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Adventures for your cat | PAWSwalk | Upcoming events

Does that seal pup need help?

They’re cute and fuzzy with big dark eyes. But don’t mistake that cuteness as a need for help. Harbor Seal pups spend a lot of time out of the water on beaches warming up or resting while their moms are away feeding, sometimes for up to 48 hours. More often than not a pup does not need help, and it’s actually illegal for people to touch or disturb any marine mammal. NOAA Fisheries recommends observing from more than 100 yards away with binoculars or a spotting scope.

If you are worried a Harbor Seal pup is orphaned, sick or injured,
Harbor Seal pup at PAWS Wildlife Center
you should call the Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1.800.853.1964. The network will monitor the pup and determine if he needs help. If he does, they’ll arrange for the pup to be brought to PAWS or another permitted wildlife rehabilitation center for care. Learn more about sharing the shore with Harbor Seal pups.

An all-new Bella

It’s amazing what a loving, stable home can do for a dog who’s unsure about the world. Bella (formerly Zora) was scared of all kinds of new things, but was sweet and eager to please. She most likely wasn’t introduced to different situations as a puppy, but that was not a problem for Rebecca Taylor and her family, who adopted Bella in May.

On the first night in her new home, Bella chose to sleep in the bathroom. She must have found comfort in that quiet, small space. Two days later, once she realized her home really wasn’t scary, was actually quite fun and full of love, she opened up—happily meeting other dogs, stealing slippers, and playing with Rebecca’s seven-year-old twins, just as a young Lab should do.
Bella at PAWS Companion Animal Shelter before her adoption

A month after being home, the remnants of the fearful dog are gone. Bella has even enjoyed a few romps at the off-leash dog park. Thank you Rebecca and family for giving a scared pup a new start in life!

Adventures for your cat

The best way to help your cat live a long, healthy life, to be respectful of your neighbors’ property, and to protect wildlife, is to keep your cat inside. But some people think that an indoor cat lives a monotonous and adventure-less life. In reality, there are many ways you and your indoor kitty can reap the benefits of the outdoors without the dangers.
  • Train your cat to walk on a leash. See how one PAWS’ alumna enjoys leashed walks. Get tips on leash-training your cat from the ASPCA.
  • Give your cat an outdoor enclosure so he can get fresh air and exercise. There are many different options, from do-it-yourself kits, to pre-built structures, to home-made ideas.
A cat enjoys the sun safely in her outdoor cat enclosure.
  • Provide your cat with window perches, scratching posts, toys and cat trees that will make his indoor abode a place worth exploring.
  • Spend time outside together in the backyard while closely supervising your feline friend.

PAWSwalk

Registration is now open for PAWSwalk, the best walkathon fundraiser in town. Join us this year for a day of celebration on Saturday, the 11th of September.

The Top Walker gets the honor of choosing next year’s Top Dog who will lead the walk around Magnuson Park in Seattle in 2011, and the Top Youth Fundraiser receives a Microsoft Zune. So get a jump on your fundraising before people leave town for summer trips, and help injured, orphaned and homeless animals get the new lives they deserve.
Happy dog at PAWSwalk

Upcoming events

Join PAWS at one of these events around Puget Sound:
  • Shoreline Solar Fest: July 17, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave N. Stop by the PAWS booth to get information on co-existing with local wildlife as a way to create a sustainable community.
  • Mill Creek Festival: July 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mill Creek Blvd, just north of 164th St SE. Bring your dog to the Pet Plaza to be tested as a Canine Good Citizen.
  • Meow in Mukilteo cat adoption fair: July 18, noon to 3 p.m. Find your new feline companion at the Rose Hill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave, in old town Mukilteo, close to the ferry terminal.
  • Greenwood Seafair Parade: July 28, 6 p.m. along Greenwood Ave N in Seattle from N 95th to N 85th. Wave to the PAWS float—or walk with us if you like. You and your parade-friendly dog are welcome (but dogs not required). Register to be in the parade by contacting Eleanor Blackford at eblackford@paws.org or 425.412.4027.



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