PAWS' Foster Care Program provides a safety net for homeless animals too young to be spayed or neutered, or too sick to be adopted right away, and gives them the TLC they deserve. The life-saving program has also been an integral part of PAWS' commitment not to euthanize animals due to space constraints. So, with great pride we celebrated a milestone this summer of more than 11,000 animals cared for in loving foster homes since the program began in 1995! Thanks to all our incredible foster parents who made this possible. Learn more about the program and how to become a foster parent.
On September 15, PAWS’ campus was a blur of activity when 75 people from local companies joined us for the United Way’s Day of Caring. PAWS staff who worked alongside the volunteers were impressed by their enthusiasm and willingness to do any project—from scrubbing floors, to organizing storage areas, to completing heavy duty yard work. Team members from Sno-Isle Libraries made 20 hidey boxes for cats, while the Microsoft crew put a fresh coat of paint on the cat medical care building and brought snacks to share. Volunteers from WaMu, Premera and the Center for Career Alternatives had dirty hands to show for their hard work after digging out and prepping foundation areas for wildlife enclosures and a new dog exercise yard. Thanks to everyone who went to work for the animals!
Every holiday season the animals at PAWS are fortunate to receive many gifts from caring friends in the community who host giving drives in their office, through their social circle or in their place of worship. With PAWS’ wishlists in hand, asking co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members to make a gift for the animals is fun, easy, and goes a long way to help PAWS care for thousands of animals every year. Celebrate your love of animals and help "deck our halls" with food, treats, toys, blankets, and other essentials necessary to keep the animals happy and healthy.
To host a holiday drive for the animals at PAWS contact Eleanor Blackford at 425.787.2500 x833 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Thank you for caring!
Based on concerns raised about shocking conditions at Scudder’s Parrot Depot in Roy, Washington, PAWS staff attended and made a statement at the Pierce County Council meeting on October 10, urging the passage of an ordinance that would require inspection and licensing of aviaries selling or transferring title of more than 30 birds yearly. Regular inspection of breeding facilities is not only crucial to ensure humane conditions, but also limits the potential risk of disease transfer to humans and other animals. However, the council instead approved an ordinance creating a loosely structured Aviculture Advisory Commission, which has no firm goals, direction or timeline. Pierce County residents: please contact your council member and urge them to create this commission in a timely manner and mandate members to recommend a licensing ordinance that will provide real protections for commercially-bred birds. Encourage Pierce County to take a proactive, leadership role in our state by ensuring humane standards for pet birds.
Our work would not be possible without the support of our 12,000 dedicated members! In appreciation of you, and to invite new friends of animals to learn about our work, PAWS is thrilled to invite you to one or all of our signature events in 2007. Visit our events calendar for updates and details.
January 2007 – Have a Pint for PAWS at Molly Maguire’s Pub in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood.
Saturday, March 17, 2007 – Wild Night: A Gala Celebration for PAWS at Seattle’s W Hotel.
Saturday, September 8, 2007 – 16th annual PAWSwalk in Seattle’s Magnuson Park
Just in time for the new school year, an all-new PAWSkids.org was recently launched. In the coming months, it will expand to include still more information, pictures, and additional resources for parents and teachers. Kids across the country are already enjoying the new site. Teachers in Texas have created a scavenger hunt for their students to explore PAWSkids.org while the class reads Shiloh, the classic story about an abused dog. Another new feature—visitors to the site can get help with animal-related questions by emailing Riley the Raccoon, PAWS Humane Education Program ambassador, at email@example.com.
With the arrival of fall, work continues on our new Wildlife Interpretive Trail here at PAWS. We have modified our green space in front of the Wildlife Center, removed invasive plant species and installed a trail system. Our next step is to complete native plantings, especially those that attract wild animals like birds, butterflies and bats. If you are a gardener or landscaper or just appreciate wildlife, we would love your help! We need small-to medium-sized native plants donated and planted to enhance our trail. Learn how to participate by contacting Jennifer Convy at 425.787.2500 x815.
Every day PAWS cares for hundreds of precious lives—a responsibility we take very seriously. As last year’s deadly Gulf Coast hurricanes, and concerns over Avian Influenza and West Nile Virus remind us, we not only need to meet the daily needs of animals entrusted to us, but must have a sound plan should disaster strike. In preparation for potential crises, PAWS is involved at the state and local levels to analyze and prepare for the impact of disasters on our community’s animals.
For several years PAWS' wildlife veterinarian, Dr. John Huckabee, has been involved with monitoring the progress of West Nile Virus in our state as a member of the Zoonotic Disease Steering Committee. This committee recently transitioned into an Avian Influenza Task Force for Washington, which includes the state Public Health Veterinarian and representatives from the Departments of Agriculture and Fish and Wildlife. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the group is charged with monitoring disease agents of bioterrorism potential.
Our leadership also continues through participation on the Washington Animal Response Management Team, overseen by the Department of Agriculture. Closer to home, PAWS recently was invited to join the new Snohomish County steering committee focusing on animal-related disaster preparedness. While PAWS receives no funds for our involvement in any of these activities, our commitment to planning and preparing for disasters remains steadfast, so we can weather any storm for the animals in our care.
Seattle Goose Program partners met in October to discuss steps toward institutionalizing the successful humane goose management techniques demonstrated during our three-year pilot program. This significant achievement is thanks to the hard work of volunteers in parks across Seattle.
The pilot proved that geese and residents can co-exist peacefully, and that the logical evolution of the program is to involve additional communities in our area where geese make their homes. Seattle Parks proposed a multi-year effort and to reconvene the Seattle Metropolitan Waterfowl Committee before yearend to share success stories, and explore planning and implementing a long-term, multi-community program. Read more about the Goose Program.