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8 posts from September 2012


Members of the unofficial "Frenchy Fan Club" were grinning ear-to-ear as the 10-year-old tabby, who had been waiting more than a year for a forever home of her own, nuzzled the hand of her adopter and proud new papa, Walt.

Frenchy and AdopterFrenchy came to PAWS as a stray on August 19, 2011. She was one of those kitties who need time to adjust to new people and surroundings, which can be challenging in a shelter environment.

For more than a year, PAWS staff and volunteers tried every angle to find the right person who would appreciate Frenchy's smart, sweet, and sometimes sassy, nature. Several PAWS staff members even started an "Adopt Frenchy" campaign complete with custom-designed t-shirts!

On September 26, they finally found that person. Walt Saveland had just lost his beloved cat Taylor to cancer, and was looking for another feline companion. PAWS staff members suggested he visit with Frenchy.

During their visit, Frenchy performed her special trick, "sit," that PAWS staff and volunteers had taught her using clicker-training. Walt decided that Frenchy was a character just like him and decided to adopt her!

PAWS staff and volunteers were overjoyed.  Volunteer Zach was so happy to see Frenchy finally going to a good home that he generously paid her adoption fee. Fellow volunteers chipped in as well — Megan made up a goodie bag filled with Frenchy's favorite toys, and Jen gave Walt a ride home so that he wouldn’t have to take Frenchy on the bus.

After 398 days of waiting, Frenchy finally found a home and family to call her own.



Girl Scout Troop #41236

The members of Girl Scout Troop #41236 were determined to help animals in need.

As they researched the idea and learned more about PAWS, they were excited to discover that they would be helping both companion animals and wildlife (especially bears and baby seals!)

They decided they would share the proceeds from their annual cookie drive and set a fundraising goal for “A Gift of Caring”.  It was a sweet success.

With the money they raised, they purchased items from the PAWS Wish List, and delivered their donations along with bright smiles.

Thank you Girl Scout Troop #41236 for all your hard work and your gift of caring!





Bonded Pairs. Senior pets. Special needs animals. Cats with three legs, like our handsome boy Slick (pictured below). Many factors can make a pet seem "less adoptable," or cause an animal to be overlooked by potential adopters in the shelter environment. To raise awareness and help promote these wonderful, albeit often overlooked, animals, Petfinder has designated September 17–23 as "Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week."

SlickIn honor of the occasion, and to help these deserving cats and dogs find the homes they deserve, PAWS will be offering $25 off adoption fees for several of our "harder to place" animals.

September 17–23, the following PAWS animals will have reduced adoption fees:

Frenchy: This beautiful tabby gal is looking for a mellow home.
Logan and Heiress: This bonded senior pair would give you double the love!
Jet: This sweet tuxedo kitty is the perfect lap warmer.

Boo Boo: This gentle lady has a lot of spunk left in her golden years.
Eddie: This three-year-old Pit Bull gets along with other dogs both big and small!
Hogan: This nine-year-old (but young-at-heart) guy still has lots of energy.

Companion animals make wonderful additions to any family, and these six cats and dogs would be no exception. They may be unique, but that's what makes them special.

"Less adoptable"? We think not. 

Adopt during our Petfinder Adoption Special!



It's that time of year again. The orphaned Raccoons that we raised at PAWS during the summer are now starting to head back out the door to resume the wild lives that are their birthright. They are released in small groups—some are brothers and sisters that arrived at the PAWS Wildlife Center as family units, while others are comprised of unrelated individuals that were raised together.

On release day, the world must seem very big and a little bit scary. The last time most of these Raccoons were in the wild, they were tiny infants in a warm, safe den. Whether the groups are genetically related or not, they always stick close to one another at release. It's their own version of the "buddy system", and it seems to boost their confidence, perhaps because there are more eyes and ears nearby to help spot danger. 

On September 11, we released the first Raccoon group of the year at a large natural area managed by King County Parks. The following photos tell the story of the release.


Continue reading "The Buddy System" »

On August 24, an orphaned Bobcat kitten sat and peered into a chicken coop in Redmond, WA. She was starving, and the chickens on the other side of the wire must have looked too good to be true. In reality, she was so small and frail that a chicken might have been more than she could handle. Fortunately, the person to whom the chickens belonged recognized that the kitten was in need of help. She placed a live trap near the chicken coop baited with exactly what the cat was longing for—chicken giblets. The next morning the woman transported the newly captured bobcat to PAWS.


Continue reading "That's not a Fox in the Henhouse" »


The sun was shining on Saturday, September 8, as animal-lovers from all over the greater Seattle area gathered at Marymoor Park for the 21st Annual PAWSwalk sponsored by Seattle Weekly! Thanks to more than 1,300 walkers and at least 800 of their canine pals, dozens of generous sponsors, and 170 amazing volunteers, PAWSwalk was a great day for the animals at PAWS.

PAWSwalk 2012 Look-a-Like Winners

The grounds were abuzz with excitement and energy as Master of Ceremonies Lee Callahan welcomed walkers—both two- and four-legged—to the event. Dogs of every shape and size sported colorful PAWSwalk bandanas as their humans perused the Sponsor and Vendor Booths , watched exciting demonstrations by the Seattle FlyDogs team, participated with their pooch in Canine Behavior Center’s agility course, and visited the family-friendly Kid Zone.

After the walk, participants enjoyed more fun activities, including a Human/Canine Look-a-Like contest and PAWS Dog Games, before finishing out the day with a cold beverage in the Pours for PAWS Beer and Mimosa Garden.

And here is the best news—while we’re still adding up all of the generous donations for the final total, so far we’ve raised more than $165K! Your generous gifts will allow us to continue our life-saving work helping thousands of injured, orphaned and homeless animals this year.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! 

If you weren't able to join us this year, you can also still make a difference for the animals: give online now and help raise the PAWSwalk total even more.

Thank you for making PAWSwalk 2012 a success!



When a member of the public arrived at the PAWS Wildlife Center on July 9 with a box containing orphaned squirrels from Seattle, we assumed we were receiving a litter of Eastern Gray, Douglas or Northern Flying Squirrels. Ordinarily, this would be a safe assumption. All three of these species are found in the Greater Seattle Area. But when we opened the box, we found four babies that had no business being on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. They were Red Squirrels, a close cousin of the Douglas Squirrel that is only found in the northeast and southeast areas of the state.


Continue reading "An Accidental Vacation" »


Some of us, like Annie here, love to walk (or run!) For others, relaxing in a hammock with a good book or lounging on the couch to watch their favorite TV show sounds much more appealing. But everyone wants to help animals!

PW12_Blog_CouchPotatoesThat's why we’ve created The Couch Potatoes.  This is the perfect PAWSwalk group to join if you can’t make it to PAWSwalk this year—or  if you just prefer to sleep in on Saturday mornings—but still want to help make PAWSwalk a success. It’s a team for those of us who want to make a difference for the animals without having to change out of our PJ’s!

With your help, we can raise the money needed to provide food, shelter and medical care for more than 6,000 animals this year. 

It’s easy!  You can make a donation to The Couch Potatoes, or sign up to be a Couch Potatoes team member!  As a member of the team, you can stretch your personal donation even further by asking your friends who couldn’t make it to PAWSwalk to contribute as well. 

We on The Couch Potatoes team hope to raise $1,000 for the animals at PAWS. Please, help us reach our goal by donating or joining our team today. And best of all, you can feel good about making a difference in the lives of cats, dogs and wildlife in our community from the comfort of your own couch!

Thank you for your contribution!

Donate to The Couch Potatoes today!