Volunteer Spotlight: Mandy M.

volunteer-spotlight-mandyWhen she came to volunteer with Butte Humane Society in early January of this year, Mandy jumped in with both feet. In less than a month, she has accumulated over 100 hours of service!

Mandy helps out in all areas of BHS, and has already completed the Level 2 training for Dogs. She puts in hours at the warehouse, spends time with cats, and works tirelessly to ensure that all of our dogs get their time out of the kennels each day. Not only that, but she attends education seminars and always makes sure to post photos and information about the animals that she works with. The information she provides helps both staff and other volunteers know what the animals need and how to work with them.

Mandy said she came to BHS when she some extra time between classes at Chico State, and quickly found herself getting attached to all of our loving animals. She comes in to volunteer every day that she is not in class, and her dedication is inspiring. Thank you, Mandy, for all that you do for Butte Humane Society. You have truly made a difference and we cannot be more appreciative!

Sweet Success: Ralph

sweet-success-ralphWritten by Beth H-G., loving adopter

I knew he was the one on that Monday. I went into the room and he ran right up to me. I sat on that little white bench and he jumped up on my lap and really would not get down. I even took one of my lunch breaks and zipped out there, I believe a day or two later, and then on that final day when I went in again, he ran up to me like a dog from across the room and again he jumped up on my lap! The overall adoption process was professional and easy actually. When the adoption was becoming more final we were able to find out even more information about him and we were reassured that he was the cat for us.

We love that Ralph is independent and that even though sweet-success-ralph-2he was supposed to be our teenager’s birthday gift, his favorite of the five of us is really our 16-year-old daughter. She can hold him like a baby, when given the choice he will gravitate toward her instead of myself or my husband or my other two kids. My husband loves playing with him and giving him scratches. He loves sleeping up on our bed and he loves cuddling in a soft blanket. We spoil him and every morning when he comes in, he jumps up on the kitchen counter and we give him a fresh glass of water! It’s become quite a habit for him. Of course he has his own bowl of water next to his food but he would rather take the water that we give him at that moment.

We are really very fortunate to have Ralph in our lives!

Lost & Found Pets: Prevention

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Written by Honey Souza, Humane Education Coordinator

PART ONE: Prevention
A three-part series of what to about missing pets.

One in three pets go missing in their lifetime and it’s not necessarily the result of bad pet owners. Countless factors could contribute to pets being separated from even the most exemplary pet parents. Your four-year-old niece leaves the door open, a tree falls on that fence you painstakingly built, you got in an accident and your pet ran off in fear.

It can happen to anybody, to any pet, but follow these steps to reduce the possibility of that happening:

  1. Secure your borders. You were responsible and went for the house with the six foot fence around the entire proper perimeter. Great! Now inspect your fence regularly as natural elements may weaken or damage it over time; including moles and even your own dig-prone pet.
  2. Microchip*. Anyone who has anything to do with animal welfare as a profession will tell you to microchip your pet. Be sure your vet checks for it at your animal’s annual check-up, just to make sure it’s still working and your info is up-to-date.
  3. Identification Tags*. This is obvious, but so many pets are found without them. Make sure your information is current and includes your cell phone number. Whether you put your pet’s name on the tag is up to you, but if you’re concerned about somebody stealing your pet, you don’t want to make it easy for them to call your pet’s name.
  4. Recall. Train your pet to come when called. It’s easier said than done, especially once your terrier spies that squirrel and you cease to exist. It takes time, patience, and repetition. Hire a trainer if you must. It will be worth it when that squirrel is on the other side of a busy street.
  5. Reduce Boredom. Pets love adventures! Give your pet enough mental and physical stimulation while you’re home so that it doesn’t try to find its own entertainment while you’re gone.
  6. Spay & Neuter. This should be a no brainer, yet it is the cause of so many lost pets, both male and female. Male dogs have been known to jump over (or even through) six-foot fences with ease to get to a female in heat. They will find a way, which is why, unfortunately, shelters exist. Remember, fences mean nothing to cats.
  7. Car Seat Belts. Accidents happen and they’re even scarier for pets than for humans, which is why they more often than not run off after an accident occurs. Get a pet seat belt and make sure it’s fastened to the back of a harness… not the collar. Can you imagine what would happen in a collision when a dog is restrained by the neck? This goes for dogs in truck beds too. California law states that any animal in the back of a truck must be encaged or tethered.

*Low-cost microchips and identification tags are available at Butte Humane Society.

Volunteer Spotlight: Tena C.

Many volunteers ease their way into volunteering. Not Tena! In the short amount of time that she’s been volunteering, she’s already racked up 40 hours and shows no sign of slowing down.

She adopted Jack, a former BHS resident, in September of 2015 and is head over heels for him. She keeps us updated on him as well as all the current guest dogs of BHS. Her consummate updates on the dogs she works with keeps all the other volunteers informed which helps with consistency when training, which in turn fosters a situation that helps our dogs be more prepared for their forever home.

BHS staff always appreciate a volunteer who understands the animals and their needs like Tena does. “Tena has an incredible dedication to the dogs and she always thinks about the staff too. She is willing to take on some of our more challenging level 1’s and I am excited to see what she will do as a level 2 volunteer. She has been a tremendous help since becoming a volunteer,” says BHS behaviorist, Brittany D.

She has already achieved Mentor status, which means that she qualifies to train new volunteers. This usually takes months. Tena is quickly climbing up the volunteer ladder and will be running this place in no time. BHS needs more volunteers like her.

Thank you, Tena, for your time, your effort, and your compassion!