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PAWSwalk 2012

PAWSwalk is coming!


Registration for PAWSwalk 2012 is now open!  And we're excited to announce that this year PAWSwalk is moving to a new home! Come with your friends, family and co-workers (and of course your favorite canines) to Marymoor Park in Redmond on Saturday, September 8, 2012 for a fun-packed 5k walk to benefit the animals at PAWS.

You’ll have a great time in Marymoor Park while helping to save animals' lives. Each dollar we raise at PAWSwalk helps give injured, orphaned and homeless animals a second chance. Whether it's an orphaned American Black Bear cub who needs a safe place to grow up, or a stray cat looking to find a loving forever home, every dollar raised at PAWSwalk will go directly to help animals in need.

Register now for PAWSwalk 2012!


Pack Your Pantry for PAWS

Want to help animals by doing something that is already part of your weekly routine?  Make a difference by shopping at Whole Foods Market on Tuesday, June 5!  Grab your shopping bags and head to one of the six Seattle Metro locations on Tuesday, June 5 for the Whole Foods Community 5% Day to benefit PAWS.

Whole Foods Community 5% DayWhole Foods Market will donate 5% of their total sales on June 5 from all of the six Seattle-area locations to save the lives of animals in need.

Start making your list today and join us at your local Whole Foods Market on Tuesday, June 5 at any of the following locations:

  • Interbay: 2001 15th Ave West
  • Roosevelt Square: 1026 NE 64th St
  • Westlake: 2210 Westlake Ave
  • Bellevue: 888 116th Ave NE
  • Redmond: 17991 NE Redmond Way
  • Lynnwood: 2800 SW 196th Street


With a simple grocery list, you can help PAWS save animal lives!  Mark your calendars and save your shopping for Tuesday June 5 at Whole Foods Market.  There will be PAWS representatives at each Whole Foods Market location so be sure to stop by and say hello! 

Save lives by shopping at Whole Foods Markets on Tuesday June 5 for Whole Foods Community 5% Day!



The first one was a ploy to warm her husband to the idea of adopting. The second and third were to replace the void left when she had to give back the first.  For PAWS foster parent Brooke Freeburg, each one of the many animals she has fostered holds a special place in her heart.

Foster Cat Chronicles - Boone and Johnny KylerFor Freeburg and her husband, opening their heart and home to provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies is a benefit that far outweighs the cost. Caring for these helpless animals until they are ready for adoption, says Freeburg, is the ultimate reward.

"It's so easy, and we get so much out of it" she says.  "There is nothing like coming home from work and having a cat crawl up onto your lap for a snuggle."

In fact, Freeburg enjoys fostering so much that she started her own blog—The Foster Cat Chronicles—to document the joys of caring for these purring companions, like kittens Boone and Johnny Kyler (pictured above).

Foster Cat Chronicles - SaffronWhen it comes time to say goodbye, Freeburg says that she is comforted knowing that PAWS staff take great care to find the perfect home for each and every animal she fosters.

"They try to find the perfect match so that both human and animals are happy" she says.  "I really like PAWS, and that is why I foster."

PAWS relies on foster parents like Freeburg to help prepare the animals for adoption into loving forever homes.  In turn, foster parents are able to experience the joy of seeing a young, feeble infant grow into a healthy adult, or a sick animal nursed to health. 

Says Freeburg, "The joy and excitement that I feel when I see that one of them was adopted makes everything worth it." 


PAWS is always looking for more foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons.  If you are interested in becoming a foster care volunteer, visit our website or call 425.787.2500 x822 to get started. 

Save a life by joining the PAWS Foster Care Program!

You Don't Need to Be a Superhero to Save a Life.

Little Mallory looks up with watery eyes and lets out a plaintive cry.  Carefully reaching her tiny arm through the cage door, she tries to catch the attention of anyone passing by.  This helpless one-month-old kitten was surrendered by her guardian to PAWS, but she is not yet old enough to be adopted so she will spend the next several weeks in the home of a PAWS Foster Care volunteer.

Foster Care Kitten MalloryThese foster parents are the unsung heroes of direct animal care at PAWS.  They are the ones who lovingly care for animals with kennel cough, or who get up in the middle of the night to bottle feed a litter of kittens.  With the help of these amazing foster parents, the PAWS Foster Care Program gives animals who are not yet ready for adoption a chance to live and be loved in foster homes.

Foster parents provide temporary care for cats, kittens, dogs and puppies in their own homes. Some animals need as little as two weeks of care, while others may need care for up to three months.  Through this incredible program, we are able to:

  • Provide a safe, comfortable place for animals to recover from an illness or stress.
  • Prevent overcrowding in our shelter. 
  • Increase adoptions by better preparing animals to be social, loving, well-adjusted members of the family.

PAWS is always looking for more foster homes, especially throughout the busy spring and summer seasons.  If you are interested in becoming a foster care volunteer, visit our website or call 425.787.2500 x822 to get started. 

Save a life by joining the PAWS Foster Care Program!


GiveBIG for the animals!

GiveBIG to PAWS on Wednesday, May 2 and your gift will get even bigger!

For the second year, The Seattle Foundation is hosting GiveBIG, a community-wide day of online charitable giving. Last year, The Seattle Foundation helped raise more than four million dollars for local non-profits, including PAWS, when we received $5,835 in donations directly from this one-day event. These generous gifts helped care for hundreds of animals at PAWS last summer.  

Donate to PAWS through The Seattle Foundation website on Wednesday May 2, and your gift will get even bigger!  For every donation made to PAWS through GiveBIG on May 2, a portion of a donation pool provided by The Seattle Foundation and other sponsors will be donated to PAWS.

GiveBIG2012GiveBIG Facts:

  • GiveBIG is ONE DAY ONLY – Wednesday, May 2.
  • You can donate to PAWS from midnight to midnight on May 2 through the The Seattle Foundation website. Using their website is the only way for your GiveBIG donation to be counted toward the campaign.
  • Donate with your credit card or debit card only. Donor Advised Funds through The Seattle Foundation are not eligible for GiveBIG.

If you have any questions about GiveBIG, please contact Tana Feichtinger at tfeichtinger@paws.org or 425.412.4024.

Thank you for your BIG, generous support of PAWS!


Maya Starbuck flashes a giant smile as she throws her card high in the air.  "I am glad I was able to donate and put my bidder number to work" she grins.  Last Saturday night, she and fellow guests at the annual PAWS Wild Night Gala enjoyed an evening of cocktails, delicious food and bidding on incredible packages in our auction while raising a record-breaking $400,000 for PAWS!

PAWS Wild Night Gala 2012The evening was emceed by KING 5 anchor Mark Wright who kept our guests engaged and entertained, while auctioneer Laura Michalek kept the crowd buzzing with energy and helped deliver the highest donation numbers in PAWS Wild Night history.

We would like to express our sincerest thanks to everyone who came out in support of the animals; your dedication, passion and generosity made this year's PAWS Wild Night a tremendous success.  We would also like to thank our wonderful sponsors!  Your support allows us to continue working to save animals' lives, and ensure a better tomorrow for the animals in our community. 

If you missed the event, you can still make your tax deductible donation online. We are very excited to announce to you that next year’s PAWS Wild Night will again be at the Fremont Studios on Saturday, April 6, 2013!

Thank you for supporting PAWS Wild Night!



We are less than a week away from PAWS Wild Night 2012, Seattle's largest (and wildest) gala benefit for animals and we couldn't be more excited!  Guests will enjoy an evening of drinking, dancing and fun — not to mention a live and silent auction with incredible packages and items to bid on, plus a delicious vegan/vegetarian dinner catered by Wild Ginger!

PAWS Wild Night 2012And of course we would not be able to put on such an incredible event without the support of our generous sponsors.  It is with great appreciation that we thank and acknowledge our PAWS Wild Night 2012 sponsors at the Defender ($5,000), Protector ($2,500) and Guardian ($1,000) levels:

Defender Sponsors:  Roscoe's Ranch, NorthWest Auto Salon, BlackRock

Protector Sponsors:  Lane Powell PC, Fremont Studios, Kelly Printing & Graphics, Whole Foods Market, B. Sparks Photography, SGFS (Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs, P.L.L.C.)

Guardian Sponsors:  bash & bloom, Advisory Services and Investments, The Alford Group, Clark Nuber P.S., Lake Union Veterinary Clinic, Seattle Weekly, Wild Ginger, Bergevin Lane Vineyards, Harlequin Wine Cellars, PetHub, Seattle Bash, Maxwell Hotel

Your generous support allows us to continue working to save animals' lives, and ensure a better tomorrow for the animals in our community. 

Thank you for supporting PAWS Wild Night 2012!



Springtime is almost here, and that means baby season at PAWS.  So we're throwing ourselves a Baby Shower!  We need a wide variety of supplies to care for the thousands of kittens, puppies and baby wildlife who come to us each year.  In fact, two-thirds of the animals we care for every year are babies and juveniles.  Every item you donate from our wish list saves precious financial resources and equally precious lives.  You can help us care for these baby animals by sending a gift this spring.

You can make a quick and easy donation to our "Baby Shower" by purchasing an item from our Amazon wish list!



Get ready for some food and fun...

VegFest VegFest 2012 is almost here! Join us on March 24 and 25 at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for this year’s VegFest, Seattle's annual Vegetarian Food Festival.

Enjoy a delicious sampling of Washington’s tastiest vegetarian and vegan dishes (over 500 different kinds to try!), watch cooking demonstrations, visit representatives from a variety of local organizations, and savor your way to the PAWS booth.

We will have lots of great information on how to live (and eat) humanely, so be sure to stop by and see us!

Whether you’re veg or not, there is sure to be something for everyone at this fun and tasty event. We're getting hungry just thinking about it!  



Whether it's bottle feeding an orphaned squirrel, trying to keep up with an excited dog on the leash, or showing a young child how to hold a kitten, there's never a dull moment in the life of a PAWS volunteer! And we could not care for the thousands of cats, dogs and wildlife that come through our doors each year without these compassionate and dedicated animal-lovers.

PAWS Volunteer with CupidEach year, more than 1,000 volunteers donate thousands of hours of service, giving hands-on care to the animals, educating the public about animal welfare, assisting at PAWSwalk and other community events, providing administrative support, and much more.

Our volunteers report a sense of satisfaction in contributing to the health and well-being of the animals, and working alongside others who want to do the same.

Garbrielle Evans, a PAWS Wildlife Center volunteer, loves the experience of directly caring for animals in need. "I help nurse injured wildlife back to health," she says.  "Volunteering at PAWS is amazing and I'm so thankful for the experience." 

Erin Kohlenburg, a weekly dog-walker and PAWS foster parent, agrees that the experience of being a PAWS volunteer is incredibly rewarding. "I enjoy spending time with the different dogs" she says, "and learning about them so they can find perfect matches for a permanent home."

Today, we celebrate all of our volunteers and the incredible work that they do.  Because without them, there is no us.  And if you are not a current volunteer but are interested in being a part of the life-saving work that we do, find out more about what it means to be a PAWS volunteer and sign up today!

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Day from all of us at PAWS!