Spring is all around us, from the songbirds on PAWS' campus performing their mating songs and building their nests, to the baby squirrels, puppies and kittens already arriving on our doorstep. So far this year, we've placed twice the number of orphaned kittens in foster care than we did the same time last year.
Each year, PAWS cares for several thousand animals, and more than two thirds are babies. We nearly double our workforce with dedicated volunteers to provide the most basic needs for these babies, and many others. From bear cubs to kittens, 40 or more different diets are prepared each day, life-saving surgeries are performed, little ones are bottle-fed and kept warm—it's a whirlwind of activity and a responsibility we don't take lightly.
In order to make sure the animals receive the highest care possible, we need to keep our cupboards stocked with supplies. If you would like to help collect some or can spread the word, you can download a comprehensive list at paws.org under the Donate tab. Here are a few items most in need:
Someone recently referred to PAWS as a "champion for animals." As I watch our team move throughout the day, diligently and compassionately providing for each animal, and advocating on behalf of others, I have to agree.
As you join us with your generosity as a volunteer, a donor or helping to spread the message of compassion, you are a champion for animals, too. Thank you for being a part of this important work of saving lives.