PAWS (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
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
2013 was another record breaking year for PAWS, and I want to share with you some of the highlights and successes. Your generosity not only helped us meet many of our goals, but surpass them! Here are a few that I am particularly proud of:
- We provided shelter, food, medical care, exercise and enrichment to nearly 7,000 cats, dogs and wild animals.· The PAWS Foster Care Program grew at a staggering pace, with 1,980 vulnerable animals receiving the extra care and attention they needed to become adoptable, a 22 percent increase over 2012.
- We achieved our goal of increasing cat and dog adoptions, and ended the year with a remarkable save rate of 93.7 percent in our companion animal shelter.
- The PAWS Spay & Neuter Clinic performed more than 670 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries for the pets of low-income community members, a 29 percent increase over the previous year.
- PAWS Cat City had a record-breaking year for adult and senior cat adoptions—placing 558 of them in loving homes—and far exceeding our prior placement numbers for this subset of the shelter population who are much more likely to be passed over by potential adopters.
During PAWS 47-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.