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By Kellie Benz, PAWS Staff

Sometimes, what we’re looking for is right in front of us. We’ve had a lot of visitors to PAWS lately, all walking through our Lynnwood and Cat City locations searching for their perfect companions. Many have left with their new best friend, and we’re always so proud to know we helped to build that family.

As always, our ‘Adorable Adoptables’ stories cover two companion animals who – despite all of their eager tail wagging or welcoming purrs – can’t seem to attract their perfect human. The volunteers who see them every day; those who walk them and brush them, those who cuddle them, who settle their nerves and soothe their yearning hearts, know how precious and loving these little beings are and they know how deserving they are of potential adopters’ attention.

So we hope our tales of their true personality, will encourage you to take a second look. Celeste3 - Aug 3 - 2014 - Kbenz

This week’s feline adorable adoptable is the always sophisticated miss Celeste. Regal and elegant, and mighty choosy of those worthy of her attention, lovely lady Celeste is a looker with a crooked ear. The ear, a tiny blemish on her otherwise model-perfect good looks, gives a hint to her life lived. A Siamese/mix of 10 years with a light brindle coat – and if you’re lucky enough to see them – sparkling sapphire blue eyes. We say lucky, because Celeste doesn’t let just anyone see the true glimmer of her dazzling personality.

Grumpy Cat might look the part, but Celeste is the real persnickety feline deal. Celeste doesn’t suffer fools gladly, so you may be able to attract her attention for a playful swat at one of her favorite toys, but you’ll have to win her heart if you want anything more. And she’s got oodles of affection waiting for you! Celeste isn’t interested in a fast pace, busy home. She’d like a quiet, adult only environment where she can thrive and feel like someone special’s one and only. Celeste's adoption fee is waived until September, so don’t put off meeting her at our downtown Seattle Cat City today!

Over in doggy world, at our Lynnwood Companion Animal location, Reba awaits her true forever home. Adopted once then left behind in a divorce dispute, Reba is pure love in a very compact body.

She’s been at PAWS longer than most and we don’t know why she keeps getting passed over. She’s friendly and welcoming to anyone who approaches her. She’s quick to break out her great big smile with every greeting and eager to show you her fluorescent orange ball, in the hopes that you’ll know how to play!

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A mix of Australian Cattle Dog, Terrier and American Put Bull, this shorty-with-a-story deserves a second look. All of 9 years old, her affection is undeniable and all of the volunteers coo over her easy personality and well behaved walking etiquette. With eons of energy and an affinity for car rides, Reba is a co-pilot in waiting for the right active adventurer.

In her quietest moments, she’s a lapdog extraordinaire and knows exactly how to curl up for an afternoon nap. Reba respects her feline friends, but wouldn’t want to live with one. She’d rather be dashing off to a regular weekend road trip!

Are you the ideal human that Celeste or Reba are waiting for?

Is your future playmate patiently waiting at PAWS?

Volunteer and help find loving forever homes for animals in our care.

Help us continue to provide care for all our adorable adoptables.


By Jen Mannas, Naturalist

Leaving home can be scary and a hard thing to do for humans but imagine you are a four week old baby owl (owlets) leaving your nest cavity, high up in a tree, for the first time.

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Owl fledglings are not great fliers at first; for the first five or six weeks out of the nest they hop from branch to branch or take short flights following their parents. During this time owlets can fall to the ground where they stay under a close eye of their parents until they get off of the ground. Sometimes these falls result in an injury and the owlet may not be able to make it back to safety.

This is what happened to a Western Screech Owlet in Redmond. He was found in a driveway by the homeowners one June morning not moving or vocalizing. When he was still in the same spot later that evening they assumed something was wrong. They scooped him up and brought him to PAWS. In our Wildlife Center, he was unable to stand very well and was putting all of his weight on his left leg.

After examining his x-rays PAWS' veterinarian team determined he had a broken right leg. They promptly put a splint on it and placed him under observation to monitor him for any nerve damage in his right foot. After only a few days he was standing on both legs again and could partially flex his right toes. Within two weeks, of his arrival at PAWS, the splint was removed and he was placed in an outdoor enclosure where we continued to monitor his grasping ability.

After 24 more days of cage rest he was able to successfully fly and grasp his perches with both feet. On July 17, at sunset, he was released back to his forest in Redmond where he found safety amongst the trees.

Want to help care for wildlife at PAWS? Volunteer.

Help us to continue providing a safe haven for rehabilitating wildlife - make a donation.

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!

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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. 

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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.

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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.

 

The first time Merina Burda held a baby squirrel in her hand, she knew that volunteering would always be an important part of her life. Merina first began working with animals as a volunteer in the baby animal nursery at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Minnesota. She quickly found that she enjoyed caring for these small, defenseless animals, and when she moved to Seattle she put finding a place to volunteer at the top of her to-do list.

Merina_schlu_webWhen Merina discovered PAWS, she originally planned to volunteer as a Cat Room Attendant at PAWS Cat City. But when a staff member found out that Merina worked as a photographer and Creative Director, they suggested she join the web team—a group of volunteers who photograph the animals and write biographies to help show off the animals' personalities. The web team was a perfect way for Merina to combine her love of photography with her compassion for animals.

As a PAWS volunteer, Merina has photographed many different cats, each unique in their own way. One of her favorites was Samantha, a long-term resident at Cat City who could be selective with her friends, but playful and full of personality with people she trusted. Merina loved that Samantha was able to connect with people when they took the time to get to know her.

In the shelter environment, cats like Samantha don't always share the best parts of their personalities with potential adopters. So having someone like Merina, who takes the time to get to know them and share their stories, helps these cats find their forever homes. We're happy to report that Samantha found her perfect match, and is enjoying life with her new family.

Thank you Merina for your time and dedication to PAWS!

To learn more about volunteering at PAWS, visit paws.org

 

 

You may know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two unofficial "holidays" between Thanksgiving and Christmas devoted to shopping for gifts and finding the greatest deals. But now there's a new holiday, designed with a more philanthropic goal in mind: #GivingTuesday.

Give Back on #GivingTuesday 2013Tuesday, December 3, 2013 marks the second annual #GivingTuesday, a day to kick off the holiday giving season in a different way.

#GivingTuesday is a nation-wide day of charitable giving, and a chance for you to make a gift that will save animals' lives.


This Giving Tuesday, join PAWS to help save the lives of injured and orphaned cats, dogs and wildlife. With your kindness and support, we’ll continue to make a positive impact on the homeless animals in our community.

Support PAWS with a #GivingTuesday gift!

 

 

Are you up to the challenge? This July, help us save the lives of 200 shelter animals by joining the 2013 PAWS Foster Challenge! Our goal is to save the lives of 200 cats, dogs, puppies and kittens through our foster care placement program.

Help Save 200 Lives! 2013 PAWS Foster ChallengeThe need for foster homes is constantly growing, especially for medium to large sized dogs.
Fostering is flexible enough for most lifestyles and PAWS will custom-match the animals to each foster home.

By offering your time, energy and home to an animal in need, you prepare the animal for adoption into a permanent home as well as help prevent overcrowding in our shelter.

Our greatest foster needs are:

  • Adult Dogs
  • Cats 
  • Momma cats with litters
  • Orphaned kitten and puppies

In July, a special “one-stop” introduction to the PAWS Volunteer Program and a full foster training will be offered every Sunday from 10am – 1pm.

Register now for one of these orientations and learn what it takes and choose how you want to get involved! Drop-ins welcome.

Sign up today and help us save 200 lives!

 

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!

 

 

Foster a dog, save a life!

The dogs at PAWS need your help!

 PAWS is in desperate need of foster homes for our full grown dogs! By taking an animal into your home on a temporary basis, you provide them with a safe place to rest and heal, while giving us additional time to find them a permanent home.

The PAWS Foster Care Program is critical to the life-saving work we do, and our foster families play a vital role in our ability to rescue and find permanent homes for thousands of homeless pets each year.

But we’re running out of available foster homes, especially for our medium and larger breed dogs.

“Like any shelter, the number of animals we can care for at any given time is limited by the number of available kennels,” says Rebecca Oertel, PAWS Foster Care Coordinator. “But with the help of foster families, the number of animals we can save is limitless!”

FAQ's about fostering

Can I foster if I live in an apartment?
Absolutely! We will work to match a foster animal to your needs, given your abilities and environment. We assess all our dogs and then make the best matches possible based on that particular animal’s needs and the needs of our foster families.

What if I don't have a fenced-in yard?
No problem! Some lower-energy dogs are often well suited for apartment and condo living.

I work full-time. Can I still foster?
Yes! Most adoptive families also work full-time jobs, so it’s good for the animal to adjust to your schedule so that their adjustment into a new home comes easily. Consider if you or someone you know can check in at lunchtime to take the dog for a quick potty break.

I'm worried about damage to my home.
Consider crating or confining your foster animal to a limited area, and using enrichment toys to keep the dog engaged and entertained while you’re not at home.

I travel a lot. How would I foster?
Foster parents can take animals as their schedule allows. You're not required to constantly have a foster animal, and we're happy to work with your availability and needs.

What if I already have a pet at home?
Foster animals may need to be isolated from your own companion animals, but a separate room or enclosed area with no carpet (like a bathroom or laundry room) will do just fine! Foster animals have full medical exams by a veterinarian as well as vaccines, flea treatments and deworming before going out to foster. If your animals are current on their vaccinations and otherwise in good health, the risk of your animal getting sick is extremely minimal even if you are fostering an animal who is sick.


Becoming a foster parent is a wonderful and personal way to help save the lives of homeless animals. By taking a dog into your home on a temporary basis, you provide them with a safe place to rest and heal, while giving us additional time to find them a permanent home.

Questions about fostering? Visit PAWS Foster Care FAQ’s or sign up today at PAWS.org

Save a life - become a foster parent today!

 

 

To Randi Hagen, resistance would have been futile. She had always wanted to work with animals, but didn’t think she could escape the desire to bring them all home with her. So in order to avoid the temptation of adopting every cat and dog at the shelter, she chose to donate her time to the animals at the PAWS Wildlife Center instead.

Volunteer Spotlight - Randi Hagen and Coyote pup“I knew it would be too hard to resist companion animals, so I was happy to learn about the PAWS Wildlife Center volunteer program,” says Randi. “With wildlife you don't have to worry about wanting to take them home with you!”

So far, says Randi, the experience has been incredible and, at times, adrenaline-inducing.

“Just after I started volunteering, I went up to feed the pigeons. However, I accidentally turned right instead of left into a small cage and looked up to see a Bald Eagle staring down at me!”

After making a hasty retreat, Randi was able to have a good laugh about the run-in. “I realized he could probably care less about me, but maybe I improved his self confidence knowing he could still scare the snot out of a silly human.”

Randi’s experience at the PAWS Wildlife Center has also been a moving one.

“There was a Coyote pup being treated in the ward,” recalls Randi. “He was very sick and suffering from a bad case of mange. He was such a sick pitiful little thing it nearly broke my heart, but what amazed and inspired me was his spirit—that he could be in such tough shape and still carry on.”

We’re happy to report that the Coyote pup eventually made a full recovery and was released back into the wild.

It’s these kind of experiences that keep Randi coming back to work with the animals week after week. When she’s not at PAWS, she works in a court office all day (which is why PAWS in such a nice change of pace, she says), then goes home to her dog and two cats. She enjoys hiking and being out in the quiet of the woods, and intends to travel around the USA “once I get old and rich enough to retire.”

Randi, thank you for your commitment to the wildlife at PAWS! Your dedication and your willingness to go the extra mile is truly appreciated by your fellow volunteers and staff. Thanks for being a volunteer!

Become a PAWS volunteer today!

 

 

Having too much choice when you're shopping for groceries, or a new pair of pants, can be overwhelming. But that's exactly what Antonia Sanchez loves about volunteering at PAWS—the vast array of volunteer opportunities! From walking dogs and petting cats to hand-feeding baby birds, there's no shortage of new and exciting jobs to explore.

Volunteer-Spotlight - Antonia Sanchez"When I first looked into volunteering at PAWS, I had no idea how extensive the opportunities were," says Sanchez. "I was interested in wildlife, outreach and education, dog walking and some of the other shelter activities... it was so hard to choose!"

Sanchez started out as a volunteer at the PAWS Wildlife Center, tending to baby raccoons, squirrels and other native wildlife. But she was eager to explore other areas of PAWS, so she began picking up shifts at community outreach events. She soon discovered that her experience as a wildlife volunteer made her an even better Community Outreach Volunteer.

"Having the experience with wildlife has really helped my outreach duties," she says. "I find is that it gives me the experience to speak about all facets of PAWS."

In fact, she loves being a PAWS volunteer so much that she's recruiting others to join her!

"I love talking with people about volunteer opportunities at PAWS—there are so many ways to get involved. People say, 'oh you volunteer?' and I say 'you bet, let me tell you about it!'"

The best part about being a Community Outreach Volunteer, she says, is when people come up to tell her about their great experience with PAWS.

"I had one burly police officer come up to me at an event and start flipping through photos of his adopted 'kitty cat'," recalls Sanchez with a smile. "That's one of the things I enjoy most about doing outreach—hearing all the happy adoption stories. It’s heartwarming to have folks come up and say what a great experience they had adopting their pet from PAWS."

Antonia, thank you for being a rockstar volunteer! Your dedication and willingness to help out wherever needed is much appreciated, and we’re thankful to have you as part of the PAWS team.

Become a PAWS volunteer today!