News and Notes

Exploring through the senses

PAWS' humane educators were invited to create hands-on, interactive workshops for the summer program this July at the Louis Braille School for sight-impaired children. The students will learn responsible pet care and gain an appreciation of wildlife through touch, scent and sound. They are also making toys for the shelter cats and enrichment items for our wildlife patients. These workshops are a great reminder of the many ways we can appreciate animals, nature and the world around us.

Skip the circus

Life under the big top is not as wholesome and fun-loving as you might think. For the animals, life is a monotonous and brutal routine of boredom and pain. Circus animals spend up to 96 percent of their lives in chains, and travel 11 months a year in cramped box cars. With electric prods, hooks and whips, they are forced to perform unnatural behaviors. This year when the circus comes to town, send the right message to your children about how to respect wildlife by leaving them in the wild, and skip the circus.

Our newest partners

Last summer, when King County announced it would close its animal shelters, PAWS reached out to five northern King County cities offering to provide sheltering for their communities. By the end of this summer PAWS will be the shelter provider for stray dogs and cats from all five cities: Shoreline, Bothell, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore and Woodinville.

Come celebrate!

Join PAWS as we celebrate our 43rd anniversary on July 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at our Annual General Meeting on PAWS' campus in Lynnwood, WA. Enjoy delicious, animal-friendly refreshments provided by Cucina Fresca and take part in exciting behind-the-scenes activities.

Award-winning website

PAWS is honored to be chosen for Seattle Weekly's Best of the Web awards in three categories: non-profit, pets/pet
shops and activism. One of the judges, John Cook of TechFlash, said this about "Clean and easy–to-read design. Excellent use of social media, especially the incorporation of YouTube videos to showcase the organization's mission." Thank you to everyone who nominated us!

Spay Day tally

In 2010, 44,915 spay and neuter surgeries were performed nationwide during the annual Spay Day USA event. Washington State groups collectively performed 1,114 surgeries. Of those, 354 were made possible by PAWS and our shelter and veterinary clinic partners in King, Island, Skagit and Snohomish Counties. Thanks to you, our generous supporters, and our partners, those surgeries will prevent unwanted and unplanned litters and save thousands of lives.

PAWSwalk 2010 is Sept 11

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