Sylvester has been waiting patiently since October 25, 2013. That's 132 days, to be exact. For more than three months, this handsome feline has been waiting for his new family to walk through the door. But for a cat as affectionate and playful as Sylvester, why is it taking so long to find his forever home?  

Sylvester needs a home!By nature, cats have a difficult time adapting to new situations, such as moving homes or the addition of new pet or family member. So it comes as no surprise that cats often have trouble adjusting to the shelter lifestyle, and can be shy upon meeting new people.

Since it takes some cats longer than others to come out of their shell, many potential adopters often misjudge these cats as “grumpy” or “anti-social." But that's not necessarily the case! Sometimes they just haven’t had the opportunity to show you their true colors. Like Sylvester.

When he first came to PAWS, Sylvester was timid and shy. PAWS volunteers and staff noticed that he seemed agitated by the other cats, and by all of the visitors. Seeing his distress, one volunteer offered to give Sylvester a "kennel break" and bring him home to stay with her.

The change in Sylvester was extraordinary.

Out of the stressful shelter environment, this once-timid cat blossomed. He's no longer shy, but a confident, affectionate and playful feline.

In his foster home, Sylvester has flourished and shown us what a wonderful companion he truly is. His foster mom is so fond of him, she's compiled an entire flickr full of cute photos and video!

Foster parents like Sylvester’s allow us to give these animals the kind of environment and attention they need to feel safe and secure, which allows them to show us their true personalities. It just goes to show that sometimes, all they really need is a little bit of rest, relaxation and TLC.

If you're interested in learning more about this handsome boy, you can view his full profile here.

Help us find a home for Sylvester!

 

 

Spring is nearly around the corner, and that means one thing here at PAWS—the babies are coming! April through September is considered "baby season" at the PAWS Wildlife Center, when our staff and volunteers have their hands full caring for adorable (and hungry!) baby birds, squirrels, Raccoons, chipmunks, opossums and many more.

Volunteer-feeding-baby-squirrelAccording to volunteer coordinator Frances Boyens, baby robins and sparrows are usually the first to arrive at the PAWS Wildlife Center, and baby season officially ends when the final baby raccoon is strong enough to scamper out the door. Last baby season, the PAWS team even cared for several bear cubs and baby Harbor Seals.

The first few months of life are a tenuous time for newborns in the wild, and most of these young ones come to us injured, orphaned and unable to care for themselves. A great number of babies coming through our doors are the survivors of attacks from cats and dogs, or the unfortunate victims of human interference.

PAWS staff and volunteers spend months meticulously and lovingly rehabilitating them so they can make a successful transition back to their natural habitats. It’s a busy and exciting time, and one of the best times to be a volunteer at PAWS. Volunteers work hands-on with the animals, feeding them and helping nurse them back to health.

“It’s a rewarding and life changing experience,” says one volunteer. “There’s nothing quite like feeding a tiny squirrel, and knowing you’re making the difference between life and death.”

Baby season is only a month away, and we need all the help we can get to ensure that we have the resources to care for these small, defenseless creatures.

“Our volunteers go through orientation and training, ensuring they are able to act with minimal supervision and really take ownership in their work with the animals,” says Boyens.

Help PAWS get baby-season-ready and sign up today!

 

 

Question: A Robin keeps attacking my windows. I'm afraid he will hurt himself. What can I do, and why is he doing that?

American Robins exhibit bizarre window-pecking behaviorThat's a great question! This curious behavior happens every spring. American Robins are very territorial, and once a pair has established their nest site, they will fiercely defend it.

The PAWS Wildlife Center receives many calls from people concerned about Robins attacking or pecking repetitively on their windows—we’ve even heard of Robins attacking the rear-view mirrors of vehicles.

The bizarre behavior occurs when birds see their reflection in windows or mirrors and think it’s another bird trying to take over their territory.  This activity usually continues through the nest-building, hatching and nestling stages.

The window-pecking can last several months, but don’t worry; unlike window strikes, this behavior is rarely dangerous for the birds.

There are several things you can do to deter birds from attacking windows. The main idea is to make window glass non-reflective. Sometimes the whole window needs covering, but primarily near the window sill where the bird will sit and continuously hit the glass. 

  • Cover the window on the outside with screening or netting at least two to three inches from the glass. Make it taut enough to bounce the bird off before they hit the glass.
  • Install external shutters, awnings or sun shades.
  • Apply one-way transparent film.  You can see out and the bird cannot see a reflection (CollidEscape).
  • Wipe a bar of soap on the window.
  • Cover the window with a sheet, newspaper or clear plastic.
  • Hang  Mylar tape, an eye balloon or pinwheels  in front of windows.
  • Apply decals or stickers (only effective when spaced very closely to each other)
  • String up old cd’s.
  • For new home construction, install windows so the glass angles downward and doesn’t reflect the surroundings. 

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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

Continue reading "Which Eagle Is It?" »

 

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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Continue reading "A Good Day Turns Bad for a Golden Eagle" »

 

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.

Continue reading "Big Football Sunday: Keep Pets Safe on the Big Day" »

 

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!