Just go to the Outreach section of the PAWS Web site for background and status of 2005-06 animal-friendly legislation such as HB 1151, banning private possession of exotic animals, and HB 1579, to stop animal fighting in our state.
This spring’s warm weather is already making staff at area shelters nervous about an early "kitten season," the spring and summer escalation in the number of kittens born. Fortunately, the local animal community helped combat these concerns by performing a record-breaking 523 spay and neuter surgeries February 22 during the 11th annual Spay Day event.
Together with local private veterinary clinics, we offered low-cost spay and neuter surgeries in a tri-county area, with an emphasis on reducing feline overpopulation. PAWS coordinated the effort with three shelter partners— The N.O.A.H. Center, WAIF and the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. Veterinarians from Snohomish, Island and Skagit counties provided the same high-quality services that clients are used to, but at a price far below the actual cost of the procedures.
PAWS and its shelter partners encourage animal lovers to patronize the participating private clinics for their regular veterinary needs as a way to thank them for their wonderful support. A list of clinics, as well as the most current update on Spay Day, can be found on the PAWS Web site at www.paws.org/cas/spayday.html
The holidays were a great time for cats and dogs at the PAWS Companion Animal Shelter thanks to the Home for the Holidays adoption campaign. Between November 8, 2004 and January 2, 2005, 548 animals (424 cats and 124 dogs) went home with new families to enjoy the holidays surrounded by comfort and love. All of us at PAWS thank these adopters for opening up their hearts and homes during the holiday season, and also thank the generous individuals who dropped by during the winter holidays to bring in toys, treats and special gifts for the animals. Your care and concern really warmed our hearts!
PAWS’ own Kip Parker received a special award at the recent Annual Symposium of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (NWRA), held in Minneapolis, MN. The NWRA is dedicated to improving and promoting the profession of wildlife rehabilitation and its contributions to preserving natural ecosystems. Kip was honored with the NWRA Significant Achievement Award for his leadership and steadfast efforts to establish and direct the development of the Washington Wildlife Rehabilitation Association. His nomination recognized Kip as "a bridge builder and a collaborator. His commitment to working together to professionalize the field of wildlife rehabilitation transcends differences in philosophy, communication style, approach and technique." Congratulations Kip!
In November, Tim Love of the Seattle Waldorf School contacted PAWS with a unique idea for partnership: students would make and package dog biscuits to sell at their school bake sales, donating the profits to PAWS.
These wholesome treats, made primarily from organic ingredients and approved by PAWS' companion animal veterinarian, have also caused some tail wagging in the shelter. When Chloe, a stray dog with a broken leg was brought to us she refused to eat anything. As a last resort the staff offered her treats made by the students and for the beginning of her recovery they were the only food she would touch.
This special service-learning project benefits everyone involved. As Tim Love writes, "The process of engaging students in the creation, the hands-on building and baking are just a start…Theirs becomes work that has a measurable impact on others and the environment."
The PAWS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center receives thousands of orphaned and injured wild animals every year. You can be a part of the dedicated team that provides expert care for these animals, helping to return them to the wild where they belong. Wildlife Rehabilitation Center volunteers perform a wide variety of tasks, including making food and feeding baby mammals and birds, and monitoring their weight and general health. Sweeping, washing dishes and doing laundry are also a big part of the job to ensure our patients recover in a clean environment. Besides doing the work it takes to keep the center running smoothly, volunteering provides a special opportunity to learn about wildlife. Best of all, volunteers get to participate in the release of rehabilitated wildlife, our ultimate goal for animals in our care.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and commit to a four or five-hour shift once a week for three months. All necessary training is provided. For more information about volunteering in the PAWS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center please call 425.787.2500 x818 or go to www.paws.org/help/vol/.
It was no April Fools joke when PAWS Cat City “went to the dogs.” During the first two days of April, the usual feline guests of Cat City were temporarily “evicted” from their cat colonies to make space for adoptable dogs. The staff and volunteers weren’t playing anyone for a fool when they took several groups of PAWS dogs for a stroll by Green Lake before bringing them to Cat City to meet potential adopters. Thankfully the felines took the temporary move gracefully before reclaiming their space later that weekend. The April Fool’s Day theme got a great response from the neighborhood and adopters, and the dogs were pleased with their fun excursion and novel opportunity at finding a new loving home.
Seattle Parks and Recreation, together with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and PAWS, has resumed work on this innovative program to humanely solve conflicts between people and Canada geese.
In the past, geese were viewed by some as "nuisance" animals—and killed by the hundreds—due to droppings left on beaches and park lawns.
Building on 2004’s successful pilot program, volunteers will again work to mitigate the impact of geese at targeted city parks by cleaning up and discouraging birds from congregating at popular areas such as Green Lake and Gas Works Park.
This program to help protect these majestic birds will only succeed with the sustained involvement of animal lovers. The geese need your help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and to volunteer.
PAWS bids a fond farewell and a sincere thank you to the dedicated Board members who recently moved on: Jennifer Aspaas, Gene Barton, Michaelanne Ehrenberg and Roxanne Gossard. New members joining the Board are Peter Cohen, Kobi Yamada and Melinda Williams. We are thrilled to welcome you to the PAWS team!