Nonprofit Spotlight – PAWS
The Northwest is amazingly pet-friendly, I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t hear about someone’s love for their animal(s). With all that fondness, it is tough to think that there are so many still in need. Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) not only cares for injured and neglected animals, but strives to educate on the importance of animal welfare.
PAWS began in 1967 in an effort to spay and neuter companion animals. In 1970, they became the first shelter in Washington State to require all adopted animals to be fixed. PAWS maintains a shelter in Lynwood, WA where they place more than 3,000 dogs and cats in homes each year! There is also PAWS Cat City in the University District where adoptable cats are able to roam and play freely so you can see each cat’s personality.
In addition to ending animal overpopulation and cruelty, PAWS runs one of two wildlife rehabilitation hospitals in the state. This hospital has cared for over 100,000 wild animals in more than 260 different species! Their goal is to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife, restore them to full health and return them as functioning members of their wild population.
So. Want to know how you can get involved with this amazing org? There are MANY ways! Volunteering is always welcome, if you have the room you can foster an animal, know when to report animal cruelty, or participate in the annual PAWSwalk with your pet!
We hope all you animal lovers out there find comfort in the fact that there are amazing organizations like PAWS that give wildlife and companion animals a voice.