As we approach the winter holiday season, I find myself reflecting on the year so far, and everything we have to be thankful for.
2006 has been a year full of highlights. It began with a record-breaking 540 cats and dogs finding new loving homes during our Home for the Holidays campaign, and draws to a close with a commitment by Seattle Parks to continue humane goose management and develop a multi-year regional plan. We celebrated the 25th anniversary of our Wildlife Center, hosted a number of veterinary students in both the shelter and wildlife center—providing them with invaluable hands-on experience and guidance, expanded our dog training program, and made enhancements to our facilities with the help of many friends in the community.
This year PAWS also enjoyed unprecedented levels of support at our two signature events—Wild Night, our gala celebration, and the 15th annual PAWSwalk. The outpouring of compassion is humbling and also empowering for PAWS, as a not-for-profit organization that relies on gifts for the majority of our operating budget. Thank you for making our life-saving work possible through your financial investment.
On behalf of PAWS’ staff, I give thanks, too, for PAWS’ incredible board of directors, who give so much of their time, energy and expertise. Their leadership, dedication and passion for animals is inspiring to us all.
As you give thanks for the gifts in your life, consider for a moment the special place that animals hold in your heart. Whether it is your own companion animal who is the perfect lap warmer, exercise partner or therapist; or the native wildlife with whom we share our neighborhoods, parks, and wilderness areas; life wouldn't be the same without them. In their honor, please consider making a special gift to PAWS this holiday season.
Thank you for entrusting PAWS to advocate and care for the Northwest’s animals. We are honored to be here for all the animals who need expert and loving care. And we couldn't do it without you.
With warmest thanks,
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