Published: March 15, 2015
On March 21, a group of alumni, their families, and staff gathered at the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society for Pacific Oaks’ 2nd Annual Alumni Community Service Day.
The group was welcomed by Joe and Carla, two shelter volunteers who provided a history of the Humane Society and instructions for the days work. The group split up and promptly got to work in the needed areas. A handy lot of volunteers cleared out overgrown weeds, dried leaves, and cleared out kennels. Another group stuffed thank you letters to adopters and donors as well as assembled “going home” bags for those dogs and cats who’ve found their forever homes. Lastly the volunteers helped bathe and groom a few of the smaller pups, which is where our provost Pat fell in love with Frankie!
Pacific Oaks looks forward to continuing the relationship with the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society, and doing this again in the future.
The San Gabriel Valley Humane Society has been serving the area since 1924 when Fannie Thompson Kessler began taking in stray animals in her home. Fannie became an outspoken advocate for animal rights. She organized the American Animal Defense League to combat cruelty in the training of animals for vaudeville, movies, and circuses. In 1924, at the age of 65, she founded the Alhambra-San Gabriel Humane Society, which provided services for both farm and domestic animals. The shelter doubled in size when its neighbor property was donated in the interest of Fannie’s humanitarian work. Today, the shelter focuses on the care and placement of family pets. Visit SGVHumane.org to find out more.