Thanks for visiting the PAHS donations page! There are so many ways to contribute, whether you make a monetary donation now, leave a bequest, donate your vehicle, or volunteer your time and expertise.

How Your Contribution Helps

Your contributions are essential to support the work PAHS does on behalf of animals. As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, PAHS is funded entirely by donations, which are tax-deductible.

The PAHS Employee Identification Number (EIN) is 94-1358297.

Your contributions support PAHS programs in:

  • Intervention, to assist animals in immediate need
  • Education, to foster compassion among people of all ages
  • Advocacy, to encourage humane practices amoung public and private enterprises

Since 1908, the Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) has cared for animals across the mid-Peninsula region of the San Francisco Bay area. One of the few humane societies nationwide with no animal shelter, during the past 113 years we have continually carried out our mission of keeping animals out of shelters and in their homes through humane intervention, advocacy, and education. Through the years PAHS has championed issues related to the treatment of animals in medical research, created free spay/neuter programs, built advocacy and support programs for homeless cats, pursued legislation, and developed new and creative humane education programs. 

PAHS subsidizes spaying and neutering of dogs, cats and rabbits, funds critical veterinary procedures, and provides financial assistance for pet owners who are unable to pay for emergencies. Our well-established Pet Help, Animal Rescue Fund, and Spay/Neuter programs have underwritten the care and spaying of thousands of animals, while collaborating with local veterinarians to subsidize critical treatments and surgeries to save animals so they can continue to live with their human families.

PAHS responds compassionately and proactively, believing the health of a community is based on the wellbeing of all residents, both animal and human. During the past 10 years we have helped more than 16,000 animals and reached more than 25,000 students and community members of all ages with our unique and creative Humane Educational Programs in schools and in other locations across the mid-Peninsula.

Please join us, and together we will continue carrying out our mission of creating compassionate communities through intervention, advocacy, and education—a mission aligned with our founders more than 100 years ago, but continually evolving in our quest to provide impactful and engaging community programs and services.

Gifts of Current Assets, Bequests, and other testamentary possibilities to consider:


A gift of cash is a simple and easy way for you to make a gift. You will receive a charitable tax deduction that will provide you with savings on your tax return.

Stocks and Bonds

By making a gift of your appreciated stocks or bonds, you can avoid paying capital gains taxes that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets.

Including PAHS in your long-term estate plans is simple and could provide you more financial flexibility. Your long-term support could leave a lasting impact on animals for generations to come. Some examples include:


A gift of your life insurance policy is an excellent way to support PAHS.If your life insurance policy is no longer needed or will no longer benefit your survivors, consider gifting it to help us accomplish our mission.

Real Estate

A gift of your real property (such as your home, vacation property, vacant land, farmland, ranch, or commercial property) can provide a mutual benefit to you and to PAHS. If you own real property and donate it to a 501c3 organization like PAHS, you can avoid paying capital gains tax.

Retirement Assets

Making a gift of your retirement assets, such as a gift from your IRA, 401K, 403b, pension, or other tax deferred plan, is an excellent way to contribute to the humane programs being implemented by PAHS.

Suggested Language for Your Will or Living Trust

Once you have decided to include Palo Alto Humane Society in your estate plan, you can include simple language to indicate your wishes:

A specific gift amount:

I give, devise, and bequeath to Palo Alto Humane Society, P.O. Box 60715, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Nonprofit Tax ID: 94-1358297 [the sum of $ _______] or [________% or my estate], or [________ shares of stock in _______ company] or [my real property, parcel number #_____ or located at _________].

A residual gift*:

I give, devise and bequeath to Palo Alto Humane Society, P.O. Box 60715, Palo Alto, CA 94306, Nonprofit Tax ID: 94-1358297 [all or a percentage] of the residue in my estate.

*Residue is defined as that which remains after debts and expenses of administration.  Legacies and all other devises have been satisfied.

This information is not intended, as, nor should it be relied on, as financial or legal advice. For advice or assistance with your specific situation, please contact your attorney or financial adviser.

Specific Giving Oportunities

The Daisy Fund

This fund, which was established by generous PAHS donors in honor of their beloved rescued dog named Daisy, provides financial assistance for animals whose owners cannot afford to pay for their pets’ urgent veterinary care and for stray pets in need. The fund prevents sick or injured animals from being surrendered to a shelter or euthanized because their owners are unable to pay for their treatment. Through the Daisy Fund, PAHS has been able to help many animals who otherwise would not have been able to receive the critical veterinary care they needed.

Donate to The Daisy Fund

Daisy Fund

The Reine Flexer Fund

Reine Flexer Memorial Fund for the spaying, neutering, and care of homeless cats

Dedicated to the memory of Reine Flexer, a tireless advocate for homeless and abandoned cats. This fund was established to honor her memory by friends and family who knew about her never-ending commitment to homeless cats and kittens across our region.

Reine Flexer, from Palo Alto, was a professor of French at UC Berkeley. One of her passions was working tirelessly to ensure the spaying and neutering of unowned cats, placing kittens and tame strays in homes when possible and caring for other cats without homes. Reine inspired a group of dedicated humane advocates who continue to devote time and personal resources to the care of stray animals.

Donate to The Reine Flexer Memorial Fund

Employer Matching Gift Programs

Matching gifts are a type of philanthropy in which companies financially match donations that their employee make to qualified nonprofit organizations.  When you make a donation to PAHS, you may be able to request a matching donation from your employer.  Often companies match donations on a 1:1 basis, but some may match at even higher ratios. Check out your company program. It’s an easy way to increase your impact on our work and enable us to help even more animals! To learn more about employer matching gift programs, click here.

Vehicle Donations

Dog in car

PAHS works with Auction City, 1- 800-574-0888, to efficiently and quickly help you donate your vehicle. This donation is tax deductible. However, Individual tax situations vary, so please check with a tax professional to determine how you may benefit.

For more information, or if you have any questions about contributing to Palo Alto Humane Society, please visit our contact us page.