42 posts categorized in "Kids"

By Amy Webster, Community Education Coordinator

Summer is a busy time for community outreach and education, not least because it's when we're out and about encouraging people to sign up for our annual PAWSwalk! Here's what we've been up to this month, and what you can look forward to in September.

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We’re all about PAWSwalk right now, and have enjoyed meeting supporters old and new at our Path To PAWSwalk events through August.

From fundraising at Chico's in Alderwood Mall to awareness raising at Whole Foods Market in Redmond and Bellevue, it's been a blast!

Riley the Raccoon also made his PAWSwalk appearance to help remind shoppers to sign up for our biggest community fundraiser of the year.

Don't worry, if you missed Riley on the road you can see him at PAWSwalk on September 6 at Marymoor Park!

In other event news, we welcomed new participants to our youth service learning workshops. Are you under 18 and looking to help out at PAWS? Sign up to receive updates on youth volunteer opportunities.

As the weather cools and school starts again, we have many exciting events coming up:

Saturday, September 6: Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds 
Nature lovers and bird enthusiasts from all around the region come to celebrate the diverse variety of birds found in the Puget Sound area with guided nature walks, expert speakers, and exhibits. The event runs September 5-7, and PAWS will be there 10am to 5pm on Saturday the 6th so come see us!

Saturday, September 13, 2pm-3:30pm: Kids Helping Animals Workshop (8-13yrs) at PAWS
Come discover the many ways that kids can help animals. We will make toys for our shelter animals, practice how to help injured wildlife and make enrichment items for our recovering patients, learn the basics of fundraising, and play games illustrating how even simple choices can have big impacts. Parents and guardians are welcome to attend. RSVP here.

Saturday, September 13, 5pm to dusk: Monroe Swift Night Out
Come watch as thousands of Vaux’s Swifts return to the Wagner Center chimney as they migrate south for the winter. An amazing site—watch as one of the largest congregations of birds swoop into the chimney in just minutes! This family event will have vendors and activities for all so bring a lawn chair and enjoy one of nature’s greatest shows.

The Humane Education team will also begin delivering classroom programs throughout the community. Interested in having PAWS visit your child’s school? Here’s the complete list of presentations we offer.

Another packed month of opportunities to learn about wildlife, companion animals and the work we do here at PAWS! We look forward to seeing you out and about.

Help educate others in animal welfare and humane education—volunteer.

Help us continue inspiring the humane educators of the future—make a donation to PAWS.

Keep up to date with all our event news—follow our Events blog.


By Jen Mannas, Naturalist

You probably know by now that PAWSwalk is our biggest fundraiser of the year. You probably also might think that it only helps PAWS rescue thousands of cats and dogs. But did you know it also helps care for thousands of wild animals too?

Each year, PAWS Wildlife Center cares for over 3,000 wild animals from as many as 260 different species. Our main goal is to rehabilitate sick, orphaned and injured animals so that they can be released and become a functioning member of their wild populations once again. To do that, we rely on the donations raised at PAWSWalk every year.

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Today, we are caring for over 200 patients at PAWS Wildlife Center. This summer alone, we have taken in and helped River Otters, Bald Eagles, American Robins, Virginia Opossums and Eastern Cottontails, a Bobcat, Harbor Seals, Mallard Ducks, Hummingbirds, Raccoons, owls, deer, a frog, weasels, swifts and many many many more. In, fact some of the animals in our care have made the news, and another one has been part of an ongoing story.

All of these animals come to us with different needs; from the food they eat, to the habitat they live in, to the medical attention they need, to the amount of time they will be in our care. PAWSwalk helps us support these needs by providing the funds to purchase food, medication, and medical supplies as well as upkeep facilities so we can continue to help these amazing creatures.

Because of PAWSwalk - and PAWSwalkers like you - we have been able to rehabilitate and release hundreds of animals this summer including River Otters, a Western Screech Owl, grown birds from our baby bird nursery, orphaned opossums and squirrels, a Peregrine Falcon, a Creeping Vole, and a Townsend’s Chipmunk, just to name a few.

With the support from people like you who join in our annual PAWSwalk we are able to continue helping animals of all kinds. So, register for PAWSwalk today and come join us at King County's Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA on September 6th! It’s a great way to have fun and raise money for animals. It will be a wild time!

Want to help care for wildlife at PAWS year round? Volunteer.

Help us to continue providing a safe haven for rehabilitating wildlife - make a donation.

By Amy Webster, Community Education Coordinator

We’re getting the most out of the long and warm Seattle summer days by reaching out into our community. We’ll be out and about in the coming weeks and hope to see you!

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Did you see us at the Mill Creek Festival? We were there (pictured, right)—enjoying hundreds of visitors to our PAWS tent on July 19 and 20.

A fun community event in the heart of Mill Creek, this 2-day festival was a great place to share the good work we do for animals and offer information about volunteering, adoption, foster care, wildlife rehabilitation, and our upcoming PAWSwalk!

August continues to grant us many opportunities to get out and about in our community.

Here's a summary of our events, click on the links within each listing for full details:

Saturday, August 2: Kind Choices Kids’ Activities Table at Whole Foods Market, Redmond
Learn how everyday shopping choices can help save and protect animals on our doorstep and around the world. We'll have interactive games, advice on sustainable farming and labelling, and a scavenger hunt!

Tuesday, August 5: Mountlake Terrace National Night Out
Join us as we share our work with the Mountlake Terrace community and civic leaders at the 18th edition of their popular annual event.

Wednesday, August 6: Kids Helping Animals Workshop (8yrs+) at Whole Foods Market, Lynnwood Come discover the many ways that kids can help animals with this Service Learning Workshop including craft activities, practical information on animal care, and interactive games. 

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Thursday, August 7: Alley Cats Adoption Event
PAWS is bringing adoptable kittens to Pioneer Square? Must be summertime! Join us in our kitten kissing tent (pictured, right) where loving individuals and caring families get the chance to meet our kitties up close.

Tuesday, August 12: Fun with Cat Genetics
Is it true that all calico cats are female? Are all orange tabbies male? Join University of Washington Genome Sciences lecturer Anne Paul and find out the answers to these questions and more! Keep checking back for updates on this one, time and location still to come.

Saturday, August 16: Chico’s Community Event Helps PAWSwalk at Alderwood Mall, Lynnwood
If you love fashion and support PAWS, this is the perfect event for you. Treat yourself between 11am and 2pm, and 10% of your purchase price will be donated to PAWS!

Tuesday, August 19: Fundraising 101 Workshop (8yrs+)
Hey kids! Do you want to help animals at PAWS? Our fundraising workshop, including a PAWS tour, will walk you through the steps to run a successful fundraiser.

Thursday, August 21: Enrichment Service Learning Workshops (8-13yrs)
Fun workshops for kids on Companion Animal and Wildlife care. Join us and learn as you make fleece blankets for kittens and cats, and enrichment items for recovering wildlife in our care.

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Saturday, August 23: Path to PAWSwalk at Whole Foods Market, Redmond
Come sign up for PAWSwalk 2014 (pictured, right)! We’ll have staff and laptops on hand to help, and fun activities for any little ones whose moms and dads want to register for one of the most fun fundraisers of the year.

Phew, a busy month indeed—with a little bit of something for everyone. We look forward to seeing you out and about! 

Keep up to date with all our event news—follow our Events blog.

Help educate others in animal welfare and humane education—volunteer.

Help us continue inspiring the humane educators of the future—make a donation to PAWS.

 

Are you and your family interested in making a difference, but not sure where to start?

Gates Foundation Family DayThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center invites you to its next family event, “Family Day: Kids Can,” on Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

At this free event, kids can participate in a series of arts and crafts, games and activities that use brainpower to make a difference in real time – benefitting local causes across the Puget Sound.

Visitors will also hear inspiring stories from young leaders in community service, get connected with local organizations and enjoy performances that use creative expression to make positive change, including a performance by Massive Monkees, an internationally known breakdancing group committed to fostering creative expression and positive change.

To learn more and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

Join us for a memorable day of fun and feel-good activities that will leave your family inspired to give back!

For more ways kids can help animals, visit paws.org

 

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!

 

 

If you were to ask a child what they look forward to most about their birthday, you might expect the answer to be a party with all their friends, a delicious birthday cake or maybe a heaping pile of presents. But for nine-year-old Emily, her only birthday wish was a truly selfless one—to help injured, orphaned and homeless animals.

Emily and VioletSo when her 10th birthday came around, she decided to ask for donations to PAWS instead of birthday gifts! Emily was first introduced to PAWS when she and her mother rescued and brought in an injured bird to the PAWS Wildlife Center. She knew immediately that she wanted to help the animals in any way she could.

Emily has always appreciated nature and wild animals, and she and her family provide a loving home for her pet cat Violet. Because of her love of animals and her desire to help, Emily decided to ask for donations to PAWS in lieu of birthday presents for herself.

Thanks to her kind and giving heart, Emily made a generous donation of dog and cat food, toys and $100.

Thank you Emily for your kindness and compassion toward animals!

Here are more great ways for kids to get involved and help animals!

 

 

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Spruce Elementary second grader Morgan sits amidst the spoils of the pet food drive they hosted for PAWS

For the second grade students at Spruce Elementary, there's one part of the school day that stands out above the rest—snack time! So when the students learned that PAWS was in need of pet food supplies, they jumped at the chance to help fill the tummies of hungry cats and dogs at their local animal shelter.

"The children identified three brands of pet food from the PAWS Wish List and set a goal of collecting 400 items to donate," says Spruce Elementary teacher (and pet food drive organizer) Jennie Warmouth. "They were so excited to be helping the animals at PAWS!" 

The students created a beautiful banner to publicize the pet food drive, and before they knew it the donations started rolling in. Thanks to these thoughtful students, the cats, kittens, dogs and puppies at PAWS will have plenty to eat.

Thank you to the second graders in Jennie Warmouth's class at Spruce Elementary for being champions for animals!

Want to help? Donate an item from our Wish List!

 

 

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Foster Care Coordinator Rebecca Oertel accepts a donation from the members of Rainbow Girls troupe #47

Compassionate hearts shine like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, and none are shining brighter than the hearts of a local Rainbow Girls troupe! The members of Rainbow Girls Bothell Lodge #47 held a donation drive/fundraiser to help the animals at PAWS, and their efforts reaped a wonderful collection of food, treat, toys, supplies from our Wishlist and more than $245!

According to troupe member Lauren, who served as a Worthy Advisor, Rainbow is about giving back to the community. She selected PAWS as the charity they would support during her term. 

“I chose PAWS because I believe every companion animal deserves to live in a stable home with loving owners. I know that PAWS strives to find homes for these animals and that is why I wanted to give back to an organization that deserves it.”

Thank you to all the Rainbow Girls for your wonderful efforts and your compassionate hearts!

Visit PAWS.org to discover more ways to get involved

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Girl Scout Troop #41236

The members of Girl Scout Troop #41236 were determined to help animals in need.

As they researched the idea and learned more about PAWS, they were excited to discover that they would be helping both companion animals and wildlife (especially bears and baby seals!)

They decided they would share the proceeds from their annual cookie drive and set a fundraising goal for “A Gift of Caring”.  It was a sweet success.

With the money they raised, they purchased items from the PAWS Wish List, and delivered their donations along with bright smiles.

Thank you Girl Scout Troop #41236 for all your hard work and your gift of caring!