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November | December 2010

pasadena humane society & spca

Shelter on Wheels Our brightly colored and picturesque Mobile Unit cruises the streets of Pasadena loaded with barking dogs each week, in search of forever homes for each one. Sometimes cats are along for the ride and occasionally a bunny or two might also be found on board. This Mobile Unit is a big attraction at a variety of special events throughout Pasadena and its surrounding areas. Our Unit has been spotted in parades, parks, block parties, pet shops, bookstores . . . just to mention a few of the places it‘s been. morning, volunteers pick up these animals from their kennels, spend a little time having them greet each other, and then load up in the Mobile Unit. Then, it’s off to the event of the day!

Whenever the Mobile Unit hits the road, the animals on board are going to have a special day. The Mobile Outreach Coordinator, Marlin Miller, surveys the PHS pool of animals for good travelers and friendly cold noses! In the

At any event, the Mobile Unit Volunteers and their dogs spend the day basking in the sun (or shade depending on the weather), playing with toys, meeting and greeting new people, and slurping up doggie treats for new skills learned. In many cases, people just stop by not only to pet a dog but often to share a story about their own pets, some of which were adopted from PHS. It’s a day of fun and excitement! (continued on page back page)

compassion and care for all animals

leader of the pack PHS is at a crossroads. While facing a very tough economy, we provide care for more and more animals—wild and domestic, owned and stray, healthy and injured. As an animal welfare organization, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has a wide umbrella of responsibilities that must be carried out with compassion and care for all animals. We must deal with the present and plan for future needs of animals, while being cognizant of past animal issues. Whether staff is fixing broken animals, investigating cruelty complaints, planting the seeds of compassion through educational programs, PHS operates within the broad context of animal welfare. PHS is the sum of many parts. We offer excellent care to any animal in our service area whether domestic or wild, with any temperament, and in any condition. We provide adoption and placement opportunities for any appropriate animal through our strong relationships with animal rescues, and long term wildlife rehabilitation. Our animals are vaccinated to prevent the spread of disease, and adoptable domestic animals are sterilized to combat the tragic results of pet overpopulation. The Field Services department investigates all reports of animal neglect and cruelty. Officers enforce local ordinances as well as federal laws. Stray animals are safe from predators, cars and disease because of this department. Field Services makes it possible for PHS to be first responders in disasters, and mandated reporters in suspected abuse situations. Because PHS wants animals to stay in their homes whenever possible, we offer obedience and activity classes for the public and their pets, and enrichment opportunities for animals. Microchipping is standard with each adoption of a cat, dog or rabbit, so that pets can return home more easily. Our humane education programs target audiences as diverse as school children and electric cable workers. These programs focus on current issues and teach our future leaders how to build a more humane community. All of our work is supported by dedicated volunteers who make the depth of our programs possible. These ambassadors are essential to our growth as a shelter.

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We know you care about the animals. We are grateful to your generous support that helps the animals now and in the future. By working together, we will be able to build a more humane community for all animals.

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Community heroes Rob and Dottie Sharkey Dottie and Rob Sharkey are cat people. They are also dog people, rabbit people and hamster people. For many years, the Sharkeys have been well known in our community for their love of animals and as hosts of The Dog House on Glendale’s award-winning cable access channel, GTV6. The couple met in college, have three cats, and have been involved with The Dog House since its launch. Along with volunteer adoption counselor Roy Guy, Dottie and Rob Sharkey showcase adoptable animals from the Pasadena Humane Society. In each episode of The Dog House, pets from dogs to snakes, are introduced and discussed. The show also provides helpful pet tips and other animal welfare related information to the public. “Dottie and Rob Sharkey are wonderful advocates for the shelter,” said Steve McNall, President, Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “They recognize the importance of responsible pet ownership and educational outreach.” The Dog House is filmed bi-monthly at PHS and broadcasts several times throughout the month on GTV6. The show can also be seen online via the City of Glendale’s website. The Sharkeys volunteer their time because they care about the animals and want to do what they can to improve their lives. “We are deeply indebted to Rob and Dottie for their volunteer efforts. Over the years they have helped hundreds of animals find loving homes through our pet adoption program on GTV6,” said Ritch Wells, Public Information Officer, City of Glendale. It is impossible to calculate how many animals have found loving homes due to their efforts. (continued on page back page) The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is NOT part of the ASPCA. When you donate to PHS you are helping animals here in Southern California. The ASPCA does not distribute donations in our area. Each spca in the country is legally separate from all of the others. Donate to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA and help the animals in your community pag e 3

wild things

Wildlife Gardens The wildlife friendly backyard habitat is becoming more popular as people seek to use environmentally friendly gardening methods. The use of native plants that support many species of birds, butterflies and other wildlife combined with the added benefits of decreased water usage, maintenance needs and pesticide use make it ideal for many home owners. All animals need food, water, natural cover and shelter to raise young. Native species of plants and trees provide foliage, pollen, nectar and seeds as well as ideal places to build nests. Because they are well suited to live in their native soil with little to no supplemental watering, native plants are also more disease and pest resistant and require less pruning and management. When planting a natural garden, you are choosing plants best designed to survive in the local climate. Try to avoid harmful pesticides and chemicals that may interfere with the purpose of planting such a garden.

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Providing water in the form of shallow pools placed on the ground or even a simple backyard pond will help support wildlife. If care is taken, supplemental bird feeders for both seed and nectar eaters can aid migratory birds in their travels. Nest boxes built to suit the species of bird near you can be an added attractant to your backyard habitat. There are even specially designed “bat boxes� that can be erected to provide housing to those insect eating mammals.

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Supporting wildlife in a more natural way can also cut down on some of the conflicts that may occur when wildlife begin to exploit non-natural resources, such as koi ponds, lawns and gardens of non-native plants. Urban wildlife will be present where there are the resources to support them, and by mimicking nature, we can help keep a balance of what should be available to them. Remember to keep your home in good repair because even though we may enjoy observing them in our own backyard we do not want unintended house guests in attics or crawlspaces.

behavior & training Q A Tips and Myths about Pets Q: W  hy is it important to teach my dog a recall with other people? He already comes to me and I don’t want him running to just anyone?

A: It can be important for a number of reasons. Imagine you are walking down the street with your dog; your dog slips out of his collar and starts to run across the street in front of a car. Then you notice your neighbor out for a walk near your dog.  If you had been practicing recalls with strangers and generalizing this command, then your neighbor will be able to call your dog to him/her before your dog runs into the street. This can save you and your dog from sticky situations. Remember your dog won’t run to anyone, he/she should only respond to their name. Reinforcing a general recall with his/her name and you will have peace of mind.

Q: I ’m going out of town for the holidays and would like to take my dog with me, any suggestions?

A: The first step in traveling with your dog is to find out if your pup is a welcome guest at your final destination. Your friends and family homes may not be as “pet friendly” as yours, so if you need to find a pet friendly hotel check out some of your local listing and reviews. Keep in mind that traveling with your dog can be challenging, but with proper planning, and an open mind your holiday trip can be a lot of fun. If you are flying with your K9 companion, be sure to check with your airline for information on size restrictions, crate requirements, weather restrictions, and fees before you making your reservations. Also, be sure to take your dog to the vet for a health check before your trip. Many airlines require a veterinarian’s certificate, stating that the dog is healthy and has had a recent rabies vaccination, before they will accept a dog to be flown. If flying with your pooch is not the best option for you, or your dog, why not consider a road trip! If you are hitting the open road with Fido, be sure to leave room in your driving schedule for frequent pit stops. It is a good idea when traveling with your dog to plan on stopping every 2 hours for water and bathroom breaks. Keeping a bowl, your dog’s food, a jug of fresh water, your dog’s leash, and plenty of poop bags in your car during your road trip is an excellent idea. Also, if your dog is crate trained, it is a good idea to have your dog in the crate to help him feel more at ease during the trip.

For more tips and information please contact the Pasadena Humane Society & SCPA’s Behavior & Training Department at (626) 792-7151 ext. 155.

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Happy Tails

A Second Chance for Angie The note attached to her collar read: “My name is Angie. My owner is kicking me and hurting me. Can you find me a home with kids? I love kids and love to play ball but I don’t drop the ball so you need 2 balls. I am a good girl. Please help me. PLEASE.” Angie, a three-year-old German Shepherd was found one morning tied to a tree in Glendale. A nearby business owner brought her to the Pasadena Humane Society. She had no identification and was not microchipped. There was no way to find her owner or know who had written the note. Shelter life was not easy for her. Angie, obviously used to living in a home with human companions, was easily stressed by such a different environment. She enjoyed walks to the park with PHS volunteers, but was always frustrated when it came time to return to her kennel.

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The summer months can be a busy time at the shelter, with an increase in animals coming in. Because Angie was here in June, when there are so many pets to choose from, she was overlooked by potential adopters. When this happens, we often turn to rescue groups for assistance.

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We are fortunate to work closely with a large network of rescue organizations across Southern California to give as many pets as possible a chance at a forever home. Rescue Coordinator Lorna Campbell explains, “Our relationships with rescue organizations are vital and they can offer things that we can’t, for example, foster homes for unlimited periods of time and training in a home environment. There are hundreds of breed-specific and non-specific rescues in Southern California. Many of the people who run them are volunteers and we are lucky enough to work with some very dedicated and passionate people.” Lorna worked hard to find a placement for Angie. Coastal German Shepherd Rescue came to meet the dog and saw how wonderful she was. They picked her up a few days later. Angie was adopted after only a week at the rescue. She is doing great in her new home and loves her new family. As the note attached to her collar mentioned, she adores children and now has three boys—age 7, 12, and 16—to run around and play ball with. Working together with rescues, we have created countless “happy tails.”

event round-up 12th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk a Huge Success! There was plenty of wiggling, waggling and walking on September 26th as thousands of people and their canine companions joined forces to raise money for the Pasadena Humane Society. The event was a smash success for the animals and tons of fun for all who participated. Thank you to everyone who came out and showed their support!

Save the Date: Two exciting events to support the animals! The Pasadena Animal League, the all-volunteer auxiliary of the Pasadena Humane Society and the organization behind Artistic License, will switch gears next year to present “The Fast & The Furriest,” a dinner/dance and auction, on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Annandale Country Club. All proceeds will support the Pasadena Humane Society’s life-saving spay/neuter programs. PAL welcomes new members to assist in its fundraising efforts and help plan and organize this event. If you are interested in joining an inspiring and fun group of men and women dedicated to helping animals in need, please contact Barbara Bunting, PAL co-president, at (626) 441-7737 or

Join us on Sunday, June 12, 2011 for the San Marino Motor Classic in Lacy Park. The Classic, a celebration of design and motion, will bring together a broad selection of motor cars from the Roaring 20’s to the Post World War II 1950’s. The exposition will include American and European race, sports, and luxury cars. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Pasadena Humane Society. For more information, visit

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Shelter on Wheels

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But there is a serious side to all of the work on the Mobile Outreach Program. For those who may not know about PHS or may not be comfortable visiting our kennels, the Mobile Unit makes available significant information on our many services.

Volunteers answer the variety of questions many people have regarding spay and neuter services, the wildlife program, and other programs that the shelter offers. The Mobile is a microcosm of PHS that can reach into the community and connect directly with the public.

Rob and Dottie Sharkey The Sharkeys’ newest edition, Crosley, a blue eyed, social butterfly of a cat, recently appeared on the show, caught hold of their hearts and just wouldn’t let go. Their other cats, all named after classic radio manufacturers, Emerson and Philco were from shelters as well.

Facility Hours Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 9 am—6 pm Sat 9 am—5 pm Sun 11 am—5 pm

Adoption Hours Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri 9 am—5 pm Sat 9 am—4 pm Sun 11 am—4 pm

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Both the Pasadena Humane Society and Glendale GTV6 are immensely grateful for the Sharkeys’ many hours of service and commitment to helping the animals. We look forward to seeing them in the years to come, on camera and in person. 24 hour Emergency Service please call 626.792.7151 Glendale residents please call toll-free 818.240.9100 The SPCAisisaa ThePasadena PasadenaHumane Humane Society Society && SPCA private, animal welfare welfare private,non-profit, non-profit, open open door, animal agencyserving serving the the communities communities of agency of Arcadia, Arcadia,Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, San Marino, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and South San Marino, Sierra MadrePasadena. and South Pasadena

Scoop - November & December 2010  

Scoop is a bi-monthly newsletter put out by the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA

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