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PAHS Thanks Blue Illusion

PAHS extends heartfelt thanks to Blue Illusion, a new women’s boutique on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. The store sponsored a fund drive for PAHS this past December 18. The setting was elegant, and the atmosphere most welcoming to all visitors and customers.

Blue Illusion donated 20% of sales to PAHS to help the animals. Staff and management at the store are true animal lovers!

Donations from Girl Scout Troop 61474

On December 12, 2014, the Scouts in Troop 61474 were visited by PAHS 2 PAWS canine ambassador Lexie with her person, PAHS office manager Rebecca Marsh, to learn about best practices in caring for pets, especially dogs. The Scouts presented PAHS with a donation of many colorful kitten blankets and kitten food. Homeless kittens rescued by Community Cat Rescue, a local Peninsula group working with PAHS, were the happy recipients of these donations.

PAHS Visits Menlo Park Brownie Troop

The afternoon of Friday, December 5, PAHS’ favorite PAHS 2 PAWS canine ambassador Rookie was accompanied by volunteer Maureen Allen and humane educator Leonor Delgado in a special visit to Brownie Troop 62416 at the Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park.

The topic of the day was caring for our pets. The girls drew pictures of their pets and shared stories about them with emphasis on their pets’ needs and the kind of care provided at home for them. The girls also paid special attention to the needs of dogs and the best way to meet a new dog, and in this aspect, Rookie was more than cooperative!

PAHS thanks the girls for their very kind donation of cat food, which has gone to help Miss Kitty, a special cat featured in one of PAHS’ columns in the Palo Alto Daily News who PAHS continues to support with advice about home care and occasional donations. Thanks, as well, for the wonderful handmade chew and pull toys that will make shelter and rescue dogs very happy this holiday season.

PAHS 2014 Holiday Gala—A Smashing Success!

Crowds gathered in front of the Aquarius Theatre the evening of Thursday, December 3, in anticipation of the PAHS annual holiday gala. They were regaled first by bagpiper Jeff Campbell and then by the Stanford Mendicants before entering the theater. Once inside, they were served popcorn and drinks and received colorful goodie bags.

The evening’s events consisted of the premiere of PAHS’ new educational video for children and students of all ages, It’s a Dog’s Day, and Girl Scout Troop 33147’s short video Taking Care of Your Pet, as well as the featured movie Paulie. Attendees also learned about PAHS’ educational work and animal welfare initiatives.

Emmy-nominated Hollywood composer Phil Giffin hosted the gala. His co-host was Marilyn Kanes of Mystery by Design. Members of Girl Scout Troop 33147 helped PAHS staff and volunteers greet the attendees. Cast members of It’s a Dog’s Day were present to talk about the filming of the video. Other special guests included Martha Kudlacik of Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue as well as Palo Alto City Council Member Karen Holman and Council Member-Elect Tom Dubois.

Read PAHS’ Palo Alto Daily Column—‘Oh, For the Love of Critters,’ a holiday party not to miss

PAHS Executive Director Carole Hyde welcomes you to our annual gala event in our latest column, published Saturday, November 29. The gala, to take place Thursday, December 4, marks PAHS’ 106th anniversary and features the popular film Paulie, which tells the story of a parrot’s search for his devoted childhood friend.

Also featured at our gala are the premier showing of PAHS’ latest educational video, It’s a Dog’s Day, and Girl Scout Troop’s 33147’s short film, Taking Care of Your Pet. The Stanford Mendicants, the men’s a capella chorus, and bagpiper Jeff Campbell will join us, as well.

To read Carole’s column and learn more about the gala and PAHS’ educational programs, click here. We hope to see you at our celebration!

Benefit Flute Recital and Concert

Attendees at the Sunday, November 2, flute recital and concert to benefit PAHS at the Universal Unitarian Church in Palo Alto were treated to exquisite pieces of both classical and contemporary music written for the flute, performed by award-winning flutist Takashi Hidai. The very accomplished pianist Hiroko Mizuno accompanied Mr. Hidai. The performance hall was filled to capacity. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

PAHS thanks Mr. Hidai and Ms. Mizuno and the organizers of the concert for their generosity and ongoing support.

PAHS in the Palo Alto Daily—You might ask, ‘Why read to cats?’

The latest PAHS column for the Palo Alto Daily/San Jose Mercury News local edition, written by the PAHS humane educator Leonor Delgado, is devoted to the Kiddies 2 Kitties shelter-based reading program, offered jointly by Palo Alto Humane Society and Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA). The column, which appeared in the Saturday, November 1, print edition, explores the reasons why children enjoy reading aloud to shelter animals and the ways in which both the participating children and the adoptable cats and kittens benefit from this experience.

The program has been a tremendous success, and we expect that it will continue to grow. Please call us at (650) 424-1901 or write to us at pahs@paloaltohumane.org to learn more about Kiddies 2 Kitties and to sign up for a future session. The next session open for registration is for Wednesday, November 19.

Click here to read the column in full.

Great Day for Shopping for PAHS!

On Saturday, October 18, PAHS held a shopping event to help homeless animals—community cats and others. Visitors to The Pet Place in downtown Menlo Park were treated to a vast array of goods including tea towels, jewelry, holiday ornaments, magnets, cards, and more to benefit PAHS spay-neuter and veterinary care programs.

We give special thanks to Lynn and Mark at The Pet Place for hosting our special shopping day. It was fun for all!

PAHS Thanks Our Community Cat Advocates

The afternoon of Sunday, October 12, PAHS held its annual recognition event for TNR (trap-neuter-return) advocates and cat and kitten rescuers and fosters throughout the Bay Area. Our meeting took place at the shelter headquarters of Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) in Santa Clara and closely coincided with National Feral Cat Day (October 16).

Attendees enjoyed lively conversation, refreshments, and raffle prizes. PAHS is especially thankful to SVACA’s for its hospitality and for the Q&A session that Jennifer Mathers from the SVACA staff offered regarding the organization’s Feral Freedom program as well as other shelter issues and programs. Thank you, Jennifer, for providing time from your very busy schedule to share your expertise.

Sheltered Art Show—A Smashing Success!

The October 10 opening night reception of Sheltered Art at the Davis Art Center (Davis, CA) attracted scores of attendees, including local canine friends, and has already resulted in sales. Charlene Logan Burnett, who organized the show, was the most gracious of hostesses, and the art, which featured sculpture, painting, woodblock prints, photographs, mosaics, textiles, and more—all focused on animal issues—was splendid! The piece to the left, “Flower catching a bird” painted by Judy Gittelsohn (who exhibited at PAHS when we had a small art gallery), is one of the larger pieces at the event.

Visitors to the PAHS table learned about PAHS’ online educational curriculum Mow Wow Animals, one of the recipients of proceeds from the sale of works exhibited. PAHS especially wants to thank Charlene, who made our attendance possible, and our longtime volunteers Susan Stienstra, Tom Vance, and Maureen Allen, who photographed the event and helped Carole Hyde and Leonor Delgado man the table.

Sheltered Art will be showing through November 14. If you’re visiting Davis, make the show one of your featured stops. You won’t be sorry!

“Yappy Hour” at the Sheraton Palo Alto

The evening of October 1, 2014, the Sheraton Palo Alto hosted the second PAHS Yappy Hour of the season. Our special canine guests and their people joined PAHS supporters, volunteers and staff at the Poolside Grill, and everyone had a wonderful time, not to mention a delicious dinner! Donations for the event included 20% of all bar and restaurant revenues as well as attendees’ very generous contributions to the Coins for Critters jar.

PAHS sends heartfelt thanks to the Sheraton ownership, management, and dedicated staff who once again sponsored us and made sure our guests enjoyed a splendid evening. Thank you again for helping PAHS help animals across the Peninsula and beyond.

PAHS Inaugurates Kiddies 2 Kitties!

Kiddies 2 Kitties, the PAHS shelter-based reading program offered jointly with Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA), officially began October 1. Our first student was, at the young age of eight, already an inveterate cat expert and enthusiast, and the cats and kittens—most of the audience consisted of kittens—recognized those qualities right from the start! They showed their appreciation and enthusiasm by curling up next to this young man as he read to them, chasing the laser beam he deftly maneuvered, purring away in his arms and returning his hugs, and meowing loudly for more attention.

Our next sessions, offered October 15, are still open! If your young students are animal or cat enthusiasts, call PAHS at (650) 424-1901 to inquire about the program and to enroll in upcoming sessions.

Girl Scout Troop 33147 Creates a Video for PAHS!

The afternoon of Saturday, September 27, members of Troop 33147—Emilee, Hannah, Alise, and Kaia—and the troop leaders—Lisa and Marie—met with the PAHS humane educator to report on the special project the girls had designed for a Silver Award. To earn the award, the girls volunteered at a local shelter socializing and caring for puppies, mounted a lemonade stand that provided a very generous donation to the PAHS Spay and Neuter Fund, and created a video especially for PAHS featuring basic steps to care for pets.

PAHS will use the video in our classroom and after-school programs when we visit local elementary schools and other sites to teach children about pet care. We are so pleased to have this excellent addition to our educational resources and thank Troop 33147 for all their efforts to help the animals.

PAHS in the Palo Alto Daily—Palo Alto Humane Society: An artful, educational event in Davis to help animals

In the latest PAHS weekend column for the Palo Alto Daily News and San Jose Mercury News, humane educator Leonor Delgado writes about the upcoming Sheltered Art event in Davis, CA, on October 10 and PAHS’ participation as both a contributor and a recipient of funds received through the sale of animal-related art. Artists from all over the country will exhibit their work at Sheltered Art. Part of the proceeds will go toward funding Mow Wow Animals, PAHS’ exciting and innovative online humane education tool, designed to develop humane awareness and commitment in young students. Attendees at the event will have the opportunity to see Mow Wow Animals and ask questions about its content and focus, and of course, enjoy the beautiful art.

Click here to read the online version of the column. We hope you’ll consider joining us at Sheltered Art!

PAHS Visits Stanford University’s Office of Sponsored Research

The Thursday, September 25 Personal Enrichment–Professional Excellence (PEPE) session for employees at Stanford’s Office of Sponsored Research featured Rebecca Marsh and Leonor Delgado from PAHS, who discussed care for companion animals and answered attendees’ questions about their animals’ health and well-being. The session was a lively one in which attendees expressed their interest in addressing their pets’ dietary issues (picky eaters and overeaters), dealing with the loss of a beloved animal companion, learning about plants that are dangerous to our pets, meeting the needs of older pets, helping homeless animals, and engaging in pet adoption. We all shared wonderful stories and reminiscences about our animal companions.

PAHS and SVACA Announce KIDDIES 2 KITTIES!

Kiddies 2 Kitties is a shelter-based animal buddy reading program offered by PAHS in conjunction with Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA). Students in grades 3, 4, or 5 will read aloud to friendly adoptable cats at SVACA’s Animal Care Center at 3370 Thomas Road, Santa Clara 95054.

The program is scheduled for two Wednesdays a month from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Scheduled days for 2014 are:

  • September 17
  • October 1 and 15
  • November 5 and 19
  • December 3 and 17

Click here for an informational flyer about the program.

For more information or to enroll, call PAHS at (650) 424-1901 or email us at pahs@paloaltohumane.org.

PAHS’ September 2014 Palo Alto Daily News Column—Palo Alto Humane Society: Fill that empty nest with an adopted pet from a local shelter

PAHS’ Office Manager Rebecca Marsh gives advice to recent empty nesters in this month’s column—fill that empty nest with an adopted animal companion, preferably from a local shelter. The rationale? Not only would you be saving the life of a shelter animal, but you would also be giving that animal the love and care he needs as well as putting into practice your own finely honed skills of “commitment, patience, guidance, and love.”

Rebecca also asks you to share your experience with your newly adopted friend, in a short paragraph about him and a photo, by writing to us at pahs@paloaltohumane.org. You may also call us at (650) 424-1901 to tell us about your new companion.

To read the entire article, click here. Happy adopting!

“Continuing the Tradition of Compassion into the Future”—Presentation at the Palo Alto Lions Club

Rebecca Marsh and Leonor Delgado met with members of the Palo Alto Lions Club at their Tuesday luncheon meeting on August 19 to provide a comprehensive introduction to PAHS’ history of humane intervention, education, and advocacy. The presentation highlighted PAHS’ proposal to build a state-of-the-art shelter in Palo Alto and implement community programs in partnership with the city and PAHS’ humane education programs: Kitties 2 Kiddies, PAHS 2 PAWS, Mow Wow Animals, Critter Club, and Animals Everywhere. We thank the local leadership of the Lions Club for the opportunity to address their chapter.

PAHS Holds Closing Session of Summer 2014 Critter Club at Beechwood School

Third-grade students at Beechwood School attended their final session of the Summer 2014 Critter Club the afternoon of Wednesday, August 6. PAHS volunteers Reine Flexer and Maureen Allen—along with PAHS canine ambassador Rookie—joined Leonor Delgado, the PAHS humane educator, for this special session. Parents and brothers and sisters were also present. Students reviewed basic concepts and were awarded Critter Club certificates to applause from all. Students, teachers, and PAHS representatives wore their special Critter Club t-shirts for the event, and everyone ended the session by greeting and petting Rookie.

This fall PAHS will resume Critter Club presentations at other local schools.

PAHS Presents “Cats in the Community”

On Saturday, August 2, Leonor Delgado, the PAHS Humane Educator, presented “Cats in the Community,” an introduction to community cats, at the Mountain View Library. Her presentation reflected the theme of the library’s summer program “Paws to Read.” Leonor concentrated on PAHS’ efforts to spay and neuter homeless and abandoned cats, underwrite emergency veterinary care when needed, and support local rescue groups in their TNR (trap-neuter-return) efforts, and spoke about PAHS’ relationship with the local animal shelter, SVACA. She also discussed ways in which concerned members of the community might intervene to help homeless cats. Attendees asked pertinent questions regarding not only cats but also PAHS’ efforts in humane education.

The PAHS presentation was followed by an overview of Silicon Valley Animal Care and Control’s (SVACA) programs, given by Antje Morris, one of SVACA’s Animal Control Officers. Antje’s talk focused on the shelter’s support of TNR as well as other issues of interest to the audience, including wildlife care and shelter adoptions. PAHS thanks Antje and SVACA for their very timely and welcome participation.

PAHS’ Latest Monthly Column in the Palo Alto Daily News: “Humane Society Looking for a Few Good Dogs!”

In our latest column of August 2, 2014, Rebecca Marsh, of PAHS, explains how Rookie (decked out as Batman to the left) needs help in visiting classrooms. The PAHS 2 PAWS (Pets Are Working with Students) program is currently accepting canine volunteers. We’re looking for friendly and gentle dogs of any breed or mix of breeds who like meeting and interacting with young and older students.

Read the column in its entirety here and contact PAHS at (650) 424-1901 or pahs@paloaltohumane.org to learn more about and apply for participation in the program. PAHS and the students thank you in advance!

PAHS Visits the Palo Alto YMCA’s “High 5” Day Camp

Lexie is our latest humane education dog ambassador. She joined PAHS staff members Leonor Delgado and Rebecca Marsh—Lexie is Rebecca’s very special little dog—on Friday, July 11, at the Palo Alto YMCA’s High 5 Day Camp for children entering kindergarten in the fall. The 22 campers participated in a lively discussion about their pets and how they care for them, with a focus on the special needs of dogs, cats, and other animal companions. They all had the opportunity to learn about Lexie’s rescue and then meet her “personally” and offer her a treat.

PAHS Education Session at Youth Community Service Camp

On Thursday, July 3, PAHS volunteer teacher Maureen Allen and her dog Rookie accompanied humane educator Leonor Delgado to the final meeting of the first session of the Youth Community Service Camp in Palo Alto. Campers consisted of the Freshman Leadership Corps—middle school graduates entering grade 9 in the fall—and Summer of Service attendees—younger students about to enter grades 6 through 8.

The combined groups heard about Rookie’s rescue and reviewed safety rules regarding meeting new and unknown dogs as well as recognizing telling cues in dogs’ body language. The campers generously donated hand-made dog and cat toys to PAHS.

PAHS Begins Summer Critter Club 2014 at Beechwood School

Third graders enjoyed sharing how they care for their animal companions at the first session of the summer Critter Club at Beechwood School in East Menlo Park (Belle Haven) on Wednesday, July 2, when PAHS volunteer teacher Patty Hurley and humane educator Leonor Delgado visited the Beechwood classroom.

The students worked in small groups to draw up lists of the foods their pets eat, the kinds of exercise their pets need, the way they and their pets show each other that they love each other, and the veterinary care their animals receive. They proudly exhibited drawings of their pets, such as those shown to the left, as they shared the ideas their groups brainstormed.

PAHS’ June Column in the Palo Alto Daily News Is… “Veterans’ Pets Need Foster Homes”

In the June 2014 monthly column in the Palo Alto Daily News, appearing the weekend before July 4, PAHS humane educator Leonor Delgado tells the story about Miss Kitty, a cat rescued with PAHS’ help by now hospitalized veteran Tom. Delgado recounts PAHS’ attempt to find a foster home for Miss Kitty when Tom needed hospitalization. When no suitable foster home was found, PAHS assumed the boarding expenses for this little cat. Miss Kitty needs to be boarded for at least three additional months. Read our story here and consider contributing to PAHS so that we can continue to support Tom and Miss Kitty.

PAHS Finishes Critter Club Sessions at Head Start

During the week of June 23, PAHS held its final Critter Club sessions at two San Mateo County Head Start sites—Fair Oaks (East Menlo Park) and East Palo Alto. In the course of the program, very young students (ages 4 and 5) learned about caring for their pets at home, with a focus on what their pets need to be happy and healthy and how to treat tame animals with love and affection. The children met and petted PAHS’ favorite dog Rookie as well as Livy, a sweet and mellow older rescued cat, and the classroom rabbits. The final session at each site ended with the presentation of Critter Club t-shirts and diplomas, and of course, class photos.

“Yappy Hour” at the Poolside Gril

PAHS supporters, volunteers, and staff—and their dogs—enjoyed “Yappy Hour” on June 19 at the Poolside Grill at the Sheraton Palo Alto. Proceeds from the event included 20% of all bar and restaurant revenues for the day as well as patrons’ very generous donations in the Coins for Critters jar.

PAHS thanks the Sheraton ownership, management, and dedicated staff who made this event possible and contributed to a very pleasant and fun dinnertime experience for all. Thank you for helping PAHS give aid to needy local animals!

PAHS Begins Its 2014 Summer Critter Club Outreach Program

On Tuesday, June 10, pre-schoolers in East Menlo Park and East Palo Alto began attending sessions at PAHS’ 2014 summer Critter Club community outreach educational program, partially funded by a Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund grant. These very young students, ages 4 and 5, attend Head Start centers run by IHSD (Institute for Human and Social Development) for San Mateo County.

The children loved drawing pictures of their pets and the classroom rabbit as well as learning about what things their pets need to be happy and healthy. They practiced how to be safe around new dogs and enjoyed meeting PAHS’ favorite pooch, Rookie. They also had the opportunity to meet and pet a very contented and mellow cat, Livy, who liked the children so much that he was reluctant to return to his carrier.

PAHS Participates in Pet-A-Palooza

The Strutt Your Mutt fashion show at Pet-A-Palooza, on Saturday, May 31, was a roaring success. Carole Hyde, the PAHS Executive Director, joined a panel of judges that awarded several unique categories of prizes. The well-heeled and well- dressed contestants included many rescued dogs with happy-ending stories. It was wonderful to greet so many people with their dogs, mostly rescues, as they stopped at the PAHS booth for information about dogs and dog care.

PAHS’ May Column in the Palo Alto Daily News Is… “Kittens, kittens everywhere! What to do in a feline invasion”

It’s kitten season, and Carole Hyde, the PAHS Executive Director, gives readers of the Palo Alto Daily News and the San Jose Mercury News timely advice about community—homeless and stray—cats. She tells us when and how we can help young kittens and what we need to do to help their moms and dads and other neighborhood strays. Click here to read this article, which appeared on May 31 in the print editions of the Palo Alto Daily News and the San Jose Mercury News.

PAHS Float Wins Publisher’s Award at May Fête Parade on Saturday, May 3

Our float, which represents many of the different kinds of animals we help in the local community, won the Publisher’s Award from the Palo Alto Weekly. The brightly colored float was designed, built, and painted by members of the senior art class at Menlo School High School under the direction of their instructor, Nina Ollikainen. The understructure to the float was created with student help in the school’s engineering lab.

Younger students from Menlo School in rabbit costumes and their parents joined PAHS staff and volunteers along with volunteers from the Microsoft Store at Stanford Shopping Center to march in the parade. Then the float was on display next to the PAHS table at the May Fête Fair. Staff and volunteers manning the table provided young visitors with information about animals in the community and informed their parents about our spay-neuter program as well as our educational efforts.

PAHS Visits Girl Scout Troop 60808

Humane Educator Leonor Delgado, along with volunteer Maureen Allen and her rescued dog Rookie, met with the girls of troop 60808 and their leaders and parents at the Oshman Family JCC of Palo Alto on Sunday, April 27. Rookie, who is excellent at role play—because he simply loves meeting new people—helped the girls learn about safety around dogs and the best way to meet and greet a new canine friend. The girls shared their experiences with their pets and asked very good questions about PAHS and its work as well as responsible pet care. PAHS thanks the girls and their leaders for the troop’s generous donation of cat food to feed our community cats.

PAHS’ Inaugural Monthly Column in the Palo Alto Daily News Is About “After-Easter Rabbits”

PAHS’ Director of Operations, Susan Stienstra, who is also an educator with House Rabbit Society, has written the first article of the new monthly column for PAHS in the Palo Alto Daily News. Susan tells us about the fate of rabbits bought as Easter gifts as well as provides very useful information about the care and attention that house rabbits need. Click here to read this article, which appeared on April 26 in the print edition of the Palo Alto Daily News.

PAHS Thanks Girl Scout Troop 60634!

On April 24, the girls in Troop 60634 donated proceeds from their Girl Scout Cookie sales to PAHS to help homeless animals receive emergency veterinary care when neeeded as well as spay-neuter surgeries. That day, the girls joined PAHS’ favorite dog Rookie, volunteer Maureen Allen, and humane educator Leonor Delgado at the Peter Coutts Circle Clubhouse at Stanford for a conversation about pet care and what dogs need to be happy and healthy. They also learned about safety around new, or strange, dogs.

Easter Sunday at Rosewood Sand Hill

The Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park was the site of a special benefit Easter Sunday event for children and their families on April 20, 2014. Funds raised at the event will go toward the PAHS Spay-Neuter and Animal Rescue Fund programs to help homeless animals. Young visitors were treated to soft drinks, cupcakes, and Easter candies and decorated Easter cookies as well as met local farm animals, including a pony, a duck family, several rabbits and goats, and a pot-bellied pig. Thank you to the staff at Rosewood Sand Hill for the hotel’s ongoing support of PAHS!

PAHS Visits the Girl Scout House at Rinconada Park

On Sunday, April 13, the PAHS humane educator Leonor Delgado met with Brownie Troop 60491 at the Lou Henry Hoover Girl Scout House in Rinconada Park, Palo Alto. The Lou Henry Hoover House, in operation since 1926, is the oldest scout meeting house remaining in continuous use in the United States.

The girls joined in a lively discussion about pet cats and community cats. Special attention was given to the home care of pet cats and the ways in which PAHS and volunteers supported by PAHS help community cats and kittens born to feral mothers. The girls will offer a donation to PAHS of handmade cat beds for rescued cats and kittens. Special thanks go out to Troop 60491 for helping the cats!

Thanks to Patxi’s Palo Alto!

PAHS staff, volunteers, and supporters enjoyed a wonderful all-day pizza, pasta, and salad extravaganza at Patxi’s Palo Alto on April 9. Yum! A percentage of proceeds from all sales—eat-in, takeout, and take to cook at home—went to PAHS… $527.80! We thank Patxi’s for their generosity. The donation will help us take care of many animals through our spay/neuter and veterinary help programs.

PAHS Visits Barron Park Elementary School After School Activity Center

Responding to an invitation from the staff of the after school activity center at Barron Park Elementary School in Palo Alto, PAHS representatives Rookie—our favorite dog—and Maureen, Rookie’s person, joined Leonor Delgado (the PAHS Humane Educator) to meet the students. The session, held on April 9, 2014, was devoted to caring for pet dogs as well as dogs’ behavior and body language. Rookie, once again, proved to be a wonderful goodwill representative, as the students put into practice all they had learned about meeting and petting a new dog.

Redwood City Pasta Pomodoro—Fundraiser for PAHS

PAHS thanks Redwood City Pasta Pomodoro and general manager Israel Zúñiga (pictured on the left) for a successful fundraiser held this past March 27. All orders, both dine-in and takeout, generated a 20% donation to PAHS. PAHS staff and volunteers enjoyed a very tasty lunch and dinner at the restaurant, as did our supporters.

PAHS’ New Donation Bin for Cats at Pet Club

PAHS thanks the management at Pet Club in Mountain View for allowing us to place a donation bin in the store.

Pet Club Mountain View
Rengstorff Shopping Center (next to Costco)
1010 Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View 94043
(650) 988-1316
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We’re collecting food for the community cats—please drop a donation in the bin on your way out of the store—dry food is preferred. PAHS thanks YOU, and so do the cats!

Successful Cat Food Drive for PAHS at Pet Food Depot!

Donations at the cat food drive for PAHS the afternoon of Sunday, March 9, at Pet Food Depot in Palo Alto were wonderful! There will be quite a few very happy community cats (not to mention their devoted feeders), because of the efforts of two students on spring break, from Montana State and Utah State, and the mother of one of them who also helped. PAHS thanks them and all the donors!

PAHS Returns to Beechwood School

PAHS volunteers Maureen Allen and Rookie (our favorite dog) accompanied the educator Leonor Delgado for a return visit to Beechwood School the afternoon of Thursday, March 6. The purpose of the visit: to request an update about stray animals in the Beechwood community as part of our ongoing neighborhood outreach educational program, and last but not least, to have the students greet Rookie again! PAHS volunteers continue to help with TNR (trap-neuter-return) of community cats in and around Beechwood.

VIP Reading Day at Monta Loma School

Monday, March 3, 2014 was annual VIP Reading Day at Monta Loma Elementary School in Mountain View. Representatives from local public service agencies, nonprofits, and other groups volunteered their time to read in classrooms. The PAHS humane educator spoke to a third-grade class about pet cats and homeless cats. Students learned how animal shelters help reunite people with their lost pets and what owners can do to keep their pets safe and make it more difficult for pets to get lost. The students then listened to a reading of Kamie Cat’s Terrible Night and joined in a question-and-answer discussion activity.

PAHS at Stanford University!

Resident students at Mirreles Hall on the Stanford campus requested that PAHS visit on Friday, January 31, to learn more about our organization and meet “one of our animals.” Rookie—PAHS’ favorite dog—accompanied humane educator Leonor Delgado and volunteer Maureen Allen to Mirreles, where he delighted the students. Participating students learned about PAHS' rescue and community outreach work and had a very good time petting Rookie, who thoroughly enjoyed himself, as did we!

PAHS Thanks Peet’s Coffee and Tea!

PAHS was chosen to be part of Peet’s 29th Annual Holiday Donations Program this past December. Contributions made between December 14 and 24 at two separate locations—Peet’s downtown Palo Alto on University Avenue and Peet’s Menlo Park on Santa Cruz Avenue—totaled a whopping $3,650.43!

A huge thank-you to Peet’s and to all our generous friends who stopped by to support us!

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Did You Know?

The average number of kittens in a feline litter is between 4-6, and with 3 litters per year that means one cat can produce 12-18 offspring annually.

The average number of puppies in a canine litter is between 6-10, and with 2 litters per year that means one dog can produce 12-20 offspring annually.

6-8 million cats and dogs enter shelters every year with 3-4 million being euthanized, and the numbers are increasing. It is imperative to fix your pets.

Pigs are clean animals with highly developed smell. These are two reasons why having pigs confined in filthy, odorous factory farms is cruel and unusual.

Animals are being abandoned or surrendered to shelters by their owners. We urge you to make room for one more animal companion.

COCOA MULCH is lethal to dogs and cats. It contains THEOBROMINE and smells like chocolate. Do not purchase and advise your friends.

Guinea pigs have difficulty judging heights, so never leave a pet guinea pig alone in a high place such as on a table. Guinea pigs live about 5-8 years.

Shelters are overwhelmed with animals that have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners. If you need help or advice, contact us.

A horse is healthiest when living naturally. Horse shoes prevent necessary flexing of the hoof which allows blood to flow and optimal functioning to take place.

A cat's hearing is much more sensitive than humans and dogs, and a cat can jump 5 times as high as it is tall.

In 1889, Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche caused a public disturbance in Turin when he attempted to protect a horse from being whipped.

Make room for one more animal companion in your home. Shelters are overwhelmed due to the economic downturn.

Animals are being abandoned or surrendered to shelters by their owners. Shelters are overwhelmed, so please make room for one more.

21% of U.S. households have at least one cat and 95% of all cat owners admit they talk to their cats.

Due to “trends” shelters are overwhelmed with Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas. Urge breeders to stop breeding and pet owners to spay and neuter their pets.

Jane L. Stanford was an honorary member of PAHS.

An adult dog has 42 teeth.

A domesticated pig has approximately 15,000 taste buds, which is more than any other mammal, including humans.

A dog's heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute.

Chihuahuas are born with a 'molera', or 'soft spot' like a human baby, which usually closes as they mature.

The average lifespan of a Quarter Horse is between 25 - 30 years. The oldest recorded horse was from England, "Old Billy", and lived until the age of 62.

Pigs are very intelligent animals, often regarded by scientists as being the most intelligent of livestock.

A hot car is no place for a pet. Leaving a dog or cat in a parked car during the warmer months can cause serious injury or death within minutes.

Temperatures inside a car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes, even with the windows partially open. Shade and having water will do little to help.

The safest place for your companion is in the coolest part of the house with plenty of fresh water to drink.

If you see a companion animal inside a parked car during hot weather, and they appear in distress, call animal control or the police immediately.

Signs of distress include: Heavy panting, glazed eyes, unsteadiness, listlessness, vomiting and a over-red or purple tongue.

Don't force your companion animal to exercise after a meal in hot, humid weather. Do it in the cool of the early morning or evening.

If you and your dog go to the beach, be sure you can find shade and plenty of fresh water. Rinse her off after she has been in salt water.

With only hot air to breathe, a dog's process of cooling through panting fails. A body temperature of 107 degrees may cause brain damage or death.

If a dog is overheated, provide emergency first aid by applying TEPID water all over the body, and then gradually applying cooler water. Seek veterinary care.

A dog's paws can be burnt by hot pavement. Do not make them stand on hot pavement for long periods and keep walks on hot asphalt to a minimum.

Be sensitive to old and overweight animals, and those with heart or lung diseases. They should be kept indoors in air conditioning and out of hot weather.

Snub-nosed dogs (like Pekingese, Bull dogs, Boston terriers, Lhasa apsos, Shih tzus, and Pugs) should be kept indoors in air conditioning and out of hot weather.

A blog by Carole Hyde, Director
of the Palo Alto Humane Society

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Palo Alto Humane Society is not an animal shelter.

Palo Alto Animal Services serves as the shelter and animal control agency for Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills, and can be reached at (650) 496-5971. Their 24-hour hotline is (650) 329-2413.

East Palo Alto residents should contact Peninsula Humane Society at (650) 340-7022

Mountain View residents should contact Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority at (408) 764-0344.

Wildlife issues should be directed to Peninsula Humane Society at (650) 340-7022 or Palo Alto Animal Services at (650-496-5971).

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