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This Saturday at the Animal Shelter + A Dog Named Sam

Uploaded: Sep 23, 2014
The Palo Alto animal shelter is holding an event this Saturday, September 27th, that you won't want to miss if you have pets or are thinking about adopting. It is their annual Responsible Pet Owners Day.

It's co-sponsored by the City of Palo Alto Animal Services, and the Skyline Pet Fanciers of San Mateo County. Skyline Dog Fanciers is an AKC licensed all-breed purebred dog club located in San Mateo.

If you have pets, you can get them vaccinated at a special low cost ($6 for rabies and $15 for DA2PP & Bordetella). You can also get AKC microchipping for $20. It's also a great time to get your dog licensed, which not only are you *supposed* to do, but it also supports city services, keeps your dog's shot records handy in the city's database and rewards you with an official Palo Alto Dog Tag for your dog to sport on their collar.

If you are thinking about adopting, you should know that all adoption fees will be 50% off. You can see available animals here on Pet Harbor. Presently there are over 30 animals looking for homes, including numerous dogs and cats of various ages and types, along with several bunnies and hamsters.

The event hours are from 11am to 3pm on Saturday. For more info, call 650-496-5971. The shelter is located across 101 at 3281 East Bayshore, between Embarcadero and San Antonio.

Also, we are featuring here one of the dogs up for adoption: this beautiful young male American Staffordshire Terrier named Sam, with photos below courtesy of volunteer Jill Thompson. I am told that Sam is eager to please, learning obedience and will overcompensate such as by lying down when asked to sit, as he tries his best to do what he's asked.

A word from Sam: "Yo Sam here, I'm looking to be a great dog for you. I think it would be fun to run together or alongside while you bike, and also to learn more commands. I'm super devoted and loyal, and you can always count on me to be at your side, whether we're watching that flat screen thing you people like so much, or doing something a bit more interesting like cooking up that meat supply which I totally respect you for having."

Go meet Sam and learn more about him and the other pets up for adoption!

What is it worth to you?


Posted by Scottie Zimmerman, a resident of Midtown,
on Sep 25, 2014 at 2:02 am

Thanks, Cathy, for posting both messages: Responsible Dog Owner's Day and the simultaneous reduction of adoption fees to 50% of the regular fees.

You referred to Responsible PET Owner's Day, and I saw a sign at the shelter stating that cats are welcome as well as dogs. As we all know, however, cats aren't as easy to manage as dogs -- you can't just put a leash on a cat and head for the car. So if you want to bring a cat in on Saturday for vaccinations OR for the $20 microchip, please bring kitty in a cat carrier.

Lately I've seen a couple of videos on YouTube about dogs who've been returned safe & sound to their owners thanks to a microchip. Dogs who were long distances from home over long time periods when they crossed paths with someone who scanned and found a microchip and contacted the original owners. In many cases, the owners have given up hope of recovering a live dog.

The other piece in your blog post is about sweet Sam, the pit bull, who shows up so nicely in Jill Thompson's photos. Sam gets training most days of the week. There are regular volunteers who've taken a shine to Sam and know that improving his manners makes him more adoptable. POINT: Sam was never an unpredictable or aggressive dog. He's young and strong and has energy to burn. His training is paying off! Another feature of pit bulls is their intelligence and eagerness to please the humans in their life. Ready to meet Sam? You can see him and the shelter's other wonderful animals on Saturday, September 27th, 11-5.

Another feature of the event at PAAS comes from The 3J's who have created items for a Raffle, items for a Boutique, and items for a Silent Auction. Proceeds go to benefit the animals at PAAS. These three talented ladies are as generous as they are skilled!

Posted by Cathy Kirkman, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Sep 25, 2014 at 7:46 am

Cathy Kirkman is a registered user.

Thanks Scottie for all of this additional information. It sounds like it will be a wonderful event!

Posted by Jeremy, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Sep 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I've met Sam as he was being walked by a volunteer from our shelter along the Bay Trail. What an absolutely beautiful dog!
Sam was filled with energy and playfulness, so eager to please. He kept looking up at his walker as if saying "please just tell me what to do and I'll do it."

If I did not have my quota of dogs already, I would surely have taken Sam home with me.

Whoever does will benlucky indeed.

Posted by Cathy Kirkman, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Sep 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Cathy Kirkman is a registered user.

Thanks Jeremy for commenting, Sam sounds like such a sweet and lovely boy! I would like to donate a free pet portrait to whoever adopts him, just shoot me an email. I do a miniature 8x8 photo portrait on high-gloss metal with custom photo effects. Regards, Cathy

Posted by Scottie Zimmerman, a resident of Midtown,
on Sep 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

Three dogs were adopted on Saturday. Keiko, the Shiba Inu/Jindo mix, and the two little guys brought in together, a Miniature Schnauzer and a Yorkshire Terrier. They were at the shelter so briefly, I cannot remember their names.

Also adopted was a sweet bunny rabbit.

Sadly, no cat or kitten was adopted. We don't know why people aren't coming in to meet our gorgeous felines. Some of them have been at the shelter for 9 months!

Posted by Cathy Kirkman, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Sep 29, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Cathy Kirkman is a registered user.

Great news, thanks for the update Scottie!

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