Dustin Alexander & Carmen

Hello, my name is Dustin Alexander. I am the Communication & Development Manager for Butte Humane Society.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog! I hope to be able to provide insight into the inner workings of Butte Humane Society.

I have been working at Butte Humane Society since 2008.  My primary job roles at BHS are leading the Communications and Development Department, IT Department, and handling many administrative duties of the shelter. I am a member of our Facilities Taskforce as well as the Fundraising Committee, and oversee major fundraising events for Butte Humane Society.

In my spare time (haha) I love to share my knowledge of development and social media with other nonprofit humane organizations. I work as an independent contractor to provide online media content to other shelters, and I have been a co-instructor on nationwide webinars put on by ASPCA.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.


Heather Schoeppach & foster kittens

Hi everyone, my name is Heather Schoeppach and I am an independent contractor for the Communications & Development department at Butte Humane Society. I look forward to sharing with you the many events, news and other happenings at BHS.

Since 1999 I have been involved with BHS in nearly every way possible, from foster volunteer to dog walker to volunteer & outreach coordinator to executive director. Currently I work on major fundraising events for BHS as well as marketing, publications, social media, and corporate partnerships. I also manage an Animal Shelter Marketing page on Facebook.

I started volunteering with BHS  after writing a story on the pet therapy program for a journalism class at Chico State. My early experiences with this shelter literally changed the course of my life – I became very involved and interested in humane education and improving the programs and future of BHS and animal shelters in general. I helped author the organization’s first modern Long Range Plan in 2000, and I finished my Honors in General Education with a capstone thesis on the sociological factors and possible solutions to pet overpopulation in our community.  A couple years later, I first joined the staff of BHS and officially began my career in animal welfare.  My long-term involvement with this shelter has given me a unique perspective on the past, present and future of this shelter, and I am very dedicated to continually improving the organization and getting our community and the public involved in the work we do. Please feel free to contact me via email.


Kaitlin and Pippa

Hi, my name is Kaitlin Tillett.  I’m the Development and Outreach Team Member here at Butte Humane Society.  My main responsibilities include major gifts, planned giving, and outreach.  I hope that through my presence on this blog I can share some amazing testimonials with you about what inspires our donors to generously give to BHS.

I’m excited to be one of the newest members to the BHS staff as of November 2012!  I’ve been an animal lover all my life and have had all types of pets from gerbils, guinea pigs, lizards, dogs, rabbits, cats, and fish.  While living in South Korea in 2011, my love for animals led me to get involved in an animal advocacy organization called Animal Rescue Korea.   Seeing the struggles that animals face in South Korea fueled my desire to want to work towards protecting and caring for animals that have no one else to turn to.  I’m thrilled to be a part of Butte Humane Society’s team and to be able to share our many activities and accomplishes with you! You can contact me directly via email.


Abigail and Melinda the lap dog

My name is Abigail and I’m the Social Media Intern and Mobile Events Associate at Butte Humane Society. I’m also a student at Chico State with plans to graduate in May with a B.A. in Anthropology. I’ve only been working for the organization since June of 2012, but it’s already changed my life. Working with these animals in need and seeing the courage and dedication of my co-workers to improving the lives of homeless animals in our community has inspired me to change the direction of my life.

Although I started strictly working on our Social Media outlets, I’ve recently been given various community outreach projects to sink my teeth into; such as spreading our message on radio stations around Chico and working with local publications to get our adoptable animals featured.  This has been a fantastic experience for me and I hope to continue working on outreach projects for non-profits after I graduate. I look forward to sharing stories about our relationships with our community as well as stories about our animals, as I think my background in Anthropology gives me an interesting perspective on the human element in how companion animals are regarded and cared for within a community.


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