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5 posts from April 2014

 

Ever find yourself feeling bored? Chances are your feline companion might be feeling the same way! Cats are natural born hunters and enjoy stalking, pouncing, climbing and being active. And just like humans, they benefit from a challenge! Here at PAWS, we create an interesting and stimulating environment for the animals by giving them plenty of opportunities to "hunt" through interactive playtime with our volunteers and staff.

Keeping Your Cats Active and HealthyTaking time to play with your cat can help build their confidence, improve behavior problems, and strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Playtime encourages your cat to stay active, and helps them maintain a healthy weight. Here are a couple of things we do at PAWS that you can do at home with your own furry friend.

Make interactive playtime part of your daily routine. While it’s great to have toys available for your cat while you’re gone during the day, it’s also important to take time on a daily basis to play with them. Cats are often most active in the morning and evening, so the beginning and end of the day are great times for play sessions. Feather fishing pole toys are a favorite with PAWS cats, and are a great way to simulate hunting. However, it’s important that these toys are never left unattended as they can be choking hazards.

Rotate your cat's toys. In the same way that people often enjoy new things, cats enjoy the novelty of new toys. Try rotating your cat’s toys to make play time more enticing. You can add variety by including different shapes, textures and sounds, such as stuffed mice, balls with bells, fabric balls that crinkle, etc. You can also include catnip toys to make play time even more appealing.

Introduce Puzzle Feeders. Puzzle feeders are toys with strategically placed holes that release food when moved. These are great toys for kitties because they encourage cats to play by offering food as a reward. You can fill the feeder with a couple of treats or pieces of food to provide your cat with a challenging and rewarding activity while you’re away. As long as you’re able to ensure that your cat gets proper nutrition, you can even use puzzle feeders to deliver their daily serving of dry food. Many felines enjoy the challenge of working for their food, and it can also help prevent pet obesity.

For more information about companion animal enrichment, visit our Resources page. Or, if you would like to donate to the animals at PAWS, check out our Wish List!

 

 

There's no better time to give a gift to the animals at PAWS than during The Seattle Foundation's fourth annual GiveBIG event on Tuesday, May 6! Why? Because your gift will go even further!

GiveBig to PAWS on May 6!GiveBIG, a one-day, online giving event, is a great way for people to give generously to the non-profit organizations that make our region a better place to live.

Make your gift for the animals stretch even further by donating online on Tuesday, May 6!

Here’s how it works:

  1. On Tuesday, May 6, visit PAWS’ page on The Seattle Foundation’s website
  2. Click on Donate Now, and then click Make a credit card donation

Every donation made to the non-profit organizations profiled on The Seattle Foundation’s website between midnight and midnight (Pacific Time) will receive a pro-rated portion of a pool of matching funds (or “stretch pool”). The amount of the “stretch” will depend on the size of the stretch pool and how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day.

Gifts made to PAWS through GiveBIG are fully tax-deductible. Please note, only gifts made on The Seattle Foundation’s website on May 6 are eligible for GiveBIG matching funds.

If you have any questions about GiveBIG, please do not hesitate to e-mail donations@paws.org or call 425.412.4024. Current Fundholders at The Seattle Foundation are encouraged to participate in GiveBIG, yet only donations made on the The Seattle Foundation's website on May 6, 2014 will be eligible for the stretch pool.

GiveBIG to the animals on Tuesday, May 6!

 

 

Flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer and a warm breeze has replaced the winter chill. And for many of us, that means one thing—spring cleaning is around the corner! But before you bring out the heavy-duty dirt removers and weed killers, make sure you’re not putting your family pet in danger.

Spring Cleaning Caution - Toxic Pet PoisonsThousands of pet parents called the ASPCA’s 24-hour poison control hotline last year. Read on to find out what products could harm your furry friends, and some tips for keeping Fido and Fluffy safe during your spring cleaning!

Keep Pets Away While Cleaning
While you’re cleaning, keep your pets safely in another area of the house until the room is well ventilated and all cleaning products have dried. Also be sure to place used rags and other cleaning tools out of reach.

Go Green!
Household cleaning products are generally safe in small doses, but strong acidic or alkaline cleaners can cause corrosive injury or chemical burns. These include rust removers, toilet bowel cleaners, lye, drain cleaners and calcium/lime removers.

Try using more natural, “green” cleaning products to further reduce risk of your pet ingesting a poisonous product.

Avoid Insecticides
Insecticides are used in the yard, home and on our animals, and nearly 16% of all calls to the ASPCA’s poison hotline in 2013 were related to insecticides. Remember to always read the label before using any insecticide on your pet, in your home or in your yard!

Care For Your Garden—Carefully
Fertilizers, which can be made of poultry manure and bone meal, are very attractive to pets, but not good for them to eat! The ASPCA received more than 5,000 calls in 2013 about pet illness and injury relating to lawn and garden items. Always store poisonous products in out-of-the-way places and follow label instructions carefully.

If you suspect your pet may have come in contact with or ingested a potentially poisonous substance, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. 

Find more pet safety resources at paws.org

 

 

In just a few short days, hundreds of Seattle's most compassionate community leaders will gather for a fun evening of sipping cocktails, fine dining, and raising funds to help save animals' lives. The annual PAWS Wild Night Gala is almost here!

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, guests will be welcomed to the Fremont Studios in Seattle by PAWS' own canine ambassadors before enjoying an elegant cocktail hour, exciting live and silent auctions with incredible packages and items to bid on, a Kitten Kissin' Booth and a gourmet animal-friendly dinner catered by Wild Ginger!

PAWS Wild Night 2014This evening of fun is all about the animals, but it wouldn't be possible without the support of our generous sponsors! It's with great appreciation that we thank and acknowledge our PAWS Wild Night 2014 Sponsors:

Defender Sponsor: Lake Union Veterinary Clinic

Protector Sponsors: Radarworks, WBL Services

Guardian Sponsors:  Advisory Services and Investments LLC, Bone-A-Fide Dog Ranch, Clark Nuber P.S., Pacific Continental Bank, Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs, P.L.L.C.

Your generous support allows us to continue working to save animals' lives, and ensure a better tomorrow for the animals in our community. 

Thank you for supporting PAWS Wild Night 2014!

 

 

The little Northern Saw-whet Owl sitting on the perch box eyed me suspiciously. And he did so with good reason—I am a predator in his eyes, afterall. But due to recent events, the owl had additional cause to be suspicious of anything in his immediate surroundings.

Northern Saw-whet Owl

On March 11, the unsuspecting owl was flying through the Arboretum near the University of Washington toward a branch, a bush, or some other destination, on what appeared to be a clear flight path. However, the path was anything but clear, and the owl was struck from the sky by an invisible object.

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Like thousands of birds do every year, the saw-whet owl had flown headlong into a window. When the light hits at just the right angle, a window behaves like a mirror, reflecting the nearby vegetation, sky or landscape. There are very few perfectly reflective vertical surfaces in nature, so birds who are looking at these window reflections have no reason to believe that what they're seeing is not real. Only the traumatic impact of the sudden collision breaks the illusion. If the bird is lucky, the illusion is the only thing that gets broken.

Northern Saw-whet Owl

In the case of this saw-whet owl, the collision resulted in head trauma and bruising, but no apparent broken bones. For the past two weeks he has been steadily recuperating from his injuries at the PAWS Wildlife Center. He was recently moved into an outdoor flight enclosure and is on track to make a full recovery.

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Not all birds who strike windows are as lucky as this owl. If you would like to learn more about preventing window strikes on your property, visit the Common Problems With Wildlife page on the PAWS website.

 Having a wildlife problem? PAWS can help