Spring Into Action
PAWS is currently gearing up for our busiest seasons.
We need lots of extra hands to help us care for the many
wild and companion animals we receive during spring and
summer. At PAWS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, volunteers
help feed baby birds and mammals, as well as clean enclosures,
wash dishes and prepare food for hundreds of other wildlife
patients. In our Foster Care Program, we are looking for people
who can provide extra TLC in their own homes to orphaned kittens
and puppies or sick adult dogs and cats. Our goal is to help them
grow stronger and become ready for adoption into a new home.
Looking for a more flexible commitment and enjoy speaking to people
about animals? PAWS also needs folks who want to share the good word
about PAWS at community fairs in festivals around the Seattle area.
Trainings for community outreach volunteers begin at the end of March.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and wildlife volunteers
must commit to a weekly shift for at least three months. Click
here for more information on volunteering for wildlife,
community outreach and for other volunteer opportunities at
PAWS. Click here for
more information on becoming a foster parent.
Helping people and animals, one call at a time
the time people call PAWS for help with finding a new home for their
companion animal, they often feel they have exhausted all of their
options. Our first approach at PAWS is to determine if people truly
have tried everything and offer suggestions to help keep the animal
with the family. Recently, Eric Osfthus, animal care advisor at PAWS,
handled just such a call.
was very distraught and her son was crying because they thought they
had to rehome their two cats," said Eric when he spoke to the caller.
"The cats had been urinating outside their litter box for more than
urination is a common behavioral problem with cats. Before recommending
solutions, Eric had to first ascertain the possible causes by asking a
series of questions. He went through the standard list, like where the
litter box was located, where the food was in relation to the box, and
what kind of litter she used. After hearing her answers, Eric concluded
the cats had an aversion to the litter box and were not showing signs
was a classic case," said Eric. "I directed the family to information
on our website and gave them a long list of changes with the litter box
and to their own behavior around the cats. I expect them to see results
caller was simply ecstatic and was glad she contacted PAWS. What she
thought would be a traumatic ending, turned out to be a happy new
For assistance with a behavioral issue with your dog or cat, visit PAWS' free Behavior Helpline online or call 425.787.2500, ext. 852 for dog questions or ext. 605 for cat questions.
Looking for tools to get the behaviors you want from your puppy or dog? PAWS is offering
basic obedience classes for puppies 12 to 20 weeks old and dogs five months and older
(two separate classes for these age groups). Intermediate classes are offered as well,
for dogs who have already taken PAWS' Basic Obedience class (or an equivalent class).
The fee for session is $100 per dog. For more information visit the dog
training classes section on PAWS' website, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 425.787.2500, ext. 820
Bad Cat book signing
In partnership with Borders, PAWS supporters can
meet Jim Edgar, local author of Bad Cat: 244 Not-So-Pretty
Kitties and Cats Gone Bad and receive a 10 percent
discount on any purchase March 17-19, 2006, and
when you do, Borders will also donate 10 percent
of the final purchase price to PAWS! Coupons are
also available at the wildlife rehabilitation center
and shelter front lobbies at PAWS' main campus in Lynnwood,
and at PAWS Cat City in Seattle (PAWS
hours and directions) or Download
the special coupon.
Mr. Edgar will be signing copies of Bad Cat at the following Borders locations
across Puget Sound and sharing stories of feline mishaps and adventures:
|Friday, March 17:
||6:00 pm – Tacoma
|Saturday, March 18:
||12:00 pm - Puyallup and 4:00 pm – Tukwila
|Sunday, March 19:
||12:00 pm - Lynnwood and 4:00 pm - Everett
Visit www.borders.com for store hours and directions.
Protect wildlife from unnecessary predation
Do you love observing wildlife in your backyard? Your own
private view into the intricate lives of fascinating species,
like Robins, Flickers or Northern Flying Squirrels. Do you
let your cat roam freely outside, unsupervised? Have you
ever considered the impact your cat may have on the wild
animals you adore? Many cat guardians are unaware of the
extreme danger domestic household cats pose to wildlife.
Did you know that…
- Twelve to 15 percent of the injured wild animals
PAWS receives have been attacked by cats: up to 600 animals
a year, and most do not survive. Those only represent the
animals that are found by people and brought to us.
- Well-fed cats still hunt. Cats have an innate
drive to stalk and kill, whether they are hungry or not.
This instinctive behavior cannot be modified through training.
- Bells don't help, as cats can learn to walk quietly
while wearing them and young animals may not be able to
flee even if they do hear the bell.
- Domestic household cats are not part of the natural
food chain. They are predators who have been introduced
and are supported by humans. Because cats don't face the
same pressures as a natural predator, a much larger number
of them can be in an area, more than a natural system can
support. This poses a real risk to wildlife when cats are
allowed to roam free.
- Free-roaming cats frequently disappear. They
may be hit by cars, taken by well-intentioned
or ill-meaning people, poisoned or preyed upon
by wild animals. But whether wild animals are
involved or not, they are often blamed when cats
disappear. Every year bobcats, cougars, coyotes,
raccoons and other wild animals are trapped and
killed for suspected domestic cat predation.
Both wildlife and cats are better off when cats are safely
confined, but this doesn't mean a life of boredom. Purchase
or create an escape-proof (and entry-proof), outdoor enclosure
where your cat can still enjoy the sights and smells. There
are many resources and ideas on the Internet. Leash-train
your cat and take a stroll together around your yard. To
keep your cat's mind and body busy, provide indoor perches
near screened windows for good views and fresh air, and
plenty of interactive toys. Click
here for more information on caring for cats.
Lessons well learned
Vegfest 2006 is an annual, fun vegetarian festival presented by
Vegetarians of Washington, sponsored in part by PAWS, to celebrate and
promote a healthy, animal- and environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Come
visit PAWS' booth at the festival on March 11 and 12, at the Seattle
Center Exhibition Hall and enjoy nutrition presentations, cooking
demonstrations, books for sale and author signings, kids' activities,
and free vegetarian food samples. For more information visit www.vegfest2006.org.
Hundreds of volunteers are needed for Vegfest. Volunteers will receive
a free t-shirt and free admission to the event. To volunteer for
Vegfest, visit www.vegofwa.org/vegfest/volunteer.html to complete a volunteer application form, or call 206.706.2635.