312 posts categorized in "Cats & Dogs"

 

At PAWS, we deal in "second chances" every day. From placing homeless cats and dogs with loving new families, to repairing a Bald Eagle's broken wing so that it may once again fly free, we strive to make sure that every story has a happy ending. But every once in a while, a story comes along that reminds us exactly what a second chance really means.

Gandalf Goes HomeOne such story involves a cat named after a wizard, and his story seems pretty magical indeed.

Gandalf the cat came to PAWS in sad condition. He was 18 years old and suffering from a bladder infection, a mass on his forehead that needed to be removed, and in the early stages of renal failure.

But he also had an undeniably bright and energetic personality, and the staff at PAWS knew that Gandalf had plenty of life left in him. So they made it their mission to find this handsome 18-year-old cat a forever home.

While recuperating from his various illnesses, Gandalf spent time with four different PAWS foster care families, and he charmed everyone he met.

Two people in particular were charmed by Gandalf—PAWS volunteer Jamie and her boyfriend Michael. After a short deliberation, they knew he was meant to join their family and they adopted him!

Gandalf, the 18-year-old cat with a magic personality, is finally living his happy-ever-after.

Meet the other sweet senior cats at PAWS!

 

 

Grab those leashes and get ready, because PAWSwalk is almost here! Join PAWS and our dynamite Defender sponsors, Seattle Weekly and P2 Solutions, at King County's Marymoor Park on Saturday, September 7 for PAWSwalk 2013!

PAWSwalk2013 Defender SponsorsGather your friends, family and favorite canines for a day of fun in the sun at PAWSwalk and help thousands of cats, dogs and wildlife in need of a second chance. Helping homeless animals is indeed a walk in the park!

This year, we're excited to welcome Seattle Weekly and P2 Solutions as PAWSwalk 2013's Defender Sponsors.

Their generous support will help us provide food, shelter and loving care for thousands of animals at PAWS this year.

We would like to thank Seattle Weekly, P2 Solutions and YOU for supporting PAWSwalk 2013 and helping us create a better world for the animals in our community

Join the fun and register now for PAWSwalk 2013!

 

 

GiveLitter™ to PAWSGiveLitter™ to the cats at PAWS!

Donating kitty litter to PAWS is now just a click away (and free!) thanks to World's Best Cat Litter's Give Litter charity campaign.

GiveLitter™ is the only cat charity that allows you to instantly donate free all-natural World's Best Cat Litter™ to deserving shelters across the country.

For each vote, PAWS will receive one pound of kitty litter! To vote for PAWS, simply go to worldsbestcatlitter.com and select PAWS as your desired charity recipient.

Each vote can help us receive up to 15,000 lbs of free cat litter!

Visit WorldsBestCatLitter and vote for PAWS!

 

PAWS has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Humane Society of the United States to assist in providing low-cost spay and neuter services to pet owners in the Seattle area.

Spay and Neuter Saves Lives“This grant will help provide feline spay and neuter surgeries for our low-income clients," says Kay Joubert, PAWS’ Director of Companion Animal Services.

"These families are the ones who need our help the most.”

Spay/neuter is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation, ensuring that every pet has a family to love them. PAWS offers low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to pets of qualified low-income individuals on an appointment basis.

Companion animals who are altered live longer, healthier lives and their guardians have fewer concerns for their animals’ well-being.

Visit paws.org to learn more about spay and neuter

 

 

Besides purring and warming laps, stretching and scratching is what kitties do best. But stretching and scratching are not just fun activities for the cats, they're natural behaviors that provide stress relief, exercise and mental stimulation.

Donate a Stretch & Scratch for the catsThese activities are especially important for cats in the shelter environment, where the animals have limited space to perform natural behaviors such as jumping, stretching and scratching.

That's where Stretch & Scratch pads come in! The corrugated cardboard pads attach to the enclosure doors, allowing the cats to stretch their muscles, clean their nails and scent-mark with their paws.

Help us keep our feline friends happy and healthy by donating a case of Stretch & Scratch pads to PAWS! Each case supplies 50 cats with their very own scratching pad.

Donating is easy! Go to Stretch&Scratch.com, purchase a case of Scratchers and ship them directly to PAWS at the following address:

PAWS
15305 44th Avenue West
Lynnwood, WA 98087

Your Stretch & Scratch donation will help keep the kitties at PAWS exercised and entertained while they wait for their forever homes.

Donate a case of Stretch & Scratch pads to PAWS!

 

 

Looking for a feline friend?

Come visit our Kitten Kissin’ Tent at the Alley Cats Adoption Event on Thursday July 11 from 5-8pm. You’ll find our tents with adorable (and adoptable!) cats and kittens, fun games for the kids, snacks, drinks and more.

Event details:
Thursday, July 11
Pioneer Square’s First Thursday Art Walk
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Enter through Nord Alley behind 314 – 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104 (between Jackson & Main or Occidental Ave & 1st Ave S)

For more information, contact Nikki Somers at nikki@isiseattle.com

Visit paws.org to see all of our available pets!

 

It's every pet guardian's worst nightmare—your beloved cat or dog has gotten loose, and they're nowhere to be found. You try calling for them, and canvassing the neighborhood hoping to spot them, but they're still missing. Don't panic! If your companion animal is lost, act quickly and follow these steps:

Prevent-lost-petsLook locally. Begin your search as soon as you realize your pet is missing, and visit the Missing Pet Partnership for specific strategies on how to find lost cats and lost dogs. Search your home carefully first—under beds, in closets, dark places, behind bulky furniture—in case your pet may be hiding. Shaking a food dish, treat jar or favorite toy will sometimes lure animals out of a hiding place.

If your pet isn't in or around the home, take a slow ride or walk around the neighborhood. Ask friends or neighbors if they’ve seen your pet, and be sure to bring along a recent photo to show them. Check under porches and shrubs, and ask neighbors to check in sheds and garages in case your pet was accidentally locked in.

Search the shelter. Visit PAWS or the local animal shelter that services your area. Looking in-person is the best way to ensure that you and your pet are reunited.

Ask authorities. Contact your local animal control to see if they have found your pet. Some communities provide a "free ride home” for dogs and cats who are wearing a current city license, and if you can provide officers with your current contact information. Ask to file a lost report.

ID's, please. If your pet has a microchip, contact the microchip company to make sure your pet’s registration is up-to-date with current phone numbers and contact information. Some microchip companies take lost reports over the phone. If you are not sure of the microchip brand, contact the veterinary clinic or shelter where your pet was microchipped, or visit petmicrochip.org.

Try the trap. For lost cats, consider renting a humane trap as many displaced cats have not gone far from their homes. Fewer than 7% of cats who come into the shelter are reunited with their families, but more than 50% of lost cats are found by their own families when they use humane traps and other methods described on the Missing Pet Partnership website.

Lost a pet? Visit paws.org for help.

 

 

For most Americans, the Fourth of July holiday is a time for fun, family and fireworks. But the holiday can be a nightmare for our four-legged friends. As you make your plans to celebrate Independence Day, please keep your pets in mind and follow these tips to ensure your cat or dog's safety this Fourth of July.

Fourth of July Pet Safety1. Fireworks may be fun for us, but the loud noises are stressful and scary for pets. In fact, more pets run away on July 4 than any other day of the year. Keep your dog or cat securely inside the home and provide them with a quiet, comfortable place to rest. If your pet is especially scared of loud noises, you can turn on "white noise" sources such as the radio, the TV or a fan.

2. If you're expecting guests, set aside a room just for your animal with food, water and a bed. Crowds can overwhelm your pet, and giving them a quiet space to retreat to will go a long way in helping them feel safe and relaxed.

3. If you're heading out to a community fireworks display, please resist the urge to bring your pup along to the festivities. Large crowds and loud noises can be scary and overwhelming.

4. Keep dangerous items, such as alcoholic beverages, fire crackers, citronella candles or insect coils, and lighter fluid out of your pet's reach.

5. In the event that your animal does escape the house, make sure that they are wearing a collar with identification tags, and that all contact information is up-to-date. Also ensure that your pet's microchip information is current. 

For more tips on avoiding holiday hazards, visit PAWS.org

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at PAWS!

 

 

Are you up to the challenge? This July, help us save the lives of 200 shelter animals by joining the 2013 PAWS Foster Challenge! Our goal is to save the lives of 200 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens through our foster care placement program.

Help Save 200 Lives! 2013 PAWS Foster ChallengeThe need for foster homes is constantly growing, especially for medium to large sized dogs.
Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles and PAWS will custom-match the animals to each foster home.

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.

Our greatest foster needs are:

  • Adult Dogs
  • Cats 
  • Momma cats with litters
  • Orphaned kitten and puppies

In July, a special “one-stop” introduction to the PAWS Volunteer Program and a full foster training will be offered every Sunday from 10am – 1pm.

Register now for one of these orientations and learn what it takes and choose how you want to get involved! Drop-ins welcome.

Sign up today and help us save 200 lives!

 

PAWSwalk 2013 is coming!

 

PAWSwalk 2013

Join PAWS and other animal-lovers from all over the greater Seattle area for the 22nd Annual PAWSwalk at King County's Marymoor Park on Saturday, September 7.

Enjoy a walk in the park and some fun in the sun with your friends, family and favorite canines!

There will also be great pet-friendly businesses, an interactive Kids Zone, delicous food from popular Seattle food trucks, and yes—the Pours for PAWS beer and mimosa garden will be back again this year!

Have fun and help raise more than $180,000 to benefit the animals at PAWS.

Register for PAWSwalk today!