At PAWS, we sometimes feel like parents at graduation. We beam with pride that our little ones are all grown up and are leaving us to make a life of their own. There is a great sense of joy knowing they don't need to rely on us anymore and a bit of melancholy as we wish them farewell.
That is exactly how we felt after caring for two orphaned beaver kits for more than a year. As I write this, I imagine they are busily building their new lives on the preserve where we released them, and I can't wait to receive updates on their progress in the coming months. You can read their story on page 4.
In May and June we also said goodbye to the five Black Bear cubs who had been with us throughout the winter. They, too, are now roaming freely in their natural habitats.
As you know, not all of our charges are beginners in life, like Maddy (page 7) who came to us in her golden years. When I meet older animals in our shelter, I sometimes worry if they will be here for a long time before someone takes notice. I am frequently and pleasantly surprised that our adoption matchmakers have found the perfect loving person for them before I can do much fretting at all.
I'm also reminded, that it is not only the incredible work of the staff and volunteers here at PAWS that makes these moments possible. It is also the kindness and loving support shown by you - our loyal supporters.
I want to thank you for helping us help newborn kittens, fledgling birds, elderly dogs and so many others find their way home again. Together we experience the delight of knowing each animal gets the second chance he deserves.
I hope you enjoy a wonderful and safe summer.
Above: Annette spends some time with Malone, a five-year-old Mastiff mix, who was transferred into PAWS from another shelter. This curious, gentle fellow loves to explore and always wants to know what his human friends are up to. At press time, he hadn't found his perfect match yet, but with his charm and good nature, he'll be in his new home in no time.