PAWS Magazine

Issue 66, Spring 2007

Spring is in the air

As days grow warmer and longer, it's the perfect time to take care of those yard work projects. This change in seasons also means that wild animals are beginning to find mates, build nests and produce offspring. While working in your yard this spring, don't forget to check for babies in nests before pruning or cutting down trees, or clearing vegetation. What looks like a twisted pile of sticks, branches or leaves may be seen as a perfect place by wild birds and mammals to raise their young.

If you come across an active nest with babies, please do not disturb it. Instead leave the nest where it is, try to be as quiet as possible working in surrounding areas, and wait until the young have grown and dispersed before continuing work in the nest area. If you have accidentally knocked down a nest, place it with the babies inside in a secure location close to where you found it, and call PAWS Wildlife Center at 425.787.2500 x817 for advice on how to proceed. Thank you for being a good neighbor to our wild friends!

Fixing overpopulation, one pet at a time

At the end of 2006, PAWS Spay/Neuter Clinic celebrated the 15,000th spay/neuter surgery since the new clinic opened in 2000. That's an average of 2,143 surgeries a year! "The team has done an incredible job," smiled Lead Shelter Veterinarian Dr. Liz Helmer. She adds, "As well as altering all the animals adopted through our shelter, the medical staff also performs a variety of other specialty surgeries for animals who come to PAWS with fractures or other injuries. We're proud to do whatever we can to help them live happy, healthy lives when they leave PAWS." Congratulations to the clinic team and all the wonderful volunteers who help with recuperative care for our furry patients.

Our global village

PAWS is seeking assistance to translate educational brochures so that we can better help our customers whose first language may not be English. If you are fluent in spoken and written Russian, Korean, French or Chinese, please contact Kay Joubert at for more information on this project.

All aboard

PAWS recently welcomed several new members to our Board of Directors: Ruby Lindner, Susan Mackey, Kristin Mehus-Roe, Hillary Parker, Trisha Scearce and Shannon Shanahan. All are passionate about the welfare of animals, and bring an impressive array of experience and skills to PAWS. We're delighted to have them join us in our work. To learn more about being a leadership volunteer as a member of our board, please email Annette Laico at

The latest news delivered right to your in-box

To bring you up-to-date news on PAWS' work and animal issues in our community, PAWS produces four electronic newsletters: People Helping Animals, giving you news about PAWS and tips for being a good friend to animals; Wild Again, sharing inspiring stories of successfully rehabilitated and released wildlife cared for by PAWS; Actionline providing citizen advocates an avenue for speaking up on behalf of animals in need; and Kids Helping Animals, just for kids. Subscribe to one or all e-newsletters.

A labor of love

PAWS is gearing up for our busiest season, and needs lots of extra hands to help care for the many wild and companion animals we will receive this spring and summer. At our Wildlife Center, volunteers help feed baby birds and mammals, as well as clean enclosures, wash dishes and prepare food for hundreds of other wildlife patients. In our Foster Care Program, we are looking for people to provide extra TLC in their own homes to orphaned kittens and puppies, or sick adult dogs and cats. Our goal is to help them grow stronger and become ready for adoption into a new home. Volunteers in the Companion Animal Shelter have several opportunities, including helping to answer questions from the public, walking dogs and feeding cats. These positions require a weekly commitment of a set schedule.

Looking for a more flexible commitment and enjoy speaking to people about animals? PAWS also needs volunteers to share the good word about PAWS at community fairs and festivals around the Puget Sound. Training for community outreach volunteers begin soon. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old to sign up for a position, but those helping with foster care can enlist the help of everyone in the family. Learn more about volunteering at PAWS online or call 425.787.2500 x838.

Sit happens!

If you recently adopted a new dog companion and want to start your relationship on the right foot, or if you are looking to learn new skills with an old friend, PAWS can help you accomplish your goals. Dog training classes offered by PAWS include basic training for puppies and adult dogs, and a special class for challenging canines. Learn more, including schedules, fees and how to sign up.

Take action for animals in Washington

The 2007 Washington State legislative session began January 8 and will run through April 22. PAWS is closely monitoring the various bills that affect animals and tracking their status. Bills under consideration this session include preventing insurers from denying or canceling homeowners' coverage based on their dog's breed; protecting consumers by banning the possession and breeding of potentially dangerous exotic animals; ensuring that state and local emergency preparedness plans include provisions for companion and service animals; allowing courts to grant protection orders for animals at risk from domestic violence; increasing the penalty for animal abandonment; and several others. Learn more about these important bills and their current status.

Ask Riley

Calling all kids! Did you know you can email Riley Raccoon with your animal questions, or share news of a cool project you did to help animals? Nine-year-old Rebecca wrote Riley over the holidays to share her thoughts about eating meat.

Dear Riley,
Last dinner I realized that the meat we were eating was from a cow. My parents told me that cows and pigs and stuff that you get meat from used to be animals and were raised to be killed and turned into meat. So I might become a vegetarian. Because people kill animals to sell the pork and meat and they get money for it. I know I can change that a little bit by not having to buy meat and pork. Cause if the people that sell them see that people aren't buying meat and stuff not that much anymore they would stop killing the cows and other animals. I know that it won't make a BIG difference but it will make a little part of help. I love animals also and yeah Happy New Years and Merry Christmas! Sincerely, Rebecca

Do you have a question for Riley? Send him your question and he will try to answer it in PAWS' "Kids Helping Animals." You can email him at!


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