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11 posts from June 2013

 

Are you up to the challenge? This July, help us save the lives of 200 shelter animals by joining the 2013 PAWS Foster Challenge! Our goal is to save the lives of 200 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens through our foster care placement program.

Help Save 200 Lives! 2013 PAWS Foster ChallengeThe need for foster homes is constantly growing, especially for medium to large sized dogs.
Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles and PAWS will custom-match the animals to each foster home.

By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter.

Our greatest foster needs are:

  • Adult Dogs
  • Cats 
  • Momma cats with litters
  • Orphaned kitten and puppies

In July, a special “one-stop” introduction to the PAWS Volunteer Program and a full foster training will be offered every Sunday from 10am – 1pm.

Register now for one of these orientations and learn what it takes and choose how you want to get involved! Drop-ins welcome.

Sign up today and help us save 200 lives!

 

 

Two blog posts from earlier this year documented the return of a Great Horned Owl and two Barn Owls to their respective nest sites. Returning baby owls to their parents is always the best option, but unfortunately, sometimes the bird’s health or other circumstances make this impossible. Such is the case for five owls currently in care at PAWS.

The first owl is a young Great Horned who was admitted to the wildlife center on May 8. He was found on the ground along a popular walking trail in Woodinville, appearing to be in distress. At PAWS, we discovered that the bird was anemic and suffering from a blood parasite. He’s undergoing treatment for the parasite and is recovering well in our care.

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Continue reading "Oodles of Owls" »

PAWSwalk 2013 is coming!

 

PAWSwalk 2013

Join PAWS and other animal-lovers from all over the greater Seattle area for the 22nd Annual PAWSwalk at King County's Marymoor Park on Saturday, September 7.

Enjoy a walk in the park and some fun in the sun with your friends, family and favorite canines!

There will also be great pet-friendly businesses, an interactive Kids Zone, delicous food from popular Seattle food trucks, and yes—the Pours for PAWS beer and mimosa garden will be back again this year!

Have fun and help raise more than $180,000 to benefit the animals at PAWS.

Register for PAWSwalk today!

 


Mountain Beavers are common and widespread in Western Washington, but few people would recognize one if they saw it. This is because, for the most part, they are rarely seen. They are quiet and inconspicuous animals, creating burrows in steep ravines and gullies that humans rarely enter. But on May 17, a juvenile Mountain Beaver in Edmonds was anything but inconspicuous as he sat in the middle of the road. Fortunately, a kind human scooped him up before any harm befell him and brought him to the PAWS Wildlife Center.

The young Mountain Beaver was dehydrated and lethargic, but uninjured. The species has a poorly developed sense of sight and hearing, and if they become separated from their burrows and well-worn surface trails, they easily become lost. Found only one block away from prime habitat, that is likely what happened to this Mountain Beaver.

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Continue reading "A Wayward Mountain Beaver Gets A Second Chance" »


On June 6, 2012, the PAWS Blog featured a story about the wildlife center’s newest ursine patient. Found orphaned on a roadside in Oregon and weighing in at less than four pounds, this little female was the 78th Black Bear to be cared for at PAWS. She was also heartbreakingly adorable, and a photo of her sitting in a box while waiting to be weighed made national news.

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That photo was taken on May 25, 2012. More than a year later, on June 4, 2013, I took another photo of the cub as we were preparing to tranquilize her for her pre-release exam. On that day, she weighed in at 88 pounds, but we had to gather that information while she was sedated rather than simply plopping her in a box. 

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Continue reading "Baby Bear One Year Later" »

 

Here at PAWS, we're all about cats, all the time. We even have a special PAWS Cat City adoption center for our feline friends! But this month will be even MORE about the kitties, because June is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month.

June 2013 Adopt-a-Cat MonthIn the spring and summer months, animal shelters and rescue organizations around the country are inundated with thousands of newborn kittens. But adult cats still need loving homes too!

To celebrate Adopt-A-Cat month, and to help these much-deserving felines find their forever families, we're waiving adoption fees for our adult bonded pairs and senior cats, seven years and older.

The Adopt-A-Cat Month Adoption Special runs June 8 – 23, so be sure to come in and find the perfect feline companion. You'll be a giving a deserving pet a place to call home, and the adoption fee is FREE!

If you aren't able to adopt right now, here are some other ways you can help:

1. Make wishes come true. PAWS has a Wish List of items we need for the animals, such as chew toys, jars of peanut butter, and other supplies. Donate an item from our list!

2. Donate your time. If you can't adopt a pet right now, become a volunteer!

3. Sign up to be a foster parent. Through foster care, you provide young, injured or sick animals a chance to grow and heal before we find them a forever home.

Come in June 8 – 23 for our Adopt-A-Cat Month special!

 

 

On May 17 we said goodbye to four orphaned bear cubs who had been in our care for the better part of a year. Two of the cubs were a brother and sister who arrived at PAWS last July after their mother was killed by a car. The other two were brothers who came to us last October after their mother was shot by a hunter.

Together with three other orphans from Oregon, the bear cubs thrived under our care. By the time we tranquilized and examined them on May 16 in preparation for their release, the smallest cub weighed in at 115 pounds, and the largest tipped the scales at 175 pounds. All four were fitted with GPS tracking collars before they were placed in their transport carriers.

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Continue reading "Freedom for Four Orphaned Bears" »

 

It seemed to be raining owls recently at a horse barn in Redmond, WA. Two downy, white Barn Owl babies had plopped down on the barn's sandy floor, and it wasn't immediately clear whether or not their parents were still in the area. The babies were brought to PAWS for an examination. They were found to be dehydrated and a little bit skinny, but otherwise healthy. After fluids and a meal, they even got a little bit feisty with their caretakers.

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Continue reading "Back to the Barn for Two Baby Barn Owls" »