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Jack Nordhaus

Jack Nordhaus, PhD has been a volunteer with Perfect Pet Rescue (, a West Los Angeles-based dog adoption service for nearly 20 years. He and his wife began their involvement with the program after walking dogs at the PPR boarding facility in Culver City. Today, Dr. Nordhaus spends Saturdays at the PPR mobile adoption location in Santa Monica — on the corner of 15th and Montana.  He and his fellow volunteers set up pens for the dogs with toys and water bowls, sit with, walk, and cuddle them, present them to potential adopters, and answer their inquiries about the adoption process. Over the years, he has helped more than 1,000 dogs find their “forever homes” and he’s looking forward to more every week.

After earning his PhD in European History from Columbia University, Dr. Nordhaus taught at Columbia and the University of Maryland before moving to Santa Monica.  While working as a writer and editor for a marketing firm, he taught Current Events at Santa Monica College for a number of years. He has done dozens of book reviews at the Santa Monica Public Library.  In the late 1990s, he launched a Current Events Discussion Group which meets at the Fairview Branch of the Santa Monica Library.

Dr. Nordhaus, his spouse, and their terrier-chihuahua (Missy the Missle) are enjoying their retirement in Mar Vista.

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