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Palo Alto Humane Society

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Arts & Culture

Mission: 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.

Results: 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

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

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

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.

Review from JustGive

Scottie Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from JustGive

1 Diana15


Rating: 5

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.