May 2002

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Buddy, 100,000th animal adopted today from PAWS shelter


Buddy Graham, the 100,000 companion animal adopted from the PAWS shelter.

Buddy, a young Irish Setter mix adopted today by the Graham family from Arlington, became the 100,000th animal adopted at PAWS. A ceremony on the PAWS campus honored Buddy and his new family View video of the adoption ceremony. The adoption was 35 years in the making. PAWS began adopting animals out the back of the PAWS Thrift Store way back in 1967. Within two years PAWS had a new home and an actual shelter in rural Lynnwood. Some fun facts about the 100,000 PAWS companion animals: Assuming that the average PAWS animal lives about 10 years after adoption, PAWS animals have (or will have) provided one-third of a billion days of love to their families. PAWS cats and dogs will have eaten close to a billion meals. If all of the PAWS cats and dogs were to get on a scale, they would weigh 1,000 tons. Assuming that the average PAWS cat or dog (but let's face it, there is no average PAWS cat or dog) provides 10 face-licks or tens snuggly purrs a day, there have been almost 4 billion of these wonderful affirmations of love. Are you a PAWS family? Come to a giant familiy reunion of PAWS animals and their families at Bark in the Park at Seattle's Magnuson Park on September 14. People with cats, and people who have cats and dogs who have passed away are encouraged to bring photos. Everyone will get to participate in a giant family photo, and contribute to a "family memory" book. For more information about Bark in the Park, visit More details about the family reunion will be posted over the summer.

PAWS kittens need foster families
The PAWS shelter is full of kittens that could use your help. We need foster care families to help kittens too young to be adopted. "We really need the help," says Liz Soderlund, PAWS Foster Care Coordinator. "Last year we had 26 kittens in March, but this year we had 104. And it has stayed extremely busy." Typically the busiest months are June and July. Liz is especially looking for people interested in short-term foster familes; people willing to be on call to take kittens for a few days or a week, until a more permanent situation can be found. If you would like to be a foster parent, or just learn more about foster parenting, visit the PAWS Foster Care page. The page has an online foster care application as well. If you would like to talk to Liz about foster care, call her at 425-787-2500 extension 822.

We need your help to save animals
PAWS will save the lives of 10,000 animals at our Lynnwood facility this year. We will help thousands more through our animal advocacy and humane education programs. But we could not save a single puppy, kitten, bear, bobcat, or eagle without you. We rely almost entirely on donations from the public to continue to save the lives of animals. We are relying on you. You can help animals right now by visiting our secure online donation form. Thank you for helping save animals.

Panda expert from China comes to PAWS for a little Northwest bear know-how
Zhou Xiao Ping, Assistant Director of Research and Panda Reproduction Coordinator for the Giant Panda Conservation Center in China, paid the PAWS Wildlife Center a visit last week to learn techniques for reintroducing bears into the wild. The Giant Panda is a poster-animal for threatened species worldwide. The Giant Panda Conservation Center has had tremendous success breeding Pandas in captivity, and is trying to investigate techniques for successful introduction of captive-bred bears into the wild. The PAWS Wildlfe Center, having rehabilitated and released three dozen black bears in the Washington wild, was a perfect place for Mr. Xiao Ping to visit. At PAWS he visited the wildlife staff, the bear facilities, and went on a field visit to a bear den release site near Mt. Rainier.

10 Seattle restaurants sign PAWS pledge and NO to serving cruelly-raised veal
Ten prominent Seattle restaurants have pledged not to serve "special-fed" or crated veal as part of PAWS' campaign to educate the public about the veal industry. Avenuen One, Brasa, The Brooklyn, Canlis, Cascadia, Chez Shea, El Camino, Place Pigalle, Ray's Boathouse, and The Triangle in Fremont all signed the pledge. Jennifer Hillman, PAWS Farm Animal Advocate, led the campaign. If you're looking to patronize a restaurant commited to not participating in the cruelty that the crated-veal industry perpetuates, these ten restaurants are great choices. If you go, give their vegetarian menu options a try! See the addresses of the 10 restaurants.

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