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2016 PAHS Events and Announcements


We’ll Take the Gift Wrapping Off Your Paws at Tommy Bahama!

Stop by Tommy Bahama at the Stanford Shopping Center to pick up gifts for everyone on your list. PAHS board members, volunteers, and a special visitor will be there to wrap your gifts for the holidays!

Friday, December 23, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
Tommy Bahama, Stanford Shopping Center
180 El Camino Real #1090, Palo Alto, CA 94304
(650) 566-8668

PAHS Christmas Boutique

Holiday Boutique Sale

Support PAHS to help the animals this holiday season. Visit PAHS’ Holiday Boutique Sale!

We’re offering all kinds of animal-themed gifts for the holidays, from household items to jewelry and so much more! Donate to PAHS and choose your gift or gifts. All proceeds from the sale will benefit PAHS Spay-Neuter, Animal Rescue, and P.E.T. Help funds.

Saturday, December 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Pet Place
777 Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park


Succulent Sale

Sale of Succulent and Cactus Plants to Benefit PAHS

Organizers at Justice for Our CATZ, the group that supports the people in San Jose whose cats were victims of animal abuser Robert Farmer, will be holding a sale of succulent and cactus plants. Half of the profits from the sale will benefit the PAHS veterinary programs that help community cats—the Animal Rescue Fund and the Spay-Neuter Program.

Support PAHS by visiting the sale! There will be many beautiful and unusual plants available for purchase.

Saturday, October 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1744 Merrill Drive
San Jose 95124

Feral Cat Day

National Feral Cat Day Event—Cat Things Galore! Spay/Neuter Fundraiser

Saturday, October 15, 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Meet us at Mitchell Park Library in Palo Alto to celebrate National Feral Cat Day and help local community cats. Make a contribution to PAHS and choose from an exciting variety of cat-themed items, from whimsical jewelry to decorative items and more! We’ll answer your questions about cats and their care.


Come to the Chipotle Fundraiser!

Monday, October 10, 5:00–9:00 p.m. Mention PAHS when you order from Chipotle Mexican Grill at 1039-A El Monte Avenue in Mountain View, and 50% of your receipt will benefit PAHS’ animal help programs. Chipotle features organic food, sourced from farms, not factories.

Blessing the Animals

Blessings of the Animals

Beginning of October Churches in local communities will hold ceremonies to bless the animals. Please check with individual churches for details. The following churches will hold blessings:

Palo Alto: All Saints Episcopal Church
Covenant Presbyterian Church
First Baptist Church
Grace Lutheran Church
Our Lady of the Rosary (St. Thomas Aquinas Parish)
University Lutheran Church

East Palo Alto
St. Francis of Assisi Parish

Menlo Park
Church of the Nativity, at the Nativity School
St. Raymond Catholic Church and School
Trinity Church

Portola Valley
Christ Church
Ladera Community Church
St. Denis Church

St. Martin’s Parish

world animal day

Children’s Day at Mitchell Park Library—In Honor of World Animal Day

Wednesday, October 5, 3:30–5:00 p.m. Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt will join PAHS and the Palo Alto City Librarians to create a fun and interactive animal-themed program at the Mitchell Park Library. Children in grades K–5 will enjoy an animal-themed storytelling session and a movie about animals and will participate in a discussion on the importance of kindness to animals in our communities. Free and open to the public.

Dine out with PAHS

Dine Out for Paws on October 4, World Animal Day!

Tuesday, October 4 In honor of World Animal Day and in recognition of PAHS’ work in the community, local restaurants will support PAHS by donating a percentage of sales. Proceeds will benefit PAHS’ spay/neuter and veterinary programs. Look for vegetarian and vegan selections in honor of our animal friends. These are the participating restaurants: Crowne Plaza Palo Alto (lunch and dinner); Courtyard Palo Alto Los Altos (lunch and dinner, outside seating available); Hobee's California Restaurant Palo Alto (dinner); The Epiphany Hotel - a Joie de Vivre Hotel Lure+ Till (all meals, all day, outside seating available, dog-friendly); MacArthur Park (dinner, dog-friendly); Rosewood Sand Hill Madera restaurant (breakfast and lunch, dog-friendly patio); Sheraton Palo Alto and Poolside Grill (lunch and dinner; outside seating available, dog friendly); and The Westin Palo Alto Restaurant Soleil (lunch and dinner).


Yappy Hour at the Shearton

Don’t Miss Our Final “Yappy Hour”!

On Wednesday, August 31, PAHS will celebrate summer’s end with our final “Yappy Hour” of the season at the Sheraton Palo Alto Poolside Grill. Join us for a delicious dinner featuring California Cuisine, and don’t forget to bring along your friendly dog or puppy. The Sheraton will donate 20% of all dinner and bar revenues to PAHS.

Buy a raffle ticket for prizes donated by the Sheraton, and remember to bring your spare change to drop in our "Coins for Critters" jar—these proceeds will benefit PAHS' programs to help animals.

Wednesday, August 31, 5:30 p.m. to closing
Sheraton Palo Alto, Poolside Grill
620 El Camino Real
For reservations, call (650) 328-2800, Ext. 7287
The Sheraton validates parking for these fun charitable events.

Click here for the event flyer.


Yappy Hour

Come to Our Second “Yappy Hour”!

The evening of Wednesday, July 27, PAHS will once again celebrate the summer at the Sheraton Palo Alto Poolside Grill at our second “Yappy Hour.” Meet us for California Cuisine and bring your friendly dog or puppy to join the fun. The Sheraton will donate 20% of all dinner and bar revenues to PAHS.

Buy a raffle ticket for prizes donated by the Sheraton or request a Clarity Reading from Erin Scott. Erin, from The Alchemy of Holism, will use her cards to do Clarity Readings for our guests. She’ll answer questions about an exciting or challenging chapter in your life or about your dog.

And don’t forget—bring your spare change to drop in our “Coins for Critters” jar. Proceeds will benefit PAHS.

Wednesday July 27, 5:30 p.m. to closing
Sheraton Palo Alto, Poolside Grill
620 El Camino Real
For reservations, call (650) 328-2800, Ext. 7287
The Sheraton validates parking for these fun charitable events.

Click here for the event flyer.

Teresa Silvestri

Attend the Reception for “Peaceable Kingdom”

The Portola Art Gallery will hold a reception for “Peaceable Kingdom,” Belmont artist Teresa Silvestri’s current exhibit of animal watercolor paintings. Teresa’s love of animals and nature has inspired these new works, ranging from the realistic to the whimsical and featuring domestic, wild, and farm animals. Her paintings are noted for capturing the expression, personality, and essence of her subjects within their eyes.

Teresa will donate a portion of her sales from the day of the reception to PAHS to be used for veterinary care for needy animals on the Peninsula and for advocacy for these animals.

Join PAHS as we take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to view Teresa’s most recent paintings and personally meet the artist.

Saturday, July 23, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Portola Art Gallery
At Allied Arts Guild
75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park 94025
(650) 321-0220

 SHOP Tommy Bahama

Come to Tommy Bahama on Saturday, July 9!

Join PAHS staff and volunteers and some very friendly dogs on Saturday, July 9 at the Stanford Shopping Center when Tommy Bahama will host “Shop for a Cause.” During the event 10% of the store’s sales will benefit PAHS programs that help local needy animals and their people.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and greet us—and the dogs—and contribute as you shop!

Click here for the event flyer.

Saturday, July 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Stanford Shopping Center at Lady Ellen Place across from Victoria's Secret
Best entrance: Quarry Road Entrance at Pear Lane
Store phone: (650) 566-8668


Yappy Hour

Enjoy “Yappy Hours” This Summer at the Poolside Grill!

Support PAHS this summer as you enjoy delicious California Cuisine outside with your friendly dog or puppy at the Sheraton Palo Alto Poolside Grill.

The Sheraton has scheduled a “Yappy Hour” the last Wednesday in June, July, and August (June 29, July 27, and August 31). On those days 20% of all dinner and bar revenues will be donated to PAHS!

Don’t forget—bring your spare change and drop it in our “Coins for Critters” jar. Proceeds will benefit PAHS.

*As a special addition to this event, Erin Scott from The Alchemy of Holism will use her cards to do poolside Clarity Readings. She’ll answer questions you might have about this dynamic chapter in your life’s journey or about your dog. Inquiries are welcome at $40 for one question and at a special rate of $50 for two. $20 from each of Erin’s Clarity Readings will benefit PAHS. Come and enjoy!

Click here for the event flyer.

Wednesdays, June 29, July 26, and August 31
Sheraton Palo Alto, Poolside Grill
620 El Camino Real
For reservations, call (650) 328-2800, Ext. 7287

The Sheraton validates parking for these fun charitable events.

Visit the Sheraton’s Website.

Paxti's Pizza

Visit Patxi’s Pizza, Palo Alto, Wednesday, June 8, to Support PAHS!

Patxi’s Palo Alto will donate to PAHS a portion of all sales for the entire day on Wednesday, June 10!

Help PAHS by purchasing or dining at Patxi’s. Have lunch there, or order takeout, or buy a partially baked pizza to enjoy later. Or, if you want to have pizza and salad at work, keep in mind that Patxi’s will also donate to PAHS for all orders called in or placed online. Or, stop by for dinner to join PAHS staff and volunteers. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Patxi’s!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
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


Come to Pet-A-Palooza!

Let your friendly canine companions know they are in for some fun! Put on their favorite leash and take them to Pet-A-Palooza! Visit the PAHS booth to reward your pooch with a healthy treat and, while you’re there, pick up a valuable flyer with information about caring for your animals during and after a possible natural disaster.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there and meeting your doggies!

Saturday, May 14, 12 Noon–3:00 p.m.
Town and Country Village
Embarcadero and El Camino Real, Palo Alto

For more information, call us at (650) 424-1901 or write to us at

Click here for a printable flyer.

May Fete 2016

Join PAHS at the 2016 May Fête Parade!

Don't miss the parade, a yearly Palo Alto tradition and celebration!

Representing PAHS will be Youth Community Service (YCS) volunteers from Gunn High School who have built our special float accompanied by a contingent of our staff and PAWS 2 PAHS canine and human volunteers. PAWS 2 PAHS people and dogs visit classrooms, afterschool centers, senior citizen residences, and other community venues, to teach kindness and care for dogs.

Annual May Fête Parade
Downtown Palo Alto—University Avenue
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 a.m.



Palo Alto Humane Society and Palo Alto Unified School District Present Student Paintings at "Adoptables"

Join us at the reception for "Adoptables." Adoptables Art is a joint program of the Palo Alto Humane Society and the Palo Alto Unified School District, and "Adoptables," featuring students' work, is an innovative exhibition that highlights using the power of art to bring a unique kind of visibility to the issue of rescue animal adoption. It is our hope that raising awareness about this issue would increase the opportunity of rescue animal adoption, allowing the animals in the portraits to seen as potential family pets.

Jill Thompson, Palo Alto photographer, who has an enduring passion for rescue animals, created the concept for the project who along with Amy Watt, photography student at Gunn High School, took photos of shelter dogs and cats. Jill collaborated with Duveneck Elementary's SPECTRA Art Teacher, Lynn Hamilton, who provided her students with the opportunity to creatively express their observations and artistic insight into each animal's portrait. Using Jill and Amy's poignant photos, Lynn taught the students how to create animal portraiture with a keen eye on the "spark" within each potential companion.

The students' uniquely intuitive connection with the animals is especially evident in the eyes and expressions of the dogs and cats. Their work makes you smile, draws you in, and creates connections that could lead you to a rescue animal of your own.

Enjoy the show and consider rescue animals for your next family pet; they just could wind up rescuing you too.

"Adoptables" Reception
Monday, April 18, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Palo Alto Unified District Office
25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto

The paintings will on exhibit April 12–29 at the district office.

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

Click here for a printable poster about the "Adoptables" exhibit that features a dog.

Click here for a printable poster about the "Adoptables" exhibit that features a cat.


Mitchell Park Quad

Join PAHS with YCS at the City of Palo Alto’s Sixth Martin Luther King Day Celebration and Family Day of Service

The City of Palo Alto and Youth Community Service (YCS) are sponsoring a Family Day of Service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. This annual event includes speakers, local performing groups, activity tables, and information about local service opportunities. Food trucks will also be present.

The PAHS table will feature information about our contributions to the greater Palo Alto community and opportunities to volunteer with us. Children and their parents will be have the chance to meet and greet Kimberly, one of our PAWS 2 PAHS service dogs, and learn about dog care. Kimberly is a gentle female Golden Retriever who loves children.

We hope you’ll stop by to meet PAHS staff and volunteers and Kimberly, of course!

Monday, January 18—Martin Luther King Day
11:00 a.m.–2:00 P.M.
Mitchell Park Community Center
3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto 94303

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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.

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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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