PAWS voted Best Animal Rescue
Our warmest thanks to the viewers of Seattle's King 5 Evening Magazine
who voted PAWS as the Best Animal Rescue of Western Washington. We are
thrilled to receive this honor, and grateful for the generous support
of the community that makes our work possible. Watch the PAWS piece that aired Monday, and tune in to King 5 on October 13 at 8 pm to see PAWS again on the Best of Western Washington special.
Give it up---to the animals!
Looking for a new way to help animals? How about hosting a gift drive?
It's a fun and simple way to introduce the life-saving work of PAWS to
your co-workers, friends, family and social groups. Tips for how to
organize a drive and a sample e-mail message for you to
personalize---along with our holiday wishlist---is now online for your
convenience. For more information about hosting a gift drive for the
animals, visit PAWS' gift drive page, or contact Eleanor Blackford at 425.787.2500 x833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A true wildlife advocate
The people and wildlife of Washington State lost a dear friend last
month. Rocky Spencer, biologist and carnivore specialist for the
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife passed away unexpectedly
while doing what he loved most---protecting animals.
Rocky viewed wild animals, such as cougars and bears, not as threats
to be minimized but as treasures in our midst to be respected and
appreciated. His life was dedicated to teaching both young and old how
to peacefully co-exist with our wild neighbors, as well as inspiring
them to advocate on the animals' behalf. Many of PAWS' humane education
programs have been influenced by these messages of compassion. Rocky
also worked closely with PAWS Wildlife Center, assisting with releases
of rehabilitated cougars, bobcats and bears.
Over the last several years, Rocky had been conducting a crucial
study about the cougars that live in and around East King County, in
order to learn more about the mysterious big cat. He and his team had
discovered that they do live among us and more often than not, we
didn't even know it---strong evidence that we can and have already been
coexisting with our state's largest carnivore.
Read about this fascinating study on cougars in King County in the Seattle Times.
Read a poignant editorial on his life and our collective loss in the Seattle PI.
Watch a tribute to Rocky on KOMO TV's website.
Never give up
In September, a kind citizen found a scared, sweet black dog wandering
alone near Lynnwood and brought her to PAWS. She wasn't wearing any
identification and no one had come looking for her, so our shelter
staff went online, as we often do, to search for postings for lost
dogs. In the meantime, they called her Maria.
PAWS' Animal Behavior Lead, Heather Laney, came across an older
listing on Craigslist.com about a missing Rottweiler/black Lab mix,
which was likely Maria's mix. It seemed like a long shot because the
family lived in Anacortes, Washington, but Heather gave it a try. They
emailed Heather a photo, which looked just like Maria, and told her
about a special command not commonly taught to dogs. Maria responded
quickly to this command---it was definitely their dog, and her real
name was Nika! It had been three months since Nika's family had last
seen her, when they were together in Burlington, Washington---nearly 50
miles from where she was found. The family was so grateful they posted
a thank you on Craigslist, "Awesome job...Thank you so much. She's
home. Pet owners....never give up, we basically had. Thanks PAWS."
month, news resurfaced about studies performed in the 1990's that
suggested microchips may cause cancer in animals. Naturally, the
reports have made some pet guardians uneasy. But before you decide
against getting a microchip for your pet, consider that PAWS and the
Washington Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) still strongly
recommend all pets be microchipped, and PAWS continues to microchip
every dog or cat adopted from our shelter. The tiny implants coded with
a unique number have been responsible for reuniting hundreds of
thousands of pets with their families for years. Animals are at a much
higher risk of being euthanized in shelters across the country because
they have become lost, than they are of contracting cancer because of
the implant. Read a recent article in the Everett Herald and the WSVMA's statement on microchips.
A tail-wagging success
Thank you to all of our friends who supported PAWS at the 16th annual
PAWSwalk. Presented by 98.9 Smooth Jazz KWJZ, PAWSwalk 2007 was a true
success! While donations for the animals continue to come in, we are
thrilled to announce we have surpassed our goal of $150,000. Read more
and view photos at PAWSwalk.net.
Whether you prefer a couch potato or an avid hiker, we can match you up
with the companion of your dreams---a canine companion, that is.
Throughout October, in celebration of Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month, PAWS
is offering $10 off the adoption fee for dogs one year and older. Let
us introduce you to your new best friend!
Meet Gordon, a sporty fella with a great face.
Meet Priscilla, a sensitive gal with a calm spirit.