October 26, 2006 (San Mateo) A marmoset found stray in East Palo Alto last June and rescued by the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA), is now in his permanent home, Jungle Friends sanctuary, in Gainesville, FL.
The tiny primate was named Miko at PHS/SPCA, where he was in the shelter’s care from June 27 through September 19.
Many of the primates at Jungle Friends are ex-pets, like Miko, owned by people who, in many cases, were keeping them illegally.
Miko was rescued by PHS/SPCA officers after the shelter received a call from an East Palo Alto resident who spotted the monkey scampering on her back fence.
Within minutes, the monkey was secured, then rushed to the shelter, where staff determined he was a tufted-eared marmoset, one of the world’s smallest primates, endemic to forested areas in Central and South America. Miko weighed 320 grams while under the shelter’s care and was in good health during his stay.
PHS/SPCA kept the marmoset at the request of the Dept. of Fish & Game, then secured a permanent home after receiving permission by the state agency which, among other responsibilities, investigates animals kept illegally as pets.
It is against the law to keep monkeys as pets in California without a permit, and the Dept. of Fish & Game grants permits for educational purposes – like universities and museums – but never for pets.
Monkeys kept in sanctuaries do very well living with other monkeys, much better than they do living as pets with humans. Until they are able to interact with their own species, they do not have a complete world with language and play and fellow monkeys who understand their vocalizations and gestures.
This was the first monkey PHS/SPCA had cared for since the winter of 2000, when another marmoset was dropped off at the shelter by its owner. That monkey was nursed back to health and sent to another sanctuary.
October 24, 2006 (San Mateo) The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA Auxiliary will hold it’s annual gala benefit for shelter animals on Saturday, November 4, at the Westin Hotel in Millbrae.
The popular "A Home for the Holidays" event will once again feature a silent auction, dinner, a live auction and dancing to the music of Pride & Joy.
For more information or for tickets (starting at $135/person), please contact Dawn Kelsey Fanara at (650) 340-7022 ext. 375 or dkelsey@PeninsulaHumaneSociety.org
The Auxiliary holds their gala each year to raise funds for PHS/SPCA shelter animals, specifically animals who require assistance from the shelter’s Hope Program before they can be made available for adoption. Many animals arrive at the shelter perfectly healthy and need nothing more than an interested adopter, yet others need special veterinary treatment or work with our behavior staff and volunteers to become adoption candidates.
Currently, approx. 150 animals per month are placed into new, loving homes after receiving Hope Program assistance. Very often these are animals who would never be given a chance by other animal welfare organizations, especially those with so-called “no-kill” policies which prevent them from taking questionable animals.
This year’s live auction items include a Fogarty wine excursion for 10 ($1,000 value); six-night stay at the Camelback Inn and Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak in Phoenix ($2,600 value); golf outing for four at Silverado in Napa Valley ($3,000 value); dinner for 10 with limo service at Pasta Moon Ristorante in Half Moon Bay ($3,000 value); four nights at private estates in Carmel and Pebble Beach plus round at Clint Eastwood's Tehama Golf Club ($4,200 value); seven days plus airfare at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa ($6,000 value); A Costa Rica adventure at Rancho Naturalista ($3,500 value).
Once again, the live auction will feature the shelter’s special item: a day with your own personal shopper, PHS/SPCA President Ken White, who will give the high bidder a VIP tour of the shelter and help him or her find the pet of their dreams at PHS/SPCA.
The PHS/SPCA Auxiliary has raised more than $1.25 million for the animals since its inception in 1988.
October 18, 2006 (San Mateo) Taking a somewhat unconventional stance, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) is not placing a moratorium on black cat adoptions during the month of October like many shelters across the country. Instead, PHS/SPCA is aggressively seeking to find homes, especially for black cats, as they are typically more difficult to place into new homes throughout the year.
"We try to find good homes for black cats any time of the year," said PHS/SPCA Customer Service Manager Dan Hanley.
Because black cats are the ones most often abused by cruel people during the month of October, around Halloween, many shelters simply do not allow adoptions of black cats throughout the entire month of October.
PHS/SPCA instead will rely on its Customer Service staff to place cats into homes of well-intentioned people, as they are trained to do year-round.
"It seems unlikely that a person with bad intentions will go into a shelter, pay $70 and sit through an adoption counseling session," said PHS/SPCA spokesperson Scott Delucchi. "That kind of person will take an easier, less expensive route."
Still, PHS/SPCA suggests that people with black cats keep them indoors
at all times, especially during the month of October.
Some available animals, including multiple black or mostly black cats are featured on PHS/SPCA’s website, at www.PHS-SPCA.org. Adoption hours are 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday and 11 am to 6 pm on weekends.
October 11, 2006 (San Mateo) Tomorrow at approximately 2 pm, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) will release two hawks back into their natural habitat, following the raptors' lengthy stay recovering from injuries at the shelter's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
October 9, 2006 (San Mateo) Bloomingdale's at Stanford Shopping Center (Palo Alto) is celebrating local charities on Oct. 26 with a day of shopping, entertainment, prizes and storewide savings.
The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA), as one of the featured charities, will set-up a "Doggie Cocktail Hour" inside Bloomingdales from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Adults, who are invited to attend with their dogs, can enjoy Salty Dogs, Greyhounds and other libations, courtesy of Bloomingdale's. Their dogs can slurp beef tenderloin-flavored water, donated by retailer Molli's Choice, and sample treats from Pet Food Express.
During the cocktail hour, PHS/SPCA will also have a few fun contests which will not require prior planning or any preparation by the owners or their pets.
During the special benefit day, browsers and shoppers alike can purchase a $10 ticket at the door, 100% of the proceeds from which benefit the participating charities. Customers' tickets entitle them to 15% savings on almost every purchase. The store will be open to the general public throughout the day and will feature fashion shows, educational seminars and family-centered entertainment.
For details or to receive a VIP invitation (limited number available) from PHS/SPCA, contact Dawn Kelsey Fanara at 650/340-7022, ext. 375 or dkelsey@PeninsulaHumaneSociety.org.
Other charities involved as beneficiaries include Avenidas, Family Services Agency of San Mateo County, Kara: Grief Support for Children and Adults, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, TheatreWorks and Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
August 30, 2006 (San Mateo) -- Saturday August 26, 2006, PHS/SPCA Humane Officer Sabrina Castro and Captain of Field Services and Humane Investigations Debi DeNardi, discovered a dead goat inside a horse trailer along with another sick goat. Approximately 50 goats were discovered in poor conditions inside two pens. One pen had no food or water. Most of the goats appeared malnourished and had long, overgrown hooves. Additionally, Humane Officers discovered a baby goat with an untreated broken leg. All the goats appeared to be coughing and had diarrhea. PHS/SPCA removed all the goats from the property located on Alpine Road in Portola Valley. Six of the goats were brought to PHS/SPCA and are being treated for upper respiratory infection, diarrhea, and the possible presence of mites.
The goats seized belonged to Scott Kulenguskey and Joy Richardson, who operate “Sustainable Solutions,” a business that utilizes livestock for land management. Stanford University had contracted with Kulenguskey and Richardson to put the 50 goats on their property to eat away weeds for fire prevention. Nearby horse boarders discovered one dead goat inside the trailer along with the 50 other goats in poor conditions and contacted PHS/SPCA.
“This is not the first time we have an incident with goats belonging to Kulenguskey and Richardson,” said DeNardi. “PHS/SPCA had two recent incidents back in June where Humane Officers discovered one goat with an eye injury and another whose condition was so poor it had to be euthanized.”
PHS/SPCA Investigative team plans on filing a report to the District Attorney’s Office seeking charges against Kulengusky and Richardson for animal cruelty. “We are currently investigating if Kulengusky and Richardson may have more goats and where they are located,” DeNardi said. “We are very interested in knowing the conditions of their other goats.”
August 29, 2006 (San Mateo) -- On Friday, August 25, 2006 PHS/SPCA’s investigation team seized approximately 200 animals being offered for sale as pets (mostly fish, birds, rodents and rabbits) from Laurelwood Pets, located at 1232 W. Hillsdale Blvd in San Mateo. A probation search uncovered several small animals living in unclean cages, rodents being fed improper food, feces in food containers, fish without proper amounts of water and dirty rabbit cages. This is not the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s first time having to rely upon the force of law to deal with inhumane housing conditions at this pet store.
The head of PHS/SPCA’s Field Services and Humane Investigations Department, Debi DeNardi, accompanied San Mateo County Probation Officers who were conducting a standard probation search. A three-year investigation ended March 2006 when Mohammad Olfat was placed on supervised probation for violations of California Penal Code sections governing the operation of a pet store for selling sick dogs and cats. As part of the plea agreement Olfat was ordered to not sell dogs and cats but was allowed to sell small animals such as rabbits, birds, fish and rodents. Olfat was also ordered to pay restitution to victims who purchased the sick animals, serve 14 days in the county jail, pay $1100.00 fine, and maintain his pet store to the standards of San Mateo County.
“At least one rabbit who was for sale is currently being treated at PHS/SPCA for an upper respiratory condition,” DeNardi said. “I don’t understand why he continues to sell unhealthy animals rather than provide for their medical needs, as both the law and common decency require.”
With the recent seizure, Olfat has violated the terms and conditions of his probation and could now face up to 90 days in prison. Farzaneh Bitque, Olfat’s wife and current owner of Laurelwood Pets, was cited for Penal Code section 597l – for failing to maintain the pet shop to standards.
As a result of this second enforcement, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA will be asking the District Attorney’s Office to order Laurelwood Pets to stop selling all animals.
PHS/SPCA Concludes Year-Long Investigation of Coast Side Boarding Facility-- Several Farm Animals Seized, Animal Cruelty Charges Filed
August 10, 2006 (San Mateo) - Following a year-long investigation, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) has seized a number of animals from Triple Springs Ranch in Half Moon Bay and has worked in conjunction with the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office which has filed one animal cruelty case against the ranch’s owner, Janet Wherry, with an additional animal cruelty charge pending.
Triple Springs Ranch, located at 11650 San Mateo Road (Highway 92) is a boarding facility for farm animals. Complaints to PHS/SPCA came from multiple boarders who grew disgusted deciding between caring for Wherry’s animals themselves or watching them starve.
“These animals have been mistreated for months and I am happy the horse boarders and tenants stepped forward to provide me with the necessary information needed to complete the seizure,” said PHS/SPCA Humane Investigator Debi De Nardi. “These animals deserve to be in better homes where they are loved and property cared for and we have seen to just that.”
After several months of receiving anonymous complaints from horse boarders
and tenants reporting improper care and attention for animals and unsanitary
living conditions, as well as the shelter’s own discoveries following
multiple visits, PHS/SPCA, on July 27, 2006, seized two horses, one pony, three
goats, four sheep and one pig under California Penal Code 597 (b) animal cruelty.
PHS/SPCA has a decade-long history of involvement with Wherry and Triple Springs Ranch.
Wherry does not have a current stable permit to run a commercial boarding facility.
August 9, 2006 (San Mateo) - During the month of July, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) placed a record 486 companion animals into new, loving homes; of the 486, 226 were cats, followed by 96 dogs.
In the years since shelter staff have tracked adoption statistics, the monthly total has never before exceeded 450, but has surpassed 400 a handful of times, most recently in August, 2005 with 414 and July, 2004 with 413.
“We look at successes one at a time and look at animals individually,” said PHS/SPCA President Ken White. “Still, we cannot ignore a wonderful statistic like this. We’re helping create hundreds of new realities for families and animals each month, or, about a dozen per day, which is incredibly rewarding.”
“In some cases, we focus on what an adopter can do for a shelter animal, but in many others, we recognize what an animal is going to give to a person or family,” said shelter spokesperson Scott Delucchi. “How can someone put a price on unconditional love and companionship for a person who needs it?”
Recognizing this bond and the sheer number of animals currently available, PHS/SPCA lowered adoption rates indefinitely. The rate for cats at least two years of age and for dogs age five an up is just $20. The shelter currently has more than 100 cats and kittens available for adoption.
In addition to dogs and cats, PHS/SPCA also seeks to find homes for smaller, companion animals, as well as exotic birds and reptiles. In July, shelter staff and volunteers found new homes for 50 rabbits, 82 birds, five reptiles, and 77 rabbits, guinea pigs, domestic rats and mice.
PHS/SPCA highlights some of its available animals at www.PHS-SPCA.org, but strongly suggests people visit in person, and allow an hour at the end of the day to start and complete an adoption. Shelter hours are 11 am to 7 pm on weekdays and 11 am to 6 pm on weekends.
August 3, 2006 (San Mateo) - Today at 8:30 am, 11 remaining turkey chicks from the original 40 receiving shelter and care at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) since mid-July were driven by a volunteer to the Farm Sanctuary in Orland, CA, where they will live out their lives at the non-profit’s sprawling, rural facility.
Last Saturday, 21 turkey chicks were transferred to another farm animal sanctuary,
the Humane Farming Association in San Rafael, where they will live out their
Soon after sheltering the turkey chicks – all just days old -- on July 14, PHS/SPCA began seeking permanent homes and was considering individual adopters and farm animal sanctuaries.
“For us and for the turkeys, this is a fabulous ending,” said shelter spokesperson Scott Delucchi. “I joked with our President Ken White and told him he far outdid any past US President by pardoning not one, but 32 turkeys.”
“We wish to thank the small number of individuals who expressed interest in adopting a chick or two. Now, all the chicks are with very experienced folks who are set-up to care for them,” continued Delucchi.
The shelter’s Humane Investigation team is still pursuing animal cruelty charges against Northwest for the conditions under which the turkeys were shipped and will likely bring this case to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office in the next week or so.
Only July 13, Hybrid Turkeys, a commercial breeder in Canada, instructed Northwest Airlines to ship 72 boxes of turkey chicks on one flight and anther 72 boxes on a separate flight. Northwest disregarded the instructions, placing all 144 boxes of chicks (11,000 total chicks) on one flight and more than 9,000 of the 11,000 chicks died. The chicks were destined for Zacky Farms in Fresno.
July 28, 2006 (San Mateo) - Wednesday afternoon, local Petco stores began offering space for “rescue” rabbits in response to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA’s (PHS/SPCA) recent shortage of space at their 12 Airport Blvd. shelter location.
PHS/SPCA staff delivered six rabbits each to the Redwood City Petco (520 Woodside Rd.) and San Mateo Petco (3012 Bridgepoint Pkwy), where Petco staff had awaiting spaces, care sheets, plus signage identifying the “rescue rabbits” and describing the new partnership with PHS/SPCA.
In addition to providing space, Petco donated new caging for the rescue rabbits and committed their staff to the rabbit’s ongoing care and education for store visitors.
Technically, the rabbits will be adopted, not sold, from these stores. Interested rabbit caregivers will give Petco a $20 adoption fee, plus a $75 spay/neuter deposit. Once they make arrangements for their rabbits to be fixed at the PHS/SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic – at no cost – they can recover their deposit.
“Truly, this is a wonderful partnership in every way imaginable,” said PHS/SPCA President Ken White. “Everyone, especially the rabbits, wins.”
Late last month, PHS/SPCA seized 80 rabbits from a South San Francisco resident keeping the rabbits in his backyard, apparently unfamiliar with spay/neuter.
Prior to the seizure, the shelter was near its capacity for rabbits with two dozen available for adoption and 20 more awaiting space in the adoption areas. The large seizure brought the situation to a near crisis level. Unlike dogs and cats which usually enter the shelter as strays, most rabbits enter as owner-surrendered pets, dumped by people no longer able or willing to care for them.
“Short of this kind of partnership, it would have meant that healthy rabbits would be euthanized for nothing other than a lack of space,” said shelter spokesperson Scott Delucchi. “It’s clear to us that Petco is concerned with providing appropriate, temporary space and finding good permanent homes.”
As rabbits are adopted– the first was adopted yesterday from the Redwood City Petco – Petco will accept additional rabbits from PHS/SPCA. Most of the rabbits being made available at the Petco stores are less than one year old. Rabbits can live 8-10 years.
For the past three years, PHS/SPCA has placed 100% of healthy dogs and cats into new homes. The placement rate for healthy rabbits has come close to 100%, but the recent influx of rabbits would certainly have threatened this success.
For years, Petco stores in San Mateo County and around the country have offered space to cat rescue groups.
PHS/SPCA will soon make arrangements to deliver another half dozen rabbits to the third San Mateo County Petco, located at the Shops at Tanforan in San Bruno. All Petco stores carry high quality rabbit enclosures, bedding, food and toys.
Of PHS/SPCA’s 3,880 adoptions during the 2005 calendar year, 193 were
Peninsula Humane Society Investigating Northwest Airlines Following Death of 9,000 Turkey Chicks on Recent Flights
July 21, 2006 (San Mateo) – The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) is pursuing animal cruelty charges against Northwest Airlines after more than 9,000 turkey chicks died on their July 13 flight #347 from Detroit to SFO. More turkey chicks from the same supplier and flown to the same destination on July 19 by Air Canada also perished. Northwest Airlines handles cargo for Air Canada.
In both cases, the turkey chicks were being shipped as “breeders” by Hybrid Turkeys, a commercial breeder in Canada, to Zacky Farms in Fresno. The breeder offspring would then be sold for food.
Hybrid Turkeys drove an initial shipment of 144 boxes of turkeys chicks (each containing 80 chicks) 2 ½ hours in a climate-controlled truck from Canada to the airport in Detroit. They instructed Northwest to divide boxes between two flights and had a driver at SFO waiting to drive the chicks in another climate-controlled truck from SFO to Fresno. One flight was scheduled to arrive at SFO at 7:30 pm and the second at 9:30 pm.
A Northwest employee shipped all 144 boxes of chicks on one flight, despite Hybrid’s instructions. Most of the turkeys – more than 9,100 – died while on the 4 ½ hour, non-stop flight. Both Hybrid Turkeys and PHS/SPCA believe the massive loss was due to overcrowding. The turkeys couldn’t breathe, became overheated, dehydrated and died.
Hybrid Turkeys, a division of Nurreco Canada Inc., has been in business for more than 50 years. As with all Hybrid Turkeys shipments, this one was given a US Department of Agriculture Health Certificate before the flight.
Just 1,900 of the 11,500 chicks made their Fresno destination alive. A day later – last Friday morning -- Northwest called PHS/SPCA after discovering 168 living turkey chicks still in their possession. PHS/SPCA Humane Investigators quickly transported the chicks from SFO to the San Mateo shelter for care. More died within hours and just 40 remain alive today as of 2:30. It is not known how many remain alive at Zacky Farms.
On July 19, Hybrid Turkeys filed a claim with Northwest Airlines for $107,263.83; $102,812.00 for mortality and $4,451.83 for the shipment’s freight charge.
At 10 pm on Thursday, July 19, PHS/SPCA received another call from Northwest Airlines, again requesting pick-up of dead turkey chicks. Hybrid Turkeys sent a large shipment (117 boxes, with 80 chicks per box) to SFO, this time via Air Canada on three separate July 19 Air Canada flights, presumably a replacement shipment for the more than 9,000 chicks which died on the July 13th flight. One of the planes had a mechanical malfunction and landed in Las Vegas, where cargo was unloaded and sat for hours in 108 degree weather before being loaded on to American West to SFO.
When chicks were picked-up at SFO for transfer to Zacky Farms, 28 of the original 117 boxes were left behind, as chicks in these boxes were dead or dying.
PHS/SPCA first unsuccessfully attempted to have either Hybrid, the supplier, or Zacky Farms, the customer, take responsibility for the chicks left behind. By 2 am, the shelter’s Humane Investigation team drove to SFO, where just two of the 28 boxes remained. Northwest Airlines cargo handlers discarded the other 26 in a trash compactor. Shelter staff attempted to recover boxes from the trash compactor to look for living chicks, but could not, as they were already compacted.
Within the two remaining boxes there were 62 chicks, and just 22 alive at 2 am. By today, all but one died.
PHS/SPCA intends to file California Penal Code 597 (b) charges against Northwest Airlines, pending a necropsy report ruling out disease. PC 597 (b) addresses inadequate care and attention and subjecting an animal to needless suffering.
The shelter’s Humane Investigation team is still exploring whether the actions may also meet the legal standard for PC 597 (a) charges, which address unnecessary torture, suffering or cruelty while transporting animals, and 597 (s) which addresses animal abandonment.
PHS/SPCA contacted the USDA and the California Dept of Food and Agriculture to see what position they might take against Northwest Airlines – if any. It does not appear that either agency will pursue action against Northwest Airlines, but the USDA has sent a number of the dead chicks to a lab for testing and will send results to PHS/SPCA in approximately two weeks.
The shelter may also seek reimbursement from Hybrid Turkeys or Zacky Farms either through restitution or billing for staff time and care of the birds, including the euthanasia.
PHS/SPCA is now attempting to place all healthy turkey chicks with adopters immediately. If interested, please call 650/340-7022, ext. 314. PHS/SPCA is working with Animal Place, a Vacaville-based farm animal sanctuary, to secure permanent homes.
June 29, 2006 (San Mateo) – Late Tuesday afternoon, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) received a call from an East Palo Alto resident reporting a stray monkey running across his back fence.
Within minutes, PHS/SPCA Humane Officer Brian Schenck was able to secure the monkey, later determined to be a marmoset, one of the world’s smallest primates, endemic to forested areas in Central and South America.
The marmoset – specifically, a tufted eared marmoset -- is male and weighs 310 grams. He seems to be in good health and ate several grapes yesterday and today.
PHS/SPCA’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center staff spent Wednesday contacting the Department of Fish & Game to first see if anyone in the neighborhood where the marmoset was found possessed a permit to keep one. As expected, no permits were issued for residents in that area.
Now, PHS/SPCA staff will keep the tiny marmoset quiet until they can make arrangements for him to make his next home at Primarily Primates, a primate sanctuary near San Antonio, Texas.
Six years ago, PHS/SPCA received another marmoset surrendered by the owners. She was flown to Primarily Primates.
June 28, 2006 (San Mateo) -- The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) is urging all pet owners to take precautions as we near the July 4th celebration. Each year, the shelter experiences a spike in stray dogs the evening of July 4 and the few days after. Most incoming strays have become frightened from the sights and sounds associated with fireworks and flee their yards, often climbing over or breaking through fences and gates. They arrive at the shelter scared, exhausted and very often with minor injuries such as paw pad abrasions.
PHS/SPCA asks pet owners to take these precautions:
Humane Society Disregards Controversy Surrounding Discounted Animal Adoptions, Announces New, Reduced Summer Fees
June 2, 2006 (San Mateo) Due to an increase in incoming, homeless animals and in an effort to attract more adopters, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) has drastically reduced adoption fees for dogs, cats and rabbits.
Beginning today and until further notice, the adoption fee for dogs five years of age and older and for cats two years old and above is just $20, down from the regular $70 adoption fee. And, all rabbit adoptions are just $20 as well, down from $40.
Adoption discounts have traditionally been viewed by many in the animal welfare field as controversial. Those opposed feel that specials and promotions are better suited for material items -- like cars and clothing -- and should not be applied to living things.
"Our approach may be different from other organizations, but we have one goal -- to give many animals the second chance they deserve -- and we'll continue to make our option as attractive to people as possible," said PHS/SPCA President Ken White. "We have many animals who need homes and most studies show that people who add a pet to their home, get that pet from a shelter less than 20% of the time."
"PHS/SPCA does not simply open the doors and say 'take what you want,' " said PHS/SPCA spokesperson Scott Delucchi. "Our staff matchmakers work hard to know our available animals and find the best possible matches for people who visit. The process is educational, as our staff has much to share in terms of how best to bring a new pet into your home."
PHS/SPCA tracks returns as well as adoptions. For most months approximately 10% of the animals placed into new homes are returned to the shelter, with various reasons being cited. "Compared to our state's divorce rate, looks like we're doing quite well," quipped Delucchi.
PHS/SPCA adoptions include a microchip form of identification, all vaccinations, a San Mateo County license, spay/neuter surgery, a pre-adoption behavior screening and health exam by staff specialists, and a post-adoption health assuredness plan.
This year to date, PHS/SPCA has placed 1,502 companion animals into new homes and expects to surpass 4,000 adoptions for the calendar year. On average, PHS/SPCA places between 11 and 12 animals into new homes each day.
May 18, 2006 (San Mateo) -- On Tuesday, May 23, at 4:30 pm, a handful of children will be the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA's (PHS/SPCA's) first graduates of a new "Dog Training for Children" class. The class, believed to be the only one of its kind in the area, is for kids between 8-13 years old.
During the six-week course held inside the shelter's Auditorium, PHS/SPCA trainers have been showing kids how to teach their dogs basic commands, the same material trainers teach to adults in traditional, group obedience classes.
"We know that in many families, kids want to be involved in their dogs' development, and that parents support and encourage this sense of responsibility in their kids," said PHS/SPCA Behavior & Training Manager Maria Eguren. "But, prior to our new class being offered, it was difficult for children to find training classes or materials tailored specifically for them, which is exactly what we've created."
The first class will graduate 4-5 kids, while enrollment for the next session, set to begin in June, has tripled. "More kids in class means we'll see better behaved dogs and fewer dogs dumped at the shelter because of behavior issues," said Eguren.
"Our mission is to bring people and animals together," said shelter spokesperson Scott Delucchi. "And this mission is certainly not limited to adults. We will add more sessions for kids as the need grows."
The cost for the six-week course is $120, or just $85 for dogs adopted from PHS/SPCA. The Dog Training for Children class is just one of several currently offered by PHS/SPCA. Special classes for puppies, dogs advanced in their training and dogs who've had some training but need a refresher are also offered, as well as one class taught in Spanish. For more information, call 650/340-7022 or visit www.peninsulahumanesociety.org/services/behavior.
May 18, 2006 (San Mateo) -- On Tuesday, May 23, from 6:30-8:00 pm, the Peninsula
Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) will host a special talk titled "Exotic
Reptile & Amphibian Care," led by Dr. Chris Sanders of Wildwood Veterinary
Clinic in Portola Valley. The talk is part of PHS/SPCA's ongoing Creature
Features series for the public.
May 4, 2006 (San Mateo) -- Last night at the Peninsula Country Club in San Mateo, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) received the Mayor's Award during San Mateo's 11th Annual Business Awards, presented by the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of San Mateo.
San Mateo Mayor John Lee presented the award to PHS/SPCA President Ken White,
noting PHS/SPCA's significant growth in adoptions and perfect record finding
homes for healthy dogs and cats, the Society’s work to help animals
displaced by Hurricane Katrina, a new mobile spay/neuter program, and PHS/SPCA's
recent success investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty cases in cooperation
with the County's District Attorney's Office.
May 1, 2006 (San Mateo) -- Effective Tuesday, May 2, Melanie Craft Ellison
will be a member of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA's (PHS/SPCA) Board
The author of three novels and wife of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Ms. Ellison
joins the private nonprofit's Board of Directors as PHS/SPCA celebrates its
third consecutive year finding homes for 100% of healthy dogs and cats and
faces a challenge and opportunity of building a new home for its charitable
April 13, 2006 (San Mateo) -- On Saturday, April 22, Noon to 2 pm, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) is offering a Baby Bird Orientation that will enable local residents to help the Society feed and care for the many baby birds already arriving at the shelter in need of special care before being released. This spring and summer, the shelter expects to receive hundreds of baby birds who require human intervention in order to survive.
Beginning this year, PHS/SPCA is offering this traditionally adults-only role to junior volunteers, age 15-17. Junior volunteers will learn proper feeding techniques for baby birds and lend a hand with cleaning duties and general animal husbandry.
PHS/SPCA's Wildlife Care Center, located separate from but under the same roof as dog, cat and small animal housing at 12 Airport Blvd., cares for 3,500 to 4,000 native, wild animals each year. All incoming wildlife are sick, injured or orphaned and many are nursed back to health and released back into their natural habitats. The Society's wildlife rehabilitation function is supported entirely by donations and not by government or County funding.
If interested in attending the April 22 orientation, RSVP by sending a message
to rallen@PeninsulaHumaneSociety.org or calling 650/340-7022 ext. 314.
March 30, 2006 (San Mateo) – Yesterday, a San Mateo County judge sentenced East Palo Alto resident Anthony Makoni, 19, to nine months in county jail for unleashing his dog and allowing it to maul a cat on February 9, 2006. Makoni, unaware at the time that a Menlo Park police officer was witnessing the act, pled guilty to the animal cruelty felony on February 16.
The cat, Meilani, a 12-year-old pet belonging to Menlo Park resident Madeline Jaeger, was euthanized on the evening of the attack, due to extensive, resulting injuries.
"The cat's owner spoke at the sentencing and explained how her cat had been a loved pet for 12 years," said Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) Lead Cruelty Investigator Debi De Nardi. "This was difficult for her, yet I believe it had an impact on the sentencing."
The Menlo Park Police Officer's eye witness report noted that Makoni had a passive response and a smile on his face during the attack, two other factors which likely influenced the sentence.
“Tragically, Ms. Jaeger's cat couldn't be saved due to the severity of the injuries,” said PHS/SPCA President Ken White. “The one positive result from this case is that it should, once again, send a message to this community that our officers and investigators, working with local law enforcement and the District Attorney's Office, will do whatever they can to ensure animal abusers are punished."
In addition to the jail sentence, Makoni received three years' probation (during which he cannot own animals or seek employment related to animals), he was ordered to complete a minimum of five sessions with a licensed therapist regarding the issue of responsibility and appropriate care for animals, and pay the victim restitution to be determined by the County's Probation Department.
In the weeks following the Feb. 9 attack, PHS/SPCA called for a Vicious Animal Hearing, where a County hearing officer would determine the dog's fate. Today, PHS/SPCA received notification of the decision. Based on information presented during the hearing, an on-site evaluation of the dog and information about the dog's owner, the final administrative decision was for the dog to be humanely euthanized. This decision can be appealed by filing a Writ of Mandate within five days.
San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Morris Maya was the prosecuting attorney of record. The sentencing judge was Hon. H.J. Ellis of the County's Southern Branch.
In animal cruelty cases, PHS/SPCA's role is to collect evidence and provide a report to the District Attorney's Office, which then decides whether or not to pursue the case. This past year, the DA's Office has pursued every case presented by PHS/SPCA, which indicates the strength and thorough presentation of cases as well as the District Attorney's Office's strong interest in punishing people who have abused animals.
March 24, 2006 (San Mateo) -- The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA)
is hosting The Wonderful World of Rats on Sunday, April 2, and a week-long
Animal Camp for 9-12 year olds from April 10-14.
March 9, 2006 (San Mateo)
-- A pair of baby barn owls rushed to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
(PHS/SPCA) from a San Mateo construction site on February 23, are expected
to recover fully and be released back into their natural habitat within the
next three to four weeks.
First Felony Animal Cruelty Conviction in 2006
Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion
Coyote Point Shelter