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People and Other Animals: It's a Croc (Not!)

Ken White | Posted 03.11.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

I have a three-inch scar on my right forearm from when a caiman (a horribly ignored exotic "pet" I was involved in rescuing) tried to separate that part of my limb from the rest of my body. The scar is now decades old but the memory is fresh.

People and Other Animals: Saga of One Little Squirrel

Ken White | Posted 03.09.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

We take our work home with us. Perhaps no field of work better illustrates that saying than animal welfare. Those of us who work at humane organizations, almost all of us, share our homes with more animals than anyone outside the field would think sane.

People and Other Animals: My Old Dog and the Rain

Ken White | Posted 02.17.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

The one thing our dogs and cats do poorly, they simply do not live long enough. I know it's coming, hopefully not yet for a few years. For now, how wonderful to have this time to nuzzle with our big old guy who was always, before, more than a bit nuzzle-resistant.

People and Other Animals: Eating Dogs and Cats

Ken White | Posted 02.02.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

Surprising to me and I assume to most of us, the practice of eating dog and cat meat is legal and at least marginally accepted in Switzerland. Some Swiss citizens aim to ban that.

People and Other Animals: Tyrannosaurs at Play

Ken White | Posted 01.17.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

While romping dinosaurs might not fit neatly into our image of the prehistoric past, the same sort of disconnect can be said of some people's limited concepts of dogs' intelligence, cats' social nature, and crows' playfulness.

People & Other Animals: Who Rescued Who?

Ken White | Posted 12.22.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

On occasion, someone will send me a story which needs a larger audience and nothing else from me. This is such a story, sent (along with the photo) from Anne Sallot.

People and Other Animals: Helping the Animals Near You

Ken White | Posted 12.14.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

The ASPCA operates out of a shelter in Manhattan. Manhattan is literally a country away from the San Francisco Bay Area. If an animal "perhaps not far from you" in the Bay Area is being abused, contacting ASPCA will do nothing to help that animal.

People and Other Animals: Stray Cobra Found But Who Else Is Out There?

Ken White | Posted 11.10.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

Cobras fill a niche where they belong. They do not belong here. There is no niche for them in San Francisco or Los Angeles. Whether smuggled-in wild caught animals or those captive-bred offspring of wild ancestors, to have them here is cruel to them and potentially quite dangerous for the rest of us.

People and Other Animals: Remembering an Extinct Species

Ken White | Posted 11.05.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

Back in March I wrote about extinction, specifically about extinction resulting from the hand of Homo sapiens, focusing then on how man's appetite for...

Baby Screech Owls

Ken White | Posted 08.26.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

Unlike most humane organizations, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA also provides care for injured and orphaned native wild animals. And this time of...

When It's Not Safe to Feed or Treat the Animals

Ken White | Posted 05.12.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

This relates to two emails I recently received about products made and sold for our pets' well-being but which are proving to be anything but good for...

Hospice Care for a Homeless Dog

Ken White | Posted 07.02.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

Since Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA accepts all dogs and cats, we get dogs and cats with all sorts of challenges -- and we do our very best to do...

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

Ken White | Posted 06.08.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

The concept was simple and, I believe, both reasonable and good: that is, these birds, typically kept alive for about 2 years, ought to have enough space to be able to move around more freely with room to stand up, sit down, and fully extend wings.

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

Ken White | Posted 05.10.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

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 c...

The Slaughter of the Dolphins

Ken White | Posted 04.28.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

Dolphins are the cognitive cousins of elephants and gorillas. We know them to be smart, to be self-aware; to know fear and to feel threat, and to also understand family, in ways with which we can -- and should -- empathize.

Rescued Peregrine Falcon: Magic on the Wing

Ken White | Posted 01.25.2014 | San Francisco
Ken White

This Peregrine was found near San Francisco International Airport in July, grounded and suffering head trauma. He was released last week from the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA's Center for Compassion following a successful feather implant procedure.

Get Your Hands on Our Buns, Please...

Ken White | Posted 10.28.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, like so many local sheltering organizations, has made huge strides over the years in addressing the dog and cat crisis through the combination of subsidized spay/neuter programs plus education/advocacy campaign plus adoption programs.

Why Watch Cat Videos...?

Ken White | Posted 10.20.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

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.

Getting an Old Dog a New Person

Ken White | Posted 08.31.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

With the words "10 years old" on her kennel paperwork, Kensey hasn't had many suitors. Most visitors just keep walking.

A Chicken Leaping Into Every Pot

Ken White | Posted 07.30.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

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.

Animal Cancer Awareness Month

Ken White | Posted 07.16.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

Get your animals spayed or neutered. And while your pet's annual veterinary check-up certainly includes the sort of hands-on exam that may detect a lump, it's important to know your pet's body well enough on your own to offer up what in fact saved Sugar Rub.

Animal Cruelty at the California State Fair

Ken White | Posted 05.02.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

"The principle of confinement in so-called animal science is derived from the industrial version of efficiency. The designers of animal factories appe...

An Obit for My Sweet Little Man

Ken White | Posted 05.27.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

We're not supposed to have favorites but of course we do, and it was my favorite sweet little guy Tsimmes who died this past weekend. It's the one thing our cats and dogs don't do well: They do not live long enough.

Getting a Little Nuts

Ken White | Posted 01.07.2013 | San Francisco
Ken White

In recent times, two breeds of dog have not only become incredibly popular but also appear to be bucking the past trends of falling out of popularity almost as quickly: Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas.

When Birds Mourn

Ken White | Posted 11.19.2012 | San Francisco
Ken White

As someone who has spent (happily) most of my life with and around animals, I grow more and more convinced that we have more in common with our fellow inhabitants of the Earth than we may imagine.