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PAWS Cat City: Second Successful Year in a New Home

Jan11

 

The numbers don't lie. A quick scan of PAWS Cat City's 2012 adoption figures, proudly displayed by Cat City Supervisor Steph Renaud in the form of squiggly-lined graphs, shows just how successful the cat adoption facility has been during its second year of operation in its new, state-of-the-art facility in Seattle's University District.

PAWS Cat City in Seattle"In 2012, adult cat adoptions were up 35 percent and kitten adoptions up 76 percent" says Renaud. "That's a total of 1,391 animals adopted into loving homes!"

Two years ago—on January 11, 2011—PAWS Cat City moved from a small, cramped office space in Greenwood to the current spacious facility on Roosevelt Way. The new-and-improved location features three cat colonies, a separate visiting room and a bright and inviting common area for staff and volunteers to greet and counsel prospective adopters.

Cat-CityPAWS Cat City's new, updated facility has played an integral role in the placement of hundreds more cats and kittens into loving, forever homes.

The open-colony setting, with cats and kittens staying in rooms rather than in cages, provides 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 also allows the cats and kittens to freely move around and explore, alleviating boredom and allowing them to socialize both with others cats and prospective adopters in a relaxed environment.

"It has been a great two years," says Renaud, "and we look forward to finding loving homes for even more deserving cats and kittens in 2013."

Come visit the friendly felines at PAWS Cat City!

 

 

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It's Not Too Late to Help Animals in 2012

Dec31

 

As 2012 draws to a close, we want to extend a heartfelt thank you for your support.

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Over the past year—with your help—we have transformed the lives of more than 6,000 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.

Your year-end gift to PAWS will help animals like Clementine the kitten, who was rescued along with her brothers and sisters from an overcrowded shelter in Eastern Washington. At PAWS, Clementine and her siblings received the attention they needed to grow healthy and strong.

In 2012, PAWS rescued a record-breaking number of cats, dogs, kittens and puppies from overburdened shelters around the state, providing each of these animals warmth, love and a second chance at life. Your gift today will help us care for many more animals like these throughout the coming year.

Please, take a moment right now and make an end-of-the-year tax-deductible donation for the animals.

From all of us at PAWS, we wish you and yours a very happy, healthy and humane New Year!

Thank you for supporting PAWS!

 

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A Successful Year of Saving Animals in 2012

Dec30

 

Riveting rescue stories, a plethora of interesting patients, and hundreds of happy endings—2012 was a busy year here at PAWS. As we prepare to usher in 2013, we'd like to share with you a few memorable moments and milestones from the past year:

  • It's not too late to help animals in 2012In 2012, PAWS celebrated its 45th year as an organization. We even recorded the 45th adoption of our 45th year, as Ozzie the Daschund finds his forever home — take a look!
  • This year, the PAWS Foster Care program grew by leaps and bounds. Through this life-saving program, we cared for more than 1,600 animals, including an astounding 1,080 kittens—double the number of kittens we cared for in 2011.
  • In July 2012, PAWS Wildlife Center veterinarians saved the life of an American Black Bear cub (pictured right) after one of its lungs was collapsed by a tranquilizer dart. Watch the video of her diagnosis and recovery here.
  • When the Iranian government threatened a ban on companion animals, PAWS teamed up with Humane Society International and shelters in Tehran to rescue these endangered dogs and bring them to Western Washington for a chance at new lives with loving families.
  • This year marked the second anniversary of PAWS Cat City's new home on Roosevelt Way, in Seattle's University District. The new-and-improved facility features three separate cat colony rooms, and has allowed us to expand our services and increase the number of cats and kittens we can take in to our care.
  • In 2012, our Companion Animal Shelter set many adoption records, including finding homes for 69 "hard to place" animals during our three-day Black Friday adoption special.

Whether we are celebrating a loving reunion between a lost pet and their guardian, the adoption of a long-time PAWS resident, or the animals who have yet to arrive at our doors, we are deeply grateful for your support. If you would like to help us continue our life-saving work, you can make a year-end tax-deductible donation for the animals at PAWS.

Thank you for your support in 2012 and beyond!

 

 

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Help Feed Homeless Animals This Winter

Nov29

 

For many of us, the cold, wintery weather of the holiday season signals a time for sipping hot cocoa and curling up under a warm blanket next to a cozy fire. But, for thousands of homeless cats and dogs in our community, living on the streets without a warm bed to sleep in or food in their bellies is a daily reality.

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With your help, we can change that.

Through December 31, Whole Foods Market is hosting a pet food drive for PAWS! All six Seattle-area stores will have donation bins, as well as a holiday Wish List with the items that we are in need of most.

You can help feed the cats and dogs at PAWS by visiting your local Whole Foods Market for the Feed Fido Pet Food Drive through December!

Help stock PAWS' shelves for the winter—your donations will make a difference in the lives of injured, orphaned and sick animals in need.

Help Feed Homeless Animals This Winter!

 

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Giving Tuesday

Nov27

 

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting great shopping deals. Wouldn’t it be great to have a day for giving back?

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

Join us today, Giving Tuesday, and help find homes for abandoned cats and dogs, save the lives of injured and orphaned wildlife, and give all animals a fighting chance. With your kindness, we’ll continue to make a positive impact on the homeless animals in our community.

To share your compassion, simply make a #GivingTuesday gift to PAWS.

Here are a few other great ways to help animals this Giving Tuesday:

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! Whether it's walking dogs, playing with kitties, or caring for wildlife, an extra pair of hands is always needed.

3. Donate linens. Towels, sheets and blankets can be used as comfy bedding for cats and dogs.

4. Foster an animal. Through foster care, you can provide young, injured or sick animals a chance to grow and heal before we find them a forever home. Open your heart and home to an animal in need!

Give the Gift of Life this Giving Tuesday!

 

 

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Waived Adoption Fees for Black Friday!

Nov19

 

Traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday can mean overwhelming crowds, long lines, and less-than-spectacular savings on stuff you don't really need.

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But not at PAWS!

This Black Friday, we're waiving adoption fees for all 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: November 23 - 25.

Did you know that black dogs and cats are often the last to get adopted from shelters? These dark beauties make wonderful companions, but they are often overlooked because of the color of their furry coats.

If welcoming a new furry family member into your home is part of your holiday plans, be sure to stop by PAWS this Black Friday weekend to take advantage of waived adoption fees! You'll be giving a deserving animal a loving home, and giving your overstretched wallet a break.

Celebrate Black Friday with waived adoption fees!

 

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Bring Home the Gift of Love

Nov16

 

We all know that the holidays are a time for giving. But in addition to the brightly-wrapped gifts, figgy puddings and fruit cakes you'll be handing out, why not give the ultimate gift this holiday season? The gift of a loving home to an animal in need.

Home for the Holidays 2012 Adoption Special

This winter, PAWS is spreading the holiday cheer to you and sheltered dogs and cats with our Home for the Holidays Adoption Special with discounted adoption fees!

November 17 – December 30, adoption fees for adult dogs and cats one year and older will be reduced to $75, and a fee of only $50 for senior animals who are seven years and older.

There's nothing like this cold, drizzly winter weather to make you want to curl up under a warm blanket next to the fireplace. Why not share that feeling with a new four-legged friend?

Give yourself and a lucky animal (or two) the gift of a forever home and spend the holidays with a new family member that you actually get to pick!

Bring home the gift of love from PAWS!

 

 

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National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

Nov06

 

All across the country, animal shelters and rescue organizations are feeling a little extra love thanks to HSUS's National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week. While we don't get to take a day off work like we do with other holidays, this is a great opportunity to help homeless cats and dogs by celebrating the organizations that care for them!

National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation WeekThis week, November 4–10, take a few moments to support your local animal shelter or rescue organization. It's quick, simple, and easy to do! You can join the HSUS Facebook Event, or follow a few of the tips provided below:

  • Say "thanks!" Take a moment to thank your local shelter for the work they do. If you've adopted a pet from them, send an updated picture through the mail, by email, or by posting on Facebook to let them know how well your pet is doing!
  • Donate old linens. Towels, sheets, and blankets can be used as comfy bedding for cats and dogs.
  • Make wishes come true. Shelters like PAWS often have wishlists of items they need for the animals, such as chew toys, jars of peanut butter, and other supplies. Donate an item from their list!
  • Donate your time. If you can't adopt a pet right now, become a volunteer! Whether it's walking dogs, playing with kitties, or caring for wildlife, an extra pair of hands is always needed.
  • Keep your pet safe. The best thing you can do for your local shelter is to keep your own pet safe and happy at home. Spay and neuter your pets, get them microchipped, keep your cat indoors where they will be safe, and give your dog plenty of responsible exercise (on-leash, or at a designated off-leash dog park).

Support your local animal shelter for National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week!

 

 

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Feel Good with a Vote for PAWS

Oct29

 

Like a campaigning politician, PAWS needs your vote!  For the past year, we have been privileged to be a Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union Feel Good Checking™ partner. For every Feel Good Checking account opened, SMCU donates $20 to one of their seven non-profit community partners.  Since PAWS was elected as one of the non-profit partners in the Feel Good Checking program, we have received an incredible $3,860 from SMCU!

SMCU-checking-for-change-vote-300x300In order to remain a partner in the program, we need YOU to vote for us!  For just one week, November 1 to November 7, you will be able to vote for your favorite finalist. 

Only seven out of 21 finalists will be selected for the program—please help make PAWS one of them by voting now!

You can feel good knowing that your vote not only counts, but will help save the lives of more than 6,000 cats, dogs and wildlife in the year ahead. 

Please vote for PAWS!

 

 

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Halloween Safety Tips for Your Pet

Oct25

 

It's that time of year—brightly colored leaves litter the ground, spooky decorations and jack-o-lanterns are prominently displayed on front porches, and children adorn costumes for trick-or-treating. Halloween is here, and for us humans it is a fun (and sugar-filled) holiday. But what about our pets?

Protect Your Pets on HalloweenAll Hallows Eve can be more of a trick than a treat for our four-legged friends, so here are a few tips to keep your pets safe, healthy and happy this Halloween:

1. Keep the candy bowl away from your pets. Sugar is never good for animals, but chocolate can be toxic to your pet. Make sure you keep the trick-or-treat candy where your pooch can't sneak a treat!

2. Leave your pet at home. Give trick-or-treating with your pet a miss—even the calmest dogs may be unnerved or frightened by all the noises and scary masks.

3. Be safe with decorations. Hanging objects, and especially loose wires, can be hazardous when pets are present. Keep decorations up high, and keep electric cords out of your pets' reach (and mouth).

4. Careful with the costumes. Your dog may look adorable dressed up as four-legged Superman, but pet costumes can easily cause your pet to feel hot, constricted, and stressed. Instead of a costume, try making your pet festive with a Halloween-themed bandana or collar.

5. Keep your pets indoors. Make sure to bring your dogs and cats inside, especially on Halloween night. The crazy sights and sounds can frighten your animals into running away. Experts also suggest keeping all but the most easygoing, social pets in a back room away from the front door during trick-or-treating hours. The heavy traffic and strangers at the door can be stressful and scary for your pet.

For more holiday hazards, visit PAWS.org

Happy Halloween from all of us at PAWS!

 

 

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