Your Support in Action – Lilly


Lilly (on left) enjoying lying out in the sun with her adoptive sister, Bella.
Lilly (on left) enjoying lying out in the sun with her adoptive sister, Bella.

Meet Lilly; one of the sweetest, gentlest, most loving dogs to come through our shelter. Little Miss Lilly came to our shelter as a stray with a severe, but treatable, skin infection that had caused her to lose all her fur and develop painful sores on her body.  We immediately sent her home with one of our best foster families, along with medication to help her recover. While she was under our care, Lilly accompanied our staff members to senior rest homes for our regular pet therapy visits and proved herself as a calm, capable girl with a huge heart and infinite patience. In fact, Lilly was so wonderful that her foster family ended up adopting her themselves after her healing had completed, and now she’s living the good life with children and other dogs to play with, all the toys she could want, and regular trips in the family boat (which she loves).

Your generous contributions to our Dorothy N. Johnson Second Chance Medical Fund make stories like Lilly’s possible, and have a direct impact on the future happiness of the animals under our care. Thank you so much, you truly save lives with every donation you make!


PRESS RELEASE: Shower the Shelter


Local Shelter Opens Its Doors for Community Donations and Foster Open House

(CHICO, CA) – Kitten season has arrived, and Butte Humane Society is gearing up to receive litters upon litters of kittens ready to be spayed, neutered, vaccinated and adopted out to loving homes! In order to gather the supplies needed to foster these young ones while they wait for placement in the adoptions program, Butte Humane Society is holding a donation drive and foster open house at their Low Cost Spay & Neuter Clinic on May 10, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The top 5 items from the foster wish needed are; fleece blankets, cat/kitten canned food, kitten dry food, cat/kitten litter pans and cat toys. Please bring as many of these items as you can spare to 587 Country Drive in Chico, then cool off inside with lemonade and cookies and learn about how you can become a foster volunteer! Foster homes for the hundreds of young animals brought to the shelter during this time of year is one of the most crucial services provided by volunteers, and BHS could greatly use your help.

Fostering may be for you if you can answer yes to one or more of the following questions. Do you love animals? Have extra space in your home and extra time in your schedule? Do you have prior pet care experience? Are you in-between pets or thinking of adopting in the future? A frequent traveler who can’t commit to long term pet ownership? Please consider becoming a home away from home for an adorable litter of kittens this summer!

For more information about fostering, or to view the complete foster wish list, please visit Foster orientations will be held this month on the 15th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on the 17th from 10 a.m. to noon. Please visit our website for details on how to sign up.



Butte Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives, finding homes, and inspiring compassion in our community since 1911.

PRESS RELEASE: Butte Humane Society Clinic “Snip-It Special”


Get A Free Vaccination and a Chance at One Year’s Supply of Heartworm Prevention

(CHICO, CA) – Get one free vaccination (Rabies, DHLPP or FVRCP) for your dog or cat when you schedule their spay or neuter surgery at the Butte Humane Society (BHS) Spay & Neuter Clinic by Friday, May 30, 2014. Just mention “BHS Snip-It Special” when scheduling your appointment.

As an added bonus, every participating client will also be entered to win one year’s supply of heartworm prevention medication (up to a $94.00 value) when you mention “BHS Snip It Special” while scheduling your pet’s spay/neuter appointment! One winner will be selected at random.

Surgeries are performed Monday through Friday at the BHS Spay and Neuter Clinic located at 587 Country Drive in Chico. All additional services (vaccines, microchips, tests, etc.) are also available by appointment, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:30pm. Appointments can be made by calling (530) 343-7917, ext. 2. For more information on spay or neuter surgery or other services, visit

Please note that dogs and cats must be at least 2 pounds in weight and 2 months old (8 weeks) to be spayed or neutered. Dogs and cats must be at least 3 months old (12 weeks) to receive a Rabies vaccination. Both dogs and cats are susceptible to heartworm and should be kept on preventative medication. This promotion does not include heartworm testing.

Because the BHS is not a full-service veterinary facility, the staff encourages owners to establish long-term relationships with a local veterinarian to provide complete medical care.



Butte Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives, finding homes, and inspiring compassion in our community since 1911.

Your Support In Action

Rupert is still smiling, in spite of all he’s been through!

Rupert is beaming with joy now, but he had a really bad day last month when someone fell on him, which snapped his leg in two. Although his owners took him to the vet, they could not afford the operation and instead had to surrender him to City of Chico AnimalServices. BHS quickly took him into our care.

When we reviewed the X-rays for Rupert’s leg, the damage was too extensive for us to repair, so amputation was recommended as a means to get Rupert to full health and adoptable status.  Rupert’s operation took $700 in total out of the Dorothy N. Johnson Second Chance Fund.  We are happy to report that he is now healthy and ready to find a new home!  Please, if you have money to spare consider donating to the fund that saved Rupert and many more animals this month!

UPDATE: Petunia’s Second Chance!

 First things first, we here at BHS are absolutely blown away by the amount of compassionate people who have contributed to Petunia’s care and also expressed interest in taking her home!  Thank you all so much for your support of an animal in need.
Petunia gets to sleep on the bed in her new home!

As for her status: Petunia continues to improve! She now has new fuzzy hairs beginning to pop up where there were only sores before.  Who would have thought there was such a happy and energetic girl hiding under all of that mess!?  Petunia remains in foster care but has been moved into a potential home until she is cleared for final adoption.

April, her foster mother and adopter-to-be, has such a touching story of how she first found Petunia on our website and wasted no time coming down to the shelter to meet her. She said, “My fiancé came home and asked me what was wrong because I had been crying. I turned the computer screen to him to show him Petunia’s picture.”  Upon meeting Petunia for the first time, again tears came to her eyes as she gently petted and talked to Petunia.  At that time Petunia was not ready to be moved into another home, but we talked at length about how she behaved at the foster home and about the potential of Petunia coming to live with her.

A couple weeks later, Petunia had stabilized on her medications and her sores had subsided.  We had a large number of homes willing to take Petunia, so we started with the person at the top of our compatible homes list, April.  April brought in her two boys, her fiancé, and her 6-year-old French Bulldog named Norton.  Petunia warmed right up to the family, giving kisses and showing interest in Norton although he was mostly interested in sniffing around.  We were not sure how they would do in home together but could tell there was potential.

Petunia giving her new boyfriend a kiss!

The best news came recently when we checked up on how Petunia was doing.  Not only had she been allowed to sleep on the bed at night (which she loves) but she and Norton had become quite fond of each other!  April says Petunia inherited all of Norton’s toys (he did not use them too much) and had a blast scattering them all about the house. She also said that Petunia and Norton often play and nap together, and that their family is in love with their new dog.

Things could not have worked out better for Petunia, and she is a great illustration of how your donations help us accomplish our mission to care for animals in need!