The resounding highlight of 2022 was the PAWS dog show, Every Dog’s A Winner. As our president and lead on this, Fran Rozyskie asserts, “It was pawsome! Forty-four beautiful and talented dogs attended, every dog won a prize, and their people won great raffle prizes. It was a wonderful day, and we thank everyone for their support.”
Dr. Jan Atkinson-Grosjean coordinated the feral cat initiative. In her words, “With the help of local donors, volunteers and vets, PAWS has supported an active trap, neuter and return (TNR) program. We help develop long-term plans for feral colonies, coordinate no- and low-cost spaying and neutering, supply traps and advice on their use and arrange transport to and from veterinary care. Where the TNR program is actively worked, we assist with ongoing costs. If appropriate, we also facilitate fostering, socializing and rehoming.”
PAWS’ wildlife biologist, Kat Smith, describes some highlights of the past year. “PAWS assisted in arranging transport-by-boat of two injured racoons to vet care at the Whatcom County Humane Society Wildlife Center in Everson. A third animal, struck by a vehicle on APA Road, was kenneled, provided with life-saving vet care and released back to its home range. PAWS monitored a lone snow goose that frequented the marina after its flock had flown. It was found to be healthy and was just resting and refuelling before moving on. PAWS referred calls about seal pup sightings and marine mammal mortalities to the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Pups usually just need to be left alone, awaiting the return of their mothers, who are off on feeding forays.”
PAWS provides information and is active in promoting poison-free pesticides to reduce accidental poisoning of non-target wildlife and pets. We also distribute free window decals to prevent bird strikes, and sell bee houses and wildflower seeds to help sustain pollinators.
The PAWS board joins others in advocating for a half-acre off-leash dog park, located at Lighthouse Park in an area of low impact to other activities.
Thank you to all who have contributed this year. We appreciate you!
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