Palo Alto Humane Society

★★★★☆
9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday through Friday
  • Po Box 60715 (or 520 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park)

    Palo Alto, CA 94306

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  • 650-424-1901

About Palo Alto Humane Society

Categories
  • Animal Shelters
  • Humane Societies
Hours
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Pets & Animals

Pets & Animals
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This is in response to Richard W.'s review. His full name is Richard Wicks. On Saturday, January 1st, 2011, Richard commented on our YouTube channel interview video with director and animal advocate Joe Camp. Richard claimed that PAHS does not share our Form 990 with the public and that we are a scam. On the same day he emailed our office asking to see our Form 990. We were closed on New Year's Day, and we had not received any request from Richard Wicks prior to January 1st. When arriving to the office on Monday, January 3rd, we saw and responded to Richard's email promptly. It was after this that we discovered the odd (unrelated to the video and unfounded accusation) comment applied to the YouTube video. Not only are we happy to provide the public with our Form 990 but we post our nonprofit information on Guidestar as well as provide general monetary allotment information on our website at the "Reasons to Give to PAHS" page. Posting of the Form 990 may well happen this month and requests will be (as always) addressed eagerly. Richard is now in contact with Carole Hyde, the executive director, and has been invited to call her directly to have all questions answered. We hope he will make the call.

Most importantly, I want to address Richard's comments about us not being valuable or effective because we do not run a shelter. As most people understand, animal welfare work is multifold and extends far above and beyond operating an animal shelter. Anyone who reads our website, one of our educational tools, will understand that we educate and advocate for animals (the humane treatment of animals and animal welfare) via a multitude of avenues including: interviewing experts and authors and sharing those interviews with the public, the Humane Planet Expo (our large annual community educational event that features 30 plus organizations), classroom education in local schools (currently inactive, as of summer 2010), MowWow (an online classroom humane educational tool that is in development), writing and creating a public voice for various critical animal issues and legislative measures, using our fundraising art gallery as a voice for humane issues and solutions, and more. Additionally, a massive part of our work and budget is in our intervention work. This translates to: 1. Funding the spaying-neutering of cats/dogs/rabbits of low income people in need and for homeless animals (to curb massive overpopulation which is a huge issue), 2. Providing financial assistance to low income people for urgent veterinary care for their pets, 3. Providing funding to cover vet expenses for a large network of Peninsula rescuers, and 4. Stepping into animal welfare cases that require our help (such as saving and rehoming the cat in MV that was shot earlier this year). The list goes on and on. The staff to cover these areas (and more) are one full-time person, one 3/4 time person, one half-time person, and one 6-month contracted person. We also operate thanks to a host of volunteers.

Regarding lost pets, PAHS absolutely cares about lost pets and addresses these calls by getting the information and referring the caller to the appropriate lost and found shelter (alongside offering any recommendations appropriate to the call). Regarding abused or neglected animals, PAHS deeply cares about this exponentially growing issue and handles with care while referring the callers to the appropriate enforcement agencies. PAHS does not manage officers: the City of Palo Alto manages the animal control officers.

We trust that the majority of those within our community have a whole understanding of what is the reality and what is needed to address the large topic of "humane" and the pervasive issue of animal welfare in our communities and world. We strive to address what is at hand while simultaneously working to foster a greater understanding so that a compassionate way of thinking becomes the foundation for living as we move forward.

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★★★★★

This is in response to Richard W.'s review. His full name is Richard Wicks. On Saturday, January 1st, 2011, Richard commented on our YouTube channel interview video with director and animal advocate Joe Camp. Richard claimed that PAHS does not share our Form 990 with the public and that we are a scam. On the same day he emailed our office asking to see our Form 990. We were closed on New Year's Day, and we had not received any request from Richard Wicks prior to January 1st. When arriving to the office on Monday, January 3rd, we saw and responded to Richard's email promptly. It was after this that we discovered the odd (unrelated to the video and unfounded accusation) comment applied to the YouTube video. Not only are we happy to provide the public with our Form 990 but we post our nonprofit information on Guidestar as well as provide general monetary allotment information on our website at the "Reasons to Give to PAHS" page. Posting of the Form 990 may well happen this month and requests will be (as always) addressed eagerly. Richard is now in contact with Carole Hyde, the executive director, and has been invited to call her directly to have all questions answered. We hope he will make the call.

Most importantly, I want to address Richard's comments about us not being valuable or effective because we do not run a shelter. As most people understand, animal welfare work is multifold and extends far above and beyond operating an animal shelter. Anyone who reads our website, one of our educational tools, will understand that we educate and advocate for animals (the humane treatment of animals and animal welfare) via a multitude of avenues including: interviewing experts and authors and sharing those interviews with the public, the Humane Planet Expo (our large annual community educational event that features 30 plus organizations), classroom education in local schools (currently inactive, as of summer 2010), MowWow (an online classroom humane educational tool that is in development), writing and creating a public voice for various critical animal issues and legislative measures, using our fundraising art gallery as a voice for humane issues and solutions, and more. Additionally, a massive part of our work and budget is in our intervention work. This translates to: 1. Funding the spaying-neutering of cats/dogs/rabbits of low income people in need and for homeless animals (to curb massive overpopulation which is a huge issue), 2. Providing financial assistance to low income people for urgent veterinary care for their pets, 3. Providing funding to cover vet expenses for a large network of Peninsula rescuers, and 4. Stepping into animal welfare cases that require our help (such as saving and rehoming the cat in MV that was shot earlier this year). The list goes on and on. The staff to cover these areas (and more) are one full-time person, one 3/4 time person, one half-time person, and one 6-month contracted person. We also operate thanks to a host of volunteers.

Regarding lost pets, PAHS absolutely cares about lost pets and addresses these calls by getting the information and referring the caller to the appropriate lost and found shelter (alongside offering any recommendations appropriate to the call). Regarding abused or neglected animals, PAHS deeply cares about this exponentially growing issue and handles with care while referring the callers to the appropriate enforcement agencies. PAHS does not manage officers: the City of Palo Alto manages the animal control officers.

We trust that the majority of those within our community have a whole understanding of what is the reality and what is needed to address the large topic of "humane" and the pervasive issue of animal welfare in our communities and world. We strive to address what is at hand while simultaneously working to foster a greater understanding so that a compassionate way of thinking becomes the foundation for living as we move forward.

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I don't see why anybody would give the PALO ALTO Humane Society a positive review.

They don't run a shelter.
They won't help you if you found a lost animal.
They won't help you if you have lost an animal.

They just do "advocacy" and "education". I live in Sunnyvale California, about 3 miles away. I've never seen them do any education or advocacy here. Advocate what? Educate who? They don't have any "education" materials on their website.

They seem just to collect money, claim they do something useful with it, and they don't disclose how they spend the money either. Their webpage is very well designed, but they don't run a shelter, they don't adopt out animals, they don't provide shelter to any animals. How is this a Humane Society? Look at their webpage:

http://www.paloaltohumane.org

Try to find out anything they do. Try to contact them through a phone.

All charitable trusts, i.e. 501(c)(3) are required by law to file a form 990 - this disclosed something about what they spend their money on, money donated to them.

Good luck finding it, they certainly don't disclose it. It's not posted at their website, but the DONATE NOW button is plastered all over there.

The Palo Alto Humane society isn't a Humane Society at all, that I can see.

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I don't see why anybody would give the PALO ALTO Humane Society a positive review.

They don't run a shelter.
They won't help you if you found a lost animal.
They won't help you if you have lost an animal.

They just do "advocacy" and "education". I live in Sunnyvale California, about 3 miles away. I've never seen them do any education or advocacy here. Advocate what? Educate who? They don't have any "education" materials on their website.

They seem just to collect money, claim they do something useful with it, and they don't disclose how they spend the money either. Their webpage is very well designed, but they don't run a shelter, they don't adopt out animals, they don't provide shelter to any animals. How is this a Humane Society? Look at their webpage:

http://www.paloaltohumane.org

Try to find out anything they do. Try to contact them through a phone.

All charitable trusts, i.e. 501(c)(3) are required by law to file a form 990 - this disclosed something about what they spend their money on, money donated to them.

Good luck finding it, they certainly don't disclose it. It's not posted at their website, but the DONATE NOW button is plastered all over there.

The Palo Alto Humane society isn't a Humane Society at all, that I can see.

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*Note: Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) is not a shelter so unfortunately the lovely review below does not apply to us.

About PAHS: Palo Alto Humane Society has done amazing work for animals since 1908. The City of Palo Alto has run the shelter since 1972 (Palo Alto Animal Services, 650-496-5971) , so PAHS solely focuses on humane education, intervention and advocacy. Check out www.paloaltohumane.org for details on the good work of the past and the exciting goals for the future. Visit their office and The Animal Art Gallery at 520 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park which raises funds for their humane programs.

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*Note: Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) is not a shelter so unfortunately the lovely review below does not apply to us.

About PAHS: Palo Alto Humane Society has done amazing work for animals since 1908. The City of Palo Alto has run the shelter since 1972 (Palo Alto Animal Services, 650-496-5971) , so PAHS solely focuses on humane education, intervention and advocacy. Check out www.paloaltohumane.org for details on the good work of the past and the exciting goals for the future. Visit their office and The Animal Art Gallery at 520 Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park which raises funds for their humane programs.

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Palo Alto Humane Society does a great job. I know people who have gotten excellent pets their, and love them very much. I took my dog there to be neutered, and they did a great job. They will also chip an animal in case it gets lost. I also have had to pick up my dog there when he got away, and they were very understanding and helpful, and treated my dog well while she was there.

PROS: A clean, well-run facility
CONS: You know, they have dog-catchers... that's not fun

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Palo Alto Humane Society does a great job. I know people who have gotten excellent pets their, and love them very much. I took my dog there to be neutered, and they did a great job. They will also chip an animal in case it gets lost. I also have had to pick up my dog there when he got away, and they were very understanding and helpful, and treated my dog well while she was there.

PROS: A clean, well-run facility
CONS: You know, they have dog-catchers... that's not fun

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