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PAHS Partners with Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund – SV2 and Other Local Groups

Palo Alto Humane Society partnered with San Mateo Search and Rescue, Inc. in Burlingame and Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward to offer a mini-Critter Club to children and their parents at an educational event hosted by the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund – SV2 at the Sobrato Center in Redwood City on Saturday, February 11. The theme for the mini-club was “Animals in Our Community.”

The program began with a brief introduction by Carole Hyde, the PAHS Executive Director, focusing on building partnerships and the passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 144, the legislative resolution that underscores the importance of humane education in bolstering character education and civic responsibility. Carole was followed by Leonor Delgado, the PAHS Education Manager, who provided a short description of PAHS’ educational offerings. She spoke about the theme of the day’s “club meeting,” emphasizing that everyone was going to learn about animals who help us as well as ways in which we can help the animals around us.

Steve Garcia and his service dog Rubi represented the volunteer organization San Mateo Search and Rescue servicing the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department. Steve showed all the participants how Rubi was trained to participate in search and rescue operations, described how Rubi is also a valued and very much loved member of his family, explained how he takes care of Rubi, and instructed the audience on best practices in meeting a new dog. Everyone was thrilled to have the chance to pet Rubi and interact with her.

Deb Varner, from Sulphur Creek Nature Center, spoke about the ways in which wildlife rescue sanctuaries such as Sulphur Creek help injured animals, often rehabilitating them so that they can be returned to the wild. She brought along two special guests—Tiberius, a resident screech owl (shown on the left) and Misty, a resident tame rat. Tiberius had been injured to the extent that he could not be released into the wild. The audience learned about screech owls’ life in the wild (their diet, camouflage capabilities) and observed Tiberius at a close, yet safe, distance. Misty, who is a regular visitor to educational events and often is “on loan” for short stays at private homes, had the chance to meet and greet the audience.

Just as in a regular Critter Club session, students had the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the visiting animals. All young attendees received a Critter Club certificate at the end of the program.

PAHS thanks Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund – SV2 for hosting our informative event and Steve and Deb and their respective organizations for contributing to its success.


K-9 Partner Thor Comes to Critter Club

Officer Doreen Hansen and her canine partner Thor, a 6-year old German Shepherd serving the Mountain View Police Department, joined PAHS staff, Board members, and volunteers at Theuerkauf Elementary School on Thursday, February 9. Officer Hansen and Thor were special guests to Critter Club, sponsored by the Beyond the Bell after-school program and PAHS for second and third graders at Theuerkauf.

The themes for the day were safety around dogs and jobs done by service dogs—how they help community members in a variety of ways. Officer Hansen engaged the students in conversations about Thor—his training, his likes and dislikes, and the kinds of situations in which he works with the police to keep the community safe. The students were thrilled to meet Thor and have the opportunity to watch him at work and pet him.

Thank you, Officer Hansen and Thor, for providing important information, not to mention a memorable experience for all of us attending your session.

Jordan Middle School mascot

PAHS Visits Jordan Middle School

Jaye Bergen, our Program Assistant, represented PAHS at the first Youth Community Service (YCS) Service Fair for 2017 on February 9 at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto. YCS is not a newcomer to PAHS, as students from Jordan have participated in PAHS events and programs, most notably as volunteers in our Kiddies 2 Kitties shelter-based reading program.

We welcomed the opportunity to visit Jordan and look forward to working closely with Jordan YCS volunteers throughout 2017. Go Jaguars!


PAHS Thanks Kaya!

Kaya K, a sixth-grade student at Abbott Middle School in San Mateo, organized a neighborhood fundraiser for PAHS to help community cats. She received in-kind donations of cat food as well as cash donations totaling $166.

PAHS extends our thanks to Kaya for her concern for homeless animals and her efforts to help them through her work for PAHS. We also thank Abbott Middle School for encouraging students to help local charities.

Adopt Me

PAHS Introduces Videos About Adoption and Pet Care for Families and Students!

If you’re a parent whose children are clamoring for a pet, or if you’re a teacher and your students have shown interest in learning about pet adoption and the responsibilities of pet care, take a look at our new videos, produced for PAHS by Girl Scout Ambassador Kristen Benz for her Gold Award.

The videos are on the PAHS YouTube channel at:
Pets: Adoption, Care, Commitment (PACC)

Brush your teeth

Shannon Teaches Critter Club About Dog Care

Young participants (second and third graders) in Critter Club at Beyond the Bell at Theuerkauf Elementary in Mountain View spent the February 2 session learning about dogs and best practices in caring for canine companions. They first viewed PAHS’ Telly Award-winning short film “It’s a Dog’s Day”, which, through an ingenious combination of puppet artistry, circus art, mime, and dogs trained in theater performance, tells the story of a sad dog rescued by a caring community and sets the stage for a discussion about what dogs need to be happy and healthy family members.

The students were then introduced to Shannon and watched how her person Rhea cared for Shannon as she brushed her coat and teeth (Shannon was very cooperative—see the photo to the left). They ended the session by joining Rhea in songs about pet care and kindness to animals and then learned the best ways to pet a dog! Shannon was very pleased with the day’s activities!

Willis Lounge at Stanford

PAWS 2 PAHS Volunteers Visit Stanford Campus

Cody, one of our veteran PAWS 2 PAHS canine volunteers, accompanied his person Kathy on a visit to Willis Lounge on the Stanford University campus. The purpose of this January 31 visit was to provide a short break for Stanford graduate students in the Rains graduate student housing complex to relax with Cody, a trained therapy dog, and engage in conversation with the people accompanying Cody—Kathy, Leonor (the PAHS Education Manager), and Sofia, the Rains Community Associate, who requested the visit.

Cody proved to be an excellent companion for relaxation, and he enjoyed snuggles and pets while we humans exchanged information about PAHS’ programs as well as the Stanford experience and different graduate majors. We thank Sofia for providing this very pleasant opportunity to meet and chat and we hope to participate again soon in additional similar gatherings on the Stanford campus.

Students in challenging programs in high schools, colleges, and universities welcome opportunities to meet and greet therapy dogs. PAHS offers such visits as part of our community outreach and educational programs, and we’re happy to receive requests.


SVACA Joins PAHS at Our First Critter Club of 2017!

PAHS is calling upon more community organizations to participate in our education programs in Mountain View. We have worked with the Mountain View Police Department in the past and continue to rely on officers to introduce students to K-9 officers and their training and duties. At present, PAHS is building on our existing partnership with SVACA (Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority) to strengthen and expand two of our educational programs, Kiddies 2 Kitties and Critter Club. Look for more news at a later date about this partnership.

On Thursday, January 26, we welcomed SVACA’s Outreach Coordinator, Janet Alexander, to our Critter Club session at Beyond the Bell at Theuerkauf Elementary in Mountain View. Janet and Teegan, a rescued kitten currently residing at SVACA where she is up for adoption, joined PAHS presenters—Education Advisor Patty Hurley, Office Assistant and cat rescuer and community cat feeder Jaye Bergen, and Education Manager Leonor Delgado, who also feeds and helps community cats—in our presentation about pet and community cats.

Two groups of second- and third-grade students learned about: best practices in caring for pet cats; the body language cats use and sounds cats make to communicate with their people and others; ways in which PAHS, SVACA, and local rescue groups work together to help save the lives of abandoned cats and care for feral cats living in our communities; and the vital importance of spay-neuter in controlling the number of homeless cats and kittens.

Patty, Jaye, and Leonor from PAHS concentrated on teaching about pet and community cats and spay-neuter. Janet from SVACA underscored the importance of spay-neuter (Teegan was recently spayed—this led to a very productive reinforcing discussion) as well as talked about the role of the shelter at SVACA in Mountain View and other local municipalities.

We believe that for the students the highlight of the session was the final activity in which everyone had the opportunity to meet Teegan “in purrson” and gently pet her as well as have their questions about her answered.

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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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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).