Meet Our Matchmakers: Brittany Bickers

Here’s what Brittany has to say about being an Adoption Counselor. “Helping families or individuals find a furry companion brings joy to my day. My favorite part about being an adoption counselor would be the the sheer joy I get when we find a perfect match. When a person tells me their reason for adopting a particular animal is “they adopted us”, you cant help but to be overwhelmed with excitement for them and that animal.”

Brittany’s favorite adoption story: “My favorite adoption would probably be when I did Lolo’s adoption. Lolo, at the time, was a 10 year old yellow lab. Some people tend to be turned off by an animals age, they want an animal who is younger and can share many years with them. Lolo’s adopter was a younger female who came in and just fell in love with Lolo’s sweet personality and just knew she had to take her home.”

 

Meet Our Matchmakers: Kathy Fowler

When asked about why she loves her job, Kathy said: “I’ve been fostering pets for many years and have personally been adopting special needs animals as well, so what better job for me than as an adoptions counselor with BHS where I can continue to match companion animals and people, and help save lives every day.  Every time a home or a foster home is found, that is two lives saved as it allows another animal to be rescued.  Three lives even, if you count the adopters who often say their new pet has saved them too!”

As for her favorite adoption story, Kathy recalls the adoption of Biscuit. “Biscuit is a 10 year old large breed dog that was surrendered.  This adoption was especially wonderful as I am passionate about older animals, and Biscuit is one of them.  The older animals have different needs, but still have many years left to give.  Not everyone realizes this, but Taylor Bergh and his girlfriend did.  They were very happy to meet Biscuit, and he was very happy with them.  He ran, played, rolled, and kept asking for more attention from them – he had found his family and he was letting them know it!  Most people prefer puppies, so it is great to see the younger adopters caring so much about the older animals and realizing that they too have value.  The seniors always seem to make it known that they appreciate their new homes and what was done for them.”

Meet Our Matchmakers: Trent Burnham

Trent is the Adoptions Manager at BHS, and when he was asked what his favorite thing about being an adoptions counselor was he replied:

“It always makes me smile to watch people immediately open up and act differently when I bring a dog out for a meet and greet.  A gruff stern man goes to a knee, a baby talks, an older women jumps out of her seat to go find a ball to throw, or a disorganized family comes together and all get excited about the new pet.  Animals bring out something different in everyone I meet.”

Trent’s favorite match that he made was the adoption of a dog called Kingston (pictured below):

 

“Kingston and his owner Zachary is a match I will never forget.  Kingston had been exposed to rabies and had to be put on a 6 month quarantine.  In that time I worked with him to keep him mentally and physically stimulated and we grew very close.  When the day finally came for Kingston to go up into adoptions I was excited to find him a new home and not but a couple of days after Zachary and his wife came in to view Kingston. When I learned Zachery worked in the snow for long periods of time away from home I knew Kingston was the kind of dog he needed.  Zachary was looking for a friend who could keep him safe, keep him warm, and offer companionship so he did not grow lonely.  Needless to say Kingston fit the bill and now the two are great friends.”

Jack Update #2

Jack is recovering very well in his foster home! Here’s what his foster mom has told us so far: “He is currently living in my home with 2 other dogs and a cat. He gets along great with all of them. He is healing so well from surgery. He loves to run around and play. He is very people oriented. Since the day I brought him home he has stuck by my side. Jack is a cuddler! When you sit on the ground he will come right up and make himself comfortable in your lap, he loves to sleep in bed with me and throughout the entire night he is curled up next to my side. For being a puppy, he is very well behaved. He is house trained, and has never had an accident in the house. Overall he is just very sweet. loving, and has such a fantastic personality. ”

Jack is getting closer to making a full recovery every day and should be up for adoption soon. Thanks once again to everyone who donated to his Second Chance!

 

 

Press Release: Take Us Home for the Holidays

 HOMELESS ANIMALS SEEK FAMILIES TO “TAKE US HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS”

Butte Humane Society’s Annual Adoption Campaign Kicks off December 1

(CHICO, CA) — This December, Butte Humane Society is asking the community to help its homeless animals find loving homes for the holidays.  The annual “Take Us Home for the Holidays” adoption campaign aims to have every animal available on December 1 adopted into a new home by
December 31.

A photo portrait of every animal featured in the campaign will be posted in Butte Humane Society’s adoption facilities. As each one is adopted, a festive bow is placed on their photo to celebrate the greatest gift of a new home. Each new family will also receive a gift from the Butte Humane Society Low-Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic. Adopters will draw at random from a variety of coupons including 10% to 50% off clinic services, a free engraved name tag, or a free dose of Advantage flea prevention.

Adoptable animals will be featured throughout the month on local TV and radio stations, including a live TV broadcast on KHSL & KNVN’s Wake Up! morning news program on Monday, December 3.

Dogs are located at 2579 Fair St., and cats and small animals are at 587 Country Drive. Adoption hours are 2pm-6pm daily with extended hours from 11am-6pm on Saturdays. Adoption gift certificates are also available, allowing you to give the gift of a new companion while ensuring the recipient is involved in the selection process.

Monkee, adopted in October 2012

“The holiday season is a time for family and togetherness – what better way to celebrate than by extending your family to a homeless animal? If you’re unable to adopt for yourself, you can still help homeless animals by encouraging your friends to consider adoption,” said Trent Burnham, Adoptions Manager at Butte Humane Society.

From the health benefits of pet ownership to the advantages of adopting from Butte Humane Society, there are many reasons why adopting from your local shelter is the best choice for finding a new pet. Visit buttehumane.org for more information on adoption, the “Take Us Home for the Holidays” campaign, other holiday programs, and to see photos and descriptions of currently available animals at Butte Humane Society.

###