Progressive Animal Welfare Society Programs
Caring for Companion Animals
Through professional and compassionate care, effective programs at our shelter and beyond, and collaboration with community partners, we strive for a future where no companion animal suffers and each has a warm, loving home. Our goal is to build a safety net for companion animals, not just for those in our shelter but to those in our community as a whole.
Healing Our Wild Neighbors
PAWS provides world-class medical and rehabilitative care to sick, injured and orphaned wild animals from across the Pacific Northwest. We also train future professionals and share our experiences with colleagues in the field in our continual effort to ensure high standards of wildlife rehabilitation and veterinary medicine in our region and beyond.
Empowering our Community through Education and Advocacy
PAWS shares practical guidance on companion animal care and tips for solving and preventing conflicts with wildlife, through creative classroom presentations, hands-on workshops, outreach events and one-on-one discussions, as well as through the media. By empowering people to make compassionate choices in their daily lives and to take meaningful action, PAWS creates a better world for animals.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
PAWS Foster Care program grew by leaps and bounds in 2012. Through this life-saving program, volunteers helped care for more than 1,600 animals in their homes, including an astounding 1,080 kittens—double the number of kittens PAWS cared for in 2011. By placing so many animals with foster volunteers - whether they are recovering from surgery or simply too young to be spayed or neutered - PAWS Companion Animal Shelter is able to care for more animals in our shelter with the assistance of these heroic volunteers.
During PAWS 45-year history, we've cared for hundreds of thousands of cats, dogs and wild animals in Washington State and still countless more through advocacy and education. With your support for PAWS programs, we'll continue to save the precious lives of animals for many more years to come.