313 posts categorized in "Cats & Dogs"

 

It's not difficult to find someone who would gladly bring home a cuddly, playful, affectionate cat to join their family. What's not to love! But it takes a very special person to understand and appreciate a more independent, enigmatic feline personality, like Yolanda—an 11-year-old cat currently available for adoption at PAWS.

Yolanda the catYo-yo, as she's affectionately called by staff and volunteers, has been waiting more than 300 days for that perfect person to come along.

This grey and white, golden-eyed beauty is a special, unique personality who would flourish in a home that understands her need for independence.

Like most mysterious beauties, Yo-Yo prefers if you look more than touch. Yet once you have charmed your way into her heart, she'll grace you with head bumps, and allow you to brush her extremely soft fur.

Yo-yo is an independent gal as all Queens are, and is perfectly happy keeping herself entertained throughout the day.

If you have the heart of a cat whisperer, and appreciate the mystique of felines, then you may appreciate the perfection of Yo-Yo’s cat-ness.

Meet more available pets at PAWS

 

 

For injured, orphaned or homeless animals, PAWS is a place of refuge. Our staff and volunteers work around the clock, 360 days a year to ensure the safety, comfort and wellbeing of cats, dogs and wildlife in need. But we can't do it alone.

PAWS Placement Partner ProgramSince opening our doors in 1969, PAWS has reached out to other animal welfare groups to create a safety net for all the animals in our community, and beyond.

If we don't have the means or space to care for a particular animal, we rely upon our relationships with other organizations to provide ongoing care and find life-long loving homes for them through the PAWS Placement Partner Program.

This program helps us rescue dogs like Bubba, an eight-year-old Rottweiler mix who came to PAWS in need of urgent medical attention, and a lot of TLC. 

With his easygoing and gentle demeanor, Bubba immediately became a staff and volunteer favorite at PAWS. But due to the severity of his medical condition, it was agreed that Bubba could be better cared for by one of our shelter partners—Motley Zoo Animal Rescue. 

Thanks to our partnership with Motley Zoo and many other local animal rescue organizations, we can ensure that animals like Bubba get the second chance they deserve.

Learn more about PAWS Placement Partner Program

 

 

Here at PAWS, we believe that every companion animal deserves a loving home. And one of the most important tools in the fight against pet homelessness and overpopulation is spay and neuter. Now, thanks to a generous $7,500 grant from the ASPCA, PAWS will be able to save many more lives with spay/neuter surgeries through our Placement Partner Program.

ASPCA Helps PAWS Fight Pet Overpopulation"These crucial funds will help cover the cost of spay/neuter surgeries for cats transferred to PAWS from other rescue organizations and shelters," says Kay Joubert, Director of Companion Animal Services at PAWS.

"Our partner agencies may send us animals who have special needs, or send multiple animals because they have run out of space," says Joubert.

"Thanks to the ASPCA grant, we can afford to provide crucial spay and neuter surgeries for these animals."

PAWS also accepts animals from emergency situations, such as puppy mill raids or natural disasters.

In 2012, the volume of animals transferred to PAWS reached an all time high: 1,795 animals received a second chance through PAWS Placement Partner Program, a 174% increase from 2011.

The $7,500 ASPCA grant will subsidize 20% of transferred feline spay/neuter surgeries, helping PAWS keep up with the demand for our services, and giving hundreds of animals a second chance.

Learn more about spay/neuter at paws.org

 

 

October is commonly known for beautiful fall leaves, pumpkin carving, and spookily-dressed Trick-or-Treaters. But here's another fun fact about October you may not have known. October is National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month!

October is Adopt-A-Dog MonthTo show support for homeless dogs everywhere, here are six ways YOU can celebrate Adopt-a-Dog month this October:

Adopt a dog!  We know, this one is a little obvious. But if you're interested in bringing home a new canine companion, animal shelters like PAWS are the perfect place to look. You'll find dogs of every shape, size, and personality—all waiting for a loving home. Don't shop, adopt!

Share your story.  If you have a shelter pet at home, tell everyone about your adoption experience! Your story is a testament to the benefits of adoption, and a great source of information for others who are considering adopting a shelter dog.

Get involved.  If you can't adopt right now, donate your time instead! Become a volunteer and help the dogs at PAWS by giving them food, exercise, and lots of love.

Be a Foster Hero.  Sign up to be a PAWS foster parent! Through PAWS' Foster Care Program, you provide young, injured or sick animals a chance to grow and heal before we find them a forever home.

Make wishes come true.  PAWS has a Wish List of items we need for the animals, such as chew toys, jars of peanut butter, and other supplies. Donate an item from our list!

Share and Like!  Social media is a great way to spread the word about PAWS, and the animals who need forever homes. Like us on Facebook and share our photos with your friends!

Meet all our adoptable pets at paws.org

 

 

When Animal Control Officers answered a call to investigate a possible hoarding situation in Woodinville, they were shocked at what they found.

Sundae and HarveyInside the trailer, the officers discovered no fewer than 12 cats and one dog, living in dirty, inadequate conditions that smelled strongly of urine and appeared to have been neglected for some time.

The officers removed the animals from the trailer and transported them to PAWS, where they were given immediate medical care, warm beds to sleep in, and plenty of love and attention from PAWS staff and volunteers.

Two of the cats discovered in the trailer—a 12-year-old female named Sundae and a tomcat named Harvey—got along especially well. They spent many hours of the day snuggling at PAWS Cat City while they waited for their forever home.

After several months of waiting for that special person to come along, senior kitties Sundae and Harvey were adopted!

They're now living out their golden years—and snuggling together—in a home of their own.

Meet more adoptable pets at paws.org

 

 

Play Quingo for PAWS

Play Quingo to help the animals at PAWS!


Quingo is a fun, light-hearted trivia game with a bingo twist—play for free and support the animals at PAWS! Quingo, created by local startup Game It Forward, combines the fun of bingo with the challenge of trivia questions, and enables players to support PAWS just by playing.

The game presents players with a trivia question that has five correct answers hidden among 20 wrong answers laid across a bingo-style grid. Correct responses range from easy to very difficult, making it engaging for players of all knowledge levels. Players are awarded points for correct answers and scores can be shared through social channels.

Quingo is free to download and currently available for the iPad at the iTunes store. Game It Forward plans to develop Quingo for additional platforms in the coming year.

Download Quingo and play for PAWS!

 

 

Summer vacation is officially over, and backpacks are being filled with notebooks, pencils and tasty treats for lunch. But did you know that back-to-school time can be dangerous for your pets?

Pet Safety Tips from PAWSAccording to the ASPCA, the Animal Poison Control Center sees an increase in backpack-related toxicities in late August and September, when kids head back to school.

"One of the most common complaints we hear is that an owner's dog or cat got into a child's backpack and ingested something problematic," says Kelley Durham, a board member at Missing Pet Partnership.

Here are some tips on what to watch out for in the back-to-school season:

Backpacks
•    Gum (which can contain xylitol)
•    ADHD medication (which are often amphetamines)
•    Albuterol inhalers
•    Over-the-counter medications

Lunch Boxes
Along with backpacks, lunch boxes attract items that are unhealthy for pets:
•    Grapes
•    Raisins
•    Onions
•    Macadamia nuts

So as your kids head back to school, please be sure to keep backpacks and lunch boxes out of your pets’ reach!

Learn more about pet safety at paws.org

 

 

There's preciously plump, and then there's the point when a little belly wobble becomes a real weight problem. For our nation's pets, morbid obesity has become an epidemic.

Preventing Pet ObesityFor companion animals like Zoey, a six-year-old tabby cat, a tubby tummy may look cute, but the extra weight on such a small frame can cause serious health problems. Extra weight puts excess strain on the bones and joints, the heart, and the respiratory and endocrine systems.

"When Zoey arrived at PAWS, she weighed a whopping 27.60 pounds!" recalls PAWS Animal Behavior Lead Kristi Binau. "Her guardian didn’t realize how big she had gotten, and didn’t think it was a problem."

To help Zoey shed those pounds and get back to her svelte self, PAWS staff member Michelle Kulej has been keeping Zoey's mind and body active with a strict diet and plenty of playtime.

Thanks to Michelle's efforts, Zoey is quickly losing the weight and is available for adoption!  Zoey loves to be around people and loves attention, although she prefers not to be petted below the neck. Zoey would do best as the only pet in an adult-only home so she can have you all to herself!

Do you have an overweight pet at home? We know it can be a challenge to keep an indoor cat active and fit, so the best way to get your cat moving is through interactive play! By encouraging her to pounce, leap, and run laps around the house, you can help your feline couch potato become an indoor athlete in no time.

Learn more about preventing pet obesity at paws.org

 

 

You've heard the old adage about teaching an old dog new tricks. Turns out, it can be done after all! But it's not as easy as issuing commands and handing out treats. Walking, handling and training a dog takes patience and skill, and being well-equipped to handle dogs with confidence in any situation is something that comes with time and training.

ATV-DBV Program at PAWS helps dogs like SteweyLuckily for the dogs at PAWS, we have an advanced training program that teaches our volunteers to become experts in canine care.

The ATV/DBV—Advanced Training Volunteers and Dog Behavior Volunteers—program builds on our basic Good Dog Program (developed by a certified animal behaviorist for PAWS and required for all dog volunteers) to include clicker training, education about dog-to-dog interaction, and how to mitigate "undesirable" behaviors.

"Some dogs who come to PAWS can be very fearful, or easily excited—behaviors that we don’t expect a level-one volunteer to be able to handle," says Molly Reagan Axt, PAWS Programs Manager. "Having volunteers who can support these dogs, and work with them one-on-one, is a huge benefit."

One such volunteer is Kerri Bridges, who spends the majority of her ATV shift using clicker training with the dogs to reinforce good behaviors, minimize undesirable ones, and teach them commands such as "sit," "stay" and "watch."

"The ATV/DBV program is great for the dogs because it reduces their stress, and makes them better candidates for adoption," says Kerri. "The clicker training engages their minds and makes the shelter experience more enjoyable!"

But that's not the only fun part of the job. ATV volunteers also have clearance to take the dogs for off-site trips! Kerri recently took PAWS dog Stewey, pictured right, for an all-day hike to Heather Lake.

"Stewey was a star when meeting other dogs and hikers on the trail, and they loved him," says Kerri. "He liked the water at the lake, and I think that if I didn't have him on leash, he would have jumped right in!"

The ATV/DBV program is about building trust and learning new skills, providing the volunteers with a rich, rewarding experience and giving the dogs a leg up on finding their forever home.

Interested in becoming a PAWS volunteer? Visit paws.org

 

 

On the "adoptability" scale, Byron didn't have a lot working in his favor. A nine-year-old black kitty with a serious illness, Byron was not at the top of the list for most potential adopters.

Byron in his foster homeHowever, the staff at PAWS recognized a diamond in the rough, and they were determined to save this friendly feline and find him a loving, forever home.

To help cure Byron's hyperthyroidism, PAWS turned to doctors Faythe Vaughan and Dennis Wackerbarth at the Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment Center in Shoreline. The doctors generously donated the entire cost of radioiodine treatment, which eventually cured Byron of his disease.

While undergoing treatment, Byron needed a place to rest and recuperate, so PAWS staff member Rachel Bishop and her husband Bryan stepped in to be Byron's foster family.

"We've gotten to know Byron really well, and he would make a great addition to any family, especially one with other cats," says Rachel. "He has a long list of endearing behaviors that will keep you entertained!"

Whether dipping a paw into his water bowl to get a drink, playing “chase” with other cats, or routinely greeting you with his characteristic squeaky meow, this distinctive boy will win your heart in no time.

Byron thrives best in the comfort of a foster home, and prefers to make “guest appearances” at PAWS on the weekends. If you would like to meet him, call our staff to arrange a visit, or stop by PAWS this Labor Day weekend!

Meet Byron and the other available pets at PAWS!