Dictionary.com defines the word “humane” as “characterized by tenderness, compassion, and sympathy for people and animals, especially for the suffering or distressed.” It is an honorable trait and one that is an essential part of humanity itself. Here in Palo Alto, one organization has taken the word very seriously and poured countless efforts into helping ensure the humane treatment of animals.
The Palo Alto Humane Society (PAHS) is a charitable, volunteer-supported nonprofit that was established in 1908. For more than 100 years, the PAHS has supported the humane treatment of animals. PAHS does not have an animal shelter, and focuses instead on education and advocacy programs.
“Instead of managing animals inside a shelter, we work to keep animals out of the shelter through humane programs in intervention, advocacy, and education,” the organization states on its website. “For a century, our mission has been to alleviate the suffering of animals, increase public sensitivity to animal issues, and elevate the status of animals in our society.”
PAHS offers programs that help people manage veterinary costs, educate children on the humane treatment of animals, offer spay/neuter support, and others. You can show your support for the humane treatment of animals by supporting the Palo Alto Humane Society. PAHS celebrates its 107th anniversary with a gala on Dec. 3.