Happening nearby: Annual PAWSwalk coming Sept. 6

pawswalkPAWSwalk is just over 10 days away and donations from the community couldn’t come at a better time.

“PAWSwalk is in its 24th year, and we’ve truly never needed the generosity of our community more than we need it this year,” PAWS CEO Annette Laico said. “Our wildlife hospital has seen a record number of admissions this summer, and our adoption center has taken in many more homeless dogs and cats than we’d expected. PAWSwalk donations will go directly to help the many species we are caring for right now.”

Since May, PAWS Wildlife Center has rehabilitated and released over 400 animals native to Washington State. PAWS Companion Animal Shelter —  in addition to caring for hundreds of lost and stray animals —  has helped nurture, socialize and re-home 33 cats rescued from a hoarder, and taken in, cared for and found loving homes for 60 dogs who were otherwise facing an uncertain future at other facilities.

Held at King County’s Marymoor Park on Saturday, Sept. 6, the annual PAWSwalk fundraising event features a 5k walking course and fun events for humans and dogs, such as a Canine Agility Course, Kids Zone, Canine Obedience Training demonstrations, WARM 106.9’s popular Photo Booth, Adoptable Dog Parades, and the introduction of the PAWSwalk Puppies. The PAWSwalk Beer and Mimosa Garden will return again this year with the addition of more food trucks than ever before.

“It’s a great way to spend the day with friends, co-workers or family,” said Laico, “and help animals in the process.”

Teams and individuals can still register. Post a picture or video with #WhyIPAWSwalk for an even bigger reach.

  • WHO: PAWS Companion Animal Shelter and Wildlife Hospital in Lynnwood and satellite adoption center — PAWS Cat City — in Seattle’s University District
  • WHAT: Registration open now for PAWSwalkers at www.pawswalk.net
  • WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 6. Activities begin at 8 a.m., the walk starts at 10 a.m.
  • WHERE: King County’s Marymoor Park in Redmond
  • WHY: PAWSwalkers collect donations to support PAWS’ work throughout the year caring for thousands of domestic and wild animals in Washington State.


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