As PAWS settles into our 45th year of helping animals, I find there are many constants in our routines—many stories that never change. For instance, the flood of baby animals we see in the springtime and our increased need for volunteers to help care for them. Still, other stories are unique, and ones we never could have expected. These are the stories that fill our hearts and refocus our outlook on the tasks at hand.
Such is the case with the story of Willow, a 12-year-old cat who came to PAWS as a stray and was in our care for four months. Willow is a shining example of so many of the things we value at PAWS—giving every animal, no matter their age, a second chance at life, and giving them all the time they need to find their perfect match. In Willow’s case, her perfect match was an unlikely one that not even PAWS’ expert matchmakers could have predicted. Be sure to read her touching story on the back page of the magazine.
Soon our cat colonies will be full of kittens, and several rooms of our wildlife center will be converted into a baby bird nursery. Each spring, more than 500 baby songbirds are hand reared in PAWS’ bird nursery (see page 15). Without the assistance of bird nursery caretaker volunteers, our staff alone would never be able to keep up with all of these hungry, chirping mouths, let alone the hundreds of other animal babies and juveniles that will require our care this spring.
There are many ways you can help care for the babies at PAWS. Some of our greatest needs this year are for volunteers in the wildlife center, foster homes for puppies or kittens not yet old enough for adoption, and donations of items from our wish list: www.paws.org/wish-list.html, or you can simply make a cash donation. However you choose to help, your support is truly saving lives. Thank you for the generosity that makes so many summer miracles possible.
Above: Executive Director Annette Laico spends a few minutes providing nutrition to an orphaned baby squirrel.