress, not just from the injury or illness, but from being captured and transported to the Wildlife Center.  A period of rest is mandatory. 

Red-breasted Sapsucker 052594 upright on log 092905 KM If you haven’t had your lunch, feeding the wildlife isn’t going make you run out and grab a bite.

“It’s some cat food and some worms”, Nicki proclaims as she butters the concoction onto a slab of wood.  Such is lunch for a Red-breasted Sapsucker with a bum carpometacarpus (A “hand” to you or me).  I would never have thought of this, but the slab of wood makes our Sapsucker friend feel at home, while the worms make him feel nourished.  To feed the smaller birds, Nicki loads up an industrial bar blender with protein powders, vitamins, and other carefully measured nutrients.  This enticing “slurry” is then warmed a little, and loaded into a syringe with a thin rubber tube attached.  This is how she’ll “tube”, or “tube feed” the baby pigeons while I nervously hold them in the blanket.  These pigeons may be the homeliest “cute” babies you’ll find at the Wildlife Center, but then again, nobody’s asking them what they think of me…. 

I’ll be back on Thursday to show you a Blue Heron with a bum wing, and a gang of bear cubs with mischief in their hearts.  Stay tuned…

Northern-Flying-Squirrel-110055-on-towel-012711-web Northern Flying Squirrel 11-0055 was found on the afternoon of January 22 in Lynnwood, WA. The man who found the squirrel said she had been cowering on the ground in the corner of his yard and did not run away when he approached.

Northern Flying Squirrels are strictly nocturnal, and they usually pass the daylight hours asleep in an old woodpecker hole or other appropriate nest cavity. It is very rare to find one on the ground during daylight hours.

The man brought the flying squirrel to us at PAWS Wildlife Center where a rehabilitator examined her. Although the squirrel had no signs of injury, she was exhibiting symptoms of a neurological problem. Her head was tilted about 90-degree to the right, and she was uncoordinated when she moved. We placed her on a regimen of supportive care, and medications to treat what we suspect was a case of head trauma.

As of this writing, she is still our care and has shown some small signs of improvement.