PAWS focused on two bills for Washington State's 2010 legislative session. One was HB 1406/SB 5329 that would fund 70,000 spay/neuter surgeries annually for cats and dogs of low-income families. Unfortunately the bill did not pass. However, the Senate passed a resolution recognizing that spay/neuter saves cats and dogs lives and taxpayer dollars used to care for unwanted animals. This resolution, combined
with increased public awareness and collaboration from numerous animal welfare groups, will add momentum to the bill in 2011.
PAWS also backed HB 1885, a bill that would ban the intentional feeding of certain wild animals to prevent habituation, and therefore reduce dangerous conflicts with them. PAWS responds to thousands of calls each year from people who experience conflicts with wild animals. More often than not, feeding wildlife is at the root of the problems. Unfortunately, HB 1885 did not pass either. It successfully made it through the House and was nearing a vote on the Senate floor, but time ran out in the short, 60-day session.
Thanks to all the volunteers and staff who helped make Humane Lobby Day - our first lobby day collaboration with the Humane Society of the United States - such a success. Many animal champions traveled to Olympia on February 24 to meet with their legislators about supporting animal-related legislation. Attendees described their lobby day experience as educational, organized and fun. Everyone felt energized learning to be a voice for animals.
Turn your old car or other vehicle into food, shelter and medical supplies for the animals at PAWS, and claim a deduction on your tax return. Contact Northwest Charity Donation Service at 800.961.6119 or nwcds.com.
PAWS Wildlife Center was proud to host the 2010 National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association annual symposium, held March 9-13 in Bellevue, WA. The conference offered wildlife professionals close to 100 educational sessions including hands-on workshops, roundtables and presentations on wildlife rehabilitation and medicine. Over 350 people from around the world attended.
PAWS' staff shared our knowledge and expertise, giving 11 presentations and workshops on topics of pediatric mammal critical care, the effects of a coastal algal bloom on seabirds, and human/wildlife conflict resolution. We also hosted three field trips to Spencer Island in Everett and gave tours of PAWS' rehabilitation center and hospital to help attendees experience the great Pacific Northwest.
PAWS is pleased to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors - Janet Straus, Guy Palumbo and Chris Sander. Janet, retired from a career in healthcare management, has been volunteering for the last year in our wildlife center and shelter, and shares her home with two dogs. Guy is a longtime friend and supporter of PAWS, and owner of Roscoe’s Ranch, a dog boarding facility that is named for the dog he adopted from PAWS. Chris is an attorney with experience in business law and real estate transactions and a proud adopter from PAWS Cat City.
The board also elected new officers for 2010. John Rubino will serve as president, Melinda Williams as vice president, Ruby Lindner as secretary, and Hillary Parker as treasurer. PAWS is grateful to have such a supportive, strategic and compassionate board and we thank them for all of their contributions to the animals.
In February, PAWS celebrated the hard work, dedication and passion of our more than 1,000 volunteers at our annual volunteer appreciation party. Every year we also recognize volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty. Here are the outstanding volunteers of 2009: Sharon Honda, Karen Newell, Erika Chang, Dietrie Hanson, Silvia Alfaro, Becki Hunter, Sheila Shreve, Jenn Forbes,
Michelle Moore, Kim McCoy, Reta Meisenholder, Karen Kilgannon, James Negris and Reed Downing. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who make it possible for PAWS to help thousands of animals each year.
Join the more than 2,800 other animal lovers who are PAWS’ fans on Facebook. You’ll see photos of adorable dogs and cats and the amazing wild animals you help save. Get updates on events and ways you can take action for animals. Find us at facebook.com/PAWSWashington. See you there!
Throughout 2010 PAWS will be out in
the community with animals for adoption.
Mark your calendar to meet some
wonderful cats and dogs looking for new
homes and check paws.org for more
details on these events.
April 25: April Drools – Academy of Canine Behavior in Bothell
June 27: Mutt Match – Academy of Canine Behavior in Bothell
August 28: Mutt Strutt in Everett
September 26: Barktoberfest – Academy of Canine Behavior in Bothell
December 12: Canine Christmas – Academy of Canine Behavior in Bothell
May 15: Redmond Adoptions and Pet Fair
July 18: Meow in Mukilteo