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By Jen Mannas, Wildlife Natuarlist

If you're looking for a way to have fun with your pup and help PAWS, register to walk or run at PAWSwalk on Saturday, August 26 at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

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Proceeds from PAWSwalk, one of our biggest fundraisers of the year, help us rescue thousands of cats and dogs. But did you know it also helps care for thousands of wild animals too? 

Each year PAWS Wildlife Center receives over 4,000 wild animals belonging to as many as 260 different species. Our mission is to rehabilitate sick, orphaned and injured wild animals so that they can be released and become a functioning member of their wild populations once again. 

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Currently we are treating more than 180 patients including three young Bobcats, 12 Western Pond Turtles, four Harbor Seals, three Black-tailed Deer, a Great Blue Heron, two Bald Eagles, and 41 Raccoons just to name a few. 

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All of our patients arrive with different needs; from the food they eat, to the medical attention they need, to the amount of time they require in our care. PAWSwalk supports these needs by providing the funds to keep our facilities in top shape as well as purchase necessary food and medication.

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This summer we have rehabilitated and released hundreds of animals back to the wild and with your help we can continue our lifesaving work. Be sure to stop by the "Wildlife Theater" at PAWSwalk to get a behind the scenes look at the work we do at the Wildlife Center.  

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Back to PAWSwalk. PAWSwalk is a really good time. Not only will there be a 5K fun run and walk, you can also try out your pup’s skills on the agility course, kick your feet up and relax in the beer and mimosa garden, take a break to pet some cute puppies, and sample delicious food from the food trucks.

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Be sure to visit our wildlife experts at the Wildlife/Education Booth, located near the Beer and Mimosa Garden. Experts will be answering questions about the Wildlife Center and Education Department. You can study bio facts, create a window cling to help birds, learn about wildlife-friendly gardens, check out volunteering opportunities, and even pick up a free box of Girl Scout cookies courtesy of our friends at Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Not only are Girl Scouts of Western Washington an official sponsor of PAWSwalk, but our education team has been working closely with them to develop an affiliate program where scouts can earn animal badges at PAWS.   

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PAWSwalk might be just around the corner but there is still time to get involved. You can register here to be a walker and set up your very own fundraising page. Live far away? Register to be a virtual walker. Registration, which includes an official PAWSwalk t-shirt and bandanna, is $25 per adult; $15 for children 12 and under. Day-of-walk registration for adults increases to $35. 

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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

 

By Katie Amrhein, Community Education Coordinator

“It feels amazing to help animals who are in need because they don’t have their own voice.” It is not every day that one meets a 12 year old who is changing the world, one dog treat at a time.

Isabelle reached out to PAWS this past winter because she wanted to make homemade dog treats, sell them at a local dog park, and donate the money to PAWS. As we got to know Isabelle, we learned that her love of animals started at a very young age, and she wants to spend her life helping animals.

 

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For the dog treat bake sale, Isabelle researched healthy dog treats, used her own dog as a taste-tester, and ended up with a delicious end product. She held her bake sale on an early spring day at a dog park, talking to visitors, hearing stories about other peoples’ pets (many of them PAWS adoptees!), and selling treats. She also received a surprise visit from her dad, who “came with warm drinks since it was kind of chilly, a donut for me, and my dog.” What a day!

Isabelle donated the money she raised to PAWS, and got a personal tour with her mom to see where her donation would be put to use. But the fun didn’t end there, because even though the minimum volunteer age at PAWS is 18 years old, there are other ways for teens to get involved!

 

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Teens Helping Animals workshop explores the many ways they can get involved in helping animals. Isabelle teaches a dog to shake her hand.

Isabelle joined the Teens Helping Animals workshop this summer, where she had a chance to make baby bird nests for some of our wildlife patients, train an eager dog how to shake, and meet a few of our foster kittens.

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Isabelle learned how to build a baby birds nest during the summer workshop.

What advice does she have for other teens and kids who want to help animals? “Sometimes, animals can’t help themselves, so they need our help. Wild animals, for example, can’t stop pollution, but we can, so things like that really help. I’m not old enough to volunteer and help at the shelter, but I still find other ways to help animals, so it doesn’t matter your age, just do what you can and try to find a way to help.”

Thanks for inspiring all of us here at PAWS, Isabelle!

If you know a teen or child interested in getting involved and helping animals, visit https://www.paws.org/kids/kids-events/ for some of our upcoming youth events, or contact the PAWS Education Team at education@paws.org and 425.412.4026.