Your Support in Action- Charlie

YOU GAVE CHARLIE A REASON TO SMILE

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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Your Support in Action- Luna

THREE PAWS UP FOR YOU SAVING LUNA!

Luna Kitten no paw upclose

Lunas red nub where her paw was missing.

If Luna were brought to another shelter, she would have been euthanized.  Only a month-old, Luna was born with a birth defect that would have prevented her from growing into a healthy, adoptable cat. If that wasn’t hardship enough for this sweet kitten, her knee was bent backwards and the foot missing. Only a raw, red little nub stuck out from Luna’s soft grey fur, likely caused by an animal attack.  Your support saved Luna by allowing her to get proper medical care.

Luna Kitten amputated leg-crop

Luna required two surgeries. One to amputate the bent leg and one to repair an internal hole in her body wall.

Luna required two surgeries to mend the birth defect and amputate her deformed limb.  After surgery, Luna was lighter on her feet and quickly adapted to life on three legs. She chased toys and played with her siblings. Cuddled up in a volunteer’s lap, you could hear her purring from across the room.

Luna’s loving and playful personality captured attention more than her lack of four legs. It didn’t take long for her to find a home.  Luna’s adopter, Taylor, was set on her even before realizing she was a tri-pod. She says, “I always end up finding the cats who have abnormalities or had a tough life, so I’m not surprised I was drawn to Luna.”

Luna Kitten adopter

Luna with her adopter, Taylor, went home with her mate Eddie and his adopter, Taylors roommate.

Your support enables animals like Luna to overcome their trauma and hardships. At other shelters, animals with disabilities or needing additional medical care are deemed costly or unadoptable. Without you, these animals wouldn’t find refuge at BHS, where every animal is given a chance. Luna is proof every animal can and should be saved!

To save more lives like Luna’s, please donate to the Dorothy N. Johnson Second Chance Fund. This restricted fund is used for treating diseases, preforming x-rays and surgeries, and providing additional medical care for animals that would otherwise be euthanized at other shelters.

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Disaster Planning for Your Pet

When Disaster Strikes, Your Pets Rely on YOU to be Ready!

Disaster SeminarNobody wants to lose their loved ones in the midst of a natural disaster. Hundreds of cats and dogs are lost and never returned to their owners due to natural disasters. From earthquakes to wildfires, these events can be very scary and can happen without warning. When disaster strikes, your pet relies on you to be ready!

Have an evacuation kit for each pet and an emergency plan for all scenarios. In case you can’t evacuate your home, establish a safety spot that is safe for you and frightened pets. This location needs to have thick walls, without things hanging from the ceiling or wall, and free of crevasses or openings where anxious pets can hide or escape.

Stock your safe area or bunker with survival items. A generator is a key item that every bunker needs; when the power goes out, you will be able to pump power into radios, lights, and kitchen appliances. Other items to include would be bottled water, non-perishable food, candles, matches and blankets. This would also be a good place to put your animals’ survival kit so you don’t need to search for it when disaster hits.

If you must leave your home, have a list of pet-friendly accommodations and emergency centers to ensure you can take pets with you.

Here is a list of basic items to include in your pets’ disaster kits:

  1. Food/Water: Enough to last your pet at least a week. Travel size feeding dishes.
  2. Proof of ownership: Include pictures, documents/records in case you are separated.
  3. Vaccines and meds: Proof of vaccinations and supply of meds and/or copy of prescription if you need to board your pet.
  4. First aid kit: Gauze, disinfecting wipes, tweezers, ice packs, and a pet first-aid book.
  5. Leash/crates: Big enough for them to turn around, sit down, and stand up in case they need to be enclosed for long hours. Extra blankets and cleaning wipes for cleanup.
  6. Comforting toys or objects: Having familiar objects around is a good way to keep your pet calm during a stressful time.

Written by Nick Bragg, PR Intern

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PRESS RELEASE: August Supper Club at Sierra Nevada Brewery

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 likeminded individuals, all while supporting local businesses and the homeless animals in the community.

Supper Club in August will be held on August 5, 2015 at Sierra Nevada Brewery & Restaurant, located at 855 East Avenue Unit 270 during the hours of 4:00-8:00 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, we are taking reservations for 2016. Please contact Kathryn Raley at 530.343.7917 x133 for more information about how to get involved.

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