Come Bark in the Park for PAWS!
We're just four weeks from the 17th annual PAWSwalk
on Saturday, September 6 at Seattle's Magnuson Park. Presented by 98.9
KWJZ and Castor & Pollux Pet Works, this year's event promises to
Now is the perfect time to register at PAWSwalk.net. You'll receive your own webpage, from which you can e-mail friends, family and coworkers asking for their support.
Your participation will save lives! All proceeds help us care for the thousands of injured, orphaned and homeless animals who need our help year-round.
More than just a walk in the park,
PAWSwalk includes animal-friendly shopping, canine massage, agility
demos, contests, a kid's zone and much more. Get the full scoop on the
fun and a schedule of events at PAWSwalk.net.
100,000 Wild Animals
PAWS recently reached the milestone of caring for 100,000 injured,
orphaned and sick wild animals since beginning wildlife rehabilitation
in 1981. Read the inspiring stories of some animals we've helped heal
and return to the wild in our monthly Wild Again e-newsletter and please consider making a donation to help care for the wild animals currently at PAWS, and in the future.
One Unique Bird
month, PAWS Wildlife Center received a unique baby---a nestling Merlin
(a small type of falcon) who had fallen from his nest in a north
Seattle neighborhood. He and the rest of his family are the first
Merlins confirmed to have nested in Seattle.
The young Merlin was uninjured, but
could not be returned to the nest due to its height (over 80 feet).
Nearly two weeks later, neighbors who had been monitoring the Merlin
nest let us know when the other babies began to fledge---strengthening
and testing their flight muscles.
The Merlin in PAWS' care was then
returned to the neighborhood in a yard near the nest tree, in the hopes
the parents would take over care again. Shortly after being set free,
the young bird started calling and was answered by his siblings in a
nearby tree. The next morning, the watchful human neighbors reported
they had seen the adult birds feeding the recently returned fledgling,
Read more about these unique Seattle residents in the Seattle Times' recent article.
Circus Comes to Town
Ringling Bros. circus is coming to the Comcast Arena at Everett
September 4-7. Over 100 USDA violations prove that Ringling not only
abuses its animals, but also poses threats to public safety. You can
help PAWS educate people on the cruelty that animals face in circuses
by distributing postcards to circus-goers as they leave the shows. If
you are interested, please contact Sylvia Moss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foster to the Rescue
Dotty came to PAWS with her sister as a transfer from the Everett
Animal Shelter. During Dotty's initial exam, PAWS' team found that she
had an old eye injury that had gone untreated. The damage was
extensive, so much so, that repairing it would be difficult, and
keeping it would cause more problems. PAWS' veterinarian determined
that her eye should be removed.
To recover after surgery, Dotty went
home with PAWS' foster volunteer Julie Hamilton, who took her to work
every day. With her young and vibrant personality, Dotty was a hit at
the office and at home, impressing everyone she met. After three weeks
in foster care, Dotty is now back at PAWS looking for her forever home.
With the dedication of foster
volunteers like Julie, PAWS is able to save more than 1,000 at-risk and
vulnerable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens every year. Join us in
saving lives by becoming a foster care volunteer today.
Tips for Co-existing with Raccoons
It's that time of year when young Raccoons are no longer infants, and
are heading out with mom to explore and search for food. This means you
may see more Raccoons in your neighborhood, and therefore, should take
simple steps to ensure you don't accidentally cause conflicts with them.
intentionally feed Raccoons, as they can lose their fear of humans and
become aggressive and too dependent on people for food. Bad news for
them and for you.
- Tightly secure your trash cans and compost bins with bungee cords, weights or rope.
any pet doors after dark to prevent Raccoons from coming in the house,
and move all food items away from the pet door entrance.
- Remove any pet food, bird feeders and fallen fruit from outside.
your pets by keeping them indoors, especially at night and creating a
secure pen for outdoor pets, such as ducks and chickens.
- Thoroughly clean barbecue grills and grease traps after each use.
these tips with your friends, family and neighbors. It's up to us to
prevent conflicts and take the steps necessary to co-exist peacefully
you are experiencing conflicts with Raccoons or other wildlife, call
PAWS Wildlife Center for assistance at 425.787.2500 x817.
Report to the Community
PAWS' 2007 Report to the Community
is now available online. Read about our accomplishments last year and
how generous support from people like you helps us save lives.