PAWS Magazine

Issue 58, Summer 2004

Strategic Plan

In 2003, the PAWS board of directors and staff embarked on a process to create a three year strategic plan to chart the organization’s direction for 2004 – 2006. The goal of our planning process was to ensure that PAWS remains vital and focused on making an increasingly important contribution to significantly improving the lives of animals. Two key elements of the plan are the vision and values that PAWS holds:

PAWS’ Vision

PAWS is the leading voice for animals in Washington State and a recognized leader in the nation for its progressive outreach and education programs, legislative work, and premier wildlife rehabilitation and companion animal services. Through many collaborative relationships with organizations and individuals, PAWS is making a better world for animals.

PAWS envisions this world to be a place where all people recognize the intrinsic value of animal life, are mindful of the impact of their daily behaviors and choices on animals, and consistently demonstrate compassion and respect. 

PAWS' Values

  • The recognition and respect of the intrinsic value of animal life.
  • The capability of animals to express their natural and innate behaviors in appropriate ways, and experience the highest quality of life possible.
  • The right of animals to be free from cruelty, neglect, and abuse.
  • The importance of ending companion animal overpopulation.
  • The caring guardianship of companion animals.
  • The preservation of wild species and their habitats.
  • The role that all humans play in the active stewardship of maintaining the environmental and ecological balance of the earth.
  • The consideration of the animals' best interest when making decisions, along with consideration of the longterm consequences and the impact of our work when determining how best to allocate PAWS' resources.
  • The trust that the public places in us with regard to animal care and the management of our resources.


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