The Golden Eagle is a fairly rare sight in Western Washington, and is a very rare patient for us to have in care. Although we are occasionally contacted by members of the public who believe they have found an injured Golden Eagle, most turn out to be juvenile Bald Eagles.

The two species can be confusing to the untrained eye, especially when viewed individually, or at a distance. Placing the two side by side makes identifying them a bit easier. Below you can see a juvenile Bald Eagle on the left, and an adult Golden Eagle on the right. Note the slightly smaller beak on the Golden Eagle as well as the lighter, golden feathers on the back of the head and nape of the neck.

Bald Eagle and Golden Eagle

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February 7 started off as a good day for this Golden Eagle. She spent the morning feasting on an all-you-can-eat buffet of elk meat from a carcass she had found, and she was about to fly off to find a comfortable perch on which she could sit and digest her meal. Unfortunately, she never made it there.

As the eagle took flight, she passed over the same strip of pavement on which the elk had met his end. Possibly weighed down by a full stomach, the eagle nearly became roadkill herself—she was struck by a truck and instantly grounded. She was retrieved from the roadside by a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officer who delivered her to PAWS the next day.

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Can you believe it’s February already? The first month of 2014 flew by fast! By now, most of us have recovered from the holiday frenzy, kept or broken a resolution or two, and are thinking ahead to spring and the promise of more daylight hours.

But for a few animals, it’s as if the New Year hasn’t come at all. PAWS still has a few loving cats who’ve been with us since 2013 and just haven’t found their right person yet. But they’re all eager and ready to head to their forever homes. Take a look at our remaining buddies from 2013, and see if one of them is your new best friend!

Meet Yo-Yo!
Yo-YoYo-Yo is a lovely gal who is looking for a home to live out her well-deserved golden years!
She is used to being Queen of her castle, and would prefer to be the only kitty - or maybe with a mellow boy cat who doesn't mind being ignored. Yo-yo is a mellow and easy-going gal, and loves to gaze out a window and dream of her early years. She may be a senior, but she still enjoys some playtime (when the mood strikes her, of course), and she does a great job with keeping her scratching to her own post. Yo-Yo likes to relax and lounge around, with an occasional cat nap as well!

She is an independent gal as all Queens are, and is perfectly happy keeping herself entertained throughout the day. She will come and seek out attention when she feels it is deserved! Yo-Yo would like to live in an adult-only castle, where her people can really understand her. If you are looking for a new Matriarch for your kingdom, look no further than Queen Yo-Yo! She’s currently holding court at our PAWS Cat City location.

 

PepperMeet Pepper!
Will you be the salt to her Pepper? This beautiful eight-year-old gal is looking for her other half, and maybe that's you!

One of her favorite activities is playing with her feather toy. Pepper recently got a hair cut, and loves to have her fuzzy back rubbed. She would appreciate a home with children over the age of six, and would love to be your only cat. Come meet Pepper at PAWS Cat City today!

 

SqueakerMeet Squeaker!
Squeaker is a spunky little gal who would love a new home to call her own. She is very sweet, loves pets, and will climb right up onto your shoulder to make sure she doesn't miss out on any fun!

Squeaker loves to play, chase and pounce on toys and will keep you entertained with her delightful kitty antics. Come by PAWS in Lynnwood to meet this fun girl!

 

 

 

Millions of people will attend a “big football party” this Sunday, ready to watch their hometown heroes battle in the world’s biggest championship game. While these events can be a fun-fest for humans, large game-day gatherings can be hazardous for pets. Help make your pet safe and happy this year with these game-day guidelines.

1.  RallyPeople food is off limits! Always place trays of food out of reach of your beloved pets and keep your cooking and food preparation areas clean. Don’t leave pieces of food on the counter (pits from fruit and bones can be choking hazards), and be sure to bag and secure garbage where it’s out of reach of your pets. Know what human foods are dangerous to your pets (see our list below) and never leave those foods unattended while animals are around. Be sure to politely let your guests know that people food – and alcohol – is off limits to your pets. 

2.  Play it smart while playing dress up. It can be fun to deck your pet out in Seahawks gear for the big game, just be sure you let your beloved friend unleash their 12th Man spirit without constricting their inner animal spirit. Dogs are excitable (especially during large gatherings) and prone to jumping around. Be aware of this and make sure their game gear isn’t too hot or constrictive.

3.  Be aware of your pet’s sensitive nature. Many pets are skittish around crowds and loud noises (like cheering if you’re attending a Seahawks party, or wailing if you’re heading to a Broncos gathering). If you're attending a tailgating party, leave pets at home. If you're hosting the party at your house, ensure your pet has a quiet place to get away from the commotion in case they need a break.

4.  Your pets may want to join in the fun by cheering with or yelling at the TV too. Help them expend their excess energy by taking dogs for a walk around the block during half time. If your dog jumps up and down or runs in circles, incorporate that into a touchdown dance you do together.  It’ll help them work out their energy and feel like they’re part of the gathering

5.  Reward your pet for putting up with all the extra people and noise by thanking them with some extra cuddling or toy time.

6.  Familiarize yourself with the list of foods that pose a danger to pets (listed below) and get help right away if you think they’ve ingested harmful food. Before the game, be sure to post the number for your veterinarian or local animal emergency clinic to your fridge so you have it on hand should an emergency arise.

Below is a list of common people foods that can be harmful, or even deadly, to animals.

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February is spay and neuter awareness month, and PAWS is proud to partner with local veterinary clinics and 14 animal welfare groups to offer free or low-cost spay and neuter services to pet guardians across Western Washington. 

Spay-catRecognizing that animals are happier and healthier when they’re spayed or neutered, PAWS and the veterinary community have come together to make it even easier for families to get their cats and dogs “altered”. Thanks to local veterinary hospitals and clinics, pet guardians can take advantage of substantial savings throughout the month of February, while also helping increase the quality of life of their beloved companion. 

Not only does spaying and neutering prevent unwanted litters that pet guardians must find homes for, but the procedure has proven to increase the longevity of the lives of cats, dogs, and rabbits by 2 to 3 years.

Spaying or neutering your animal also decreases behavior issues (aggression, spraying or urinating, and biting) and significantly lowers your beloved pet’s chance of cancers associated with reproductive organs. Weigh the one-time cost of spaying or neutering against the long-term cost and suffering associated with cancer, and the choice is clear! 

You can spay or neuter your pet year-round, but why not take advantage of the special savings offered this month as part of World Spay Day! Check out our list of participating clinics and give yourself the peace of mind of knowing you’ve taken an important step in caring for your pet today.

 

 

2013 was a successful (and busy!) year at PAWS. As we prepare to usher in 2014, we'd like to share with you a few memorable moments and milestones from the past year:

  • Make a year-end gift to PAWS!Our shelter has placed more than 1,775 animals in their forever homes so far this year—and adoptions are still taking place!
  • In 2013, PAWS veterinarians performed their first-ever Pneumothorax surgery on a 4-pound infant American Black Bear to repair her collapsed lung. More than a year later, on June 5, 2013, this once-frail cub was released back to her home in the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon!
  • This year, the PAWS Foster Care program continued to grow at a staggering pace, providing temporary homes for 1,950 dogs and cats.
  • PAWS Cat City celebrated a record-breaking year with more than 1,260 adoptions!
  • We cared for several Western Pond Turtles, a species that has been listed as endangered since 1993, was a particular surprise! In 2013, we rehabilitated and released a large variety of wildlife, including this young Harbor Seal (pictured above) who came to PAWS dehydrated, emaciated, and extremely weak. Months later he was returned to the wild, a healthy and vibrant creature.

Over the past year—with your help—we have transformed the lives of more than 6,700 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.

Please help us continue our life-saving work by making a year-end tax-deductible donation for the animals at PAWS by midnight on December 31.

Thank you for your continued support in 2014!

 

 

On Christmas Day, while others are at home unwrapping gifts, spending time with family and preparing delicacies for Christmas dinner, Dorothy Moore will be some place a little bit different.

Dining Dog Cafe owner Dorothy MooreEvery year on December 25, you can find Dorothy, owner of the Dining Dog Café & Bakery, in the kennels at PAWS with her husband, passing out delicious homemade treats and a full Christmas meal to all of the dogs in the shelter.

Thanks to Dorothy, no one goes hungry at PAWS on Christmas Day.

"We've been doing this for a long time, and every year we're excited to come back!" says Dorothy. "We're so happy to be able to help the animals in a meaningful way."

Dorothy and her husband will treat the dogs at PAWS to a delectable spread similar to the menu enjoyed by Dorothy's usual four-legged patrons at Dining Dog, including Yorkshire pudding and a dog-friendly dessert!

The Dining Dog Café, located in Edmonds, is a favorite for private parties and events, and they even offer a take-out menu for pets on the go.

Help the animals at PAWS this holiday!

 

 

Thanks to local pet supply retailer Mud Bay and Weruva, the makers of all-natural, organic pet food, the dogs and cats at PAWS will have full tummies this holiday season.

Mud Bay and Weruva pet food donationIn the true spirit of holiday giving, representatives from Mud Bay set out on the morning of Wednesday, December 18 to deliver more than 1,300 pounds of canned food to four local shelters. Their goal? To help feed as many hungry, homeless cats and dogs as possible.

They arrived at PAWS with a 45 cases of life-saving food for the animals.

"We're incredibly grateful for this donation, especially at this time of year," says Kerri Tenniswood, PAWS Assistant Shelter Manager. "Weruva is very high quality canned food, which helps the animals keep up a good appetite and stay healthy while they're here at PAWS."

Thanks to the generosity of Mud Bay and Weruva, the cats and dogs at PAWS will have the feast they deserve. Thank you for helping us feed the cats and dogs in our care this holiday season!

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The holidays are a time for celebration with our families and loved ones. But as you get into the full swing of the festivities, don’t forget to keep an eye out for your cat or dog! Every December, thousands of pets end up in the emergency room of the veterinarian’s office. But with just a little preparation, you can keep your four-legged friends out of harms way.

Please take a moment to make sure that your furry family members stay safe, healthy and happy this holiday season with the following safety tips:

Keep your pets safe this holiday seasonChristmas tree caution. Christmas trees are beautiful, but your pet might think it's just an extra-large toy to climb or play with. Make sure your tree is securely anchored so that it doesn't fall, causing possible injury to your pet. Also, try to keep the tree water as fresh as possible and pesticide-free, in case your pet sneaks a drink.

Retire the tinsel. Sparkly, light-catching tinsel looks good on the tree, but it can wreak havoc on your pet's intestinal system if they ingest it. Brighten your tree boughs with ornaments and other pet-friendly decorations instead.

Watch out for wires. Twinkly Christmas lights make your season (and home) bright, but exposed wires can be tempting for your pets to chew on. Try to keep wires covered or out of your pet's reach.

Hide the holly. Did you know holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs and cats? If you normally use these plants to decorate your home, they should be kept in an area your pet cannot reach.

Forego the food scraps. Dinner may be delicious, but fatty, spicy human foods, as well as bones, should not be fed to your furry friends. Keep unattended plates of food out of reach, and be sure to secure the lids on garbage cans.

Happy Holidays from PAWS!

 

 

A year and a half is a long time to wait for something. Especially when you're a homeless animal, and that something you're waiting for is a loving, forever home and a family of your own.

Samantha and adopter JeremyFor two-year-old Samantha, a beautiful cat with a silky black coat and an irresistible "chirp"-like purr, the path to adoption seemed long and, at times, improbable.

In May 2012, Samantha was brought to a local Humane Society shelter as a stray. But the shelter was in the throes of "baby season" and filled to capacity with young mothers and litters of kittens. They had no room for her.

Desperate to find somewhere for Samantha to go, they turned to PAWS for help. Through our Placement Partner Program, we were able to provide a safe haven for Samantha, with a warm place to sleep, plenty of food to eat, and lots of love from PAWS staff and volunteers.

But months later, Samantha was still at PAWS. Adopters came and went, but Samantha remained, waiting for just the right person to take her home. Finally, nearly a year and a half after Samantha first arrived at PAWS, that person—Jeremy Buechler—finally did.

Today, Samantha is happy in her new home, just in time for the holidays.

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