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By: Pasadena Humane Society


Coyote activity in residential areas is on the rise. Wildfires, years of drought, and continued urban development, have all contributed to the increase of coyotes in residential neighborhoods.

Residential areas are appealing to coyotes because they provide a constant source of food and water. As coyotes settle in our cities, the once fearful coyote has become more accustomed to human activity and more brazen in its actions.

Since May 2015, several incidents involving coyotes and young children in Orange County have reinforced the need to be mindful of native wildlife and take measures to keep ourselves and our pets safe.

How can I prevent coyotes in my neighborhood?

  • Keep small pets inside, especially at dawn and dusk when coyotes are most active
  • Never offer food to coyotes. To ensure our safety, coyotes must remain fearful of humans.
  • Remove outdoor food sources, including pet food bowls and unsecured trash cans.
  • Water is as appealing as food. Remove water sources from your yard—pet food bowls, watering cans, etc.
  • Encourage your neighbors to do the same.

What if a coyote approaches?

  • Do not walk towards the coyote.
  • Do not run if a coyote approaches. Make loud noise to try to scare the coyote.
  • Try to make yourself appear as big and scary as possible.
  • Pick up small children or pets.


By: Pasadena Humane Society

PASADENA, Calif. (June 19, 2015) - - Nothing says 4th of July like a spectacular fireworks display; but how do fireworks affect our pets? Dogs, cats and other animals are easily frightened by the loud booms and bursts of fireworks and may run away. With the 4th of July falling on a Saturday this year, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA (PHS) is expecting a considerable increase in stray animals over the holiday weekend.

In response, the shelter will be open additional hours to accommodate the reunification of pets with owners. All return to owner fees will be waived from Sunday to Tuesday for stray animals arriving over the holiday weekend.

  • Friday, July 3: Normal business hours from 9am to 6pm.
  • Saturday, July 4: Shelter closed in observance of the 4th of July holiday.
  • Sunday, July 5: The office will open at 9am for pet reunification only. The shelter will be open from 11am to 5pm.
  • Monday, July 6: The main office will be open from 9am to 1pm to facilitate pet reunification requests only.
  • Tuesday, July 7: Normal business hours resume.

A current identification tag is the best way to ensure your pet is returned to you promptly. On July 3rd and 4th, PHS Animal Control Officers will be out in the field to return lost animals with current ID tags directly to their homes. If you live in our service area and see a stray animal, call (626) 792-7151 ext. 102.

Remember, it’s best to keep your pets indoors over the 4th of July weekend. If your pet runs away, make sure to search the kennels of your local shelter and post signs in your neighborhood. PHS updates its website,, hourly.

Free Adoption Day on June 30

Free Adoption Day Kitten.jpg Looking to add a new furry friend to your family? The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will hold its 2nd Annual “Free Adoption Day” on June 30. The shelter, located at 361 S. Raymond Ave in Pasadena, will be open for adoptions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year’s event will be held in honor of board member Steve Johnson. Adoption fees will be waived for all available animals—including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, pocket pets and reptiles--for the entire day. As the shelter fills to capacity during the warmer months, it is important to find new homes for pets as quickly as possible. The 2014 “Free Adoption Day” resulted in the adoption of 29 cats, 13 dogs, one parakeet, one lovebird, and one chicken.

“After last year’s rousing success, we are incredibly excited to be hosting another free adoption day,” says Kevin McManus, adoptions supervisor. “We hope to have just as many, if not more adoptions, this year.”

All dog and cat adoptions include the spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and a set of vaccines. The 2015 “Free Adoption Day” coincides with the implementation of a mandatory spay and neuter ordinance in the City of Pasadena. As of July 1st, all dogs and cats 6 months of age and over must be spayed and neutered. Pasadena residents will have one year to comply.

The event is open to anyone looking to adopt a pet; not just residents of our service cities. Regular adoption policies and screening apply. To expedite the adoption process, download and print an adoption application in advance on our website. If you rent, bring proof you are allowed to have a pet at your residence. Ample parking is available onsite. View all animals at the shelter at

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month

Adopt a Shelter Cat Month 2015 FlyerCats are quickly overtaking dogs as the most popular pet in the US. Cats make wonderful companions and fit a variety of lifestyles.

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, the adoption fee for all adult cats (one year and older) is only $35. Be sure to take advantage of the many other ways we help cats find homes, including:

  • Lucky 13 Black Cat Adoptions: All black cats and cats with black markings are $13 on the thirteenth of every month. The next event will be Saturday, June 13th!
  • 2 for $85: Get double the love by adopting two kittens for $85.
  • Long term residents: Any cat that has been at the shelter for more than one month is $35.
  • Seniors for Seniors program: The adoption fee is waived for cats 5 years old and older for adopters 60 years old and older. The $20 mandatory microchip still applies.

The adoption fee includes the spay or neuter surgery, a microchip and a set of vaccines. Standard application screenings apply.

Whether you’re looking for an energetic kitten or a distinguished senior, our adoption counselors will help you find your “purr-fect” new friend. View all of our cats available for adoption. Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month by adopting at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA and giving the gift of a “purrever” home.

May 17-23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week

PASADENA, Calif. - - According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 4.5 million people most of them children are bitten by dogs every year. The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA reminds pet owners and parents that most dog bites are preventable.

Early warning signals include:

  • Closed mouth
  • Stiff body
  • Wide eyes with the white of the eye visible (also known as whale eyes)
  • Raised hackles (the ridge of hair along the dog’s spine and base of its tail)
  • Actively trying to get away or shows lack of interest
  • Curled lips exposing canines
  • Growling, which is the best indicator that a dog is uncomfortable

"“The key to dog bite prevention is understanding those signals so you can take action before matters escalate,” says Carol Ann Heinis, Behavior Supervisor at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “It is a good sign when a dog shows that is it stressed or uncomfortable. It’s much better to have a dog who vocalizes its discomfort by growling, rather than a dog that does not and goes right into a bite.”"

Another important way to prevent bites is by teaching children how to interact with pets and unknown dogs. Important tips include:

  • Always ask a pet owner permission to pet a dog.
  • Teach children to pet on the chest or on the sides of the chest. Most dogs do not like hugs and kisses, or being petted on the head.
  • Never tease a dog or disturb it while sleeping, eating or guarding an item, such as a toy.
  • If an unfamiliar dog approaches, stand still, be silent and avoid eye contact.

Enrolling a dog in an obedience class or teaching it a few commands can help strengthen the bond between the owner and dog, and, in turn, help prevent bites. For information on dog bite prevention, call the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA’s Behavior Helpline at 626.792.7151 ext. 155. For more information on National Dog Bite Prevention Week, visit

Be Kind to Animals Week May 3-9

The first full week in May is National Be Kind to Animals Week. This national observance,started in 1915, highlights the important role animals and wildlife play in our lives. Here are 10 ways to be kind to animals:

  • Take your pets in for their annual veterinary exam and vaccinations
  • Spay or neuter your cat, dog or rabbit to help stop the tragedy of pet overpopulation
  • Learn more about local urban wildlife and humane ways to coexist
  • Teach children kind ways to treat animals
  • Report animal cruelty
  • Adopt from your local shelter and give the gift to a second chance to life
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter or rescue organization
  • Donate gifts, items on our wishlist, automobiles or shop at our affiliates to continue our mission of compassion and care for all animals
  • Make sure your pet is wearing current ID tags and is microchipped
  • Spend extra quality time with your pet

PHS offers many programs and services that maintain and enrich the animal-human bond. From adoptions to spay and neuter services to behavior and training classes and humane education, PHS is here for the animals.

Foster Friday at The Shelter Shop on 5/1

Looking for a furry bundle of joy? Meet foster kittens this Friday, May 1 at The Shelter Shop from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. These young animals are available for adoption and ready to find loving forever homes. Adopted foster animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped to help them start life on the right paw. Get pre-approved for adoption by submitting your application to

While at the Shelter Shop, stock up on all the necessities for your new animal companion including kitten food, bowls, beds, accessories and more. Plus, what you spend at the Shelter Shop, helps the animals at the shelter.

Join us this Foster Friday and open you hearts and homes to these young animals in need! Can't adopt, but want to help young animals? Consider becoming a PHS foster parent. Learn more at our upcoming Fostering 101 Info Session on Wednesday, May 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hop Into Summer Rabbit Adoption Event


Hop Into Summer

From lop ear and lionhead to dwarf and ruby-eyed bunnies, PHS has many rabbits in need of a home.

Here are some furry facts about bunnies:

  • They can live up to 10 years.
  • They are ground dwellers so they feel most comfortable on the ground.
  • They like to have places to hide and retreat. A cardboard box or short PVC pipe can make great additions to their hutch.
  • They need a lot of wooden toys to chew on as their teeth never stop growing.

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is reducing rabbit adoption fees to $15 for one rabbit or $20 for two. Adopters will receive a coupon for a free nail trim at our monthly clinic, as well as a free gift from The Shelter Shop. The adoption fee includes the spay/neuter surgery and a microchip. View all of rabbits looking for homes at Hop into summer by adopting a shelter rabbit today!

Hot Weather Safety Tips & Videos for Pets

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA recommends the following tips to keep your pets cool in hot weather:

  • Keep your pets hydrated with plenty of cool water.
  • Provide shade and water, if your pet is outside.
  • If you want to exercise your pet, do so during the early morning or later evening hours.
  • Your dog's pads can burn easily when walking on asphalt, artificial grass, tile, cement or other similar surfaces. Walk them later in the evening or early in the morning when it's cool.
  • You can put sunblock on your dog's nose, ears and belly to prevent sunburn. Ask your veterinarian what brand you should use.
  • For rabbit owners: Place a two-liter frozen bottle of water in your rabbit's hutch. This acts as a natural air-conditioner.
  • For cat owners: Place your cat in a sink or bathtub with a few ice cubes to play with. This way your cat can have fun and stay cool at the same time!
  • For dog owners: Fill a kiddie pool with shallow water and let your dogs play around in it. Make sure to supervise your dogs while they play.
  • Do not leave your pet in the car. If you see an animal left in a car in hot weather, you can report it to us. Call 626.792.7151 and ask to speak with Field Services.
  • Last, but not least, if your pet is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, heavily salivating, and/or immobile) take him/her immediately to your veterinarian for assessment.

    Watch our videos below for additional tips:


    If you have further questions, call us at 626.792.7151.

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