May 9, 2008 

Wild Night breaks all records

Photo of Kelly Tofte bidding at Wild Night.
Photo by Scott Aitken, Team Photogenic
More than 500 compassionate community members came together at Wild Night on April 5 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel to help PAWS raise close to $300,000 for animals in need. Featuring live music, a gourmet animal-friendly dinner, and spirited silent and live auctions, Wild Night was by all accounts a record-breaking success for the animals! A highlight of the evening was the presentation of our third annual Youth Helping Animals Award to Audrey Long and Theresa Edwards, two very deserving 12-year-olds who researched the horrible conditions of puppy mills and spoke out against them in front of the Washington State legislature. View photographs by Team Photogenic of this spirited event.

Get to know PAWS
Do you want to learn more about our life-saving work at PAWS? Then check out our new video created and donated by Juice Creative, Flying Spot and Bad Animals. View it in our Video Gallery, and if you like it, please forward to a friend.

Kids and animals
Do you know a kid who is crazy about animals, who loves all creatures from dogs and cats, to mice, bears, seals and eagles? We have just the thing for young people who fit that description: PAWS' Kids Helping Animals e-newsletter. The spring edition features a review on a book about a dog named Buster who gets lost, a cool story about an injured coyote at PAWS, and more. To check it out, and to sign up to receive future e-newsletters, visit the newsletter section on

From shelter dog to beach dog
This recent update of a former PAWS' shelter dog will make your heart sing: Indy was transferred from the Skagit Valley Humane Society to PAWS, as part of our Placement Partner Program. PAWS takes in animals from other shelters to help relieve over-crowding, or simply give the animals another chance at finding their forever homes. Indy's new guardian, Jeff Holt shared with us how he is doing now:

"Just wanted to let you know that Indy is one happy dog! We adopted this wonderful black Chesapeake Retriever one week before Christmas from your facility. It is sad that he had to spend four months in shelters, but we so Photo of Indy playing in the Pacific Ocean.appreciate that you didn't give up on him. Indy is WONDERFUL. How anyone could leave him, I just don't understand.

Indy now lives a two-minute walk from the beach on Bainbridge Island where he runs and swims for sticks. He graduated from a six-week obedience class and now is one polite and smart boy! He rises at the crack of dawn with a walk at 5:45 a.m., escorts our daughter to her school bus each day, plays in the afternoon and takes a nice flashlight walk before calling it a day. He's played in the Pacific Ocean on the Oregon coast and will be traveling down Highway 101 this summer for two weeks of fun! Please pass along our heartfelt appreciation to all of your devoted and hardworking volunteers. You do make a tremendous difference to the animals and their future families."

We are tremendously grateful to you, Jeff and family! You're the one who made a big difference in Indy's life because you chose to adopt from a shelter, giving a homeless dog a second chance. Thank you!

Mother knows best
Photo of a Nestling Robin gaping.Only a mother could love a featherless or hairless, constantly hungry, begging baby. Well, to be fair, she and the staff and volunteers who provide care for orphaned wild animals at PAWS. However, we at PAWS would prefer to leave the rearing of young wild ones to their wise mothers as nature intended. So when you come upon a wild baby bird or mammal in your yard, on a hike or on school grounds, what should you do?

The answer to depends on several factors. To best assist you, PAWS created printable guides to help you determine whether or not a wild baby animal needs your assistance. View, download and print them from our injured and orphaned wildlife webpage. And whenever in doubt, don't hesitate to call PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.787.2500 x817. We are happy to help!

Be bear aware
It's that time of year when bears are waking up after spending a long winter hibernating in their dens. Some females will be coming out with new cubs, born in late winter. Others will be on their own for the first time without mom. All of them will be hungry, with their first order of business to find food.

Photo of Black Bear 062708 at release.With our colder weather stretching longer than usual, some food sources are late in coming. This may mean some bears will venture into the lower elevations in search of something to eat. If you live in more rural areas, close to a greenbelt, or even in new developments that have only recently gone from forest to suburbia, it's a good time to make sure you aren't potentially attracting bears to your property. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), "The number one reason for conflict, (95% of the calls to offices) are the result of irresponsibility on the part of people: Access to trash, pet food, bird feeders, and improper storage of food while camping make up the majority of the calls."

Read more on how you can prevent conflicts with bears, including what to do if you encounter one, on the WDFW's website. Also, check out Bear Awareness Week (May 12- 18).

Save the date
Paddle for PAWS---Sunday, June 29. Help our daring friends Bob Donovan and Paul Zimmerman raise $10,000 for PAWS by donating in honor of their 3.5-mile swim across Puget Sound. Then, join us in welcoming them at the beach in Lincoln Park in West Seattle. Learn more.

PAWSwalk---Saturday, September 6. Come to Seattle's Magnuson Park for a 5k walk (with or without your favorite pooch), a Kid's Zone, canine agility course, free samples galore and more! Online registration and more details will be available soon. | Support PAWS | Volunteer | Adopt | Co-exist with Wildlife | Report Animal Cruelty

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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.

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