50 posts categorized in "Kids"

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!


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. 


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.


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!



Spruce Elementary pet food drive
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!



Rainbow Girls #47
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.


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!





The sun was shining on Saturday, September 8, as animal-lovers from all over the greater Seattle area gathered at Marymoor Park for the 21st Annual PAWSwalk sponsored by Seattle Weekly! Thanks to more than 1,300 walkers and at least 800 of their canine pals, dozens of generous sponsors, and 170 amazing volunteers, PAWSwalk was a great day for the animals at PAWS.

PAWSwalk 2012 Look-a-Like Winners

The grounds were abuzz with excitement and energy as Master of Ceremonies Lee Callahan welcomed walkers—both two- and four-legged—to the event. Dogs of every shape and size sported colorful PAWSwalk bandanas as their humans perused the Sponsor and Vendor Booths , watched exciting demonstrations by the Seattle FlyDogs team, participated with their pooch in Canine Behavior Center’s agility course, and visited the family-friendly Kid Zone.

After the walk, participants enjoyed more fun activities, including a Human/Canine Look-a-Like contest and PAWS Dog Games, before finishing out the day with a cold beverage in the Pours for PAWS Beer and Mimosa Garden.

And here is the best news—while we’re still adding up all of the generous donations for the final total, so far we’ve raised more than $165K! Your generous gifts will allow us to continue our life-saving work helping thousands of injured, orphaned and homeless animals this year.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you! 

If you weren't able to join us this year, you can also still make a difference for the animals: give online now and help raise the PAWSwalk total even more.

Thank you for making PAWSwalk 2012 a success!



PAWSwalk is right around the corner! You won't want to miss this fun, family- and canine-friendly event at King County’s Marymoor Park in Redmond on Saturday, September 8.

Great activities for the whole family are a part of PAWSwalk, including animal-friendly shopping for the grownups, PAWS Kid Zone for the young ones, and doggie games and an agility course for your four-legged friends! Not to mention the beautiful walk through the park, too. Get ready to Bark in the Park and register now!

And of course we would not be able to put on such a fun event without the support of our generous sponsors! It's with great appreciation that we thank and acknowledge our PAWSwalk Protector-level sponsors:



Thanks to generous support from VCA Animal Hospitals, Canine Behavior Center and Alternative Talk 1150 AM KKNW, PAWS will continue working to help injured, orphaned and abandoned cats, dogs and wildlife, and ensure a better tomorrow for the animals in our community.

PAWSwalk is a fun, family-friendly event that will give 1,200 supporters the opportunity to take a beautiful 4.1-mile walk through Marymoor Park with their dogs, and enjoy a morning of entertaining activities, contests, shopping, and giveaways at sponsor booths, all while helping save animals’ lives.  Sponsorship opportunities for PAWSwalk are still available; please contact Whitney Allen for more information.

Register now for PAWSwalk 2012!