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8 posts from November 2013

 

We work with an impressively diverse array of wild animals here at PAWS. Since we began taking wildlife in 1981 we have received more than 260 different species, but a number alone does not paint a clear picture of this amazing variety of wild patients. With the goal of giving you a better understanding of the diversity of wildlife with which we work, I have compiled 23 photos of patients that were in care at PAWS in 2013.

As you look at the photos, I invite you to think about the knowledge that is needed to provide medical and rehabilitative care to each one. For each animal we receive we must know how to properly identify the species, how to recognize and treat injuries and illnesses, what kind of food they eat and how to deliver it, how to safely handle and house them, how to know when they are ready for release, and much, much more. And these 23 photos represent less than 10% of the total number of species with which we have worked!

Providing care for such a varied group of species can be a daunting prospect, but thanks to your support the PAWS Wildlife Center is up to the task!

1. Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Continue reading "23 Examples of Diversity at PAWS Wildlife Center" »

 

On Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, you can find good deals on just about everything. But here at PAWS we've got the best Black Friday deal of them all.

Black Friday Adoption SpecialThis Black Friday, November 29, we're offering waived adoption fees for our black and mostly-black adult cats and dogs! And in case your Friday is so full of shopping you just can't make it in, we're extending the special all weekend long.

During this three-day adoption special, you can bring home a new furry companion for free! We can't imagine a better deal.

We have many beautiful black (and mostly-black) adult animals in need of forever homes, like playful cat Samantha, young and friendly cat Jessie Jane, handsome Labrador Retriever and Great Dane mix Graham, and many others.

If you or someone you know is looking to adopt, be sure to stop by PAWS this Black Friday weekend to take advantage of waived adoption fees!

Celebrate Black Friday with PAWS

 

 

On November 9, a Northern Saw-whet Owl was having a very bad day. She was lying on the pavement in the middle of a Seattle street, and she was surrounded by crows that were not happy to see her in their territory. A passerby noticed her predicament and intervened, but not before the owl had lost a few feathers and suffered a minor injury to one eye.

Northern Saw-whet

Continue reading "An Owl's Bad Day Gets Better" »

 

In the early summer, five different Black-tailed Deer fawns with five different stories arrived at PAWS. Two were found wandering near roads. One became stuck in a fence as she tried to flee approaching humans. One was attacked by a dog. One came with few details other than where he had been found. Despite their varied pasts, after being brought to PAWS these five fawns shared a common destiny—to one day return to the wild life they were born to live.

Black-tailed Deer Fawn

It took more than five months, but that day did come. On November 14, PAWS Staff and volunteers herded the now sub-adult deer one at a time down a chute and into their waiting transport boxes. Two hours later those boxes were lined up on a remote, forested site and the doors were opened. Two deer immediately made a break for it, while others were a little more timid.

Deer Release

Continue reading "Releasing the Herd" »

 

For most animal lovers, the idea of bringing a cat or dog back to the shelter after feeding, loving and caring for them may seem like a cruel or heartbreaking act. But for PAWS foster parent Kara Gerhart, it's just the opposite.

Boots with foster parent KaraGerhart, a PAWS volunteer, had never fostered before. But when she found out that Captain Boots—a handsome tuxedo cat whom she had met at PAWS—needed a foster home, she immediately jumped in to help.

"I had never fostered before, but this particular cat had touched my heart, and I just wanted to give him a place to recuperate and stay as happy as possible," says Gerhart.

"There's nothing more rewarding than fostering, because you know you've given them the best chance in the world at finding a home," she says.

"We were very sad to say goodbye, but Boots got to say hello to his forever family only a few days later!"

Foster care is a crucial component of any animal shelter or rescue organization, and a particularly important program at PAWS, where our ability to help any given animal depends upon availability of space and resources. In the shelter, we only have room for so many—but through foster care, we can help a limitless number of animals.

Currently, PAWS is in desperate need of more foster families, especially to help us care for a large influx of adult cats with upper respiratory infections (kitty colds).

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. To help with this foster emergency, please call the PAWS Foster Care Program at 425.787.2500 x822.

Can you help? Save a life by becoming a foster parent!

 

 

Looking to help those less fortunate this holiday season? There are hundreds of homeless pets waiting for their forever homes at PAWS this time of year—why not give the gift of love by adopting a cat or dog!

Home for the Holidays Adoption SpecialNovember 16 - December 30, PAWS is helping spread the holiday cheer with our Home for the Holidays event. During this time, adoption fees for adult dogs and cats one year and older will be reduced to $75, with a fee of only $50 for senior cats and dogs who are seven years and older. 

From happy-go-lucky dogs like Graham, a 10-year-old Labrador Retriever/Great Dane, to cuddly, affectionate cats like Sparkles, we have dozens of animals who would make wonderful new family members.

Give yourself and a lucky animal (or two) the gift of a forever home and spend the holidays with a new family member! 

Give the gift of love this holiday season!

 

 

November is here, which means it's time again to fill out those ballots. But it's not just politicians who need your vote! With just one click, you can help re-elect PAWS as a Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union Feel Good Checking™ partner.

SMCU Feel Good Checking - Vote for PAWS!For every Feel Good Checking account opened, SMCU donates $20 to one of their seven non-profit community partners. PAWS has been a partner two years in a row, and so far we've received an incredible $8,110 from our participation in the Feel Good Checking™ program!

But in order to remain a partner in 2014, we need YOU to vote for us! For just one week, November 1 to November 7, you will be able to vote for your favorite finalist. 

Only seven out of 21 finalists will be selected for the program—please help make PAWS one of them by voting now!

You can feel good knowing that your vote will help save the lives of more than 6,000 cats, dogs and wildlife in the year ahead. 

Please vote for PAWS!