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2013 PAHS Events and Announcements


Pete’s Coffee and Tea—Holiday Donation Program Benefits PAHS, December 14–24, 2013

This year Peet’s Coffee and Tea Santa Menlo Park and Downtown Palo Alto have each chosen Palo Alto Humane Society as the recipient for the Peet’s Holiday Donations Program. Visit these two Peet’s locations to help PAHS help the animals this holiday season!

The Holiday Donation Program is a cherished annual tradition bringing together Peet’s employees, customers, and local communities to help those in need. Peet’s matches up to $1,000 of customer contributions for each store. Donations are accepted until December 24, the day when Peet’s serves complimentary coffee and tea all day long to thank customers for contributing to the local community.

Be sure to tell your barista you want to donate to PAHS!

Meet PAHS staff and volunteers and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea:
Saturday, December 14, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Peet’s Menlo Park
899 Santa Cruz Avenue (at University Avenue)
(650) 325-8989

Saturday, December 21, 11 a.m.–2.p.m.
Peet’s Downtown Palo Alto
436 University Avenue (between Waverley and Cowper Streets)
(650) 319-0367


Flute Recital—Benefit Concert for PAHS, Sunday, October 27, 2013

Join PAHS and PAHS supporters at a special matinee concert by award-winning flutist Takashi Hidai. Mr. Hidai has performed as principal flutist with the Baroque Ensemble, the Heinrich Shutz Chamber Orchestra, and the Tokyo Mozart Chamber Orchestra. Yamaha named him Best Performer several times and he has achieved first place in Julius Baker’s Master Class on multiple occasions.

Pianist Christine McLeavy Payne will accompany Mr. Hidai. She has performed at such venues as Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the Banff International Keyboard Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival.

Selections will include classical as well as contemporary pieces written for the flute.

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 4–5:30 p.m. (doors open at 3:45 p.m.)
Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Hall
505 East Charleston Road
Palo Alto

Complimentary refreshments ~ donations for PAHS gratefully accepted

PAHS at Halloween Bark for Life Walk

Bring your children to this year’s Halloween Bark for Life Walk and visit the PAHS booth! Learn about the best way to meet and greet a new dog and find out what you need to do to prepare your dog should there be a natural disaster or other emergency situation.

You’ll also celebrate Halloween by trick-or-treating, with special treats at the PAHS booth and along the Trick or Treat trail! Holbrook-Palmer Park is a perfect location to let the pooches in your family strut their stuff, and for your children to parade with you and their dogs in their Halloween costumes in a safe, family-friendly environment.

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Holbrook-Palmer Park
150 Watkins Ave
Atherton, CA
Admission: $20 per pup registration fee (benefits go to the American Cancer Society)
For more information, call (415) 730-2991

National Feral Cat Day—PAHS Participates to Help Community Cats

October 16 is National Feral Cat Day. In observance of this special day, please help PAHS help community (stray and feral) cats.

Proceeds from all purchases of PAHS logo merchandise made between October 12 and December 31, 2013 will be applied to the PAHS spay and neuter fund for cats and kittens rescued, cared for, and fed in managed colonies by our volunteers.

Visit the PAHS logo online shop at:

Yap & Howl! Great Fun at West Elm!

Join us at a special fundraiser for PAHS hosted by our friends at the new West Elm store in downtown Palo Alto! Bring your friends, your children, and your dogs. Costumes are encouraged!

  • Dog costume contest—prizes for the best and most original dog costumes
  • Instagram Pooch Booth for fun photos
  • Kids’ activities and humane education
  • Handmade jewelry and other goodies for sale
  • Dog (and people) treats
  • 50/50 raffle to benefit PAHS

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
West Elm
180 University Avenue (corner of Emerson), downtown Palo Alto


The Highway Community presents The 10th Annual Wiener Nationals!

On Sunday, August 4th, at noon at Palo Alto High School, join us for wiener dog fun with an art show, balloon animals and face painting for the kids, live pet illustrations and of course, scores of dachshunds racing for prizes! This event is free, so invite your friends! Proceeds benefit Palo Alto Humane Society.


PAHS Will March in Palo Alto’s 2013 May Fête Parade (Saturday, May 4)!

Come see the Palo Alto Humane Society’s staff and volunteers and our special “surprise” animal float featuring all the animals in our logo, and more. Join us after the parade at our exhibit table at the May Fête Fair and pick up information about dogs, cats, and rabbits—friendly dogs are welcome too. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
91st Annual May Fête Parade
Downtown Palo Alto, along University Avenue
(Parade starts at University and Emerson)
(May Fête Fair takes place in Heritage Park, at the end of the parade route)


PAHS Benefit—Easter Sunday with the Animals

Children of all ages will delight in visiting with animals at a special Easter Sunday event benefitting Palo Alto Humane Society. Ducks, rabbits, sheep, goats, and pot-bellied pigs will be available for gentle petting. Decorate cookies and meet the Easter Bunny!

Join us and bring your camera!

Sunday, March 31, 2013, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel
2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Wednesday, March 20, Lunch and Dinner Fundraiser– Patxi’s Palo Alto, downtown Palo Alto

Patxi’s will donate to PAHS a portion of all sales for the entire day on March 20! Help the animals by purchasing or dining at Patxi’s. Join PAHS staff and volunteers at dinnertime or stop by at lunch. Order takeout or buy a partially baked pizza to eat at a later time. Want to have pizza and salad at work? Patxi’s will also donate to PAHS for all orders called in or placed online. Hope to see you at Patxi’s!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, lunch and dinner (and in-between)
Patxi’s Palo Alto, 441 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 473-9999

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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.


Contact Landhaus H Apiary
(415) 728-5814

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