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2015 PAHS Events and Announcements


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Peet's Coffee and Tea—Holiday Donation Program Benefits PAHS, December 17–24

This year Peet’s Coffee and Tea Town & Country Village Palo Alto has chosen Palo Alto Humane Society as the recipient for the Peet’s Holiday Donations Program. Visit this Peet’s location 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. This year Peet’s will match up to $750 of customer contributions for each store. Donations will be accepted through December 24, Christmas Eve 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 or the cashier you want to donate to PAHS!

Meet PAHS staff and volunteers and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea:

Thursday, December 24
Peet’s Town & Country Village Palo Alto
77 Town & Country
(650) 328-4771



Saturday, October 24, “Make a Difference Day”—PAHS Partnering with Youth Community Service Palo Alto—Show Your Support for PAHS’ Work with Community Cats!

Young volunteers from Youth Community Service (YCS) will join PAHS to collect food for our community cats and donations for our spay-neuter fund. Donations at certain levels will also get you a unique animal-theme magnet or tea towel.

Our event also highlights National Feral Cat Day celebrated every October, when animal welfare organizations mount campaigns to draw attention to the plight of stray and abandoned cats in our communities.

Saturday, October 24, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Pet Place
777 Santa Cruz Avenue
Menlo Park

We’ll be at both entrances, front and back.

Yappy Hour at Sheraton Palo Alto

Wednesday, October 14—Enjoy “Yappy Hour” at the Sheraton Palo Poolside Grill and Help PAHS Help Peninsula Animals!

Join Palo Alto Humane Society as we usher in fall at the our “Yappy Hour” on Wednesday, October 14, at the Palo Alto Sheraton. Don’t forget to bring your friendly puppy or dog, and relax with your canine companion and good friends from PAHS. You’re bound to meet like-minded folks and plenty of happy canines!

The Sheraton will donate 20% of all dinner and bar revenues for the day to PAHS. Do bring spare change to drop in our Coins for Critters jar. Proceeds will benefit PAHS.

Click here for the event flyer.

Wednesday, October 14, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sheraton Palo Alto
620 El Camino Real

Call for Reservations: (650) 328-2800, ext. 7287


Dog Days

Wednesday, August 19—PAHS Will Be at Bone-Appetit!

Bring your dog to Bone-Appetit and meet with local organizations with a variety of resources for your dog.

Stop by our booth to find out about Palo Alto Humane Society's PAWS 2 PAHS classroom, after-school, and community education program where you and your friendly and well-behaved dog can participate in humane education presentations.

Groups participating in Bone-appetit will give you valuable information about pet nutrition, health tips, pet CPR, and more. We hope to see you at this great event!

Click here for the event flyer.

Wednesday, August 19, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Theatre Way on Broadway
Downtown Redwood City

Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and Sunshine

Thursday, August 13—Pets 101 with Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and His Rescue Dog, Sunshine

Special event for San Mateo County and beyond! Join Assemblymember Kevin Mullin and his rescue dog, Sunshine, to learn about adoption, low-cost services, overcoming your pet's challenging behavior, animal laws, rescue service, and more. Get a coupon for a free pet adoption.

Click here for the event flyer.

Thursday, August 13, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Peninsula Humane Society
1450 Rollins Road
Burlingame, CA 94010

For more information or to RSVP:
Call (650) 349-2200 or visit


Yappy Hour at Sheraton Palo Alto

Tuesday, June 23—Enjoy "Yappy Hour" at the Sheraton Palo Alto Poolside Grill and Help PAHS Help Animals!

Inaugurate the summer with Palo Alto Humane Society! Relax with your friendly puppy or dog and meet PAHS staff and volunteers as well as new canine friends at the PAHS "Yappy Hour" on Tuesday, June 23. The Sheraton will donate 20% of all dinner and bar revenues for the day to PAHS. Bring your spare change and drop it in our Coins for Critters jar. Proceeds will benefit PAHS.

Click here for the event flyer.

Tuesday, June 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sheraton Palo Alto
620 El Camino Real

Call for Reservations: (650) 328-2800 x 7287


Friday, June 12—PAHS Invites You to Meet Palo Alto Perry!

PAHS has asked Palo Alto Perry to greet the adoptable animals at Palo Alto Animal Services (PAAS), the city shelter, during the afternoon of Friday, June 12. We also requested that Perry join student readers at the PAHS–PAAS Kiddies 2 Kitties program as they read to and help socialize cats and kittens up for adoption.

As you might know, Perry is the City of Palo Alto's mascot, and he represents Pericles, nicknamed Perry, one of the two real donkeys living in Bol Park in the Barron Park section of the city. To learn more about Palo Alto Perry, click here.

Great news… Perry has accepted our invitation! Join us as we accompany Perry! We're looking forward to meeting you!

To participate in Kiddies 2 Kitties during Perry's visit, please call us at (650) 424-1901 or write to us at

Friday, June 12, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Palo Alto Animal Services (PAAS)
3281 East Bayshore Road
(650) 496-5971

Patxi's Pizza

Support PAHS Through Patxi's Pizza, Palo Alto—June 10

Patxi's will donate to PAHS a portion of all sales for the entire day on June 10! Help PAHS by purchasing or dining at Patxi's. Have lunch at Patxi's or order takeout or buy a partially baked pizza to eat at a later time. Want pizza and salad at work? Patxi's will also donate to PAHS for all orders called in or placed online.

Stop by at dinnertime to join PAHS staff and volunteers. We're looking forward to seeing you at Patxi's!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Lunch and dinner (and in-between)—11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Patxi's Palo Alto
441 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 473-9999


Join PAHS at Palo Alto’s May Fête Parade!

We will be marching in Palo Alto’s 73rd annual May Fête Parade on Saturday, May 2! Join our contingent! PAHS is celebrating its 107th anniversary of promoting the humane treatment of all animals on the Mid-Peninsula and beyond. PAHS offers spay-neuter and veterinary care for homeless animals as well as a vast array of programs in community outreach for humane education. Joining us will be children who have participated in our humane education programs and our volunteers and staff, along with their canine friends. Our message: Animals are not aliens! They are our friends and companions, so let’s learn how best to respect and care for them and promote their wellbeing.

Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.–Noon
Palo Alto
Downtown at University Avenue

For more information and to sign up to join us, contact PAHS at
(650) 424-1901 or


Come to Pet-A-Palooza!

Bring your friendly dogs and join us at Palo Alto’s second annual Pet-A-Palooza event! Visit us at the PAHS booth where we will be featuring reading materials for children that include colorful storybooks and care guides for companion animals that promote our mission of humane education. Learn more about PAHS’ locally based humane education programs.

So pull up a little chair for your young ones to explore stories about animals and learn how to be better companions for their dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small pets and how to experience a happy, healthy life together! Palo Alto City Library staff will be on hand to help you and your children access all materials the city’s library branches have to offer.

Saturday, April 25, 12 noon–3:00 p.m.
Town and Country Village
Embarcadero and El Camino Real, Palo Alto

For more information, contact PAHS at (650) 424-1901 or


Palo Alto Humane Society and Palo Alto Unified School District Present “Adoptables,” an Art Exhibit

Join us at a reception for “Adoptables,” the first exhibition featuring student art from the Adoptables Art Program, a collaborative effort of the Palo Alto Humane Society and the Palo Alto Unified School District. Adoptables Art combines basic principles of art with basic principles of humane education and encourages students to learn more about animals as they learn more about art.

For this exhibit, students from the 4th and 5th grades at Duveneck Elementary School used photographs of dogs available for adoption at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) as the models for their original paintings. The students learned to “read” the dogs’ expressions and body language and to understand dogs as sociable and companion animals seeking human affection.

We hope that you will enjoy viewing each painting as a unique work of art that captures the unique essence of each animal portrayed.

Opening Reception
March 4, 4:30–6:00 p.m.
Palo Alto Unified District Office
25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto

Paintings on exhibit from March 4 through April 2 at the district office

For more information, contact PAHS at (650) 424-1901 or

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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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(415) 728-5814

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