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Tommy Bahama

PAHS Helps Out at Tommy Bahama

PAHS board members and volunteers were the designated gift-wrappers at Tommy Bahama at the Stanford Shopping Center the afternoon of Friday, December 23. They were joined by Travis, our poster dog for 2016—rescued from a hard life on the streets and provided emergency veterinary care through PAHS’ safety net programs. Visitors to the PAHS gift-wrapping station had the opportunity to meet and pet Travis, as well as greet the folks and learn more about PAHS’ community outreach programs. Here’s Travis, to the left, lending a paw to PAHS Board Member Teeda Tangprasertchai.

el Carmelo Kid's Club

PAHS Canine Educational Volunteers Visit PACCC Intersession Program at Hoover Elementary School

On December 19, grade 2–5 student members of El Carmelo Kids’ Club joined their counterparts from Hoover Kids’ Club at Hoover Elementary School for a special intersession presentation provided by two of PAHS’ canine educators with their therapy dogs. Both after-school clubs are sponsored by PACCC (Palo Alto Community Child Care), which provides after-school care and enrichment activities for elementary-age students in Palo Alto’s public schools.

The students were divided by grade level in two groups, one for grades 2–3 and the other for grades 4–5. Both groups learned about best care practices for dogs and how to be safe around dogs and had the opportunity to meet and greet PAHS veteran canine therapy volunteers, Jesse and Cody. Jesse, as you can see in the photo to the left, was very happy to give all the students a warm welcome, as was Cody.

PAHS thanks Jesse’s person Chris and Cody’s person Kathy for their participation and extends thanks as well to Julian Hunyh who heads El Carmelo Kids’ Club for organizing our visit.

Bake Sale

JLS Students Hold Bake Sale for PAHS!

When given an assignment to work on a fund-raising event, Aleeza, Ashley, and Elia, students at JLS (Jane Lathrop Stanford) Middle School in Palo Alto, approached PAHS with their idea for a bake sale to benefit us. Before setting up the sale, the students interviewed Education Manager Leonor Delgado about her duties at PAHS and what she enjoyed about the job.

The bake sale was held the afternoon of Sunday, December 11, at one of the entrances to Greer Park, and the proceeds for PAHS totaled $177. Groups participating in fundraisers gave brief presentations at JLS the following day. The group donating to PAHS invited Leonor Delgado to address the class and answer questions about PAHS at the class presentations. Leonor’s brief discussion was focused on ways in which PAHS helps keep homeless animals out of shelters.

Thank you to JLS for inspiring students to fundraise and special thanks to Aleeza, Ashley, and Elia for all their hard work!


Palo Alto YCS Middle School at Kiddies 2 Kitties

On December 7 six student members of Youth Community Service (YCS) at Jordan Middle School in Palo Alto visited Kitties 2 Kiddies at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) in Santa Clara. PAHS partners with SVACA to offer this shelter-based reading program to students throughout the mid-Peninsula and beyond. The Jordan students were very interested in the day-to-day operations at SVACA as well as one-on-one contact with cats and kittens—especially the latter—needing extra socialization.

These students began their session at SVACA with a presentation and Q & A component offered by the shelter’s Director of Outreach, Janet Alexander. They continued with a tour of the shelter followed by time spent with the kittens. In the process, they offered the adoptable kittens very valuable playtime and equally valuable cuddling.

PAHS has opened Kiddies 2 Kitties to students in the higher grades—middle school and high school—who want to learn about cats and shelter animals and complete community service hours by helping to socialize the cats. Kiddies 2 Kitties is offered every first and third Wednesday of the month. Interested in participating? Contact PAHS’ Education Manager Leonor Delgado at or (650) 424-1901, the PAHS Office telephone.


PAHS Welcomes Education Volunteer Isabelle Knudde

Isabelle Knudde, founder of Clorofil, a local group dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of factory-farmed egg-laying hens, has joined our Education team. Isabelle’s first presentation, on December 6, was to a group of students who have formed a humane issues club at St. Francis High School in Mountain View. She provided interesting facts about chickens and then highlighted her rescue work with hens freed from factory farming sites through Animal Place, a farm animal sanctuary based in Grass Valley and Vacaville. The students received Isabelle with much enthusiasm, asking very insightful questions that showed their empathy for farm animals treated inhumanely, with some indicating their interest in adopting hens.

Isabelle will be working with PAHS in local area schools to introduce students to the plight of egg-laying chickens and steps that can be taken to help these animals. Isabelle is also open to student field trips to learn more about the chickens she cares for who live in her back yard. Please contact Leonor Delgado, PAHS Education Manager, at, or at (650) 424-1901 (the PAHS office phone) to request more information about educational sessions with Isabelle. Isabelle’s dog Lallie is also a volunteer in our PAWS 2 PAHS program.

The Pet Place

Holiday Boutique Sale at The Pet Place

PAHS extends heartfelt thanks to The Pet Place for hosting our Holiday Boutique Sale on Saturday, December 3. Visitors to our sale table were able to choose from a variety of animal-themed items for stocking stuffers and larger gifts for family members, both human and companion animals. Proceeds from our sale, which totaled $205, will be applied to PAHS’ Spay-Neuter program and Animal Rescue Fund.

Cat Town

PAHS Visits Cat Town!

The afternoon of Sunday, November 27, PAHS’ 2016 Volunteer of the Year Reine Flexer and PAHS Education Manager Leonor Delgado stopped by Cat Town Café in Oakland for a very enjoyable visit. They learned about the café and its operations and all the cats there who were ready for adoptable homes. They very much enjoyed viewing the innovative décor as well as the equally unique “comfy digs” for all the feline inhabitants. What a great way for cat lovers and rescuers to spend an afternoon!

Rhea and Shannon

Rhea and Shannon Close Critter Club at Friends’ Nursery School

Friday, November 18, marked the final session of Critter Club at Friends’ Nursery School in Palo Alto, and Rhea Sampson’s presentation, accompanied by her dog Shannon, was a huge treat for the preschool audience. Shannon was very patient as Rhea showed the young students how she takes care of Shannon—brushing her fur and brushing her teeth! The students joined Rhea in songs about caring for animals and then lined up to pet Shannon, who once again was very cooperative.

What a fun finale to Critter Club for all involved! Huge thanks to Rhea and Shannon!

Pegasus the rat

A Visit from Pegasus!

Pegasus, a pet albino rat, accompanied her person, Heather Barbarena, on November 16 for Critter Club at Friends’ Nursery School in Palo Alto. Heather, who teaches at Friends, wanted her students to meet Pegasus and learn about her. Pegasus is now the smallest companion animal volunteer to participate in PAHS’ education programs.

Heather explained how Pegasus is part of the household and how the humans in the household take care of Pegasus. The students had many questions about Pegasus—what she eats, why she has red eyes, how she plays, where she lives, and what kind of special care she needs. They enjoyed giving Pegasus treats and petting her gently with one finger, both of which she very much liked.

YCS Fall Service Fair

PAHS at Gunn High School YCS Fall Service Fair

Students attending the Second Annual Youth Community Service (YCS) Fall Service Fair at Gunn High School on Tuesday, November 15, had the opportunity to learn about ways in which they can help PAHS help animals. PAHS staffers Jaye Bergen (Program Assistant) and Leonor Delgado (Education Manager) answered students’ questions and addressed their concerns.

YCS, at both the middle school and the high school levels, has been very helpful to PAHS in the past, designing our 2016 May Fête Parade float and working with us at donation/sale drives at different local venues. YCS volunteers will participate in two additional activities before the end of this calendar year—at another sale/donation drive and in our Kiddies 2 Kitties shelter-based volunteer/reading program at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA). PAHS thanks these volunteers for their support and dedication!


Plant Sale Donations for PAHS

Founding members of the group Justice for our CATZ—the neighbors in the Cambrian District of San Jose affected by Robert Farmer’s violent acts against cats and their Facebook friends—held a series of plant sales to raise money to help animals as well as a charity in Mexico that aids the Tarahumara Indians. The last sale took place the weekend of November 12–13 in the Willow Glen District of San Jose, and visitors were met by an array of many beautiful species cacti and succulents as well as poinsettias for the holiday season.

PAHS was the group’s designated animal welfare organization, and donations to help animals reached $571. PAHS has supported the caretakers of Farmer’s victims throughout their ordeal. Farmer will be sentenced Thursday, December 8, at 9:00 a.m. in Santa Clara Superior Criminal Court, at 190 West Hedding Street in San José. Please join us in the courtroom in support of Farmer’s feline and human victims.


Livy Is Now Officially Retired!

Livy did what he has done best for the past four years during his Critter Club visit at Friends’ Nursery School on Wednesday, November 9. He listened as we told his story, from that of an abandoned cat many years ago on the streets of Livermore to a beloved feline companion in safe home in Palo Alto to his later-in-life career as the first feline educational volunteer in PAHS’ "Cat Corps of Volunteers." He then snuggled with the preschoolers who were delighted to meet and pet him.

We will all miss Livy as he formally enters the retirement phase of his life, and we’re actively looking for a "new Livy" to fill his very large paw prints… so if you have a gentle cat like Livy who is happy to meet and greet new people and wants them to learn about caring for cat companions and helping community cats, don’t hesitate to contact us at PAHS, either at or by phone at (650) 424-1901. Thank you!

Bill Warrior

Bill Warrior and Lily—“Critter Club” at Friends’ Nursery School

Friends’ Nursery School, our latest Critter Club site, hosted Palo Alto Animal Control Officer Bill Warrior and his canine companion Lily at the Wednesday, November 2, session. The preschool students at Friends’ learned about Bill’s work and how Lily helps him on the job. Bill adopted Lily, a special needs dog who is partially blind, and she’s been his companion on the job since then. The students had the opportunity to give Lily treats—which she greatly appreciated—and pet her. They also enjoyed a tour of Bill’s Animal Control truck and the tools he uses to rescue all kinds of animals.

PAHS and Friends’ Nursery School thank Bill and Lily for their participation at Critter Club and the very informative session they offered.

Four Seasons Hotel

Thank you, Four Seasons!

The Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley has joined our corporate supporters with a generous donation to be used for our animal help programs. Thank you, Four Seasons!

Critter Club

Final Session of Critter Club at Mariano Castro

Students and instructors at the Beyond the Bell program at Mariano Castro Elementary in Mountain View welcomed Cody and his person Kathy to the final sessions of Critter Club held Thursday, October 20. Cody is a service/therapy dog, and he did what he does best by joining the students in a relaxed petting session. The students, second and third graders, peppered Kathy with questions about Cody ranging from queries about his life at home to curiosity about his training to become a service dog.

Cody was happy to join the students in class photos after everyone received Critter Club t-shirts and diplomas marking their successful completion of the program. PAHS and the Beyond the Bell staff thank Kathy and Cody for their valuable input to Critter Club!

Max and the Brownies

Max and the Brownie Scouts

Max and his person Dona, along with PAHS Education Manager Leonor Delgado, visited Girl Scout Brownie Troop 61844 the afternoon of Sunday, October 16. The Brownie Scouts, all second graders at Escondido Elementary School located on the Stanford University campus, were well prepared for Max’s visit with excellent questions about Max and dogs in general and insightful comments about their own pets. Max was thrilled with the Scouts’ undivided attention and showed his contentment by snuggling, licking the girls’ hands, asking for treats, and enjoying being petted.

We thank the Scouts and their leader Sujata for the opportunity to visit and for the generous donation of dry cat food for our community cat feeders. We hope to visit again in the near future.

Cats Galore

Fun and Success at "Cat Things Galore!"

PAHS supporters, volunteers, and staff enjoyed our Saturday, October 15, event near the entrance to Palo Alto’s Mitchell Park Library in support of National Feral Cat Day and our spay-neuter fund. "Cat Things Galore!" was a fundraiser that encouraged donors to choose a gift as they made a donation to help our community (feral and stray) cats. Many visitors to our table left with serious or whimsical cat-themed items, and total donations for the day came to $410. This will fund spay surgery for six cats.

PAHS thanks our dedicated volunteers from Gunn (Palo Alto) and Pioneer (San Jose) high schools for their hard work and support.

Visit our Events page for upcoming PAHS events—we’re looking forward holding to another animal-themed fundraiser very soon!

Officer Thor

K-9 Partner Thor Visits Critter Club

Officers James Guevarra, a school resource officer, and Curtis Lau, a canine handler, from the Mountain View Police Department paid a special visit to Critter Club at Mariano Castro Elementary on Thursday, October 13. Students from grades 2 and 3 at the Beyond the Bell after-school program were thrilled to meet Officer Lau’s canine partner Thor, a 2.5-year old German Shepherd, and learn about the team’s work in tracking criminals, finding lost persons, and helping out in other kinds of emergencies.

Thor’s appearance highlighted Critter Club’s emphasis on communities helping animals and animals helping communities. Students’ questions for Officer Lau were varied and quite comprehensive, ranging from queries about Thor’s life at home to his tasks on the job to his extensive training. Everyone was amazed at Thor’s keen ability to follow commands in German, maintain calm composure at all times, track down and retrieve a missing object, and extend a paw of friendship… and all the students were thrilled to get the opportunity to pet Thor.


Back at Duveneck!

Students continued to learn about different kinds of service dogs at the PAHS–PAUSD pilot program at Duveneck Elementary School that features learning about dogs while also developing fine arts skills, in this case, photography. Cody (pictured at the left), the latest dog to participate in the program, is a trained and experienced service/therapy dog who visits hospitals, senior centers, and schools where he works to make people feel better and less stressed. Kathy, Cody’s person, answered the students’ insightful questions about Cody, and then one student read aloud to Cody to make him feel welcome. The session ended with Cody’s complete cooperation as students enjoyed petting him and practiced their growing photographic skills, with Cody as the main subject. Cody will return one more time for our final session at Duveneck.


Livy Visits Mariano Castro School

Livy, our veteran PAWS 2 PAHS cat volunteer, accompanied by PAHS Program Assistant Jaye Bergen and Education Manager Leonor Delgado, paid a visit to Beyond the Bell at the Mariano Castro Elementary School in Mountain View the afternoon of October 6. Second- and third-grade students in the Critter Club program were delighted to meet Livy and gave him a very warm welcome.

For the past several years Livy has helped us through his life story* in our discussion of homeless cats in our communities and how organizations like PAHS helps these cats through sponsoring spay-neuter, veterinary care, and fostering for adoption. *Livy—whose official name is “Livermore”—was found more than 10 years ago wandering homeless in the East Bay city of Livermore and, once in the care of one of our PAHS volunteers, Reine Flexer, showed himself to be a gentle, laidback guy in search of a forever, loving home. Reine has cared for Livy since then—he’s her very special boy!

At 16 years of age (80 cat years!), Livy is now way past retirement age, but he has very generously and selflessly continued to provide his services to PAHS. Livy will officially retire at the end of 2016. He will be very hard to replace! However, we are looking for cats who can continue in Livy’s tradition—visiting classrooms, clubs, and senior centers to help us teach people of all ages about cats. If you have a calm and gentle kitty who loves people and dotes on pets and scritches, and you are interested in working with PAHS’ education and outreach programs, please contact us at (650) 424-1901 or email us at We’d love to hear from you!

Mayor Burt reads

PAHS Celebrates World Animal Day at the Mitchell Park Library

On October 5 the City of Palo Alto Mitchell Park Library was the venue for a special afterschool session for children and parents in honor of World Animal Day. More than 40 children and their parents attended our program.

Mayor Pat Burt opened the program with a description of the duties of the mayor’s office followed by a reading from PAHS’ online book Trees Are Never Lonely. Sharon Ferguson, Art Coordinator at Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), then led the children in a discussion about drawing animals with special emphasis on students’ contributions toward the PAUSD–PAHS program "Adoptables Art." The children were then engaged in a fun activity as they learned to make simple drawings of pet animals.

The children also watched PAHS’ prize-winning video It’s A Dog’s Day and answered questions and offered comments about the video. The program closed with storytelling with animal-related books by Melissa Morwood, Senior Children’s Librarian at Mitchell Park Library.

PAHS thanks Mayor Pat Burt and the Mayor’s Office, Sharon Ferguson and PAUSD, and Melissa Morwood and all the Mitchell Park Library staff members who helped us for their support and participation in this very enjoyable educational program.

ABC News clip

PAHS Weighs in on Farmer’s Plea of Guilty on All Counts

PAHS has been supporting the families of the victims (cats) brutally killed by Robert Roy Farmer in September and October 2015 in the Cambrian district of San Jose. Farmer was apprehended last year, and thanks to the diligent efforts of the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office, which directed investigations by the San Jose Police Department, he was charged with 21 counts of felony animal cruelty and two misdemeanors. To the surprise of many, Farmer pleaded guilty to all counts October 4.

ABC aired coverage about the plea on that day’s 5 p.m. news. The reporter, Chris Nguyen, interviewed community members who were directly affected, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Ellis, and representatives of humane society and rescue groups in attendance at the proceedings. The footage includes a part of the statement made by Education Manager Leonor Delgado on behalf of PAHS regarding the importance of community education.

To watch the segment and read the report in its entirety, go to:

Rhea and Shannon

Critter Club at Mariano Castro School—Kids Meet Rhea and Shannon!

Rhea Sampson, an accomplished storyteller and composer, as well as a lifelong “dog person” and animal advocate, took Shannon, her Golden Retriever therapy dog, to the Mariano Castro Elementary School in Mountain View on Thursday, September 29. Students in the second and third grades from the Beyond the Bell after-school program who are enrolled in Critter Club had a special treat!

These students learned about safety around dogs and best practices in dog care, with Shannon as a model—Shannon was “totally cool” with demonstrating how she cooperates to have her fur and teeth brushed and was happy to show off all her tricks. The students also found out that Shannon is a hero dog, having rescued and fully accepted her little Terrier–Chihuahua mix brother who is now part of the household.

Everyone sang along with Rhea as she played her guitar and taught the students her original songs about Shannon and being kind to all animals. A special thank-you to Rhea and Shannon for their participation in Critter Club!


More News from Duveneck!

Wendell (shown on the left) and his person Suzanne joined the PAHS–PAUSD pilot program at Duveneck Elementary School to help our student dog aficionados learn about service dogs—Wendell was a service dog trainee—and practice their photography skills. The students asked excellent questions about Wendell and his training experience, and Wendell proved to be a very willing and cooperative model.

We’re all looking forward to a discussion about the photographs and additional insightful questions at our next session. Thank you, Wendell and Suzanne!

Behind Bars

PAHS Interviewed by C Magazine

C Magazine, Palo Alto High School’s (Paly’s) arts and culture magazine with online and print editions, just released an article about humane issues and concerns on the mid-Peninsula. The article, "To Love, Not To Kill," written by Nicole Li and Hollie Chaio, focuses on causes behind an increase in abandoned animals and shelter populations and underscores the need to find solutions to these problems.

PAHS education manager Leonor Delgado, interviewed for the article, calls upon Paly students to consider solutions and work toward implementing them. Other mid-Peninsula organizations covered in the article are Pets In Need, Nine Lives, and Palo Alto Animal Services.

To read the article in its entirety, to go:


PAHS and PAUSD Pilot a New Humane Education Program

PAHS and the Art Department of Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) are partnering to offer a pilot humane education program at Duveneck Elementary School. A small group of students, who are interested in animals in general and dogs in particular, are thrilled to have a weekly visitor of a companion animal and two PAHS representatives. Guided by their teacher, the students prepare a list of questions about the background, care, responsibilities, and benefits of having animal relationships. Discussions are conversational and based on an extended Q&A session around these questions.

Two integral goals of the program are (1) to encourage humane treatment and understanding of animals’ needs and (2) to promote the use of art in diverse forms—including photography, drawing, sketching, and painting—that will encourage the students to express their feelings about the dogs, who are visiting with them, as well as their relationship with companion animals in general.

The series of sessions, which will last through October, began on Tuesday, September 13. The first dog to visit the students was Toby, along with his person Kristina. We can’t decide who was happier to be at the session, Toby or the students!

Beechwood featured in San Jose Mercury News

Critter Club at Beechwood Featured in the Online San Jose Mercury News!

Readers of the September 1 edition of the San Jose Mercury News online had the opportunity to learn about this summer’s sessions of Critter Club at Beechwood School in Menlo Park. The article, written by PAHS Education Manager Leonor Delgado, presented the history of Critter Club at Beechwood and discussed the emphasis at this summer’s club sessions on service dogs and the ways in which they help people.

PAHS thanks Beechwood School (principal Dave Laurance and third-grade teacher Grace Bowermaster and all her students), our dedicated PAWS 2 PAHS dog and cat team education volunteers, and our Board member photographer, Steven Shpall, for all their wonderful contributions to the Critter Club program this summer.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Yappy Hour

Summer’s Last "Yappy Hour"

PAHS’ final “Yappy Hour” took place the evening of Wednesday, August 31, at the Poolside Grill of the Sheraton Palo Alto. Guests and their canine companions enjoyed a temperate summer evening and good company by the pool. The Sheraton very generously donated 20% of all food sales for the evening (dinners, desserts, and drinks), which totaled $455. Guests participating in the raffle contributed $130 to PAHS, and the two lucky winners drawn received brunch for two at the Cardinal Lounge in the nearby Westin Hotel and lunch for two at the Poolside Grill.

PAHS thanks the Sheraton staff for their hospitality and generosity at all three summer Yappy Hours. We are grateful for the wonderful opportunity provided by the Sheraton to offer a pleasant setting and fine dining for our supporters and their canine friends.

Girl Scout Troop 61067

Girl Scout Troop 61067 Helps Community Cats!

PAHS thanks Angela, Ann, Elise, and Kathleen from Girl Scout Troop 61067 for their generous donation of a feral (community) cat den. Some very lucky outdoor cats on the mid-Peninsula will be warmer this winter because of these Scouts’ concern.

PAHS always welcomes donations that will help the many colony and rescued cats we support—either monetary donations that go toward spay and neuter or emergency veterinary treatment or donations in kind, like the feral den the Scouts made pictured to the left or cat food and other supplies.

Beechwood Finale

Whitley at Final Critter Club Session at Beechwood

For the third grade at Beechwood School, this summer’s Critter Club ended Monday, August 1. Whitley, our youngest PAWS 2 PAHS canine volunteer, was in the classroom to accompany the students as they received their diplomas and posed for a class photo (see the photo to the left). Each student will receive a personal photo next to Whitley. Whitley was very pleased to help out and get all that attention! (She’s quite photogenic too.)

Before doing all this, Whitley—an 11-month old female Yellow Lab and Golden Retriever puppy—accompanied her person Suzanne in a discussion about her training to become a certified service dog and the kind of work she will do when she has been certified. The students had very interesting and insightful questions for Suzanne about service dogs in general and Whitley in particular. Of course, Whitley was very happy to get pets and hugs from all the students following the discussion.

Kathy Che, our volunteer videographer, was in the classroom to shoot more footage for a new video that will feature our PAWS 2 PAHS service dogs, the ways in which they help us, and why learning about service dogs is important in humane education. Thank you, Kathy!

PAHS and Beechwood also want to thank PAHS Board Member Steven Shpall for all the wonderful individual and class photos.


Second PAHS “Yappy Hour”

PAHS staff, volunteers, and supporters enjoyed the second of three scheduled “Yappy Hours” the evening of Wednesday, July 27, at the Poolside Grill at the Sheraton Palo Alto. The Sheraton very generously donated 20% of all dinner-, dessert-, and drink-related sales to PAHS totaling $750, as well as offered two prizes in a raffle for our guests—brunch for two at the Cardinal Lounge, and lunch for two at the Poolside Grill. A third raffle prize, donated by PAHS Board member Heather Planishek, was for two tickets to a music event at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Erin Scott from The Alchemy of Holism was on hand to provide clarity readings for attendees and their animal companions. Our favorite canine guest for the evening was Betsy from Companions in Waiting (shown in the photograph to the left). Betsy, a small Maltese and terrier mix, would love to be someone’s very sweet and attentive companion in a responsible animal-loving household.

Heartfelt thanks to the Sheraton, Heather, and Erin!

If you missed this “Yappy Hour,” consider joining us for dinner, dessert, or drinks at the final such event for the summer on Wednesday, August 31, at the Poolside Grill at the Sheraton Palo Alto.


It’s a Dog’s Day Is Now on the DCMP Educational Film List!

Described and Captioned Media (DCMP) is recommending the closed-caption version of It’s a Dog’s Day, PAHS’ mixed media film for educational use. DCMP is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the National Association of the Deaf. Its mission is to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning for students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.

Click here to watch DCMP’s trailer of It’s a Dog’s Day.


At Beechwood—Rubi "Shows Her Stuff"

Third graders at the Beechwood School participating in Critter Club this summer enjoyed a special visit July 25 from search and rescue dog Rubi and her handler Steve Garcia. Steve and Rubi volunteer for the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department and are called upon to aid in the search for missing persons. Their visit was the first of two Critter Club sessions devoted to animals who help us, with an emphasis on service dogs.

Steve explained how Rubi was trained to obey specific commands and learn how to find people in all kinds of terrains and situations. As the students observed, Rubi is very thorough and accurate when searching, and she is not distracted. When she finds someone, she is rewarded with a game of “fetch,” far preferable to her than a treat. Student volunteers and their teacher challenged Ruby to find them, and true to form, Ruby did not disappoint anyone!

PAHS Board Member Steven Shpall, a professional photographer, documented the session, as did our volunteer videographer Kathy Che. Thank you, Steven and Kathy!

And thank you, Steve and Rubi!

Theresa Silvestri

“Peaceable Kingdom” Exhibit in Menlo Park

Visitors to the Portola Art Gallery in Menlo Park the afternoon of Saturday, July 23, were treated to a lovely reception for artist Theresa Silvestri’s latest series of animal-themed watercolor paintings. “Peaceable Kingdom” features paintings that capture the expression, personality, and essence of domestic, farm, and wild animals. The artist donated a portion of her sales that day to PAHS toward veterinary care for needy animals on the Peninsula and advocacy for these animals.

The exhibit will continue through July 31. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop at the Portola Art Gallery (at Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park) to enjoy a special treat.

About Cats

At Beechwood—All About Cats

The morning of July 11, third-grade students at Beechwood School participating in this summer’s Critter Club were visited by two cats and their people for a session about cat body language, safety around cats, best practices in taking care of cats, strays in their neighborhoods, and caring for pre-wean kittens and other fostered cats.

The two cats were first-timers at Critter Club—Cherubino with his person, mid-Peninsula rescuer and foster Deborah Buck and Ricky with his person, Joanna Tang, a local “foster mom” for Companions in Waiting and, prior to that, Peninsula CatWorks. Both Deborah and Joanna are active volunteers for PAHS education programs. Deborah has participated in discussions about animal welfare, and Joanna has written educational materials for PAHS.

The students learned about Ricky as they followed Joanna’s presentation about pre-weans and foster cats—Ricky has been fostered by Joanna since he was a small kitten, and he’s now more than a year old. The students were treated to online photos of Ricky as he grew from a kitten to an adult cat.

Deborah taught the students about the importance of adopting from local shelters, which is how she found Cherubino. Cherubino is a high-functioning “wobbly” (or cerebellar hypoplasia) cat. As they met and petted Cherubino the students saw firsthand that disabled cats can be excellent and loving pets (see the photo to the left).

PAHS Education Manager Leonor Delgado used photographs in describing the body language of happy vs. frightened or angry felines. She also demonstrated how rescuers use traps to pull in cats for spay-neuter and vaccinations in TNR (trap-neuter-return) situations, and in the case of abandoned tame cats and young kittens, for foster programs leading to adoption.

Throughout the session, volunteer videographer Kathy Che filmed footage for future PAHS educational material.

Tommy Bahama

Thanks, Tommy Bahama!

The afternoon of Saturday, July 9, when Tommy Bahama at Stanford Shopping Center hosted a fundraiser for PAHS, was great fun for shoppers and visitors, some of whom were accompanied by their canine companions.

Joining PAHS staff were a large number of canine visitors in the capacity of volunteers. The first to make their appearance was the Pug contingent—Minnie and Max the Pugs, who were soon followed by Mattie the Pug and a small army of Pug fans, both canine and human. All three featured Pugs, Minnie, Max, and Matti, greeted customers at the entrance to the store. They were very fashionably dressed, in Tommy Bahama style, for the event.

Then, Wendy arrived, with two volunteers from Palo Alto Animal Services (PAAS). Wendy is a sweet, loving, and gentle Pit Bull mix, currently up for adoption at PAAS. Wendy had a wonderful time at the event greeting Tommy Bahama customers and staff and PAHS people and making friends with everyone. (In the photo to the left, she has become best friends with one of the store’s staff members.)

More about Wendy… She was found in January, already spayed, but lacking in manners. She is a great example of successful shelter dog enrichment—all that, plus her positive attitude! PAAS staff and volunteers play with her, train her, and keep her healthy and happy. She is in the midst of obedience classes to be certified as a Canine Good Citizen. We are hoping for a wonderful adoptive home for her!

We at PAHS thank Tommy Bahama for a most memorable afternoon and a very generous donation of $454.60, representing 10% of the afternoon’s sales.

Joey D

Yappy Hour at the Sheraton Palo Alto

The first Sheraton-sponsored Yappy Hour of the season for the evening of June 29 was a great success! This fun and relaxing event raised $942.41, in addition to gaining new friends, both human and canine, for PAHS. Joey D, pictured to the left, is one of our new canine buddies, and he’s up for adoption. If you’re interested in Joey D, don’t hesitate to check him out at Companions in Waiting, a local rescue group that PAHS partners with for animal advocacy events and educational visits.

The Sheraton held a raffle with prizes (a nice bottle of wine, brunch for two at the Cardinal Lounge, and lunch for two at the Poolside Grill) for three lucky guest winners.

Also featured at the Yappy Hour were poolside Clarity Readings by Erin Scott from The Alchemy of Holism. Erin answered questions from guests about their current life situations and their dogs. She will attend the upcoming Yappy Hours.

We thank the Sheraton for sponsoring this wonderful event!

Join us for upcoming Yappy Hours as the summer unfolds:
Wednesday, July 26, and Wednesday, August 31
5:30 p.m. to restaurant closing<
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New Critter Club at Beechwood School in Menlo Park

June 20 marked the start of a new set of Critter Club sessions at Beechwood School in Menlo Park, and the June 27 session provided an opportunity for Taro, our most recent PAWS 2 PAHS canine recruit, accompanied by his people Denise and her son Darrin, to make his educational debut.

Taro is a 12-year old rescue, a Yellow Labrador Retriever who was found abandoned on the side of a busy road, malnourished and in need of veterinary attention. Denise and her family took Taro to a veterinary clinic where he was treated and prescribed medications. Taro stayed with the family and then accompanied them, all the way from Taiwan, when they resettled in California.

The third-grade class at Beechwood enjoyed hearing Taro’s story and meeting him personally. Taro was equally pleased! Before meeting Taro and petting him, the students reviewed best practices in caring for pet dogs, ways to read dogs’ body language, and standards for safe behavior around dogs.

All of us at PAHS and Beechwood thank Denise, Darrin, and Taro for their participation in Critter Club!

PAWS 2 PAHS Therapy Dog Teams at Lytton Gardens

Cody and Jesse, who are two of our PAHS 2 PAHS therapy dogs accompanied PAHS staff Jaye Bergen, Program Assistant, and Leonor Delgado, Education Manager, in a special visit at Lytton Gardens in Palo Alto on Wednesday, June 22. The senior residents were delighted to meet these dogs and their people Kathy and Chris. The dogs had a great time too! They readily became part of the circle—as Jesse is doing in the photo to the left—to seek out pets as well as sit on residents’ laps and make sure to show everyone how gentle and obedient they are. Residents also learned about PAHS’ long-term service on the Peninsula as well the work we currently do in local communities.


Thank You to Patxi’s!

PAHS staff, volunteers, and supporters met for dinner at Patxi’s Pizza in downtown Palo Alto the evening of June 9. We had a wonderful time! On that day Patxi’s donated a percentage of its sales for all dining at the restaurant and takeout orders placed at the restaurant, as well as for all orders called in or placed online.

Patxi’s donation to PAHS totaled $571.30. Thank you, Patxi’s, for your ongoing support for the animals!

Pet Food Depot

New PAHS Donation Bin for Cat Food at Pet Food Depot, Redwood City

Pet Food Depot has very generously offered to house a donation bin for cat food at the store’s Redwood City location to help PAHS continue to support local rescuers of abandoned and community (feral) cats. (PAHS also provides veterinary care for these cats, when needed, through our Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) program.

Rescuers need dry food, which is the staple food used in maintaining community cat colonies. However, we also accept wet (canned or pouch) food, which rescuers feed older colony cats, and cat litter of any kind for cat fosters.

If you shop at Pet Food Depot, Redwood City, please consider making a donation in kind to PAHS. Here is the store information:
Pet Food Depot
1281 Veterans Boulevard
Redwood City 94063
(650) 364-5000
Hours of operation:
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Girl Scouts Donate to Help Sick and Injured Pets

Girl Scout troops meeting at Oak Avenue School in Los Altos banded together to donate proceeds ($138) from their cookie sales to the PAHS P.E.T. Help program, citing the need to help sick and injured animals. The troops received a PAHS Proclamation of Compassion (shown at the left) naming them official PAHS Humane Ambassadors!

We thank all the members of these troops for their compassion and generosity.

Critter Club

Critter Club Finale at Theuerkauf Elementary

Beyond the Bell students at Theuerkauf Elementary in Mountain View had their final Critter Club sessions on Thursday, May 19. The students reviewed key concepts learned throughout the program, with a special emphasis on service and therapy dogs and other working domestic animals. They received Critter Club t-shirts and diplomas and celebrated with class and group photos.

PAHS Participates in the Annual Pet-A- Palooza Event!

The PAHS table at Pet-A- Palooza, Saturday, May 14, at Town & Country Village in Palo Alto, attracted numerous visitors who learned about recommended disaster preparedness measures for households with pets and the work PAHS does to help local animals in need. Pet-A- Palooza itself was a meeting point for locals with their canine friends. Many dogs appeared in costume and were entered in contests for Best-Dressed Canine and Most Original Costume, among others.

PAHS at Cardinal Nights’ De-stress Fest

Cardinal Nights, Stanford University’s premier alcohol-free event-planning committee, invited PAHS to participate in a De-stress Fest to help students relax before upcoming Spring Quarter final exams and other end-of-quarter academic stressors. Every quarter Cardinal Nights offers more than a dozen events to encourage safe social behavior around campus. Calm and gentle dogs were requested for this de-stress gathering.

PAWS 2 PAHS canine volunteers Kimberly and Wendell, both former service dogs, were more than prepared for this task. They, along with a third canine friend Whitley, a young service dog in training, plus their person, Suzanne Attenborough, and Jaye Bergen, PAHS’ Program Assistant, visited with Stanford students the night of May 13. As you can see in the photo, all three canines proved to be very popular guests!

Shannon and Rhea

Shannon Visits Friends Nursery School

Shannon and her person Rhea spent part of the afternoon on May 10 at Palo Alto Friends Nursery School to teach preschoolers about dogs. Shannon enjoyed showing the children how cooperative she is when she gets her teeth and fur brushed, and to the children’s delight, she demonstrated how well she follows commands. Rhea taught the children several songs about dog care and kindness to animals as she played her guitar and sang along with the children. All the children had the opportunity to ask questions about dogs and their behavior—they had very good questions.

Everyone was very happy to pet Shannon—it’s a toss up whether Shannon or the children were more pleased with the day’s visit!

May Fete 2016

PAHS, Pooches, and Float at May Fête

The PAHS contingent at Palo Alto’s annual May Fête Parade, Saturday, May 7, included staff and volunteers, several friendly canine companions, and a float built by YCS volunteers at Gunn High School.

The float received Honorable Mention from the judging committee, and our canine companions received friendly pets and waves from the people who lined the streets along the parade route. The dogs were thrilled to get so much attention! All of us had a wonderful time and were very happy to participate again this year.

Three Dogs

Not One, But Three!

Students at Mountain View’s Theuerkauf Elementary’s Beyond the Bell afterschool program were expecting to see Chief, a very special service dog, at their May 5 Critter Club sessions. However, Chief’s person, Sonja, and a friend of hers, Mary, had another idea in mind. They arrived at the school with Chief plus two of his best buddies, Quincy Jones, and Freddie Mercury. (Photo: left to right people—Sonja, Mary; left to right dogs—Chief, Freddie, Quincy)

Quincy and Freddie are wonderful and loving pets, while Chief, who in no way falls short in the “loving” category, is a working dog, and students learned about the differences between working dogs and pets. They also were able to watch Chief in action as he showed them a few of the jobs he does—retrieving and delivering items and removing clothing (jackets and socks). Student volunteers were thrilled to be able to work with Chief and give him treats as rewards.

All the students had the opportunity to meet and greet all three canine visitors. They were also treated to a very moving and informative video about Chief’s life from puppy to full-fledged service dog and learn more about the tasks service dogs perform.

PAHS thanks Sonja and Chief and Mary and Quincy Jones and Freddie Mercury for their invaluable contributions to Critter Club!

Livy and Jaye

Friends Nursery School Students Meet Livy!

PAWS 2 PAHS veteran cat volunteer Livy accompanied Jaye Bergen, PAHS Program Assistant, and Leonor Delgado, PAHS Humane Educator, at Palo Alto Friends Nursery School the afternoon of May 4. Young preschoolers learned all about Livy—how he was rescued and helped by a veterinarian and cat rescue volunteers, what breed of cat he is (Maine Coon), what he likes to do, and how the students should pet Livy, and what they need to do to take good care of cats. Our focus was safety—for both cats (living indoors) and children (not pulling cats’ tails, not chasing cats).

Livy was a champ! He very much enjoyed all the attention, and PAHS appreciates the wonderful cat portraits the students drew.


Blondie Begins Volunteer Service!

Blondie, a rescued Siamese mix cat, began volunteering in the PAWS 2 PAHS program with a first-time appearance in two Critter Club sessions for the Beyond the Bell afterschool program at Theuerkauf Elementary in Mountain View the afternoon of April 21. Blondie was delighted to receive pets from the enthusiastic students. Her person Deborah, a local rescuer who adopts out cats and kittens on the Peninsula, was happy to answer the students’ many insightful questions.

The students learned about efforts to reduce local stray and feral cat populations and watched a PowerPoint presentation about caring for pre-wean kittens. They were also instructed in proper care for pet cats, the best way to approach and pet a cat, and how to decipher cat body language.

May Fete

YCS at Gunn Helps PAHS for May Fête

Gunn High School students participating in Youth Community Service (YCS) are volunteering for PAHS to build a float for this year’s May Fête Parade. Sophia C., Pauline H., Zoe L., and Abby K. have created an original design and brought it to life for the float, mounting the plywood onto a wagon. They are in the process of painting the float, which will be ready for the parade.

The May Fête Parade will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in downtown Palo Alto along University Avenue. PAHS will join other participants—community groups, schools, and nonprofits—in the parade. PAHS will submit the float in several categories for competition.


PAHS at Opening of “Adoptables” Exhibition

“Adoptables Art” is a program jointly sponsored by the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) and Palo Alto Humane Society and has been in operation for two years. The art featured in this year’s exhibition are paintings by fifth-grade students at Duveneck Elementary of adoptable animals at local shelters interpreted from photographs of the animals—the photographers are Jill Thompson and Amy Watt, a student at Gunn High School.

The 2016 exhibition was launched on April 18 at the PAUSD offices at 25 Churchill Avenue in Palo Alto and will continue through April 29. PAHS staff and volunteers in attendance on the opening day were happy to see that this year’s paintings also included adoptable shelter cats. The paintings are colorful and whimsical or serious and succeed in capturing each animal’s special qualities.

Once the exhibition leaves the PAUSD offices, six of the “Adoptables” paintings will form part of the Youth Art Show at the Palo Alto Art Center from April 30 through May 22. The remainder will hang in the Rinconada Library. Do stop by at these venues to appreciate the students’ efforts and enjoy beautiful and original animal portraits.


Jesse Stars in Critter Club at Theuerkauf Elementary!

Critter Club has opened a new series of sessions at the Beyond the Bell afterschool program this spring at Theuerkauf Elementary in Mountain View. On Thursday, April 7, Jesse, an experienced therapy dog accompanied by his person Chris, made his classroom debut at two Theuerkauf Critter Club sessions, one with second and third graders and another with fourth and fifth graders. Jesse is our newest PAWS 2 PAHS canine volunteer.

Jesse's usual venue is senior residences, but you would never have known that! He was an enthusiastic participant at both sessions, happy to meet all the students and give them welcoming licks and play bows! We're looking forward to seeing Jesse at other upcoming PAHS events and classroom sessions.

A big thanks to Chris and Jesse!

cows, pigs and chickens

PAHS Spends Easter Sunday at Rosewood Sand Hill

Executive Director Carole Hyde and Program Assistant Jaye Bergen represented PAHS at the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel's special Easter Sunday benefit on March 27 in Menlo Park. This annual event is designed for children and their families, who are treated to soft drinks, cupcakes, and candies and can enjoy decorating Easter-themed cookies. Young attendees also have the opportunity to meet local farm animals who double as pets, including a pony, ducks, rabbits, miniature goats, chickens, and small pigs.

We thank the staff at Rosewood Sand Hill for their ongoing support of PAHS, the recipient of this year's donations, which were destined for the Spay-Neuter Fund. Generous guests contributed $450, which would spay five cats or four dogs or three rabbits.

PAHS Presents at CABE 2016 in San Francisco

PAHS Humane Educator Leonor Delgado and Board Member Maureen Allen were invited to the annual conference of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), held in San Francisco between March 23 and 26. Leonor and Maureen's presentation, "Mow Wow! Bilingual Advocacy for Animals: A California Assembly Resolution," focused on the process PAHS follows that led to making ACR 144 (Assembly Concurrent Resolution 144) a reality. ACR 144 incorporates the teaching of humane principles and practices in the overall schema of character education and reinforces the earlier mandate in the California Education Code to include humane education in the classroom. Mow Wow Animals, developed by PAHS, also discussed in the presentation, provides California elementary teachers with a complete bilingual (Spanish-English) curriculum around humane education.

Be on the lookout for more news about ACR 144, which is scheduled to come before the Assembly Education Committee by mid-April.


Max Starts Working for PAHS at Girl Scout Meeting!

Our newest PAWS 2 PAHS canine volunteer Max, a rescued Beagle, joined his person Dona and PAHS Humane Educator Leonor Delgado at a meeting of Girl Scout Troop 61169 on Thursday, March 17, at Springer Elementary in Mountain View. Max and his companions were very happy to have the troop's undivided attention as they learned about caring for a pet dog, meeting and greeting a new dog, and recognizing what dogs are telling us through their body language. Max was happiest, though, when it came time for all the Girl Scouts to pet him! PAHS thanks everyone for the very generous donation of dry cat food, which will be used by Dona to feed her community cat colonies.

Phillip Brooks School

PAHS Provides Information at Phillips Brooks

Third-grade teachers at Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park invited PAHS Humane Educator Leonor Delgado to attend a session on Friday, March 11, to answer questions about animals for a research-based project some of their students are working on. This particular group of third graders chose the topic "animals" from a list of suggestions, and as part of their project they are required to interview local experts. With questions that ranged from concerns about endangered species to issues pertaining to homeless pets and pet care, the students proved to be well acquainted with their basic areas of research. Their next step is to conduct online and library research on a specific theme they choose to learn more about.

PAHS Teaches Girl Scouts About Cats

On Monday, March 7, Jaye Bergen, PAHS Program Assistant, and Leonor Delgado, PAHS Humane Educator, joined Livy, our most experienced PAWS 2 PAHS Cat Volunteer, at a meeting of Daisy Scout Troop 62687 in Menlo Park. The Scouts very much enjoyed meeting Livy and finding out about how he was rescued as well as the ways in which PAHS helps community cats (abandoned pets, kittens born outside, and feral cats). The girls asked very thoughtful and insightful questions, and they are looking forward to a follow-up Kiddies 2 Kitties session with PAHS at one of our partner shelters.


Toby Meets the Cub Scouts!

Cub Scout Pack 870, which meets at the Stratford School in Palo Alto, wanted to learn about kindness to animals and caring for pets, so the afternoon of Friday, March 4, Toby, accompanied by his people Kristina and her daughter Sammy, had the opportunity to teach them. Enthusiastic Scouts peppered Kristina and Sammy, as well as PAHS Humane Educator Leonor Delgado, with questions about dogs in general and Toby in particular. Toby was a very helpful participant as he showed everyone his tricks and more than willingly allowed us to pet and cuddle with him. We thank the Scouts and their parents for their very generous donation of cat food to PAHS to help feed homeless cats.

PAHS at Monta Loma VIP Reading Day

VIP Reading Day is an annual event at Monta Loma Elementary in Mountain View at which visitors from the greater community have the opportunity to read to students at the school. This year's VIP Reading Day took place on Friday, March 4, and the PAHS Humane Educator Leonor Delgado once again took part by reading The Little Blue Truck, English and Spanish versions of this popular book about farm animals who come to the truck's rescue, to a lively group of kindergartners. PAHS also donated both versions to the class along with a music CD to accompany the English version recorded by Billie Bandermann, voice instructor at De Anza College, with music score by Lothar Bandermann.

Head Start

PAHS Offers Critter Club at Head Start in East Palo Alto

Between February 19 and March 1 Critter Club visited the Magnolia site of Head Start in East Palo Alto to offer sessions to 60 preschool children and give them the opportunity to meet and greet gentle pets and learn about caring for them. Following sessions in which, along with PAHS' humane educator Leonor Delgado, they decided who was their favorite animal, the preschoolers were then treated to guitar music and song from local educator and storyteller Rhea Sampson with her Golden Retriever Shannon. In subsequent sessions they chanted with Jo Hamilton, retired early childhood teacher and founder of the local rescue group Companions in Waiting, and learned about caring for cats and how to pet them, "practicing" with Jo's Riley, an amazingly gentle older cat. At the final session, Suzanne Attenborough introduced the children to Wendell, a retired service dog, also a Golden Retriever, and everyone took group and class photos. (Click here to meet all our volunteer animals through PAWS 2 PAHS.)

Castro Critter Club Finale

Finale at Mariano Castro Critter Club

Students, staff, and visitors enjoyed the final session of Critter Club held Thursday, February 4. Everyone wore a Critter Club t-shirt, and they were treated to an interesting discussion with Patrick Pedrotti, Field Services Manager at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA), the animal shelter serving Mountain View, site of Mariano Castro Elementary. Students learned about shelter-related activities as well as the rescue of a special kitten who now lives with Patrick and his family. Thank you, Patrick!

Students also had a second chance to greet Sammie, one of our PAWS 2 PAHS canine volunteers. Sammie was very cooperative about posing with all the students for class portraits. Thank you, Janiq and Sammie, for visiting Critter Club again!

Chief in Video

Chief Visits Critter Club!

Students at Mariano Castro Elementary’s Critter Club, meeting in a combined session with all students from Beyond the Bell’s grades 2 through 5, greeted a special visitor and his person on Thursday, January 28. Chief, a small and very endearing and earnest service dog, and his person Sonja went to the school to teach Critter Club students about the duties of service dogs working with disabled people and the kind of training service dogs need to be able to perform well on the job.

The students first saw a video about Chief and Sonja, appropriately titled Chief, which detailed Chief’s life story, his partnership with Sonja, and his path to becoming a working service dog. Sonja has trained other service dogs in addition to Chief, and through the video the students became acquainted with these dogs as well as colleagues of Sonja who work with service dogs. The students also learned what constitutes proper behavior around service dogs.

Then the students got to see Chief in action, observing the tasks he performs to help Sonja such as opening cupboard doors, retrieving and delivering items (medicines, cards, cell phones, and the like), and removing socks and jackets. Students also participated in working with Chief—he retrieved items for them, pulled off their socks and jackets, followed directions to move to the left or right, and very happily enjoyed the treats they gave him.

The combined session was a huge hit for students, and we’re sure Chief was very proud of his accomplishments, as was his person Sonja and us at PAHS. Way to go, Chief!

Kathy & Cody

Daisy Scouts Meet Cody!

Daisy Scouts from Troop 61857 at Lucille E. Nixon Elementary in Palo Alto participated in a meet and greet a new dog activity the afternoon of Wednesday, January 27. These kindergartners were very happy to visit with Cody, their special canine visitor, and Cody’s person Kathy.

The Daisies had already dedicated learning and discussion time to pet care. Volunteer Kathy and PAHS Humane Educator Leonor were very impressed with their knowledge of the needs of dogs and other pets and best practices in caring for them.

Janiq and Sammie

Castro Critter Club Welcomes Sammie!

Sammie, our latest PAWS 2 PAHS recruit, and her person Janiq joined PAHS at the Mariano Castro School’s Critter Club January 21, to help teach students about dog care and safety around dogs. The students were delighted to meet her and watch her show how she easily obeyed commands, and Sammie was equally delighted.

Critter Club teaches elementary age students about animal care and welfare, and previous sessions focused on the concepts of humane behavior and best practices in cat care and ways we can help community cats and kittens. Castro students will continue to meet different dogs throughout the remainder of the program—first Chief, a service dog who provides medical support and then a shelter dog from Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) who will accompany one of the Animal Control Officers in a discussion about animal shelters.

MLK Day Group

Kimberly Joins the PAHS Team at Palo Alto’s MLK Family Day of Service

The City of Palo Alto partnered with Youth Community Services and several local nonprofits including PAHS for the sixth annual Martin Luther King Day celebration and day of service on January 18. This year’s event, which took place at the Mitchell Park Community Center was very well attended.

Joining PAHS staff and volunteers was Kimberly, a six-year old Yellow Labrador Retriever and former service dog. Kimberly is PAHS’ most recent PAWS 2 PAHS dog volunteer. She was thrilled to greet visitors to the PAHS table where they learned about PAHS’ community programs and educational endeavors. PAHS was also asked to give a short talk to event attendees and YCS volunteers about our work in the community.


PAHS Talks About Cats at Lytton Gardens

Senior residents at Lytton Gardens, a multi-level care community in downtown Palo Alto, attended a PAHS presentation on Monday, January 11 about fostering or adopting older cats. PAHS Program Assistant Jaye Bergen and Humane Educator Leonor Delgado underscored health and companionship as prime benefits of sharing a residence with an older cat companion. They also provided information about the PAHS veterinary assistance programs that help senior citizens on fixed incomes to care for their pets. On hand to show everyone how laid back and gentle a senior cat can be was PAWS 2 PAHS cat volunteer Livy (shown at the left), a 15-year old tame cat originally abandoned at a community colony.

Lytton Gardens allows residents to have pets, and several of the attendees have taken advantage of this, including a few who have been helped by PAHS. PAHS thanks the staff at Lytton Gardens for giving us the opportunity to meet some of the residents and learn about their experiences with pets as well as answer their questions. We hope to return to the center in the near future to talk about dogs and dog care.

Brooklyn Papillon

Girl Scout Troop 60963 Visit “Kiddies to Kitties” at SVACA

Thirteen young Girl Scouts from Troop 60963, consisting of Daisy Scouts and Brownies and accompanied by their troop leaders and parents, joined PAHS the morning of Saturday, January 9, at Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) in Santa Clara. They were there to learn about animal shelter operations and participate in Kiddies 2 Kitties, PAHS’ shelter-based reading program for young students.

The Scouts were first treated to a Q&A and debriefing, a tour of the shelter, and a petting session with Brooklyn, a very friendly and young Papillon–Chihuahua mix dog currently residing at the shelter. They then visited the cat rooms where they read aloud to friendly cats and kittens and practiced socialization skills with these cats. The cats—and the Scouts—very much enjoyed these sessions, and each participating Scout received an Animal Shelter badge.

Kiddies 2 Kitties sessions at SVACA are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month. Call PAHS at (650) 424-1901 for more information. Girl Scout troops in particular love the combination of learning about the shelter and having the opportunity to meet the cats “hands on.”

Castro Drawing

Two New Critter Clubs at Mariano Castro School

On Thursday, January 7, PAHS began sessions for two new Critter Clubs at Mariano Castro Elementary in Mountain View—one club for grades 2 and 3 and another club for grades 4 and 5. All new club members are attendees of the Beyond the Bell after- school program. Critter Clubs are the backbone of PAHS community education programs in public and private elementary schools and preschool centers. Our first meetings at Castro featured an information exchange about pets and pet care. Students applied their artistic talents and writing skills to tell us about their pets. Future sessions will focus on community and pet cats, safety around dogs and dog care, and service dogs working in mobility assistance and medical alert.

Happy Feet

The PAHS 107th Anniversary Gala Was a Success!

In spite of the gloomy weather the evening of Thursday, December 3, 2015, our guests very much enjoyed our feature film, Happy Feet, and the wonderful magic show offered by Patrick Livingstone, Magician Unique, visiting all the way from Chicago. Everyone was treated to bagpipe music by Jeff Campbell and entertaining exchanges between Emmy-nominated composer Philip Giffin and Mystery by Design’s Marilyn Kanes, who collaborated to emcee the evening’s event.

For interviews of gala special guests and other partygoers, click here.

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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).