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Film and Book Recommendations


Arctic Tale (2007) – See the trailer here
Buck (2011) – See the trailer here
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) – See the trailer here
Dark Waters Raising (2006) - See the trailer here
Death on a Factory Farm: Animal Rights on Trial, HBO (2009) – See the trailer here
Earthlings (2003) – See the trailer here
Food, Inc. (2009) – See the trailer here
Food Matters (2008) – See the trailer here
Life (2010) – See highlights here
March of the Penguins (2005) – See the trailer here
Nature, PBS series: “Why We Love Cats and Dogs” (2009) - See the full episode here
Peaceable Kingdom (2004) – See the trailer here
Planet Earth (One Life) BBC series – See the trailer here
Sharkwater (2007) – See the trailer here
The Cove (2009) – See the trailer here
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2005) – See the trailer here
The Witness: A Tribe of Heart Documentary (2000) – See the trailer here
Winged Migration (2001) – See the trailer here
Wolves: A Legend Returns to Yellowstone (2007) – See the trailer here


Alicia Silverstone

The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide to Feeling Great, Losing Weight, and Saving the Planet

Amy Stewart

The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms

Barbara Kingsolver

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Carol J. Adams

The Sexual Politics of Meat

David S. Wilcove

No Way Home: The Decline of the World's Great Animal Migrations

Erik Marcus

Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money

Erin E. Williams, Margo Demello

Why Animals Matter: The Case for Animal Protection

Eugene Linden

The Octopus and the Orangutan

Frances Moore Lappe

Diet for a Small Planet

Gene Baur

Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson

Altruistic Armadillos and Zenlike Zebras
Dogs Have the Strangest Friends: Other True Stories of Animal Feelings
Dogs Never Lie About Love
Raising the Peaceable Kingdom
The Cat Who Came in from the Cold: A Fable
The Evolution of Fatherhood
The Face on Your Plate
The Nine Emotional Lives of Cat: A Journey into the Feline Heart
The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Susan McCarthy

When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals

Joe Camp

The Soul of a Horse

Karen Dawn

Thanking the Monkey: Rethinking the Way We Treat Animals

Kathy Freston

Quantum Wellness

Lucy Spelman

The Rhino With Glue-On Shoes: And Other Surprising True Stories of Zoo Vets and their Patients

Mark Bekoff

Animals at Play
Animals Matter
Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare
Minding Animals
Readings in Animals Cognition
Species of Mind
Strolling with our Kin
The Cognitive Animal
The Emotional Lives of Animals
The Smile of a Dolphin

Mark Bekoff, Jane Goodall

The Ten Trusts

Mark Bekoff, Jessica Pierce

Wild Justice

Mark Bekoff, et. al.

Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships
How Animals Talk

Mark Hawthorne

Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism

Marti Kheel

Nature Ethics: An Ecofeminist Perspective

Matthew Scully

Dominion: The Power of Man, The Suffering of Animals, and A Call to Mercy

Melanie Joy

Strategic Action for Animals
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism

Michael Pollan

All articles:
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

Monica Diedrich

What Animals Tell Me

Nathan Winograd

Redemption:The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America

Nick Trout

Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon

Nicolette Hahn Niman

Righteous Pork Chop

Nim Chimpsky

The Chimp Who Would Be Human

Peter Singer, Paola Cavalieri

The Great Ape Project: Equality Beyond Humanity

Roger Fouts

Next of Kin: What Chimpanzees Have Taught Me About Who We Are

Satish Kumar

You Are, Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence
Spiritual Compass: The Three Qualities of Life

Susan Chernak McElroy

Animals as teacher and Healer

Sy Montgomery

The Good Good Pig: The Extraordinary Life of Christopher Hogwood

Ted Andrews

Animal Wise
The Animal Speak Workbook.

Tim Friend

Animal Talk: Breaking the Codes of Animal Language

Verlyn Klinkenborg

Timothy; or Notes of an Abject Reptile

Zoe Weil

Above All, Be Kind: Raising a Humane Child in Challenging Times
The Power and Promise of Humane Education

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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).