Save the Palo Alto Shelter!
  • Petitioned Yiaway Yeh
  • Responded

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Palo Alto Mayor
Yiaway Yeh
Palo Alto City Council
Council Members
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Palo Alto City Manager
James Keene
California State House
California State Senate

Save the Palo Alto Shelter!

    1. Christy Wishon
    2. Petition by

      Christy Wishon

      Oxford, MS

Help Save Palo Alto Animal Services!

Please help the Palo Alto Humane Society save the local shelter and spay-neuter clinic. The City of Palo Alto may close Palo Alto Animal Services, its shelter and its excellent low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic. Please contact the Palo Alto City Council Members and tell them NOT SO FAST!

If Palo Alto Animal Services closes:

Closing the only low-cost spay/neuter clinic between San Mateo and Milpitas/San Jose (a 27 mile span).  Low-cost spay neuter is open to anyone from any city, and provides an outstanding cost savings; on average 50-70% lower than having an animal sterilized at the vet.

Result: More unsterilized animals due to additional costs, subsequently resulting in more stray and feral animals.

• Eliminating the weekly low-cost vaccination/microchipping clinic, allowing people to keep their pets’ vaccinations current (distemper, rabies, and other diseases known to companion animals) without incurring the cost of a veterinary visit to have an animal vaccinated.

Result: Fewer people vaccinating their pets due to cost-prohibitive expenses.

• Eliminating the ability to surrender an animal, whether by an owner or a person who simply finds an animal in the area. Currently, the shelters being considered do not accept owner surrenders, and if they do, there is a long waiting list and large cost associated with surrender. In addition, posting a lost or found animal report will have to be done in a distant location.

Result: More animals abandoned in the cities, Baylands, etc. What will become of animals that have no place to go?

• Losing Palo Alto Animal Control officers, who are immediately responsive to injured, stray, dangerous, or dead animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, wildlife, etc. In addition, after-hours Animal Control Officers take injured pets to emergency clinics in the area, which are then transferred to PAAS the next morning.

Result: Long wait times from an outside agency may mean the difference between life and death for animals.

• The loss of many long-standing and successful relationships with 501 (3c) organizations who rely on low-cost spay/neuter/vaccinations/testing/microchipping to be able to rescue, care for, and place animals in permanent homes, as well as those activiely involved the Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) of feral cats in the area.

• In addition, the shelter engages in a complementary relationship with many non-profit organizations to secure placement of underage, underweight, or other compromised animals that cannot thrive in a shelter environment.

Result: Increased unnecessary euthanasia.

These are just a few of the major reasons Palo Alto must operate a shelter, even if moved to another location in Palo Alto!

Our community is home to some of the most highly intelligent, innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative minds in the world, and there has to be a solution available, rather than just saying “close it.”

Recent signatures


    1. Cuts eyed for animal services, traffic enforcement

      Christy Wishon
      Petition Organizer

      Also, this is the latest email received from the City Manager's office from signing the petition (which by the way this petition was closed because the city council wanted to hear from local constituents and not get generated mass emails).

      They want everyone with interest to show up at the Policy and Services Committee meeting next Thursday 5/10 at 6pm. Let's not disappoint them!

      -- Thank you for your e-mail regarding Palo Alto Animal Services. Given your interest in this topic, the City would like you to be aware that this item is scheduled to be heard by the Council’s Policy & Services Committee on Thursday, May 10th at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located at 250 Hamilton Avenue.

      If you have further questions, please contact Acting Assistant Chief Bob Beacom via email at

      Thank you again for your email and your interest in this topic.

      James Keene, City Manager
      City of Palo Alto

    2. Decision-maker Council Members responds:

      Council Members

      Thank you for your e-mail regarding Palo Alto Animal Services. Given your interest in this topic, the City would like you to be aware that this item is scheduled to be heard by the Council’s Policy & Services Committee on Thursday, May 10...

    3. This petition will close early...

      Christy Wishon
      Petition Organizer

      To all of our supporters of Save Our Shelter - Palo Alto Animal Services - Thank you immensely!

      The Palo Alto City Council has expressed they would like to hear from residents of Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills, CA only (the areas the shelter directly services), if possible. This will have a more influential and lasting impact on their decisions. If you live in any of these three cities, please write thoughtful letters, call, or email about your concern of the shelter closing to all of the Palo Alto City Council Members, Mayor, and City Manager. These should go out as soon as possible. The link to the City of Palo Alto Website is below where you can find all addresses, phone numbers. and emails.

      Thank you so much!

      Save Our Shelter (SOS) Campaign

    4. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • stephanie fraissl MORGAN HILL, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      PAHS offers an invaluable resource to the community and should remain open. Without it, so many animals would not have been rehomed, vaccinated, and treated for medical conditions.

    • Geoffrey Pope PALO ALTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The clinic provides important low-cost services for the animals in this community and was integral to my adoption of two feral cats.

    • Charles Gary PALO ALTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      The shelter is a valuable community resource well worth the $5 per resident per year it costs. Tearing down a shelter for lost and abandoned animals to put in a glitzy car dealership sounds like the setup for a Disney film. All we need is some big guy smoking a cigar with a maniacal laugh. They might as well put in a chemical plant to make food additives.

    • Irene Beardsley PALO ALTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I realize it might not be advantageous financially, but the clinic is such a good thing for the city otherwise. I hope you can find a way.

    • Jan Pendleton PALO ALTO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      To keep our animal shelters in operation for all the unwanted and abused pets in need.


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