3 posts categorized in "Donation Stories"

By Rebecca Oertel, PAWS Cat City Manager

At PAWS Cat City, we welcome everyone to our location with our name—“Hello, and welcome to Cat City”!

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Above: Available cats and kittens get a window view of potential entering adopters.

Our unique store front creates a dynamic adoption experience for our adopters and allows us to cater to the individual needs of each cat. The foundation of our adoption process is listening to our adopters. Everyone has a story and we work hard to understand theirs. Some visitors need additional education, some need a shoulder to cry on after losing their beloved pet, some need to show you photos of their other cats while you’re getting to know them. It all contributes to our knowledge of an adopter and improves our ability to recommend specific cats. This approach helped the Cat City team to place over 1,300 cats into new homes last year.

 

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Above: The colony environment allows each cat to show their personality to potential adopters.

That kind of adoption success is one reason why PAWS was selected in the spring of 2018 to participate in the Cat Pawsitive Pro Initiative, created by Jackson Galaxy, cat behaviorist, and host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell”.  This ingenious program uses clicker training with positive reinforcement to address common challenges that cats have in shelters. Shelters can be an overwhelming place for cats, full of unusual smells, sounds, and sights that often make it challenging for them to put their best paws forward when meeting adopters. While staff and volunteers in the shelter get to see the potential in every cat, it is often difficult for an adopter to take that leap of faith when they don’t get to see it for themselves. The really beautiful thing is the Cat Pawsitive Program enables each cat to show their potential.

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Above: Example starter kit being offered during our "Whole Kitten Caboodle" June campaign.

To celebrate Cat Adoption Month, PAWS wants everyone to know that we can be your “Whole Kitten Caboodle”. We have created a variety of starter kits for adopters who are taking home a new feline friend and need all the basic supplies, while our retail space offers a wide range of toys and supplies for all cat lovers.  Whether you are looking to adopt, want to spoil your kitties at home or get gifts for your friends, you can support PAWS by shopping at our locations in Lynnwood or Seattle. 

Read more about Adopt-A-Cat Month and view our "Whole Kitten Caboodle" Starter Kits.

Looking for a furry friend? Take a look at our available animals

Make a donation and help us continue creating happy endings for companion animals in need.

Become a foster parent for puppies and kittens in need.

By Jen Mannas, Wildlife Naturalist

Tis the season of giving, and we’re eternally grateful for all of the donations we receive throughout the year. We truly couldn’t do what we do without help from people like you.

Whether it’s their dollars, time or supplies people gift us, every little bit helps. If you’re wondering how you can help us directly care for our animals, we have a wish list of items we use day to day that help us comfort and care for our wild patients  as well as our companion animals.

There are some specific items that could help our wildlife hospital staff enrich, feed, medicate and house our patients.

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Artificial plants are something we often use in our enclosures, especially in our aviaries. It’s important to make these spaces feel like the outdoors even though the patient may be indoors.  In order to make that happen, we use a mix of real and artificial plants. In our Hummingbird aviary, we even place syringes of food inside the artificial flowers to simulate feeding from a real flower. Fake plants also make great perches and cover for birds.

Garden hose reels are another important item we need at the center. As you can imagine, with all of the aquatic species we treat and the daily cleanings these patients require, we have a lot of hoses. The garden hose reels help us keep the hoses organized and off of the ground so that they last longer.

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Quick-read digital thermometers are another much-used and much-needed item, and something we use daily. Whether they’ve just been admitted or are in surgery, it’s important to monitor a patients’ temperatures as it aides us in properly treating them.

We create specific diets for specific patients to help aid them in recovery and regain their strength. Items we need include Skippy Natural Creamy Peanut Butter, Nature Made Folic Acid 400 mcg tablets, corn meal, wheat bran, oat bran, thistle seed and dried egg whites. We’re also in need of fresh produce for our over wintering raccoons and other species, including apples, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, pears, zucchini, beets, spinach, cauliflower, squash, melons, pumpkin and peppers.

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Please drop off your donations during PAWS’ regular business hours which you can find hereWe know our wildlife patients are grateful for your support, and we value you for helping us do what we do best- care for our wildlife patients in need.

Inspired by our work? Consider making a donation today to help us continue providing vital care to wild animals in need.

Found a wild animal in need? Find out how PAWS can help.

Interested in a career in wildlife rehabilitation? Check out internship/externship opportunities at PAWS.


By Kellie Benz, PAWS Staff

On a single day here at PAWS, we experience a wide variety of moving and heart warming human and animal interactions and their corresponding stories.

From concerned citizens delivering a wounded wild animal to PAWS’ Wildlife Hospital, to families reuniting with a lost pet at the shelter, to people visiting Cat City and discovering the perfect feline fit for their lives, we celebrate these stories knowing that the opportunity for a second chance is what inspires us every day.

Recently, we were visited by two people who didn’t come to PAWS to adopt a new family member, or drop off an injured wild animal. No. This week, Gary and Jerry came by to deliver 10 pickle jars filled to the brim with coins just for PAWS.

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They’ve been collecting these coins throughout the year and, in fact, this is the third year of their donation. What’s remarkable about Gary and Jerry isn’t just their generosity; it’s that they are homeless.

As you can imagine, Gary and Jerry know a thing or two about second chances. When neither men had anything, they both thought often about what they would do if and when they had food and shelter again.

Now residents of St. Martin Des Porres in Seattle, Gary and Jerry met and found common ground in their wish to give something to homeless animals.

Rolling their brooms across the floors in St. Martin, they both noted how many coins they were collecting along the way. Determined to keep their promise to return the favor of second chances, Gary and Jerry began collecting the random coins.

In 2010, the duo had collected enough coins that they felt they could make a donation. Immediately they knew it had to be to PAWS. Perhaps understandably, Gary and Jerry felt a kinship with the animals that PAWS cares for.

To this day, some three years later, Gary and Jerry, and all of their friends at St. Martin Des Porres are still collecting spare change and donating it to PAWS.

In gratitude, and due to the amount of money raised, a Kennel has been dedicated in honor of the facility's unique and moving gift.

 

 

Next time you visit PAWS, take a look around for St. Martin Des Porres’ name on a kennel door. 

We’re proud to know you Gary and Jerry, and all the men at St. Martin Des Porres. We thank you and honor you because you remind us of the good that’s inside each and every one of us.

Find out how you can help animals at PAWS.

Story update: Since taking his photo on Friday afternoon, 1 year old Scamp has found his new forever family! Goodbye Scamp, we really loved meeting you.