Pasadena Humane Society Aids Pets During Crisis

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A Pasadena Humane Society volunteer recently distributes food as part of its Helping Paws program, a pet food bank offering free food and supplies to animal owners in need. The nonprofit expects more people to struggle with feeding and keeping their pets amid the coronavirus fallout.

With the effects of the coronavirus trickling into every crevice of modern-day sustainability, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is gearing up to help those it knows are most impacted in times of crisis: unemployed people and their pets.
Even those people who had been doing relatively well economically are expected to struggle financially because of the closures that were enacted to stem the spread of COVID-19, especially if they are part of the retail, restaurant, hotel or service industries. In times of hardship, people often need to abandon their rented homes and apartments with their beloved animals.
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Humane Society Fosters New Ways to Match People, Pooches

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Dia DuVernet, pictured with her dog Sueshi, joined the Pasadena Humane Society as president/CEO in June and plans to lead the nonprofit, founded in 1903, to the next level in animal welfare.

For families who’ve never taken the plunge, the idea of adopting an unknown shelter dog — with unknown experiences and behaviors — can be so nerve wracking that some simply go the puppy route, believing success will more likely result from raising a canine from scratch.
Well, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has a new plan for nervous, potential new parents, giving them one more reason to consider adopting a four-legged forever friend from the preeminent animal welfare organization in the San Gabriel Valley and help save one of the thousands of homeless creatures that pass through its doors each year.
And if you’re not prepared to take on the responsibilities of a full-time dog owner, that’s OK, too. There’s still a way to enjoy the company of a furry companion and give a homeless dog a break from the stressful shelter environment.
The new sleepover program, in which volunteers take a dog home for two nights or more, has become a resounding success for families and pooches alike. Continue reading “Humane Society Fosters New Ways to Match People, Pooches”

Humane Society Welcomes New Board Member

Karla Berentsen
Karla Berentsen

The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has recently appointed Karla Berentsen to its board of directors. Berentsen is a local resident with a passion for animals. She is currently a trusts and estate attorney and partner at the Pasadena law firm of Hahn & Hahn LLP, as well as a member of the School Site Council at Sierra Madre Elementary School. She has been married to her husband, Stephen, for the past 16 years and they have three children: their daughter Sallie (10), and their two dogs, Boomer (9) and Trouble (3), both of whom are rescues.
“I am so fortunate to be involved with the Pasadena Humane Society, said Berentsen. “It is a privilege to help this amazing organization.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Karla to the board of directors,” said Julie Bank, president/CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.
“Her dedication to animals, as well as her professional expertise will be a real asset to the organization.”
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