by Susan Stienstra It’s been more than a year since the traumatic Carr Fire in Shasta County and the devastating Camp Fire in Butte County. After a wet spring, we anticipated this past summer with apprehension. Walking outdoors, we scanned the horizon for smoke. The sound of a low-flying plane or helicopter would cause us […]
Daisy was our family’s first dog. She was a stray who had recently given birth when she was picked up by Palo Alto Animal Services. We are strong believers in pet adoption because there are so many wonderful animals in shelters. We would not have felt right about finding our new family member at a pet store or a breeder. We visited three shelters in our quest to find Daisy.
In California, half of all outdoor cats have an indoor home but are allowed outside. The other half are “community cats”—strays, abandoned pets, or ferals (the offspring of abandoned tame cats who are not comfortable around humans).
One of PAHS’ board members, veterinarian Leigh Glerum, had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the great apes of Africa. She’s captured some beautiful photos and shares more about her experience with these animals. Thanks, Leigh, for sharing your trip with us.
Easter will be upon us before we know it, along with the sad reality that rabbits, chicks, and ducklings can be bought, sold, and given as gifts. After Easter, those darling bunnies and fluffy little birds will grow to several times their original size and become quite different animals. That is the moment when […]
I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a board member for the Palo Alto Humane Society for more than two years. During that time I’ve met some truly dedicated people, which has made me want to help this small but mighty organization even more. Our mission at PAHS is to create compassionate communities; we are […]
For the animals involved, the First World War was a calamity—a great killing, as it was for the humans and ideals destroyed in the fighting of 1914 through 1918. Sixteen million animals served in the Great War, not to mention the uncounted millions served up as daily rations to the armies. The centennial of the […]
The mission of humane societies is to stop animal suffering and prevent cruelty. This is usually understood to mean operating shelters and providing animal control services. Animal shelters in the United States are responsible for between 6 and 7 million unwanted, abused, and excess pets every year. What does a humane society without a shelter […]