June 2007
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PAWS Mailing Address:
PO Box 1037
Lynnwood, WA 98046

PAWS Street Address:
15305 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98087

Orphaned bear cub is wild again
In January, PAWS took in a Black Bear cub whose mother had been severely injured by a gun shot, and, sadly, had to be humanely euthanized. After five months in PAWS’ care, spending time with another orphaned bear cub and gaining weight, the cub was successfully released back into the wild just last week. Watch the story of her return to freedom on KOMO 4 News. Thank you to everyone who made this cub’s recovery possible!

Ten years and counting


A kitten at Cat City looking outside the front window.
When PAWS Cat City opened 10 years ago, it was the first of its kind in Seattle: an “open plan” cat adoption facility. With its neighborhood setting, home-like environment and felines roaming free of cages, potential adopters are able to interact with cats and kittens in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Since 1997, more than 8,300 cats and kittens have found new homes through Cat City. Adoptions from this location represented nearly 60 percent of all the felines adopted through PAWS last year!

To celebrate this milestone as well as to celebrate Adopt-a-Shelter Cat month, PAWS is offering $10 off the adoption fee for adult cats (one year and older) adopted from Cat City and our main shelter in Lynnwood in June. So if you’ve been thinking of adding a feline friend to your life, now is the perfect time! Cat City is located on N. 85th Ave. and Greenwood Ave. N. in Seattle, and just began its summer schedule, with longer hours to help us find homes for the increased number of cats and kittens who come into PAWS this time of year. See hours and directions to Cat City. See hours and directions to PAWS in Lynnwood. Meet some of our beautiful cats available for adoption.

PAWS impacted by pet food recall
As massive amounts of pet food were recalled these last few months, PAWS, like animal guardians across the country, had to clean out our cupboards, throwing away a lot of food. PAWS relies on wet canned food to help entice scared, sick or older animals to eat, and with summer as our busiest time of the year caring for these vulnerable animals, we are in need of more canned wet food, especially for cats and kittens. If you can help by donating wet food, please drop cans off at PAWS’ shelter at 15305 44th Ave. West in Lynnwood. See hours and directions to PAWS.

Most stores should have cleaned their shelves of the recalled food, but please do check any cans you want to donate before bringing them to PAWS. Read about the recall and see a list of recalled foods on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. Thank you for helping us feed the animals in our care.

Bob and Paul take the plunge once again
Don’t forget to support our fearless friends Bob Donovan and Paul Zimmerman as they make their three and a half-mile swim across Puget Sound on Sunday, June 24. Help them reach their goal of raising $10,000 for the animals at PAWS by making your gift online, by calling 425.787.2500 x256 or mailing your check payable to PAWS to: Paddle for PAWS, PO Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA 98046. And please join us in celebrating their arrival at Lincoln Park in West Seattle, where they will come ashore between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. We’ll see you there!

Start stretching for PAWSwalk

Get those walking and pledge-collecting muscles warmed up for the 16th annual PAWSwalk, Saturday, September 8 at Seattle’s Sand Point Magnuson Park. Join hundreds of dogs and thousands of people having a great time and raising more than $150,000 for animals in need. Come bark in the park—learn more and register today at PAWSwalk.net.


Does that wild baby animal need help?
You’ve probably heard the conventional wisdom that if you touch a baby bird, the mother will smell your human scent and abandon her babies. Luckily, this simply is not true. Wild mothers will do everything in their power to make sure their offspring survive—and a little bit of “eau de human” is not going to stop them. If you see a baby bird or mammal, such as a squirrel, on the ground and he doesn’t look injured, simply find the nest and put him back. From a hidden location, watch the nest for a while to make sure the parents return.


Black-tailed Deer fawn in PAWS’ care.
What about babies, like deer fawns, who don’t have nests to return to? Often mother deer as well as wild rabbits and other wildlife, leave their babies temporarily in what they perceive as a secure, hidden location, while they forage for food. While hiking you may come across a fawn on a trail or in the brush. Remember, a baby without immediate parental supervision may not be an orphan, unless you see obvious signs like a dead parent nearby or the baby appears listless, cold and thin. If the baby looks healthy and is in a safe location and no other animals or people are threatening his safety, then leave the baby where he is. It’s always better to leave the raising of young to mom.

Lastly, please keep your pets inside and supervised when outside, especially if you know there are active nests in your yard. One of the most common reasons wild animals end up at PAWS in need of medical and rehabilitative care, is being attacked by a pet dog or cat.

Follow this online guide for what to do if you find a baby wild animal. Or if you are unsure about any situation you encounter with wildlife, contact PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.787.2500 x817.

Bring out your wild side
This summer make a real difference for wildlife in our community by helping PAWS care for baby wild animals such songbirds, raccoons and ducklings. Volunteers help feed and clean the baby animals until they can be returned to the wild. Injured and orphaned wild animals are arriving at PAWS daily, so volunteer today and help save a wild life. No experience necessary and all training is provided. Apply online or call 425.787.2500 x818.

Fostering compassion

Chuck with some of his foster kittens.
Chuck Springer is not your typical foster dad—his precious charges have whiskers and purr. He has provided loving care for over 156 at-risk cats and kittens in his home. Through PAWS’ foster care program, underage, sick and/or injured animals temporarily stay in volunteers' homes to grow strong before going up for adoption. This Lynnwood resident and Boeing employee has played an important part in saving many animals' lives. We are grateful to have Chuck as a part of our team. Want to be a foster dad (or mom)? Visit PAWS’ foster care page for more info.

Maybe you have a special man in your life who you’d like to appreciate this Father’s Day. For the man who has everything, consider a stylish sweatshirt or sporty water bottle from PAWS Store. Or make a special gift to PAWS in his name. Whatever you choose, your gift will help save lives. Thank you!

Follow the tracks
Last June, Jim Boggs and his wife Fiona Clark came across a mother opossum with 13 babies who were struck by a car and killed—all except for one. The couple brought the lone-remaining, orphaned opossum to PAWS for care. PAWS’ wildlife rehabilitation experts were able to successfully raise, and then return the opossum back to the wild. Jim and Fiona were so relieved there was a local organization that provided this service, that they put together the Wild-Ones Track-a-thon. This event, taking place on Sunday, July 1 in North Bend, will bring together people to learn about wild animals through their tracks, and raise funds to benefit the injured and orphaned wild animals at PAWS. And you’re invited! Learn more about the Wild-Ones Track-a-thon including how to join the fun.

All rights reserved. 2007 Progressive Animal Welfare Society

A Northwest leader in protecting animals since 1967, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shelters homeless animals, rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, and empowers people to demonstrate compassion and respect for animals in their daily lives.