Grieving For A Pet

Given the intense bond people share with their animal companion, it’s natural to feel a sense of devastation and grief after losing a pet. Although some people may not understand the intense devastation behind this kind of loss, it’s not something to be ashamed of. Using healthy and effective ways to come to terms with their passing can help you say goodbye to your furry best friend.

Spending quality time with your pet in its final days can help with the grieving process. Let your pet know how much you lovehand in paw him or her, and cherish every moment. Letting your pet know that it was loved its entire life will solidify to both animal and owner that it lived a happy and healthy life.

Surrounding yourself with people who you cherish is also a great way of dealing with the pain behind losing a pet. If your family and friends love animals, they will understand the pain you’re going through. Don’t hide your feelings in a misguided effort to appear calm and strong. Instead, talk about your feelings and let out a burst of emotions, it’s perfectly normal to have weak moments at a time of loss.

Keeping old photos, videos and other forms preserving memories can be an effective way of dealing with the loss of a pet. It’s important to have something concrete to return to; like a visual reminder can help you remember your beloved pet.

Many pet owners make the quick decision and get a new pet relatively soon after the passing of their pet. This is typically does not help with the healing process and can intensify the grief. Every animal is different and comes with unique personality traits and bonds with its owner. No animal is the same and the bond between pet and owner cannot be duplicated. When the time is right however, getting another pet can begin the start to another great friendship.

Nothing can ever take the place of your pet and it can be a difficult process to experience. But with great support from friends and family as well as friendly reminders of your companion can ease the grieving process.

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Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

            The time for hot apple cider, warm scarves and pumpkin bread is finally here. It’s fall, and Halloween is just around the corner! You know what that means; it’s time to start thinking about what you and your family are going to dress up as this year. This includes the 4-legged members of your family. Not everyone likes to dress their pets up, but for those of us that do here are some tips to keep in mind.



  1. Avoid masks, which can obstruct your pet’s vision or ability to breathe.
  2.  When the costume is on, make sure your pet can still move freely and supervise your pet at all times.
  3.  Always ensure your pet has identification (collar, tags, and microchip) and don’t forget the leash if you’ll be outdoors or in a new place.
  4. Allow your pet time to adjust to the costume, including a couple “test runs” before the big day.
  5. Most importantly, don’t dress up your pet if it makes them unhappy. Some animals like it but some don’t, and we should respect that.

Costumes aren’t the only pet safety concern on Halloween. Many pets can become stressed out, lost, or sick during this time of year.  These are a few ways to minimize pet stress this month.

  1. Avoid giving your pets treats not specifically designed for their species, or they might get sick. This means no candy from the trick-or- treating bowl (more for you)!
  2. Keep Halloween decorations such as electric lighting, carved pumpkins with lit candles, and small plastic creepy crawlies out of the reach of your pets.
  3. Unless your pets are very social with strangers, keep them in a separate room away from the front door during busy trick-or- treating hours. Too many new people in one night can be very stressful for some animals.
  4. Be on the alert for your cat or dog trying to sneak past you when you open the door for trick-or- treaters.
Maria, our Adoptions RVT, loves dressing up the kitties for Halloween!

Maria, our Adoptions RVT, loves dressing up the kitties for Halloween!

If you follow these simple rules, both you and your fur-friend should have a happy, fun and safe Halloween! And if you love dressing your pets up for Halloween, be sure to check out our Facebook Halloween Costume Contest! You can show off your cute costume ideas, look at the adorable outfits put together by other animal lovers, and win a pet care gift basket! Head over to Butte Humane Society on Facebook and like the page for more details.

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Your Support In Action – Guapo

Guapo, an 8 year old pit bull mix,  has had a couple rough breaks in life. He originally arrived at our shelter in 2008 as a transfer from another shelter that had found him running around as a stray. They were rapidly running out of space for stray dogs, so they sent him to us. “Guapo” is Spanish for “handsome”, and boy does this dog live up to it! Everyone he met was immediately struck by his sweet, easygoing temperament and he found a home in no time.  Unfortunately for Guapo his situation once again took a turn for the worse in August when his owner had to give him up due to losing his home, and our brave boy is back with us in his senior years.

Guapo is an 8 year old Pit Bull Terrier mix with a sad history. The good news is that because you support us, we can help turn his life around.

Guapo is an 8 year old Pit Bull Terrier mix with a sad history. The good news is that because you support us, we can help turn his life around.

Guapo also has some special needs; he has lost a lot of weight mostly due to the fact that his tongue doesn’t function normally and needs to have his food/water bowls elevated along some help with eating. He is also positive for heartworm disease and will need to start treatment as soon as he settles into his foster home. But Guapo doesn’t let his medical issues get him down and is a happy fun loving dog who has won the heart of every person he’s met!

Your support of our organization has ensured that not only were we able to take Guapo back in, we were in a position to be able to treat his heartworms and accommodate his special needs. Your support has also allowed for the creation of a strong foster program, so that dogs like Guapo don’t have to stay in a stressful kennel environment while they recover from their illnesses. Thank you so much for your support, we count on it and hope you will continue to help us save the lives of homeless animals in our community.


Mixed Breeds vs. Purebred Pets


Pets are treasured as family members in millions of homes around the world. Many studies show that people who have pets tend to be happier, more independent and feel more secure than those without pets.

There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing your new pet. The first decision you must make is what kind of pet you would like to get. The key to enjoying a healthy and satisfying relationship with your new pet is to realistically choose one whose size and personality are most compatible with your lifestyle.

There is a longstanding debate in the animal lover community about the benefits of owning a purebred pet versus a mixed breed. There are of course pros and cons to each, and your decision depends heavily on what you value in a pet.

Purebreds are usually easier to predict, both in terms of how large they will grow and what they will look like in addition to what you can expect from their personalities. They might be a better choice if you have specific qualities you are looking for in a pet, or if you plan to show them. On the other hand, a mixed breed pet would be a truly unique, one-of-a-kind friend. And if you get one as an adult, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what size they are and what their personality is like. Mixed breed animals are also less prone to developing genetically inherited diseases, and tend to live longer, healthier lives than their purebred counterparts.

At the end of the day, whether you prefer a purebred or a one-of-a-kind companion, there are plenty of both in need of adoption at animal shelters and rescue groups across the country. As a nation we can solve the problems of pet overpopulation and unnecessary euthanasia in shelters, by opening our minds, hearts and homes to shelter animals. Most shelters or rescue groups have photos and descriptions of adoptable animals listed on their websites or at, which allows you to browse listings and search nationwide for specific types of pets.

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Your Support In Action – Nicodemus

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Nicodemus about to go home with his new mom, Sara!

Nicodemus came to us as a stray with old, badly healed injuries in his legs (possibly the result of abuse, our vet thought he had been shot by a BB gun) after he had been hit by a car. We asked out followers to donate money for his x-rays so we could figure out exactly where and what his injuries were so we could fix them. We determined that in addition to his earlier troubles, he also suffers from arthritis and will have to be on pain medication for the rest of his life. This complication, along with the fact that black cats have a hard time finding homes even when they are in perfect health, held this sweet boy back for several months as he came back and forth from his examinations, x-rays and treatments.

Despite this rough start in life, Nicodemus retained his strong spirit and zest for life, and when you opened the door to his cage you opened the door to his heart as he purred and purred and nuzzled your hands. Animals are amazing, aren’t they? Despite the many hurdles and abuse they can sometimes face, they have hearts as big as the sky and only want to love and be loved.

Now Nicodemus’s wait is over, and he’s off to his forever home with Sara. This happy resolution to Nicodemus’s story would not have been possible without your donations to our Second Chance Fund. We are so grateful to everyone who donated, and Nicodemus and Sara are too! 




Butte County’s Biggest Pet-Friendly 5K Race, Family Festival Only A Few Weeks Away

(CHICO, CA) — Bidwell Park is going to the dogs on September 27, when thousands of humans and dogs will converge for the Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival. This annual event is the largest pet-friendly community event in Butte County and surrounding areas, and all proceeds will benefit Butte Humane Society (BHS.)

Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival will be held on Saturday, September 27, from 8 a.m. to noon at Sycamore Field in the One Mile Recreation Area of Lower Bidwell Park, Chico. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, and can be done online at

Event registration and admission are both free, but participants will earn prizes for fundraising for BHS. Prizes range from Bidwell Bark t-shirts and goodie bags at the $25 level, to a customized pet portrait from talented local painter Hettrickart for everyone who raises at least $3,000. Additional prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top individual and team fundraisers, aka the “Leaders of the Pack.”

The 5K Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m and a 2K Walk will begin at 8:45. Chipped timing will be provided for registered participants in the 5K run, and awards will be given to the top 5K male, female, and canine finishers, as well as the top 3 runners in each age division.

Festival attractions include the ever-popular Dog Costume Contest, separate “fun zones” for children and dogs full of games and activities, music provided by top sponsor BOB 92.7 FM, vendor booths, and trained dog demonstrations by Butte County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit held in the Sierra Nevada Demonstration Ring.

Presenting sponsors include BOB 92.7 FM, Z-Rock 106.7 FM, Power 102 FM, Thunder 100.7 FM, Fifth Sun, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Dragon Graphics, Cleanrite Buildrite, Chico News & Review, and C&C Storage. Route sponsorships and vendor booth spaces are still available! Contact Butte Humane Society at or (530) 343-7917 x107 for more information.

All funds raised will benefit Butte Humane Society and their adoption, outreach and spay/neuter efforts. For more information on Bidwell Bark or to register, visit

Butte Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization 100% funded by your donations and
dedicated to saving lives, finding homes, and inspiring compassion in our community since 1911.

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Don’t Miss Chico’s Biggest Rock ‘N’ Roll Adopt-a-thon of the Year


(CHICO, CA) – It’s your chance to get a screamin’ deal on a new feline friend August 18th through the 23rd by coming to Kittypalooza! For one week only, Butte Humane Society (BHS) is charging “no cover” on adult cat adoptions, and adoptive agents have the option of making an offer on one of our “rising star” kittens. Don’t miss your opportunity to sign big talents; such as Macklemeow, Ringo Purr, Beyonspay, Tom Petme, and Kitty Purry! Feline stars are 2-for-one as always, so don’t hesitate to sign multiple acts like Claws ‘N’ Noses and Purrvana.

Everyone who adopts during “Kittypalooza” will gain an adorable feline friend that has already been spayed or neutered, is microchipped and up-to-date on vaccinations, plus all adopters will be entered to win a “Signing Bonus” kitty care package! Every pet adopted from BHS also comes with 30 days of free pet health insurance and a free veterinary health check so you can get your new superstar started on the road to a healthy, successful career as your personal entertainer.

Summer is a very busy time for animal shelters in the feline talent scene. Most shelters end up booking more acts than they know what to do with, and BHS is no different. Help us out by offering your home as a venue, and your new feline superstar will be so grateful he or she will perform for you every day – in exchange for food, pets, the whole bed…what do you want from a feline diva?

Butte Humane Society’s Cat Adoption Center is located at 587 Country Drive in Chico. Adoption hours are 12 pm to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday.  To view currently available animals or for more information on adoption, please visit, or call 343-7917 x164 to speak to an adoptions counselor.



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Your Support In Action- Cash

Next month will mark Cash’s 1 year anniversary as a resident of our Dog Adoption center. This handsome pup came through our doors as an owner surrender after he developed aggression issues in his home. After administering a temperament test, our animal behaviorist found that Cash is a sweet, eager to please young dog — who would get over stimulated easily. To quote her, “when he becomes overstimulated he has had a tendency to show signs of aggression, he is very workable though.  He’s motivated and very much wants to please.”

Cash is a 2-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier/Labrador Mix with a playful and resilient spirit.

Cash is a 2-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier/Labrador Mix with a playful and resilient spirit.

What this meant for Cash and BHS is that we both had our work cut out for us. If we were going to find him a home we needed to work on his issues, and that process would take time. We are happy to say that with steady work from both dedicated volunteers – some of whom came to the shelter on a daily basis to work with Cash – and BHS staff members, Cash is a much different dog today. His eagerness to please, essentially cheerful nature, and desire to be close to his favorite people helped him a great deal with unlearning his bad habits and even more importantly helped him learn that humans can be trusted. He has been ready for a couple months now to join a permanent family, and is patiently waiting for the right human to make him their best friend.

Here’s where you come in. Without your support, both in terms of hours volunteered and in-kind as well as monetary donations, we wouldn’t have been able to keep Cash here as long as we have. This dog needed our help and our supporters, YOU, helped him. It’s thanks to people like you that animals like Cash are able to stay at the shelter for as long as it takes for them to find the right home. It’s thanks to you that an animal is rarely ever considered beyond rehabilitation, and more lives are saved as a result. If you are interested in adopting Cash, or learning more about him please visit

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July Business Buddies

Butte Humane Society’s Business Buddies program partners with local business to increase the exposure of adoptable animals to community members. Businesses participating in the program display two flyers, one featuring three cats and the other featuring three dogs, in their store or office. The animals on these flyers change each month in efforts to help the animals find loving homes quickly.

If your business would like help more animals find homes by displaying the Business Buddies flyers each month, please contact Abigail Lammel, Outreach Team Member, via email.  To view the complete list of the businesses who support us by displaying these flyers, please visit our website.

If you would like to inquire about one of the animals featured on this month’s Business Buddies, please contact adoptions at 530.343.7917 x203.



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Family Pets Teach Children Empathy

By Megan Worthylake

Developing a bond between children and animals in crucial to both of their mental health.

Developing a bond between children and animals is crucial to the mental health of both.

Teaching children empathy is very important. Empathy is good for humans because it is the ability to share and understand another’s perspective & feelings – to consider it before acting. Most guardians want to teach their children to abide by the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and what better way to teach compassion and responsibility than with family pets?

Pets have valuable lessons to teach us, and if we pay close attention, we can learn how to integrate these lessons into our children’s lives. Pets and children can share a deep, valuable bond. Although the way animals are treated by the family strongly influences whether or not children learn to treat other living beings with kindness and respect. The mere presence of an animal does not make kids more compassionate if they are not properly treated.

If an animal is being tugged by a two-year old, it’s unfortunately often less than empathetic. A young child expresses their affection this way because they are fascinated

A group of school children touring the shelter and learning about proper animal handling.

A group of school children touring the shelter and learning about proper animal handling from a BHS adoptions counselor.

by all kinds of furry friends. It may seem harmless for youngsters to hug, poke and squeeze animals but psychological studies have consistently shown that the way humans treat animals is strongly related to the way they treat people. A child who holds onto a struggling animal learns to ignore the needs of their pet, and put their own needs first.

Guardians such as parents or grandparents can plant the seeds of empathy by redirecting their children to encourage nurturing and responsibility. Having a family pet puts children in the position of a caregiver. Children soon learn that if they want to be loved & trusted by the household dog, they’ll need to treat him with consideration. They’ll realize all living things have feelings and that their actions affect people and events. Children will begin to understand social responsibilities as they respond to their pet’s needs, whether it is helping to fill up the water or to pour a cup of dry kibble into the cat or dog’s bowl.

Children learn by example. When they see their caretakers, parents and grandparents, making an effort to properly care for animals, they understand it is the right way to treat others. Animals have a great amount of empathy and play such an inspirational role in our lives. A pet can easily become a child’s best friend. These human-animal relationships strengthen a child’s moral development. As kids meet an animal’s emotional and physical needs, a child can grow into a caring adult.

If you think it’s the right time, consider adopting a precious animal from your local shelter. You’ll be amazed at the character traits children develop!


Megan Worthylake is a community outreach intern at Butte Humane Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Chico, California, dedicated to saving lives, finding homes, and inspiring compassion. Visit us online at


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