PAWS has been a champion for animals since 1967 (that’s 50 YEARS folks). Since then it has united more than 130,000 companion animals with loving families (and) cared for 115,000 injured and orphaned wild animals.
Sheltering and adopting dogs and cats; rehabilitating wild animals; and educating the community to inspire compassion toward animals are the three pillars of the PAWS mission.
PAWS’ founders were ahead of their time because they believed that the best way to prevent the euthanasia of animals in shelters was to encourage spaying and neutering. They initially founded PAWS to raise money for low-cost spaying and neutering of Lynnwood-area animals.
PAWS started PAWSwalk to create a “friend-raising” funding event that encouraged participants to get their friends donating to the cause. It was also meant to be a big party for Seattle area families and their dogs to come together for a common cause.
“Every year, the animal lovers in our community come together to help save animals’ lives and have fun,” said PAWS CEO Annette Laico. “It’s a humbling experience to see so much love and support for PAWS.”
The goals for this years’ PAWSwalk are to raise $169,000 with participation from 1000 walkers and 800 dogs.
The money helps PAWS provide:
- care and second chances to more than 8,500 animals each year
- education programs to kids of all ages
- free and low cost spay and neuter services to low income community members,
- rehabilitation more than 160 species of wild animals
- support to seniors who adopt senior dogs and cats
- provide hands on training to veterinary students and other professionals
This year PAWSwalk will have 5k walk or fun run, vendor and educational booths, food trucks (including food trucks for animals), dog agility course, dog-friendly mimosa garden, raffle prizes, WARM 106.9 and KIRO hosts, and more! The event will also feature 50th anniversary touches such as retro tie-dyed t-shirts and commemorative pins.
You can register for PAWSwalk 2017 at pawswalk.net. You don’t have to have a dog to do the walk or run.
If you can’t make it in person, you can still participate virtually and receive the t-shirt, bandana and other goodies in the mail. You can also participate by donating to a friend’s everydayhero page or on the PAWS.org website.