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16 posts from March 2011

Cranberry The numbers from this year’s Spay Day on Feb 22 have just come in.

A national event, PAWS worked locally with 40 clinics from four Western Washington counties this year. Together, our army of private and shelter clinics altered 330 dogs and cats!

Those 330 dogs and cats could easily have produced thousands of unwanted litters if they had been left unaltered, adding even more stress to shelters across the area.

Thank you to all of the loving guardians who made the wonderful decision to get their beloved animals spayed and neutered. Your pets will live happier lives because of it.

We also want to thank all the clinics who partnered with us this year in providing low-cost surgeries to these animals. We couldn’t have done it without each of you!

If you missed this year’s Spay Day, you can still get more information about why spay/neuter is important. You can also find resources for locating reduced cost spay/neuter surgeries year-round, including the PAWS Spay/Neuter Clinic.

I've been busy the last couple weeks. Not too busy for my buddies here at PAWS, though! Anyway, here are some more wonderful guys looking for forever homes:


Paco. Newfoundland/Labrador Retriever Mix

This guy is one big puppy! Playfull and tons of energy.



Dawson. Labrador Retriever mix

A little shy, a little goofy. This particular model comes with both droopy and straight ears.



Copper. Beagle.

I'm a sucker for pretty eyes and this girl has 'em. Hard to see sometimes as she likes to keep her nose to the ground.


Bonus photo:

I didn't catch this little guy's name but he apparently he likes to ride on the backs of PAWS volunteers.


Another great round of updates from folks who have adopted dogs and cats from PAWS. Thank you all!

Me with Tristan (Ozai) on the day I got him. He's a perfect kitten. All my students at my church love him. I'm taking him in for his first vet check up today at North Creek Pet Hospital. Thanks so much PAWS and especially Aggie for doing such a great job raising him into such a well-behaved kitten. It was so fun being able to watch my little guy grow up on foster volunteer Aggie's blog over the past month. You guys are the best!

Angel_web Tim:
Angel is adapting well at her new home, thank you all so much for your help and humane volunteer efforts to help the kitties! By the way, we changed her name to Cindy!

Weebs_web Eric:
From the Artist Formerly Known As Samantha the Cat – "Hi, gang at PAWS! My new family calls me Weebs and I answer to it. I already have full run of the house, they let me drink running water from the bathroom sink, and my new brother Champ is really nice."

Jazzy_web Edie:
Jazzy (was Marcella) came to me from your Greenwood Ave. Cat City in 2004 as a kitten. She is a wonderful companion in my retirement since she is personable and playful. Thanks for providing the opportunity to adopt a healthy kitten.

Asia_web Lori:
Jasmine aka "Asia" became a part of the Ross family yesterday. We are in love with her. :) Thanks to the PAWS staff for being so helpful and informative. We will post more pics as she gets older. :)

CharliePatti_web Jane:
Although a bit shy at first, Charlie and Patti (formerly Ivan and Sienna) appear to be adjusting well to their new home!


We have met our goal, and have outfitted a total of 26 dog and cat kennels with comfy, supportive Kuranda beds!

Thank you to every one of you for caring so much for the animals at PAWS. We are thrilled to be able to go above and beyond for them with your help.



UPDATE Thu, 3/24:

We are so close! We just need 6 more dog beds to reach our goal in the Countdown to Comfort.

Can you join the Comfort Heroes who have already helped, and give one of the last few needed? Kuranda has even discounted the full retail price to offset the shipping costs for these donations.

Donate a Kuranda dog bed to the animals at PAWS.


UPDATE Wed, 3/16:

We're half-way through March, and so many have been generous to our cats and dogs. We now need just 10 more dog beds to reach our goal for the Countdown to Comfort!

Will you order one today and help us give the dogs that extra care and love?

Donate Kuranda dog beds to the animals at PAWS.


UPDATE Mon, 3/7:

Wow, what an overwhelming response! Thank you to everyone who helped us outfit all of our large cat enclosures with a Kuranda bed in just one weekend! Talk about a short countdown!

Can we extend this wonderful generosity and care?

Rumor has it the dogs are getting a bit jealous, so if you'd like to help the pups out, you can order and donate Kuranda dog beds using the link below.

Let's see if we can get even more comfort for the animals at PAWS this March!

Donate Kuranda dog beds to the animals at PAWS.



Cat-bed-2[1]We love cats.

That’s why PAWS always goes above and beyond to the best care, enrichment and comfort for the cats in our shelter. Our goal is to get them into loving, forever homes, but until then we want them to be healthy and happy at PAWS.

You can help give the cats at PAWS top-of-the-line comfort today by giving them a Kuranda bed!

These beds provide a comfortable, raised bed for them to lie on, and a cozy space underneath for shy kitties. They are easily washed and sturdy so they will help many cats over a long time. The company is a great shelter partner and the price of a donated bed is 30-35% off the normal price.

We have 14 large cat enclosures, but only two Kuranda beds. That means we can provide only soft blankets for the other 12 cats. We’d like to give them the best--please donate a Kuranda cat bed today.

Purchase a Kuranda bed for the cats at PAWS.

We’ll be counting down all month until we reach our goal of providing all 12 remaining large cat enclosures with a Kuranda bed. Please spread the word and help us reach our goal this month! Thank you!

Band-tailed-Pigeon-110166-in-ward-cage-030111_web On February 28, an Edmonds woman found this young Band-tailed Pigeon sitting on her porch. Fearing the bird might be orphaned, she brought him to PAWS Wildlife Center. The wildlife rehabilitator on duty gave the bird a thorough exam and discovered that he had a laceration that penetrated into his crop (the enlarged area of the esophagus at the base of the neck). Had the bird been injury free, it might have been possible to return him to his nest site and reunite him with his parents, but the neck wound meant he was checking in.

The pigeon was admitted for care and his laceration was sutured by PAWS Wildlife Center Veterinarian Dr. John Huckabee.  Dr. John also placed the bird on antibiotics to ensure that he would not develop an infection at the wound site. The shape and general appearance of the wound led Dr. John to believe that it had been caused by the tooth or talon of a predator.

Band-tailed Pigeons are native, woodland birds. They’re related to the introduced Rock Pigeons that are so ubiquitous in our cities and towns, but they’re much shier around humans. Also, unlike Rock Pigeons that nest on the ledges of buildings, or under bridges or on cliffs, Band-tailed Pigeons nest in trees. Although they do have a dark band on their tail from which they derive their name, the best way to tell a Band-tailed Pigeon from its more metropolitan cousin is to look at the beak and feet. If both are yellow, you are looking at a Band-tailed Pigeon and, with a little luck, in a month or two the Band-tailed Pigeon you are seeing may be the one featured in this article.

My battery died last week, but we're back this week with some fresh faces. Enjoy and tell your friends!

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Wally. Great Dane/Pitbull

This guys is still a puppy but he's already becoming a gentle giant.


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Moose. Pitbull mix

Aside from not being too keen on the flash he's a good guy befitting of his name (minus the big horns).


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Sky. Border Collie mix.


He loves to curl up right next to you. This is a great guy that wants a forever home.