Volunteer Spotlight: Megan M.

IMG_0460Our latest Volunteer of the month is the outstanding Megan M!

Megan is a college student who started working with BHS after her dog passed away. She really missed having an animal friend but wasn’t ready to make the commitment quite yet. So, when she saw that her friend adopted a dog from BHS, she knew that this would be the perfect place to volunteer!

Megan became an amazing addition to the volunteer staff the moment she started working with the dogs. She works incredibly hard to give the dogs all of the love they deserve. She said her favorite part of volunteering is seeing how much the dogs appreciate a little play time and attention. Another thing Megan fell in love with about BHS is how much the staff and other volunteers care about each individual animal.

After volunteering for only a short while, Megan fell in love with a dog named Dyson. She didn’t know if she was ready to adopt him so she decided to be a foster. She said it was amazing to see Dyson grow from shy and scared to an outgoing and loving dog. The BHS staff really appreciated Megan working with Dyson and credit her for getting him adopted after only a couple of weeks in her home after having lived months and months in the shelter.  For this, we are so appreciative.

Megan has continued to foster dogs and isn’t deterred if a dog doesn’t work out well in her home. She loves it so much that she tries again. She loves to take the dogs swimming or on hikes and can not get enough of all the cuddles!

As a busy college student, it is wonderful that Megan makes the time to visit with our animals. We are so lucky to have incredibly dedicated volunteers like Megan!

Sweet Success: Greg & Miranda

Written by loving adopters, Roger B. & Krista F.

greg-sweet-success“Hello all –

Greg here. It is hard to believe, but our one year anniversary is upon us on April 1st. Thank you for your hospitality. I’m glad you found me my folks – they are good, they are as golden as my fur. I like it here and I am all settled in.

We recently got a new member to the family, her name is Miranda and she is full of energy. She likes to act tough around me, but I know she is really a softy so I just ignore her antics and she is coming around. I think that by the end of the year, we will be snuggle buddies.

I hope your good works are continuing well. Thank you for helping me find this home.

Best Wishes,

Greg”


“Hi friends –miranda-sweet-success

My new Mom and Dad are simply the best. Dad has a beard, which I find very interesting. I love to crawl in it and pat it. He is the best.

Oh, we have another cat here, his name is Greg. I have to tolerate him, he ignores me, but I feel like I have to growl at him at least a little. But, he is not really all bad, I just want Dad all to myself – oh but that would mean no Mom. I guess I just really like being the center of attention. Dad tells me stories and both Mom and Dad play lots of different games with me. they say I’m a natural mouser. I like to hear that.

Thank you for your hospitality earlier, I’m doing even better these days.

Yours Truly,

Miranda”

Volunteer Spotlight: Emerald T.

volunteer-spotlight-emerald-tOur latest Volunteer of the Month is the amazing Emerald T!

Emerald stumbled upon the Butte Humane Society a few years ago when she was looking for a non-profit to do a school research project on, and as soon as she read into our mission and values, she knew she had to become a part of it. Ever since then, she has been doing incredible work with all of our dogs and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Emerald is a Level 2 Volunteer and a Volunteer Mentor, as well as a trained Adoptions Counselor.  This means that at Mobile Adoption events, she knows how to look for a good match and is then able to process the adoption off-site. On top of being a Mentor and providing new volunteers with one-on-one guidance as they begin their hours, she even helps staff by often leading the Shadow Shift volunteer training sessions. To sum it up, she does it all!

According to Emerald, the best part about volunteering is all the great people she gets to meet. Even though the volunteers’ lives may be so different, they all have a common interest: the animals. She comes whenever she is able to, and we can usually expect to see her several days per week. She works with some of our tougher cases and long-term dogs, pairing them in play groups and tandem walks together with fellow volunteers.

Emerald is a great asset to BHS and we don’t know what we’ll do without her during the summer. Enjoy summer vacation, but come back soon! Thanks for everything you do, Emerald.

Heat Safety for Your Furry Friend

dog in poolSchool is out and summer is here.  Time to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun, right?  Well not so much for Fido or Fluffy.  Sure your best friend loves to play outside with you and keep you company while you run your errands, but when summer temperatures in Butte County reach upwards of 115 degrees, now is good time to consider taking steps to protect your pet.

We love where we live, but it’s no secret that the North Valley is prone to dry, miserable heat.  Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause significant, irreversible harm to your pets. So, what can you do to help your pets in this heat?

 

Leave Your Pet At Home

Despite warnings, every year people take their pets shopping with them thinking, “I’ll just be a minute” or, “It’s okay because the windows are cracked.” But it only takes that “minute” for your best friend to overheat.

On an 85 degree day inside a car:
10 minutes = 102°F
30 minutes = 120°F
*At 107°F dogs begin suffering brain damage or even death.

Shelter and Shadedog water
Got a fancy doghouse?  If that dog house is not well ventilated, it might as well be an oven.  As for that shade, it moves.  Your dog might be chilling in the cool shade of your neighbor’s oak in the morning when you leave for work, but where is that shade several hours later in the hottest part of the day? 

Keep It Full And Keep It Cool
You remembered to fill that water dish, but has it been warming in the sun?  Is it in a heat retaining metal bowl? Just like you, dogs and cats prefer cooler water.

If The Ground Is Too Hot For Your Feet, It’s Too Hot For Theirs
A dog’s feet can and will burn, blister, or bleed if it’s hot enough.  If your dog is limping or refusing to walk while outside, that’s likely a warning sign.  Dogs that have just been rampaging through the water are especially at risk as the water may have softened their pads.

 

Summer Safety Do’s And Don’ts
Do:

  • get your pup a small wading pool to splash around in.
  • make frozen treats for your dog, or freeze a block of water and let them play with it.
  • consider shaving your dog’s heavy coat; just not too short as dogs get sunburns too.
  • consider how far you take your pet from the nearest emergency facility.
  • learn from Cesar Millan how to cool down a hot dog.

Don’t:

  • exercise your pet mid-afternoon.
  • encourage your pet to speed up when it wants to slow down.