PAWS Magazine

Issue 60, Spring 2005

The Joy of Saving Lives

by Nanci Johnson


I have volunteered for the PAWS Foster Care Program since it began seven years ago. I joined because I knew the joy of sharing my life with companion animals and really liked the idea of helping save lives and finding homes for abandoned animals.

I primarily foster kittens and puppies and specialize in working with orphaned, bottle-fed babies. Over the years, I have perfected the art of sleeping in spurts and cleaned up more poop than you can imagine!

One joy is being part of so many happy endings. A recent example was of six, three-and-a-half-week-old kittens who were left in a box outside of PAWS. They were cold, ravenous, flea infested and so dirty the staff couldn't even tell that four of them were white. Had they not been brought inside, they would not have lived much longer. As I got to know their personalities, one kitten stood out. "Mr. Lovey" was so christened because of his especially loving personality. He never met a person he didn’t like. A co-worker adopted him from PAWS, renaming him Casper. Now he is the adored "king" of his household.

Through fostering, I have also experienced some losses when medically compromised animals did not make it. As difficult as this is, I never see losses as failures since their lives in foster care, no matter how brief, are infinitely better than most of the circumstances from which these animals come.

I feel honored to be a part of the PAWS team. With so much pain in the world, it is incredibly rewarding to be a part of such positive change. There are always many animals at PAWS in need of foster care for various reasons including age, medical issues and behavioral challenges. I can’t think of a better way to make a difference in animals' lives than to give them the extra love and care they desperately need. It has meant so much to me and I always look forward to that inevitable next call from PAWS that begins "Would you be willing to foster a ...?"


Foster Care Wish List

We would love donations of the following supplies to help us care for our foster kittens.

  • Kitten food - Precise® Turkey Foundation formula or Nutro® canned food
  • Advantage® K9 and Advantage® Feline
  • Soft round washable beds for cats
  • SnuggleKitties® (available through
  • Hot water bottles and heating pads (Drs. Foster & Smith® catalog carries preferred items #BT-9604,


To learn more about this amazing program that saves more than 1,000 lives every year, visit or call 425.787.2500 x 822.


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