PAWS' Timeline 2000-2010


  • 2010—Received the Best of Web Award from Seattle Weekly for our new website.
  • 2008—PAWS surpassed the milestone of caring for 100,000 injured, orphaned and sick wild animals since beginning wildlife rehabilitation in 1981. Of those animals, we've seen more than 260 different species.
  • 2007—PAWS voted "Best Animal Rescue" in Western Washington by Seattle's King 5 Evening Magazine viewers.
  • 2007—Cared for our 50th Black Bear cub. The bear was rehabilitated and returned to the wild in June.
  • 2007—Celebrated 40th Anniversary.
  • 2006—95,000th wild animal cared for by PAWS.
  • 2006—11,000th companion animal helped through PAWS' Foster Care Program.
  • 2004—Due in part to PAWS' campaign against the use of wild animals in entertainment, and years of protesting with other animal welfare groups at circus events, Ringling Bros. Circus is unable to fill the seats at Seattle's Key Arena.
  • 2004—6,000th cat adopted from PAWS Cat City in Seattle.
  • 2004—PAWS voted "Best Charity" by Seattle Weekly readers.
  • 2004— Seattle Goose Program partnership was launched with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Humane Society of the United States. Secured a moratorium to cease the annual gassing of Canada Geese in Seattle's parks.
  • 2003—PAWS wildlife staff played a leadership role in creating a statewide network of wildlife rehabilitators, the Washington Wildlife Rehabilitation Association, and helped organize the association's first conference.
  • 2002—100,000th companion animal adopted.
  • 2001-2003—Led successful campaigns in the cities of Edmonds and Everett to ensure that all dogs and cats adopted from local shelters are spayed or neutered before adoption.
  • 2001—Closed PAWS Olympic Wildlife Center and moved all wildlife rehabilitation services back to Lynnwood.
  • 2000—PAWS persuaded 15 Seattle-area restaurants to stop selling veal.
  • 2000—PAWS was integral in passing a law allowing animal welfare agencies to own and operate spay/neuter clinics to help increase the number of altered animals, and therefore decrease the number of unwanted animals in our community.
  • 2000—PAWS led a campaign to ban the use of cruel traps on wildlife with I-713. It passed into law with 55 percent of voters approving.
  • 2000—Kids Who Care, a core part of PAWS' Humane Education Program, was launched.

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