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Palo Alto Humane Society

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews 1,350


PO Box 60715 Palo Alto CA 94306 USA


A Century of Compassion...Founded in 1908. The Palo Alto Humane Society aids animals in need on the Mid-Peninsula through programs in intervention, advocacy, and education.


PAHS funds the spay and neuter procedure of hundreds of cats, rabbits, and dogs every year and helps many to receive life-saving veterinary care.

Geographic areas served:

Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills


Hotline CatWorks Rabbit Spay & Neuter Animal Rescue Fund Wildlife Rescue Referral Mow Wow Education Community Outreach and Education Special Events

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Rating: 5 stars  

I contacted PAHS to make a small donation after my friend's cat passed away. They were so accommodating and got back to me within the hour. They gave me several options and let me know how my donation would be used--They even offered to meet me if I wanted to donate goods rather than a small financial donation. I was thanked profusely and the staff was even responding to my emails well after office hours. I feel very good about my donation and am sure the staff works tirelessly. Wish I had more to donate.

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Help them get more staff to help.

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PAHS performs numerous important services in a large community to benefit the welfare of all animals. They have an office/gift store in Menlo Park that is fun to visit. They sell art & jewelry & toys, all beautifully made and unusual. The staff regulars are helpful and friendly. As a volunteer for Palo Alto Animal Services, I enthusiastically support the work of PAHS, and they are wonderful friends to PAAS in return.

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When I first came into contact with the Palo Alto Humane Society CatWorks project, they were very glad to see me as a volunteer. For many years they had driven through my neighborhood and seen all the cat and kitten eyes under cars and everywhere shining back at them. They needed to wait for someone in the neighborhood to step forward. They lent traps, taught me the ins-and-outs of TTNR. They paid for all of the vet bills for all of the cats and kittens. There were five known colonies of cats in this small 2 block square neighborhood, when I started, one colony had over 30 identified cats that came to eat and napped in the same small backyard. Eventually one of these cats shot 3 times in the same leg and once in the torso. They took full responsibility for her care, her rehabilitation, her becoming adoptable, and her adoption. They worked with the police department on her behalf. However, I think perhaps the greatest thing they've done for ALL of the feral cats in my neighborhood is that this past "kitten season" there were no new kittens. Their training and support has made allowed me to work towards this enormous difference in the quality of life of all the feral cats in my neighborhood.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

changing attitudes of neighbors, who were disgruntal because of the presence of feral cats.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

establish an informal network of foster homes for feral cats that need some recovery time after vet treatment. Have better plans for what to do with kittens removed from feral colonies.

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Very Well

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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Can't think of any.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Taught me TTNR. Taught me to be second person on a box trap, and when a box trap, rather than a more normal humane trap was needed. Helped me develop negotiation skills with my neighbors (who weren't too keen on having feral cats around.) Greater contact with other devoted cat lovers, who spent their time working with feral cats.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Compassionate -- that I could hold a dying feral cat in my arms and give it comfort and love that it never otherwise had. A force for change -- perhaps only in the little 2 block square neighborhood where I live.

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