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The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Cares for Animals That Were Formerly Entertainers

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The Performing Animal Welfare Society (or PAWS) is an organization that is dedicated to the care of performing animals. PAWS has a number of sanctuaries where deserted, mistreated, and formerly performing animals can live in peace, without being bothered by noisy humans again. PAWS also works to rescue these animals and to stop the abusers in their tracks. They look into tips about exploited wildlife, and chronicle this information so the world knows. This organization is acknowledged worldwide as one of the best of its kind. PAWS also has programs  in India, Mexico, Africa and Cambodia to keep animals(particularly  elephants) in the wild safe . PAWS won’t rest until all performing wildlife gets the chance to live a quiet existence in their sanctuaries.  

 

PAWS was started in 1984, but the story goes back further than that. A woman named Pat Derby used to be a foreign animal trainer, working on films and shows like "Lassie" and "Gentle Ben". Derby taught her animals using love and reassurance, but was dismayed to learn that others did not use the same methods. Animals used for films and television were subject to terrible mistreatment and indifference for their well-being. In her autobiography "The Lady and Her Tiger", Derby showed just how badly the animals in the entertainment industry were treated. After retiring from her work, Derby wanted to do more to help these abused animals. Around this time, she met her husband, Ed Stewart, and together, they worked towards laws to ensure better treatment for captive animals. These efforts would eventually lead to the two of them founding PAWS, which has been proudly caring for formerly captive animals for over 25 years. 

 

So, you may wonder, what does PAWS do exactly for the animals at their sanctuaries? Being rescued by PAWS is merely the start of a long road to recovery for a suffering animal. Animals that are brought to PAWS are given special care and observation, depending on their condition. The headway that animals make is written down each day. While the native home for wildlife is usually what’s best for them, the sanctuaries at PAWS are the next best thing. They are designed with the animal’s needs in mind, supplying basic features like grass and trees. Each animal’s needs are different, and their habitats are built with this in mind. The animals living in the sanctuaries are free to act as they would in the wild, without fear of abuse or exploitation. Everyone greatly appreciates the effort PAWS goes through to make these enclosures as authentic to the actual habitats as possible.

 

PAWS has three sanctuaries for captive wildlife in Northern California. One of them is The Amanda Blake Memorial Wildlife Refuge. Pat Derby, one of the cofounders of PAWS, met Amanda Blake above in 1967 in Hollywood, and the two of them became fast friends. After PAWS was founded, Blake gave generous donations and held fundraisers to support the organization. After her death, she donated her land to PAWS. The Amanda Blake Memorial Wildlife Refuge is dedicated to her memory. Because of this sanctuary, Blake is able to continue helping captive animals even after her death. 

 

If you want to support PAWS and their work, there are a few different things you can do. If you want to donate, click here: http://www.pawsweb.org/donate_online.html. If you want to symbolically adopt an animal, click here: http://www.pawsweb.org/meet_the_animals.html. If you want to become a PAWS partner, click here: http://www.pawsweb.org/become_a_paws_partner.html.   

 

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