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By AJ Chlebnik, PAWS Education Programs Manager

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Anyone who has ever worked with teenagers knows that they are often a challenging audience to reach. But anyone who has worked with teens also knows that they are an unstoppable force when engaged in something they are passionate about. And, passion is what drove a local teen filmmaker to create one of PAWS’ newest features – the PAWSCast.


PAWSCast 1: Livvy – Livvy has two dogs and two cats. What does she think is the most important issue facing animals today? Watch to find out!

Sophia Banel is a teen filmmaker from Seattle and has always been an animal lover. Last year, her love for animals led her to work with PAWS to create a video series by teens, for teens. PAWSCast features local youth and their favorite animal companions. Sophia believes that animals can change lives and shows just how important they are to us through a series of short videos. The videos feature a variety of dogs and cats and the humans who love them. The videos also give teens a chance to learn what animal issues are most important to their peers. From animal testing to animal abuse to animal adoption, young people are passionate about making the world a better place for animals. Want to learn more and see how you can help? Check out the first episode of PAWSCast and go to the PAWSCast webpage for more episodes!


PAWSCast 2: Gabriella – Gabriella loves her dog Ernie. Find out why dogs are so important to Gabriella and how you can help!

Two of the programs at PAWS that help young people take action for animals in a very real way are our Teen and Preteen Programs, held 4 times a year at PAWS Companion Animal Shelter in Lynnwood, WA. During the Teen Program (for 13-17 year-olds) and the Preteen Program (for 9-12 year-olds), young people can sign up to spend a part of their day doing service projects and learning about how we care for animals at PAWS. Past activities have included building baby bird nests and bear climbing gyms for our Wildlife Hospital, decorating cardboard cat carriers for future adopters, and learning how we evaluate dog behavior and make the perfect match for pets and families. Want to sign up? Click here for a calendar of upcoming events.


PAWSCast 3: Hannah – Hannah’s dog Bailey needed a forever home. Listen to Hannah tell the story of how Bailey found his family.

Have your own idea for helping animals and want us to support you? Contact us at education@paws.org for ideas and suggestions or visit our webpage here. Make a short film or send pictures of your project and we may even feature you on our website. What are you waiting for?! Take action for animals in your community today.


PAWSCast 4: Sam – What is Sam’s favorite thing about his pets? Find out!

Want to know more about our education programs at PAWS? Find out here.

Inspired to take action for animals? Here are some suggestions for things you could do.