PAWS Magazine


Issue 52, Summer 2002


PAWS Notes

Time to get barking for PAWS Bark in the Park! All PAWS adoptive families invited for reunion

In a few short weeks, dogs and the people who love them will romp, play and raise money at “Bark in the Park featuring PAWSwalk,” the Progressive Animal Welfare Society's annual doggie festival and walkathon. Set for Saturday, September 14th at Sand Point Magnuson Park in Seattle, this charity event benefits the animals at PAWS.

In honor of PAWS's 35th Anniversary and PAWS's 100,000th companion animal adoption, all families who have adopted PAWS animals are invited to Bark in the Park for a giant family reunion photo. People with dogs adopted from PAWS are encouraged to bring their canine pals, and families who have adopted cats, or adopted dogs that have passed away are encouraged to bring a photo or other memento to hold up during the family reunion photo.

Special celebrity guest at the “Bark in the Park” doggie festival is Breezy, the captain's beagle “Porthos” on UPN's hit show Enterprise. Described as “fresh and precocious” by series co-stars, she will re-enact scenes from her favorite episodes and encounters with Klingons, Ferengi, and other Star Trek aliens. The live jazz and contemporary music line-up showcases Michael Powers, Deems Tsutakawa, HD Fusion, The Fourth Degree, Nature Boy Saints, and the Geoff Cooke Quintet. Learn about pet nutrition, behavior training, and more at “PAWS Mini-University” and meet author Dan Nelson of “Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington” from Mountaineers Books. A variety of pet-related items and quality arts & crafts abound at the vendor booths. The doggie contests and competitions promise much laughter and fun. Flyball and doggie agility are also highlighted.

Canine-lovers and their pooches walk to raise money for PAWS through PAWSwalk, the doggie walkathon now in its eleventh year. Pre-registration is only $15 ($20 on day of event). This year's grand prize - a trip for 2 to Las Vegas, NV - will be awarded to the adult who raises the most money over $1,500! The winner and a guest will fly aboard National Airlines, stay at the world-renown Excalibur Hotel/Casino, and travel to the 24th century at Star Trek The Experience. The top youth (12 years old and under) who raises the most PAWSwalk money takes home a new Microsoft Xbox and several games. Plenty of other prizes will be awarded. The 3-mile PAWSwalk starts at 11 a.m. and the registration fee is only $15 per walker ($20 day of).

PAWS offers several easy ways to sign-up for PAWSwalk. Register on-line at, download the registration and pledge forms from the web site, pick up a registration form at any retail outlet displaying the “Bark in the Park” brochure, or stop by the Sports Etc. booth at an upcoming sporting event.

Bark in the Park is sponsored by 98.9 Smooth Jazz KWJZ, KSTW UPN 11, CNN Headline News 1150 AM, IAMS, and Sports Etc.

For more information and complete details about PAWSwalker prizes, visit or call 425.787.2500, ext. 262.

Seattle community protects thousands of Canada Geese in Seattle parks

Thousands of geese were saved from death at the hands of USDA agents in Seattle parks thanks to the efforts of animal advocates that included PAWS staff and volunteers. Only sixty-four geese were killed because of the peaceful efforts of volunteers who patrolled Seattle parks in the early hours of the morning with kayaks, canoes and dogs, keeping the geese out in the water.

The Seattle Mayor's office and the Seattle Parks Department were flooded with calls from the community asking for humane solutions to be implemented in Seattle Parks.

“There are humane, proven-effective alternatives to gassing geese,” says PAWS Wildlife advocate Sheridan Thomas.

PAWS is continuing to negotiate with authorities, calling for a moratorium on the annual killing of geese and asking that humane geese management techniques be adopted. Humane methods include egg addling, scare tactics and habitat management. The University of Washington is also working with PAWS, conducting research into goose populations, behavior, and humane control methods.

Bear experts come to learn, share knowledge at PAWS Wildlife Center

World-renowned bear experts came the PAWS Wildlife Center this summer to learn a little Northwest bear know-how. Professor Pazhetnov and his scientist grandson, Sergey Pazhetnov, from the Central Forest Biosphere Nature Reserve in Russia, and Zhou Xiao Ping, of the Wolong Panda Center in China, visited PAWS to learn more about PAWS's proven success in rehabilitating bears and returning them to the wild. Valentin Pazhetnov is the Orphan Bear Cub Rehabilitation Project Director with the Central Forest Biosphere Nature Reserve in Russia. The Pazhetnov family has been operating the orphan bear rehabilitation center for over twelve years, actually living in the Reserve and dedicating their entire lives to saving orphan bear cubs. Professor Pazhetnov and his grandson Sergey Pazhetnov have released over 70 bear cubs back into the wild. The International Fund for Animal Welfare sponsored their visit.

Zhou Xiao Ping is Assistant Director of Research and Panda Reintroduction Coordinator for the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda. The center has had tremendous success breeding the rare animals, but have modest success in their limited reintroduction effort. At PAWS, Mr. Zhou was exposed to PAWS's bear program, which emphasizes reduced contact between bears and their caretakers. Mr. Zhou's visit was sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States.

While at PAWS, each of the bear experts worked closely with PAWS Wildlife staff, sharing rehabilitation techniques and accompanying PAWS naturalist, Kevin Mack, on field trips to visit the release dens where PAWS recently released several black bears.

Ringling Bros. decides to bypass Seattle this year

Ringling Bros. has apparently given up on Seattle. Though it hasn't been confirmed as of press time, it appears that Ringling Bros. circus has decided to forgo a visit to Seattle this year, the first time in recent memory. This is a real victory for PAWS advocates and other friends of animals in Seattle who have been working to remind the public that wild animals belong in the wild, not performing in circuses.

“Clearly the days of the old-style circuses are numbered,” says Richard Huffman, PAWS Advocacy and Outreach Director. “Attendance in Seattle was 60,000 five years ago, but dropped to less than 25,000 last year, despite an unprecedented and expensive local ad campaign. People are voting with their feet. They are voting ‘no' to cruelty.”

This comes as good news to Seattle animal advocates who were dealt a frustrating blow two years ago when a city proposal to ban circuses that feature performing animals was narrowly defeated, despite the inspiring work of Seattle City Council members Heidi Wills and Judy Nicastro.

While Ringling may be steering clear of Seattle, Tacoma is on their schedule for the second weekend in September. PAWS Advocates and volunteers will once again be at the shows, reminding the public that wild animals belong in the wild. PAWS has had great success the last two years through an engaging, non-threatening approach at the circuses. Volunteers dress up as circus clowns and hand out educational children's toys and informational brochures. They answer questions about the sad and cruel life of circus animals, and remind parents what their children already know: that wild animals belong in the wild.

PAWS still needs volunteers for each of the circus performances on September 12, 13, 14, and 15. Please contact Denise Cabral at if you are interested in volunteering, even if just for a few hours. For more information about the paws circus animal campaign, please visit the PAWS web site at or e-mail PAWS Wildlife Advocate Sheridan Thomas at

Seattle restaurants pledge not to serve veal

Ten Seattle restaurants said no to cruelly-raised veal and yes to more humane practices thanks to a PAWS campaign.

Prominent Seattle restaurants Avenue One, Brasa, Canlis, Cascadia, Chez Shea, El Camino, Place Pigalle, Ray's Boathouse, The Brooklyn, and The Triangle all signed a PAWS pledge to not serve crated veal. “We are pleased that they made the compassionate choice to remove veal from their menus,” says Jennifer Hillman, PAWS Farm Animal Advocate.

During Mother's Day weekend PAWS advocates and volunteers spent time on the streets of downtown Seattle educating consumers about the reality of the veal industry. “It's a sad existence,” says Hillman, “dairy calves who are separated from their mothers at birth in order to be crated, chained, and slaughtered for veal products.”

PAWS worked with Farm Sanctuary, who are leading national efforts to educate consumers about the inherent cruelty in the dairy and veal industries.

One lucky orphan; fawn saved after mother killed during birth

Dennis Grapp couldn't ignore the deer on the side of road. Driving on Interstate 90 past Cle Elum, Grapp noticed what appeared to be a deer that had been hit by a car. He went to the next exit, turned the car around, and came back to investigate.

Dennis and his wife, Dorene, found a dead mother deer, with a small, helpless fawn still attached with her umbilical cord and placenta. They carefully took the fawn into their car. Knowing the fawn would be hungry, and it was too late to take her to the PAWS Wildlife Center, they purchased goat milk at their local grocery store and fed her through the night and the next morning.

Staff at the PAWS Wildlife Hospital in Lynnwood found abrasions on her eyes from the traumatic car crash, but otherwise she was in good health. Everyone credited the Grapp's presence of mind in caring for the fawn prior to bringing her to PAWS. After receiving treatment and specialized care the fawn is now socializing and growing up with fellow orphans at the PAWS Wildlife Center, and will be released in the fall. The rescue of this fawn was featured in an extensive investigative piece published by the Seattle Times on wildlife road kill (links to the story can be found on the PAWS web site at

Although the family did the right thing, PAWS Wildlife experts caution that not all baby animals need to be rescued. Mothers often leave their babies to feed. If people or pets are around, the mother will not return, so it is best to leave the baby alone and leave the area. If the baby looks cold, hungry, diseased, or confused, or if dogs, other animals, or people threaten its safety, call the PAWS Wildlife Center at 425-787-2500, extension 817, or visit the PAWS web site at for a step-through guide to dealing with baby mammals or birds.

Horses continue to die in Omak; race continues

A horse died in a practice run for the Omak Suicide Race, leading PAWS to renew the call for an end to the deadliest horse race in the world. “We had documented 15 deaths during the regular heats of the race since 1983, but we've never known about the extent of deaths during practice runs,” says Sheridan Thomas, PAWS Advocate. “With two deaths during practice runs in the last two years, we believe that total number of deaths over the last two decades may be as high as 30 to 40 horses.”

The Omak Suicide Race, part of the Omak Stampede rodeo, is an extreme form of horse racing, forcing horses to run down a 60 degree hill before crashing into a river and swimming across. Often the race leads to severe injuries and agonizing deaths. The horse race is hundreds of times more deadly than races held at horse tracks across North America.

PAWS has successfully convinced almost every single sponsor to withdraw their support and endorsement of the Suicide Race, except for Pepsi. PAWS is continuing to pressure authorities and the Omak community to ban the race entirely. To learn more about the PAWS campaign to end the Suicide Race, or to sign up for the PAWS Suicide Race Erasers e-mail newsletter list, visit the PAWS web site at

PAWS working to protect the cats and dogs of Snohomish County

PAWS is working to protect companion animals in Everett and Edmonds by working on legislation requiring their shelters to alter their animals prior to adoption. “Every public shelter from the Canadian Border to the state capitol spays and neuters their animals before adoption except the shelters in Everett and Edmonds,” says Tamar Puckett, PAWS Companion Animal Advocate. “It's time for these communities to start protecting their companion animals.”

Edmonds animal advocates were tremendously disappointed that the Edmonds City Council failed to pass a shelter spay/neuter ordinance proposed by City Council member Michael Plunkett this past spring. Plunkett and PAWS have now teamed up to get a citizen's initiative on the Edmonds ballot requiring Edmonds shelter animals to be altered prior to adoption. 5,000 signatures must be collected from Edmonds voters by September 30th in order to qualify for the ballot.

“Every year Edmonds picks up about 100 animals from their shelter and drives them down to the public safety building to be euthanized,” says Puckett. “Wouldn't it be better in the long run if they were driving these cats and dogs, kittens and puppies, to a veterinarian for alteration instead?”

In the City of Everett, PAWS has drafted a spay/neuter ordinance that would ensure all shelter animals in Everett are spayed or neutered before adoption. PAWS advocates have begun educating Everett City Council members on this issue. “We are excited and optimistic about these campaigns because we know that spay and neuter programs are the only effective and humane solution to dealing with the pet overpopulation crisis,” said Puckett.

In Everett, PAWS is buoyed by a recent analysis of the success of a similar ordinance that PAWS helped to pass in King County in 1992. Since passage of an ordinance requiring the alteration of their shelter animals, King County has seen a 45% drop in the euthanasia at their shelter. In Snohomish County and Everett during the same time frame, euthanasia rose slightly, by .4%. King County was also able to save about $2 million through reductions associated with the lower animal intake numbers. Had Everett passed a similar ordinance in 1992, they would have saved about $400,000.

Volunteers are needed to make these campaigns succeed. If you would like to help collect signatures for the Protect Edmonds Pets campaign or help out in other ways, please contact Tamar Puckett, 425.787.2500, ext. 257 or “We have a wide variety of shift times and locations to make signature gathering easy and fun!” says Puckett. Those interested in helping with the campaign in Everett to make a spay/neuter program a reality at the Everett Animal Shelter, may also contact PAWS Advocate Jennifer Hillman at 425.787.2500 ext. 259 or for details on how to get involved.

Seattle goes veggie for Great American Meatout

A thousand downtown Seattle office workers ate a healthy and humane lunch this May thanks to the efforts of PAWS and Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN).

In celebration of The Great American Meatout, PAWS teamed up again with Northwest Animal Rights Network (NARN) to hand out healthy, environmentally friendly and cruelty-free vegan lunches. In addition to a delicious Field Roast sandwich, each vegan lunch bag included information to help people make the compassionate lifestyle change, and how the change can spare the suffering of millions of animals and have a direct benefit on the health of our planet, our wildlife, and ourselves. “It was a great day,” says Jennifer Hillman, PAWS Advocate. “Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, we were able to hand out close to 1,000 lunches at Westlake Center.”

The event would not have been possible without the generous donation of David Lee, who gave his time, his Field Roast Kitchen, and enough BBQ Field Roast mix for 1,000 sandwiches.

Sunflour Baking Company, Soy Nuts, and Northwest Natural Foods, all donated vegan snacks. To keep up to date on other vegetarian or vegan issues, sign up for the PAWS Actionline e-mail newsletter, or the periodic Vegan/Vegetarian Issues e-mail newsletter online at

Keep informed about PAWS with e-mail newsletters

Keeping informed about PAWS and the animals that PAWS cares for just got a whole lot easier. PAWS now has several regularly published e-mail newsletters designed to keep folks up-to-date on the latest information.

PAWS People Helping Animals is a monthly newsletter providing the latest news about everything that is happening at PAWS. PAWS Actionline is a weekly newsletter providing easy opportunities to take action on behalf of animals. PAWS Wild Again, a bi-weekly newsletter written by PAWS Naturalist Kevin Mack, details the latest releases of wildlife back into the wild. There are also several other periodic newsletters offering information and resources for people interested in companion animal issues, vegetarian and vegan resources, exotic animals, the Omak Suicide Race, and Washington state legislative issues.

Subscribers have been able to see video of eagles being releases, a baby fawn that was rescued after her mom was hit by a car, the ceremony honoring PAWS's 100,000th adoption, footage from the Omak Suicide Race, and more.

To subscribe to any of these free PAWS e-mail newsletters, visit the PAWS web site at

Share your PAWS memories with us

Do you have old PAWS memorabilia, photos, brochures, or other PAWS related stuff? Do you have any favorite memories of PAWS, especially from the early years? Did a PAWS animal or PAWS campaign touch your life? PAWS would love to hear from you!

PAWS is collecting memories of our first 35 years of history. We would like to feature some of your memories and mementos in future issues of PAWS magazine, our web site, and other projects. If you would like to share your memories about PAWS with us, contact Richard Huffman at, or by phone at 425.787.2500, extension 840. Or you can also reach Richard by mail at PAWS, attention Richard Huffman, PO Box 1037, Lynnwood, WA 98046. If you would like material returned to you, please indicate in your letter.

Buying or selling a house? Help the animals at the same time

Home buyers and sellers can help the animals at PAWS thanks to Denice and Bill Aubuchon of Coldwell Banker Bain Associates. Denice and Bill are donating 10% of their commissions to PAWS. The commission costs the buyer or the seller nothing, but can mean big money for PAWS. For example, if a house sells for $200,000, the commission would be $6,000. Denice and Bill would donate 10% of that money, or $600, in the name of the home owner.

Denise and Bill have demonstrated a strong commitment to animals in their home community of Mountlake Terrace. Bill has spoken to several City Council members on behalf of spay and neuter issues and the couple is firmly committed to the importance of animals in the lives of the members of their community.

For more information about the program, contact Denice or Bill at (425) 744-8244, or visit them on the web at

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