My family has fostered kittens and cats with PAWS since I was 6 years old. It is so fun to get the new fosters who are sometimes scared at first and to watch them get more & more comfortable and friendly as the weeks go by. We have fallen in love with many of the kittens and our two awesome cats were originally kittens we fostered. Also, many of our friends have adopted kittens that they met while we were fostering them. I love helping to make these kittens sweeter just by giving them lots of attention and by having them in our house which has other cats, lots of people and a dog. I recommend fostering kittens because it really helps them get adopted.
-Juliette Dashe, age 12
I've been a volunteer with PAWS for several years, including fostering kittens and their moms, a one-year term on the Board, participating in fundraisers, and cleaning the adoption centers. PAWS has an incredibly dedicated core of staffers and volunteers who have created a wonderful community resource for pets and their people, and who go above and beyond to keep improving the organization and its efforts for animal welfare. My husband and I have six cats, all rescues, and two of them are PAWS kitties. We have been privileged to work with PAWS, and we look forward to many more years of the same!
There was no category to click for "Former Director," but I was the E.D. of this organization for five years. During my time there I was privileged to work with a wonderful and caring staff and an amazing group of dozens and dozens of dedicated volunteers. During my tenure we significantly increased the organization's outreach to all sectors of the community, at a time when it was sorely needed. The pet food bank, financial support for low-income pet owners, nursing home visits, and helping seniors with pets come to mind, but that was the tip of the iceberg. This a great group with which to get involved. You won't be sorry.
They are the most wonderful people, they go above and beyond to help animals in need. I've worked along side of their group for years and always found a great group of people willing to step up and help animals in need at a moments notice. They truly are a wonderful organization who cares and follows thru with there help.
My husband and I started volunteering at PAWS bc we thought we were "dog people" who wanted to help the other kind find homes. We had several rescue dogs and felt we would be helping our community by volunteering. 6 cats later (our mother in law has 2) - 4 with CHP (cerebeller hypoplasia) we have fallen in love with the cats and with PAWS. PAWS and its members do great things everyday... Many do not get recognized or told thank you. We are very lucky to take part in this organization and get a chance to help the cats and people of the community
I've been a volunteer at Paws for many years. Not only do I have the pleasure of finding forever homes for our kitties I work with a great group of people all dedicated to the welfare of the animals.
I became familiar with PAWS of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap when my wife and I adopted two kittens from them in September 2007. The adoption process was very positive, so much so that I began volunteering as an adoption counselor the following month! I have now been volunteering every other week for 9 years and can't say enough great things about how PAWS benefits both the animals it cares for but the larger community as well.
I was one of the original founders of Paws in the mid 1970s. I moved off Bainbridge and it was continued to become a far reaching, compassionate, well run organization. I am so impressed with the organization today and am grateful the for many talented, hard working individuals that have committed to making it the outstanding organization it is today. Since I returned to Bainbridge I volunteered as a foster parent for litters of kittens and was able to see this well run organization from the inside. I have adopted two wonderful Paws kitties to join their big brother . They complete our circle of love. Thank you Paws. Connie Kaye Golon
PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap does a spectacular job of bringing people and pets together. Their adoption program saves lives and warms hearts. Their programs enable families to keep their pets in times of crisis and save seniors from loneliness with wonderful furry companionship. I am so very proud to be a part of the PAWS Board and to witness first hand the wonderful work of our staff and volunteers. I am the proud parent of three PAWS kitties who enrich my life every day with their affection and entertainment! I
I am so proud to be involved with PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap. I've been on the board for several years and am also a donor and event volunteer. I am most proud of our Safe Harbor program that provides a safe haven for pets when their human families are in crisis. We also expanded our PALS program to incorporate dogs which will allow us to help even more people and animals. PAWS has been helping pets and their people in the North Kitsap area for 41 years! This is a small organization that does extraordinary things in our community!!!
I became involved with PAWS of Bainbridge Island & North Kitsap many years ago when they provided financial assistance to help someone I knew get their dog spayed. At the time, I had no idea that there was an organization in our area that provided financial support for people in need. I became very involved as a volunteer and helped plan events. I joined the BOD and still continue to work on events and raise funds for and awareness about our organization. PAWS is much more than an adoption facility - we have a sanctuary for senior cats (or "unadoptable" cats), we created a pet food bank, we provide financial assistance for low income families, low cost spay-neuter, etc... We also have great working relationships with other non profit organizations in our community. I'm very proud to be a member of this organization.