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3 posts from May 2017

By Kate Marcussen, Community Education Coordinator

In just the last four months, since January 1st, 829 scouts, siblings and adults have joined us at PAWS for a Scout Program. From Daisies to Cadettes, to Tigers to Bears, scouts have been lining up to get a taste of what it is like to help animals.

We could tell you exactly what they’re up to while at PAWS, but we’ll let them tell you for themselves what they thought!

“It could have just been longer! She really enjoyed it! It wasn’t just info about specific animals, but also helped her think more about conservation.” – Girl Scout Troop Leader

“Empowering educational aspect. Just right for the girls to understand and provoke more thoughtful reflection on their own later.” – Stephanie, Scout Troop Leader

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“This is so much fun! This is even way more fun than movie night!” – Daisy Girl Scout

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[When asked “Please tell us your scouts’ favorite thing about the program”] “How much the girls enjoyed it!” – Alex, Girl Scout Troop Leader

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“The girls loved making a special connection to a favorite animal…it was fun to see!” Girl Scout Troop Parent


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Activities moved at an age appropriate pace. Interactive.” – Carissa, Scout Troop Leader

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 [When asked “One way we could improve this program”] “How is that possible? PERFECT!” – Cat, Girl Scout Troop Leader

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We can’t thank the scouts and adults enough who have participated in our programs, as we appreciate their support in helping to make the world a better place for animals.

Girl Scout programs offered at PAWS:

  • Daisy: Birdbath Award: Caring for Animals
  • Brownie: Pets Badge
  • Junior: Animal Habitats Badge
  • Cadette: Animal Helpers Badge
  • All ages: Animal Shelter Fun Patch

Cub Scout programs offered at PAWS:

  • Tiger Adventure: Backyard Jungle
  • Bear Adventure: Fur, Feathers & Ferns
  • Bear Elective Adventure: Critter Care

To lean more, please visit the Scout Programs page of our website.

Are you a scout leader or parent? We would love to schedule your troop for a Scout Program!

We also have rotating pre scheduled Scout Programs for individual scouts or small groups of 4 or less scouts wanting to participate.

Interested in helping in other ways? Consider donating to support PAWS

By Kay Joubert, Director Compaion Animal Services

There are so many delightful reasons why you might be considering a new feline friend to add to your home. Their soft purr, the comfort of kneading paws, their warm, fluffy fur to bury your fingers in … and then there’s the fun of watching a cat zoom around chasing toys, jumping in and out of bags, boxes or whatever sparks their silly antics.

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Whatever your reason, we hope you’ll put these motives into action this June by adopting a feline buddy during National Adopt-A-Cat month. All month long, the adoption fee for select cats, like Socks, will be only $25!

We have many deserving cats in need of a good home, and after June 8th, even a few with a Texas accent! In early June, we’ll be helping some over-full shelters in the Lone Star state by receiving in cats who will be flown here thanks to our friends at Wings of Rescue.

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Want to watch some cat antics right now? You can enjoy the activities of the available cats or kittens in one of the colony rooms at Cat City via our live streaming “Cat Cam”.

Or stop by PAWS in Lynnwood to meet Socks today!

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Socks is a sweet and friendly guy ready to meet his new family! He has lots of energy and loves playing with wand toys! He would do best in a home with teens/adults who can give him all the interactive play he wants! He would like to find a canine free home with lots of comfy beds to lounge in! Socks tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). FIV cannot be transmitted to humans or dogs, and has an extremely low transmission rates to other cats. Cats with FIV should be kept indoors only and as either an only cat, or in a household with other FIV positive cats. Cats with FIV can live a normal life for many years. His adopter should be prepared to work with their veterinarian on monitoring the health of Socks.

Looking for a furry friend? Take a look at our available animals

Make a donation and help us continue creating happy endings for companion animals in need.

Become a foster parent for puppies and kittens in need.

By Jen Mannas, Wildlife Naturalist

It’s Endangered Species day!  This is the time to acknowledge the importance of conservation, to recognize what we as a nation are doing to facilitate conservation, and to protect endangered species and their habitat.  

So, what does it all mean?  What classifies an animal or plant as being endangered?  How did this all start?

It is estimated that in the United States more than 500 species of native plants and animals have gone extinct since European settlers first colonized the area.  And species are still under threat to becoming extinct in modern times with habitat loss, climate change and human population growth.  The rapid loss of species did not go unnoticed and concerns about the whooping crane decline prompted Congress to pass the Endangered Species Preservation Act in 1966 which was replaced by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1973.

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The purpose of the ESA is to protect and recover imperiled species and to preserve their habitat.  The ESA is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who are responsible for land and fresh water organisms, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, who are responsible for marine life.

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There are many categories under the ESA but the two main ones are endangered and threatened.  Endangered means a species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant part of its range.  Threatened means a species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future. 

In the U.S., more than 1300 plant and animal species are currently listed under the ESA; some are right here in Washington.  We have more than 50 species of plants and animals that are listed, a species of concern or are a candidate to be listed.  This includes Gray Wolves, Northern Leopard Frogs, Nelson’s Checker-mallow, Grizzly Bears, Northern Spotted Owls, Oregon Silverspot Butterflies, Pygmy Rabbits, Bull Trout and Western Snowy Plovers; just to name a few.

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PAWS Wildlife Center treats patients each year that are listed under the ESA or a species of concern.  One of our biggest contributions to the conservation of listed species is our involvement in the Western Pond Turtle Recovery Project.  This is a collaboration between the Woodland Park Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Each year we treat those turtles that are suffering from ulcerative shell disease. 

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Thanks to the protection from the ESA, plant and wildlife species are on their way to recovery and several have been successfully delisted with the most famous of course being the Bald Eagle.  And that is a reason to celebrate!

If you are in the Seattle area and looking for a place to join the celebration, Magnuson Park is hosting an Endangered Species Day garden celebration in their children’s garden on May 20 from 10am until noon.  King County Master Gardeners, Children's Garden Committee members, and volunteers from Seattle Works and other groups will be doing simple garden stewardship activities such as weeding, mulching, and watering, as well as planting native Milkweed plants in our Butterfly Garden! 

Inspired by our work? Consider making a donation today to help us continue providing vital care to wild animals in need.

Found a wild animal in need? Find out how PAWS can help

Interested in a career in wildlife rehabilitation? Check out internship/externship opportunities at PAWS