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Waived Fees for National Adopt-A-Cat Month



Here at PAWS, we're all about cats, all the time. We even have a special PAWS Cat City adoption center for our feline friends! But this month will be even MORE about the kitties, because June is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month.

June 2013 Adopt-a-Cat MonthIn the spring and summer months, animal shelters and rescue organizations around the country are inundated with thousands of newborn kittens. But adult cats still need loving homes too!

To celebrate Adopt-A-Cat month, and to help these much-deserving felines find their forever families, we're waiving adoption fees for our adult bonded pairs and senior cats, seven years and older.

The Adopt-A-Cat Month Adoption Special runs June 8 – 23, so be sure to come in and find the perfect feline companion. You'll be a giving a deserving pet a place to call home, and the adoption fee is FREE!

If you aren't able to adopt right now, here are some other ways you can help:

1. 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!

2. Donate your time. If you can't adopt a pet right now, become a volunteer!

3. Sign up to be a foster parent. Through foster care, you provide young, injured or sick animals a chance to grow and heal before we find them a forever home.

Come in June 8 – 23 for our Adopt-A-Cat Month special!


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It's a Very Special Baby Shower



It's a PAWS Baby Shower!We're hosting a very special Baby Shower here at PAWS, but it doesn't involve blue and pink cupcakes or guessing baby names. It's a "Baby Shower" drive to help us prepare for the flood of kittens, puppies and baby wildlife who will come to PAWS for care this spring and summer.

Two-thirds of the animals PAWS cares for every year are babies and juveniles. You can help these kittens, puppies and baby wildlife by making a quick and easy donation from our Amazon wish list!

Your generous gift will help us care for these young, orphaned animals in many ways. Whether it's a gift of specially-formulated kitten food, toys for the puppies, heating pads for the very small animals, or jars of baby food and corn meal for young wildlife, your donation will help us save lives.

Make a gift to the PAWS Baby Shower!


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Big Dogs Need Love Too...



Foster a dog, save a life!

The dogs at PAWS need your help!

 PAWS is in desperate need of foster homes for our full grown dogs! By taking an animal into your home on a temporary basis, you provide them with a safe place to rest and heal, while giving us additional time to find them a permanent home.

The PAWS Foster Care Program is critical to the life-saving work we do, and our foster families play a vital role in our ability to rescue and find permanent homes for thousands of homeless pets each year.

But we’re running out of available foster homes, especially for our medium and larger breed dogs.

“Like any shelter, the number of animals we can care for at any given time is limited by the number of available kennels,” says Rebecca Oertel, PAWS Foster Care Coordinator. “But with the help of foster families, the number of animals we can save is limitless!”

FAQ's about fostering

Can I foster if I live in an apartment?
Absolutely! We will work to match a foster animal to your needs, given your abilities and environment. We assess all our dogs and then make the best matches possible based on that particular animal’s needs and the needs of our foster families.

What if I don't have a fenced-in yard?
No problem! Some lower-energy dogs are often well suited for apartment and condo living.

I work full-time. Can I still foster?
Yes! Most adoptive families also work full-time jobs, so it’s good for the animal to adjust to your schedule so that their adjustment into a new home comes easily. Consider if you or someone you know can check in at lunchtime to take the dog for a quick potty break.

I'm worried about damage to my home.
Consider crating or confining your foster animal to a limited area, and using enrichment toys to keep the dog engaged and entertained while you’re not at home.

I travel a lot. How would I foster?
Foster parents can take animals as their schedule allows. You're not required to constantly have a foster animal, and we're happy to work with your availability and needs.

What if I already have a pet at home?
Foster animals may need to be isolated from your own companion animals, but a separate room or enclosed area with no carpet (like a bathroom or laundry room) will do just fine! Foster animals have full medical exams by a veterinarian as well as vaccines, flea treatments and deworming before going out to foster. If your animals are current on their vaccinations and otherwise in good health, the risk of your animal getting sick is extremely minimal even if you are fostering an animal who is sick.

Becoming a foster parent is a wonderful and personal way to help save the lives of homeless animals. By taking a dog into your home on a temporary basis, you provide them with a safe place to rest and heal, while giving us additional time to find them a permanent home.

Questions about fostering? Visit PAWS Foster Care FAQ’s or sign up today at PAWS.org

Save a life - become a foster parent today!


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Wags & Whiskers Block Party 2013



Wags & Whiskers Adoption Event 2013

Are you ready for some family-friendly adoption fun?

On Sunday, May 19, Northpointe Animal Hospital is hosting their 3rd Annual Wags and Whiskers Pet Adoption Event and Block Party!

Meet adorable and adoptable dogs, cats, kittens and puppies from local rescues and shelters, including PAWS!

All adopted animals are spayed/neutered and receive a complimentary office visit courtesy of Northpointe Animal Hospital.

Businesses and local vendors will be on hand with free food, raffle prizes and more! Adopting a new four-legged companion has never been more fun.

Join PAWS for the Wags & Whiskers Block Party!


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Give the gift of love this Mother's Day



This Mother’s Day, give that special woman in your life a gift that gives back. Give her the gift of love when you make a donation in her name to PAWS!

Mother's Day Gift

Honor your mother, grandmother, wife, sister or friend and help thousands of injured, orphaned or abandoned animals get the lifesaving care they need. Make your gift by Wednesday May 8 to ensure delivery of your special Mother’s Day card.

Your gift to PAWS in honor of Mom will help animals like Tiger Lily, a formerly homeless cat who was discovered living in an abandoned alleyway with no food or shelter.

Tiger Lily and her three small kittens were brought to PAWS where they received everything they needed to grow healthy and strong.

Your Mother’s Day donation will give animals like Tiger Lily and her sweet kittens the second chance they deserve and help feed, shelter and care for them while they’re at PAWS.

Send your Mother's Day gift today!


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The Generosity of Those Less Fortunate



St Martin de Porrres Dog Kennel

The men at St. Martin de Porres Shelter in Seattle don't have much to give. Residents often arrive at St. Martin, a night shelter and housing service for homeless men age 50 and older, with little more than the clothes on their backs. But while these men may have a small amount of possessions, they have amazingly big hearts.

In a show of solidarity, the men at St. Martins decided to raise whatever funds they could for the animals at PAWS who, like themselves, don't have a home to call their own. In total, the men collected an incredible $265.05! The amount was more than enough to pay for a Kennel Sponsorship, which provides a "home away from home" for dogs like Whitman, who stayed in the St. Martin de Porres kennel at PAWS until he was adopted by his forever family.

When the men were shown the photo of Whitman in the kennel they had sponsored, one of the residents said in a heartfelt voice, "If I had a home, Whitman would have a home."

The compassion shown by the residents at St. Martin is "beyond words," says PAWS Donor Relations Coordinator Vicki Nelson. "It's one thing to be generous when you have a lot to give, it's another to be generous when you don't."

Thank you to the gentlemen at the St. Martin de Porres shelter for their incredible generosity and for supporting the animals at PAWS!


St Martin de Porrres - Gary and Jerry
Above: Residents Gary and Jerry with the St. Martin de Porres-sponsored kennel

Sponsor your own PAWS cat or dog kennel!


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GiveBIG to the Animals on May 15



GiveBIG 2013

GiveBIG is back on Wednesday, May 15!

In 2012, more than 37,800 individuals contributed $7.43 million to Seattle-area non-profits through The Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG challenge. Once again, you can make your gift to PAWS stretch even further by donating online on Wednesday, May 15, 2013! GiveBIG is a one-day, online giving event which inspires people to give generously to non-profit organizations that make our region a better place to live.

Join us for this amazing chance to stretch your support for injured, orphaned and homeless animals through The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event!

Here's how it works, in two simple steps:

  1. On Wednesday, May 15, visit PAWS’ page on The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG website
  2. Click on Donate Now, and then click Make a credit card donation

That's it! 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 the 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 15 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 by credit card on the GiveBIG website on May 15, 2013 will be eligible for the stretch pool. 

GiveBIG to the animals at PAWS on May 15!


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PAWS Cat Room Gets an Upgrade



The PAWS main cat room is getting a facelift! The feline room at our Lynnwood shelter will be closing for a remodel on April 14 at 4 p.m. and will reopen on April 23 at 12 p.m. We'll be transforming old, cramped phone booth cubicles into a new, spacious room to house multiple cats in a more open and relaxed setting. We think the cats will dig it, and visitors too! 

Cat Room makeoverThe open-colony setting, with the cats staying in one large room rather than in cages, will provide an opportunity for visitors to interact with the cats, see how they interact with each other, and get a better sense of each cat’s unique personality.

The open floor plan will also allow the cats to freely move around and explore, alleviating boredom and allowing them to socialize both with others cats and prospective adopters in a relaxed environment.

Visitors will still be able to view and visit with adoptable cats in another area at our Lynnwood shelter during the remodel, and adopters can also visit our PAWS Cat City location in Seattle's U-District to see more available kitties.

Thank you in advance for your patience during our remodel!

Come visit the friendly felines at PAWS


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PAWS Pups Get a Makeover



Nothing feels better than a long, refreshing soak in the tub and an updated 'do. Especially when you really need it! For the dogs at PAWS, getting pampered is an extra special treat. Each dog receives thorough grooming and a brand new look when they arrive at PAWS, and it's all thanks to one very special volunteer.

Deborah grooming PAWS dog GenieMeet Deborah Jeanneret of One Dog At A Time pet grooming service. Rain or shine, Deborah makes the trip to PAWS every Monday to give the dogs fresh haircuts, a sudsy scrub and a head-to-toe makeover.

But it's not just about vanity—it's important for the dogs to put their best paw forward for potential adopters.

"The grooming service really does help our dogs get adopted faster," confirms PAWS Animal Behavior Lead Kristi Binau.

"When adopters see a ‘dirty' or matted dog, they may be less inclined to adopt that particular dog because of their appearance, and the added cost of paying for grooming once they bring the dog home" says Binau.

With every adoption and every dog finding a forever home, Deborah's hard work has paid off.

Thank you Deborah for your compassion and dedicated to the animals at PAWS!

Meet the available (and freshly groomed) pets at PAWS


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Cars for a Cause - Red Square Charity Car Show 2013




If you love cool cars and helping homeless animals, then this event is for you!


The Red Square Car Show is an annual display of the finest automobiles in the greater Pacific Northwest. Hosted by Sigma Phi Epsilon, Cats Exotics and NorthWest Auto Salon, the Red Square Car Show features a broad spectrum of high-end exotics, import tuners, and classic muscle cars.

This year’s Red Square Car Show takes place on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 12 noon – 4 p.m. in the University of Washington’s Red Square. For more information or to register your car, contact redsquarecarshow@catsexotics.com.

With food and refreshments available from popular Seattle food trucks Hallava Fallafel, Buns on Wheels, Moonie Icy Tunes, and My Chef Lynn, this event is sure to be fun for the whole family. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds from the Red Square Car Show will be donated to PAWS!

Join us at the Red Square Charity Car Show on May 4!


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