Nick George didn't realize he was about to make history when he visited Cat City in January. But after relaxing a while inside our open-plan cat colony, getting to know some of the resident felines as they socialized with him and each other, he noticed Paisley, a three-month-old tortoiseshell kitten. "She was being playful, but she didn't seem starved for attention," Nick described Paisley. "I liked that she could have fun playing on her own, but was happy to have company as well." Nick decided she would fit right into his home and adopted her on the spot---the 9,000th cat adopted from Cat City since its opening in 1997!
Paisley, now Kink---named for her slightly crooked tail---shares Nick's home with his other cat Frankie, who, according to Nick, has now made it his responsibility to look out for Kink. As to being part of Cat City history Nick said, "It's pretty shocking. I didn't expect to be famous when I set out to adopt a cat that day, but it's fun."
PAWS recently welcomed several new members to our board of directors: Juliann Buron, Mark Gross, Catherine Pruett and John Rubino. All bring a wealth of expertise, and share a passion for making a kinder, safer world for animals. To learn more about serving in a leadership role on PAWS' board, please e-mail Annette Laico at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring is here and that means hundreds of animals arriving at PAWS...wild, orphaned, scared, lost and found. And our expert staff needs many hands to help care for them. Our Foster Care Program swells to ensure loving care for litter after litter of kittens and puppies. PAWS Wildlife Center adds a shift and extends hours to ensure proper care for wildlife patients. Weekends are full of diverse community festivals across King and Snohomish counties, where PAWS outreach volunteers help citizens learn how they can make a world of difference for animals. For more details on the wide range of volunteer opportunities available, please visit paws.org or call 425.787.2500 x838.
Whether you prefer outdoor activities on the high seas or keeping your feet firmly on dry land, PAWS has fun events to suit all tastes this summer. On Sunday, June 29 our fearless friends, Bob Donovan and Paul Zimmerman will once again brave the waters of Puget Sound and swim from Vashon Island to Lincoln Park in West Seattle, in the 9th annual Paddle for PAWS. Also, get your pack together and make sure everyone saves the date for Saturday, September 6, for the 17th annual PAWSwalk, presented by 98.9 KWJZ. Visit paws.org to learn more about both events, and we'll see you there!
Every day PAWS' staff members thank our lucky stars that we have such talented and dedicated volunteers to work with us, helping save and enrich animals' lives. But once a year, we come together to say an extra special thank you to our nearly 1,000 volunteers and honor our outstanding volunteers of the year. Volunteers work on projects as varied as foster care for puppies and kittens; cleaning, feeding and medicating injured and orphaned wildlife; maintenance of our facilities; speaking out for animals in the community; and many vital administrative support activities. We're delighted to recognize the following volunteers of the year, and again thank everyone who is part of the PAWS volunteer family:
Krishnan Ananthanarayanan, Lara Helminiak, Heather Arnot, Elizabeth Burch, Debbie Campbell, Leslie DeLorenzo, Robin Ward, Dawn Freeman, Stephen Gall, Emily Garwood, Debbie Lander, Dawn Misawic, Susan Mullen, Jeff Schuldt, Rändi Seversen, Kathy Titterington, Lorraine Tyrrell, and Sandy Warner. We appreciate you!
Special thanks also to the interns, externs, veterinarians and veterinary students who worked alongside staff in 2007: Miracle McLeod, Yuka Abe, Kary Beckner, Kristin Harkness, Ashley Hermsen, Kazuya Iwata, Catherina Min, Keira Oh, Rachael Saxby, Karol Costa, Elizabeth Nordeen, Pete Hetrick (WSU), Becca Ogden (WSU), Sarah Perigo (WSU), Tara Rana (University of Edinburgh, Scotland), Jeanene Rehberger (WSU), Karen Weeks (WSU), Jonessa Brown (Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC), Karee McBroom (Pierce College, WA), Alison Ranheim (Pierce College, WA), Megan Whitehead (Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Canada), Dr. Janice Anthony, Dr. Chelsea Newby, Abbie Atkins (University of Mass.), Julie Bauerschmidt (Ohio University), Robin Grant (WSU), Cecile Lamy (Université Paris XIII), Nichole Rosenhagen (University of Michigan), Valentina Colodro Mailer (Universidad Major, Santiago, Chile), Monie Jones (Royal Veterinary College, London, UK), Kara Van Voorhis (Tufts University), Ichida Yayoi (Tokyo, Japan), Tei Kazumi (Tokyo, Japan), Dr. Richard Fussell, Dr. Steven Stoll, and Dr. Thomas Sullivan.
And help animals in need, all with one quick phone call. Through PAWS' Vehicle Donation Program, you can donate your car, truck, motorcycle, boat or other vehicle, and claim a charitable deduction on your tax return. Simply call our vehicle donation partner, Northwest Charity Donation Service, at 1.800.961.6119, and tell them you would like the proceeds from your donation to go to the Progressive Animal Welfare Society in Lynnwood, Washington. They'll assist you with all DMV paperwork, pick up your vehicle free of charge, and furnish you with a receipt for tax purposes. Best of all, your donation will directly help the animals in PAWS' care!
Last year PAWS lost a very dear friend with the passing of Cynthia McCrary, an employee of SonoSite, Inc., based in Bothell. PAWS wildlife team had been fortunate to work alongside Cynthia as together we explored new imaging techniques for helping injured wildlife, using an ultrasound machine built by SonoSite. To celebrate her love for wildlife, SonoSite made a wonderful donation of the ultrasound machine and its suite of support systems---valued at more than $55,000---to PAWS this winter, a touching tribute to Cynthia's life. This equipment will enable our medical team to perform many complex diagnostic procedures that otherwise would not be possible. Our heartfelt thanks to SonoSite, Inc., for their generosity in memory of our friend Cynthia.