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Autumn 2015
PAHS Education Initiative
Wins Big!
News from the Palo Alto Humane Society
multicultural, bilingual curriculum contains easily
accessible lessons for teachers that merge humane
education with science, math, literature, and the arts.
Additional interactive learning opportunities connect
parents, teachers, and students to local animal shelters.
In another significant development, a California
legislative resolution, which PAHS has spearheaded
with California Assembly Member Kevin Mullin,
will highlight the passage from the California Code of
Education that mandates humane education in the public
schools. This resolution will secure a respected place
for humane education in the curriculum and reinforce
the state’s commitment to the development of character
and civic responsibility.
In the coming months, PAHS plans to capitalize on
the passage of this exciting resolution and the success
of its education programs with a city wide awareness
campaign, Building Compassionate Communities.
Look for exciting events around the city that will
engage, inform, and delight!
Carole with Telly Award. Photo by Susan Stienstra
We begin by sharing some exciting news: the Palo Alto
Humane Society has been awarded a 2015 Bronze Telly
for its original children’s film It’s A Dog’s Day. It is a
great honor to have been chosen to receive this “cousin”
of the Emmy Award from among the more than 12,000
films and videos submitted. This mixed-media film tells
the story of a sad and lonely dog who is rescued by a
compassionate and caring community. PAHS staff was
thrilled to work with top-notch professionals including
actors, screenwriters, artists, and education consultants
who offered their expertise to produce this engaging
With its ongoing commitment to be part of the
movement to build compassionate communities, PAHS
is poised to distribute the film and its innovative humane
education curriculum program Mow Wow Animals to
schools throughout California in 2015–16.
The Mow Wow Animals program offers students the
opportunity to learn in ways that engage their empathy,
imagination, and sense of excitement. The program’s
The generous support of our donors has allowed
PAHS to create these significant new initiatives that
involve students, parents, schools, and community
members in securing the wellbeing of animals and
creating the educational foundation for a more
compassionate society.
From Carole Hyde, Executive Director
“From its beginnings, PAHS
has considered education a
major part of its mission.”
Building Compassionate
Communities, One School
at a Time
It is our belief at PAHS that education about kindness
and compassion is a key ingredient in the development
of empathy and understanding for all beings, animals
and humans alike. PAHS offers exciting and diverse
programs to schools, clubs, and civic groups to
encourage people from an early age to respect animals
and their world. Humane education provides the
foundation for a humane and just society. To schedule
a program for your classroom or civic organization,
contact PAHS.
Charley, by Siddharth Shashi, 5th Grade, Duveneck School
Adoptables Art. This is a visual art program that
connects young students with shelter dogs waiting for
a home. 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 in local shelters. For more information,
contact PAHS or the Palo Alto Unified School District
art coordinator, Sharon Ferguson.
“Through Adoptables Art,
students become humane
advocates, empathizing
with the animals they draw
and paint.”
Romeo, by Lukas Weaver-Escobar, 4th Grade, Duveneck School
– Sharon Ferguson, Art Coordinator for
the Palo Alto Unified School District.
Tito, by Arielle Blumenfeld, 4th Grade, Duveneck School
Help for Animals Needing
Rescue and Care
hoods are energized in bringing the PAHS lessons
directly to their communities as they learn about animal
care, neighborhood animals, and wildlife. Take-home
lessons encourage family discussion on kindness to
animals and building healthy, happy neighborhoods.
With your support, PAHS helps pets in dire need
through our fully donor-supported P.E.T. Help and
Animal Rescue funds. These resources assist sick and
injured animals and are unique on the Peninsula. Pet
owners or rescuers who are unable to pay for urgent care
for a beloved animal face few options, and pets face
euthanasia because owners cannot afford unexpected
veterinary costs. PAHS’ financial assistance programs
can help remove some, if not all, of the financial burden,
thus saving many lives. PAHS’ veterinary assistance
programs help keep animals in their homes and out of
the shelter. PAHS’ fully donor-supported spay/neuter
programs help ensure that the bunnies, kittens, and
puppies who are born have a better chance to find a
loving home. In the first three quarters of 2015, PAHS
has assisted 1,118 animals through its Spay/Neuter
program and P.E.T. Help and Animal Rescue funds.
Students enjoy reading to Elly Mae at Palo Alto Animal Services.
Photo by Jill Thompson
La Muñeca received life-saving care from PAHS’ P.E.T. Help
program. Photo by Jill Thompson
Rookie and kids enjoying Critter Club at Beechwood School.
Photo courtesy of Palo Alto Weekly
Critter Club. Kids, parents, schools, and neighbor-
Kiddies 2 Kitties. PAHS provides the books, Silicon
Valley Animal Control Authority, Palo Alto Animal
Services, and other shelters provide the cats, and local
schools help children connect with this wonderful
animal shelter-based reading program. The program is
good for shy, underdeveloped readers. And the cats have
companionship for a brief interlude and the possibility
of adoption.
PAHS Legacy Circle:
Planning for the Future
Bequests and planned gifts provide the Palo Alto
Humane Society with the stability needed for our animal
welfare work to continue into the future. Two bequests
to PAHS in our centennial year of 2008 provided
$2.5 million, allowing us to invest for the future and do
immense good for animals in the present. On April 29 of
this year, the Palo Alto Humane Society’s Legacy Circle
honored Stanford Professor Virginia
Walbot. Professor Walbot has provided
for a significant future planned gift to
PAHS. In addition, in 2008 she gave a
major gift that enabled PAHS to
establish the Virginia Walbot Education
Virginia Walbot
Fund, and she donates generously to
PAHS on an ongoing basis. Virginia’s long-term support
for the work of PAHS has made possible many of the
initiatives in our humane education program. Her
planned gift will also provide for future care for her
animals in PAHS’ Forever Care program. PAHS thanks
Gleim the Jeweler for producing our beautiful Legacy
Circle lapel pin and the Sheraton Palo Alto for donating
the Legacy Circle reception. For questions on leaving an
estate gift or for planning for the future of your companion animals in our Forever Care program, contact the
executive director at (650) 424-1901.
The mission of the Palo Alto
Humane Society is to
alleviate the suffering of
animals, increase public
sensitivity to animal issues,
and elevate the status of
animals in our society.
Patrick Livingstone
Magic at the 2015 PAHS
Holiday Gala
The Palo Alto Humane Society’s Holiday Gala will be
truly magical. Mark your calendar for Thursday,
December 3, for this star-studded night at the newly
remodeled Aquarius Theatre. “Oh! For the Love of
Critters” will include a full-length classic animal film,
highlights of the year at PAHS, and all the popcorn you
can eat. Our host is Emmy-nominated Philip Giffin, and
our magical entertainer is Patrick Livingstone, who will
pull many tricks out of your hat. Ticket sales begin in
November; watch the PAHS Web site for information
( Seating at the new Aquarius
is limited, and you’ll want to purchase your ticket early.
To find out more about the
Palo Alto Humane Society’s
programs and to donate on
line, please visit our newly
redesigned Web site at
PAHS, P.O. Box 60715, Palo Alto, California 94306

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