Looking to help those less fortunate this holiday season? There are hundreds of homeless pets waiting for their forever homes at PAWS this time of year—why not give the gift of love by adopting a cat or dog!
November 16 - December 30, PAWS is helping spread the holiday cheer with our Home for the Holidays event. During this time, adoption fees for adult dogs and cats one year and older will be reduced to $75, with a fee of only $50 for senior cats and dogs who are seven years and older.
Give yourself and a lucky animal (or two) the gift of a forever home and spend the holidays with a new family member!
November is here, which means it's time again to fill out those ballots. But it's not just politicians who need your vote! With just one click, you can help re-elect PAWS as 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. PAWS has been a partner two years in a row, and so far we've received an incredible $8,110 from our participation in the Feel Good Checking™ program!
But in order to remain a partner in 2014, 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 will help save the lives of more than 6,000 cats, dogs and wildlife in the year ahead.
The spookiest night of the year is almost here, when trick-or-treaters don costumes and party-goers bob for apples. This sugar-filled holiday is fun for humans, but don't forget about your pet! Keep Fido and Frisky safe and happy during the Halloween festivities by following these simple safety tips:
2. Leave your pet at home. Even the calmest dogs may be unnerved or frightened by all the noises and scary masks on Halloween. Take the kids trick-or-treating, but leave your pup at home.
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 pet's reach.
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.
It's not difficult to find someone who would gladly bring home a cuddly, playful, affectionate cat to join their family. What's not to love! But it takes a very special person to understand and appreciate a more independent, enigmatic feline personality, like Yolanda—an 11-year-old cat currently available for adoption at PAWS.
This grey and white, golden-eyed beauty is a special, unique personality who would flourish in a home that understands her need for independence.
Like most mysterious beauties, Yo-Yo prefers if you look more than touch. Yet once you have charmed your way into her heart, she'll grace you with head bumps, and allow you to brush her extremely soft fur.
Yo-yo is an independent gal as all Queens are, and is perfectly happy keeping herself entertained throughout the day.
If you have the heart of a cat whisperer, and appreciate the mystique of felines, then you may appreciate the perfection of Yo-Yo’s cat-ness.
For injured, orphaned or homeless animals, PAWS is a place of refuge. Our staff and volunteers work around the clock, 360 days a year to ensure the safety, comfort and wellbeing of cats, dogs and wildlife in need. But we can't do it alone.
If we don't have the means or space to care for a particular animal, we rely upon our relationships with other organizations to provide ongoing care and find life-long loving homes for them through the PAWS Placement Partner Program.
This program helps us rescue dogs like Bubba, an eight-year-old Rottweiler mix who came to PAWS in need of urgent medical attention, and a lot of TLC.
With his easygoing and gentle demeanor, Bubba immediately became a staff and volunteer favorite at PAWS. But due to the severity of his medical condition, it was agreed that Bubba could be better cared for by one of our shelter partners—Motley Zoo Animal Rescue.
Thanks to our partnership with Motley Zoo and many other local animal rescue organizations, we can ensure that animals like Bubba get the second chance they deserve.
An earlier blog post covered the release of this year's batch of orphaned Raccoon kits. There was one event that occured at the last release, however, that was not captured in that post. During the release, one Raccon tipped the release carrier up on its edge. When a second Raccoon noticed this, he tried to investigate underneath the carrier, at which point the first Raccoon dropped the carrier down on his head.
The carrier is light plastic, so the second Raccoon was not hurt. He did look quite annoyed though. Also, I know the first Raccoon did not intentionally sabotage his former cage mate, but it sure did look like it in the moment. I took a series of photos of the event and created an animated GIF with them. Take a look and see if you think there is now a Raccoon prankster on the loose.
Returning wild animals to their natural habitat is always a very moving experience, but in the case of young Raccoons it can also be quite humorous. They are curious, but very cautious, and they explore with all of their senses. They are especially focused on their tactile sense, and they use their sensitive forepaws to investigate everything within reach.
More than forty orphaned Raccoon kits were raised at PAWS this summer, and the majority of them were released over a one month period that began on September 12. A dozen kits in total were released that night at a large, wooded wetland complex in a King County Natural Area. The Raccoons wasted little time heading for a nearby stream to turn over rocks and look for tasty morsels.
Here at PAWS, we believe that every companion animal deserves a loving home. And one of the most important tools in the fight against pet homelessness and overpopulation is spay and neuter. Now, thanks to a generous $7,500 grant from the ASPCA, PAWS will be able to save many more lives with spay/neuter surgeries through our Placement Partner Program.
"These crucial funds will help cover the cost of spay/neuter surgeries for cats transferred to PAWS from other rescue organizations and shelters," says Kay Joubert, Director of Companion Animal Services at PAWS.
"Our partner agencies may send us animals who have special needs, or send multiple animals because they have run out of space," says Joubert.
"Thanks to the ASPCA grant, we can afford to provide crucial spay and neuter surgeries for these animals."
PAWS also accepts animals from emergency situations, such as puppy mill raids or natural disasters.
In 2012, the volume of animals transferred to PAWS reached an all time high: 1,795 animals received a second chance through PAWS Placement Partner Program, a 174% increase from 2011.
The $7,500 ASPCA grant will subsidize 20% of transferred feline spay/neuter surgeries, helping PAWS keep up with the demand for our services, and giving hundreds of animals a second chance.
September was a very good month for three Harbor Seals in care at PAWS. Starving, orphaned pups when we first met them, the seals came to PAWS in early July. The first was from Olympia, arriving on July 8. The second pup was from Shelton, arriving the following day. The final member of the trio arrived on July 11 after he was rescued from a beach near a marina in Everett, WA. The three remained separated until they were weaned, but then shared a pool during their final weeks of care and seemed to get along well with one another.