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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!

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