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New Beginnings for a Dog and a Seal

11 Days Until PAWSwalk!

We're just over a week from PAWSwalk on Saturday, September 11 at Seattle's Magnuson Park. There is still time to register yourself or your team and raise donations for animals at PAWS. You'll receive your own webpage from which you can e-mail friends, family and coworkers and ask for their support. Use Facebook and Twitter to get your friends and followers on board, too.

Your participation will save lives! Just $5 will feed an orphaned, nestling American Robin for a day, and $30 will feed all the dogs and cats at PAWS for a day. Imagine if you asked 10 friends to donate? Before you know it, we'll collectively reach our $200,000 goal!

More than just a walk in the park, PAWSwalk includes animal-friendly shopping, canine massage, dog agility and flyball demos, contests, a kid's zone, prizes and much more.

Can't make it? Be a virtual walker and a real hero to the animals by registering and collecting donations online. Get the full scoop at PAWSwalk.net.
Two dogs at PAWSwalk 2009
Photo ©2009 Danielle Morrow

Late Summer Wildlife Tips

Even though summer is winding down, wild animals are still active as they prepare for the long winter. This time of year, Raccoon populations are highest as young ones venture out with mom to forage for food. That means encounters may increase, particularly for your pets. What should you do?
  • Feed your pets inside. If that's not possible, then pick up leftover food and dishes when your pet is finished eating and drinking. Raccoons are attracted to pet food and even its remnants on the dishes.
  • Before you let pets outside at night, check your yard. Even if your pets don't mean any harm to Raccoons, they, especially the mom, will act defensively.
  • Do not let your cats roam freely around the neighborhood, especially at night.
  • Close and lock pet doors, as Raccoons may be curious enough to follow the smell of food inside.
Raccoon in bushes
While most wild babies have left the nest, many squirrels are now raising their second litter this year. That means some mother squirrels may have made dens in unlikely places like attics or crawlspaces, or even stranger, in a stove vent like a Ballard man in this story discovered. Squirrels and other animals will take advantage of warm, safe places to raise their young. If you discover a squirrel has a made a den in your house, read these tips on encouraging her to move on and to prevent her from moving in again.

To get answers to any of your wildlife questions, you can call PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.412.4040.


New Beginnings for a Dog and a Seal

Dog Clyde on an innertube behind a boat
We received this great photo from a family who adopted Clyde last fall. This once homeless dog is now having the time of his life with a family who simply adores him - and the feeling is mutual.
Picture from Wild Again
PAWS Wildlife Center cared for this young Harbor Seal for 12 weeks after he was confiscated by state wildlife agents from a couple who had taken him to their hotel room. Now big enough to be on his own, the seal is back in the wild. Read his story.




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