In the spirit of the January and February #GetKind theme of animal welfare, Random Acts Regional Representative Samara Cogan worked with the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, PAWS, to provide over $300 worth of much-needed supplies to their local cat adoption location, Cat City. PAWS is a Washington State-based organization that helps domestic and wild animals by rehabilitating orphaned and injured wildlife. They shelter and adopt out homeless cats and dogs. Since they formed in 1967, they have adopted out more than 130,000 cats and dogs and cared for more than 140,000 sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals. They also educate the community on proper care for their pets and how to respect wildlife.
Shopping for Supplies
Samara first reached out to PAWS’ supervisor, Rebecca Oertel, to get a list of their most needed items as well as permission to take pictures and videos in their facility. With permissions given, Samara took her budgeted list of items and ventured to the stores. Her first stop was a great success. She bought dry food, wet food, catnip, and a bag full of cat toys all under budget. On her second trip, she purchased additional food and soft fleece blankets with the remaining funds and even some of her own money.
Visiting the Recipients
With a car full of donations, Samara and her mother headed to meet the fuzzy recipients of the supplies. Upon arrival, they spent some cuddle time with Prudence, a newly adopted cat awaiting her family, and Minnow, a senior kitty. Samara helped raise awareness about Minnow with her pictures and videos. About three weeks later, Minnow was adopted as well!
If Samara’s story inspired you, the Random Acts Regional Representatives would love to help you find similar organizations in your community. If you would like to support PAWS, please consider making a donation. As always, thank you for supporting our mission to spread kindness and compassion!