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8 posts from October 2013


The spookiest night of the year is almost here, when trick-or-treaters don costumes and party-goers bob for apples. This sugar-filled holiday is fun for humans, but don't forget about your pet! Keep Fido and Frisky safe and happy during the Halloween festivities by following these simple safety tips:

Halloween Pet Safety Tips1. Hide the candy bowl. Sugar is never good for animals, but chocolate can be toxic to your pet. Make sure you keep the trick-or-treat candy where your pooch can't sneak a treat!

2. Leave your pet at home. Even the calmest dogs may be unnerved or frightened by all the noises and scary masks on Halloween. Take the kids trick-or-treating, but leave your pup at home.

3. Be safe with decorations. Hanging objects, and especially loose wires, can be hazardous when pets are present. Keep decorations up high, and keep electric cords out of your pet's reach.

4. Careful with the costumes. Your dog may look adorable dressed up as four-legged Superman, but pet costumes can easily cause your pet to feel hot, constricted, and stressed. Instead of a costume, try making your pet festive with a Halloween-themed bandana or collar.

5. Keep your pets indoors. Make sure to bring your dogs and cats inside, especially on Halloween night. The crazy sights and sounds can frighten your animals into running away. Experts also suggest keeping all but the most easygoing, social pets in a back room away from the front door during trick-or-treating hours. The heavy traffic and strangers at the door can be stressful and scary for your pet.

For more holiday hazards, visit paws.org. Happy Halloween!



It's not difficult to find someone who would gladly bring home a cuddly, playful, affectionate cat to join their family. What's not to love! But it takes a very special person to understand and appreciate a more independent, enigmatic feline personality, like Yolanda—an 11-year-old cat currently available for adoption at PAWS.

Yolanda the catYo-yo, as she's affectionately called by staff and volunteers, has been waiting more than 300 days for that perfect person to come along.

This grey and white, golden-eyed beauty is a special, unique personality who would flourish in a home that understands her need for independence.

Like most mysterious beauties, Yo-Yo prefers if you look more than touch. Yet once you have charmed your way into her heart, she'll grace you with head bumps, and allow you to brush her extremely soft fur.

Yo-yo is an independent gal as all Queens are, and is perfectly happy keeping herself entertained throughout the day.

If you have the heart of a cat whisperer, and appreciate the mystique of felines, then you may appreciate the perfection of Yo-Yo’s cat-ness.

Meet more available pets at PAWS



For injured, orphaned or homeless animals, PAWS is a place of refuge. Our staff and volunteers work around the clock, 360 days a year to ensure the safety, comfort and wellbeing of cats, dogs and wildlife in need. But we can't do it alone.

PAWS Placement Partner ProgramSince opening our doors in 1969, PAWS has reached out to other animal welfare groups to create a safety net for all the animals in our community, and beyond.

If we don't have the means or space to care for a particular animal, we rely upon our relationships with other organizations to provide ongoing care and find life-long loving homes for them through the PAWS Placement Partner Program.

This program helps us rescue dogs like Bubba, an eight-year-old Rottweiler mix who came to PAWS in need of urgent medical attention, and a lot of TLC. 

With his easygoing and gentle demeanor, Bubba immediately became a staff and volunteer favorite at PAWS. But due to the severity of his medical condition, it was agreed that Bubba could be better cared for by one of our shelter partners—Motley Zoo Animal Rescue. 

Thanks to our partnership with Motley Zoo and many other local animal rescue organizations, we can ensure that animals like Bubba get the second chance they deserve.

Learn more about PAWS Placement Partner Program


Oct 14

Raccoon Prank


An earlier blog post covered the release of this year's batch of orphaned Raccoon kits. There was one event that occured at the last release, however, that was not captured in that post. During the release, one Raccon tipped the release carrier up on its edge. When a second Raccoon noticed this, he tried to investigate underneath the carrier, at which point the first Raccoon dropped the carrier down on his head.

The carrier is light plastic, so the second Raccoon was not hurt. He did look quite annoyed though. Also, I know the first Raccoon did not intentionally sabotage his former cage mate, but it sure did look like it in the moment. I took a series of photos of the event and created an animated GIF with them. Take a look and see if you think there is now a Raccoon prankster on the loose.


- Kevin Mack, PAWS Wildlife Naturalist


Returning wild animals to their natural habitat is always a very moving experience, but in the case of young Raccoons it can also be quite humorous. They are curious, but very cautious, and they explore with all of their senses. They are especially focused on their tactile sense, and they use their sensitive forepaws to investigate everything within reach.

More than forty orphaned Raccoon kits were raised at PAWS this summer, and the majority of them were released over a one month period that began on September 12. A dozen kits in total were released that night at a large, wooded wetland complex in a King County Natural Area. The Raccoons wasted little time heading for a nearby stream to turn over rocks and look for tasty morsels.

Raccoon Release

Continue reading "Return of the Raccoons" »


Here at PAWS, we believe that every companion animal deserves a loving home. And one of the most important tools in the fight against pet homelessness and overpopulation is spay and neuter. Now, thanks to a generous $7,500 grant from the ASPCA, PAWS will be able to save many more lives with spay/neuter surgeries through our Placement Partner Program.

ASPCA Helps PAWS Fight Pet Overpopulation"These crucial funds will help cover the cost of spay/neuter surgeries for cats transferred to PAWS from other rescue organizations and shelters," says Kay Joubert, Director of Companion Animal Services at PAWS.

"Our partner agencies may send us animals who have special needs, or send multiple animals because they have run out of space," says Joubert.

"Thanks to the ASPCA grant, we can afford to provide crucial spay and neuter surgeries for these animals."

PAWS also accepts animals from emergency situations, such as puppy mill raids or natural disasters.

In 2012, the volume of animals transferred to PAWS reached an all time high: 1,795 animals received a second chance through PAWS Placement Partner Program, a 174% increase from 2011.

The $7,500 ASPCA grant will subsidize 20% of transferred feline spay/neuter surgeries, helping PAWS keep up with the demand for our services, and giving hundreds of animals a second chance.

Learn more about spay/neuter at paws.org



September was a very good month for three Harbor Seals in care at PAWS. Starving, orphaned pups when we first met them, the seals came to PAWS in early July. The first was from Olympia, arriving on July 8. The second pup was from Shelton, arriving the following day. The final member of the trio arrived on July 11 after he was rescued from a beach near a marina in Everett, WA. The three remained separated until they were weaned, but then shared a pool during their final weeks of care and seemed to get along well with one another.

Three Seals Set Sail

Continue reading "Three Seals Set Sail" »


October is commonly known for beautiful fall leaves, pumpkin carving, and spookily-dressed Trick-or-Treaters. But here's another fun fact about October you may not have known. October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month!

October is Adopt-A-Dog MonthTo show support for homeless dogs everywhere, here are six ways YOU can celebrate Adopt-a-Dog month this October:

Adopt a dog!  We know, this one is a little obvious. But if you're interested in bringing home a new canine companion, animal shelters like PAWS are the perfect place to look. You'll find dogs of every shape, size, and personality—all waiting for a loving home. Don't shop, adopt!

Share your story.  If you have a shelter pet at home, tell everyone about your adoption experience! Your story is a testament to the benefits of adoption, and a great source of information for others who are considering adopting a shelter dog.

Get involved.  If you can't adopt right now, donate your time instead! Become a volunteer and help the dogs at PAWS by giving them food, exercise, and lots of love.

Be a Foster Hero.  Sign up to be a PAWS foster parent! Through PAWS' Foster Care Program, you provide young, injured or sick animals a chance to grow and heal before we find them a forever home.

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!

Share and Like!  Social media is a great way to spread the word about PAWS, and the animals who need forever homes. Like us on Facebook and share our photos with your friends!

Meet all our adoptable pets at paws.org