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Gates Foundation Family Day

Sep21

 

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

 

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A Migrating Bird Hits the Road

Sep20

 

It’s that time of year again. Migratory birds are hitting the road and heading for their overwintering grounds. But the birds aren’t just hitting the road metaphorically. In some cases they're doing it literally. That's the case with a Western Grebe who was found stranded on the shoulder of a road in Gold Bar, WA. Fortunately, he was scooped up by a concerned citizen and brought to PAWS for care.

Western Grebe

From the air, the wet pavement looks a lot like the surface of a lake or pond. The illusion is so convincing that migrating birds sometimes come in for a landing on a road or in a parking lot, not realizing their mistake until it is too late. Grebes, loons and a few other groups of water birds are so specialized for their aquatic life that they struggle to walk or even stand on dry land. They are also small winged and heavy bodied, so taking flight without first running along on the water’s surface is not possible. Even if they don’t suffer injuries in the process, a crash landing on pavement puts them in a life-threatening situation.

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iPad Game Quingo Helps the Animals at PAWS

Sep19

 

Play Quingo for PAWS

Play Quingo to help the animals at PAWS!


Quingo is a fun, light-hearted trivia game with a bingo twist—play for free and support the animals at PAWS! Quingo, created by local startup Game It Forward, combines the fun of bingo with the challenge of trivia questions, and enables players to support PAWS just by playing.

The game presents players with a trivia question that has five correct answers hidden among 20 wrong answers laid across a bingo-style grid. Correct responses range from easy to very difficult, making it engaging for players of all knowledge levels. Players are awarded points for correct answers and scores can be shared through social channels.

Quingo is free to download and currently available for the iPad at the iTunes store. Game It Forward plans to develop Quingo for additional platforms in the coming year.

Download Quingo and play for PAWS!

 

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Back-to-School Safety Tips for Pets

Sep17

 

Summer vacation is officially over, and backpacks are being filled with notebooks, pencils and tasty treats for lunch. But did you know that back-to-school time can be dangerous for your pets?

Pet Safety Tips from PAWSAccording to the ASPCA, the Animal Poison Control Center sees an increase in backpack-related toxicities in late August and September, when kids head back to school.

"One of the most common complaints we hear is that an owner's dog or cat got into a child's backpack and ingested something problematic," says Kelley Durham, a board member at Missing Pet Partnership.

Here are some tips on what to watch out for in the back-to-school season:

Backpacks
•    Gum (which can contain xylitol)
•    ADHD medication (which are often amphetamines)
•    Albuterol inhalers
•    Over-the-counter medications

Lunch Boxes
Along with backpacks, lunch boxes attract items that are unhealthy for pets:
•    Grapes
•    Raisins
•    Onions
•    Macadamia nuts

So as your kids head back to school, please be sure to keep backpacks and lunch boxes out of your pets’ reach!

Learn more about pet safety at paws.org

 

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Battling Pet Obesity

Sep12

 

There's preciously plump, and then there's the point when a little belly wobble becomes a real weight problem. For our nation's pets, morbid obesity has become an epidemic.

Preventing Pet ObesityFor companion animals like Zoey, a six-year-old tabby cat, a tubby tummy may look cute, but the extra weight on such a small frame can cause serious health problems. Extra weight puts excess strain on the bones and joints, the heart, and the respiratory and endocrine systems.

"When Zoey arrived at PAWS, she weighed a whopping 27.60 pounds!" recalls PAWS Animal Behavior Lead Kristi Binau. "Her guardian didn’t realize how big she had gotten, and didn’t think it was a problem."

To help Zoey shed those pounds and get back to her svelte self, PAWS staff member Michelle Kulej has been keeping Zoey's mind and body active with a strict diet and plenty of playtime.

Thanks to Michelle's efforts, Zoey is quickly losing the weight and is available for adoption!  Zoey loves to be around people and loves attention, although she prefers not to be petted below the neck. Zoey would do best as the only pet in an adult-only home so she can have you all to herself!

Do you have an overweight pet at home? We know it can be a challenge to keep an indoor cat active and fit, so the best way to get your cat moving is through interactive play! By encouraging her to pounce, leap, and run laps around the house, you can help your feline couch potato become an indoor athlete in no time.

Learn more about preventing pet obesity at paws.org

 

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PAWS Dog Handlers: the A-Team

Aug30

 

You've heard the old adage about teaching an old dog new tricks. Turns out, it can be done after all! But it's not as easy as issuing commands and handing out treats. Walking, handling and training a dog takes patience and skill, and being well-equipped to handle dogs with confidence in any situation is something that comes with time and training.

ATV-DBV Program at PAWS helps dogs like SteweyLuckily for the dogs at PAWS, we have an advanced training program that teaches our volunteers to become experts in canine care.

The ATV/DBV—Advanced Training Volunteers and Dog Behavior Volunteers—program builds on our basic Good Dog Program (developed by a certified animal behaviorist for PAWS and required for all dog volunteers) to include clicker training, education about dog-to-dog interaction, and how to mitigate "undesirable" behaviors.

"Some dogs who come to PAWS can be very fearful, or easily excited—behaviors that we don’t expect a level-one volunteer to be able to handle," says Molly Reagan Axt, PAWS Programs Manager. "Having volunteers who can support these dogs, and work with them one-on-one, is a huge benefit."

One such volunteer is Kerri Bridges, who spends the majority of her ATV shift using clicker training with the dogs to reinforce good behaviors, minimize undesirable ones, and teach them commands such as "sit," "stay" and "watch."

"The ATV/DBV program is great for the dogs because it reduces their stress, and makes them better candidates for adoption," says Kerri. "The clicker training engages their minds and makes the shelter experience more enjoyable!"

But that's not the only fun part of the job. ATV volunteers also have clearance to take the dogs for off-site trips! Kerri recently took PAWS dog Stewey, pictured right, for an all-day hike to Heather Lake.

"Stewey was a star when meeting other dogs and hikers on the trail, and they loved him," says Kerri. "He liked the water at the lake, and I think that if I didn't have him on leash, he would have jumped right in!"

The ATV/DBV program is about building trust and learning new skills, providing the volunteers with a rich, rewarding experience and giving the dogs a leg up on finding their forever home.

Interested in becoming a PAWS volunteer? Visit paws.org

 

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Fostering Byron Back to Health

Aug27

 

On the "adoptability" scale, Byron didn't have a lot working in his favor. A nine-year-old black kitty with a serious illness, Byron was not at the top of the list for most potential adopters.

Byron in his foster homeHowever, the staff at PAWS recognized a diamond in the rough, and they were determined to save this friendly feline and find him a loving, forever home.

To help cure Byron's hyperthyroidism, PAWS turned to doctors Faythe Vaughan and Dennis Wackerbarth at the Feline Hyperthyroid Treatment Center in Shoreline. The doctors generously donated the entire cost of radioiodine treatment, which eventually cured Byron of his disease.

While undergoing treatment, Byron needed a place to rest and recuperate, so PAWS staff member Rachel Bishop and her husband Bryan stepped in to be Byron's foster family.

"We've gotten to know Byron really well, and he would make a great addition to any family, especially one with other cats," says Rachel. "He has a long list of endearing behaviors that will keep you entertained!"

Whether dipping a paw into his water bowl to get a drink, playing “chase” with other cats, or routinely greeting you with his characteristic squeaky meow, this distinctive boy will win your heart in no time.

Byron thrives best in the comfort of a foster home, and prefers to make “guest appearances” at PAWS on the weekends. If you would like to meet him, call our staff to arrange a visit, or stop by PAWS this Labor Day weekend!

Meet Byron and the other available pets at PAWS!

 

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Meet the PAWSwalk 2013 Protectors

Aug23

 

Put on your walking shoes and get ready to save animals, because PAWSwalk is just around the corner!  

PAWSwalk2013 Protector SponsorsJoin PAWS and our phenomenal Protector sponsors, Whole Foods Market, Cowbelly Pet Photography, Canine Behavior Center and BowWow Fun Towne for a fun-filled day in the sun at King County's Marymoor Park on Saturday, September 7 for PAWSwalk 2013. 

At PAWSwalk, you'll enjoy a walk in the park with your friends, family and favorite canine. There will also be great pet-friendly shopping, an interactive Kids Zone, doggie games, photobooth fun, delicious food and a beer and mimosa garden!

There's no shortage of fun at PAWSwalk, and best of all you'll be saving animals' lives.

This year, we're excited to welcome Whole Foods Market, Cowbelly Pet Photography, Canine Behavior Center and BowWow Fun Towne as PAWSwalk 2013's Protector Sponsors.

Their generous support will help us provide food, shelter and loving care for thousands of animals at PAWS this year.

We would like to thank Whole Foods Market, Cowbelly Pet Photography, Canine Behavior Center and BowWow Fun Towne and YOU for supporting PAWSwalk and helping us create a better world for the animals in our community.

Join the fun and register now for PAWSwalk 2013!

 

 

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Gandalf Goes Home

Aug22

 

At PAWS, we deal in "second chances" every day. From placing homeless cats and dogs with loving new families, to repairing a Bald Eagle's broken wing so that it may once again fly free, we strive to make sure that every story has a happy ending. But every once in a while, a story comes along that reminds us exactly what a second chance really means.

Gandalf Goes HomeOne such story involves a cat named after a wizard, and his story seems pretty magical indeed.

Gandalf the cat came to PAWS in sad condition. He was 18 years old and suffering from a bladder infection, a mass on his forehead that needed to be removed, and in the early stages of renal failure.

But he also had an undeniably bright and energetic personality, and the staff at PAWS knew that Gandalf had plenty of life left in him. So they made it their mission to find this handsome 18-year-old cat a forever home.

While recuperating from his various illnesses, Gandalf spent time with four different PAWS foster care families, and he charmed everyone he met.

Two people in particular were charmed by Gandalf—PAWS volunteer Jamie and her boyfriend Michael. After a short deliberation, they knew he was meant to join their family and they adopted him!

Gandalf, the 18-year-old cat with a magic personality, is finally living his happy-ever-after.

Meet the other sweet senior cats at PAWS!

 

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Meet the PAWSwalk 2013 Defenders

Aug20

 

Grab those leashes and get ready, because PAWSwalk is almost here! Join PAWS and our dynamite Defender sponsors, Seattle Weekly and P2 Solutions, at King County's Marymoor Park on Saturday, September 7 for PAWSwalk 2013!

PAWSwalk2013 Defender SponsorsGather your friends, family and favorite canines for a day of fun in the sun at PAWSwalk and help thousands of cats, dogs and wildlife in need of a second chance. Helping homeless animals is indeed a walk in the park!

This year, we're excited to welcome Seattle Weekly and P2 Solutions as PAWSwalk 2013's Defender Sponsors.

Their generous support will help us provide food, shelter and loving care for thousands of animals at PAWS this year.

We would like to thank Seattle Weekly, P2 Solutions and YOU for supporting PAWSwalk 2013 and helping us create a better world for the animals in our community

Join the fun and register now for PAWSwalk 2013!

 

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