Without YOU, We Wouldn’t Be Here

While it may be National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, we would actually like to celebrate you, our supporters, because without you, the animals would not have a refuge.  Thank you for keeping your support local with your donations of food, toys, and cleaning/office supplies.  Thanks to the volunteers who donate their time to give these displaced animals the human contact they crave so deeply.  Our gratitude goes out to our monetary donors who continue to invest in saving lives.

Doggy Thank youIt is through the generosity of people like you that provides our less fortunate and displaced animals a second chance at having a great life.  You are and continue to be appreciated.

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is celebrated every year in the week of November and was founded by The Humane Society of the United States in 1996.

We thank you in advance for your continued support of time, charity and in-kind gifts.


Written by John Robertson

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Fall in Love- Hooch Needs a Home

Meet Hooch.  He was first brought to us at the tender age of 5 months, and has spent his life as the object of a theoretical revolving door- where one side is adoption, and the other returning to BHS after several unsuccessful attempts at finding love.  Although he has all of the attributes of a loving, sweet and fun dog, he is acclimated to his kennel due to the majority of his year and half long life being here.

Hooch- Nov 2015

Handsome, loving, energetic boy looking for long-term, monogamous (only dog) relationship. Seeking understanding, patient, and playful match who will spend days doing puzzles and other stimulating activities. Prefer an outdoor enthusiast without children. Sound like a loving match? Come meet me!

Upon first meeting Hooch, he is a calm and obedient boy.  Hooch will lean against the kennel door and offer his side for you to pet him.  However, once the leash is secured and he is brought into the play yard, Hooch is now outside of his comfort zone.  At first glance, this behavior is misunderstood as standoffish, but this is simply the conditioned behavior of a dog that has never had a consistent owner in his life.  BHS is working hard to socialize Hooch, and is making great improvements each month, but it is best that he have a home and owner to call his own.

The ideal owner for this adorable yet misunderstood dog would be one where patience and training can be dedicated to him, and know that the transition will be over time and not immediate.  All who meet Hooch take quite a shine to this sweet dog and feel he may also be a great working dog as well.  He is a smart boy who is eager to please and would benefit from consistent mental stimulation.  If you know anyone or an organization that could provide a future for Hooch, please contact us.


Written by John Robertson

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It’s Turkey Time- Thanksgiving Pet Safety

The caring act of giving your dog a sample of the holiday fare could cause serious harm to your pet, although it was done with the best of intentions. This is the season where we celebrate our good fortunes with family and friends at the dinner table with a plethora of food, drink and dessert.  However, many pet owners want to spoil their pets with treats humans love to eat, but there are some things you should consider before offering your pooch some samples:

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    Although the temptation to indulge your pets’ cravings during Thanksgiving can be challenging, your four legged buddy might have issues with the food you feed them.

    Don’t break your pets’ diets if they eat special foods for medical conditions.  If you aren’t certain if it’s safe for a particular pet to have treats, consult your family veterinarian first.  Also, make sure the food is properly cooked (this includes meat and dough for breads products).

  2. All things in moderation.  Don’t overdo it with Thanksgiving meal treats.  For a small dog, one piece of pumpkin pie may have an entire day’s worth of calories, and will have significantly less sustenance than their regular food.  For a small cat, did you know only one ounce of cheese will make your cat lay out flat meowing in the pain of overindulgence?  That amount of cheese is the equivalent in calories to a human eating two large sized fast food hamburgers.
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    For a cat, one ounce of cheese is equal to a human eating two large hamburgers!

    Make sure the food you give to your pets is at room temperature.  Hot food can cause oral or esophageal burns.

  4. Break foods into bite-sized pieces to avoid choking.  Fully cooked vegetables are softer and safer for your pet to swallow than raw vegetables.
  5. Don’t feed your pets foods on toothpicks or skewers!  Never assume your pet will nibble the food off and leave the toothpick or skewer behind.
  6. Avoid decorative food.  Keep in mind that decorative food, such as holiday corn, can be harmful if eaten by your dog or cat, especially if it is made of plastic.  There are some decorative flowers that are highly toxic to your pets if consumed as well.  Keep Lilies, Azalea, Oleander, Poinsettia and Chrysanthemum away from your animals.

It is hard to resist the soft eyes of a well behaved dog when you’re in the spirit of giving, but your four legged friend will be just as happy with treats made specifically for them.


Written by John Robertson

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Your Support in Action- Jack

Once intimidating and terrified to now affectionate and outgoing, all Jack needed was for somebody to believe in him. As a two-year-old Pit Bull/Sharpei mix, Jack’s misunderstood behavior left him passed over by many adopters. Jack is a shining example of how your support transforms the life of each animal at BHS.

Jack- SIA- Oct 2015

Jack is playful and easily entertained by his toys.

Jack is an affectionate dog who loves cuddles and aims to please. But his reactionary behavior towards strangers and dominance towards other dogs is what landed him at BHS. He was deemed unadoptable, but BHS staff and volunteers saw his potential and sweet disposition. With your support, over the four months Jack was with us, he received constant training, positive reinforcement, and socialization.

Jack3- SIA- Oct 2015

Jack was eager to please and share his affection.

Jack’s behavior transformed from reactionary to exemplary, and he became our model dog, helping us test the behavior of new dogs that came to us. Jack learned to be calm and accepting of unfamiliar dogs and people he was introduced to. Match that to his soft eyes, wet kisses, and love for cuddling, Jack was finally adopted after five months.

Your support sponsored Jack’s rehabilitation. Without you, BHS wouldn’t be able to dedicate time to animals like Jack, who just need someone to believe in them.


Written by Kari Young and Tiffany Alioto

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Clever Costumes and Other Halloween Safety Tips

Nothing’s cuter than a pet in a costume, unless that costume has a matching outfit with a baby in it! But come Halloween, pets’ often view the night as more trick than treat. Follow these tips to ensure you and your pet have a fun and safe Halloween:

Reflective Dog Vest

A reflective vest can dress up your pooch as the “school crossing guard.”

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.  
All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. If you do suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween, especially outdoor cats.
Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents.

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.
Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will prevent them from darting outside into the night and prevent chaos when loud, costumed strangers constantly come to the door. Dogs who are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters.

Halloween Costumed Cat4. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.
Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce upset stomach should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed.

5. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.
Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire. Don’t let curiosity kill your cat, as kittens are especially vulnerable to being burned.

LED Collar and LEash

An LED collar and/or leash would make a great “raver” costume for your dog.

6. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.
Avoid masks, which can obstruct your pet’s vision or ability to breathe. When the costume is on, make sure your pet can still move. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury. If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their “birthday suit”. Festive bandannas usually work for party poopers, too.

7. Glowing or light reflective outfits.
Even better than a costume, keep you and your pet safe by wearing reflective or LED gear. An LED collar and/or leash would make a great “raver” costume for your dog. As a bonus, it can be used year-round for safer, nightly walks!

8. IDs, please!
If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having a collar, tags, and microchip will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date or contact our Low Cost Clinic to get your pets’ microchipped and ready for the spookiest night of the year!


Info sourced from aspca.org. Written by Tiffany Alioto



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