You may remember Albert as the front man for our Adopt-A-Cat Month promotion. After many months for waiting, Albert has finally found a home. This story comes to use from one of our Cat City volunteers.
“Friday afternoon, a very sweet young woman came in looking for a kitty friend. I think she even mentioned she was interested in an older cat. One of our fantastic volunteers eventually steered her toward the very sweet and sociable Albert. After spending about half an hour in the visit room with our favorite sweater wearing boy, no doubt involving many kitty head-butts, she was in love and ready to adopt him. As we started the adoption, she decided to do a hold instead, so that she could double check with her fiancé (who lives in Boston), though he wouldn't be living with her for a few months. She asked if she could take more pictures of Albert on her phone to show the fiancé, and I offered to take some with a real camera and Email them. She put Albert on hold, and went home. The next day, she came back, very eager to take him home with her! She said her fiancé loved the pictures I'd taken, and was very touched by Albert's story, and insisted she adopt him (though I'm pretty sure she was already sold)!”
This young Great Horned Owl’s story closely mimics that of a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk (#11-1127) that is currently in our care. The owl was found on the ground in Ferndale, WA and he was weak and lethargic. The bird spent two days in care at the Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Bellingham before being transferred to PAWS on June 4.
Blood work that was performed during the owl’s intake examination showed that he was anemic and suffering from the blood parasite Leukocytozoan. Subsequent diagnostics also found that he was fighting an intestinal parasite. With a little time and supportive care, he has shown marked improvement. He is now bright, alert and feisty. As the photos show he has begun mantling (assuming a defensive posture) when we enter his cage. He also clacks his beak in a warning to stay away.
The Great Horned Owl will be in our care for several more weeks as he grows into a strong, capable sub-adult bird. If all goes well he will be returning to the wild near Ferndale later on this summer.
Welcome to our second installment of our Adoption Success Stories Round-up! Below are some sotries and pictures that have been shared with us from happy adopters. Enjoy!
“Hi, We adopted Samanta six weeks ago and couldn't be happier. We had Tom our cat for twelve years and he died from cancer. We waited a year and now have Miya, her new name. We're glad we were able to get her through Cat City so hopefully our fee and donation will help others feel the same joy we are. Thanks!”
“My name is Tracy and my dog Sugar and I adopted Larry the Schnauser. His new name is Jackpot. I had just celebrated my 50th birthday and I got a 50% discount on him which made him $50.00 and I paid cash from my slot machine winnings. Funny and true.
I would like you to please pass on to his Foster Mother, Lori that the new beginnings she and the shelter family gave him has made him the perfect addition to my family.
Jackpot plays with the stuff toys but mostly he loves the little tennis balls. He's very proud of himself when he catches it up in the air. He is getting braver with big dogs and can be in the same room with them without barking or being scared. He is figuring it out to play with Sugar. On the 4th day he played with her for 5 seconds and then quit suddenly like he didn't know he could keep going. The next day he played for 25 seconds. So it's baby steps towards the full minute and beyond.
Enclosed is a picture of Jackpot with his new haircut. He's a sweet boy and I look forward to many happy years.
“Thank you Sally for picking out the 'purrrrfect' cat for our family!! Angela, Barry, Gabriel, Marco and Magic (the dog)!”
If you would like to share your adoption story and/or pictures, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can't wait to read them!
The baby hummingbird that was featured in a July 8 post on the PAWS Blog is growing up fast. She has graduated to an outdoor cage in which she has been practicing her flight skills and building up her muscles. She has a longer bill and a much sleeker body than she did just one week ago.
If all goes well, the hummingbird should be ready to return to the wild in less than two weeks. In the meantime, she'll be honing the amazing flight abilities that she will need to survive after her release.
On July 5, we received a new patient that came to us all the way from Newport, Oregon. The feisty, 20-pound American Black Bear cub had been orphaned when her mother was struck by a car on a busy highway. Fortunately, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was able to catch the approximately six month old bear as she stood little chance of surviving at this young age without her mother's care and protection.
During her initial physical examination the cub was found to be healthy and uninjured. As you can see in the photos, she was anesthetized for her exam as even a 20-pound bear is extremely strong and difficult to handle. The cub will be raised here at PAWS until she is old enough and large enough to fend for herself, and then she will be returned to the wild in her home state. This is the 74th Black Bear that The PAWS Widllife Center has received since 1986.
This week the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the United Egg Producers (UEP) announced a historic agreement to work jointly on federal legislation which would ban battery cages and phase in more humane standards nationwide. This agreement would not have been possible without the hard work of caring citizens on state ballot initiatives, such as our very own Yeson1130! Campaign!
In Washington State alone, the Yeson1130! Campaign gathered 360,000 signatures to help 6.5 million egg-laying hens statewide. Little did we know our collective efforts would create a tipping point on discussions between HSUS and UEP, changing the course of humane standards for 280 million hens nationwide!
If passed, the new federal legislation would be the first federal law to protect farmed birds, as well as the first to address the treatment of any species of factory farmed animal. Sadly, farm animals are not currently protected under the Federal Animal Welfare Act.
The proposed legislation would transition hens from barren, cramped battery cages (with only 48 to 67 square inches of space to move) to larger enriched colony housing (with 124 to 144 square inches of space to move). The colony environment would also be equipped with nesting boxes, perches and scratching areas, to enable hens to express their natural behaviors.
This agreement also means ballot measures in Washington and Oregon are currently on hold so that all work can be focused on quick passage of the new federal law. Thanks to all of you who supported the Yeson1130! Campaign! PAWS has been proud to endorse Yeson1130 and we look forward to seeing how hens will be positively impacted by all our combined efforts.
You may recall the story of the four baby Douglas Squirrels that took an unexpected trip with a vacationing Seattle couple at the end of May. I am happy to report that the four squirrels thrived under our care here at PAWS. As you can see from these photos, taken on July 5, the squirrels matured quite a bit during the time they were with us. Over the course of six weeks they progressed from clumsy babies that still required milk replacement formula several times per day to independent, self-feeding sub-adults with amazing agility and coordination.
On July 6, the Douglas Squirrels were returned to their home in the wild. Hopefully, the squirrels will not have to experience any more unexpected roadtrips in the future!
On June 18 a woman in Seattle saw something not much larger than a bumblebee moving around in her driveway. When she investigated she discovered a nestling Anna's Hummingbird struggling on the pavement. The hummingbird was too young to fly, and there was no detectable nest site over the driveway or nearby from which she might have fallen. How she ended up on the driveway was a mystery, but it was clear that the hummingbird needed help. Fortunately, the woman who found her knew that help was waiting at the PAWS Wildlife Center.
A PAWS wildlife rehabilitator examined the hummingbird shortly after she was admitted. She was uninjured and, other than being slightly dehydrated, she was in good health. As of this writing the hummingbird is still in care and doing well, and she has recently begun to make her first tentative attempts at flight.
There's another reason remember your reusable grocery tote when going shopping! Customers who bring their own reusable bag into Whole Foods Market in Interbay receive a $0.10 credit to donate to a selected non-profit, now including PAWS! PAWS will remain one of the organizations you can donate your 10 cent bag credit to through October 3rd, so don’t hesitate to shop at Whole Foods often and help support PAWS’ life-saving care for dogs, cats and wildlife. The Interbay Whole Foods Market is located at 2001 15th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119. We are thrilled that Whole Foods has chosen us as a beneficiary of this wonderful program!
It’s impossible to know what these tiny tornado survivors were thinking as they flew across the country, but one thing is certain: they’ve found a new state to call home. On Friday night July 1, the 50 felines from the tornado ravaged city of Joplin, Missouri arrived at the Arlington airport, on their way to PAWS.
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.
These animals are just a few of the hundreds of cats and dogs who are now homeless as a result of the tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011. The felines (mostly kittens) were flown more than 2,000 miles across the country on their own Cloud 9 Rescue airplane, piloted by Ted Dupuis while the cats were monitored by local volunteer Byron Wilkes.
Photo: PAWS Companion Animal Shelter Director Kay Joubert and NOAH Clinic Manager Lea Lucky hoist crates of cats over the fence at the Arlington airport.
The kitties were greeted on the tarmac at Arlington Airport by rescue teams from PAWS, NOAH, and the ASPCA. The rescue teams set to work transferring cats and kittens from the plane to the rescue vans, and back to the shelters where they will finally be able to find their forever homes. Curious bystanders took the opportunity to snap photos of the playful kittens, who were still pouncing and playing, showing no signs of jet lag.
Photo: Volunteer Byron Wilkes checks on the kittens after their journey.
When all was said and done, PAWS brought back two adult cats and 22 kittens to our Companion Animal Shelter, and the remaining cats went to NOAH. The cats seemed happy to have their paws on solid ground, as they quickly scarfed down their dinners.
Photo: Rescue teams from PAWS, NOAH, and the ASPCA transferred more than 50 cats and kittens from Joplin, Missouri to Washington State.
Many of these kittens are suffering from upper respiratory infection, and will be carefully monitored and cared for by PAWS veterinarians.
These tornado survivors will be spending a few restful weeks in foster homes, and will be available for adoption at PAWS in a few weeks. Check the PAWS blog often for updates.