April 2007
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It was a Wild Night
On March 17, friends of animals flocked to the W Hotel in Seattle for Wild Night: A Gala Celebration for PAWS. Master of ceremonies Penny LeGate, of KIRO 7 Eyewitness News, and auctioneer Bob Watt led the way for an elegant and memorable evening.

Caroleve and her mom Tana at Wild Night (photo courtesy of Scott Aitken for TPNW ©2007)
Guests mingled with fellow animal enthusiasts while sipping PAWSmopolitans and Harlequin wines, and competitively bid on an exciting array of silent and live auction packages. By the end of the evening, more than $160,000 was raised to help animals in need!

A highlight of the evening came when PAWS' Youth Helping Animals Award was presented to seven-year-old Caroleve Axtelle. A remarkable young person, Caroleve plays an integral part in caring for foster animals with her family, raised nearly $400 for PAWS by selling home-made dog scarves and lemonade, and chose to become a vegetarian to lessen her impact on the lives of animals. Caroleve is an inspiration to us all.

Thank you to all our sponsors, table captains, guests, donors, and volunteers for making Wild Night an unforgettable celebration of PAWS' 40th anniversary!

Fixing overpopulation in our community
Spay Day has passed, but discounted spaying and neutering continue at PAWS. Due to high demand, PAWS is offering low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for cats and dogs of qualified low-income individuals in the Puget Sound region on Wednesdays through May 23, 2007. Fees are $30 for cats and kittens, and $40 for dogs and puppies. Additional charges may apply for animals who require vaccinations, are overweight, geriatric, in heat or have other medical conditions. For more information or to make an appointment (all surgeries must be scheduled in advance) call PAWS at 425.787.2500 x849.

And the final results are in for Spay Day 2007. Thanks to our shelter partners and 32 vet clinics in Snohomish, Island and Skagit Counties, 253 cats and 77 dogs were spayed and neutered. This huge accomplishment will directly save thousands of animals' lives, through preventing countless unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. You can read more about the event, as well as see the list of participating clinics by visiting PAWS' Spay Day page. Please support our Spay Day partner clinics year round and thank them for helping combat pet overpopulation in our community.

Update on PAWS' bear cub patients
In February's issue, we shared with you KOMO 4 News' coverage on a newly-orphaned Black Bear cub in PAWS' care and wanted to update you on how the female cub featured in the story is doing.

Female bear cub in PAWS' care
The last week of February, she was introduced to the male orphaned bear cub who was brought to PAWS with an injured leg in late 2006. At first the two were a little wary of each other, but now are getting along very well, even sharing a den box. Now over 100 pounds each, the two are growing quickly and interacting with each other as young Black Bears should. The male cub is slowly making improvements in the use of his leg, and the female has recovered well from her injuries. If their rehabilitation continues to go well, they will both be released back into their native habitat later this spring.

Change of seasons, change of hours
As of April 1, 2007, PAWS Wildlife Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to accommodate the spring and summer influx of wild animals needing assistance. These hours will be in effect until October 1, 2007. For questions or concerns about injured or orphaned wildlife you encounter call PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.787.2500 x817.

Birds of a feather flock together
Did you know that Edmonds is the first stop on the Cascade Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail? Join PAWS in Edmonds for the Puget Sound Birdfest, on May 18 and 19, to celebrate birds, nature and International Migratory Bird Day. Participate in bird watching opportunities, guided walks, and educational activities for children and adults. Don't miss the arts and crafts, exhibits and speakers, including Seattle nature photographer Paul Bannick and the "On Wing" art show that will be open throughout the month of May at the Edmonds Conference Center. Learn more at PugetSoundBirdfest.org or call 425.771.0227.

Other spring events
Not only will PAWS be at the Puget Sound Birdfest, but you can catch us at many other events around Puget Sound in April and May. Check them out…

Snohomish County Volunteer Expo—April 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With more than 60 organizations participating, including PAWS, you'll find everything you want to know about volunteering in one place. And best of all, it's free! The event takes place in the Everett Mall at 1402 SE Everett Mall Way.

Earth Day Environmental Fair at IKEA—April 21 & 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
There will be 10 environmental organizations featured on site, including PAWS with a focus on our wildlife programs (on Saturday only). Groups will provide practical information on how to get involved in hands-on projects to help our planet. The event takes place at IKEA at 601 SW 41st St. in Renton in the garage near Customer Service.

Adoptathon at PetSmart—May 5 & 6 (times to be determined)
Meet some of PAWS' charming canines looking for their forever homes at the Aurora PetSmart at 13000 Aurora Ave. N in Seattle. For more information, email programs@paws.org or call 425.787.2500 x820.

We're expecting!
Just what do you buy for dozens of baby raccoons, squirrels and fledglings, and countless litters of kittens and puppies?

American Robin nestlings being hand-fed at PAWS
We have the answer. Each year PAWS cares for hundreds of infant and juvenile animals and you can host a baby shower to help them. You can gather the supplies we need to keep the animals in our care happy and healthy: food, blankets, toys, and much more.

Hosting a gift drive for the animals is a wonderful way to introduce the life–saving work of PAWS to those you know—including your co-workers, friends and family members. Instructions on how to organize a drive and a sample e–mail message for you to personalize, along with our "baby shower registry" is online for your convenience. For more information about hosting a baby shower for the animals, visit PAWS' gift drive page, or contact Eleanor Blackford at 425.787.2500 x833 or eblackford@paws.org.

Your companion's ticket home
Sadly only about 15 percent of dogs and three percent of cats are returned to their families when they get lost. So what's the fastest way for your lost companion animal to return home? An ID tag and microchip. Every dog and cat should have them, as well as proper licenses required by your local city or county. With an ID tag that includes your phone number and address, your neighbors, the local delivery person or your area's animal control officer making the rounds will easily and quickly be able to return your pet home. Most pet supply stores sell a variety of stylish and simple tags.

A microchip can only be detected with a special scanner that most veterinarian clinics and shelters have, and are an excellent back-up if your pet's collar falls off. Make sure your most current information is on each tag and updated with your veterinarian, the city or county where your pet is licensed, and local animal shelters. And don't forget your indoor-only companions, too, who can sometimes slip out the door and get lost. Your furry friends are counting on you to get them home safely. For more information about what licenses are required in your area, contact your city or county. Talk to your veterinarian about getting your companion animal mirochipped. For those looking to become a pet guardian, all dogs and cats adopted at PAWS are microchipped as part of the adoption. What a deal!

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A Northwest leader in protecting animals since 1967, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shelters homeless animals, rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, and empowers people to demonstrate compassion and respect for animals in their daily lives.
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