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PAHS HOLIDAY GALA at the Aquarius Theatre, downtown Palo Alto

Palo Alto Humane Society’s “Oh! For the Love of Critters!” came again to the Aquarius Theatre, on Thursday, December 6. That night attendees packed the theater to watch the 1943 classic film Lassie Come Home, starring Roddy McDowell and a very young Elizabeth Taylor, and featuring brave and loyal Lassie who endured many hardships to be reunited with her family. Emmy-nominated Hollywood producer Phil Giffin hosted the event, with the participation of local actor Marilyn Kanes. Special guests included NorCal Collie Rescue, whose beautiful dogs added color and excitement to our gala, and The Mendicants, the well-known Stanford a cappella group of male singers. Live bagpipe music and actors in costume greeted moviegoers as they lined up for their tickets. Several lucky winners were chosen in a raffle drawing for gifts donated by local businesses and organizations. Our holiday party, now an annual Palo Alto and Peninsula tradition, was a huge success!

PAHS Receives Grant from the Henry Schein Corporation

The Palo Alto Humane Society has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Henry Schein Corporation. The grant, which is intended to help abused and neglected animals in Santa Clara County, was presented at the PAHS office on October 29, 2012. PAHS is grateful to Henry Schein for the company’s dedication to animal welfare. To read PAHS’ first report on the grant, click here.

PAHS at Monte Loma Elementary School’s VIP Reading Day

PAHS was invited to participate at the VIP Reading Day hosted by the Monte Loma Elementary School in Mountain View held November 9, 2012. PAHS humane educator Leonor Delgado read Fairminded Fran and the three small black Community Cats by Linda Elder to a group of third graders who also learned what local trap-neuter-return (TNR) volunteers do and how a humane kitten trap works. In the Q&A session that followed the students asked very good and pertinent questions and shared their own experiences with animal rescue and adoption.

PAHS at The Pet Place’s 20th Anniversary Open House

On Saturday, October 27, 2012, Palo Alto Humane Society was at the well-attended anniversary celebration of The Pet Place in Menlo Park. PAHS offered unique animal-themed items for sale including jewelry, cards, towels, and more. All proceeds from the sale went to the PAHS spay/neuter program for cats, rabbits, and dogs, and toward feeding community cats as well as other animal-related programs.

CATWORKS 2012 Volunteer Recognition and Celebration

In the spirit of National Feral Cat Day (October 16), PAHS celebrated the efforts of our CatWorks volunteers, the people who help our community (feral, stray, and abandoned) cats through fostering and adopting out cats and kittens as well as trapping, spaying and neutering, and feeding and otherwise maintaining healthy controlled colonies. We met on Sunday, October 21, in the lovely surroundings of Sally’s Garden at Roger Reynolds Nursery in Menlo Park for refreshments and festivities that featured a raffle of cat-themed items. Thank you to Roger Reynolds for the perfect venue and to all our volunteers for all their hard work—and our community cats thank them too!

Rookie Returns to NASA-Ames

Rookie and Palo Alto Humane Society were invited again to NASA-Ames for its CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) Animal and Environmental Charity Day on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Inquisitive vistors flocked to our table to meet and be greeted by Rookie, who thoroughly enjoyed all that attention! Representatives from PAHS accompanied Rookie to answer questions and distribute material about PAHS programs and activities. Regular employees and contractors at NASA-Ames, and at any federal agency, can select PAHS (#59378) as their charity of choice and make workplace donations throughout October and November. All of us at PAHS thank the NASA-Ames CFC volunteers and organizers for their welcoming reception of all our humane ambassadors at this special event.

PAHS at the NASA-Ames Local CFC Kickoff Event

Rookie, a rescued terrier mix who accompanied PAHS volunteers, was the big hit at the October 2, 2012 NASA-Ames Combined Federal Charity (CFC) drive kickoff for on-site CFC organizers. Regular employees and contractors at NASA-Ames, and at any federal agency, can select PAHS (#59378) as their charity of choice and make workplace donations in October and November. Rookie and PAHS thank the organizers at the NASA-Ames campaign for their hospitality and employees at any and all federal agencies for their support.

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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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