On August 1, close to 100 members of PAWS' family gathered to celebrate our 40th anniversary of people helping animals. Guests enjoyed an animal-friendly picnic in the warm sunshine, and relaxed while visiting with each other. After learning about our recent achievements, all shared an inspirational moment of silence as 10 rehabilitated American Robins were released into the refuge of our grounds in Lynnwood.
Afterward, attendees had the opportunity to learn about PAWS' spay-neuter program through a clinic tour, sit in on a dog training class, go behind the scenes at our wildlife hospital, or participate in a humane education workshop. Our warmest thanks to everyone who through their gifts of time, love, and philanthropic support have made PAWS' 40-year legacy of caring possible. We look forward to the next 40 years!
PAWS invites nominations for the third annual PAWS Youth Helping Animals Award, a special way to honor young animal advocates who have shown extraordinary compassion for animals. The recipient will be formally presented with the award at PAWS' Wild Night gala on April 5, 2008, and will be recognized on our website. If you know a person aged 18 or younger who has done something wonderful for animals, download the guidelines and a nomination form. You can also read about our previous award winners, Catherine and Caroleve.
It can be hard to resist those balls-of-fur puppies and kittens, but if you, or someone you know, are thinking of finding a new special friend, the best fit for your family and lifestyle could well be an "experienced" cat or dog with many years of love to give. Older companion animals are fully-grown, their adult personalities already shine through, and they are often housetrained. In conjunction with the ASPCA, PAWS is celebrating Adopt–a-Senior-Pet Month with a reduced adoption fee during November. Be sure to check out our adoptable animals online or stop by the shelter to meet our more senior animals who would love to go home with you.
Lisa, a PAWS supporter, helps the animals every time she needs to find information online by using GoodSearch.com. She recently wrote us: "Is there any way we can get the word out for people to use this wonderful service? It is such an easy way for PAWS to get extra revenue from people without their even having to open their checkbooks. Our family uses GoodSearch.com faithfully. PAWS provided us with a member of our family, and we can't imagine our life without Sadie. I have asked friends and family to use GoodSearch.com, and if there is any way I can help make this more of a revenue generator, please let me know."
Join Lisa's family and help the animals every time you search online. Simply bookmark GoodSearch.com or save it as your homepage, and type in "Progressive Animal Welfare Society" as the charity you wish to support. Invite your family and friends to do the same, and search away. Thanks for the great tip, Lisa!
Want to help wildlife return to the wild? Join fellow wildlife enthusiasts in caring for hundreds of injured and orphaned wild animals undergoing care and rehabilitation at PAWS. We care for more than 150 different species of wild animals each year, and need volunteers to help clean and feed them, and assist staff with various procedures. No previous experience is needed, just a willingness to learn. Volunteer positions require a weekly commitment for three months, and all training is provided. To learn more, visit the volunteer page or contact PAWS' Wildlife Volunteer Program Manager Chris Mitchell at email@example.com or 425.787.2500 x818.
PAWS is a member of the King County Animal Care and Control Citizen's Advisory Committee, which was reconvened this summer to develop recommendations for improving the care and protection of animals in King County's animal shelters. (PAWS served on this committee when it was first created in the early ‘90s). PAWS commends the King County Council for taking important steps to improve the safety and well-being of companion animals in its shelters. We know that shelter staff and volunteers work incredibly hard to care for homeless and stray animals with the resources made available to them. We appreciate the opportunity to assist in formulating recommendations for a model program to the council. Implementing these critical recommendations will require a long-term commitment of resources by the county's leaders to help ensure that homeless animals in King County receive the care and second chance they deserve.