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Love animals like we do?
At PAWS Wildlife Center, volunteers help feed baby birds and mammals, as well as clean enclosures, wash dishes and prepare food for hundreds of other wildlife patients. In our Foster Care Program, we are looking for people to provide extra TLC in their own homes to orphaned kittens and puppies or sick adult dogs and cats. Our goal is to help them grow stronger and become ready for adoption into a new home.
A fledgling House Finch being syringe-fed at PAWS Wildlife Center.
Looking for a more flexible commitment and enjoy speaking to people about animals? PAWS also needs folks who want to share the good word about PAWS at community fairs and festivals in King and Snohomish Counties. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old to sign up for a position, but those helping with foster care can enlist the help of everyone in the family. Learn more about volunteering at PAWS, and be a part of our life-saving work.
A safe cat is a happy cat
Students at Seattle Lutheran School give Abby treats.
In PAWS' Ambassador Abby workshop, kids of all ages learn about animal behavior, how to be safe around dogs, and how they can help animals in their community. Abby---the star of these workshops along with her guardian and PAWS Humane Education Coordinator Tiffany Ong---is a certified pet therapy dog and loves to be around kids.
Tiffany says that the best part about these workshops is seeing how the young people connect with Abby. "There are some kids who have never interacted with a dog before and are fearful at first," said Tiffany. "But after they see that Abby is friendly and they learn how to safely greet a dog, they are happily feeding and petting her by the end of the session." Abby has been a friend to a foster child who felt a special connection to this formerly homeless pup. She's also provided comfort and reassurance to a group of kids who felt a little sad after seeing a puppy recovering from an injury in the shelter. Abby is the perfect ambassador for the unconditional love and patience our animal friends give.
To learn more about PAWS' Humane Education Program visit PAWSkids.org.
Lucy had just returned to PAWS after being in foster care with volunteer Chuck Springer for three months. As luck would have it, Chuck and Katie met when she came back to pick up Lucy. "It was really helpful to hear so much about Lucy's personality from Chuck," said Katie. "And I think he felt good that she would be going home with a crazy cat person, like me!"
That's not the end of the story either. As Katie was walking out of the cat room with Lucy in tow, another six-month old kitten caught her eye---this one had gray stripes. Jethro, now called Pants (named by Katie's 17-year-old son), joined the Olney household as the fourth feline. Thank you Katie, for being a "crazy cat person" and giving your furry friends the loving homes they deserve!
A food lovers' delight