As spring settles into summer, and the pace of animals arriving at PAWS’ doors continues to climb, I am reminded how truly vital volunteers are to the breadth, depth, and quality of our work.
PAWS’ volunteers provide exercise, love and socialization to the cats and dogs; prepare clean, enriching habitats and specialized diets for the diversity of wild animals; and assist with marketing, administrative duties, and community outreach. Last year, volunteers devoted more than 70,000 hours to the animals at PAWS—the equivalent of about 34 full-time employees! Amazingly, these figures do not even include the hundreds of foster homes who provided round-the-clock care to a total of 1,624 animals who were not yet ready for adoption.
Animals like Jean Luc, a sweet dog whose penchant for escape acts landed him at PAWS. In order to fi nd an appropriate new home for Jean Luc, PAWS’ staff needed to learn more about his behavior in a home environment. Thankfully, a foster family agreed to provide some insight, and ended up supplying a lot more! See page 10 for the rest of Jean Luc’s story.
Thanks to you, our donors, supporters and volunteers, PAWS cared for nearly 7,000 cats, dogs and wild animals last year. That’s about 600 more than in the prior year.
Even with these increased numbers, many of whom are our most fragile patients, our high standard of care remains unchanged. Every animal at PAWS receives the same expert medical care, nutritious food, and as much time as they need to heal or grow and prepare for their second chance at life.
Today, animals like 14-year-old cat Jess (see page 10), orphaned Harbor Seal pup #12-097 (see page 9), and thousands of others are alive and thriving because of your generosity. Whether you are a volunteer, supporter or an admirer of PAWS, thank you for enabling us to face another busy baby season with the confidence that comes from your partnership.
Executive Director Annette Laico takes a break from her busy day to cuddle a PAWS kitten.