PAWS is seeking donations of freshly cut, pesticide-free deciduous tree prunings throughout the summer to help feed orphaned deer fawns at our wildlife center. The deer prefer the leaves of Alder, Maple, Hazelnut, Willow, Cherry and Apple trees. Before dropping off the browse at PAWS, please call 425.787.2500 x817, to check on our current needs and to arrange delivery. The fawns thank you!
Citizen advocates, including a PAWS representative, gathered at the May 15th Edmonds City Council meeting to encourage council members to protect cats and wildlife. PAWS and many others expressed support for amendments to an ordinance requiring cats be safely confined to their guardian's property, keeping them safe from the perils faced by free-roaming felines, as well as protecting local wildlife from cat predation. The majority of the council agreed, approving the proposal with a vote of 5-2. The measure went into effect on May 25. To make it easier for lost cats to be reunited with their guardians, the council is also considering requiring cat licensing, which PAWS also enthusiastically supports.
Some inaccurate information has recently been distributed regarding PAWS' stance on new ideas for animal care in King County. To set the record straight, PAWS is very much in support of the proposed changes King County is looking to enact to improve protection and care, and reduce euthanasia of companion animals. At recent council meetings, PAWS also expressed the importance of ensuring resources are in place, and receiving crucial and valuable recommendations from the King County Animal Care and Control Citizen's Advisory Committee before setting timelines and goals. With a seat on this committee, PAWS is looking forward to helping King County achieve success, as we have done over the course of our history.
The Washington State Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies, of which PAWS is a board member, distributed more than $13,000 in grants to spay/neuter programs across the state, generated by sales of the "We Love Our Pets" license plate. If you're looking for a fun way to help end the suffering caused by pet overpopulation, consider adding this colorful plate to your car. To buy your plate, visit the department of licensing's web site at dol.wa.gov or visit your local licensing office.
On June 24, Bob Donovan and Paul Zimmerman braved the currents, rain and wind to complete their eighth Paddle for PAWS, a 3.5-mile swim across Puget Sound. Cheered on by family and friends who traveled alongside in boats and kayaks, the pair made the crossing from Vashon Island to West Seattle in just over three hours. Over the past eight years this pair of outdoor enthusiasts–and animal lovers–has raised nearly $20,000 for the animals at PAWS. Thank you Bob and Paul!
Reaching out to shelters in the South that continue to struggle with the aftermath of the 2005 hurricanes, PAWS welcomed 51 cats and dogs rescued from the storm-impacted communities this spring. We're delighted to report that all these wonderful animals are now adopted into their forever homes. Our shelter team needs help to transport homeless animals from our partner shelters here in the Pacific Northwest to PAWS as we work together to find the very best homes for as many animals as we can. For more information, please contact Lisa Hockins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425.787.2500 x804.