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22 posts from June 2011

FremontFair2 JUNE-uary you say? It may be still cold, but it’s almost the Summer Solstice and that means time to party at the Fremont Fair! Join PAWS at the 39th Annual Fremont Fair on June 18 and 19. You can find us at North 35th Street near Fremont Studios with loads of information, and maybe some adoptable pooches! Stop by the big orange PAWS tent and say hello—it’s bright enough to add a little sunshine to a cloudy day.

Sunday will be Dads & Dogs Day, and festival goers are invited to bring their dogs to the event for the fair’s Puppy Parade! It’s free to participate in the parade, and for $10 you can get a professional digital photo of you and your pup, a dog goodie, and a chance to win a raffle prize!

As one Seattle’s most beloved neighborhood street festivals, the Fremont Fair offers loads of great shopping, painted cyclists, street performers galore, local bands, wacky decorated art cars, and great food, beer and wine.  Fair hours run Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Check out more events PAWS will be at this summer on our events calendar.


RBSA 11-0903 in woodpecker cage 060811 KM (2) rt On May 30, a property owner in Lynnwood, WA walked out into his yard and saw something flutter down off of his roof.  When he investigated he found this Red-breasted Sapsucker sitting on the ground, seemingly unable to fly.  He scooped the bird up, placed him in a box and brought him to PAWS for care.
During the sapsucker’s intake examination, PAWS wildlife rehabilitators noted some bruises and swelling over the bird’s breastbone and pectoral muscles.  The bird also seemed weak and depressed.  Although the man who found the sapsucker had not seen it happen, the bird’s injuries were consistent with his having collided with a window.

RBSA 11-0903 in woodpecker cage 060811 KM (12) rt For the three days following his admission, the sapsucker was provided with supplemental heat, fluids and supportive care.  He slowly began to perk up and by day four he was able to make short, controlled flights.  He was moved into a large, outdoor aviary that is specialized for housing woodpeckers.  As of this writing he is continuing to improve and is expected to make a full recovery.

Give to PAWS on Thursday, June 23 and your gift will get bigger!

GiveBIG On June 23, The Seattle Foundation is hosting GiveBIG, a community-wide day of online giving. The Seattle Foundation is raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in the form of a stretch pool to give to local nonprofits.


The more money donated to PAWS on June 23, the more money we will receive from the GiveBig stretch pool!

Donate to PAWS through The Seattle Foundation website on June 23, and your gift will get bigger!

Why Give Big to PAWS? We’ll Give You Three Big Reasons:

  1. Owls From Black Bears to Bald Eagles, PAWS Wildlife Center will care for and rehabilitate more than 3,000 injured and orphaned wild animals this year before they are returned to their native habitat in the wild.
  2. More than 3,000 stray, abandoned and neglected dogs and cats will receive second chances at PAWS Companion Shelter this year alone before finding their forever homes.
  3. PAWS educators will deliver messages of compassion and respect to more than 4,000 youth this year, inspiring the next generation of humane leaders.

Just the facts:

  • GiveBIG is ONE DAY ONLY (Thursday, June 23).
  • You can donate to PAWS from 7 a.m. to midnight on Thursday, June 23.
  • Donate to PAWS through The Seattle Foundation website. This is the only way will count toward the GiveBIG campaign.
  • Donate with your credit card or debit card only. Please note that Seattle Foundation Donor Advised Funds are not eligible for GiveBIG.

Questions about GiveBIG? Please contact our Development Manager, Tana Feichtinger, at tanaf@paws.org or 425.412.4024.

Thank you for your generous support of PAWS!

Townsend's Chipmunk 110807 in mammal cage 060811 KM (1) rt On May 23 a couple in Woodinville, WA discovered the hard way that mouse traps do not make a distinction between mice and any other small animals that might try to take the bait.  In this case, a Townsends Chipmunk had investigated the snap-style trap that had been put outside by the property owners in the hopes of reducing the number of mice on the property.  The sound of high pitched squeaks prompted them to check their trap, and they were horrified to discover the injured chipmunk caught in its spring-loaded grip.  After freeing the unintended victim from the trap, they brought him to PAWS for treatment.

When wildlife rehabilitators at PAWS examined the chipmunk, they found that he had suffered serious head trauma.  In addition, he was bleeding from a wound by his right ear and both the radius and ulna in his right foreleg had been fractured.  He was treated for shock, given medications to reduce swelling in his brain and injured leg, and started on antibiotics to prevent infection in the wound by his ear.  He responded well to treatment.  Over the course of the following week the chipmunk slowly recovered from the head trauma.  His fractured leg began to heal and by June 4 he was moved to an outdoor enclosure to continue his recovery.

As of this writing, the chipmunk was bright, alert and doing well in his new environment.  In the photo you can see that he is favoring his right forelimb.  He uses the leg when running and climbing, but it will still be some time before it is fully healed and his soreness subsides.  Fortunately though, he is expected to make a full recovery.  If you are having a conflict with mice or rats on your property, please remember that any measures you use to address the problem may be dangerous for other wild neighbors.  For more information on humanely solving rodent conflicts see the mice and rats fact sheet on the PAWS website.

We have received so many wonderful stories recently from happy adopters! Thank you so much for sharing these lovely stories with us. We've rounded up just a handful of the happy e-mails we have received over the past few weeks to share with you.  

Sunny's Story

Sunny1 After being away from home for 2 ½ months, Sunny, a Cat City resident, was reunited with his family. Sunny disappeared from his family while they were moving, and he ended up at PAWS in mid-March. Sunny was transferred into a loving foster home for several weeks, and when he was ready to come back to PAWS, he was moved to Cat City to be adopted. On June 7, a young woman and her mother walked in to Cat City after having seen Sunny on the PAWS website. She knew instantly that Sunny was her missing cat! According to Cat City’s supervisor Stephanie Renaud, “The first thing she did when she visited him was pick him up and flip him on his back for a tummy rub.  Cutest. Reunion. Ever.”

Now Dragon (Sunny’s real name) is back at home with his loving family.

(PAWS Tip: Identification collars and up-to-date microchips increase the chances that your furry friends will make it home if they become lost.)

Jack's Story

This story comes from an adopter who visited PAWS to adopt a dog after her family’s canine companion of 12 years, Ellie, passed away. She knew she wanted to adopt from PAWS because in the past she had brought several stray animals to us after she was unable to find homes for them herself. She would hang up posters, knock on doors, and canvas her neighborhood to find the owners, but sometimes it didn’t work out. She writes, “I have found a total of 5 lost/abandoned dogs. One of them I found the owner, two of them I was able to give away to good homes and two I was unable to give away or keep, and had to bring them to PAWS. I am so thankful for PAWS and was happy for my chance to finally take a little one home.”

Ash1 “So, when my husband gave us the green light [to adopt a new dog], the kids and I decided to go visit PAWS and see the dogs currently looking for homes, and that is when we found our little beagle mix baby. He was 9 weeks old and had been abandoned with his mother and two siblings. We weren't able to meet him, he had just been brought in. But, we put our name in the hat and three days later PAWS called and said we were elected to come and meet the last puppy.

We drove to PAWS as a family, my husband included, and we prepped the kids that we may not be able to bring him home, that he may not be the dog for us. Our little Jack was introduced to us in the open room in the back. I will never forget how he slowly walked out to the center of the room and sat down looking the opposite direction, away from us. We slowly came around him and began to pet him. It was love. I asked the lady who was helping us, what kind of dog she thought he was, and she told us that she guessed he was a beagle mixed with Spaniel.  Ellie was a cocker spaniel. I thought I recognized some of those characteristics. 

Ash2 Needless to say, we took him home that day and I can't imagine our family without him. I just get so appreciative whenever I think about PAWS and our little Jack. He is the most awesome "reagle beagle" I like to call him.  He loves the dog park and the beach and he is a lovey 44lb lap dog. Thank you PAWS for taking him in and finding us, his home. We are ready to get Jack a friend this summer and we wouldn't think of any other place but PAWS to go and meet the next member of our family.”

Koda's Story

Koda1 Another happy adoption from Cat City. Cat City Supervisor Stephanie Renaud writes, “A day shy of his 8-month anniversary at PAWS, Koda has finally found his home!  A nice senior lady had some good lap time with our boy and bribed him with treats while I tried to get their photo.  Our easygoing mellow boy has found his mellow match!  He took his sweet red sofa and favorite stuffed possum with him. Great job Sally and the Tuesday morning Cat City volunteer crew for setting up this love match :)”

Share your adoption stories with us at catsanddogs@paws.org.


Douglas Squirrel 2 sm On May 28, a Seattle couple drove to Anacortes with their travel-trailer in tow to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. When they arrived at their destination and set the trailer up, they made a surprising discovery. Apparently a mother Douglas Squirrel had made her nest inside the trailer, and now her four young kits had become stowaways on this holiday getaway. The couple attempted to feed and care for the young squirrels over the weekend. When the travelers returned to Seattle on May 30 the mother squirrel could not be located, so they brought the kits to PAWS for care the following day.

Douglas Squirrel feeding When the squirrels were examined at admission, they were a little dehydrated but otherwise healthy. They are currently being fed a milk replacement formula several times a day and they are adjusting well to both the formula and their new surroundings. If all goes well they will be back in the wilds of the Greater Seattle Area by mid-summer.

Do you enjoy pictures of our animals here at PAWS? Would you like to see more videos, or news stories? Photos and video have become powerful tools when it comes to helping animals. PAWS wants to keep bringing the best pictures and video to the web, and to television. But we need your help.


Are you a big Apple Computer fan?

Are you wondering what to do with your old Mac?


Donate your Apple computer to PAWS and you can help save dogs, cats and wildlife.

We are looking for one gently used Power PC, or IMac computer to help PAWS create amazing videos to share with you and others.


If you have a computer you’d like to donate, contact Mark Coleman at mcoleman@paws.org

It’s been two weeks, and Adopt-A-Cat Month is already a great success!

ACM1Occy Adopters have been thrilled to learn that in celebration of Adopt-A-Cat Month the adoption fee is waived for all adult cats one year and older. Since June 1, PAWS has adopted over 20 adult cats into loving forever homes. One of these great cats is Occy (right), who will now be lavished with affection in a senior living home. Jonah (below), a beautiful two-year-old cat, now has the purr-fect home to call his own.


ACM4Jonah Welcoming a new adult cat into your family is the best way to celebrate Adopt-A-Cat Month with PAWS. Adult cats make great companions for individuals, couples or families. It often takes longer for adult cats to get adopted and PAWS is here to make sure they find the caring homes they deserve. There’s no better time to adopt a feline friend than now! Great adult cats of all shapes and sizes can be found at either PAWS location – PAWS Companion Animal Shelter in Lynnwood or Cat City in Seattle.

View all avaible cats.

Join PAWS Saturday, June 11 at McCollum Park on 128th Street SE for Mutt March 5K Dog Walk, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mill Creek.

Take a walk with your dog while raising money for two great dog charities: Chase Away K9 Cancer and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Pennies for Puppies and Ponies Foundation.  Follow the scenic North Creek trail south to Mill Creek Town Center before looping back to the finish line. A shorter route is available if you prefer a more leisurely stroll. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Register online at http://k9muttmarch.org/.

After your walk, enjoy great outdoor activities including shows by the Fantastic Flying Disc Dogs, a dog costume contest sponsored by Rotary International, a scavenger hunt with prizes, and demonstrations by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s K9 Unit and Search and Rescue dogs.

Be sure to stop by Adoption Alley and visit the PAWS booth to sign up for PAWSwalk which takes place on Saturday, September 11 at Seattle’s Magnuson Park. 


Sharp-shinned Hawk close-up small This juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk was admitted to PAWS Wildlife Center on May 14 after a man in Seattle found the bird hobbling around in his yard.  The hawk was unable to fly or even stand normally, so the man scooped him up in a box and brought him to us for care.

During the hawk’s intake examination, PAWS wildlife rehabilitators noted that he was holding his wings asymmetrically and his legs were extremely weak.  He attempted to fly, but was unable to gain any lift.  Radiographs taken subsequent to his arrival showed a fractured scapula (shoulder blade) and clavicle (collar bone).  The fractures were well aligned, so the bird required only cage rest to allow them to heal.

SSHA 110698 in raptor cage 052811 KM (2) rt small All of the injuries that the hawk had suffered were consistent with a head-on collision.  He had likely flown headfirst into a window before he was discovered on the ground in the Seattle yard.  Thus far he has been doing very well in our care.  He has regained the strength in his legs, completed his period of cage rest and graduated to a large, outdoor aviary.  As of this writing, he was able to fly well in his enclosure and he was progressing toward a full recovery.