Say your peace for geese
Seattle Parks and Recreation is currently gathering public input to
help develop their Strategic Business Plan that will guide their
decisions over the next five years. As Parks says: "Public comment will
be used to assess what Parks does well, what it could improve, and its
strategic opportunities, and to inform the overall vision."
This is the perfect opportunity to thank Parks for the positive work they have done over the last four years through the Seattle Goose Program
in choosing humane methods of managing conflicts with Canada Geese over
lethal removal. It's also a great time to encourage Parks to keep up
the good work and continue these efforts, urging them to permanently
integrate effective, non-lethal practices of managing geese into their
standard operations. Here's how you can help:
Please take action right away, as the comment period will be over
soon. Thank you for your continued help in ensuring both people and
geese can enjoy the beauty of Seattle's parks!
Georgie needs a home for the holidays
is literally growing up at PAWS. He arrived in August aged five months
old and is going to be 10 months old at the end of December. With the
loving care of our staff and volunteers, Georgie is receiving the
important training and socialization that every young dog needs, but
shelter life is still not a replacement for home life. He came close to
finding a new home in October after he joined the PAWS booth at a Cesar
Milan book signing (a famous dog trainer known as the "dog whisperer").
Milan himself invited Georgie to join him onstage at Benaroya Hall for
a sold-out seminar the next day. Georgie showed off his star
personality and his good manners, dispelling the myths that pit bulls
are inherently bad dogs. After the event, audience members engulfed him
in hugs, took photos and asked about adopting him. Everyone at PAWS
thought this would be his big break and he would finally get the home
he deserves. It wasn't so.
Clipped to Georgie's kennel are four double-sided pages of notes
made by our volunteer dog walkers, with descriptions such as "Sweet,
gentle and enthusiastic," "Great on a leash," and, "This guy is a gem."
So if you are looking for a handsome, spirited dog to join your family
this holiday season, take the time to get to know Georgie.
He's ready for any adventure with you from making new friends, to
hiking, to exploring the comforts of the couch. If Georgie hasn't met
his new family by this Saturday, December 8, you can visit him at the
PAWS booth at Smiley Dog in Edmonds for their annual open house.
The holidays are a time for families---so this year make a homeless
animal, like Georgie, part of yours, and experience the joy of
Give a gift of compassion
Need a unique stocking stuffer? Looking for the perfect gift for a
loved one who seems to have everything? Don't forget to visit PAWS Store
where you'll find just the right thing for every animal lover on your
list. With apparel, calendars, adoption gift certificates and more,
we've got your holiday shopping all wrapped up.
A Hairy Woodpecker looking for insects in a snag.
Ways to help wildlife this winter
There are many easy ways to be a good friend to your wildlife neighbors this winter. Consider the following tips:
- Clean bird feeders weekly. When animals gather in one area,
they can easily pass diseases to each other. In the winter, some birds
may visit more often, so it is even more important to keep feeders
- Check the perimeter of your house for holes that may
provide easy access for animals and seal them properly (after making
sure no animals are inside). Animals may look for refuge inside attics,
crawl spaces and basements.
- Get a cap for your chimney to allow smoke to escape, but keep animals from getting in.
- Securely cover garbage cans, as hungry animals may be tempted by your food waste which can be very harmful to them.
- Prune your trees now before prime breeding season gets underway in late winter/early spring.
that brush pile and any standing, dead trees (also called snags). They
provide excellent habitat and food sources for a variety of wild
- Get help for injured wildlife right away. If you
find an animal you think needs help, call PAWS at 425.787.2500 x817 for
- Before disposing of your Christmas tree, call PAWS
at the number above, to see if we can use it in caring for our wild
patients. Please do remember to call before bringing in the tree.
Thank you for your compassion for wildlife!
Get a photo of your canine kids with Santa Paws
Visit the Buster & Sullivan
store in Seattle's University Village on Sunday, December 9, and for
$20, your dog can be photographed with Santa for the holidays. The
price includes a whole photo package and all proceeds will benefit the
animals at PAWS. Santa will be on site from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so be
sure to stop by and get your photos before he takes off to see all the
other good little puppies and kittens in the world. University Village
is a busy shopping area, so be sure to bring your dog on leash or in a
carrier for safety. For more information call Buster & Sullivan at
Happy Birthday to PAWS
In December 1967 the Progressive Animal Welfare Society was
incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. We are now officially 40
years old! And we are here because of the compassion of everyone in our
community who volunteers, brings in food and supplies, supports us
financially through gifts, gives new homes to companion animals, and
spreads the word about humane living. As our fortieth year comes to a
close, we want to thank you for all you do to help animals---the
wildlife in your neighborhood, your family pets, and those animals in
need. Together we are creating a better world for animals.