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2017 PAHS Events and Announcements



“Adoptables” 2017 Exhibit

Don’t miss the annual exhibit of “Adoptables Art,” a program sponsored through a partnership of Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), under the leadership of PAUSD Art Coordinator Sharon Ferguson, and Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS). The goal of the show is to promote adoption of rescue animals as family companions.

This year’s exhibit displays the work of PAUSD SPECTRA 5th-grade art students at Nixon Elementary School advised by SPECTRA Art teacher Dawn Tower-Irvine and Caroline Mustard of MDAC, a Bay Area leader in digital fine art education. The exhibit includes approximately 75 rescue animal portraits drawn and painted on the iPad, based on photos taken by Jill Thompson, photographer and project originator, and two Gunn High School students, Shriya Kagolanu and Koh Suzuki.

Until May 31, 2017
Majority of portraits:
Rinconada Branch of City of Palo Alto Library
1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto

Additional portraits:
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto

May Fete

95th Annual May Fête Parade

Join the PAHS team to march in the parade, or cheer for us as we go by with our float! Designed by YCS volunteers from Gunn High School, the float is in tandem with the hero theme depicting a hero super-dog.

The May Fête Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. rain or shine! The parade will start at the corner of Emerson Street and University Avenue in downtown Palo Alto. The parade will then travel down University Avenue and turn right on Waverley Street and end at Heritage Park. There will be May Fête festivities at Heritage Park.

Contact PAHS for more information about joining us in the parade:

Saturday, May 6, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Downtown Palo Alto


Succulent Sale

Plant Sale Benefit for PAHS

Succulent Creationz and Justice for Our CATZ will be holding a special sale of all kinds of plants, mainly succulents and cactus, to benefit PAHS. The selections and different varieties are amazing! Choose from among Sempervivums, kalanchoes, cotyledon, graptopetalum, different kinds of Echeverria, aeoniums, pachyhytum, gasterias, sedum, senecios, crassula, jade cactus, rhododendrums, cyclamen, and cool-season annuals and perennials.

Stop by to browse and buy a special plant for your garden or home or as a gift. You won’t be disappointed, and your purchase will help PAHS help our local animals.

Friday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 30, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1744 Merrill Drive
San Jose, CA 95124


Alex and Ani Fundraiser

You’re invited to the special fundraiser Alex and Ani at Stanford Shopping Center is organizing for PAHS! Alex and Ani is an eco-friendly jewelry chain known for its handcrafted expandable bangles, chain necklaces, and rings—great stuff!

15% of all proceeds will benefit PAHS. Enjoy refreshments and shop with others who share your passion for animals and for giving back to the local community.

Thursday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Alex and Ani
660 Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto, CA 94304
(650) 853-1933

Mountain View

City of Mountain View Volunteer Fair

Visit the PAHS table at the Mountain View Volunteer Fair to learn about volunteer opportunities. We’re looking in particular for people who want to help with feeding community cat colonies in the local area—PAHS supports Trap-Neuter-Return efforts throughout the mid-Peninsula. We’re also looking for volunteers to accompany us with their gentle and friendly dog or cat at our education venues.

Learn about PAHS and the ways in which you can help us!

Saturday, April 1, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mountain View Community Center (in Rengstorff Park)
201 S. Rengstorff Avenue
Mountain View, CA 94043

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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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For Lost Pets or Animal Emergencies

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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The bees that are removed are not killed. After an established colony is removed (from walls, roofs, trees, etc.), it is adopted out to a beginner beekeeper who is a member of the San Mateo County Bee Guild to or another community resident who will care for that colony.


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(415) 728-5814

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