On Thursday, September 5th, 2013 North Beach PAWS participated in Airport Appreciation Day. One of our volunteers, Lynn Igoe, dreamed of a Pilots N Paws program in Ocean Shores and made it a reality.
Pilots N Paws is an online volunteer organization where general aviation pilots can connect with rescue volunteers to transport animals in need to safe havens.
Pilots N Paws Program
Saturday, March 1st, 2014 - a batch of Cats went off to find their forever homes in Gig Harbor, and a photographer was among the volunteers...
Taken from a story on Monday, October 7, 2013 by ANGELO BRUSCAS
North Coast News
KITTY AIR RESCUE
PAWS regularly schedules such trips when it has a need with Bill Capron, who owns and operates the car wash on Point Brown Avenue, and flies from his home base in Bellevue via the airport in Renton to Ocean Shores and back. The relationship began after an Airport Appreciation Day, where PAWS had a booth and demonstration.
“I’m making the trips anyway, and the nice thing about kittens is they don’t have a doctor’s appointment so they don’t have to be there at a specific time,” Capron said. “That makes it easy, so I’m not making a special trip, really.”
He can take as many as eight crates on the plane if need be.
In this case, the five kittens from the Central Park area were eight days old and no other local shelter had room for them. Otherwise, they would have to be driven to the destination, so Capron’s trip saves time as well as mileage and wear and tear on vehicles.
At North Beach PAWS, the shelter currently has 35 cats, with room for only 25. In the past six weeks alone, PAWS has sent 130 cats to other shelters.
“It’s been one of the worst years as far as kittens,” High said. “I don’t know if it’s because we are servicing the entire county, and so we are getting them from all over.”
PAWS now is at the point where it will have to turn people away or put them on a waiting list if they have cats they can no longer care for.
“Sometimes, you can find foster homes for kittens easier than adults,” she noted. “… But we try not to turn anyone away.”
Dogs are much easier to find foster homes for than adult cats, and my new dog, Cher, or Babe II, is what is known as a “foster failure.” That’s when the foster family keeps the pet and gives it a permanent home.
Capron has a cat himself and is happy to be of service. Sometimes, he flies back and forth three times in a day.