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PAWS CEO adapts to a new reality

Pandemic or not, animals still need help – and love


Last updated 3/3/2021 at 12:24pm

Heidi Wills

Heidi Wills, PAWS CEO, with her PAWS-adopted cat June. She also has a rescue dog, Letti.

After being a major donor to the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) for more than 20 years, Heidi Wills stepped in as CEO a little more than a year ago.

Yep. Just as a worldwide pandemic was taking hold.

"All parts of our operations have been significantly impacted by the pandemic," said Wills, who lives in Edmonds with her husband, Kobi Yamada. "I know there seems to be an uptick in adoptions, and even difficulty in finding pets."

PAWS finds homes for homeless dogs and cats, rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, and educates and inspires people to make a meaningful and positi...

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