Paws Up Projects

Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

About the Organization:

PAWS is people helping cats, dogs and wild animals go home and thrive – whether home is the family room or the forest. We do this by rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife, sheltering and adopting homeless cats and dogs, and educating the community to inspire compassionate action for animals. Since 1967, PAWS has united more than 130,000 cats and dogs with loving families, cared for more than 140,000 sick, injured and orphaned wild animals, and made the world a better place for countless others through outreach, education and advocacy.

Fun Fact:

PAWS started as a thrift store! The founders first raised money to pay for spay and neuter surgeries with a rummage sale in an office basement they nicknamed “the Cave,” which soon became PAWS’ first thrift store. As word spread that an animal welfare group was operating a store in Lynnwood, the store became swamped with cats and dogs brought in by people who hoped PAWS would take care of them. Within two years, PAWS opened our companion animal shelter in what was then rural Lynnwood, Washington to house, care for and find homes for lost, abandoned, unwanted, homeless companion animals. Like many shelters, PAWS also began receiving sick, injured and orphaned wild animals. In response to this great need, PAWS began rehabilitating local wildlife in 1981, and became a voice for protecting habitat and wildlife in Washington State and beyond.

PAWS people helping animals

Proposed Project: Fundraisers and micro trash pickups!

Project Description:

For helping animals at PAWS: We highly encourage people to do fundraisers, like bake sales or lemonade stands, to raise money for the animals at PAWS or donation drives and purchase items off our wish list to have them shipped to our location in Lynnwood, WA. For helping animals in our (any) community: We love seeing families and friend groups get outside and do micro trash pickups together! We love it even more when you send us photos of your efforts to!

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