On July 20, representatives from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) drove to PAWS to pick up one bear and drop off two. The bear they were picking up was an Oregon bear that had been in our care since mid-March. She had been a sickly, yearling cub with a ringworm infection when she arrived, but she had grown healthy and strong during her stay at the wildlife center. Now over 90 pounds and clear of her fungal infection, the bear was ready to return to her home in the wild. She was released in southern Oregon on July 21.
The two bears that the ODFW representatives were dropping off were orphaned siblings from Lincoln City, Oregon. The 15-pound boy and 13-pound girl had been orphaned when their mother was shot by a farmer who said she was harassing his dog.
Both newly admitted cubs received a full physical examination on July 22. Both appeared to be uninjured and in good health. A number of ticks were removed from each cub, but no other issues were found.
These two cubs will soon be introduced to two other cubs that are currently in our care. One is from their home state of Oregon, and the other is the Washington bear that has appeared in two past PAWS blog postings. By next spring, all four of these cubs will have grown large enough and strong enough to return to the wild.
For the past couple weeks, Lulu has been the first dog in row 2 at the PAWS kennel. While pups of lesser beauty and pizzazz might otherwise be overlooked in this position, very rarely does someone turn the corner and not take a look at her. If only I had a nickel for every time I overheard someone commenting on her gorgeous color or adorable personality.
Entering the kennel this week I grab a bag of appropriately sliced, pea-size hot dog treats and take the first few dogs for their walks. Returning to the kennel after a few minutes, I notice a group of people standing in front of Lulu’s kennel door seemingly interested, so in my mind I’m thinking, “Showtime!”
I have a bit of a confession to make and should probably come clean. When these sorts of opportunities present themselves, with an audience watching eagerly, I feel nothing is better than being able to hop into the kennel with a dog as smart as Lulu, giving me the perfect opportunity to show off just how great of a dog she is. It probably helps that Lulu can clearly smell the treats in my back pocket as she is most certainly food-motivated, but that is neither here nor there…
We start with a simple one, “Lulu, sit!” She obliges in record time. I feed her a treat. Her tail is wagging rapidly on the floor and I hear the family comment, “What a great dog!” I pause for a minute and she lets out one of her patented woofs, she is ready for more. “Lulu, down!” She adjusts slightly but quickly is on the ground. I feed her another treat. The two young boys watching are captivated by her skillful obedience. Lulu stands up and curiously sniffs at the kennel door. I ask her to sit back down and she quickly obliges. “Lulu, shake!” Her paw raises and plops right down onto my outstretched hand. This one earns an “Awww!” from everyone watching. With her tail wagging as fast as it is, I’m pretty sure she knows how impressed we all are.
You can easily see it in the way she looks at you, that she is ready to learn even more. Lulu is going to absolutely love every minute she spends with you and will make a great companion for someone with an active lifestyle. With plenty of energy, looks, and charm, Lulu will definitely turn heads everywhere you go.
The tiny survivors are ready to make their final departure to their forever homes.
On July 1, PAWS welcomed a Cloud 9 Rescue airplane filled with very special cargo. 50 felines (mostly kittens) had flown more than 2,000 miles from the tornado ravaged city of Joplin, Missouri to Arlington airport in search of new homes. Rescue teams from PAWS, NOAH, and the ASPCA worked to transfer these kittens in to caring foster homes, where they could grow big enough to be sent to their new forever homes. Read more about their journey at blog.paws.org.
The fuzzy survivors will be on the adoption floor beginning Saturday, July 23 at PAWS Cat City in Seattle. Stop by to congratulate them on their journey, and welcome them to the great state of Washington. And who knows, maybe you’ll welcome a few into your home as well.
Photo: Volunteer Byron Wilkes, PAWS Companion Animal Shelter Director Kay Joubert, pilot Ted Dupuis, NOAH Director of Operations Kelly Hill, and PAWS Foster Care Coordinator Rebecca Oertel work to transfer the furry cargo.
Three deer fawns have come into our care here at PAWS this summer, with each fawn's arrival preceeding the next by approximately a month. The first arrived on May 13th. He was a tiny buck that was found wandering alongside a road near Bremerton. On June 9, a young doe arrived after being found near a children's center in Snoqualmie. The third fawn, also a doe, arrived on July 16. She had been found in Tacoma, limping and in a weakened state. All three fawns have been doing well in our care and all are growing fast. A few photos of our patients are included below.
This is Black-tailed Deer case #11-0693, the buck that was found alongside the road in Bremerton. Deer in care at PAWS are taught to nurse from a bottle rack. This decreases the chances that they will become habituated to their human caregivers.
Black-tailed Deer case #11-1094 is the doe that was found near the children's center in Snoqualmie, WA. She was thin and sickly on arrival, but is now a healthy fawn.
The newest arrival, doe case #11-1765, is seen here resting in one of our "deer stalls". The stalls are located in a small barn in which we can provide weaker fawns with supplemental heat and protection from the weather.
Once fawns are healthy, they are all housed together in a large, outdoor enclosure. Here buck #11-0693 and doe #11-1094 are shown.
The deer enclosure is filled with native trees and shrubs on which the deer fawns can browse. Here, doe #11-1094 is seen standing in the middle of the pen.
The fawns should be ready to return to their wild homes later this year.
You may remember the story of the anemic Black Bear cub who came to PAWS in need of a blood transfusion. After the unusual procedure, the cub was given time to regain his strength and put on weight.
PAWS Wildlife Veterinarian Dr. John Huckabee recently performed a check-up on the cub, and reports, “He looks great!” The cub came to PAWS weighing only 20 pounds, but now weighs almost 75 pounds. His blood count has also increased by over 20%, and the anemia is resolved.
It would seem that the blood transfusion and rehabilitation at PAWS has given this Black Bear cub the second chance he deserves.
PAWS would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate PAWS’ success at our Annual General Meeting, and another huge thank you to all of our supporters. Without YOU, our work would not be possible.
On July 18, more than 70 donors and volunteers joined PAWS staff and Board Members at our main campus in Lynnwood to reflect on the past year and share our hopes for the future.
Photo: Executive Director Annette Laico shares highlights from the past year at PAWS.
After a delicious dinner al fresco, guests witnessed a special event that few ever get to witness – a songbird release. PAWS Naturalist Kevin Mack and three lovely guest assistants released three American Robins back into the wild on PAWS campus. The birds will have plenty of places to live and food to eat in the native vegetation around the PAWS nature trail.
Photo: Naturalist Kevin Mack and guest assistants Alex and Aris watch the released American Robins fly free in their new home.
There were plenty of activities for the guests, including a guided tour of our Wildlife Center, a self guided tour of our Companion Animal Shelter, and interactive games with some of our current shelter dogs.
Photo: Three guests examine a curious specimen on a behind the scenes tour of the Wildlife Center.
Photo: Shelter dogs, donors, staff, and volunteers get warmed up for doggie musical chairs.
The baby hummingbird that has made two past appearances in the PAWS Blog was returned to the wilds of the Greater Seattle Area on July 21. The wildlife center intern that performed the release reported that the hummingbird hesitated for a moment when her transport box was opened and then zipped off into the trees. Although she did not stick around to pose for photographs at her release, here is one more photo of the hummingbird that was taken here at PAWS.
PAWS will be at the Meow in Mukilteo Adoption Event at Rosehill Community Center on Sunday July 24 from noon to 3 p.m. Stop by our table to say hello and meet a variety of adoptable cats and kittens. There will be cats and kittens of all ages, sizes, personalities and breeds looking for a forever home from a total of eight different shelters and rescues. Shelter staff and rescue volunteers will be available to help you make a “purrfect” love connection.
Rosehill Community Center is located at 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo, WA. Our PAWS table will also have information on PAWSwalk and Raccoons. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Pup Profile – Louie, Shepherd/Siberian Husky mix – 8 years old
Following my standard routine of checking the adoption board (Huck Finn got adopted, yes!) and signing in on the computer, I put some treats in my back pocket, grab my favorite leash and head out to row A in the dog kennels. And there he is, Louie, a seemingly docile Shepherd/Siberian husky mix, favorite among staff and volunteer alike. He doesn’t ask for much directly when you’re standing in front of his kennel, but rest assured, stare long enough into his eyes and you’ll most certainly see the teddy bear inside of him that wants nothing more than to be your best friend.
As I slowly unlatch the kennel door, I can see the excitement build. Louie knows never to act up, but even the most obedient dogs can’t resist the sound of the leash clicking to their collar. His tail starts feverishly wagging back and forth. Louie navigates through the shelter hallways, he knows exactly where the door to the trail is. For this lovely 50-degree July evening I have on my rain jacket. Louie doesn’t seem to mind the weather; he would never miss an opportunity to get outside and play.
A quick side note: When Louie gets excited, he makes a motion that I can only equate to that similar of a seesaw, where his whole body rocks back and forth without really moving all that far forward. I can’t help but laugh when I see this, as I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s moving at a lightning pace, like a wolf through the forest hunting it’s evening meal; except we haven’t progressed more than 20 feet from the shelter door. It’s probably best to leave his reasoning unquestioned, but it goes to show that there is certainly a lot of playful pup left in this guy.
Once the initial excitement fades, Louie walks calmly alongside me as we proceed onto the trail. His noble posture reflects wisdom, but the occasional glance up to ensure I’m still at his side reminds me that he is most certainly seeking a permanent companion. He loves to be outside and would be a great hiking buddy, but to balance out a tough day on the trails, he would also love a calm night curled up on a blanket in his new forever home.
In early June, a homeowner in a suburb of Seattle was having a conflict with a Townsends Chipmunk. The chipmunk had dug a burrow next to the house and the homeowner was concerned about the animal undermining the foundation. The homeowner decided to capture the chipmunk in a live-trap and relocate her to a park. A few days later the homeowner discovered four baby chipmunks that she had inadvertently orphaned when she relocated their mother. Feeling terrible, she brought the babies to PAWS.
The time away from their mother had been very hard on the young chipmunks. They were extremely thin, weak and dehydrated. Despite the best efforts of PAWS's wildlife rehabilitators two of the chipmunks did not survive long after they arrived. The other two stabilized, but being without food and water for a prolonged period had stressed their bodies to the point that they developed secondary problems. One of the survivors was a female that was exhibiting symptoms of an inner ear infection. The other was a male that had developed an infection in his eye. With the help of antibiotics, the female's ear infection cleared up over the course of 5 days. The eye infection was more stubborn, and took more than two weeks of treatment to resolve.
By mid-July both chipmunks had been weaned, and they were strong and healthy. As of this writing, they have been in a large, outdoor enclosure for the past two weeks, running, climbing and preparing themselves to return to the wild. By the time you read this they will have been released.
When wildlife conflicts arise, people often think of trapping and relocation as a viable solution. The story of these chipmunks illustrates one of the many potential problems with this approach. More about the impacts of trapping and relocation, as well as humane alternatives that can be used to solve wildlife conflicts can be found on the PAWS website.