Discover a cat's hidden talent
After 17 years together, Jim and Mira's feline companion passed away
earlier this year. In April, they decided they were ready to open their
hearts to another cat. Every weekend they visited PAWS looking for the
perfect match. No one seemed just right---until Willard came along.
came to PAWS as a stray. At about two years old, with long black hair
and bright green eyes, this cat didn't much care for shelter life. He
was very shy, and then came down with an upper respiratory infection.
But while in our sick cat ward, Willard started to come out of his
shell. Eased by continual TLC from staff and volunteers, he became
comfortable enough to show everyone that he was actually a very
talented cat. His specialty: dancing. To get attention, he would sit on
his hind legs, press his front paws together and move his legs up and
On June 6, Jim came back to PAWS, just as he had every Friday for
the last six weeks. This time, however, at the back of the room, a
beautiful black cat with bright green eyes caught his attention. Jim
walked over to the cage, and the cat did a little dance. It was love at
first sight. With their long search over, Jim and Mira took Willard,
the dancing cat, home the very next day.
There are many cats like Willard at PAWS, who have hidden talents
just waiting to be discovered---from harmonious purring to speedy cat
post climbing. If you've been scouting for a cat companion, make your
next stop at PAWS' cat room in Lynnwood or PAWS Cat City in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. You can also meet some of our gifted felines online. You'll be glad you did!
Paddle for PAWS---Sunday, June 29.
Just a couple of weeks until Bob Donovan and Paul Zimmerman hit the
water to raise $10,000 for PAWS. Show your support by donating in honor
of their 3.5-mile swim across Puget Sound, from Vashon Island to
Lincoln Park. Then, join us in welcoming them at the beach in Lincoln
Park in West Seattle. Learn more.
Fourth of July safety
As you plan your Fourth of July festivities this year, remember that
loud bangs from fireworks, as well as the hubbub of celebrating crowds,
can translate to anxiety for your companion animals. While you make
arrangements to celebrate outdoors, the best place for your pets is
safe at home.
you already know your pet becomes distressed by loud noises like
thunder, consult your veterinarian or professional trainer (find one at
apdt.com) for calming techniques to help desensitize your pet long before the celebrating begins. Read more about working with fearful dogs, working with fearful cats, and training with positive reinforcement.
Most importantly, make sure your pet has a collar with an ID tag and
a microchip (a permanent form of ID), that has your most up-to-date
contact information. (Learn more about microchips.)
While microchips won't fall or wear off, a collar with an ID tag is
often the fastest and easiest way to reunite with your pet, as anyone
who finds your companion can easily read the information on the tag and
get in touch.
- Keep all your pets indoors---never leave animals
outside unattended or chained. A fenced yard cannot contain a terrified
animal desperate to escape, and chaining can cause serious injury. Even
cats that normally spend time outside can become frightened and run
into traffic or seek an unsafe hiding place.
- While your animal is inside, turn on a radio or television to help drown-out the noise from fireworks.
- Remove inappropriate items your pet may chew if he becomes frightened, and provide him with familiar bedding.
are also affected by fireworks. If you find a wild animal who you think
is injured or needs assistance, contact PAWS Wildlife Center at
Wishing you a happy and safe Fourth of July!
PAWSwalk---Saturday, September 6.
It's true that you can win fabulous prizes for raising funds for
animals when you join us at PAWSwalk, but the real reward lies in
knowing that your support means thousands of dogs and cats will receive
expert care and find their forever homes, and injured, sick and
orphaned wild animals will receive the medical care they need to
recover and be returned to the wild. Help give animals in need a second
chance, while enjoying a 5k pledge walk in Seattle's Magnuson Park, a
Kid's Zone, canine agility course, free samples galore and more.
Register today at PAWSwalk.net.
Bond with your dog
Are you being dive-bombed?
Check out PAWS' dog training schedule
and prepare to embark on a new relationship with your dog. Whether you
and your pooch have never been to training, or need a refresher, PAWS'
dog training classes are a great way to strengthen your bond with your
dog while learning some new tricks. PAWS offers a variety of classes
year-round, for all ages of dogs and levels of training. We even have
classes for those, affectionately dubbed, "challenging" dogs.
That sounds about right for this time of year, when many wild species
are busy raising and defending their rapidly-growing young. Encounters
with fledglings---young birds making their first attempts at
flight---are very common. These younglings may spend several days on
the ground before their muscles are strong enough for sustained flight.
During this vulnerable state, their parents avidly protect them.
So if you are being dive-bombed by birds in your neighborhood,
there's a good chance fledglings are nearby. But don't fret. The parent
birds' protective behavior will relax as the young birds develop their
ability to fly and fend for themselves. In the meantime, give these
birds a little extra space to help reduce their stress level and allow
the parents to concentrate on feeding their young.
A protective American Crow parent.
Fremont Fair---Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22.
Come celebrate summer with PAWS at the Fremont Fair.
Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on
Sunday. Look for our new gorgeous tan tent with the PAWS logo on the
A summer recipe favorite
Planning a summer party? Serve this favorite vegan recipe concocted by
PAWS' Foster Care Coordinator Sheri LaVigne. It's very simple, presents
beautifully, and is always a crowd-pleaser---even if you normally
aren't a fan of eggplant. After your guests have tasted and fallen in
love with this dish, let them know it's vegan---it contains no animal
1 medium eggplant
1 medium yellow onion
2-4 Tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil, or softened with hot water
Juice from one lemon
3-4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper
Lots of fresh basil
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Slice eggplant in ½"
pieces. Brush both sides with olive oil and place on a cookie sheet or
in a shallow baking dish. Roast for 10 minutes on each side, until the
eggplant flesh starts to turn brown and is very soft when poked with a
fork. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. When cooled, peel or
scrape skin from the eggplant and discard.
the roasted eggplant, coarsely chopped onion, sun-dried tomatoes,
garlic, lemon juice and 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a food processor and mix
until thoroughly blended. If you don't have a food processor, finely
chop all ingredients and combine.
- Add salt, pepper and basil to taste.
Served as a dip, this is excellent with crackers or fresh veggies;
as a spread it is fantastic on toasted crostini; and it can also be
used as a pizza sauce, or whatever else you can think of to slather it
on. Bon appetit!