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Advisory Board

Joe Camp is a celebrated Hollywood director and producer of the Benji film series and author of Soul of a Horse. Joe is passionately devoted to the welfare of animals and has generously supported PAHS' work in advocating for their humane treatment.

Peter Drekmeier, Mayor of Palo Alto in 2009, is a passionate advocate for the preservation of natural spaces. Peter is a conservationist and environmental educator and serves as Bay Area Program Director of the Tuolumne River Trust.

Philip Giffin is an Emmy-nominated composer and is the producer/director of “If Animals Could Speak For Themselves,” a still-life movie about the work and history of the Palo Alto Humane Society.

Al Platt was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of PAHS in 2005 and served as its president until 2012. He continues to work with PAHS in an advisory capacity. Al was formerly director of the Centre for Living with Dying and, having served many philanthropies, brings a depth and breadth of experience and wisdom to the organization. Al and his wife Barbara are the proud parents of Cheerio, their cockatiel.

Jennifer Knapp is the former president of the PAHS Board of Directors, having served from 2012 to 2015, and was appointed to the Board in December 2008. She continues to work with PAHS in an advisory capacity as our pro bono legal council. Jennifer has been an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for more than 10 years, where she focuses on corporate and securities law and provides pro bono council to a number of organizations. She volunteers her time on a number of animal-related issues and is dedicated to promoting veganism and compassion toward all animals, including humans.

Dolores Arnold left the PAHS Board of Directors during the summer of 2016, but she continues to support PAHS as an advisor and a volunteer at events and other gatherings. Dolores has had a lifelong dedication to the welfare of animals. She is a founding member of Feline Friends (formerly the Stanford Cat Network) and has been actively involved in many of PAHS’ programs throughout the years. Dolores also has a passion for animal photography; her photographs can be found throughout our Web site and in our magazine Compassion, and they were featured when PAHS operated an animal art gallery.

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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.

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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).