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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

Every day we welcome members of the public through our shelter doors in Lynnwood and to PAWS Cat City in Seattle, and set about helping them find that special furry someone who’ll be the perfect fit for their family. There are dogs and cats of all ages, shapes and sizes, ready and waiting to find their forever homes.

But this isn’t the whole story. One thing that won’t be immediately obvious to our visitors on arrival is that there are many more prospective pet partners to meet than the ones directly in front of them. They just happen to be spending time off site with our wonderful foster parents, who provide crucial support to PAWS especially during the busy spring and summer months.

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Siamese mix Troy is one such cutie currently hanging out in foster care. A stray who was brought to PAWS back in May, he’s a handsome boy who’s happiest when he has a windowsill he can use to perch on, soak up the sun and do a little bird watching.

Troy isn’t much of a lap cuddler, but likes to hang out with his people and will lie in your arms in bed. He’s a fan of bonita flakes too so if you’re armed with those you’ll have a friend for life!

His current foster parents tell us Troy isn’t phased by their dog and we know he likes to play with other cats, so he’s a chilled out kitty in that respect. His ideal home would be somewhere peaceful with adults and older children, where he can escape for alone time when he needs it and enjoy grown up playtime when it’s on offer.

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Mastiff Georgie Porgie, one of the larger breeds of dog we rescue and rehome at PAWS, is another fabulous furry enjoying time in foster – stretching his legs while we search for his perfect match. He was also found as a stray and transferred to us from King County Animal Services in late June.

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There really isn’t a more fitting description for Georgie Porgie than ‘gentle giant’. Don't let his age fool you, he’s still got a mischievous spring in his step and early on in his time with us demonstrated a proficiency for unlocking gates!

Now he's settled into the relaxing foster lifestyle, he’s given escape artistry the heave-ho and just loves to snuggle and give kisses.

To help him stay cool during our beautifully hot Seattle summer, Georgie’s foster parents have been taking him to a nearby lake for playtime and discovered he loves the water!

He also really perks up when there are other pups around. Georgie is well behaved, fully house trained and has wonderful house and leash manners – in fact, what are you waiting for? He'd make the perfect PAWSwalk pup!

Next time you’re at PAWS looking for your new companion ask about the dogs and cats in foster care. Troy and Georgie Porgie are just two of many available to adopt right now. With them living off site, all we ask is that you call in advance if you're interested in meeting them. You can also pre-complete our adoption application form so you're one step ahead when you arrive at PAWS!

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

In this month’s happy adopter update, we hear from Haruko in Kirkland, WA who’s provided a forever home not once, not twice but three times since 2011!

Tell us how you found your fur family.
Dixie, or Addie as I now call her, was the first to join me, in May 2011. I met her on my first ever visit to PAWS, having been encouraged by a former partner to visit because there were a lot of dogs in need of homes. Four and a half years old now, she was documented as a Pit Bull mix – she’s a beautiful black/brindle color.

Cody’s name at PAWS was Phillip. I found him online on the PAWS website in June 2012 and went right away to see him. He’d been brought in with his brother and someone was looking at them both so I waited around with fingers crossed. Ultimately, the other couple took his brother home and I adopted Cody! He’s approximately 5 years old and an Australian Cattle Dog.

In January 2013, I was drawn to the PAWS website again and saw Molly – a Beagle/Rat Terrier/Cattle Dog mix. I recognized her as a previous PAWS resident and thought she’d make a great final addition to my fur family.

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What attracted you to Addie, Cody and Molly?
Addie’s had me from the get go with her big eyes and one ear that wouldn’t stand up straight (pictured, right) – coupled with the fact that she cried when I left her but didn’t when others visited her and walked away. She was meant to be mine!

Cody was a little standoffish at first and seemed to be waiting for his owner to come get him. Cattle dogs typically form a close bond with their owners so I was worried, but it tore at my heart that he was waiting to be taken home – and his spotted fur and sweet face sealed the deal!

Molly had been returned by her new owners after just six short months, during which time she’d gained 15lbs! Her feisty, loveable nature attracted me instantly, and we’ve been making great progress with her weight loss since she joined the family.

How have your three PAWS pups adjusted to life in Kirkland?
When Addie arrived in 2011, she bolted straight out of the car and into my house. Then, for a week or so, she refused to get back in the car. It seems she was too happy with her new home and didn’t want to leave! So, we did fun trips to the dog park and to get ice cream, and eventually she grew to love our car rides. She was very timid initially but is now a very playful and happy girl.

Cody seemed sad when he first came home with me. It felt as though he missed his former owner but, with a lot of cuddles and love, within weeks he became attached to me. He is my protector, always on guard. I also think he’s secretly part cat the way he walks by and rubs up against me!

When Molly arrived, last but by no means least, it was clear she thought she was just a visitor for a couple weeks! When no one came to get her, she decided she should be alpha dog so we had a little adjustment period. She’s clearly alpha now – our neighbors call her Sheriff Molly!

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What do you love doing together?
We go to the beach and they LOVE it! Addie and Cody play fetch, and Addie and Molly swim and prance in the water. They just love the whole experience. Until, in Addie’s case, we get home and it’s bath time... she’s a tight fit in the bathtub and I have to ask her nicely to get in – which usually results in a big sigh before she admits defeat and climbs in!

What have they added to your life?
I’ve been through some bad times and they’ve kept me going through it all. They wake me up and go to sleep with me and, when I’m not at work, they’re my constant companions.

Thank you for sharing your story and pictures Haruko, we wish you and your wonderful PAWS pups many happy years of beach fun ahead!

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

In our Adorable Adoptables features, we usually tell the story of a dog and cat who are taking a little longer than most to find their perfect home. This week we’re switching things up and profiling a special pair of inseparable pooches looking for their forever family together.

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Approximately 8 years old, purebred Dachshunds Briar Rose and Buzz arrived at PAWS earlier this month.

They were transferred to us from Everett Animal Shelter through our Placement Partner Program – a partnership initiative with other shelters and rescue organizations that maximizes the chance of animals in our care finding loving homes.

These two peas in a pod are super affectionate and love nothing more than an easy going stroll or a lazy day of lounging at home. If this describes your life, how about sharing it with this truly lovable pair? One word of warning – you’ll want to set aside time to watch Buzz doting on Briar Rose, too cute for words!

It’s safe to say they’re both big fans of treats, Briar Rose especially and Buzz is her willing accomplice in procuring nibbles out of any generous hand. As a result, they've become a slightly portly pair. If you have a will of steel and the ability to resist four of the most imploring eyes we’ve ever seen, you could be the perfect family to get this compact couple back in shape.

Come lounge around with Buzz and Briar Rose in Lynnwood, WA today – once you do, we’re sure you’ll realize that two is most definitely better than one.

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By Kellie Benz, PAWS Staff

Sometimes, what we’re looking for is right in front of us. We’ve had a lot of visitors to PAWS lately, all walking through our Lynnwood and Cat City locations searching for their perfect companions. Many have left with their new best friend, and we’re always so proud to know we helped to build that family.

As always, our ‘Adorable Adoptables’ stories cover two companion animals who – despite all of their eager tail wagging or welcoming purrs – can’t seem to attract their perfect human. The volunteers who see them every day; those who walk them and brush them, those who cuddle them, who settle their nerves and soothe their yearning hearts, know how precious and loving these little beings are and they know how deserving they are of potential adopters’ attention.

So we hope our tales of their true personality, will encourage you to take a second look. Celeste3 - Aug 3 - 2014 - Kbenz

This week’s feline adorable adoptable is the always sophisticated miss Celeste. Regal and elegant, and mighty choosy of those worthy of her attention, lovely lady Celeste is a looker with a crooked ear. The ear, a tiny blemish on her otherwise model-perfect good looks, gives a hint to her life lived. A Siamese/mix of 10 years with a light brindle coat – and if you’re lucky enough to see them – sparkling sapphire blue eyes. We say lucky, because Celeste doesn’t let just anyone see the true glimmer of her dazzling personality.

Grumpy Cat might look the part, but Celeste is the real persnickety feline deal. Celeste doesn’t suffer fools gladly, so you may be able to attract her attention for a playful swat at one of her favorite toys, but you’ll have to win her heart if you want anything more. And she’s got oodles of affection waiting for you! Celeste isn’t interested in a fast pace, busy home. She’d like a quiet, adult only environment where she can thrive and feel like someone special’s one and only. Celeste's adoption fee is waived until September, so don’t put off meeting her at our downtown Seattle Cat City today!

Over in doggy world, at our Lynnwood Companion Animal location, Reba awaits her true forever home. Adopted once then left behind in a divorce dispute, Reba is pure love in a very compact body.

She’s been at PAWS longer than most and we don’t know why she keeps getting passed over. She’s friendly and welcoming to anyone who approaches her. She’s quick to break out her great big smile with every greeting and eager to show you her fluorescent orange ball, in the hopes that you’ll know how to play!

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A mix of Australian Cattle Dog, Terrier and American Put Bull, this shorty-with-a-story deserves a second look. All of 9 years old, her affection is undeniable and all of the volunteers coo over her easy personality and well behaved walking etiquette. With eons of energy and an affinity for car rides, Reba is a co-pilot in waiting for the right active adventurer.

In her quietest moments, she’s a lapdog extraordinaire and knows exactly how to curl up for an afternoon nap. Reba respects her feline friends, but wouldn’t want to live with one. She’d rather be dashing off to a regular weekend road trip!

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

Some of the cats and dogs that arrive at PAWS are with us a matter of days before they find their happy ending. Some wait patiently for a few weeks until their perfect match walks through the door. And then there are those who are with us for much longer, looking for that extra special human to call their own…

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Beautiful Russian Blue Hobbes arrived at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA in May of this year. He immediately made friends with staff and volunteers, who’ve described him as easy going, talkative, and the kind of cat that will headbutt and purr at anything. Belly rubs and catnip don’t do much for him, but he’s super fun to play with---his toys of choice being laser pointers and anything on the end of a wand!

So, why the long wait for a home?

Shortly after his arrival, Hobbes tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), the cat equivalent of HIV. FIV is typically passed from cat to cat through deep bite wounds, and more commonly seen in free roaming, unneutered males that get caught up in territorial disputes or aggressive fighting.

Although there’s no cure for FIV, cats with the virus can live a normal life for many years---and, at the tender age of 2 years old, Hobbes has many happy years ahead of him.

He’ll need to be an indoors only cat and either have other FIV positive kitties as house buddies or be the only cat in the family. FIV can’t be transmitted from cat to human, so there’s no need for concern about family members being at risk.

A stress-free environment can also help, and Hobbes recently spent time away from the busy shelter environment in the care of one of our foster families. A glowing report came back, describing him as “fantastic, loving, super fun to play with, a great cat”.

We know Hobbes has a lot of love to give and, with the attention and care he deserves, will be the perfect feline addition to the right family. Is that you? Come say hi to Hobbes at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA today!

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Five year old Carl is a Shepherd mix who’s been with us since April. A few weeks after his arrival, all was looking good and he was on his way to a new home---sadly five weeks later he was returned to us. Turns out he loves time with humans so much that he just couldn’t bear his pet parents being away at work for long periods every day.

It’s safe to say our kennels at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA aren’t Carl’s favorite place to be and he can sometimes give the wrong impression when people stop by to say hello. The truth is, he’s a sweet and active dog who would much rather be on a long hike with you. He’d also love to lean up against you and get the space between his shoulders scratched---it’s just he can’t get close enough!

A PAWS volunteer recently took Carl for an off-site adventure to Meadowdale and discovered he’s a great car traveler. She even enticed him into a stream for a paddle. And, as far as other dogs go, he likes to meet and greet them, especially the ladies!

Watch Carl in training mode in our outdoor exercise area:

Carl’s idea of the perfect home is feline-free with teenagers and adults for company. He’d love a rotating schedule at home so he sees his humans coming and going through the day. Active daytimes and relaxing evenings are his idea of heaven. Is this your life? Come and play with Carl today!

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

Having been in our care for several months now, this week’s Adorable Adoptables take patience to a new level. Given their love of tummy and cheek rubs, and super-sunny dispositions, the fact they’re still here is a surprise to the staff and volunteers that enjoy their company every day.

Tuxedo cat Timothy is two years old and has been at our Companion Animal Shelter in Lynnwood, WA since February. He’s become a firm staff favorite since he arrived, not least because of his incredible patience in waiting for his soul mate to walk through the door.

If you’re looking for someone playful, Timothy fits the bill perfectly. He enjoys everything from stringy things to jingle toys to furry toy mice:

And then there’s the attention seeking part of him that never turns down a good cheek rub! Timothy is a true gentleman and absolute sweetheart – so, why the long wait for a forever home?

One of the reasons Timothy might be being overlooked is that he has an Upper Respiratory Infection (commonly known as a URI), which affects his nose and throat. Its most recognizable symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, conjunctivitis, and discharges from the nose or eyes.

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The good news is that most cats with a URI can be treated at home. In cases where nasal congestion is a factor, simply spending 10 to 15 minutes in a steamy bathroom regularly can provide great relief. This congestion also affects a cat’s sense of smell, which often leads to a decreased appetite – serving a highly palatable canned food is the solution here. A simple moist tissue will help wipe any irritation-causing discharge away.

With lots of love and care, Timothy and his pet parents can enjoy a full, happy life together in spite of his snuffles. Escaping the hustle and bustle of the shelter environment is just what Timothy needs – the sooner he finds his forever home, the sooner he can kick back, relax and feel better.

Come spend time with Timothy in Lynnwood, WA today. We challenge you to resist his charms!

Ten-year old Chihuahua Mimi is a well-traveled pup who’s been searching for her forever home longer than most.Transferred from a Los Angeles shelter in 2013 and adopted in the Puget Sound area, she was subsequently surrendered to the Regional Animal Services of King County and transferred to PAWS in April of this year.

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Mimi’s been hanging out with one of our cherished foster care families recently, and is now back at PAWS in Lynnwood, WA ready to find her new pet parents.

Here’s a snippet from her exemplary foster care report:

“Her favorite activities are napping, cuddling with her people and getting treats! She gets very happy when you say her name – she’ll give you the best smile and even rolls on her back for tummy rubs. She sleeps through the night and likes to have some extra blankets in her bed in case she feels like burrowing in them! It may take her a few days to settle into her new surroundings, but her delightful and happy personality soon shines through.”

Sweet senior Mimi enjoys the quieter things in life so is hoping for a chilled out home where she can nap and cuddle her days away close to her humans. She also doesn’t mind the idea of having an easy-going buddy around, to share those moments only a canine companion can fully appreciate.

Call PAWS in Lynnwood, WA today and arrange a tummy rub with Mimi!

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

Welcome to Where Are They Now?, a kind of PAWS ‘Hall of Fame’ where we check in with fur families that found each other through PAWS several years ago. First up, happy adopter Abigail reports back on an action-filled two years with Rhett and Felix, adopted in May 2012.

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What made you decide to adopt from a shelter?
Growing up I had two cats from a shelter, Kelly and Sphinx. To be honest I’m not sure I realized you could get cats any other way! Kelly passed away in 2009 and, when I moved to Seattle from Virginia in 2011 to start a graduate program, travel-averse Sphinx stayed with my mom. I knew I still wanted to have cats around. Luckily my boyfriend Alexander (Zan) is a cat person too!

How did you find Rhett and Felix?
I took to the internet, searching for “cute cats for adoption”. I think at the time I just wanted to look at pictures of cats (what else is the internet for, right?). Anyway, a picture of Rhett (aged 9) from the PAWS website came up. He sounded like a real gentleman and the perfect lap cat. His description encouraged me to check out his friend Felix (aged 8) too and, in no time, Zan and I were talking like they were ours.

We spent about a month thinking about them, then decided to go to PAWS Cat City. Even thought Rhett and Felix were at PAWS in Lynnwood, we thought we should look at other cats too seeing as we’d formed this attachment via only a few pictures and a brief description.

After completing adoption paperwork we met a couple of cats, including a guy called Joey who was a little standoffish, but Rhett and Felix were still on our minds. The next day we made the journey to Lynnwood. Maybe, we thought, they’ll be like Joey and then we won’t have to obsess anymore – we can wash our hands of these cats we’ve been pretending are already ours.

When we finally saw them in the flesh, it was like a celebrity sighting after all those days looking at their pictures online! Within half an hour, we were driving home with Rhett and Felix meowing in the back seat.

We had a great adoption experience with PAWS. Filling out the paperwork was easy and we got great information about our new animals’ history. We were also given notes on their personalities from PAWS staff and volunteers that had cared for them, which I really enjoyed reading.

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Tell us about your first journey home and settling in together.
After we got them in the back of the car, panic set in. We hadn’t really expected to come home with two cats that day, and had no food, litter boxes, cat bowls, or toys at home. So we stopped at a pet store on the way to pick up the basics. Zan stayed in the car with Rhett and Felix while I ran through the aisles like a crazy woman grabbing all the essentials!

When we got them home, the first thing Felix did was run to the bathroom, pull out a drawer, and slide into the space behind the drawer. I’m still not sure how a 22-pound cat managed to squeeze into such a small space, but he did! Rhett took a more typical route and hid under a bed. But they came around very quickly, and within two days they ruled the roost.

What have you been through together?
We’ve had an eventful two years! The biggest upheaval was moving back to Arlington, Virginia a few months after the adoption – an unmissable job opportunity turned what we’d thought would be at least six years in Seattle into only one. Rhett and Felix adjusted well to our unexpected relocation of over 2,500 miles, and it’s good to be home again. We love the area and we love having our fur babies with us every step of the way.

Being adult-approaching-senior cats, we’ve had a couple of trips to our friendly veterinarian with both Rhett and Felix. Though stressful and emotional times, the good news is they’re both perfectly healthy and happy cats, and we wouldn’t change them for the world. Felix has even slimmed down from a cuddly 22 pounds to a more modest 13 pounds. His ability to open drawers and cupboards with ease remains however, so we still hide their food on top shelves and in locked cabinets!

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What have they brought to your life?
Everything. Joy, love, emotional stability – on hard days, their purring is balm to the soul. Rhett’s blue eyes are always so kind looking, and he’s always quietly there when we need him.

Felix is my study buddy and like a teddy bear. I can grab him up in my arms like a stuffed animal and he’ll stay all night, just happily purring right next to my chest.

What would you say to anyone who isn’t convinced about cats as companions?
Give them a chance! I often hear people say they want an animal that doesn’t just “use” them, but needs them, so they get a dog. Cats do need us. Felix and Rhett follow me from room to room, snuggle on the couch for TV nights, and snuggle in bed with me on sick days. We can tell they love us, and I think that’s because they can tell we love them. It’s a reciprocal relationship.

On a more practical note, cats are less work than a dog. We don’t wonder whether they need to go out to pee – their litter boxes are right there! We keep a scratch pad around at all times and have never had an issue with damage to our apartment. And, cats do play. Despite being older cats, our boys still have a lot of fun with feather wands, toy mice, and iPad games!

Thank you Abigail and Zan for sharing your story, and giving Rhett and Felix the forever home they so desperately needed and deserved.

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

We’re scratching our heads over this week’s adorable adoptables – Jake and Soda Pop – who are still searching for their forever homes after several months in our care. As staff favorites, we can’t understand why they’re still waiting! Could their perfect pet parent be reading this?

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Expert snuggler Jake is an eight year old Italian Greyhound mix, originally from Long Beach California. This perfectly petite little guy was found as a stray and transferred to PAWS in May.

Initially very nervous of his new surroundings, Jake has relaxed a lot in our care (we figure it must be due to copious cuddles and tasty treats!) and is ready to find his forever fur family.

If you’re the kind of person that likes to come home to a wagging tail and a LOT of attention, you need to meet Jake. He just LOVES to be with his people. 

Watch his delight (and adorable bum wiggling!) when a volunteer comes to visit his kennel:

He’s also a social guy with four-legged friends, enjoying the company of mellow dogs his size.

Jake’s idea of a perfect day is low-key with lots of people time, so he’d do best in a quieter home with kids over the age of 8 years. If you’re looking for a lap dog, Jake’s definitely your man. When he’s out for a walk with you, he may even ask to be carried for the home stretch… another excuse for cuddles.

Next time you’re visiting our Companion Animal Shelter in Lynnwood, WA ask to meet Jake and get ready to feel BIG love from this small superstar!

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Our kitty companion this week is Soda Pop, a beautiful orange tabby who arrived at PAWS in March. She was surrendered by her fur family due to a change of living arrangements following an incident of domestic violence.

Having been part of the family since she was a kitten and now 10 years old, the transition from home to shelter life was an emotional experience for Soda Pop, and it has taken time to adjust.

With the patience, affection and dedication of PAWS staff and volunteers, Soda Pop has blossomed into a talkative, friendly and affectionate character with lots of love to give.

She can seem shy at first and likes her own space (like everyone does now and again!), but with a little patience and gentle encouragement she’ll be your new best friend in no time.

Some of Soda Pop’s favorite things are chasing string toys, giving kisses while you pet her, and cat napping. She’s not such a fan of being brushed – she prefers to be in charge of her own grooming routine!

Soda Pop is still working on liking kids (she thinks they’re nice from far away) and is afraid of dogs. If you have a quiet and predictable adult-only home where Soda Pop can adjust at her own pace, she would love to meet you. Stop by PAWS in Lynnwood, WA and you might just be the one to get her kiss of approval.

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

Continuing our blog series championing overlooked (but no less adorable) adoptables, we profile two very special PAWS characters waiting for their forever families.

Long term loveable Milosh arrived at PAWS in October 2013, surrendered by his pet parents after 12 years of guardianship. He’s currently in our Foster Care Program, where his true character is blossoming – including one particularly irresistible trait…

Milosh loves to snuggle. He’s not necessarily a lap cat, but likes to be snuggled in right beside someone whenever possible. This makes him an excellent buddy to sleep late with on the weekends; he will settle in by your chest and purr all morning. And, if you happen to have a room with a view and a high perch to enjoy it, you’ll have a friend for life!

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Milosh is shy with new people at first but doesn’t take long to warm up if you show him a little love (and treats!). He has a very submissive, relaxed personality when it comes to interacting with other animals. His current foster family reports that he wants nothing more than to interact with their two torbie (tabby/tortoiseshell) girls. Unfortunately they’re rebutting his advances so far, but he’s very good at picking up their signals and respecting their space (pictured right keeping his distance, a true gentleman!). There are also two 50-60lb dogs to contend with, and Milosh doesn’t seem to be fazed by them at all.

And don’t let his advancing years deceive you – Milosh loves to play, a particular favorite being batting feather toys:

As distinguishing features go, the crook at the end of Milosh’s tail gives him a certain added charm, and his sleek black fur (with just a dash of white on his chest and belly) is simply beautiful. If sleek and snuggly is your thing, get in touch with our adoption advisors at PAWS and arrange to meet this stunning gent today.

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In our canine corner this week is one year old Hugo – a super smart, energetic boy who learns quickly and has a strong desire to please his people.

It’ll be no surprise then when we tell you that Hugo’s part Australian Cattle Dog, part Pit Bull Terrier; breeds known for their intelligence, loyalty, and proficiency for canine sports including agility, obedience and flyball.

Originally brought up to Washington State all the way from California and then surrendered at Everett Animal Shelter, Hugo was transferred to PAWS through our Placement Partner Program in March 2014. After a few weeks of brushing up on his obedience and manners, we waved a happy goodbye as Hugo left with what we thought was his forever family. Sadly he was returned to us in early June.

Hugo’s athleticism and full contact play style mean his perfect home would be with active adult pet parents who get a kick out of physical exercise and setting mental challenges on a daily basis – rain or shine. You’ll also win brownie points if you don’t mind retrieving the balls he loves to chase!

Watch Hugo in non-stop play mode with his PAWS pal Mattie

Hugo would enjoy having doggy friend play dates to burn some energy. His preferred method of greeting other dogs currently is by jumping on them, but with a little help mastering his ‘hello’ he’ll be an off-leash dog park etiquette expert in no time.

Next time you’re visiting PAWS in Lynnwood, ask to meet Hugo and get ready for an exuberant four-legged hello guaranteed to brighten your day!

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By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff

We work so closely with all the adoptable animals here at PAWS, it’s sometimes hard for us to understand why a certain cat or dog in our care is seemingly overlooked by potential adopters.

Each and every one of the companion animals at PAWS tugs at our heartstrings, and we know they all deserve to find the right family. In this new blog series, we reveal the personalities behind some very special companion animals at PAWS who are anxiously waiting for their forever humans to walk through the door.

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Take Tiger Rico, a seven year old bundle of Chihuahua love who arrived at PAWS in February. This wasn’t his first appearance at our doors – after adopting him from PAWS two years previously, his pet parents were moving away and surrendered him to PAWS instead of taking him along.

In those two quick years, the most striking difference in Tiger Rico was his weight. It had tripled since he was last in our care.

PAWS staff immediately enrolled Tiger Rico in a bootcamp-style training program with a new PAWS foster family – not such a popular switch of routine from Tiger Rico’s perspective, but hugely successful.

With a proper diet and moderate exercise, he lost 6 lbs and his energy levels increased dramatically. His once reserved, stoic personality blossomed into the complete Tiger Rico goofball he is today!

Now svelte and eager for the next chapter in his life, Tiger Rico is still most definitely a typical Chi, meaning he can be grumpy and bossy at times (can’t we all?!). He can also be pure love and offer up snuggling under the covers, playtime and doing tricks for treats.

We know from spending time with Tiger Rico that he deserves your notice. Next time you’re at PAWS in Lynnwood, be sure to take an extra moment to meet him.


Watch Tiger Rico in clicker training mode


Then there’s 10 year old Simba who, with his flowing luxurious golden coat, is aptly named.

Currently calling PAWS Cat City his home, Simba is another resident we’ve had a long, glorious relationship with. Brought to us in May 2013, Simba spent time in PAWS Foster Care Program before being adopted in October 2013. Sadly, he was returned to us only a few days later.

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Perhaps one of the reasons Simba’s search for the perfect pet parent has taken longer than most is due to the fact he has feline asthma. Much like the human version, feline asthma is a chronic condition in which airway inflammation leads to coughing, wheezing, and/or exercise intolerance.

Sound scary? It doesn’t have to be. With regular love, attention and the advice of a good veterinarian, this condition can be managed, especially in a home clean of second-hand smoke, dusty cat litters and strong perfumes. 

Aside from his need for a more experienced cat mom or dad, Simba has perfect litter box manners, loves being brushed and is a great fan of treats. Whichever PAWS Cat City visitor is lucky enough to be chosen by this quiet, gentle boy as his forever companion has a wonderful life ahead of them!

Find out if your perfect match is patiently waiting at PAWS.

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