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Annual Gala—A Smashing Success!

Attendees to the PAHS 105th annniversary annual gala on December 5, 2013 enjoyed a wonderful evening, highlighted by the movie Babe, as well as music provided by the JewelTones, special guest appearances, and a raffle for great prizes at intermission. Read about our event here.


On Monday, December 2, 2013, KFJC—Foothill College Radio—talk show host Robert Emmett interviewed PAHS’ Executive Director Carole Hyde, Board Member David Rutan, and Humane Educator Leonor Delgado, along with Gala Host Phil Giffin by phone. PAHS’ staff and board members and Phil were the special guests on “A Thought Line,” and they discussed issues around animal welfare, humane education, technological advances, and PAHS history. Click below to listen to the program.

PAHS Goes to Pinewood’s “Super Saturday”

Pinewood School’s Middle Campus in Los Altos hosted a Super Saturday Community Service Fair the afternoon of November 16, 2013. Students and their families were encouraged to explore their options for community service opportunities and for future partnerships with a variety of local nonprofit organizations. Fundraising Associate Susan Stephens represented PAHS at an education-oriented table where students could learn about humane treatment of their pets.

PAHS at the Alley Cat Allies National Conference

The PAHS humane educator, Leonor Delgado, who is also a TNR (trap-neuter-return) advocate for community cats, attended the Alley Cat Allies conference held November 8–10, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. More than 230 “community cat people” from the United States and Canada and beyond were at the conference. Of particular interest to PAHS were the sessions devoted to building community awareness of homeless cats and advocating for these cats with local government officials.

PAHS at Bark for Life

Bark for Life, organized by the American Cancer Society and billed as “A Canine Event to Fight Cancer,” took place on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton. Halloween-costumed children and their dogs—also in costume—joined in the fun, with trick-or-treating activities and many treats! At least 350 people, along with 127 dogs, visited booths mounted by local charitable organizations. The PAHS booth featured educational materials about dog care and interacting with dogs safely, and PAHS also took three dogs to the event, two of whom are shown here.

Flute Recital—Benefit Concert for PAHS

Attendees at the concert offered by award-winning flutist Takashi Hidai, accompanied by pianist Christine McLeavy Paine, enjoyed a special afternoon of beautiful music, both classical and contemporary, in a lovely setting at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Palo Alto.

Donations made at the performance, on Sunday, October 27, 2013, went to the PAHS spay-neuter program.

Successful Pet Food Drives for PAHS!

Friday, October 18, 2013 was a busy day for a crew of volunteers from Acclarent, a medical technology company headquartered in Menlo Park. The volunteers gathered at three different locations—The Pet Place in Menlo Park, Pet Food Depot in Palo Alto, and Pet Club in Mountain View—for a large-scale pet food drive to benefit PAHS. Many cats, dogs, and rabbits, and even a hen or two, are enjoying the benefits of the Acclarent volunteers’ greatly appreciated help and initiative, and cash donations from the drive will help fun the PAHS spay-neuter voucher program. Thank you, Acclarent!

PAHS Thanks Its “Cat Volunteers”

The afternoon of Sunday, October 13, 2013—in conjunction with National Feral Cat Day (October 16)—PAHS staff met with a large group of volunteers who help community (feral) cats through TNR (trap-neuter-return) and rescue efforts. These volunteers maintain community cat colonies and remove and foster adoptable older cats and kittens. They are the “unspoken heroes” who support PAHS’ spay and neuter mandate by transporting the cats, and they do everything possible to make sure the cats returned to their territories are fed and given veterinary care, when necessary.

Thanks to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, all the attendees gathered in the church’s lovely and inviting Fireside Room to share refreshments and ideas and participate in a raffle for cat-themed prizes. Everyone enjoyed the delicious cake!

(The cake and refreshments were provided by Whole Foods, Palo Alto, through a grant to PAHS. Thanks, Whole Foods!)

Yap & Howl!

Pooches joined their human companions at Yap & Howl hosted by west elm® Furniture in downtown Palo Alto to benefit PAHS Thursday, October 10, 2013. The dogs, and some of their people, arrived in colorful costumes, dressed to the nines for the Halloween season. All visitors enjoyed Halloween treats and perused jewelry by Sprightly Finch and dog-themed cotton sackcloth towels for sale at the lottery table. Proceeds from the event went to PAHS to support its spay and neuter program and educational outreach.

PAHS Returns to Beechwood School

Students at Beechwood School have continued studying humane issues! We were asked to visit the school to speak about local wildlife, and the teacher requested the opportunity to meet a sanctuaried wild animal, especially a bird of prey. We have begun to expand our community education program, still under the auspices of a Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund grant.

Since PAHS does not operate a shelter or sanctuary, on this occasion we partnered with our neighbor to the south, the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley. Jen Constantine, the organization’s outreach and education director, visited Beechwood School with Olive, a Western Screech Owl, on Friday, September 27. The students learned about the different forms of wildlife in their local environment, with particular emphasis on local birds of prey—their habitat, diet, and forms of adaptation allowing them to survive and thrive in the wild.

Finale of the PAHS Summer Humane Education Program at Beechwood School

PAHS held the final session of its summer humane education program at Beechwood School in East Menlo Park this past August 2. The program was developed as the educational component of the PAHS grant application to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund. PAHS’ conception of a joint effort that combined trap-neuter-return (TNR) of community cats in a specific neighborhood with educational outreach to the neighborhood children and their parents was the basis of the proposal that qualified for Weekly funding.

Beechwood School was chosen as the site for the educational program because of an earlier extensive TNR “operation,” part of which took place on the school grounds. Several kittens rescued there have already found good homes. Beechwood students in the program enjoyed meeting the animals who helped our presenters—Rookie, a small and lively rescued dog living with a PAHS volunteer; Riley, a very handsome black and white cat available for adoption through Companions in Waiting; and Molly, a sweet and gentle young black rabbit who has since been adopted through Palo Alto Animal Services. The students learned about good care for pets and what they can do to help homeless animals. Their parents also received information about services available to help stray dogs and community cats.

At the final session, representatives and volunteers from PAHS, as well as a reporter and photographer from the Palo Alto Weekly joined parents, students, and Beechwood staff and teachers. The participating students received diplomas and t-shirts and had another opportunity to greet and play with Rookie.

Be on the lookout for more news about the PAHS project through the Palo Alto Weekly! We’ll let you know when the news hits the stands.

PAHS Humane Education at YMCA Camp

The PAHS Humane Ed team (Leonor, Rookie—great little dog!, and Maureen—Rookie’s special person) visited the YMCA Camp at the Escondido School on July 17. Rookie helped with teaching the children, ages 4 to 6, about safety around dogs and the best way to meet and greet a new dog.

Cat Food Drive at Pet Club Mountain View

Freebirds Burrito pet food drives to help locale humane societies and animal shelters are now nationwide charity events. Freebirds Burrito Palo Alto and Pet Club Mountain View teamed up on June 29 with Palo Alto Humane Society to run a very successful cat food drive to help homeless and rescued cats on the Peninsula. Lots of happy cats! Thank you so much!

PAHS at 2013 May Fête Parade and Fair in Heritage Park

PAHS had a fine showing at the 2013 annual Palo Alto May Fête Parade, held Saturday, May 4, in downtown Palo Alto. Volunteers and staff marched along the route, accompanied by several friendly dogs, and one of them, Honey, who rode the float, was the star of the show. The PAHS float showed all the animals in the PAHS logo and banner.

After the parade, many children and their parents visited the PAHS table and booth in Heritage Park, which featured an interactive display board of animals found in Palo Alto and water trough for dogs. The children enjoyed working with the interactive board and were rewarded with stickers, pens, and other souvenirs of the parade and fair.

PAHS Receives a 2013 Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund Grant!

PAHS was among the 55 charity and nonprofit recipients of the 2013 Palo Alto Weekly’s Holiday Fund grants. The PAHS pilot project will focus on educating local low-income pet owners about caring for their pets as well as what they can do to help homeless and abandoned animals. The reception to honor grant recipients took place April 30, 2013 at the headquarters of the Palo Alto Weekly, and the PAHS respresentatives felt very honored to be among the grantees. Click here for more information about the event. To read the proposal, click here.

PAHS at Hillview SurvivalFest 2013

Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park invited PAHS to take part in the annual 7th grade SurvivalFest. PAHS has an extensive online library on disaster preparedness in English and Spanish, and samples of some of the files were available for the students at the PAHS booth. The students learned about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which spurred federal legislation that mandated shelters for animals—people can now take their animals with them when they evacuate their homes, and the animals must be provided temporary shelter. Discussions with the students centered on “after the disaster—what do you need to do to locate missing pets?”

Easter Sunday with the Animals

PAHS was the beneficiary of the special “Easter Sunday with the Animals” event for families and children at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel in Menlo Park on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Everyone enjoyed meeting a pony, a duck family, several rabbits and four goats as well as a friendly pot-bellied pig and a rooster and three chickens. Thanks to the staff at Rosewood for the hotel’s ongoing support of PAHS!

Freeb!rds Burrito Continues Cat Food Drives for PAHS

On January 3, 2013, Freeb!rds Burrito held its first-ever cat food drive for PAHS, which was also the first community service event of its kind nationwide for Freeb!rds. Since then, the idea has caught on at Freeb!rds restaurants throughout the country, and pet food drives are now “standard fare” for Freeb!rds volunteers supporting an array of humane societies and rescue groups.

The last food drive for PAHS was held at Pet Food Express in Palo Alto on Saturday, March 30, 2013, and as you can see from the photo, it was very successful. Many community cats and rescued cats and kittens will have a wide variety of nutritious meals, thanks to the efforts of local Freeb!rds volunteers. Freeb!rds will continue to support PAHS at different local pet food stores on a regular basis. We’ll let friends of PAHS know about the next event coming up soon.

PAHS Represented at Encore!

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Partners for Elder Generations invited PAHS to participate in its “Encore! Investigate Your Passion and Get Involved” event from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 23, at the Los Altos Youth Center.

The interactive event for adults 50 and older focused on careers in the second half of life and enrichment through volunteerism. Visitors to the PAHS table learned about PAHS community-based projects and volunteer opportunities.

Sándor Tarics, 99, the oldest living Olympic gold medalist was the featured guest at the event. Tarics participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a member of the Hungarian water polo team and played on the national team through 1939.


On Thursday, March 21, our gift shop and gallery outdoor rabbit was the Daily Post's (local mid-Peninsula newspaper) mystery photo! The son of the artist, Adrian Litman, immediately recognized his father's work and correctly identified the photo! The photo stumped all other readers.

Adrian Litman designed most of the outdoor signage at the PAHS office location at 520 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park. Other artwork by Mr. Litman, mugs and vases, are for sale in the PAHS gift shop/gallery at the office location.

Patxi’s Fundraiser—A Great Success!

The March 20 all-day fundraiser at Patxi’s Palo Alto was a tremendous success. The restaurant was full, with onsite diners and nonstop takeout orders. The PAHS contingent of staff, volunteers, and supporters arrived for dinner—the restaurant was so crowded we could barely find seating! Everyone had a wonderful time enjoying the pizza (excellent!) and each other’s company.

PAHS Is Part of Mollie Stone’s Community Card Program!

On March 13, 2013, PAHS representatives attended a briefing about Mollie Stone’s Community Card program. Here we are with Dave Bennett, the founder of Mollie Stone’s. The huge check was for last year's Mollie Stone’s distribution to many local charities.

Help PAHS when you shop at any Mollie Stone’s—if you join the program, Mollie Stone’s will donate 5% of your purchases to PAHS. To sign up for the Mollie Stone’s Community Card program, click here.

Whole Foods “Nickels for Non Profits” Update

PAHS was a 2012 fourth quarter recipient of the local Whole Foods (Palo Alto) Nickels for Non Profits program. The grand total showed that 13,160 people donated a nickel each to PAHS—a nickel was given to PAHS for each person who brought his or her own shopping bag to Whole Foods. All those nickels will now go toward spaying or neutering homeless animals. Thanks, Whole Foods!

Freeb!rds Holds Cat Food Drive for PAHS

The Freeb!rds Burrito’s volunteer team food drive at Pet Food Depot in Palo Alto on Saturday, February 16, 2013, was a huge succes. Hungry community cats (and their feeders, of course) are happier, and enough money was raised to spay/neuter two of them! Freeb!rds is planning on sponsoring monthly food drives for PAHS, and we at PAHS are very grateful for the volunteer team’s efforts (as are all those community cats)!

Girl Scout Troop 61437 Animal Badge Activity

The girls in Troop 61437 completed work for their Animal Badge on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at a meetup of local troops in Cupertino. Their project consisted of making cat toys to be distributed through PAHS to local rescue groups and holding a collection for cat food, also to be made available by PAHS to its dedicated volunteers working with community cat colonies. In addition, the girls made a an original and informative video highlighting what they had learned about community cats and spay-neuter during a December visit by the PAHS humane educator and from the research they subsequently did on their own. PAHS is very grateful to the girls for their enthusiastic support and efforts. Thank you, Troop 61437!

Mira’s Homemade Uses a PAHS Logo!

Mira’s Homemade, a Pennsylvania-based company, is now using one of Palo Alto Humane Society’s logos (with our permission, of course) as part of its mission statement to promote its delicious all-vegan granola. Mira’s mission: “to create food that does the least amount of harm to, and the most amount of good for, animals, humans, and the natural resources on our precious planet.”

PAHS Presentation to Brownie Troop 61767

Sam, a 7.5-year old Golden Retriever (shown on the left), was a very willing and happy participant in the January 28 PAHS presentation at the afterschool center at Laurel Elementary School in Atherton. The presentation was focused on safe environments and good care for pets (based on content in Mow Wow Animals, Level 1, Lesson 3). Sam’s special person, a member of the troop, led the part of the lesson devoted to the best way to safely meet and greet a new dog. Other girls in the troop shared their experiences of caring for their own family pets as well as contributed suggestions for actions they could take to help homeless and abandoned animals. PAHS humane educator Leonor Delgado and the troop’s leaders were very pleased with the enthusiasm of the girls and Sam’s invaluable participation.

Freeb!rds Supports Palo Alto Humane Society!

Freebirds volunteers joined PAHS in a cat food drive at Mountain View Pet Club on January 3. The volunteers’ lively attire and upbeat approach attracted many customers who gave cash donations to PAHS or contributed flats of canned cat food and some bags. PAHS volunteer community cat feeders—and the cats, of course—were thrilled. Thank you, Freebirds!

On January 7, Freebirds opened its new Palo Alto location (2035 El Camino Real, Suite A, corner of El Camino and Cambridge Avenue) to customers in a “mock service” charity event in support of PAHS. Lunch and dinner customers were served a free meal and a drink in exchange for a $5 donation, and many donated more! The enthusiasm of the Freebirds staff was contagious, and the décor fantastic. The vegetarian burritos and salads are out of this world! Thanks again to Freebirds!

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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).

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