Sweet Success: Cali

IMG_9870Written by intern, loving foster, adopter’s roommate Cassie T.

Cali, who was previously Delta, was the last of the 14 “Alphabet Puppies” at BHS in Spring of 2018. My roommates and I fostered 7 puppies at various times, and fell in love with each and every one of them. Many of them were quickly adopted, and Cali was the first to find a home. Unfortunately, her adopter was unable to keep her and she was returned shortly after being adopted. My roommates and I weren’t opposed to adopting (and who wouldn’t want a sweet puppy), but we knew this was a sign that she belonged with us.

Cali, who is almost 6 months old, has made herself at home in our house and our hearts. She still has lots to learn, but is the warmest welcome to come home to every day! While she is a great cuddle buddy, she has so much puppy energy that she loves to get rid of on walks and playing with other furry friends! We occasionally see some of her siblings around Chico, and she loves being reunited with her brothers and sisters.

Thank you BHS for bringing this sweet girl into our lives. As always, Adopt Don’t Shop!

Volunteer Spotlight: Maegan E.

maeganAlthough only starting at the end of February, Maegan E. has quickly become such an incredible part of our team! She has been extremely dedicated and passionate towards our organization for the past two months and has already accumulated close to 45 hours.

Originally from Southern California, Maegan joined us in Chico once starting school here in the fall. Back home she was an active volunteer at the animal shelter in her town, but she said she never volunteered nearly as much as she does now. She has become very attached to many of the dogs here and seeing them happy makes her happy. When speaking with her, her love and passion was radiating off of her! It is a fulfilling and stress reliving way to spend her time and she doesn’t know what she would do without BHS.

Maegan loves all parts of volunteering, but especially loves being able to take the dogs out of the shelter for the day, bringing them on hikes and adventures with her. Her favorite dog is Diego and she is really hoping that he gets adopted on May 5th at our empty the shelter event. Not only does Maegan put in her time working with the dogs, but also helps us table at Thursday markets talking with the public and promoting events.

We are very lucky to have you Maegan, and we appreciate all of the time you dedicate to us!

Clinic Corner: Heartworm Awareness Month

April E-NewsApril is Heartworm Awareness Month! The Butte Humane Society Clinic is a proud member of the American Heartworm Association and we are committed to keeping our clients informed and educated to best protect their pets. Did you know that both cats and dogs have been diagnosed with heartworm in all 50 states? While heartworm is more common in dogs, cats are at risk for contracting heartworms as well.

The best offense is a good defense when it comes to preventing heartworm infections! Because of the large mosquito population in Northern California, there are as few as 6 and as many as 25 confirmed heartworm infections per veterinary clinic in our region! Monthly heartworm prevention should be given for the life of your pet; we recommend that your pet starts on monthly heartworm prevention by the time they are 6 months old and have a heartworm test every year to make sure everything is working as it should.

Unfortunately, if left untreated, heartworm disease can be fatal. Heartworm disease affects the heart, lungs and pulmonary blood vessels of pets and can be fatal to both dogs and cats. Annual testing and monitoring is important- even if they are on heartworm prevention, because prevention (as with human flu vaccines, etc.) are not 100% effective, and infected dogs can be successfully treated. The earlier the infection is caught- the easier it is to treat! There are no approved treatments for cats, but supportive care can help manage complications.

Has it been over a year since your pet’s last heartworm test? Give our clinic a call today to schedule your exam and heartworm test with our vet and pick up your pet’s heartworm prevention prescription today!

Sweet Success: Maya

IMG_8984Written by loving adopters, the Geiger family

Maya allowed us to adopt her from BHS in the Fall of 2016.  We were only at BHS to “look” at the kitties, but my kids immediately fell in love with Maya.  After we spent just a few minutes with her we decided we couldn’t leave without her. Maya came home to join our cat, Sunshine, and our basset hound, Bella.  She adapted and made friends quickly.

Maya is full of personality and has a great sense of humor.  Occasionally she will entertain us by chasing her tail, playing hide and seek or attempting acrobatics beyond her skill level.  She believes in positive reinforcement, and rewards us with nose kisses when we refill her food bowl.  Some of her other favorite past times include:  belly rubs, staring contests, squirrel watching, attacking legos, and plotting world domination.

Maya is definitely one of those cats that makes herself known and we are all happy to know her!

Volunteer Spotlight: Marty S.

Screen Shot 2018-03-30 at 4.10.47 PMWhen volunteers sign up to join our team we ask for a 6 hour a month minimum, but some volunteers go above and beyond that request and Marty S. is one of those volunteers. Marty joined our BHS team in 2011 and over the years she has accumulated over 1,397 hours! She is an incredible volunteer that takes the time to socialize with our cats, giving them the attention they need, and helps us out with the laundry and dishes load.

Marty loves all aspects of volunteering but of course playing with the dogs and cats is her favorite part. She also really enjoys getting to meet potential adopters and working with people who share a desire to make a better life for our furry friends.

Over the years Marty has worked with lots of animals so she of course has had some favorites. When she first started volunteering she started fostering two cats and she loved them so much that she ended up adopting them! Other favorites include a Chihuahua named Hector and a cat named Patrick. Both had great personalities and are incredibly memorable.

Marty told us “every one of them deserves a good home! I’m happy to help make it happen” and Marty we are happy you help make it happen too!