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.

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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.

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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 Written by Tiffany Alioto



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Success Story: Amazing Annie

This is one adopter’s story about a BHS alumni who touched their lives.

In July of 2011, my newly married husband and I decided we wanted to start a family. By that we meant, adopting a dog!

We went to the Butte Humane Society and walked up and down the aisle looking at all the adorable dogs. We came across this 9 month old female, hound mix labeled: Amazing Annie.

She was pulling her blanket inside and out and snuggling in a little ball. She was very timid, but that was alright with us. We wanted a gentle family dog and that was exactly what she seemed to be.

We adopted Annie that day. The next few weeks were tricky, but lots of fun.

Annie was scared of everything and treats did not seem that important to her.  When we went for walks she would occasionally, just stop and not move. For no reason, she would just stand there and be stubborn. My husband had to carry her home a couple times.

She loved evening snuggles when she was tired and the more we did that the more she trusted us on our outings. She eventually started to respond to treats and positive reinforcements. She learned sit, lay down, roll over and speak.

We take her to early morning off leash time. She had gotten really good at fetch with a ball and a soft frisbee.  She even goes swimming in the creek when it’s warm and will fetch her ball or giant sticks with our parents’ dog, Niki.Amazing Annie Success Story- Oct 2015

With all this positive, we still have some struggles.

She gets very timid meeting new adults or dogs, but once she feels like she knows them, she treats them like family.  Loud noises still scare her.  When fireworks go off or something breaks and makes a loud noise she gets really scared and needs condolences that everything is alright.

On a positive note, she loves babies and kids!!

She must think they are just her size because all she wants to do is give them kisses! She never has to warm up to kids, which is awesome because my husband and I are expecting our first child any day.

We are so happy to have Annie and to eventually raise our child with such an amazing family dog! Annie will always be our first baby and we can’t wait for her to meet our new addition.

Thank you Butte Humane Society for rescuing Annie so our little family could be complete.

Katie & Jeremy Woodward


If you have a story about your adopted BHS Alumni pet, we’d love to hear it! Please email 400 words or less along with a few photos to!

Stories may be used on our blog, website, social media, or print newsletters.

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Your Support in Action- Charlie


Sweet little Charlie was suffering from severe dental disease, which is a common problem for companion pets as they age, especially small breed dogs.  He even had pieces of grass, hair, and carpet stuck in the tartar on his teeth. If this wasn’t enough, he had also developed a sinus infection due to a decayed tooth root.  It was hard to believe his tail was still wagging!

Charlie Sept 15Imagine meeting a sweet, friendly and well-behaved 6-year-old dachshund mix like Charlie.  He is a perfect match for your family, and you are ready to adopt him except for one thing—he has serious dental issues that need to be addressed immediately, and this will be very expensive. Plaque and debris accumulate in an animal’s mouth and harden into tartar, which can lead to periodontal disease, infections, and painful decayed teeth.

Thanks to your generous donations to the Dorothy N. Johnson Second Chance Fund, Charlie was able to get the help he needed so that he could find his forever home.  He received a deep cleaning, 6 teeth were extracted, and his infection was treated with antibiotics and pain medication.  With a clean, pain-free mouth, Charlie is smiling more than ever!

When a dog like Charlie needs an expensive medical treatment, they are often overlooked, despite the fact they are highly adoptable.  It was estimated that Charlie’s dental work would have cost about $1000, which is a deal breaker to many potential adopters.  Now there is nothing holding him back from finding his forever home. Come meet Charlie and see his beautiful smile today!

Please continue to support animals like Charlie by contributing to the BHS Dorothy N. Johnson Second Chance Fund.

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Shop or Adopt? : Why a Shelter Pet Gives You More

You’re at that time in your life when you can finally add a furry new member to the family. Whatever your lifestyle, you must decide where to go to get your pet. Most people are usually faced with two options for choosing a new dog or cat: local animal shelters and stores/breeders. Choosing between the two can be a tough choice, but if you weigh out the pros and cons of each, the answer shouldn’t surprise you. Right?

You might have to be patient to find that purebred Golden Retriever or Poodle puppy you’ve always wanted in a shelter, but the shelter is full of incredible, loving mutts who would be forever grateful for being rescued.

Adoption counsels work hard to ensure you find the perfect match for your lifestyle and family. But most importantly, by adopting from a shelter, you are not only saving the life of one animal, but many. Adopting an animal reduces the number of homeless animals and combats overpopulation through support of spay and neuter efforts.

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