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Palo Alto Society Education Programs
Mow Wow Animals
Pre-K – 5 Curriculum Lessons in Humane Education Animals Everywhere Classroom Presentations
Adoptables Art Kids Paint Shelter Animals Critter Club: Connecting Kids, Parents and Communities
Kiddies 2 Kitties Kids Read Books to Shelter Animals It's a Dog's Day – Film Teaching Compassion Through the Arts
Trees Are Never Lonely A PAHS Book for Children Creating a Humane World Internships for Students
Mow Wow Animals Pre-K – 5 Curriculum Lessons in Humane Education

Mow Wow Animals is a K–5 curriculum created to build a foundation for a lifelong sense of ethics and compassion. The lessons engage students’ empathy and imagination while merging humane education with literature, arts, science, and social science. Additional interactive enrichment activities connect parents, teachers, and students to local animal shelters. Mow Wow Animals’ multicultural, bilingual curriculum is designed to assist teachers in fulfilling California’s humane education requirement and aligns with language arts and science benchmarks.

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“Mow Wow humane lessons encouraged great discussions amongst my students on the care and needs of animals in their homes and neighborhoods. The delightful film, It’s A Dog’s Day, helped them identify with the universal emotions of love, respect and belonging.”

For Mow Wow Animals, click here.

Animals Everywhere Classroom Presentations

Animals Everywhere provides presentations to classrooms, civic organizations, and other interested groups on animal welfare and rights and the responsibilities of people for the care of animals. PAHS education teams visit the site, often accompanied by an animal ambassador from our PAWS 2 PAHS program. Students and teachers, as well as adult audiences, love these presentations that provide valuable information and allow for interaction with animals. Presentations can be customized to audiences and topics.

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Adoptables Art Kids Paint Shelter Animals

PAHS partners with local school district art departments to connect young students with shelter animals through the visual arts. Under the guidance of school art teachers, students learn how to recognize the essence of another being, and their soulful paintings help promote the adoption of dogs and cats in local shelters. Through Adoptables Art, students become humane advocates, empathizing with the animals they draw and paint.

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Critter Club: Connecting Kids, Parents and Communities

PAHS’ Education Ambassadors bring live animals and Critter Club lessons directly to the classroom. Children and teachers have the opportunity to interact with the animals and learn about animal care, neighborhood animals, and wild animals. Each child receives recognition of his or her participation with a Critter Club certificate. Additionally, take-home lessons encourage family discussion on kindness to animals and on building healthy, happy neighborhoods.

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Kiddies 2 Kitties Kids Read Books to Shelter Animals

PAHS provides the books, local animal shelters provide the cats, and local schools help children connect with this wonderful reading program that gives children the opportunity to read to cats (and dogs) in the shelter. The program is good for shy, underdeveloped readers and other special needs students who would benefit from helping to socialize shelter animals. And the cats (and dogs) have companionship for a brief interlude and the possibility of adoption.

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It's a Dog's Day – Film Teaching Compassion Through the Arts

Produced by the Palo Alto Humane Society, this award-winning, ten-minute film tells the story of a compassionate community that rides to the rescue of a sad and lonely dog. The film represents a unique collaboration of art forms and artists, combining puppet artistry, circus art, mime, and dogs trained in theater performance. It’s A Dog’s Day received a 2015 Telly Award for “creativity, skill, and dedication to the mission of humane education.” The film is accessible for the visually and hearing impaired.

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Trees Are Never Lonely A PAHS Book for Children

Written by author James Church for the Palo Alto Humane Society, this story emphasizes the connections among people, animals, and the world of trees. Illustrations are by local artist Erin Scott.

Open and read “Trees are Never Lonely” (Requires Flash)

Download PDF and read "Trees are Never Lonely"
Download PDF and read "Los árboles nunca están solos" (En Español)

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Creating a Humane World Internships for Students

PAHS works with students from junior high school through college to create and advise on individual projects for college or community service on topics related to animal welfare and rights.

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PAWS 2 PAHS Community Visits

Volunteers trained in humane issues visit classrooms with their well-behaved and child friendly companion dogs or trained therapy or service animals to connect with young people. Topics of discussion include the responsibility of people to animals, animal care, and ways in which animals work in and help the community. Teams are available also to visit care facilities and community organizations.

Here are our PAWS 2 PAHS canine volunteers

RookieRookie (Emeritus)
SammieSammie (Emeritus)
TaroTaro (Emeritus)
WhitleyWhitley (Emeritus)

Here is our PAWS 2 PAHS "Cat Corps of Volunteers"

LivyLivy (Emeritus)

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Meet the PAHS Humane Education Team

Click here to learn more about our education team.

Felicity                                  Harold                                   Chuck                                Bertha

Henry                                  Carlotta                                   Petunia                                Hurricane

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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).