Honey, a youthful 7 -year-old female Chihuahua, came to Butte Humane Society in May of 2015 after being surrendered by her owner of six years. She was so depressed she would not eat, not to mention that she had a level 3 heart murmur and was riddled with mammary tumors. In many other shelters Honey would have been deemed hopeless and subsequently euthanized.
Fortunately, and all because of your support, Honey was instead able to be placed in a foster home, receive diagnosis, and was started on treatment for her heart condition. Her mammary tumors were tested and removed, and she was finally ready for adoption.
Today Honey is doing well. Her heart medication is keeping her murmur in check, her mammary tumors have not returned, and she is patiently awaiting a family to adopt her into her furrever home. This story would have had a much different ending if it was not for your support!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it could be a dangerous time of the year for your pet. Think animals don’t mind the cold because they have fur coats? Think again. All pets, from cats and dogs to horses and goats are subject to hypothermia and even frostbite. It is best to keep your pets indoors. But if that’s not possible for whatever reason, say you have guests over and have to kick the horse out of the house, make sure they have a shelter that is:
- A few inches off the ground
- Big enough for comfort
- Small enough to keep heat in
- Lined with dry, soft padding
Ok, so that’s some pretty commonsensical information, but here are some tips that maybe you haven’t thought of. Keeping warm depletes energy faster. Add a little more food to their diet if they stay outdoors in cold weather to give them that needed energy.
Did you know that pine sap mixed with water makes a poisonous drink for your pets? Keep your pet’s water bowl covered if near pine trees and keep Fluffy away from your Christmas tree stand.
Ever think about your pets’ nails? If they are spending more time indoors, they miss out on the normal wear-down from being outside. Trim them as needed, but be careful, trimming too short can cut the quick. Ask your vet for tips.
Did you know that more pets get lost during winter than any other season? Pets can wander off looking for warm shelter or can get lost in the snow when it covers up familiar scents and sights. Keep them on leash at all times when in snow and make sure they are properly identified with up-to-date information.
Last but certainly not least, are you thinking about giving a puppy as a pet? Well, get ready to spend extra time and energy potty training. Baby animals are not built to be outside in the winter and should be in the house always, meaning that there will be a lot more accidents inside. You can save yourself a lot of frustration, and stain remover, by adopting an older pet. Trust us, pets at any age are just as awesome!
Check out some more safety tips here.
You love your children, both two and four-legged, and you love capturing adorable memories of them. Butte Humane Society can help with that by offering Photos with Santa at our Winter Wonderland where we will be decking the halls with beautiful holiday décor. Come in from the cold for some delicious hot apple cider while you browse through the BHS boutique for cute pet outfits, gifts, and more. Satisfy your sweet tooth with some irresistible baked goods. Marvel at your children’s (the two-legged ones) artistry as they get crafty in the craft corner.
Long day of shopping? Bring your gifts and let us wrap them for you. We have an assortment of both contemporary and traditional wrapping paper, bows, and ribbon. Name your own price. It all goes to help the animals at BHS.
Not into Santa? That’s okay! We will also offer winter and Hanukkah themed photo options. So come enjoy the fun festivities at the BHS Education Center located at 2156 Pillsbury Rd, Suite 160 from noon to 4:00pm on either December 5th or 12th. Don’t forget to pick up your 2016 calendar featuring animal lovers from CAL FIRE and some of the adorable pups and kitties from BHS.
We hope to see you there!
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.
It 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
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.
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