Blue, born as a veal calf, was intended to be someone’s dinner before he was rescued by Pasado’s Safe Haven

Like many of the animals at Pasado’s, Blue came from a neglect situation.

This big guy is very sweet, but can be shy at first. Blue’s hair is super soft, and while we would love to cuddle up with him and pet him all day long, you can only get away with the occasional quick pat or scratch with Blue, unless he loves you.

As shy as Blue is with humans, it’s not the case with dogs: Blue loves to play with dogs who are willing to play with him. Blue himself, is just a big, shy dog! Blue is looking for a nice place to live with some other cows and maybe an easygoing and playful dog (or two).

Does Blue sound like he would fit in well with your family?

If so, please complete an adoption inquiry.

January 18, 2012 Comments Off

Pasado’s Year in Review: 2011

2011 began with important investigations that defined the year… Pasado’s launched an investigation into horses who were allegedly starved.  A horse owner in Mason County, WA, stated that two of his horses had been shot to death. A deputy who examined the animals never found any bullets or bullet wounds. Photographic evidence indicated that the horses actually starved to death. The owner’s remaining horses received a 1 on a scale of 0 to 5, with 0 representing starving. Despite the diligence of Pasado’s investigative team, charges were not brought against the owner of the deceased horses. While we were deeply disappointed with this outcome, the case illuminated the need for proper protocol for law enforcement during animal abuse and neglect cases and galvanized Pasado’s team to continue to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office claimed that this horse was not starving

January continued with the case of more than 30 animals who were found starved to death in a Granite Falls home. A team from Pasado’s Safe Haven assisted the Granite Falls Police Department in removing the bodies. Three cats were found alive and were taken in by Pasado’s Safe Haven. Diane Cowling, the former homeowner, lived with the dead animals up until December. Diane Cowling, 65, and her son Michael Cowling, 35, were arrested on January 24. Police discovered three animals living with them in their new apartment, including a puppy who was no more than 2 months old. Those animals were also taken to Pasado’s Safe Haven for evaluations and care.

In February, in the home where the 31 animals had been found dead, a live cat was found miraculously still clinging to life. Investigators had believed that all survivors had been rescued, but the cat had likely been hiding when the house was searched. February continued with a school bus driver in Winlock, WA, finding a dog in a ditch who appeared to be dead. Upon closer examination, the dog was discovered to still be alive. The bus driver rushed the dog to veterinarian Brandy Fay, who determined that the dog, dubbed Phoenix, had been shot. A weapons expert stated that someone had stood approximately two feed above the dog, putting a 40-caliber bullet behind her ear that was meant to kill the dog. Despite the shooter’s best efforts, Phoenix survived the ordeal. Pasado’s Safe Haven offered a $1,000 reward to catch and convict the person who shot Phoenix.

Phoenix safely in the arms of Vet Tech, Lacey. Dr. Fay is holding up the bullet which tore through Phoenix’s body.

February also saw the re-launch of the Spay Station. On Spay Day USA (Feb 22), Pasado’s proudly kicked off our new “Get Fixed! Prevent a Litter – Fix Your Critter!” program which offered low-cost and free spay and neuter services to families who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Lakewood Mayor Douglas Richardson, a team from the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation and Pasado’s staff and volunteers gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation graciously granted funding to Pasado’s, allowing The Spay Station to perform a year’s worth of spay and neuter services to pets in need in Pierce County.

In March, Michel Cowling pleaded guilty to six felony counts of animal abuse. Cowling had been in custody since he was charged in January. The outcome for Diane Cowling was far different. According to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, Diane Cowling died of acute coronary artery thrombosis, which is commonly referred to as a heart attack.

Diane Cowling – photo courtesy of KOMONews.

April saw the passage of S.S.B. 5065 Preventing Animal Cruelty. The bill was sponsored by Senator Mike Carrell (R-28) and received strong bipartisan support, passing by a vote of 47-0 in the senate and 93-2 in the house. Senator Carrell commented on the importance of S.S.B. 5065. “My bill corrects gaps in the existing law that allow people convicted of animal cruelty to easily become repeat offenders. As an animal lover myself, I am very pleased to see this bill enacted. It will be an important tool to help prevent the horrific cases of ongoing animal abuse.” The passage of this landmark legislation is a true victory for the animals because it contains numerous important amendments that provide added protection for all companion animals.

In April, Pasado’s also presented the first annual Bucky Award. Pasado’s, in coordination with the Washington State Crime Prevention Association (WSCPA), presented the 1st Annual Excellence in Animal Cruelty Investigation and Prosecution Award at the WSCPA Spring Conference. This is a grant award of $2500 each to the law Enforcement Agency and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office that is determined to have successfully completed the most significant investigation and prosecution of an animal cruelty case. The purpose of the award is to raise awareness of animal cruelty and the links to violent crimes. Stacie Martin, Director of Operations for Pasado’s, presented the grant awards to Deputy Michael Vafeados of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Mr. Paul Stern, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney.

In May, teenagers responding to an advertisement for cats on Craigslist were accused of abusing one of the cats. Rather than caring for the cats, as they had assured the cats’ owner, the teenagers threw a cat named Abby out of the car. Thankfully, the young sister of one of the teens called the police and the cat was rushed to Pasado’s Safe Haven. Twelve-year-old Amanda Lee had accompanied the two teenagers, including her older brother, who were responding to the advertisement that a woman had placed regarding her cats. The woman was unable to care for the cats any longer and was offering $60 for someone to transport them to the shelter. While the teens were happy to take the payment, they had no intention of keeping their word or providing a safe trip to the shelter. Amanda’s courageous choice to speak out against animal abuse saved Abby’s life. Pasado’s Safe Haven strongly discourages anyone from placing animals on Craigslist!

Abby recovering

Abby has fully recovered after her ordeal.

In June, there were tragic cat killing sprees in Spanaway and Battle Ground, WA. The killing sprees had Pasado’s Safe Haven worried that the killer could eventually harm people. More than 20 cats were killed in the area since January. Pasado’s offered a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the killings. To date, the killer still has not been found and the reward remains open.

June continued with Pasado’s largest cat rescue to date. In Lewis County, WA, three local rescue organizations, including Pasado’s, rescued more than 100 cats from a hoarder’s home. Crews from Animal Planet recorded footage at the home while dozens of staff and  volunteers helped rescue the cats. Footage from this hoarding case aired on Animal Planet’s Confessions: Animal Hoarding on December 30.

In July, Pasado’s hosted Pasado’s Bark at Marymoor Park. The event featured a fundraising walk, the opportunity to speak with numerous animal-related companies and services, flyball competitions, a children’s area with face painting, raffle prizes, and multiple opportunities to socialize with canine companions.

Pasado’s Bark at the Park

In August, Pasado’s supported Charles and Deidre Wright, whose Newfoundland, Rosie, had been fatally shot in November of 2010. The Des Moines police officers who had a responded to a call for a loose dog in the neighborhood had used deadly force against Rosie and an internal investigation ensued. Charles and Deidre Wright asked for a chance to have their case heard and requested that the police officers face criminal charges for Rosie’s death. Despite evidence that supported wrongdoing in Rosie’s case, the police officers were not charged in her death. Mr. Wright sought appellate review of Judge Bui’s decision. The court found that Mr. Wright had standing for issuance of a writ, but decided to reserve ruling on whether to issue such writ until argument next year. Judge Okrent will decide the appeal of Mr. Wright and cross-appeal of the City sometime in March, 2012.

Rosie, Dog shot by police in Des Moines

Rosie was a gentle giant and beloved family member.

August also saw the sad passage of a devoted friend to the animals. Louis St. Martin, 63, truly lived up to his name: He was a saint for the animals who stepped in when no one else could. In 2005, when hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, this kind man opened his heart and his newly constructed barn to rescue teams from Pasado’s Safe Haven and hundreds of frightened, hungry, and sick animals who were devastated by the storm. We were truly saddened to learn this brilliant man lost his life in a tragic plane crash on August 21, but the man who saved the lives of so many will live on in the memories of those who he profoundly touched over the years.

September saw the arrival of Ringling Brothers/Barnum and Bailey Circus in Washington State. Pasado’s stood in solidarity with other animal welfare groups to protest the circus’ presence. In September, this circus had numerous venues in Washington State. But this circus isn’t just a venue of entertainment – it’s also an organization that has a long history of animal mistreatment.

In October, Pasado’s was featured on New Day Northwest in October. Three of our senior dogs and one kitten strutted their stuff in a Howl- o-ween Pet Fashion Show. Animals who once had no other hope had a moment to shine. Many thanks to Danita at Dmarie’s Doggie Boutique for dressing our dogs and kitten in their great Halloween costumes.

In November, Pasado’s launched a new Feral Cat Task Force. A coalition was formed consisting of Pasado’s, Purrfect Pals, MEOW Cat Rescue, and Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project. This Task Force promotes the spay/neuter of feral (untamed outdoor) cats through humane Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR). The Feral Cat Task Force is recruiting volunteers for classroom and field training. November also saw deputies seize 100 dogs from homes in Burien and Issaquah after an anonymous tipster sent video documenting the animals’ living conditions to Pasado’s Safe Haven. Many of the dogs found within the homes were in poor health, including missing or nonexistent teeth and vision problems including complete blindness. The Burien home housed 38 dogs, including Chihuahuas, Pomeranians, and Japanese Chins. In the Issaquah home, there were 62 dogs, most of which were in better health and in cleaner conditions. According to a sheriff’s office news release, all of the animals were in relatively poor health and were kept in extremely dirty dog crates. Sadly, while Pasado’s intervened on the behalf of these dogs, 14 of them had to be euthanized. Pasado’s discovered that the owner of these dogs was an AKC Judge and Pasado’s sought the maximum sentence in this case. As the case unfolded, it received national news coverage. Pasado’s is still waiting on an update about the prosecution in this case.

In December, Pasado’s opened an Adoption/Education Center on Whidbey Island! On December 3, we held our first open house and met many new friends in the community. This is an exciting new venture for Pasado’s, as our ultimate goal is to acquire flat pastureland, allowing us to open a second sanctuary where we will be able to save many more cats, dogs, and farm animals! Pasado’s also hosted the eighth annual Home for the HOWLidays. On Tuesday, December 20th, needy pets in 10 cities in WA state received food, toys, treats and bedding. This heartwarming event is always a wonderful way to conclude the year.

During 2011, Pasado’s rescued and assisted countless animals. We adopted out 51 dogs, 69 cats, and 28 farm animals as well as fostered out an additional 32 dogs and 21 cats.

Sadly, we also had to say goodbye to many friends, young and old. Some were so injured that we only knew them for a short time. Whether they live their entire life at the sanctuary, find their forever home elsewhere, or are just held in the loving arms of a caretaker while they are released from this world, they will always be a part of our Pasado family and our love for them will always remain. Though each goodbye breaks our hearts, we are thankful that they came to us and are comforted knowing that with your help, they were given back their dignity, a better life, and shown that yes, they are loved.

Stella and Friend

Stella, pictured with her friend, is one of the fortunate dogs who found their forever families in 2011

Phoebe, Who Was Adopted in 2011, is Happy in her Forever Home

Phoebe, who was adopted in 2011, is happy in her forever home

While we are delighted that so many animals found forever families, several adoptions were particularly touching. Eva the goat had been our herd leader here at the sanctuary. She was finally adopted with her friend, Billy, after living here for many years. Eva and Billy were adopted by a family with an autistic son in his twenties who loves animals. It was truly heartwarming to see her standing so contentedly in the specially designed bus as her new family drove out of the sanctuary’s gates. Now Eva, Billy, and their new person can get the therapy and comfort of spending time with each other, since he takes care of the farm animals most of the time.

Merlin found true magic with his special someone, Roopini D.

Merlin is a feline friend who also finally found his special someone in 2011. Merlin is a black, long-haired cat who was one of the Lewis County hoarding case rescues. He was fostered by one of our volunteers, Roopini D., who loved him even with his deformed ears, which were caused by untreated medical issues. Roopini saved up her money until she could adopt little Merlin and make it official. As of December 30, there are still 8 cats from the hoarding case who need to find homes. We hope that they find loving new homes in the New Year.

Ferdinand has found his forever home!

The past year brought amazing things for the animals. We are thankful to all who helped us during 2011 – staff, volunteers, Good Samaritans, Law Enforcement, fellow rescue and welfare organizations; but the greatest thanks of all go to YOU, our supporters! Your support and donations allow us to continue this lifesaving work. From everyone at Pasado’s Safe Haven, Happy New Year – and may 2012 continue to bring about powerful change for the animals.

January 17, 2012 Comments Off

Break the Chain: Don’t Tether or Chain Your Best Friend


Tethering and chaining is a cruel practice that can cause psychological and physical pain for dogs. During our cruelty investigation cases, we witness some people who own and tether their dogs transferring controlling and abusive behaviors to their human family members. Our Cruelty Investigator frequently sees the key indicators of domestic violence in these homes. And scientific studies have shown that people who abuse animals are five times more likely to abuse humans than those who do not abuse animals. But on January 19, the bill to establish humane limits and conditions for dog tethering, HB 1755 is scheduled for a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Let the committee know that you support this bill’s passage.

While tethering may seem like a benign solution to keeping a dog within one’s yard, it has myriad negative consequences. These include, but are not limited to, a lack of socialization, increased risk for abuse and neglect, exposure to inclement weather, and injury or death from entanglement. Dogs are social beings who thrive on interacting with humans and with other dogs. Confining a dog in this manner causes tremendous psychological pain. Over time, tethered dogs who were once friendly and gentle can become frustrated, agitated, and even aggressive as a result of their confinement. Studies have shown that a tethered dog is three times more likely to bite than a dog who is not chained or tethered.

Tethered dogs are also often the abused and neglected. They suffer from exposure to extreme weather, sporadic feedings, empty water bowls, and inadequate veterinary care. They are forced to live in squalid conditions, eating, sleeping, drinking, urinating, and defecating in the same confined area. In addition to psychological trauma, tethered dogs can suffer physical trauma, including neck injuries and accidental strangulation when they become entangled with other objects.

In addition to the aforementioned risks, when dogs are tethered, they are helpless to defend themselves against abusive people, stray dogs, and wild animals who might invade their space. Unaltered tethered dogs also contribute to overpopulation because they can still produce unwanted litters.

But you can help put an end to tethering. Use your voice for the animals and vote to break the chain! Supporting HB 1755 (Limit Tethering Bill) can only make communities safer. A measure is needed to ensure public safety and help prevent the crimes that are very predictably related to tethering dogs. Please support the legislation against tethering dogs. Watch in the upcoming legislative session for these bills and let your representatives know that you support them.

More than 100 communities nationwide have passed laws that regulate the practice of tethering animals. Help add Washington State to that list! Maumelle, AR and Tucson, AZ, completely prohibit the unattended tethering of dogs. And Orange County, FL, does not allow tethering between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or during extreme weather.

Pasado’s Safe Haven, Animal Control, and other humane agencies receive countless calls from citizens concerned about animals in these cruel situations. Animal control officers, paid at taxpayer expense, spend many hours trying to educate pet owners about the dangers and cruelty involved in this practice. Pasado’s Cruelty Investigator, Kim K., has responded to recent reports of neglected chained and tethered dogs left out in freezing temperatures. “I believe that this legislation is an extremely important tool that we can use along with education to put an end to the tethering of dogs,” she stated. “We need to ask our readers to join Pasado’s at the hearing and to take a stand for these dogs who cannot speak for themselves.”

Join Pasado’s as a voice and a force for the animals. Let the committee know that you support the passage of HB 1755. Together, we can break the chain of abuse and neglect.

January 17, 2012 Comments Off

Ian: Desperately Seeking My Special Someone

Ian is a sweet kitty whose owner passed away three and a half years ago. Ian’s owner was a chronic alcoholic who eventually succumbed to this disease and Ian lived in a neglectful situation for years.

Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases that impact an entire family, human and nonhuman alike, and Ian was no exception. His owner did not provide him with the care and attention that he needed and Ian suffered greatly. Ian is diabetic and he went into a diabetic coma several times. Imagine experiencing several comas, barely clinging to life – simply because your owner was too intoxicated to notice. We cannot imagine the fear and pain that Ian must have endured.

After Ian’s owner passed away, his owner’s roommate became his new guardian, but life did not improve for this courageous cat. The roommate had a severe drug problem and Ian did not receive any care from this person, either. But Ian truly did have nine lives and this sweet soul kept on fighting for a better life. We’re glad that Ian wouldn’t give up, because soon, Ian finally found someone who wouldn’t give up on him, either.

Ian has experienced so much heartache and neglect, but he still hopes to find love. Can you be his special someone?

A kind friend was horrified to discover Ian’s squalid living conditions and rescued Ian. Ian’s “food bowl” was filled with maggots and moldy food. Clean water was nowhere in sight. How could anyone survive this way? The friend whisked Ian out of the toxic situation and began giving Ian food, water, and the care that he so desperately needed. Ian lived with other animals for the first time and while he was grateful for the care that he received, he wasn’t accustomed to having animal companions. He struggled with this new situation and didn’t understand what it meant to play. Ian had been ignored and neglected his entire life and no one had ever shown him how. The other animals tried to engage him with social interactions, but Ian didn’t know how to react. He was stressed over multiple transitions and suddenly sharing his territory with other animals and his only way to communicate this frustration was spraying or marking his territory.

The friend called everyone for help, but was repeatedly told “no” because there was no room for Ian anywhere. Many people advised that euthanasia was the best solution. But the kind friend wouldn’t give up on Ian – and for the first time in his life, someone was actually there for the little cat.

Ian is 12 years old and diabetic, but he could still live a happy and healthy life. Many cats live into their 20s. Knowing this, the friend wasn’t going to stop trying to find a home for Ian. She tirelessly called rescues, even reaching out to agencies that were out-of-state. When she called Pasado’s, we told her that we were happy to take him in and give him the chance for love and life that he had never had.

Ian is a very sweet soul: he will run to you when you enter the room. He is a big boy, tipping the scales at 15 pounds. He is all white, with a meow that hasn’t progressed beyond a baby squeak. He has petite paws and serene green eyes.

Ian was very sad when he first arrived at Pasado’s. After all, this cat had had little to look forward to for so long, but he’s becoming accustomed to the routine and his demeanor has changed. He has learned how to chime in with meowing for breakfast, just like everyone else does at Misty’s Kitty City.

When Ian was greeted by a Pasado’s staff member recently, he wrapped his arms around her neck and didn’t want to let go. Many special souls have passed through our sanctuary gates, but Ian’s hope, resilience, and love have touched all of us deeply.

While we are prepared to provide Ian with a lifelong home here at the sanctuary, we believe that Ian deserves a family of his own. Ian wants so badly to find his own special someone. Can you open your heart and home to this courageous cat? If so, please click here to find out about our adoption process or contact our adoption coordinator, Heidi, at

And if you’re not ready to add to the family at this time, please consider making a donation. Thanks to the support of readers like you, Pasado’s can continue to save those who need our help the most.

Thank you – from all of the animals at Pasado’s sanctuary and from those who are still waiting to find their safe haven.

January 17, 2012 5

Heads and Tails: The Two Sides of the Dairy Industry Coin

When Pasado’s Safe Haven found Bessie the cow, her days were numbered. She had been badly abused and was near death. Bessie was a “spent milker” who had been forced to give birth every 9 months for years. After consistently providing milk for her owner, though, the strenuous cycle of pregnancy and lactation took their toll on Bessie.

Dairy cows standing in their own excrement and filth.

The lifespan of a cow under natural conditions is approximately 20 years. Natural conditions include grazing on grass, which their multi-chambered stomachs are adapted for, and giving birth according to biological drives, and not the drives of human consumers. In the unnatural conditions of industrialized dairy plants, most cows die well before their tenth year. Their diets consist mainly of corn, which causes myriad stomach problems, and they give birth as frequently as possible. Dairy cows have to be pregnant to produce milk. Once they can no longer produce “enough” milk, as Bessie couldn’t, they are sent off to slaughter, worn and weakened.

Blue, born as a veal calf, was intended to be someone’s dinner before he was rescued by Pasado’s Safe Haven

The life of a dairy-born calf like Blue is brief, but equally unkind. Calves are taken from their mothers within the first few days of life. The milk their mothers produced for their consumption is instead given to human consumers. Mothers and calves bellow for each other, but their cries go unanswered: the calves are out of earshot, kept in crates that will keep them immobile, ensuring that their meat is tender. Blue must have thought that his calls were finally heard when he met Bessie, but Bessie wasn’t as sure.

Blue was a veal calf when we rescued him. When he first arrived at Pasado’s, the other animals shoved him away from the grain and “bullied” him. While this might seem unkind, it’s typical: Herd animals establish hierarchies, just as people do when establishing who is “in charge” and who complies. Newcomers are tested and vulnerable animals who appear sick or weak receive more harassment. Herd animals are prey animals, with the instincts of prey animals. Signs of weakness in herd members make them feel vulnerable to predators – whether predators are present or not.

Blue’s vulnerability caused him increased harassment, and so we placed him with Bessie. Bessie tested Blue, too, but the little calf kept on coming back for more. He was fond of Bessie, and to our delight, Bessie eventually took Blue under her wing! For Bessie, motherhood had never been fully realized: Her babies were always considered byproducts. Bessie became motherly with Blue, and the two sides of the dairy industry coin – motherless calf and cow with no baby – finally found resolution and contentment.

Bessie is a rescued beautiful black and white Holstein cow who loves to play in the water.

Bessie is our “alpha cow” and she watches out for Blue – who is no longer little, but still looks up to his adoptive mother. The two cows lay side by side, and when they’re eating, sassy Bessie makes sure the other cows give them some time alone to enjoy their meal. Blue has learned this trick from Bessie, and now, instead of being at the bottom of the hierarchy, he’s at the top with Mother Bessie.

At Pasado’s, we’ve seen that each animal has their own unique personality. They choose their friends and families just as people do, experiencing a wide breadth of emotions. Unfortunately, the fate that almost befell Bessie and Blue is a common one for dairy cows, but your support can help us continue to provide for those who are pardoned from that existence. Make a donation today and help us continue to show both sides of the coin – and spend it wisely on rescue, rehabilitation, and lifetime residencies.

January 13, 2012 Comments Off

Moa – Adopted!

It's time for this young little mother to be cared for! Do you have room in your heart and home for Moa?

Moa is a little over a year old female who came to us with a large litter of kittens.  Our intern who is from Sweden named her Moa because “Moa” in Swedish means “mother”.

Moa is a sweet little stray kitty who had 8 babies in a box left on someone’s front porch in Sultan.  When Pasado’s rescued her we were told that she was somewhat feral because she hissed when someone approached the box she was left in.  In fact, she was just being a good little Mama!  She let us load all of her babies into a large carrier, and then she calmly followed them in and lay down with them, ready to go for a ride with someone who she obviously understood was rescuing her and her little ones.

Moa has turned out to be one of the sweetest little cats that it has ever been our pleasure to rescue.

January 12, 2012 Comments Off


Princess is a sweet girl that will steal your heart!

Update: Princess has found her new forever home!

Princess is a spirited and sweet 7 year old female long haired gray cat who had a very traumatic Craigslist experience before she found Pasado’s Safe Haven.  Read the full story here.

Princess is a beautiful young lady with a loving spirit.  She enjoys sleeping the day away above the cabinets in Kitty City.  Princess’s name comes from her regal bearing and noble attitude.  Princess is up to date on all her shots; she is micro-chipped and waiting for her perfect fairly tale ending.  Prince Charming optional.

January 12, 2012 Comments Off


Lola is a beautiful 19-year-old Paso Fino mare who was rescued in early 2012 from a feedlot in Washington State where she was bound for slaughter.

Lola 1

Lola is a beautiful, chestnut Paso Fino. She has a fun, spunky personality and would thrive in a forever home. She has a cute white star on her forehead and a gorgeous red mane.

Lola was rescued in early 2012 from a feedlot in Washington State where she was bound for slaughter. She ended up in a feedlot despite being the daughter of a famous Paso Fino stallion named Capuchino. She also has an impressive-sounding registered name – Flying M Orquesta! Her interesting past shines through her friendly, spirited personality that is sure to delight anyone who meets her.

Lola is friendly and personable. She’s approximately 18 years old and stands about 14.2 hands high. Lola is particular about her hind legs and currently takes FlexMax for hoof health. She would do best as a pasture pal and would certainly be a beautiful sight on any pasture. Before she came to us she had been ridden western and bareback in the mountains as a trail horse by previous owners. That adventurous spirit is still within her. Can you give this fascinating beauty the home she deserves?

Does Lola sound like she’s the right horse for you? If you would like to adopt Lola, please complete an adoption inquiry.

Adoption Fee: $525

January 12, 2012 Comments Off

Dooley’s Dog House: Heart, Help, and Hope

Chuck and Marti with their pups, Hazel and Dooley

When Chuck and Marti conceptualized Dooley’s Dog House seven years ago, they never dreamed what this fledgling business would do for the animals. In addition to providing a fantastic retail experience and vital assistance with local and national rescue efforts, Dooley’s has become a venue for like-minded individuals to attend events, network, and make a difference for the animals.

Chuck reflected upon how Dooley’s Dog House was created. “Marti and I opened Dooley’s Dog House 7 years ago because we both love animals. Marti told me to follow my heart and do something that I loved to do.”

Early on, Chuck and Marti have been very much involved in animal rescue and adoption. “Pasado’s got me more involved in animal rescue,” Chuck explained. “I was involved in Katrina as part of Pasado’s rescue effort. Then we were also involved with Purrfect Pals… Marti is more of a cat person, but we’re a mixed family with cats and dogs. In Marti’s former life, she worked in children’s adoption, so she became a natural with pet adoption.”

Dooley’s Dog House has hosted numerous events and fundraisers for the animals. They recently opened up their store for four fun-filled days of Holiday pet photographs, with all proceeds benefiting Pasado’s. The photo session had two themes: Father Christmas and Hawaiian Santa. More than 100 dogs, cats, ferrets, and even a parakeet attended this event. “We try to hold events in the store to get animals adopted,” Chuck stated. “It’s a passion with both of us – when your partner is passionate about it, too, it makes it so much easier to do.”

Chuck played Santa for Holiday Pet photos!

For Chuck, finding a home for animals is truly an amazing experience. “Nothing could be finer!” he enthused. “I feel so often that people come to an event or come in to the store …And a dog or cat chooses them. They can see the hole in the person’s heart. Two of our customers, Scott and Debbie, had just lost their lab of 9 years. Four months later, at a pet fair event that we were having, a dog was there and we knew that she was right for them. We called them and they came down. She’s been theirs for 2 years now,” Chuck stated. “They just came in for photos with Santa. They’ve been doing it every year… starting with their previous dog and continuing the tradition with their new dog, Kharma.”

Many people have formed lasting friendships, both human and nonhuman, through Dooley’s events. “We adopted Hazel through Homeward Pet through one of our events. We always bring animals for adoption at these events. It’s a great networking opportunity to get everyone together,” he stated.

Little Guy helped supervise Holiday Pet Photos! Because of the exposure he received at Dooley’s, he has found his forever home.

Chuck and Marti recently hosted a kitten adoption event and also provided a temporary home for Little Guy, a cat who was rescued from a hoarding case that will be featured on Animal Planet on December 30th. Little Guy is made a big impact, melting the hearts of everyone who met him. We’re so grateful that Little Guy had the chance to meet so many people, one couple, in particular, who has just adopted him!

Chuck and Marti have also graciously housed other rescued cats at Dooley’s Dog House. Dooley’s has a solid, wonderful customer base and they have taken on several of Pasado’s rescued cats who are able to live in their store and receive amazing exposure from their customers. Having the cats available to the public often makes the difference with an adoption decision and it also affords Pasado’s the opportunity to have room to save another life. Tow and Lauer, two cats who were rescued from a horrible hoarding case in Granite Falls, still had not found a home months after the case broke. Chuck and Marti allowed them to come and live at their store until these courageous cats found their forever families. Tow and Lauer came from a situation where they were living in several feet of trash, feces, and dead animals to being in a store where the owners have a loyal customer base that has become more like a family.

Lauer is still looking for a family to call her own!

In addition to saving lives, Dooley’s Dog House is committed to providing high-quality, nutritional pet foods backed by years of experience and research.  Chuck and Marti were inspired about pet nutrition after living with a very special dog named Beans. “I had a dog named Beans who had special needs,” Chuck explained. “He was a Cairn Terrier and I could tell that something was wrong when he was just a puppy. The first vet I took him to told me that I should put him down because he thought Beans would have a brief and painful life. But Beans lived to be almost 18 years old. He taught me to read food labels and that the right supplements really make the difference. Beans taught me everything I know about pet nutrition.”

The New Year promises to provide additional events for the animals. “Our next event is a Yappy Hour. It’s on Friday night, February 3rd,” Chuck stated. “It’s for a specific dog named Scarlett who was owned by an elderly lady who was succumbing to dementia. The dog had an infected teat that erupted. It turned out to be cancerous. Scarlett has been treated at WSU, where she had 10 days of chemotherapy, which she just finished. She ran up $6,000 in medical bills, so we’re having a fundraiser for her,” Chuck explained. “Scarlett is a 4-year-old husky mix. When she arrived at WSU, they realized that she looked like the dog of an Afghanistan veteran. His dog passed away 2 years ago…so we contacted him, and the veteran is going to adopt Scarlett. Her story is going to have a happy ending.”

Pasado’s would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Chuck, Marti, and Dooley’s Dog House. Chuck and Marti have bridged many friendships of animals and people through their events and community outreach. It is a true gift for our animals who have suffered so greatly to have assistance from people who are connected to a wonderful community of animal lovers.

Dooley’s Dog House is located at 1421 Market Street in Kirkland, WA. To learn more about Dooley’s Dog House, visit their website.

January 12, 2012 Comments Off

Important Tips When the Mercury Dips

Hot summer days and warm autumn afternoons have waned to frosty mornings and chilly nights. With the approach of winter weather, remember that your animals will need to be adequately prepared for the cold months ahead. Even with coats of feathers, fur, or hair, they are still vulnerable in colder weather, and following some simple safety precautions can keep your companion animals warm, safe, and sound.

All companion animals need to be protected in freezing temperatures.

Here at Pasado’s Safe Haven, our animals anticipate the change of season with bulkier winter coats and an increased preference for covered areas. With the approach of winter weather, taking cold-weather precautions for your pets is vital for their health and safety.

For those who share their homes with feline companions, it’s important to keep them indoors. We recommend that you keep your cats inside but if your cat is indoor-outdoor, make sure that there’s suitable covered shelter available with warm bedding and access to water. Similar precautions should be taken if you share your property with feral cats. Here at Pasado’s, our feral cats enjoy shelter in the barn and warmth from plenty of hay and wool shorn from our sheep.

The shorn wool from sheep like Lady Baa Baa help our barn cats stay warm in the cold winter months.

Remaining warm during cold weather requires increased caloric expenditure. Having plenty of food and water facilitates your pets’ ability to maintain a healthy weight and have immune systems that can thwart off illnesses.

It’s important to be especially cautious once the snow starts falling. Dogs lose their bearing because familiar surroundings are suddenly obscured in a mantle of white. Familiar sounds, like your voice, are muffled, and familiar smells are blanketed. Without these sensory cues, navigation is difficult, and many lost companion animals end up at area shelters during the winter months.

The cold weather can be especially difficult for older dogs, like beautiful Bella. At Pasado’s Dog Towne, our residents have heated cabins and comfortable dog beds to stay warm through the winter months. 

Have coats available for short-haired dogs who don’t have an undercoat or are otherwise ill-equipped for the cold weather. It is a common misconception that dogs fare well outdoors in all seasons, but many dogs have short, sleek coats that do not provide adequate protection from inclement weather. Here at Pasado’s Dog Towne in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, we always take added precautions. Our happy hounds have heated cabins and comfy dog beds to warm up after a brisk outdoor run.

If you have pets in terrariums or aquariums, make sure that they aren’t located near windows with a draft. Exposure to the cold air can cause these animals’ core body temperatures to decrease to lethally low levels and they can die within a relatively short amount of time.

Here at Pasado’s, our hoofed friends have 24-hour access to covered areas, which is especially important in winter snow and rain. We also use heaters to prevent the water troughs from freezing. Outdoor animals often need blankets, but let your animals establish a winter hair “base coat,” using blankets for particularly cold days. Be especially careful with older equines who may have arthritis or are otherwise vulnerable to the elements. Arthritis supplements for older horses and dogs often help them get through those cold winter months, providing respite from the pain and offering them more mobility.

A warm winter blanket helps a horse maintain a healthy weight during the cold winter months.

Plenty of food, water, and warmth are integral to a companion animal safely “weathering it out.” A few safety precautions can ensure that your animals have a safe, happy, and healthy winter.

Here at Pasado’s, many of our animals are lifetime residents. Providing full-time care for them during every season can become expensive, but thanks to the support of donors like you, our animals receive first-rate care.

Please consider making a donation – your support helps save lives during every season! Thank you – from all of the animals here at Pasado’s. May your heart and home stay warm this winter season.

January 6, 2012 Comments Off