PAWS Magazine


Issue 51, Spring 2002


PAWS Notes

Wildlife Volunteer Wins National Scholarship

Julie Stonfelt

PAWS wildlife volunteer and seasonal staff member Julie Stonefelt has been honored with a scholarship to help her further her wildlife education. The James J. Wolf CARE for Wildlife Education Scholarship is given to enhance the education of wildlife rehabilitators. One scholarship was awarded this year to defray the expenses of attending the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA) Symposium 2002 in St. Louis, Missouri, in March. Julie first volunteered at the PAWS Lynnwood wildlife facility during the 1998 Tenyo Maru oil spill. This was followed by a three-month summer wildlife care internship and a month-long summer position as Naturalist Assistant in 2001. Julie continues to support PAWS wildlife work as a wildlife projects volunteer.

Annual General Meeting Celebrates PAWS Volunteers and staff

More than a hundred happy PAWS members and supporters packed Seattle's Café Ambrosia on December 5, 2001, to honor the volunteers and staff who helped thousands of animals during 2001. PAWS staff handed out more than a dozen awards to some of the top PAWS volunteers. Berta Nicol-Blades was named Lynnwood Wildlife Care Assistant volunteer of the year, and Lynda Posey was named Lynnwood Bird Nursery Caretaker of the year. Tava Bess was named PAWS Advocacy volunteer of the year, and husband-and-wife team Gloria Ramirez and Brian Unsderfer were named Outreach volunteers of the year. Stephen Beard was named Development Department volunteer of the year, and Nancy Garred was named Olympic Wildlife Center Wildlife Care Assistant of the year. Aline and David Pinkard were named Wildlife Care Transport volunteers of the year, and Kathy Olsen was named Companion Animal Services volunteer of the year. Chuck Springer was given a special joint award for Companion Animal Services and Advocacy volunteer of the year, and Eva Crim was named Companion Animal Services Foster Care parent of the year. Super-helper Bob Kline was given a special PAWS Lifetime Achievement award in honor of his commitment to PAWS and all the other animal welfare groups of Puget Sound. Dog's Day Out was given a special community partner award. Longtime PAWS friend Caren Malgesina received a special recognition award from a special friend to her, PAWS Shelter Supervisor Eric Oftshus. PAWS Executive Director Kathy Kelly, who recently departed PAWS after five fruitful years, received a special award from the PAWS board of directors. In addition, dozens of PAWS staffers were awarded service pins. The highlight of this was the 10-year pin awarded to Luke Oakland for his decade of service in the PAWS shelter.

PAWS sends 34th orphaned bear cub to cozy winter den near Rainier

For the thirty-fourth time at PAWS, an orphaned bear cub received a second chance in the wild thanks to the PAWS Wildlife Department. The cub, a young female from Snohomish, arrived last April with two fractured legs that she had suffered as a result of a dog attack. After her arrival, she underwent two surgeries to repair the damaged limbs and spent the next nine months recuperating and putting on weight for the winter. After gaining about 90 pounds over the course of the summer, the cub was well prepared to enter hibernation as the days shortened and the temperature dropped in the fall. She spent six weeks prior to her release sound asleep in a den box at the PAWS Lynnwood Wildlife Center. January 24 was the day scheduled for the cub's return. Kevin Mack, PAWS Naturalist, oversaw the efforts to return her to the wild.

“On the day of release,” said Kevin, “the cub was transported to an artificial den (constructed with straw bales) in the Cascade Mountains. Getting her to the den was no easy task. It required sedation of the bear and transport by both truck and snowmobile. By the end of the day the bear had been placed into the warm den to sleep away the remainder of the winter. When she wakes up in the spring she will find herself living wild and free.”

PAWS is especially grateful to Jan and Land Weisel, who generously donated their time and snowmobiles to assist with transporting the bear to the release site. PAWS also thanks the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife for its assistance with the release.

PAWS University Spring Classes are underway

PAWS University is offering fun, mostly free classes to help you learn more about the animals around you. All classes require reservations; unless noted otherwise below, please RSVP to PAWS Humane Educator Holly Anderson at 425.787.2500, ext. 812, or e-mail her at To find out more about upcoming classes, check out the events calendar on the PAWS web site at Please note, all classes have limited space and are subject to cancellation, please RSVP as soon as possible if you are planning to attend.

Beyond Kibble - Nutrition for Pets
Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Held at All The Best Pet Care-Madison Store, 2713 E
Madison Seattle WA 98112. Presented by Susan Moss, All The Best Pet Care

Pet Parenting
Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Class held at the Education Room at the Humane Society of Seattle/King County, 13212 SE Eastgate Way, Bellevue, WA 98005. Presented by the Humane Society of Seattle/King County Staff
RSVP - Kathan at 425-649-7554

Healthy, Happy and Hopping
Wednesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Held at North Seattle Community College, College Center Room 3452, 9600 College Way North, Seattle, 98103. Presented by Sandy Ackerman, Best Little Rabbit, Rodent and Ferret House / House Rabbit Society

Introducing Fido
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Held at the Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155. Presented by Shannon Finch, Animalkind T-Touch and T-Team

Vegetarianism 101
Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Held in the Olympic Center Room 103, 222 North Columbia, Olympia, WA 98501. Presented by Jennifer Hillman, Progressive Animal Welfare Society and Ali Segersten and Tom Malterre of Earthsave

Pet Parenting
Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Held at the Everett Animal Shelter, Education Room , 333 Smith Island Road, Everett, WA 98205. Presented by the PAWS Staff

A Wildlife Watcher's Landscape
Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Held at Shoreline Conference Center. 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155. Presented by Russell Link, Department of Fish and Wildlife

Caring for Pets, Naturally- Holistic Veterinary Care
Wednesday, May 14, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Class held at Shoreline Conference Center 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155. Presented by Tejinder Sodhi, DVM, Animal Wellness Center

K-911 Pet First Aid
Wednesday, May 22, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Held at Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155. Presented by the Red Cross of Seattle/King County $38 per person

PAWS is back helping animals in Olympia

Lynette Shelburne

PAWS advocates returned to Olympia to lobby on behalf of a PAWS-sponsored bill that would ban the private ownership of dangerous exotic animals and of a PAWS co-sponsored bill to protect egg laying hens. Because this issue went to press before the end of the legislative session, we can't report on the bills' outcomes.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on the exotic animal bill in late January. PAWS advocate Sheridan Thomas and PAWS Wildlife veterinarian John Huckabee testified on behalf of the Senate version of the bill. Bainbridge Island mother Lynette Shelburne offered moving testimony describing how her pet serval attacked her daughter Lauren. For the latest information on the bills, or to join the Legislative Action network, visit PAWS online at

Veterinarians and shelter partners make Spay Day 2002 a great success!

Cats, kittens, and more cats was the theme of this year's Spay Day event that offered low-cost spay and neuter surgeries targeting the feline overpopulation problem. In the first ever tri-county event, veterinarians from Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties teamed up with four shelters partners—PAWS, The Noah Center, WAIF and the Humane Society of Skagit Valley—to impact companion animal overpopulation in the community.

Participating veterinary clinics provided the same high-quality service that clients are used to, but at a price far below the true cost of the procedure. The shelter partners encourage all animal lovers to patronize these private clinics for all their regular veterinary needs as a way to thank them for their support. A list of clinics and the total number of surgeries performed on Spay Day can be found here.

Almost 100 seabirds find refuge and rehabilitation at PAWS Wildlife

During the first brief winter storms that hit the Washington coast in late October, almost 100 seabirds found refuge and rehabilitation at the PAWS Lynnwood Wildlife Center after being stranded on the shore.

Most of the birds were Western Grebes, which spend their lives on the water. When they were blown ashore, the birds lost their waterproofing. At PAWS they received round the clock care, including cleaning and drying. The entire basement of the Wildlife Center was taken over by drying pens and water pools; the PAWS water bill stretched into the thousands of dollars.

PAWS staff and volunteers worked long, arduous shifts, some putting in 18 hour days. Within two weeks of the birds' arrival, most were well enough to return to the wild and volunteers and staff released them back to the relatively calm waters of Puget Sound.

Join PAWS at Compassion Conference 2002 in Seattle

PAWS is again a main sponsor of the annual Compassion Conference in Seattle. The event, formerly known as Animals 101, offers all-day workshops and informational sessions aimed at teaching people how to become more involved in animal advocacy.

Ingrid Newkirk, founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is the keynote speaker for the April 13 event in the Northwest Rooms of the Seattle Center. PETA, Humane Society of the United States, and Northwest Animal Rights Network are co-sponsors of the event.

Among the workshops offered are: Animal Rights 101, Agribusiness and consumer choices, the wonderful world of animals, the vegan lifestyle, fighting for the rights of animals in the legal arena, and more.

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