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Ken White
Raised by alligators released into the sewers of Brooklyn by children of elderly Jews returning from winter trips to Miami, Ken migrated to S.F. in 1975, and has worked with and for the animals for more than thirty years. Starting in 1978 for San Francisco's SPCA where he created the animal assisted therapy and humane education programs, and then 1989-93 as Deputy Director in charge of day-to-day operations for S.F. Department of Animal Care and Control. In 1993, the lure of affordable housing tempted him (a mistake) to leave the Bay Area, first as v.p. for Humane Society of the U.S. in Washington, D.C., and then President of Arizona Humane Society where he completed the 20-acre Campus For Compassion and dramatically increased adoptions and life-saving programs (one example, a 62' long mobile spay/neuter clinic free service for companion animals on the Navajo Nation).
Ken returned to the Bay Area in 2002 to lead Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, which today guarantees a home for every healthy, adoptable dog and cat, makes well and adopts thousands who arrive injured and ill, provides rehabilitation for native wildlife from S.F. through northern Santa Clara County -- combined, saving 7,000 animals every year.

Entries by Ken White

Making the World a Better Place for Chickens (or Maybe Not So Much)

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Let me jump to and answer the obvious flack I may receive for this post: my agenda here is not to try and convince anyone what to eat and what not to eat. This is not an argument for or even in defense of a vegetarian or vegan diet. This...

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Extinction at the Hand of Man

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 5:40 PM

As someone who lives in the Bay Area, it's almost always on trips away from home when I find myself bumping into people who deny (a) that there's climate change ("what do you mean global warming, this is the coldest winter I remember"), (b) that climate change is a function...

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Mix Breeds Get Their Day (or at Least a Few Hours)

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Among the many great Groucho Marx quotes: "I don't want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member." It may be a stretch, but that quote came to mind as I read about the Big News out of N.Y.C. recently: That after 140 years of sticking...

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The Slaughter of the Dolphins

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 1:12 PM

In a move surprising for its bluntness (and getting attention for that as well as the issues raised) U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy recently made clear her deep objection to an annual event in a small town in Japan: the drive dolphin hunt or kill. She tweeted...

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Bigfoot's Valentine

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 8:51 AM

Valentine's Day. The easiest blog post for me to write is the one I do each year around Valentine's Day. Yes, of course, we deal with a great deal of sadness and real drama in the world of animal shelters, but love is quite literally here in the air. Every...

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Post-Op With the Animals

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 6:04 PM

My thanks to the several of you who emailed during this time I've been away from posting: it was rather nice to know that there really are readers out there. As I explained to those who wrote, I spent the end of last year and much of the first months...

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Lies Our High School Science Teachers Told Us

(5) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

I'm not a scientist, but as someone whose life is all about the animals, I found Dr. Herzing's TED talk ("Could we speak the language of dolphins?") a fascinating documentation of work along an appealing path...

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Rescued Peregrine Falcon: Magic on the Wing

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 6:06 PM


A subjective opinion, of course, but there are few animals quite as elegant as the Peregrine Falcon. Falco peregrines earns that scientific name, in fact, from the elegant crescent or sickle shaped silhouette with the wings extended in flight. To see...

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The Animals of Alaska, Sixth and Last of a Few Journal Entries; Day 11

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 9:56 AM

DAY 11: The last evening of this journey, following a few more equally wonderful days. Whale watching in the waters off Juneau, in terms of both sheer numbers and behaviors observed, is the finest of several excellent whale watching trips we've enjoyed for years, with Humpbacks displaying in a way...

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The Animals of Alaska, Fifth of a Few Journal Entries; Day 8

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 2:42 PM

DAY 8: Docked in Haines (by far my favorite of the towns we've seen -- there's something a bit "Bay Area" about this place) we left ship very early and headed off on a flatboat to travel the several forks of the Chilkat River. The Chilkat runs with "new" water;...

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The Animals of Alaska, Fourth of a Few Journal Entries: Day 7

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 8:50 PM

DAY 7: At sea, our second day, sipping coffee on the verandah off our cabin, Carolyn spots them first. One, two, then half a dozen, then too many to count sea otters floating along on their backs. With characteristics we often think of as "human" (playful animals who use tools,...

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The Animals of Alaska, Third of a Few Journal Entries; Day 5

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 5:41 PM

DAY 5: More travel within this big land, today's highlight was the train ride on tracks running for some distance parallel to and just a few yards off the coastline of Cook Inlet in south-central Alaska as we approach Anchorage to join our ship.

The Cook Inlet Beluga whale, isolated...

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The Animals of Alaska, Second of a Few Journal Entries; Day 4

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 5:37 PM

DAY 4: Walking on the tundra is quite unlike any other walking, and that is something I had not expected. Tundra, at least to my very much a layman's understanding, is defined as tree growth severely stunted by a short growing seasons (in Alaska that's a result of cold temperatures...

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The Animals of Alaska, First of a Few Journal Entries: Day 3

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 12:21 PM

"If someone could figure out how to steal Italy, he could hide it in Alaska and no one would find it." John McPhee wrote that back in 1976, a far better way of conjuring up the incredible size of this place than dully reporting square miles or acres. We wanted...

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Get Your Hands on Our Buns, Please...

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 9:02 AM

...Or, in other words, please consider adopting a rabbit. I'm going to assume that anyone who bothers to read my posts is well aware of the crisis in dog and cat overpopulation, but perhaps not so much about the overabundance of unwanted pet rabbits also in need of homes.

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Why Watch Cat Videos...?

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 4:44 PM


Why watch cat videos when you can enjoy the real deal in person? It's like the obvious choice between live Broadway Theater and reruns of "]I Love Lucy: both are fun, but up close and personal is the way to go.

I've seen...

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My Mom and My First Dog, Now Both Long Gone

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 11:00 AM

I stopped by earlier today to visit my parents' columbarium niche, en route to a meeting and uncharacteristically ahead of schedule. These visits are always filled with vivid memories, some welcome and others not so much. I realized that it's now just over 10 years since a conversation with my...

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Getting an Old Dog a New Person

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 9:54 AM

I don't often use this space with the hope of helping to find a home for a specific homeless animal, but this feels like a special situation, one which merits using every tool available to me. So, dear reader, meet Kensey.


Kensey came into...

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A Father's Day Memory: In the Company of Ducklings

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 12:42 PM

Father's Day: I choose to use this as the reason, or excuse, to recall and share one of my favorite moments of being a father, a memory I hold tight. I always will.

It was a beautiful Spring day, a dozen years ago. After a family breakfast and a...

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A Chicken Leaping Into Every Pot

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 1:04 PM

There's nothing unusual about dumb TV commercials but I am especially annoyed by a recent spot which brings us a combined message from Foster Farms and the American Humane Association in which we watch human-size talking chickens, raised in less ideal conditions than what is available at Foster...

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