More families look to bring a new furry companion into their lives during the holidays than any other time of the year. That's why PAWS has again joined thousands of other shelters across the country for the "Home for the Holidays" campaign. Between November 8 and January 2, PAWS hopes to place 500 homeless dogs and cats into new, permanent loving homes. We are encouraging people to look to their local animal shelter for a new friend instead of a pet store or a breeder. So many of the animals in our care at PAWS are healthy, well-adjusted and desperately looking for a second chance. Our highly skilled adoption advisors act as personal matchmakers to help adopters and a special companion that will fit perfectly into their lifestyle. In addition, each animal is spayed or neutered (if not already) receives initial vaccinations, a microchip, a free visit with a local vet and a carrier (for cats) or leash and collar (for dogs). Also, Instead of buying a puppy or kitten for someone, consider surprising a friend or relative with a dog or cat care packageand a PAWS adoption gift certificate- so they can choose the companion who willbe right for them. The PAWS companion animal shelter in Lynnwood and Cat City in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood ar eopen everyday except Mondays and major holidays. For hours and directions call 425.787.2500 or visit www.paws.org.
At a recent Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in August, the commission voted unanimously to adopt recommended changes that include new oiled bird care requirements as part of amended wildlife rehabilitation regulations.
The new regulations require that rehabilitation of oiled birds in Washington must be carried out under the supervision of a licensed Washington wildlife rehabilitator. WDFW has designated PAWS as the organization through which they wish to see this response carried out. PAWS is currently exploring options for a supported partnership with industry, as well as collaboration with different groups and individuals to provide oiled bird spill response and training.
PAWS recently worked with the Tacoma/Pierce County and Seattle/King County Humane Societies to facilitate a workshop on the link between human violence and animal abuse. The workshop was led by Ken Shapiro, the founder and Executive Director of the Psychologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and was based on the AniCare and AniCare Child program. Human service counselors, educators, shelter workers and enforcement officers attended the workshop, empowering them to introduce the program into their workplace or community. The workshop presented information on the seriousness of animal cruelty and methods for assessing and treating potential or convicted animal abusers. Participants were able to take away a tool to deal with animal abusers and agreed that a network is needed where both human and animal institutions work together to halt violence towards both people and animals. PAWS plans to continue working on this issue, with more training and workshops, involvement with schools and networking with other agencies to improve enforcement of cruelty cases.
Volunteers for the Seattle Goose Program wrapped up work on Labor Day, with each pilot park having seen greatly reduced "goose damage" as well as a dramatic reduction in citizen complaints about cleanliness. Park patrons are still able to enjoy seeing beautiful Canada geese at places such as Green Lake and Matthews Beach, but thanks to our community of animal lovers, the birds are no longer blamed for fouling the beaches and lawns. As we look toward next year and the ways we’d like to see the program grow, we’re tentatively planning to:
October marked the ten-year anniversary of our historic campaign to free Ivan the Gorilla from the now closed B&I shopping mall in Tacoma. PAWS began the campaign in 1987 after becoming aware of the plight of this highly social animal, who had been confined alone to a 14’ x 14’ concrete cell for over 27 years. Ivan, who had been imported to the US from then Zaire by the owner of B&I in 1964, had not seen another gorilla since the death of his infant sister Burma in that same year.
Thousands of members of our community helped make the campaign to free Ivan a success by collecting signatures, protesting, donating money to PAWS for newspaper ads and even raising a $30,000 “offer” in exchange for Ivan’s release to the Woodland Park Zoo. Due to extreme pressure from PAWS and the community, Ivan was finally released in October of 1994 and has since lived a happier, healthier life at Zoo Atlanta. This crusade for Ivan was and remains a shining example of the amazing change a caring community can inspire. To find out how to support PAWS’ efforts to save other animals in need, please visit our Web site at www.paws.org.
A new component of the PAWS Habitat Conservation Program was completed this summer when volunteer Kathleen Foley, a student at UW, finished her student habitat assessment project outline. Through this new part of the expanded program, PAWS hopes to involve students, initially from the University of Washington, and later other colleges, in site assessment of private land for suitability for wildlife habitat and wildlife release.