Foster Families

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. Many animals need foster families, including mother and nursing puppies and kittens, puppies or kittens under six or eight weeks old, those recovering from an illness, those who are overly stressed or depressed, and fospice.


Just this month, Kim H. took on nervous and timid Anala as well as a litter of sick kittens at the same time! BHS needed
someone to foster and medicate three sick kittens and Kim took them on without hesitation. She worked hard to get Anala over her fears of being alone and worked on her potty training. We are so thankful for the time and effort put into Anala, and she was adopted this month! Kim had a full house between her family and her fosters. The month before she took on a very fearful kitten named Bernard to socialize, and that kitten made leaps and bound thanks to her. On top of the time she put into Anala and Bernard, she paid both their adoption fees to help ensure they would find good homes! We are so appreciative she has been so willing to help us out! Thanks to her for all her hard work!

unnamedBeing a foster family for a dog or cat in need is very rewarding and will give them the love and socialization that they need. Individual attention can be hard to come by in a kennel environment, and we know our animals would be much happier in a home environment.

If you have extra time and space, prior pet experience, or thinking of adopting, please consider becoming a foster parent to give love to animals in need!


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! 


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.


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


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!