Volunteer Spotlight: Joline R.

joline-rJoline has been with the Butte Humane Society for 6 months and has already logged 190+ lifetime hours! She is extremely passionate about providing love and care to our BHS adoptable cats and has proven an excellent asset during crazy (yet adorable) kitten season.

Joline makes it her goal to come in as often as possible and is making a huge difference at Cats! She’s even taken on the task of training new volunteers during cat shadow shifts, which is a really important part of the volunteer program.

Thank you Joline, you are amazing and BHS certainly takes pride in awarding you Volunteer of the Month!

Halloween with Pets


Halloween is an exciting time, but pets have no idea what is going on. By taking a look at these Do’s and Don’ts, owners can help their pets have a great night too! 

paws-for-the-news-pumpkin-treats-for-dogs-and-cats

Here are some good things to do for your pets on Halloween:

  • Properly identify them. Having your pets microchipped and spayed or neutered increases their safety. Make sure your pet wears a tag with a cell phone number, address, and county license number. Butte Humane Society makes pet tags for a low price!
  • Check their costumes. If you are dressing up your pet for the night, check that he or she is comfortable in it and that it is easy for them to breathe, bark or meow, and move around freely in. If your pet is comfortable then they will be more relaxed, which will make for a better night!
  • Watch them closely around candles and glow sticks.
  • If they are at home, keep them away from doors that they could escape from out of nervousness or excitement from the night.
  • Give your pet(s) time to warm up to you while you are in costume. You will appear different than what they are used to and they may be taken back at first.

 

Here are some things to avoid doing on Halloween:

  • Feeding your pets candy or stashing it where they have access to it.
  • Taking your dog trick or treating with you if he or she is easily scared or not well behaved on a leash.
  • Putting real candles in pumpkins. Try to avoid anything that could be a fire hazard to your pets.
  • Being overwhelming to dogs you see while trick or treating. Halloween can be a scary night for pets, so make sure you don’t scare them with your costume or by running up to them.

Butte Humane Society wishes fun and safety to you and your furry loved ones!

Disaster Preparedness with Pets

Don’t get separated from your pets in the event of an emergency!

dogfirstaidIt’s no secret that Butte County is prone to wildfires. Every year homes are lost and even more families are evacuated. Emotions escalate, you can’t think straight, you’re not sure what to grab.

You always hear about the importance of having an evacuation plan, but you always put it off.  Well now is the time to set it in place.  Whatever you do, don’t forget to include your pets in the plan.

Have a travel crate for each of your animals, know where they are, and make sure they are accessible.  Do you have livestock or horses?  You’ll need a trailer and a place to shelter them for awhile.  And of course you’re going to want to have a disaster kit ready to go.

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 and documents/records in case you are separated.  This you may want to keep in your fire safe.
  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 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.
  7. Treats: Your pet feels stress too so some of his or her favorite treats may help get their mind off of the stress of the situation.

pet-hitch-hiking

If you see a fire near your home, don’t wait until an officer in uniform comes knocking on your door, telling you to leave immediately.  Grab your ready-made checklist of items for both you and your pets, and get everything ready to grab at the first sign of danger.

 

Train a Replacement Behavior to Get Rid of Annoying Behaviors

download

The trick with annoying behaviors is to train and reward an opposite or competing behavior. Whatever bothersome behavior the dog is engaging in, think of something that would preclude it, and train that behavior consistently.

Patience and consistency are always key in behavioral training. It can take a while for the dog to give up strategies that have worked for him consistently, but if he is no longer rewarded for them and is instead consistently reinforced for an alternative behavior, he will soon choose that new response every time.

Here’s some additional quick tips for training alternate behaviors:

  • To replace door dashing, train to sit or down before opening the door.
  • To replace eating trash off the ground, train to carry a toy or keep eye contact with you.
  • To replace barking at the doorbell, train to get a toy.
  • To replace digging up the roses, train to fetch or hide-and-seek with dog toys.
  • To replace pawing at you, train to put pawing on a cue – so he uses his paw for a “high five” or “wave” when asked.

Happy training, pet owners!

 

Sweet Success: Coco!

Written by Kris L., loving adopter 

unnamed-1

Coco is such a happy and loving little addition to our family.  She continues to bring us much joy.  She walks with us and our other two dogs daily along Butte Creek.  She is such a playful and happy blessing.

She begins each day out in the back yard with a stroll around the pool with her brothers Max and Bear, just to be sure it is safe for us to get in the water.  Once the three of them have checked the pool, backyard, and the 7th green at Butte Creek Country Club for intruders or dangers it is time to head out for their daily walk.

We walk them off leash on the levee between Butte Creek and an almond orchard.  Coco takes her time and smells everything. She believes in taking things slow as she explores the terrain.  She is very much a lap dog and will not take no for an answer regarding snuggling on your lap anytime you sit down.

She gets along very well with all our animals.  Everyone who meets her comments on what a loving, happy, sweet and precious girl she is.  We feel so fortunate to have her as part of our family.  You call her and she gleefully comes running. She loves to lay on an ottoman we have on the covered back porch and watch the hummingbirds. Coco loves to sleep under the covers on inside a pillow case. She is also a chow hound!  She eats faster than the other dogs and loves treats. Coco is much loved and an integral part of our family of three dogs, two cats and two humans!