Lynnwood PAWS will shelter stray animals from King County

The PAWS shelter in Lynnwood is about to receive stray animals from King County.

As part of a new plan announced Thursday by King County Executive Dow Constantine, stray or abandoned animals found in many north King County cities will be housed at the PAWS shelter on 44th Avenue West in Lynnwood.

“We will provide services for the city of Shoreline beginning in May,” PAWS spokesperson Mary Leake Schilder told Lynnwood Today. “We are also in negotiations with Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park and Woodinville and expect to provide services for these cities sometime in the future.” Each city will reimburse PAWS for its services.

Schilder said they have not entered into negotiations with any other King County city nor with the county itself to take in animals from other areas.

PAWS already provides sheltering services for unincorporated Snohomish County, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Lynnwood and Brier.

“We feel confident that we can manage the number of animals expected to come into our shelter from these communities and with the same high quality of care that we do today,” Schilder said.

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