As the days grow shorter and the kittens cared for by PAWS this summer grow into happy housecats with their adoptive families, I feel so grateful for your support. Your partnership and belief in our mission has made PAWS the organization it is today. This issue of PAWS magazine marks the beginning of our 45th year—and what an amazing history we’ve shared.
Together, we’ve adopted nearly 125,000 companion animals into loving homes and provided care to nearly 110,000 sick, injured or orphaned wild animals. We’ve educated thousands of children to appreciate, respect and help animals and their habitat, and our messages of compassion have reached countless numbers at community events. We’ve also played a key role in strengthening animal welfare laws in Washington State, most recently placing humane requirements on large-scale breeding operations and strengthening existing animal cruelty enforcement laws.
PAWS has accomplished so much because of your support, but even after 45 years, we never cease to be amazed by the new challenges (and stories of triumph) we encounter every day. Take, for instance, the story of the sick and malnourished yearling bear on page 11 who arrived at PAWS clinging to life. After receiving a blood transfusion from a healthy donor bear—a first for the PAWS Wildlife Center—the young bear pulled through. Three months and 130 pounds later, he is running free in the wilds of Mt. Rainier National Park.
Taylor, a ten-year-old feline, also recently found his way home (see back page). Taylor arrived at PAWS after his guardian passed away. He was in our care for over nine months before his “taylor-made” person walked through the doors of PAWS Cat City. This year, thanks to your support of PAWS, Taylor and thousands of other animals will not have to spend another holiday season without the companionship they deserve. On behalf of these and all the animals, thank you.
Warmly wishing you a happy holiday season,
Executive Director Annette Laico and PAWS Board President Mark Gross taking a break at PAWSwalk for a little "cuddle time" with just one of the nearly 800 dogs in attendance.