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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!

 

 

Thanks to local pet supply retailer Mud Bay and Weruva, the makers of all-natural, organic pet food, the dogs and cats at PAWS will have full tummies this holiday season.

Mud Bay and Weruva pet food donationIn the true spirit of holiday giving, representatives from Mud Bay set out on the morning of Wednesday, December 18 to deliver more than 1,300 pounds of canned food to four local shelters. Their goal? To help feed as many hungry, homeless cats and dogs as possible.

They arrived at PAWS with a 45 cases of life-saving food for the animals.

"We're incredibly grateful for this donation, especially at this time of year," says Kerri Tenniswood, PAWS Assistant Shelter Manager. "Weruva is very high quality canned food, which helps the animals keep up a good appetite and stay healthy while they're here at PAWS."

Thanks to the generosity of Mud Bay and Weruva, the cats and dogs at PAWS will have the feast they deserve. Thank you for helping us feed the cats and dogs in our care this holiday season!

Find out how you can help the animals!

 

 

The holidays are a time for celebration with our families and loved ones. But as you get into the full swing of the festivities, don’t forget to keep an eye out for your cat or dog! Every December, thousands of pets end up in the emergency room of the veterinarian’s office. But with just a little preparation, you can keep your four-legged friends out of harms way.

Please take a moment to make sure that your furry family members stay safe, healthy and happy this holiday season with the following safety tips:

Keep your pets safe this holiday seasonChristmas tree caution. Christmas trees are beautiful, but your pet might think it's just an extra-large toy to climb or play with. Make sure your tree is securely anchored so that it doesn't fall, causing possible injury to your pet. Also, try to keep the tree water as fresh as possible and pesticide-free, in case your pet sneaks a drink.

Retire the tinsel. Sparkly, light-catching tinsel looks good on the tree, but it can wreak havoc on your pet's intestinal system if they ingest it. Brighten your tree boughs with ornaments and other pet-friendly decorations instead.

Watch out for wires. Twinkly Christmas lights make your season (and home) bright, but exposed wires can be tempting for your pets to chew on. Try to keep wires covered or out of your pet's reach.

Hide the holly. Did you know holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs and cats? If you normally use these plants to decorate your home, they should be kept in an area your pet cannot reach.

Forego the food scraps. Dinner may be delicious, but fatty, spicy human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Keep unattended plates of food out of reach, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.

Happy Holidays from PAWS!

 

 

A year and a half is a long time to wait for something. Especially when you're a homeless animal, and that something you're waiting for is a loving, forever home and a family of your own.

Samantha and adopter JeremyFor two-year-old Samantha, a beautiful cat with a silky black coat and an irresistible "chirp"-like purr, the path to adoption seemed long and, at times, improbable.

In May 2012, Samantha was brought to a local Humane Society shelter as a stray. But the shelter was in the throes of "baby season" and filled to capacity with young mothers and litters of kittens. They had no room for her.

Desperate to find somewhere for Samantha to go, they turned to PAWS for help. Through our Placement Partner Program, we were able to provide a safe haven for Samantha, with a warm place to sleep, plenty of food to eat, and lots of love from PAWS staff and volunteers.

But months later, Samantha was still at PAWS. Adopters came and went, but Samantha remained, waiting for just the right person to take her home. Finally, nearly a year and a half after Samantha first arrived at PAWS, that person—Jeremy Buechler—finally did.

Today, Samantha is happy in her new home, just in time for the holidays.

Adopt a pet from PAWS!

 

 

Bryce Setran and his cat Charlie have beat the odds, thanks to a tiny piece of technology. Every two seconds, a family companion like Charlie is lost. Tragically, many of these cats and dogs never make it back home. But thanks to a small non-removable piece of identification, Charlie's story has a happy ending.

Charlie and his guardianOn a warm summer day back in early August, while Bryce was out of town, six-year-old Charlie slipped out an open door and vanished.

Distraught, Bryce scoured the neighborhood for weeks, posting flyers and checking with neighbors to find out if anyone had seen Charlie. But Charlie was nowhere to be found.

So Bryce turned to PAWS for help. Our knowledgeable staff recommended that he try a humane cat trap, which has a high rate of success in reuniting lost pets with their guardians. But the trap remained empty, and Charlie was still missing.

Luckily, Charlie had an advantage over other missing pets. He was equipped with a microchip—a small, non-removable form of identification about the size of a grain of rice, containing a personal identification number and, most importantly, Bryce's contact information.

A week later, as if by fate, Charlie was brought to PAWS as a stray. When staff members scanned him for a microchip, they were overjoyed to find that he had one, and that the information was current. They contacted Bryce, who rushed in to claim his long-lost friend.

After more than a month apart, Bryce and Charlie were finally reunited, and it was all thanks to a small microchip.

 Learn more about microchips and pet safety at paws.org

 

 

You may know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two unofficial "holidays" between Thanksgiving and Christmas devoted to shopping for gifts and finding the greatest deals. But now there's a new holiday, designed with a more philanthropic goal in mind: #GivingTuesday.

Give Back on #GivingTuesday 2013Tuesday, December 3, 2013 marks the second annual #GivingTuesday, a day to kick off the holiday giving season in a different way.

#GivingTuesday is a nation-wide day of charitable giving, and a chance for you to make a gift that will save animals' lives.


This Giving Tuesday, join PAWS to help save the lives of injured and orphaned cats, dogs and wildlife. With your kindness and support, we’ll continue to make a positive impact on the homeless animals in our community.

Support PAWS with a #GivingTuesday gift!

 

 

On Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, you can find good deals on just about everything. But here at PAWS we've got the best Black Friday deal of them all.

Black Friday Adoption SpecialThis Black Friday, November 29, we're offering waived adoption fees for our black and mostly-black adult cats and dogs! And in case your Friday is so full of shopping you just can't make it in, we're extending the special all weekend long.

During this three-day adoption special, you can bring home a new furry companion for free! We can't imagine a better deal.

We have many beautiful black (and mostly-black) adult animals in need of forever homes, like playful cat Samantha, young and friendly cat Jessie Jane, handsome Labrador Retriever and Great Dane mix Graham, and many others.

If you or someone you know is looking to adopt, be sure to stop by PAWS this Black Friday weekend to take advantage of waived adoption fees!

Celebrate Black Friday with PAWS

 

 

For most animal lovers, the idea of bringing a cat or dog back to the shelter after feeding, loving and caring for them may seem like a cruel or heartbreaking act. But for PAWS foster parent Kara Gerhart, it's just the opposite.

Boots with foster parent KaraGerhart, a PAWS volunteer, had never fostered before. But when she found out that Captain Boots—a handsome tuxedo cat whom she had met at PAWS—needed a foster home, she immediately jumped in to help.

"I had never fostered before, but this particular cat had touched my heart, and I just wanted to give him a place to recuperate and stay as happy as possible," says Gerhart.

"There's nothing more rewarding than fostering, because you know you've given them the best chance in the world at finding a home," she says.

"We were very sad to say goodbye, but Boots got to say hello to his forever family only a few days later!"

Foster care is a crucial component of any animal shelter or rescue organization, and a particularly important program at PAWS, where our ability to help any given animal depends upon availability of space and resources. In the shelter, we only have room for so many—but through foster care, we can help a limitless number of animals.

Currently, PAWS is in desperate need of more foster families, especially to help us care for a large influx of adult cats with upper respiratory infections (kitty colds).

By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter. To help with this foster emergency, please call the PAWS Foster Care Program at 425.787.2500 x822.

Can you help? Save a life by becoming a foster parent!

 

 

Looking to help those less fortunate this holiday season? There are hundreds of homeless pets waiting for their forever homes at PAWS this time of year—why not give the gift of love by adopting a cat or dog!

Home for the Holidays Adoption SpecialNovember 16 - December 30, PAWS is helping spread the holiday cheer with our Home for the Holidays event. During this time, adoption fees for adult dogs and cats one year and older will be reduced to $75, with a fee of only $50 for senior cats and dogs who are seven years and older. 

From happy-go-lucky dogs like Graham, a 10-year-old Labrador Retriever/Great Dane, to cuddly, affectionate cats like Sparkles, we have dozens of animals who would make wonderful new family members.

Give yourself and a lucky animal (or two) the gift of a forever home and spend the holidays with a new family member! 

Give the gift of love this holiday season!