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Q&A at Synapse School

PAHS was invited by Synapse School in Menlo Park to participate in an April 12 Q&A session with a group of Level 3 students working on projects to help pets and local wildlife. Because the pedagogical approach at the school is based on project-driven learning, students were encouraged to ask questions that were meaningful to their group projects and would provide insight and encourage additional opportunities for research. The PAHS Education Manager Leonor Delgado attended a session to answer these questions.

The students are continuing their work to help animals, but at the close of the session they were ready to contribute a donation of cat wand toys to PAHS. These toys will benefit kittens in the care of Community Cat Rescue (CCR), a mid-Peninsula group always on the PAHS radar. The people at CCR, as well as us at PAHS, thank the students for their concern and efforts to help local rescues.

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National Pet Day at Webster House

April 11 was National Pet Day, and PAHS was invited to Webster House (downtown Palo Alto) to help the skilled nursing residents celebrate. Visiting them were PAWS 2 PAHS volunteer dogs Cody and Ani, accompanied by their people, respectively, Kathy Merkle-Raymond and Sarah Clementson. The residents, many of whom had canine companions or rescued dogs in the past, were delighted to meet our emissaries. We shared dog stories, gave treats to Cody, a miniature Australian Shepherd, and Ani, a senior Golden Retriever, and answered questions about these dogs and the work done by PAHS in the community.

Thank you, Ashley Mauro at Webster House, for allowing us to celebrate with the staff and residents, and thank you, Kathy and Sarah! And special hugs and pets to Cody and Ani!

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Wendell Goes to Monta Loma!

The April 6 special guest at Critter Club at Monta Loma Elementary in Mountain View was Wendell, a former service dog in training who was accompanied by his person Suzanne. PAHS loves taking dogs like Wendell to educational sessions because one of our major goals is to show students how service dogs help people in a variety of circumstances. As a volunteer with experience in housing service dogs, Suzanne was very much at ease in explaining about Wendell’s training and his re-adaptation to becoming a family friend.

In addition to learning about Wendell in particular, students also reviewed concepts around dog safety and best practices for the care of canine companions. Everyone loved meeting Wendell, and we think he too enjoyed his time at Critter Club. Thank you, Suzanne and Wendell!

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Kittens from Companions in Waiting Visit Daisy Scouts!

The afternoon of Tuesday, April 4, Scouts in Daisy Troop 62638 who meet at Encinal Elementary in Atherton were treated to a special visit from Jo Hamilton, founder of Companions in Waiting, a local dog and cat rescue group based in Menlo Park and Half Moon Bay. Accompanying Jo were PAHS’ Education Manager Leonor Delgado and two special adoptable kittens, Bandit (pictured on the left and already adopted) and his sibling Nero (click here to learn all about Nero). These kittens come from a rescued litter of four, all with Companions in Waiting.

Bandit and Nero were on their best behavior when meeting the Scouts, and the Scouts peppered Jo with many very good questions about kittens. The cats and kittens at Companions in Waiting thank the Daisies for the hand-made wand toys they are now enjoying, and PAHS extends a special thanks to Jo and “her boys” for teaching this troop all about kittens.

April Drools

Santa Clara Public Library, SVACA, and PAHS Partner for “April Drool’s Day”

The morning of Saturday, April 1, was a special movie day for children and their parents at the Northside Branch of the Santa Clara City Library in celebration of “April Drool’s Day.” These guests watched the PAHS’ award-winning short film, It’s a Dog’s Day, followed by a screening of 101 Dalmatians.

In the afternoon, children and parents resumed activities at SVACA (Santa Clara Animal Control Authority) for a special session of Kiddies 2 Kitties. The children read aloud to the shelter cats, and both children and parents learned about best ways to socialize them. It was a fun day for all!

PAHS thanks Cheryl Lee, Program Coordinator–Branch Manager of the Northside Santa Clara City Library, and Janet Alexander, Outreach Coordinator at SVACA, for the wonderful opportunity to partner with them for this fun and novel event. Representing PAHS were Education Advisor Patty Hurley and Education Manager Leonor Delgado. Thanks, Patty Hurley, for your invaluable assistance! PAHS also extends a special thanks to the staff at Northside and SVACA.

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PAHS Recruits at the City of Mountain View Volunteer Fair

The City of Mountain View Volunteer Fair at the Mountain View Community Center in Rengstorff Park, held on Saturday, April 1, attracted many different community and nonprofit organizations. As PAHS has a long history of service in Mountain View, we joined in the volunteer recruitment activities. PAHS was on the lookout for education volunteers to visit our community outreach sites with a tame and people-friendly pet or service animal and TNR (trap-neuter-return) volunteers to help care for community cat colonies.

Visitors to the PAHS table had the opportunity to learn about PAHS’ long history of community outreach and service as well as meet volunteers already active in caring for community cats and the PAHS Education Manager. PAHS is very happy to welcome our new recruits to our service programs!

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PAHS–SVACA Kiddies 2 Kitties Program Featured in the Santa Clara Weekly

“Kiddies 2 Kitties Socializes Cats, Encourages Kids to Read,” by reporter Melissa McKenzie, is a featured front-page article in the Santa Clara Weekly’s March 31–April 6 edition. McKenzie interviewed SVACA’s Outreach Coordinator Janet Alexander and PAHS’ Education Manager Leonor Delgado about the origin and history of this shelter-based reading program and its ongoing success.

Since its inception at SVACA more than two years ago, Kiddies 2 Kitties has expanded from attracting readers in the early elementary grades to including larger groups of visitors to the shelter who want to find out about shelter operations as well as practice reading aloud to the cats and kittens. Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have participated to earn badges about animals, and older students in middle school and high school have completed community service hours. Everyone has learned about cats, their likes and dislikes, and how best to socialize them, and many participants have returned on numerous occasions. As Janet said, the program is a win-win for everyone involved, students and cats alike!

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Click here for a description of the program.

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Atlas Is One Very Busy Cat!

Atlas, a super-friendly adoptable cat at SVACA (Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority in Santa Clara), has been especially busy with volunteer activities throughout the month of March. He’s participated in several outreach sessions organized through our PAHS–SVACA partnership.

Here’s Atlas, at a recent (March 30) Critter Club session with the Beyond the Bell after-school program at Monta Loma Elementary in Mountain View, in which participating students learned about cat care and cat body language, as well as rescue operations aimed at finding good homes for adoptable cats. Thank you, Atlas, for helping us to bring valuable information about cats to our Critter Club students!

To learn more about Atlas and why he would be a wonderful family pet, click here.

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Jordan YCS Community Service Day at Kiddies 2 Kitties

Wednesday, March 29, was the Day of Service for YCS (Youth Community Service) at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto, and a contingent of volunteers visited Kiddies 2 Kitties at SVACA (Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority) in Santa Clara. SVACA partners with PAHS for the Kiddies 2 Kitties shelter-based reading and community service program.

The Jordan students learned about shelter operations and enjoyed helping to socialize SVACA’s adoptable cats. The cats were very happy to receive all the extra attention! Thank you, Jordan YCS, for your participation in our program.

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Dog and Cat Goodies Came Our Way!

HandsOn Bay Area recently sponsored a corporate donation to PAHS consisting of 50 “doggie bags” containing toys, treats, and “poop bags” as well as a large variety of cat toys and collars. The hand-decorated bags and other items arrived on Friday, March 24, and PAHS has begun distributing them to rescue groups, shelters we partner with, and our PAWS 2 PAHS canine and feline volunteers and their people.

We are especially grateful to both HandsOn Bay Area and GE Digital, the company whose San Ramon employees donated their time and funds to purchasing all the goodies and decorating the bags. So many needy cats and dogs will make very good use of these items! PAHS thanks both groups for their generosity and kindness to local animals in need (in rescues and at shelters) and our volunteer animals who help us in our classrooms and other educational venues.

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“You Can Make a Difference”

PAHS board members and staff attending the play, “You Can Make a Difference,” written and directed by volunteer Rhea Sampson, were very pleased to see references to the Humane Society and the importance of helping lost animals. Performed by Rhea’s young drama students at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center in Menlo Park the afternoon of March 22, “You Can Make a Difference” consists of three vignettes highlighting people helping other people and animals who have found themselves in difficult situations.

The all-girl cast showed great enthusiasm and ingenuity. They were also generous with a donation of cat food and a friendly reception following the performance. Thank you, Rhea, for inviting PAHS to attend and participate at this heartwarming event!

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PAWS 2 PAHS Volunteers at Lytton Gardens

Volunteers Kathy Merkle-Raymond and Sarah Clementson joined PAHS and a group of residents at Lytton Gardens the afternoon of March 22. Accompanying Kathy and Sarah were their respective canine companions—Cody, a toy Australian Shepherd trained as a therapy/service dog, and Ani, a laid-back Golden Retriever with a big heart and welcoming demeanor for people of all ages. This visit was Ani’s first as a PAHS 2 PAWS canine volunteer, and she and Cody were warmly received by all.

Residents enjoyed the opportunity to have their questions about dog care answered and to meet both dogs. Cody sat in residents’ laps and gave kisses, while Ani enjoyed soothing pets. PAHS thanks Lytton Gardens for the invitation to visit the residents again. We hope to return in the near future.

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Local Cub Scouts at Kiddies 2 Kitties

Cub Scout Pack 404, based in Sunnyvale, attended the Wednesday, March 15 Kiddies to Kitties session at SVACA (Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority). In addition to reading to and socializing the cats up for adoption at the shelter, the Scouts also learned about the shelter’s goals, policies, and operation and took a brief tour of the shelter.

Accompanying the Scouts were their troop leaders and the sister of one of the members of the pack, who is an honorary Scout herself. Everyone had good questions and observations for PAHS staff and volunteers and the Outreach Coordinator at the shelter, Janet Alexander.

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PAHS Visits St. Francis High School to Speak About Advocacy for Animals

On Tuesday, March 7, PAHS Humane Educator Leonor Delgado visited a joint meeting of the Animal Welfare and Environmental Clubs at St. Francis High School in Mountain View to talk about PAHS’ involvement in animal advocacy issues on a national and local scale. Leonor highlighted PAHS’ long history of advocacy in such issues as prohibiting the sale of foie gras, supporting California State Proposition 2 with ultimate goal of housing chickens in humane cage-free environments, taking a stand against using animals in circuses, and banning cruelty to elephants in circuses and parades.

The main focus of the discussion, however, was on the recent Robert Farmer trial in San Jose, in which PAHS has been an active player in support of Farmer’s victims. Farmer has pleaded guilty to 21 counts of felony animal cruelty, and his case has been covered extensively in the San Jose Mercury News, as well as in local television newscasts. PAHS was interviewed at the end of 2016 for an article in BBC Science that drew parallels between the Farmer case and widespread cruelty against cats in the London area. Ongoing updates about the Farmer case can be found at Justice for our CATZ.

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Girl Scout Troop 60144 Learns About Cats

The afternoon of Friday, March 3, PAHS volunteer Reine Flexer accompanied Leonor Delgado, the Education Manager, in a visit to Girl Scout Troop 60144 in Los Altos, where the girls and their troop leaders were introduced to facts about cats. Reine and Leonor focused their discussion on the rescue and care of stray cats and kittens as well as TNR (trap-neuter-return) efforts supported in part by PAHS.

The Scouts expect to follow up with a later session at Kiddies 2 Kitties at SVACA (Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority), where they will learn about shelter operations and participate in helping to socialize cats and kittens. PAHS thanks the troop for the opportunity to work with them and hopes to meet again with the Scouts very soon.

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Monta Loma Elementary Annual VIP Reading Day

Friday, March 3, marked the annual VIP Reading Day at Monta Loma Elementary in Mountain View. Readers from local government agencies, corporations, and nonprofits visited classrooms to read aloud to students.

PAHS participates every year in this event, and this year, Leonor Delgado, the PAHS Education Manager, visited a third-grade classroom where she read the opening chapters of Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling, a classic from 1941 that was recognized as a Caldecott Honor Book the following year. The book details the adventures of a small wooden canoe with a Native American figure released by a young boy on the Canadian side of Lake Superior. The boat travels to the Atlantic Ocean, helped along the way through the intervention of different people. Each stop, or adventure, introduces readers to the flora and fauna of the region where the boat has landed.

As is customary, readers leave a copy of their book at the classroom visited, and third graders will be able to finish their new adventure book. PAHS thanks Monta Loma for the opportunity to participate in this special reading day.

St. Francis High Animal Welfare Club

St. Francis High Animal Welfare Club Visits Kiddies 2 Kitties

Kiddies 2 Kitties provided a venue for members of the St. Francis High School Animal Welfare Club (Mountain View) to learn about the workings of their local animal shelter, Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) and to interact with adoptable animals. These students and their faculty advisor met with the shelter’s Outreach Coordinator Janet Alexander and PAHS’ Education Manager Leonor Delgado the morning of Saturday, November 25—their discussion was focused in part around stray cats within SVACA’s jurisdiction and the shelter’s policies for these cats. The St. Francis students had the opportunity to offer Jackson, a Lab–German Shepherd mix, an extended play session and meet and help socialize all the feline residents at the shelter.

Kiddies 2 Kitties was originally envisioned as a program for younger shy readers, or “kiddies,” to interact with cats and kittens at the shelter by reading to them—and at the same time improve their reading skills with an unbiased feline audience—and socializing these “kitties.” The program has now grown to welcome students of all ages who want to learn about the shelter and who are interested in helping cats, and interested middle school and high school students can complete community service hours through the program.

Chickens Take Action

Menlo–Atherton Humane Club Learns About Factory Farming

The Humane Club at Menlo–Atherton High School welcomed Isabelle Knudde from Clorofil to their meeting on February 23. Clorofil is a local group dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of factory-farmed egg-laying hens, and disseminating data about raising and caring for chickens. Isabelle’s presentation featured little-known facts about chickens and hens followed by a discussion of animal cruelty in the egg industry. Her talk was accompanied by a series of informative slides. The club members, two of whom have raised and care for chickens at home, asked insightful questions about the effects of factory farming on the environment as well as ways to distinguish among different kinds of packaging featuring eggs produced by “free-roaming” hens.

Thank you, Isabelle, for addressing these students. We hope to welcome you back to learn more about distinguishing among good and harmful agricultural practices.

Rin and Chris

Rin Closes Critter Club at Theuerkauf

Critter Club at Theuerkauf Elementary in Mountain View was a special treat for the final session held on February 16. In addition to receiving a club t-shirt and certificate of completion, the second and third graders from Beyond the Bell participating in this winter’s Critter Club, met Rin, a dog rescued in Mongolia, where her person Chris Corvetti was a Peace Corps volunteer and teacher for two years.

Chris shared photos of Mongolia and Rin and explained how she rescued Rin, a Mongolian taiga dog puppy mixed with other breeds, from the streets and raised her to become a service dog. Rin now accompanies Chris in classrooms and at other venues where Chris speaks about life in Mongolia and local environmental issues. Chris is currently an intern at Grassroots Ecology in Palo Alto.

Rin was pleased to meet and greet each student individually and very happily joined in class photos. PAHS and the students thank Chris and Rin for making the Critter Club finale a very memorable occasion.

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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.

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K-9 Partner Odin Comes to Critter Club

Officer Doreen Hansen and her canine partner Odin, 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 Odin 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 Odin—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 Odin and have the opportunity to watch him at work and pet him.

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

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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!

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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.

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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)

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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!

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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.

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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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PAHS’ Activism in the Farmer Case Recognized in England

At the end of 2016 British journalist Chris Baraniuk, who writes for BBC Science, contacted PAHS to learn more about the Robert Farmer case in San Jose—Robert Roy Farmer has pleaded guilty to 21 counts of felony animal cruelty for the death of at least that number of domestic cats, mostly pets in the Cambrian district of San Jose. The case, which has been followed by the local press and television networks, reached the attention of the BBC in the United Kingdom and beyond.

Baraniuk had become aware of PAHS’ concern and active role in supporting Farmer’s victims through local coverage and contacted us in December 2016. His interest was in drawing parallels and making comparisons with a similar case in the London area. PAHS Education Manager Leonor Delgado participated in an interview with Baraniuk and, in addition to providing a general history of the case, pointed Baraniuk to Myriam Martínez, the founder of Justice for our Catz, whose cat Thumper was one of Farmer’s victims. Baraniuk then interviewed Martínez. His article, “Someone is killing and dismembering Britain’s domestic cats,” appeared online in BBC Science on December 20, 2016.

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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).