PAWS Magazine

Issue 72, Spring 2009

Winter was too exciting for these cubs

Photo of bear cubYou may recall the four Black Bear cubs who were featured in the fall 2008 PAWS magazine. The plan at the time was to place the bears in artificial dens on national forest land during their winter hibernation, but the bears had other ideas. Despite plenty of cold, dark days in isolation, the cubs remained awake at the wildlife center throughout the winter. As a result, their release back to the wild has been rescheduled for after the spring thaw. In the meantime, they continue to enthusiastically play with one another and grow larger and stronger each day, preparing for the time when they'll be out on their own.

Find your next pet "On Demand"

PAWS is delighted to be part of digital cable's On Demand with Comcast, which features our adoptable dogs and cats. We have seen a number of animals find their forever homes through this great community resource. Visit the On Demand feature today at Comcast and select "Get Local" then "Around the Sound" and finally, "Pet Adoptions."

No time for a weekly commitment?

Be a volunteer ambassador for PAWS at festivals around Puget Sound. Community Outreach Volunteers spread the word to the public about our cat and dog services, our wildlife rehabilitation program, and our work advocating for animals. Those with experience and training may also have the opportunity to bring a shelter dog to some events. This position is a great alternative to a weekly volunteer commitment, and a fun way to support animals! To apply, visit and go to "Get Involved."

Youth Work Parties

PAWS Humane Education Manager Sandy Warner helps two young people plant strawberries for PAWS' wildlife patients. Calling all kids, ages 10 years and up! You and your parent or guardian are invited to join a PAWS Youth Work Party. Help maintain PAWS' dog walking trail, assist with projects for the wildlife center, or help organize animal supplies, all while hanging out with others who love animals as much as you do. Want to pitch in? E-mail or call 425.787.2500 x258.

Thanks to Spay Day, they won't multiply like rabbits

At PAWS and other area shelters, we know it's not just rabbits who multiply like rabbits. That's why we encouraged citizens to get their dog or cat spayed or neutered on Spay Day. This year's event included the participation of 29 veterinary clinics and animal organizations in Snohomish, King and Skagit counties that offered low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. In all, 260 surgeries were completed—137 for cats and 123 for dogs. This collective community effort, which PAWS has spearheaded for the past 14 years, prevents unplanned litters, ultimately reducing the suffering of unwanted and homeless animals. It's not too late to do your part. Alter your dog or cat today! View a list of year-round low cost spay/neuter clinics at

PAWS volunteers—we appreciate you!

Dozens of members of the PAWS family came together in February to help celebrate our amazing volunteers at our annual volunteer appreciation party. We honored the hard work and dedication last year of more than 950 volunteers. We were also thrilled to recognize the following outstanding volunteers of the year: Scott Dedrick, Wildlife Care Assistant; Kristin Kohorst, Bird Nursery Caretaker; Wit Ekman and Meg Sumi, Facilities Caretaker Assistants; Dawn Misawic, Transport Team Member; Karen Costle, Foster Parent Extraordinaire; Vivian Bennett, Resident Cheshire Cat; Wendy Mossman, Cat Room Cleaner; Allison Binnion, Cat City Assistant; Al Wager, Dog Walker; Bill and Rebekah Grant, Special Events Super Duo; Kathie Roth, Special Projects in DCR; and Debbie Lander, Community Outreach Wonder Woman. We appreciate you!

PAWSwalk 2009PAWSwalk 2009

Get your walking shoes and leashes ready for the 18th annual PAWSwalk on September 12, 2009 at Seattle's Magnuson Park. Stay tuned to for more details. See you there!


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