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If Bugs Can't Do It, Birds Won't Do It

Ken White | Posted 07.26.2016 | Green
Ken White

Is that why I see fewer robins and towhees in my backyard than in recent years but more and more House finches and crows? Again, a simple 1 + 1 does not always lead to 2 and so I can't reasonably draw such a conclusion.

More Screeching

Ken White | Posted 07.15.2016 | Green
Ken White

Several weeks back I wrote about the three baby Screech Owls my wife and I raised and released in our yard, "overflow" from the Peninsula Humane Socie...

Screech Owls in the Yard

Ken White | Posted 06.23.2016 | Green
Ken White

A great deal of that hands-on rehab is performed by hundreds of dedicated volunteers, my wife Carolyn among them. With the urging then of my very special volunteer and following plans provided by our professional wildlife staff, we've constructed a spacious enclosure in our backyard.

Hard To Adopt Dogs Find Homes

Ken White | Posted 06.13.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

An open admissions shelter, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA accepts all animals from our community. That means many wonderful, healthy, friendly a...

The Gorilla, the Boy, and the Question: Why Do We Need Zoos?

Ken White | Posted 06.03.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

The killing of the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo has received the attention one could only expect. I don't care to join in the bashing and blaming, but I do think this is the right time to ask a far more basic question. Why do we need zoos?

House Finch Hope & Love Spring Eternal

Ken White | Posted 05.03.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

I've written before of the birds in my suburban yard. We've spotted dozens of species on our postage stamp size property, from diminutive Anna's Hummingbird to the impressive Cooper's Hawk who lands frequently on our fence.

Sunshine the Cat Lights Up a Life

Ken White | Posted 04.25.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

Once again, a letter best presented without further comment... "Dear PHS President Ken White, "I just read about your January 2003 promises to not p...

Animals the Size of the Nail on Your Pinky Finger Which Require Feeding Every 15 Minutes

Ken White | Posted 04.12.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

A few readers contacted me after my last post to question my comment, noting that Peninsula Humane Society accepts all animals including native wildli...

Meet Charlie, the Narcoleptic Dog

Ken White | Posted 04.05.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is an open door shelter, which means we accept every animal brought to us from this community regardless of age, h...

'You Bring Together People Like Me and Furry Friends Like Maggie and We Save Each Other'

Ken White | Posted 03.28.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

Sometimes, the best thing to do is to simply get out of the way. An example of that approach...

How To Help The Animals

Ken White | Posted 02.02.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

What would you do if your kitten was kidnapped and abused? What if your dog was tortured by teenagers in a gang ritual? What if you knew of a trailer where dogs and cats had been abandoned, living without food, fresh air, or someone to take care of them?

Politics As Unusual

Ken White | Posted 01.12.2016 | San Francisco
Ken White

Meet our Super-Pack, the only one which should have influence in your life.

'Twas a Different Night: Christmas Homes for Every Homeless Pet

Ken White | Posted 12.21.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house All the creatures were stirring, including the mouse And the dogs big and little, the dogs...

Life, Such as It Is, of a Primate in a Research Lab

Ken White | Posted 12.02.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced its plan to end all federal research performed on chimpanzees, effectively retiring these a...

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 days...

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

Ken White | Posted 09.21.2016 | 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 09.11.2016 | 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 08.31.2016 | 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 08.05.2016 | 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 07.31.2016 | 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 07.28.2016 | 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.