Riveting rescue stories, a plethora of interesting patients, and hundreds of happy endings—2012 was a busy year here at PAWS. As we prepare to usher in 2013, we'd like to share with you a few memorable moments and milestones from the past year:
- In 2012, PAWS celebrated its 45th year as an organization. We even recorded the 45th adoption of our 45th year, as Ozzie the Daschund finds his forever home — take a look!
- This year, the PAWS Foster Care program grew by leaps and bounds. Through this life-saving program, we cared for more than 1,600 animals, including an astounding 1,080 kittens—double the number of kittens we cared for in 2011.
- In July 2012, PAWS Wildlife Center veterinarians saved the life of an American Black Bear cub (pictured right) after one of its lungs was collapsed by a tranquilizer dart. Watch the video of her diagnosis and recovery here.
- When the Iranian government threatened a ban on companion animals, PAWS teamed up with Humane Society International and shelters in Tehran to rescue these endangered dogs and bring them to Western Washington for a chance at new lives with loving families.
- This year marked the second anniversary of PAWS Cat City's new home on Roosevelt Way, in Seattle's University District. The new-and-improved facility features three separate cat colony rooms, and has allowed us to expand our services and increase the number of cats and kittens we can take in to our care.
- In 2012, our Companion Animal Shelter set many adoption records, including finding homes for 69 "hard to place" animals during our three-day Black Friday adoption special.
Whether we are celebrating a loving reunion between a lost pet and their guardian, the adoption of a long-time PAWS resident, or the animals who have yet to arrive at our doors, we are deeply grateful for your support. If you would like to help us continue our life-saving work, you can make a year-end tax-deductible donation for the animals at PAWS.