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 buttehumane.org.

 

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Your Support in Action – Lilly

 

Lilly (on left) enjoying lying out in the sun with her adoptive sister, Bella.

Lilly (on left) enjoying lying out in the sun with her adoptive sister, Bella.

Meet Lilly; one of the sweetest, gentlest, most loving dogs to come through our shelter. Little Miss Lilly came to our shelter as a stray with a severe, but treatable, skin infection that had caused her to lose all her fur and develop painful sores on her body.  We immediately sent her home with one of our best foster families, along with medication to help her recover. While she was under our care, Lilly accompanied our staff members to senior rest homes for our regular pet therapy visits and proved herself as a calm, capable girl with a huge heart and infinite patience. In fact, Lilly was so wonderful that her foster family ended up adopting her themselves after her healing had completed, and now she’s living the good life with children and other dogs to play with, all the toys she could want, and regular trips in the family boat (which she loves).

Your generous contributions to our Dorothy N. Johnson Second Chance Medical Fund make stories like Lilly’s possible, and have a direct impact on the future happiness of the animals under our care. Thank you so much, you truly save lives with every donation you make!

 

Butte Humane Society Supper Club: Mamma Celeste’s Stone Baked Pizzeria

BUTTE HUMANE SOCIETY INVITES COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO SUPPER CLUB
Local Restaurants Support Animals by Hosting Supper Club the First Wednesday of Every Month

(Chico, CA) – Butte Humane Society (BHS) is calling all foodies and animal lovers!  The Butte Humane Society Supper Club is held the first Wednesday of every month at local restaurants.  Each restaurant has generously pledged to donate 15% of dinner sales made during Supper Club to Butte Humane Society.  Attend Supper Club each month and enjoy a delicious dinner with like-minded individuals, all while supporting local businesses and the homeless animals in the community.

Supper Club in July will be held on July 2nd at Mamma Celeste’s Stone Baked Pizzeria, located at 1008 W Sacramento Avenue Unit G during their dinner hours of 6:00-10:00 pm.  To see the full Supper Club calendar and view participating restaurants, please visit buttehumane.org/supperclub.   Also, to stay in the know about all Butte Humane Society happenings, please like us on Facebook at facebook.com/buttehumane.

If you are a local restaurant that would like to be involved in the BHS Supper Club, months October to December are available. Please contact Abigail Lammel at 530.343.7917×109 for more information about how to get involved.

 

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June 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, Development 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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Your Support In Action – Lilith and Exception

Lilith (mama cat) was too sick to be spayed when she came to us in late March. After about a week of care to nurse her back to health, Lilith went into unexpected labor. She gave birth to two kittens, one of whom didn’t make it and the other our dedicated clinic staff was miraculously able to revive after about an hour of intensive care!

Because we believe in spay/neuter, kittens typically aren’t born here at the shelter, so we named this beautiful orange baby boy Exception. He and Lilith were immediately placed into foster care, where they spent two months receiving lots of TLC! Lilith absolutely adored Exception. She nursed him so well that at a month old he was already the same size of kittens twice his age!

The two shared such a strong bond that when they came back to our Cat Adoption Center in late May, we were keeping our fingers crossed that they be adopted together. We were thrilled that just after one day of being available for adoption, the pair was adopted by a wonderful young family!

Thank you so much for your continued support, which allows us to provide care and find great homes for animals like Lilith and Exception!

BHS Press Release: Butte Humane Society Supper Club at Red Tavern

BUTTE HUMANE SOCIETY INVITES COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO SUPPER CLUB
Red Tavern Supports Animals by Hosting Supper Club on June 4th

(CHICO, CA) – Butte Humane Society (BHS) invites you to join them at Supper Club!  Supper Club will be held on June 4th at Red Tavern, located at 1250 Esplanade during the hours of 5-9 PM.  Red Tavern will donate 15% of all sales made that night to Butte Humane Society.

The Butte Humane Society Supper Club is held every month at local restaurants.  Each restaurant has generously pledged to donate a percentage of dinner sales made during Supper Club to Butte Humane Society.  Attend Supper Club each month and enjoy a delicious dinner with likeminded individuals, all while supporting local businesses and the homeless animals in the community.  Simply dine during the Supper Club hours to show your support for the animals!

To see the full Supper Club calendar and view participating restaurants, please visit buttehumane.org/supperclub.   Also, to stay in the know about all Butte Humane Society happenings, please like them on Facebook at facebook.com/buttehumanesociety.

If you are a local restaurant that would like to be involved in the BHS Supper Club in 2014, please contact Kaitlin Tillett at 530.343.7917 x134 for more information.

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What to do if Your Pet Goes Missing

By Megan Worthylake

It’s a queasy feeling that chills every pet owner. You call your pet’s name and he doesn’t come. You might face an unusually quiet house, empty backyard, a slipped leash or a left-opened door. Most of us will panic because it’s a traumatic time for you and your pet, but try your best to keep it together because it’s important to keep your calm. As soon as you realize your pet is gone, your search begins.

Part 1:  Remain calm and act fast. If you’re certain your pet isn’t in one of your closets or hiding in the basement, it’s time to take action. If anyone knows crime films then the most crucial time to finding a missing person is within the first 24 hours. The same applies to missing pets. If your pet has wandered off, the sooner you start looking, the chances are more probable that you’ll find him. The longer your pet has been gone, the larger the perimeter of your search will be. It is an upsetting time, but it is important to stake out the area as quickly as possible.

*It’s also useful to tap into your pet’s mind, where would he go? For example, if your pet is an indoor cat he will likely be hiding in nearby spots like bushes, under porches, inside a shed or a garage.*

Part 2: Be alert to phone calls and recruit a couple of people to work in a simultaneous manner. Multiple people can stake out separate areas within a five mile radius. A lost dog typically becomes curious and can travel several miles in a day. If your pet’s collar has your cell phone number engraved on it, make sure to take your cell phone with you. If the collar has a landline or home address, be sure there’s someone in charge of staying at your home.

Part 3: Spread the word. Ask neighbors, mail carriers and delivery people if they have seen your pet. It’s helpful to bring a picture of your pet and provide information on how you can be reached if they find your pet. Take the time to call local animal hospitals, shelters, veterinarians with relevant information, like a description of your pet’s appearance & their gender, age, etc. Lost pets will usually be taken to local animal shelters. If your pet is microchipped, local animal organizations will contact you immediately.

Part 4: The next day. The unsettling feeling your pet is lost permanently may sink in, but rest assured hope is not lost! Dogs have excellent instincts and may find their way back to your home. If your cat is missing, leave bits of their favorite cat food outside and try your best to monitor it. In the meantime, create posters of a recent picture of your pet, your contact info, and a short description of where and when your pet was last seen. Post these notices on public bulletin boards – community centers, grocery stores, veterinary offices, traffic intersections, pet stores and other locations. Also, make sure to place a large flyer on your door or around your residence, since it’s likely your cat or dog might be hiding in the area.

Part 5: Don’t give up. Animals who are lost for months have still been known to be reunited with their owners. Frequently check in with shelters and utilize social media by posting a current picture of your pet with necessary info. Ask your contacts to spread the word online via Facebook, Twitter, and Craigslist which will create a huge amount of exposure. Also, place advertisements in newspapers including one special, identifying characteristic on your pet.

Hang in there, and stay hopeful!

For more information if you’ve lost a pet in Chico or its surrounding areas, please click here.

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Pets and the Elderly

By Megan Worthylake 

Pets play such an important role in our lives. Our four-legged friends offer social support, adoration and unconditional love. An animal can be the most significant
companion in a person’s. This can especially true for the elderly for whom the bond with companion animals is perhaps stronger and more profound than at any other age.

Extensive research has shown the therapeutic value of companion animals. Across the nation, accounts of nursing home volunteers and staff have noticed the remarkable effect of animals on their elderly residents. When pets mingle with the elderly, the results are often astonishing. There have been numerous instances in which usually uninterested patients seem to gain a new interest in life after visiting with pets. Some non-verbal residents have maintained their silence for months and begin to speak after interacting with animals. The senior residents will begin to get out of bed and participate in activities, becoming mobile and alert when they are in the presence of companion animals.

The effect is incredible to witness. Animals have a boundless capacity for giving love and care to senior residents. The same holds true for the elderly when they touch their fur and hold them in their arms. When seniors interact with pets, it helps to ward off feelings of loneliness, depression and boredom. The devoted companionship of a loyal dog or the contented purring of an affectionate cat gives the elderly plenty of comfort and warmth. Reportedly in times of stress, animal companions are the anchor whose unwavering attachment to seniors makes life’s burdens easier to bear. Sometimes an animal can fulfill our social needs in a way that people cannot.

It is recommended seniors adopt pets because the relationship they have with companion animals heals their mental and emotional wounds, revitalizing the strength to get through everyday living. Seniors interaction with pets is one of the best medicines. It is proven to boost the immune system, improve mood, decrease doctor visits, and lower blood pressure among other health benefits. There is a growing recognition of the human-animal bond in the scientific community. The powerful effect animals have on the elderly is sometimes miraculous, from their recovery of an illness to the overall enrichment of their lives. Often senior residents need a furry little friend to listen without judgment, happy simply to be in their presence, enjoying their attention. The benefits of a companion animal exist to everyone; for the elderly, however, they have special value.

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BHS Press Release: Foster Volunteer Orientations

SAVE MORE LIVES BY BECOMING A FOSTER VOLUNTEER FOR BUTTE HUMANE SOCIETY

Attend Foster Orientation This Week and Make a Difference for Homeless Animals

(CHICO, CA) – Do you love animals? Have extra space in your home and extra time in your schedule? Do you have prior pet care experience? Are you in-between pets or thinking of adopting in the future? A frequent traveler who can’t commit to long term pet ownership? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, then fostering may be for you!

Butte Humane Society foster volunteer orientations will be held this month on May 15th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on May 17th from 10 a.m. to noon. This orientation is required for new foster volunteers. Please visit our website at www.buttehumane.org/foster for details on how to sign up.

During the summer months, Butte Humane Society receives hundreds of young kittens who need to be placed in foster homes in order to receive round-the-clock care. By fostering, you directly help save lives and enable orphaned kittens to become healthy, happy, and adoptable.

Butte Humane Society is dedicated to giving each animal another chance at a happy, healthy life. In many cases, fostering an animal outside of a kennel atmosphere is necessary for their optimum health and care. Butte Humane Society can provide the necessary supplies and medical treatments, so all you have to do is open your heart and your home to an animal in need.

For more information about fostering, to RSVP for an upcoming orientation or to fill out the foster application, please visit www.buttehumane.org/foster.

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