April 2017 Desktop Calendars

Why helloooo April! Step into spring on your screen with these adorable BHS desktop backgrounds featuring Cupid the cat & sweet, adoptable Haven.

Easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Click on the calendar you love
  2. Right click & save to your desktop
  3. Minimize your window & find the image on your desktop
  4. Right click & select “Set as desktop background”

 

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The Truth About Pit Bulls

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Originally, as America was still developing, pit bulls, were trusted with many different responsibilities around family and homestead. Responsibilities such as helping on hunts for food, as well as being a companion and protector of the children in the household, were part of the daily life of a pit bull. Due to its reliability as a working dog and companionship with owners, pit bulls were one of America’s most popular breeds. Many well known people owned pit bulls, including President Roosevelt, Helen Keller and in the movie “Little Rascals”, further exemplifying the trustworthiness and kind nature of a pit bull.  

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Modern misconceptions have tarnished and misrepresented the real personalities and demeanor of the pit bull breed. Stereotypes of the breed, such as being violent, were caused by humans and the ways in which they treated these dogs. The way any dog pit bull behaves depends on how it, as an individual, is raised and the environment from which it comes. If a dog is exposed to an environment, which nurtures and loves them, the dog will behave that way. If the dog is neglected and exposed to a hostile environment, they will act accordingly. The responsibility of ensuring a dog will be loving and kind falls on the individual who cares for them. 

In an annual test by the American Temperament Test Society (ATTS), over 240 different dog breeds were tested on different aspects of their temperament, such as shyness, aggressiveness and friendliness. The American Pit Bull Terrier breed passed at a rate of 87.4 percent, higher than the overall average of 83.4 percent .

To say that all American Pit Bull Terriers and other similar breeds are all the same would be a mistruth; just as much as it would be to say that all German Shepherds make great police dogs, or Rat Terriers are good hunters. The truth is that the breed doesn’t determine the dog. Looking forward it’s important to remember to encourage all dog owners to raise their four-legged friends in a friendly and positive environment and to recognize their own dog’s behaviors. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Ken G.

16298869_1933580183539600_5868616036301308903_nThis month’s volunteer spotlight goes to Ken G.

Ken joined the BHS team with his son in 2003 – that’s 14 years of volunteering! He is one of our Volunteer Mentors as well as a trained Adoption Counselor, which means he helps potential adopters and our animals find their perfect match. He was also one of our incredible fosters during last month’s Oroville evacuations, and even kept Keeta for weeks after the evacuation order was lifted and the fosters were able to bring back the dogs.

He’s a very active member of our volunteer community, and likes to get to know the other volunteers through the volunteer Facebook page. He really works toward connecting with everyone and enjoys learning what everyone has to say about all the different animals we have at BHS.

Besides being a huge help with our dogs, Ken plays a big role in many of our special events. He’s helped on several committees over the years, including those for Anniversary Galas, Bidwell Bark fundraisers, the Golf Tournament fundraiser, and more. This year’s Bidwell Bark would not be the same without his help.

Ken is just all-around outstanding, and we thank him for his years of dedication and passion for Butte Humane Society and our animals. Thanks, Ken!

Lost & Found Pets: Finding Strays

Written by Honey Souza, Humane Education Coordinator

PART THREE: Finding Strays
A three-part series of what to about missing pets.

Found a pet and you’re a wonderful person who would rather help than ignore it? What do you do? Well, that depends on a few factors To make it easy, follow these flowcharts on what to do when you find a dog or a cat. If you find any other types of pets, follow the same steps you would if you found a dog.

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March 2017 Desktop Calendars

Happy March! Time for a little luck of the Irish with these fresh BHS desktop backgrounds featuring our sweet Lisa & BHS Alum, Doug.

Easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Click on the calendar you love
  2. Right click & save to your desktop
  3. Minimize your window & find the image on your desktop
  4. Right click & select “Set as desktop background”

march desktop calendar

 

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