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8 posts from February 2013


Love was in the air at PAWS this Valentine's Day as staff and volunteers showered the cats and dogs with treats, extra playtime and plenty of affection. But for 10 special animals at PAWS, this particular day of love represented the long-awaited promise of a new life, and a second chance.

Bindi"These were 10 of our most long-term residents, each of them had been here for more than 100 days," explains PAWS Animal Behavior Lead Kristi Binau. To help find them homes, PAWS ran a Valentine's Day promotion offering $25 off the adoption fees for these particular animals.

And it worked! "We're overjoyed that each of these animals found the perfect forever home just in time for Valentine's Day!" says Binau.

One of these lucky animals was Bindi, a friendly five-year-old tuxedo cat. Bindi had a wonderful personality, but due to a persistent medical condition called idiopathic cystitis, she was returned to the shelter not once, but twice.

"Bindi's medical condition was exacerbated by stress, so we needed to find a peaceful home that would help her adjust, and avoid these reoccurring medical issues," says Binau.

They found the perfect person for Bindi on February 13, the day before Valentine's Day, when Carol Milne came in to PAWS Cat City looking for a low-key feline companion.

Having dealt with health issues herself, Carol knew that she could provide a loving, patient and stress-free environment where Bindi could truly feel relaxed and at home.

Congratulations to Bindi and the other deserving animals who found their forever homes during our Valentine's Day Adoption Special! 

Bindi and adopter

Find your forever companion at PAWS today!



Cate Callahan has met more than a few characters in her life, but none with more personality than the felines she cares for during her shift as a Cat Room Attendant at PAWS.

Volunteer Spotlight - Cate Callahan“They are all so special, each in their own way” says Cate about the four-legged friends she spends time with during her volunteer shift at PAWS every Monday afternoon.

But when pressed, Cate admits that there are a few special kitties who stand out in her memory.

"Every animal we care for is wonderful, but Larry really captured my heart," recalls Cate. "He was a very special and loving cat—he and I used to do 'the Vulcan Mind Meld', trading deep thoughts with each other."

Then there was "Bowie the Escape Artist," who kept Cate and her fellow volunteers on their toes with his constant escape attempts.

"That smart cat kept opening his cage—even jiggling the lock off! He managed to get out a couple of times," she says with a smile. "He seemed so proud of himself!"

Outside of PAWS, Cate is a proud mother of two, and grandmother of four! When she's not caring for the cats at PAWS (or keeping them from escaping!), Cate loves to make homemade jams, crochet, read books and travel.

Cate, thank you for your commitment to the kitties at PAWS! Your dedication, dependability and great attitude is truly appreciated, and we’re thankful to have you as a volunteer.

Become a PAWS volunteer today!



Volunteer Appreciation Night 2013
PAWS volunteers Kalehua, Antonia, Kathleen, Alexandra and Danica pose for a photo

What do you get when you put more than 200 PAWS volunteers in a room with fun games, delicious food and incredible raffle prizes? One heck of a Volunteer Appreciation Party! (and a few jokes about animal poo, too).

The annual PAWS Volunteer Appreciation Night, which took place at the Edmonds Conference Center on Tuesday February 19, brought together PAWS staff and volunteers for a fun evening of socializing, celebration and recognition of the countless hours of service that our volunteers dedicate to improving the lives of the animals at PAWS every year.

In the 2012 alone, PAWS volunteers donated more than 70,000 hours of service, providing direct animal care, educating the public about animal welfare, assisting at PAWSwalk and other community events, providing administrative support and much more.

Whether they're walking dogs, hand-feeding baby birds or fostering a litter of kittens, PAWS volunteers provide an invaluable service to the animals at PAWS—and they have fun doing it!

"I love interacting with potential adopters and being there when a dog goes to his or her forever home" says Andrea Goldsmith, who works with dogs as a Kennel Attendant.

"It's fun to see the animals come out of their shells and get to know their real personalities," adds PAWS foster parent Devin Barnes. "It's really not what I do for the dogs, but more what the dogs do for me!"

A special thanks to Whole Foods Market Lynnwood, Starbucks and Veggie Grill for providing the delicious refreshments for our volunteers!

Interested in becoming a PAWS volunteer? Sign up today!



Rainbow Girls #47
Foster Care Coordinator Rebecca Oertel accepts a donation from the members of Rainbow Girls troupe #47

Compassionate hearts shine like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, and none are shining brighter than the hearts of a local Rainbow Girls troupe! The members of Rainbow Girls Bothell Lodge #47 held a donation drive/fundraiser to help the animals at PAWS, and their efforts reaped a wonderful collection of food, treat, toys, supplies from our Wishlist and more than $245!

According to troupe member Lauren, who served as a Worthy Advisor, Rainbow is about giving back to the community. She selected PAWS as the charity they would support during her term. 

“I chose PAWS because I believe every companion animal deserves to live in a stable home with loving owners. I know that PAWS strives to find homes for these animals and that is why I wanted to give back to an organization that deserves it.”

Thank you to all the Rainbow Girls for your wonderful efforts and your compassionate hearts!

Visit PAWS.org to discover more ways to get involved




Cat and Dog Art Show Benefit for PAWS

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6 - 9 p.m.
Bilinear Art Consulting, Seattle Design Center, Suite 260

Bilinear Art Consulting
presents the PAWS Benefit – Cats & Dogs Art Opening, a fun evening of art viewing, cocktails, silent auction and a raffle giveaway at the Seattle Design Center on Thursday, February 21 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Silent Auction and Raffle items include artwork, a $1,000 gift certificate to Stacy Logan, Golden Tickets from Triple Door, two hours professional pianist Marie Booker, a $100 gift certificate to Butch Blum, a $75 gift certificate to Wild Ginger, sleeping shirt by Twala’s Initmates, a case of Garvey Scone Mix, Pepper-Passion Black Peppercorn Sampler, wine, a dog wash and more. 

8pm Silent Auction and Raffle will be called by Areola Borealis. All proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to PAWS.  

*Must RSVP for complementary drink tickets to Promotions@bilinearart.com.*

Additionally, 10% of all sales of artwork in stock at Bilinear Art Gallery on February 21 will be donated to PAWS.

Learn more about the event here!



Chocolates and flowers are romantic, but why not surprise your loved one with something a little different this Valentine’s Day—honor them with a gift to PAWS!

Give the Gift of Love This Valentine's Day

Send your Valentine an eCard and show them just how much you care. You'll help thousands of homeless, orphaned and injured cats, dogs and wildlife receive the love and healing they need with your Valentine's Day gift.

When you make a gift to PAWS in honor of your loved one, you help save animals like Ramble. This sweet two-month-old puppy was surrendered to PAWS along with his six siblings. Their mother was unable to feed them, and their guardian just didn’t know where else to turn. At PAWS, the hungry puppies are getting the food, shelter and care they need to grow big, healthy and strong.

Make your Valentine's Day gift today to give animals like Ramble a second chance at a healthy and happy life.

Share your love with the animals at PAWS this Valentine's Day!



February 14 is fast approaching, and you know what that means: love is in the air! This Valentine's Day, why not share some of that love with a homeless pet?

Valentines-Day-2013_Flyer_BlogIf you're looking for the perfect furry, four-legged Valentine, PAWS has many deserving cats and dogs in need of loving, forever homes.  

To sweeten the deal, we're offering $25 off adoption fees for select animals February 9 through February 24.

Here are some of the sweet kitties and pooches who will have reduced adoption fees during our Valentine's Day Special:

Gizmo - a true lapcat, Gizmo is a mellow and gentle guy who enjoys spending time with people.

Ziggy - a beautiful Boxer/Great Dane mix, Ziggy has impeccable manners and knows many commands.

Merlin - this sweet gentleman is a purr machine, and would make the perfect lap cat.

Justin - German Shorthaired Pointer Justin is a young pup with lots of energy. He is incredibly smart and loves his treats!

Come in and find your perfect furry Valentine today!



PBS Nature Host Chris Morgan live in Bellingham on Feb 17

Sunday, February 17, 2013, 3:30 p.m.
Mt. Baker Theatre, Bellingham, Washington

Want to know more about bears? Join PBS and BBC TV host Chris Morgan, live in Bellingham on February 17!

Chris Morgan is a conservation ecologist who works through education, film, science and campaigns to highlight wildlife conservation in fresh, fascinating ways. His personal mission is to help make conservation a part of everyday life for all individuals by inspiring people to appreciate wildlife and wild places, and creating solutions that intertwine human welfare with the health of our planet. He loves wild places, and is never happier than when sharing them with others - either in person, or through education and film.

Join this carnivore ecologist and global adventurer who has spent more than 20 years immersing himself among the wildlife of every continent. His engaging and authentic on-camera presence has brought him hosting and narration work seen on PBS Nature, BBC, National Geographic Television, and the Discovery Channel, along with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. His year-long odyssey across the Arctic Circle by motorcycle was featured in the three-part miniseries Bears of the Last Frontier.

Learn more about the event here!