December 2004

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PAWS Mailing Address:
PO Box 1037
Lynnwood WA, 98046

PAWS Physical Address:
15305 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98037

Santa Claws is Coming to Town!
Stop by the Lynnwood PetSmart December 4th, 5th or 11th between 11 am and 4 pm to get a photo of your pet with Santa Claws and help raise funds for homeless animals. For each photo package purchased, PetSmart will donate a portion of the proceeds to PAWS. In addition, PAWS is a beneficiary of the PetSmart Giving Tree. So don those jingle-bell collars, snowflake sweaters and red bows to join the holiday fun and help PAWS. PetSmart is located at 18820 Highway 99 in Lynnwood (425.672.4422). Thank you PetSmart!

6,000th Cat Adopted from Cat City
PAWS reached an inspirational milestone in November as the 6,000th cat was adopted from Cat City, PAWS' satellite adoption center in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood. The lucky cat was an eight-week-old Siamese kitten named Marcus, who went home with a family from Everett. "I walked in and immediately saw this little guy so I picked him up," said Marcus' new mom. "He gave me a kiss on the cheek and I fell in love."

When PAWS Cat City opened in 1997, it was the first of its kind in Seattle: a cat colony adoption facility. With its neighborhood setting, relaxed, home-like environment and cats roaming free of cages, potential adopters are able to interact with them in a bright, comfortable atmosphere. More about Cat City

November was a "Bear" of a Month at the PAWS Wildlife Center
In early November the PAWS Wildlife Center received a call from a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) agent, attempting to capture a young bear that had been hanging out alone near some houses in Baring. The agent feared she had been orphaned, and might not make it through the winter without her mother. After successfully capturing her using tranquilizer darts, the agent brought her into the Wildlife Center. Weighing in at about 60 pounds, the bear was in good body condition. She did require antibiotics to treat an infection that had developed in one of her dart wounds, but is now clear of the infection and doing well in the care of the skilled Wildlife Center staff.

The day before Thanksgiving, the Center received another call from a WDFW agent who was attempting to capture another young bear alone near Cedar Falls. The circumstances were similar to those under which the previous bear was found--spotted several times by concerned citizens, too young to be without a mother. This bear was a male and smaller than our first patient, only 21 pounds. Other than being a little bit thin, he also was in good health.

Currently, both bears are being housed separately at the Wildlife Center. Luckily, the Center has fewer animals this time of year, so there is a little extra room for these extraordinary animals. In the near future, the two will be introduced to each other, as young animals tend to fare better when housed with others of the same species.

Although November was a "bear" of a month, PAWS is no stranger to caring for bears. Including these two, PAWS has worked with 45 orphaned bear cubs in the past 18 years. Watch video of a bear released earlier this year.

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas
For the person on your list who relishes the beauty of Washington wildlife, give him or her the 2005 PAWS Wildlife Center Calendar. Each month features an exquisite photo of and fascinating facts about a wild animal cared for in the Center. Calendars are available at the Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, Cat City in Seattle or order online. When purchased in person, they are $15 each or $70 for five (a $5 savings), tax included. Call the Wildlife Center at 425.787.2500, ext. 817 for questions.

Honor a beloved friend or family member with a donation to PAWS. With a donation of $35 or more, your loved one will receive our touching PAWS magazine and invitations to events for one year. This is a gift that truly makes a difference in thousands of animals' lives each year at PAWS and will inspire the animal-lovers in your life. You can also call our development office at 425.787.2500.

Home for the Holidays Update
We are a third-way through our Home for the Holidays campaign and so far, PAWS has found new, loving families for 188 dogs and cats (as well as reunited 22 other lost animals with their guardians). Through January 2nd, we hope to give the same gift to 312 more animals for a total of 500 animals in new homes for the holidays.

Because so many people look to add a new four-legged member to their families this time of year, PAWS encourages people to look to their local animal shelter for a new friend instead of a pet store or a breeder. The animals in our care are healthy, well-adjusted and desperately looking for a second chance. (See some of the dogs and cats available for adoption at PAWS.) Our highly skilled adoption advisors act as personal matchmakers to help adopters find special companions who will fit perfectly into their lifestyles. The PAWS Companion Animal Shelter in Lynnwood and Cat City in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood are open every day except Mondays and major holidays. See hours and directions. Please tell a friend, neighbor or relative who may be looking for a new friend to give a homeless animal a home for the holidays!

Youth in Action
In the spirit of volunteerism and Thanksgiving, PAWS was lucky to have the help of more than 85 fifth graders from Snohomish's Hidden River Middle School last week. They worked diligently for four hours, spreading bark chips on our dog walking trail, raking up piles of leaves and decorating holiday thank you cards. As part of their service-learning experience, they also received tours of the Companion Animal Shelter and Wildlife Center lobby so they could have a better understanding of what PAWS is all about. With buckets, wheelbarrows, rakes and shovels, they tidied up our campus for the staff, volunteers, visitors and animals to enjoy. Thank you Hidden River Middle School!

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