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13 posts from April 2011

Dear PAWS:  On August 21, 1997 we adopted "Seymour" PAWS010307A from your Lynnwood facility.  At the time, we were told he was about two, but we think he may have been older.  Our daughter renamed him "Ollie."   Ollie

We wanted to let you know that Ollie turned out to be an absolutely amazing animal, and he had the heart of a warrior, although he never weighed more than 15 lbs.  Approximately two years after we adopted Ollie he required a major surgery on his back.  There was a 50% chance he would never walk again.  We loved him so much that he had the surgery and used a wheel cart for quite some time. His walks in the wheel cart with our children were well known around our neighborhood. 

Ollie 1999 Surgery and Rehabilitation0013

Eventually, with physical therapy, he was able to walk again, albeit with somewhat of a tricky gait.  Ollie passed away  peacefully with his family on April 20, 2011 at the approximate age of 17.  
We believe Ollie was born three times.  First when he was born, second when he was abandoned and adopted by us from PAWS and third when he was paralyzed and learned to walk again! We want to thank PAWS and let you know that we will be back as soon as we are able to find another fantastic and loving animal.
Larry & Barbara Lither
p.s. Here are some photos of our beloved Ollie.  

Ollie In the Sunshine

Marty was featured on the cover of our spring PAWS magazine, and has been a shelter favorite for several months. He came to us from another shelter, where he taken after his former owner broke his leg during a misguided attempt at dog training.

He was such a handsome devil and so sweet, that we tried like crazy to find him a home. We ran ads in the Seattle Weekly, we blogged about him, and then finally; we put him on the cover of our magazine.  As we went to press I got a phone call from the shelter receptionist saying a family was on the way to meet Marty!

So here's the deal, and tell me if it gets any better than this.

Three youngters from Snohomish County had spotted Marty on Petfinder. They fell in love with his pictures and his story. The children begged their mother to let them go meet Marty, and maybe (hopefully!) take him home. The children's mother agreed to take them to PAWS - if - they saved their allowance together long enough to pay for the adoption fees.

For weeks the youngsters banked their allowance, while checking online every night to see if Marty was still available, fearing they wouldn't raise the money fast enough to bring home their new online friend. But a month later the money was in hand, and mom took them to PAWS.

If you've never watched a child meet an animal for the first time, you're missing a wonderful moment.  There's a joy that you never forget. The giggling, the hugs, and the smiles. That's pretty much how it went for Marty and his new friends: Aurora, Aragorn, and Acacia.

Marty with Adopters


This week we got an update from mom, along with these handwritten letters.



Mark Coleman, PAWS 







Introductions My co-educator, Tiffany and I were thrilled to meet with this year’s Visiting Scholars from Japan.  Hosted by the Delta Society, these students of animal welfare professions traveled to Washington to learn from expert organizations.  Despite feeling some jet lag, these 17 adult students along with their teachers and interpreters were eager to learn about PAWS.

In addition to a tour of the shelter, Foster Care Coordinator Rebecca Oertel delighted the group with a visit from Chip, a three-legged tabby who charmed the crowd with his lovable personality as he soaked up all their hugs and admiration.  Megan Wolf, their Delta Society host thought they should “draft” Chip. “He would be the perfect therapy cat.”

Chip They received a warm welcome from Cindy Kirkendall at the wildlife center and were amused as they watched the playful antics of the bear cubs on the lobby’s TV monitors. The students were impressed with the quality and expert care we provide to all the animals in our shelter and wildlife center, as well as the lessons of compassion we offer through our outreach and education programs. They even took up a collection for PAWS during their visit.

It’s so encouraging to see their dedication and desire to learn. Despite the devastation that has rocked their nation they’ll be bringing hope and care during such challenging times.
Keiko Yamazaki, Delta Instructor and CEO of Companion Animal Study Group Go in Japan, and a friend of PAWS, sent us an email during those earlier days of the earthquake, which reveals the dedication they all feel:

“The clinics that are "still standing" are sending their vets far into the disaster area to do whatever needs to be done quickly. My heart goes out to these vets who are working day and night for the animals. Though there is still much work to be done please tell the world that the Japanese have not forgotten about their animals.”

Clearly, compassion and caring for animals is a universal language.


Every voice matters when it comes to influencing legislation. On April 13, we watched a perfect example as the calendar deadline hit 5 p.m. in the House Rules committee. A bill allowing sport hunters to hunt cougars with hounds was stalled in its tracksPAWS, along with other concerned organizations and citizens, voiced opposition for this bill and legislators listened.

SB 5356, and its companion bill HB 1124, were introduced this session by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) requesting full authority to use hounds statewide to sport hunt cougars. While WDFW currently has the statewide authority to use hounds to remove cougars that threaten public safety, they currently do not have authority to extend the practice to recreational hunting.

HB 1124 died.  But the senate version moved through the legislature, aided by an amendment that forfeited WDFW’s request for statewide authority to sport hunt with hounds, in exchange for a 5-year extension of their pilot program which uses hounds to hunt cougars in designated counties (Chelan, Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend d’Oreille). This hound hunting pilot program was introduced in 2004 and has repeatedly been granted extensions ever since.

The impact of defeating SSB 5356 remains to be seen for cougar populations in Washington. For today the wishes of the majority of Washington State citizens have been upheld.

Pg-13-Chickens-dreamstime_5368507 Tell your senators today "NOT TO CONCUR” with cruelty for hens!

Hens in Washington State need your voice in Olympia this week.

Unfortunately, the Washington State  House of Representatives just passed SB 5487 that will keep egg-laying hens in cages indefinitely. If SB 5487 passes, egg producers would now have until 2026 before they’d even need to convert to merely less cramped cages.

But you can help turn this around today! The Senate now has the opportunity to reject this legislation. Please contact your state senator and ask him/her “not to concur” with the House on SB 5487. Enter your address to identify your district and representatives. Calling is fast, easy and very impactful. Legislative staff will take your call. (Follow up with a polite e-mail to thank them, and to solidify your action.) You can avoid email forms by using the legislator e-mail directory.

 Visit Humane Society of the United State’s e-news alert for more information on taking action to stop SB 5487 today!



You'll find the year's best PAWS stories in the Spring 2011 edition of PAWS magazine.  Inside you'll see your donations at work saving the lives of animals, and giving them a second chance. 

  • Issue-78-cover Read about the life-saving operation on a precious kitten.
  • Learn how to spot orphaned wildlife in your neighborhood.
  • Discover the best way to keep your cat safe.
  • Meet a loveable pitbull who survives, despite the odds.
  • Read about a group of grade-school advocates taking their fight to Olympia. 

The best part is: It's free to PAWS members!!!

To become a PAWS member, simply make a $35.00 donation right here. Your magazine will arrive within a week or two!

Northern-Fulmar-in-pool-040111-KM-(2)-LR-web On March 31, this Northern Fulmar was found sitting on the pavement outside a Seattle food bank. He was collected by an officer from the Seattle Animal Shelter and then transferred to PAWS.

The bird presented a bit of a puzzle as fulmars are seafaring birds that generally stay miles out in the ocean off of the Pacific coast. They do not make a habit of exploring Puget Sound, and they certainly don’t usually show up on the streets of Seattle.

Diagnostic work on the fulmar showed that he was slightly anemic and suffering from intestinal parasites. It is possible he was feeling weak and ill out at sea and he decided to land on a passing ship. After riding the ship into the port of Seattle, he may have taken flight and landed near the food bank when he became tired. Whatever the case, he was far from home and desperately needed help.

The fulmar was in care at the PAWS Wildlife Center for two weeks. During that time he was successfully treated for the intestinal parasites and he gained both weight and strength. On April 14, he took a three hour car ride out to the Pacific Coast where he was set free to resume his ocean travels.

A record-breaking crowd of 520 of our dearest friends turned out on Saturday evening for PAWS Wild Night, raising $344,000 in donations!

Hosted by KMTT's very own Marty Riemer, the evening also featured charity auctioneer, Laura Michalek. Laura's high energy, sense of humor, and dedication to PAWS helped deliver the highest donation totals in PAWS history.
The passion and energy that filled the room during Fund A Need was infectious, with the crowd raising their paddles and pledging an amazing $127,000 to save lives and give animals a second chance.

Another $32,250 was raised with a crowd favorite, the auction of our annual calendar pages featuring the pets of the winning bidders.

PAWS would like to send out the warmest and most sincere thank-you to all who attended, and all who gave. We'd also like to extend a special thank-you the our Defender Level sponsors Roscoe's Ranch, and Northwest Auto Salon, as well as our Wine Sponsor, Dunham Cellars who generously donated all the delicious dinner wine.
If you missed the event, you can still make your tax deductable donation online. We’ll post next year’s PAWS Wild Night date as soon as we have it!

Dear PAWS,B2

I have been a volunteer Kennel Attendant at PAWS for about 9 years now.  My partner George and I just adopted Bauer (FKA Raider) this past Sunday.  He is a dream!  He is a 7 month old rescue Hound/Pit mix that was transported from Wenatchee.  He’s a big softie - he went the entire journey sharing his kennel with a Chihuahua!  He also is fond of cats, all dogs, children and all people, Charlie Bears, and his new pet monkey.  And he’s a dream on leash.  We couldn’t be any happier with Bauer – he’s a huge love bug, cuddler, and all-around chill guy!   

Thank you so much for bringing us this handsome boy.  Bauer has already brought tons of joy into our home. 

Erin, George & Bauer

PAWS Campus Update: April 5, 2011


Despite the prolonged rainy, chilly period we have been experiencing lately, the behavior of wildlife here on the CAS/WL campus has been a constant reminder that spring has arrived. Birds and mammals all over our little patch of habi-tat have been preparing to welcome the next generation.
I have encountered at least two pairs of American Robins onsite that were collecting nesting materials. The male in the photos below had a mate nearby that was collecting dried grass. She flew off to an unknown location with the nest –building materials while the male continued to forage. Female robins do all the work when it comes to building the nest, but the male will be chipping in to help with feedings as soon as the hatchlings arrive.

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A pair of Northern Flickers are busy taking turns excavating a nest cavity in a snag behind the wildlife raptor cages. The images below show the male pausing to make sure the coast is clear before returning to his work.

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Another nest that is currently underway belongs to a group of Bushtits. I say “group” because in addition to the mated pair, Bushtit nests often include so called “helper birds.” The majority of these helpers are adult males that have failed to find a mate. They assist with nest building and feeding of the young. The Bushtit nest is coming together nicely not too far from the dog walking trail. The photo below is pretty bad, but you can see the outline of the pouch-like nest and a Bushtit near the right edge of the frame with nesting material in his beak. 05 Bushtit Nest in progress, PAWS Campus 040211 km





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There are still a few birds in winter flocks flittering around campus, but you can tell they are switching into breeding mode. They seem a bit preoccupied and pay less attention to a person  standing nearby pointing a camera at them. The Black-capped Chickadee in the following photos is a good example. He moved through with a flock on Saturday.

15 Black-capped Chickadee, PAWS Campus 040211 KM 07 Black-capped Chickadee, PAWS Campus 040211 (3) KM

The chickadee was very busy looking high and low for any food he could find. He also became agitated when other chickadees came too close, a sign that he’s starting to feel the breeding season shift toward territorial behavior.

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I stayed very still when the chickadee was foraging nearby, but it was clear that he knew I was watching him. Every so often he would pause to take a closer look at me.

09 Black-capped Chickadee, PAWS Campus 040211 (5) KM


At one point, the chickadee perched in a very wren-like position on a vertical twig. It appears that he was looking at the camera in this shot, but he was actually inspecting the crooked twig in front of him.



11 Black-capped Chickadee, PAWS Campus 040211 (7) KM


When I took the photo of him inspecting the twig, the chickadee turned to look at me (below left) and then reposi-tioned to a horizontal perch before taking an even closer look at me (below right).


12 Black-capped Chickadee, PAWS Campus 040211 (8) KM13 Black-capped Chickadee, PAWS Campus 040211 (9) KM

Apparently unconcerned by my presence, the chickadee resumed foraging (below left). I took a few more shots and left him to his work.


15 Black-capped Chickadee, PAWS Campus 040211 KM

14 Black-capped Chickadee, PAWS Campus 040211 (10) KM


As I walked past the wildlife center’s deer pen last week, I spotted a Dark-eyed Junco standing on the top of the fence. He didn’t see me at first (below left), but the sound of the camera shutter caught his attention (below right). After he looked at me, he disappeared into the deer pen.

17 Dark-eyed Junco, PAWS Campus 040211 (2) KM 16 Dark-eyed Junco, PAWS Campus 040211 KM

Ruby-crowned Kinglets are still abundant on campus, but that will change in the weeks to come. Many of them will migrate north into Canada for the summer, while some will simply fly out to the Cascades to breed at higher eleva-tions. None are known to nest in the Puget Sound lowlands. Still, many of them are starting to sing their mating songs in anticipation of the coming nesting season even while they continue feeding in winter flocks here on campus.

18 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, PAWS Campus 040211 (2) KM 19 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, PAWS Campus 040211 (3) KM


I usually only get one or two quick photos of a kinglet before the bird moves on but, much like the chickadee earlier in this update, The kinglet in the photos below seemed too preoccupied to pay much attention to me. It’s a hectic time of year for these little birds.

22 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, PAWS Campus 040211 (6) KM 23 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, PAWS Campus 040211 (7) KM




Last but not least, I encountered the squirrel in the photo below as I was walking next to the wildlife Ekker cage com-plex. You can’t tell very well in the photo, but she had an extremely large belly. I don’t think this was from eating the abundant hazelnuts on the property either. I think that by the time you read this, there will be a dray (squirrel nest) on campus with a newborn litter of squirrel kits.

25 Eastern Gray Squirrel, PAWS Campus 040211 KM