Walk for animals at PAWSwalk this September
Join thousands of people with hearts and soles on Saturday, September
10th for this year's PAWSwalk - presented by 98.9 Smooth Jazz KWJZ - to
raise money and support the programs and services at PAWS. The animals
need your help!
You don't have to have a canine best friend to pull you along. Walk in
honor of your cat, horse, rabbit or perhaps a wild animal. Gather your
friends, family, coworkers, book club or softball team to raise money
for animals in need. Afterward, enjoy vendor booths, refreshments, and
Register today and start collecting pledges online at www.pawswalk.net.
Personalize your pledge website and send emails to your friends and
associates, asking for their support. Not web savvy? Call 425.787.2500,
ext. 833 to register and receive your walker's kit with pledge forms,
complete instructions and tips for collecting pledges.
Registration begins at 8 am, the walk starts at 10 am and the
celebration runs until 1 pm. Registration is $20 before the event, $25
the day of. Kids 12 and under are free with a registered adult. Every
walker receives a PAWSwalk bandana. To receive a t-shirt, walkers must
bring $50 in donations (registration fee not included) and for $250
they receive a PAWS hooded sweatshirt. Social, leashed dogs are welcome
on the walk. They must be current on vaccinations, over four months
old, friendly to people and other dogs, and not in heat.
Help us spread the word about this event by forwarding this email. The more the merrier to celebrate helping animals!
Seattle Foundation supports PAWS Cat City
Cats Rule! And the Seattle Foundation agrees. On June 17th, PAWS received a $15,000 grant for our operations at Cat City
--our largest donation thus far from the Seattle Foundation. Thanks to
their generous gift, we can continue to provide exceptional care for
homeless cats and kittens awaiting adoption at Cat City. Thank you
Do wildlife babies need your help?
Before you decide to rescue young wild animals you find on a hike, in
your backyard or on the side of a road, make sure they really need your
This time of year, deer - as well as cottontail rabbits and other
animals - leave their babies alone for extended periods while they
forage for food. In addition, there are lots of fledgling songbirds
awkwardly hopping around learning to fly and fend for themselves.
Currently, PAWS is caring for five deer fawns in our Wildlife
Rehabilitation Center and do not have room for any more. At least three
of them were accidentally "kidnapped" by well-meaning people who didn't
realize they didn't need human assistance. Although they are receiving
excellent care at PAWS, their mothers would have done a much better job
at raising them.
If you find a baby animal and are not sure if he needs help, call PAWS'
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at 425/787-2500, ext. 817 or use the
interactive guide on what to do if you find a baby animal on our
website at www.paws.org/wildlife/injured/. And please share this information with your friends and family!
How can you say no to these faces?
These are just two of the kitten cuties waiting for foster care right
now at PAWS. Hundreds of kittens continue to stream into PAWS, and they
need your help. This is the season when PAWS' foster care room fills up
quickly and foster parents are called on to provide temporary care for
these little fuzzy bodies.
Many just need a little care, attention and socialization, while other
kittens require more intensive nurturing, including bottle-feeding.
Some adult animals could also use some time to recover from illnesses
in a home environment. All you need is a love for animals, a little
time and a suitable space, like an extra bathroom. Contact PAWS' Foster
Care Coordinator Jennifer Westfall at JenniferW@paws.org or 425/787-2500, ext. 822 to learn more. How can you say no to these faces?
Kids Who Care
Thanks to the dedicated PAWS humane education team, hundreds of
school-aged kids will have a safer, more enjoyable summer when it comes
to animals. During the spring session of the Kids Who Care program,
volunteers and staff visited 12 classrooms in Everett, Mukilteo,
Edmonds, and Shoreline School districts. We reached 300 children with
72 in-depth lessons on responsible companion animal care, peaceful
co-existence with wildlife, and empathy for farm animals. And this is
just one fraction of the humane education efforts at PAWS - during the
month of May alone, 62 programs were delivered, reaching almost 800
kids! Learn more about PAWS humane education programs.
New digs for raccoons at PAWS
After two years of raising necessary funds, laying the foundation and
assembling the parts, two of the four new raccoon cages in the Wildlife
Rehabilitation Center are up and running. Last week, a group of
juvenile raccoons, ready to move on from the mammal nursery, christened
the new pre-release conditioning enclosures. They tried out the raccoon
hammocks, tested the branches and took advantage of the space.
Housing the raccoons in four separate units instead of one large one,
will allow PAWS to better manage different age groups of raccoons and
minimize disease transmission. The cages are made of metal and
therefore can be flame-sterilized after raccoons are released, the only
way to kill the roundworm that many raccoons carry. In addition, the
concrete floors are equipped with a drainage system that leads directly
to the sewer and the water treatment plant.
While the current raccoon guests prepare for their future release back
to the wild, staff and volunteers are diligently working on completing
the construction of the last two enclosures. Thanks to the many
individuals who helped make these improvements possible through gifts
of time, money and supplies. At PAWS, we continue to strive to provide
the highest standard of care for wildlife patients in need.
Bear release video now available
Video of the releases of three bears featured in last month's newsletter is now available.
The two females were released 35 miles apart in the Mount Baker
Snoqualmie National Forest and the male was released deep in the Cedar
River Watershed. They had been brought in separately and spent the
winter socializing with each other and gaining weight. PAWS has
successfully rehabilitated and released 39 bears since the founding of
the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in 1981.
Watch it now!
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