Exotic Animals

*PAWS does not take in exotic animals*, such as parrots, hedgehogs, Boa Constrictors, and other animals not living naturally in Washington State. If you need to find a new home for an exotic animal, please search for an organization near you at Petfinder.com[http://www.petfinder.com] or contact the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries[http://sanctuaryfederation.org/].
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Feeding Wildlife

Many people enjoy feeding wildlife because it allows them to have close contact with the animals, or because they believe they are helping the animals survive. While seeing wild animals up close can be enjoyable, providing wild animals with a steady, human-supplied food source nearly always leads to problems for both the animals and humans.
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Pets and Wildlife

Companion animals often share the same outdoor space with wildlife and sometimes this can cause negative interactions between them. On one hand wild animals are just trying to survive in their natural habitat and on the other companion animals are just exploring and doing what comes natural to them as well. Although there are some obvious dangers to companion animals from wildlife; our furry friends can have a large and adverse impact on wildlife populations, specifically small mammals and birds.
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Wildlife Do's and Don'ts

*Do* keep your cat inside[/index.php/library/cats/home-life/keeping-your-cat-happy-indoors/], especially during spring and summer when baby birds are on the ground learning to fly.
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How to Become a Wildlife Rehabilitator

If you respect and admire wild animals, wildlife rehabilitation might just be the calling for you. There is much more to the job than just a love for wildlife. Successful rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned wild animals requires specific skills and knowledge, as well as legal permits and licenses. Read more about wildlife rehabilitation[wildlife-rehabilitation.html]. Continue below to learn about the essentials of becoming a wildlife rehabilitator.
RL Wildlife glossary page


* *Welcome to our wildlife glossary page. Here you'll find—in alphabetical order—explanations for many of the words, scientific terms, and phrases we use in our wildlife resource library[/index.php/library/wildlife/] and the stories we publish on our blog.