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Thanksgiving is the Right Moment to Thank Volunteers

Ken White | Posted 11.24.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

Yes, there is something very wrong at the core of many people but there is also something very right with those who give of themselves so freely, so generously, and without any agenda other than the clear desire to help save the lives of animals who cannot help themselves.

Black Cats and Halloween

Ken White | Posted 10.26.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) is not placing a moratorium on black cat adoptions like some shelters across the country do in the da...

Hi-Tech Meets Hi-Touch, or Why the Best Laptop Might Just Be a Cat

Ken White | Posted 09.24.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

I recently met with a young man who, after having recently adopted a pet bunny from the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, wanted to share a couple of observations and an idea. I'm always happy to meet with people, especially people who have already helped us save a life, and new ideas are always welcome.

Who Is Helping the Animals Near You? Likely Not the ASPCA

Ken White | Posted 09.11.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

As the saying goes, it's déjà vu all over again. This weekend I received two letters from the New York City-based ASPCA. The letters were identical, although they came with different envelope stuffers. Why does this seem familiar?

Clucking Not True

Ken White | Posted 08.31.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

Last Monday's San Francisco Chronicle front page reported a now oft-asserted but completely Bizarro world assertion that California's Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (2008's Proposition 2 which was passed by the voters and is now law) has made the world a nice place for farmed chickens. Come on.

eBay, a Wildlife Chop Shop

Ken White | Posted 08.05.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

How extraordinary that major airlines are now setting their own policies prohibiting their transporting decapitated heads of lions and other wildlife "trophies." Good on them! Perhaps now it's time to see eBay step up with a comparable policy.

In the Shadow of Cecil the Lion's Death, Do Something to Help Animals

Ken White | Posted 08.06.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

The death of Cecil the lion has appropriately generated tremendous outrage. Good. But outrage only goes so far. Beyond that emotional response, there are many things you can do -- both large and small -- to help animals.

HSUS and ASPCA Are Not Your Local Animal Shelter (and Likely Not Helping the Animals in Your Local Animal Shelter)

Ken White | Posted 07.28.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

I won't and I don't criticize the work done by these national organizations. You should take the time to form your own opinions about the programs and services of any charitable organization you are thinking about supporting. What I do take exception to is those organizations making statements about their work designed to lead to questionable conclusions.

People & Other Animals: When Is the Right Time to End the Life of Loved Animal?

Ken White | Posted 06.22.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

Those of us who work in animal welfare are frequently asked to answer a question that has no answer: When is the right time to end the life of a loved animal? A lousy question, but I guess it's just part of the job.

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

Ken White | Posted 05.11.2015 | 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.