It’s for the birds
Join PAWS for this year's Puget Sound Bird Fest
in Edmonds May 12 and 13, featuring expert speakers
(including PAWS staff Kevin Mack, naturalist and
Candy Brown, bird care supervisor), guided outdoor
birding walks, special field trips by bus and boat,
workshops, and children’s activities. Coinciding
with International Migratory Bird Day, the festival
marks an ideal time for viewing over 200 species
of wild birds identified in Edmonds. There's something
for the beginning birder and nature enthusiast,
as well as for advanced ornithologists. Most activities
are free, some are by suggested donation. Visit www.pugetsoundbirdfest.com for
updated information and schedule of events.
Calling all kids!
PAWS Kid's Day is coming up on Saturday,
May 6. This once-a-year spring event is for kids
ages 10-13 to get an inside look at PAWS, learn
about the wild and companion animals PAWS cares
for, and take part in a service project to help
them. For more information parents, guardians or
group leaders can contact Julie Stonefelt at 425.787.2500,
ext. 258 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please
note: Kid's Day participants will be able
to visit dogs and cats during their activities,
but will not have direct contact with any animals
in PAWS' care during the event.
Volunteers—the people helping animals
April 24 marks the beginning of National
Volunteer Appreciation Week, and PAWS honors and
acknowledges our incredible community of volunteers
who help make our work possible. Over 1,000 volunteers
performed over 50,000 hours of service in 2005,
and 2006 is already off to an incredible start.
Whether they foster animals in their homes, hand-feed
orphaned songbirds, deliver messages of compassion
to school children, give dogs much-needed exercise,
or counsel guardians on cat behavior, PAWS volunteers
are critical to our success. To each and every
volunteer, thank you from the bottom of our hearts
for your service to PAWS and to the animals! Find
out more about becoming a PAWS volunteer.
Wild Night to remember
than 330 friends of animals gathered in March at
W Seattle for Wild Night: A Gala Celebration for
PAWS. And what a celebration it was! Guests sipped
the Wild Night signature cocktail—the PAWSmopolitan—while
browsing an array of silent auction items to the
cool sounds of the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble.
After an animal-friendly banquet, the pace picked
up with Emmy award-winning emcee Christine Chen,
of Q13 FOX News @ Ten, and auctioneer Howard Choder.
The bidding was fast and furious as guests vied
for unique items such as an instant wine cellar
of 80 fine vintages and the opportunity to feature
their pet in the PAWS 2007 calendar, photography
by B. Sparks. There were tears of joy when more
than $40,000 was generously donated in the Fund
a Need —paying for four months of PAWS’ medical
costs for the animals.
the end of the evening, more than $160,000 was
raised to support PAWS’ life-saving work
—exceeding the event goal by more than $40,000!
To our Wild Night sponsors, Honorary Event Chair
Muriel Van Housen, table captains and their guests,
auction donors, members of the PAWS board, and
volunteers, a thousand thank yous.
PAWS Youth Helping Animals award
During Wild Night, the inaugural
PAWS Youth Helping Animals award was presented
to Catherine Hannan in special recognition of her
leadership and compassion for animals. Last year,
Catherine created an organization called Sun Puppies
to host a fundraising walk to help dogs cared for
by Rescue Every Dog, a support group for rural
animal shelters . The walk raised $750 that paid
for life-saving surgery for a puppy. Congratulations
Catherine! Your dedication to animals is an inspiration
to us all!
Snips save lives during Spay Day
In February, 412 spay and neuter surgeries were
performed during the 12th annual Spay Day campaign,
co-sponsored by PAWS and its shelter partners
the N.O.A.H. Center, WAIF, and the Humane Society
of Skagit Valley. 307 cats and 105 dogs were
altered thanks to 42 veterinary clinics in Snohomish,
Island and Skagit counties. Their efforts will
save thousands of lives by preventing unwanted
litters of kittens and puppies from being born
in our local communities. If you or someone you
know is seeking veterinary care, start by looking
at our Spay
Day veterinary partners as they are actively supporting a more humane
can still do your part to help end the euthanasia
of healthy, adoptable animals by having your dog
or cat altered today and encouraging your friends
and family to do the same for their companion animals.
for a complete list of clinics that offer low-cost
spay/neuter services year-round.
Things they are a-changin'
If you've been by the PAWS Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center lately, you may have noticed the landscape
in front looks a little more open. That's because
PAWS is developing a new wildlife interpretive
trail system to educate the public about wildlife
rehabilitation, human-wildlife conflict resolutions,
and native plant and animal species. This trail
system will be a great way for PAWS' visitors
to learn more about wildlife in their community
and another opportunity to teach younger generations
of animal lovers how to humanely coexist with
wild animals. Stay tuned to the PAWS website
and the email newsletters for updates.
out for abused animals—it’s
Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month
Mooie, the four-month old puppy who suffered terrible
chemical burns in March, is a harsh reminder that
animal cruelty is a reality right here in our own
community (read about Mooie in PAWS
Friends of animals across the globe spoke out and
made it known that violence against animals is
unacceptable, and that we have a responsibility
to find and prosecute perpetrators swiftly. We
are proud of those who raised their voices for
an innocent being who did not have one.
honor of Prevention of Animal Cruelty month this
April, do your part and remain vigilant, report
animal cruelty, and educate others about what they
can do to help an animal in need. Learn
about reporting animal cruelty. There are countless
others like Mooie whose pain and suffering don’t
make headlines. You can make a difference
for an abused or neglected animal.
Looking for a new best friend?
may not have to travel far from home to find the
furry companion of your dreams. PAWS will be at
two community locations with adoptable animals
on Saturday, April 8. Dogs looking for new homes
will be at the Aurora Village Petco located at
1271 North 205 th in Seattle from 11 am to 3 pm.
Cats looking for new homes will be at the Mukilteo
YMCA located at 10601 47 th Place West from 10
am to 1 pm. For more information email email@example.com.
And don't forget, you can always visit PAWS
shelter in Lynnwood or PAWS
Cat City to meet more fabulous animals.
New faces nearly every day!
"Make Mine Chocolate! ™"
Children are eagerly anticipating the surprises
they'll receive this Easter. Perhaps one of their
wishes is to have a real-life bunny. But do you
know what it takes to properly care for a rabbit?
Are you willing to make a life-long commitment
to the rabbit knowing you, not your child, will
ultimately be responsible?
Although rabbits can make wonderful companions, their
needs and personalities are very different from dogs
and cats. Each year bunnies are given at Easter and
inevitably, for many the novelty soon wears off.
These rabbits are then abandoned at shelters and
sanctuaries, or worse, dumped in parks or on roads
where they are attacked by predators, killed by cars
or starve. This year, make the right decision for
our rabbit friends and for your family, and make
your Easter bunny a chocolate one. Click
here for more information on rabbits or visit http://www.makeminechocolate.org.