Volunteer Spotlight: Darci B.

Darci B.Our Volunteer Spotlight this month goes to the wonderful Darci B. When she’s not working for the School District or taking her grandchildren to their sports games, she’s helping us plan another BHS event. Darci joined our special events team three years ago and has now become one of the lead volunteers in almost every fundraiser we put on.

She was a huge asset to this year’s Bidwell Bark, collecting and creating the prize basket items for us to raffle off at the event. Her hours and hours of hard work helped us execute an amazing event, and we are so grateful for her dedication to the Butte Humane Society. Besides being here for several Bidwell Barks, she has been a helping hand for our fall Gala fundraisers, mobile adoption events, Photos with Santa, and more. She is even on our Volunteer Advisory Committee.

Our Marketing and Events Specialist, Samantha Jones, says that Darci’s “happy-go-lucky attitude makes her an absolute joy to be around”, and that she “can’t thank her enough for all of her hark work during Bidwell Bark!”

Sweet Success: Luna & Gatsby

IMG_3418Written by Kimberly I. & Wendy B., loving adopters

Luna was a very shy dog when we first brought her home, but she quickly established herself as a member of our family! She likes to roll on her back for belly rubs or to be cradled in your arms, she’s very much a cuddler! Sometimes when she falls asleep or if she’s relaxed, her tongue sticks out and it’s a very funny sight. We’ve gotten some toys for her, but she seems to prefer the squeaky stuffed toys the best. Luna’s favorite dog to play with is Buffy, our other girl chihuahua. They jump and roll around and sometimes run around the house! She is a very laid back dog, but she often gets very excited when we go on walks. We’ve taken her on walks around tgats_sleephe neighborhood and at the local dog park, and she is very good with her leash and harness.

Gatsby is a very loving dog. He loves to lay in everyone’s lap and cuddle or be held in people’s arms. He has a stuffed hedgehog toy that he loves and sometimes he falls asleep with it. He’ll sit with it on the floor, couch, or bed and continuously squeak it too. Gatsby’s favorite thing to do is go for walks. He gets excited when we go for a walk around the neighborhood or at the dog park and he’s very vocal about it. He is very good with his leash and harness. He wasn’t so sure about our cats at first, we think that he hadn’t seen one before, but now he plays with them when they want to play (and sometimes when they do want to play!). He is a very friendly dog, even to new people.

Luna and Gatsby are very much a part of our family and we thank you for allowing us to bring them into our lives!

April 2017 Desktop Calendars

Why helloooo April! Step into spring on your screen with these adorable BHS desktop backgrounds featuring Cupid the cat & sweet, adoptable Haven.

Easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Click on the calendar you love
  2. Right click & save to your desktop
  3. Minimize your window & find the image on your desktop
  4. Right click & select “Set as desktop background”

 

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The Truth About Pit Bulls

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Originally, as America was still developing, pit bulls, were trusted with many different responsibilities around family and homestead. Responsibilities such as helping on hunts for food, as well as being a companion and protector of the children in the household, were part of the daily life of a pit bull. Due to its reliability as a working dog and companionship with owners, pit bulls were one of America’s most popular breeds. Many well known people owned pit bulls, including President Roosevelt, Helen Keller and in the movie “Little Rascals”, further exemplifying the trustworthiness and kind nature of a pit bull.  

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Modern misconceptions have tarnished and misrepresented the real personalities and demeanor of the pit bull breed. Stereotypes of the breed, such as being violent, were caused by humans and the ways in which they treated these dogs. The way any dog pit bull behaves depends on how it, as an individual, is raised and the environment from which it comes. If a dog is exposed to an environment, which nurtures and loves them, the dog will behave that way. If the dog is neglected and exposed to a hostile environment, they will act accordingly. The responsibility of ensuring a dog will be loving and kind falls on the individual who cares for them. 

In an annual test by the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS), over 240 different dog breeds were tested on different aspects of their temperament, such as shyness, aggressiveness and friendliness. The American Pit Bull Terrier breed passed at a rate of 87.4 percent, higher than the overall average of 83.4 percent .

To say that all American Pit Bull Terriers and other similar breeds are all the same would be a mistruth; just as much as it would be to say that all German Shepherds make great police dogs, or Rat Terriers are good hunters. The truth is that the breed doesn’t determine the dog. Looking forward it’s important to remember to encourage all dog owners to raise their four-legged friends in a friendly and positive environment and to recognize their own dog’s behaviors.