More than a year after the devastating hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, the impacts on companion animals in that region are still emerging. With many families living in temporary housing and without employment, area shelters are chronically over-capacity while seeing only a trickle of people looking to adopt. Since the storms, some shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi have seen euthanasia rates for healthy adoptable animals reach 80 percent.
Partnering with In Defense of Animals this summer, PAWS was able to assist more animals in need from a shelter in Waveland, Mississippi—one of the communities that was nearly annihilated by flooding. Despite their difficult circumstances and enduring a grueling drive to Washington State, the cats and dogs were remarkably calm and well-tempered. After a brief quarantine and veterinary exams, the animals were ready to be adopted into their new homes. With such interest in the community for these animals, they were quickly adopted, and the extra traffic in PAWS’ shelter helped other animals in our care also find their well-deserved, loving homes. We salute our colleagues in Mississippi who are still working hard to save as many lives as they can in challenging conditions.
Dr. Vivian Bennett and all the staff of Highlands West Dental in Shoreline, who held a huge community garage sale on August 19, raising more than $3,100 for the animals.
Marissa and Aubrey Yamamoto, aged 15 and 12, of Honolulu, Hawaii, who raised money through a year-end school project and saved their allowances to help PAWS. Mahalo!
The intrepid teams from Seattle Works TeamWorks—the Thirty Somethings, Team IBuprofen, and The Sharks—for helping work on the Wildlife Center’s new pools for oiled birds and the Wildlife Interpretive Trail.
Shelter interns Sitara Alahan, Karol Costa, Allison Edwards, Gillian Haydock, Elizabeth Nordeen, Sarah Rinzler, Juli Ross and Alex Savinsky for all their hard work to promote adoptions, staff the behavior helpline, and assist with animal care, administrative support, and a host of other important tasks.
Pet Cross for their donation of funds raised at Seattle International Beerfest to buy collars for the shelter dogs and much needed supplies for foster kittens.
John Hushagen, president of Seattle Tree Preservation for donating truckloads of browse and foliage throughout the summer months to help feed wildlife patients at PAWS.
Connie Durkee, of In Defense of Animals, and volunteer Tammy Martin for safely transporting the latest group of cats and dogs from Waveland, MS, to PAWS for adoption.
Joanna Plichta of Foster, Pepper, and Schefelman and Earth Share of Washington for coordinating a volunteer group from the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) to assist with building our Wildlife Interpretative Trail. Heartfelt thanks also for ACREL’s gift of $2,500 to the Wildlife Center.
PAWS Board members Arden Clise, Melissa de Looze, Robin Freedman, and Melinda Williams for hosting house parties over the summer to introduce new friends to PAWS.
Stumbling Goat Bistro in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood for hosting a PAWS for a Bite benefit evening on October 18.
Mighty-O Donuts, Noah’s Bagels of Queen Anne and Capitol Hill and Belvi Coffee & Tea Exchange for their donations of snacks and beverages to feed the army of volunteers at PAWSwalk.
Employees at Bellevue’s Lexis Nexis who collected toys and food for the dogs and cats at PAWS during their Dog Days of Summer event.
Maggi was one of the first to find a new home through PAWS with Ryan and Kirsten Morigeau. Kirsten wrote, "It is most definitely OUR pleasure to share our home with Maggi, formerly Emma. We decided to name her Magnolia—the state flower of Mississippi—as a tribute to her heritage. She’s doing great and has adjusted so easily to our family—we are extremely proud of her." Thank you Ryan and Kirsten and to all those in our community who daily open their hearts and homes to animals in need.
We appreciate you!
In true Pacific Northwest style, more than 1,100 walkers, 150 volunteers and hundreds of dogs met at Magnuson Park on the misty morning of September 9th. With rain jackets, umbrellas, and smiles, dedicated animal lovers gathered to support the animals at PAWS.
Led by Grand Marshall Penny LeGate, participants in the 15th Annual PAWSwalk raised more than $160,000, making this year’s event the most successful ever! Special recognition goes to Kobi Yamada, the Top Fundraising Walker, and to Seth Eisner’s team Urban Beast, who earned the Top Fundraising Team honor. Congratulations also to the Top Youth Fundraiser 9-year-old Simon Sharp who raised more than $700.
Humans and canines alike also enjoyed the festivities after the walk. Whether testing their skills at the agility course, enjoying a relaxing canine massage, shopping for goodies at more than 30 vendors, or meeting a host of new friends, everyone left happy and excited for PAWSwalk 2007.
Thank you to everyone who made the walk a record-breaking success, and mark your calendar for the 16th Annual PAWSwalk on September 8, 2007!
This tremendous success was made possible through the generosity of our business sponsors. Please support these businesses year-round and thank them for their compassion for animals:
98.9 Smooth Jazz KWJZ
Pacific Ridge Homes
Castor & Pollux
All The Best Pet Care
Alternative Talk 1150 AM KKNW
Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle
Banfield, The Pet Hospital
The Barking Lounge
Canine Behavior Center
Coldwell Banker Bain Associates, Bill Aubuchon and Denice Rochelle
Intracorp Real Estate
Pima Medical Institute
VCA Veterinary Specialty Center
The Downtown Dog Lounge
Hands to Paws
Invisible Fence NW
Natura Pet Products