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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

 

 

Here at PAWS, we like to celebrate victories for the animals, be they big or small. So we're ready to put on our party shoes and pop the bubbly, because this year's World Spay Day 2014 event was a record-breaking success!

Happy Spay Day clients leaving PAWSDuring the month of February, as part of the international World Spay Day campaign, PAWS and other local shelter partners performed an incredible 1,333 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries here in Washington State—breaking last year's amazing record by 310 surgeries!

With 46 clinics and 14 shelter partners participating in World Spay Day last month, pet owners all across the region were able to take advantage of these affordable surgery options for their companion animals.

In total, 892 cats, 425 dogs and 16 rabbits were altered during the month-long event!

This year’s collaborative efforts also helped reach animals in communities with restricted access to low-cost spay/neuter surgery. This was especially true in rural counties, where 100 percent of the World Spay Day surgeries were completed by private clinics. 

"After 19 years of spearheading World Spay Day efforts in the Puget Sound, we're proud to see the continued growth and success of this event each year," says Kay Joubert, Director of Companion Animal Services at PAWS.

"We're excited to collaborate with the veterinary community and our animal welfare colleagues for World Spay Day 2015 next year!" 

Missed Spay Day 2014? Please refer to a list of clinics that offer low-cost spay/neuter surgeries year-round. Please spay and neuter your pets, and encourage friends and family to do the same for their animals!

Thank you for participating in Spay Day 2014!

 

 

The first time Merina Burda held a baby squirrel in her hand, she knew that volunteering would always be an important part of her life. Merina first began working with animals as a volunteer in the baby animal nursery at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Minnesota. She quickly found that she enjoyed caring for these small, defenseless animals, and when she moved to Seattle she put finding a place to volunteer at the top of her to-do list.

Merina_schlu_webWhen Merina discovered PAWS, she originally planned to volunteer as a Cat Room Attendant at PAWS Cat City. But when a staff member found out that Merina worked as a photographer and Creative Director, they suggested she join the web team—a group of volunteers who photograph the animals and write biographies to help show off the animals' personalities. The web team was a perfect way for Merina to combine her love of photography with her compassion for animals.

As a PAWS volunteer, Merina has photographed many different cats, each unique in their own way. One of her favorites was Samantha, a long-term resident at Cat City who could be selective with her friends, but playful and full of personality with people she trusted. Merina loved that Samantha was able to connect with people when they took the time to get to know her.

In the shelter environment, cats like Samantha don't always share the best parts of their personalities with potential adopters. So having someone like Merina, who takes the time to get to know them and share their stories, helps these cats find their forever homes. We're happy to report that Samantha found her perfect match, and is enjoying life with her new family.

Thank you Merina for your time and dedication to PAWS!

To learn more about volunteering at PAWS, visit paws.org

 

 

Sylvester has been waiting patiently since October 25, 2013. That's 132 days, to be exact. For more than three months, this handsome feline has been waiting for his new family to walk through the door. But for a cat as affectionate and playful as Sylvester, why is it taking so long to find his forever home?  

Sylvester needs a home!By nature, cats have a difficult time adapting to new situations, such as moving homes or the addition of new pet or family member. So it comes as no surprise that cats often have trouble adjusting to the shelter lifestyle, and can be shy upon meeting new people.

Since it takes some cats longer than others to come out of their shell, many potential adopters often misjudge these cats as “grumpy” or “anti-social." But that's not necessarily the case! Sometimes they just haven’t had the opportunity to show you their true colors. Like Sylvester.

When he first came to PAWS, Sylvester was timid and shy. PAWS volunteers and staff noticed that he seemed agitated by the other cats, and by all of the visitors. Seeing his distress, one volunteer offered to give Sylvester a "kennel break" and bring him home to stay with her.

The change in Sylvester was extraordinary.

Out of the stressful shelter environment, this once-timid cat blossomed. He's no longer shy, but a confident, affectionate and playful feline.

In his foster home, Sylvester has flourished and shown us what a wonderful companion he truly is. His foster mom is so fond of him, she's compiled an entire flickr full of cute photos and video!

Foster parents like Sylvester’s allow us to give these animals the kind of environment and attention they need to feel safe and secure, which allows them to show us their true personalities. It just goes to show that sometimes, all they really need is a little bit of rest, relaxation and TLC.

If you're interested in learning more about this handsome boy, you can view his full profile here.

Help us find a home for Sylvester!

 

 

Can you believe it’s February already? The first month of 2014 flew by fast! By now, most of us have recovered from the holiday frenzy, kept or broken a resolution or two, and are thinking ahead to spring and the promise of more daylight hours.

But for a few animals, it’s as if the New Year hasn’t come at all. PAWS still has a few loving cats who’ve been with us since 2013 and just haven’t found their right person yet. But they’re all eager and ready to head to their forever homes. Take a look at our remaining buddies from 2013, and see if one of them is your new best friend!

Meet Yo-Yo!
Yo-YoYo-Yo is a lovely gal who is looking for a home to live out her well-deserved golden years!
She is used to being Queen of her castle, and would prefer to be the only kitty - or maybe with a mellow boy cat who doesn't mind being ignored. Yo-yo is a mellow and easy-going gal, and loves to gaze out a window and dream of her early years. She may be a senior, but she still enjoys some playtime (when the mood strikes her, of course), and she does a great job with keeping her scratching to her own post. Yo-Yo likes to relax and lounge around, with an occasional cat nap as well!

She is an independent gal as all Queens are, and is perfectly happy keeping herself entertained throughout the day. She will come and seek out attention when she feels it is deserved! Yo-Yo would like to live in an adult-only castle, where her people can really understand her. If you are looking for a new Matriarch for your kingdom, look no further than Queen Yo-Yo! She’s currently holding court at our PAWS Cat City location.

 

PepperMeet Pepper!
Will you be the salt to her Pepper? This beautiful eight-year-old gal is looking for her other half, and maybe that's you!

One of her favorite activities is playing with her feather toy. Pepper recently got a hair cut, and loves to have her fuzzy back rubbed. She would appreciate a home with children over the age of six, and would love to be your only cat. Come meet Pepper at PAWS Cat City today!

 

SqueakerMeet Squeaker!
Squeaker is a spunky little gal who would love a new home to call her own. She is very sweet, loves pets, and will climb right up onto your shoulder to make sure she doesn't miss out on any fun!

Squeaker loves to play, chase and pounce on toys and will keep you entertained with her delightful kitty antics. Come by PAWS in Lynnwood to meet this fun girl!

 

 

 

Millions of people will attend a “big football party” this Sunday, ready to watch their hometown heroes battle in the world’s biggest championship game. While these events can be a fun-fest for humans, large game-day gatherings can be hazardous for pets. Help make your pet safe and happy this year with these game-day guidelines.

1.  RallyPeople food is off limits! Always place trays of food out of reach of your beloved pets and keep your cooking and food preparation areas clean. Don’t leave pieces of food on the counter (pits from fruit and bones can be choking hazards), and be sure to bag and secure garbage where it’s out of reach of your pets. Know what human foods are dangerous to your pets (see our list below) and never leave those foods unattended while animals are around. Be sure to politely let your guests know that people food – and alcohol – is off limits to your pets. 

2.  Play it smart while playing dress up. It can be fun to deck your pet out in Seahawks gear for the big game, just be sure you let your beloved friend unleash their 12th Man spirit without constricting their inner animal spirit. Dogs are excitable (especially during large gatherings) and prone to jumping around. Be aware of this and make sure their game gear isn’t too hot or constrictive.

3.  Be aware of your pet’s sensitive nature. Many pets are skittish around crowds and loud noises (like cheering if you’re attending a Seahawks party, or wailing if you’re heading to a Broncos gathering). If you're attending a tailgating party, leave pets at home. If you're hosting the party at your house, ensure your pet has a quiet place to get away from the commotion in case they need a break.

4.  Your pets may want to join in the fun by cheering with or yelling at the TV too. Help them expend their excess energy by taking dogs for a walk around the block during half time. If your dog jumps up and down or runs in circles, incorporate that into a touchdown dance you do together.  It’ll help them work out their energy and feel like they’re part of the gathering

5.  Reward your pet for putting up with all the extra people and noise by thanking them with some extra cuddling or toy time.

6.  Familiarize yourself with the list of foods that pose a danger to pets (listed below) and get help right away if you think they’ve ingested harmful food. Before the game, be sure to post the number for your veterinarian or local animal emergency clinic to your fridge so you have it on hand should an emergency arise.

Below is a list of common people foods that can be harmful, or even deadly, to animals.

Continue reading "Big Football Sunday: Keep Pets Safe on the Big Day" »

 

February is spay and neuter awareness month, and PAWS is proud to partner with local veterinary clinics and 14 animal welfare groups to offer free or low-cost spay and neuter services to pet guardians across Western Washington. 

Spay-catRecognizing that animals are happier and healthier when they’re spayed or neutered, PAWS and the veterinary community have come together to make it even easier for families to get their cats and dogs “altered”. Thanks to local veterinary hospitals and clinics, pet guardians can take advantage of substantial savings throughout the month of February, while also helping increase the quality of life of their beloved companion. 

Not only does spaying and neutering prevent unwanted litters that pet guardians must find homes for, but the procedure has proven to increase the longevity of the lives of cats, dogs, and rabbits by 2 to 3 years.

Spaying or neutering your animal also decreases behavior issues (aggression, spraying or urinating, and biting) and significantly lowers your beloved pet’s chance of cancers associated with reproductive organs. Weigh the one-time cost of spaying or neutering against the long-term cost and suffering associated with cancer, and the choice is clear! 

You can spay or neuter your pet year-round, but why not take advantage of the special savings offered this month as part of World Spay Day! Check out our list of participating clinics and give yourself the peace of mind of knowing you’ve taken an important step in caring for your pet today.

 

 

2013 was a successful (and busy!) year at PAWS. As we prepare to usher in 2014, we'd like to share with you a few memorable moments and milestones from the past year:

  • Make a year-end gift to PAWS!Our shelter has placed more than 1,775 animals in their forever homes so far this year—and adoptions are still taking place!
  • In 2013, PAWS veterinarians performed their first-ever Pneumothorax surgery on a 4-pound infant American Black Bear to repair her collapsed lung. More than a year later, on June 5, 2013, this once-frail cub was released back to her home in the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon!
  • This year, the PAWS Foster Care program continued to grow at a staggering pace, providing temporary homes for 1,950 dogs and cats.
  • PAWS Cat City celebrated a record-breaking year with more than 1,260 adoptions!
  • We cared for several Western Pond Turtles, a species that has been listed as endangered since 1993, was a particular surprise! In 2013, we rehabilitated and released a large variety of wildlife, including this young Harbor Seal (pictured above) who came to PAWS dehydrated, emaciated, and extremely weak. Months later he was returned to the wild, a healthy and vibrant creature.

Over the past year—with your help—we have transformed the lives of more than 6,700 injured, orphaned and abandoned animals. Together, we provided much-needed shelter, care and love for the cats, dogs and wildlife who arrived at our door, in need of a second chance.

Please help us continue our life-saving work by making a year-end tax-deductible donation for the animals at PAWS by midnight on December 31.

Thank you for your continued support in 2014!

 

 

On Christmas Day, while others are at home unwrapping gifts, spending time with family and preparing delicacies for Christmas dinner, Dorothy Moore will be some place a little bit different.

Dining Dog Cafe owner Dorothy MooreEvery year on December 25, you can find Dorothy, owner of the Dining Dog Café & Bakery, in the kennels at PAWS with her husband, passing out delicious homemade treats and a full Christmas meal to all of the dogs in the shelter.

Thanks to Dorothy, no one goes hungry at PAWS on Christmas Day.

"We've been doing this for a long time, and every year we're excited to come back!" says Dorothy. "We're so happy to be able to help the animals in a meaningful way."

Dorothy and her husband will treat the dogs at PAWS to a delectable spread similar to the menu enjoyed by Dorothy's usual four-legged patrons at Dining Dog, including Yorkshire pudding and a dog-friendly dessert!

The Dining Dog Café, located in Edmonds, is a favorite for private parties and events, and they even offer a take-out menu for pets on the go.

Help the animals at PAWS this holiday!