Volunteer Spotlight: Joline R.

IMG_13051,000 Reasons Why We Love Joline.

To be honest, there are more than merely a thousand reasons why we love Joline, but the most recent in a litany of outstanding attributes is her 1,000 hour milestone.  Later in December she reached the achievement, not in her whole volunteer career, but only in 2017.

Joline has been nothing but valuable. How valuable? Well, if you want to put a number on it and consider each hour at minimum wage, you could say she’s donated $10,500 in 2017 alone! Of course, she means so much more to us than that.

Joline is a person with whom we can trust any project. She knows the warehouse inside and out and we are comfortable including her in important decision making processes. That’s right, she does the dirty work at BHS and boy does she do it well. She is organized, thoughtful, and thorough. One can only wonder how many potential sickness outbreaks she’s prevented with her strict adherence to sanitation, which she teaches to new volunteers constantly.

We’d be at a major loss without Joline which is why she is our volunteer of the month.Thank you, Joline, for all that you do.

December 2017 Desktop Calendars

Get in the holiday spirit with these festive backgrounds featuring BHS Alums Hopper & Mimsy!

Easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Click on the calendar you love
  2. Right click & save to your desktop
  3. Minimize your window & find the image on your desktop
  4. Right click & select “Set as desktop background

December cat- Hopper

December dog-Mimsy

 

Sweet Success: Callie

IMG_4795Written by loving adopter, Madalyn K.

When I first met Callie at the shelter she scratched me when I tried to pet her and bit me when I fed her a treat. Even though I was skeptical, I went through with the adoption. I figured, if I was 17 years old living in a shelter, I would probably be a little grumpy too.

After bringing Callie home, she was a different cat. It took her a few days, but she quickly warmed up to me. She slept under my bed at first, but now I can’t get her off my bed. When we go to sleep, she will either sleep on my back, or we share the pillow. I usually have to lay down and get comfortable pretty quick because before I know it Callie will be cuddled up next to me. Callie is the most loving cat I have ever seen and loves to snuggle.IMG_4791

The adoption process went very smooth with the shelter. Everything was very easy, and I appreciate how the staff has stayed in contact. One little mishap, Callie had paperwork both from the shelter and previous owner and there were 3 different birthdays. So, we have decided to celebrate her birthday on July 4th. Callie will be 18 next year!

Overall, I am beyond happy with my decision to adopt Callie. She makes me happier each day and I am so glad I was able to give her a home. I continuously encourage others to adopt older cats and I hope the other cats at the shelter find their forever home. (Don’t let her grumpy face fool you, she’s very sweet!)

Volunteer Spotlight: Sue A.

IMG_2372Sue has been dedicating her time to Butte Humane Society since May of 2009. She is our resident cat photographer and has almost 2,400 hours of service! Sue is an active figure in Chico. She works as the assistant Vice President for Alumni and Parent Engagement at CSU Chico, and is on several boards like the Stansbury Home and DCBA and volunteer photography services for Chico Theater Company.

Sue first began volunteering when Butte Humane Society was involved in the ZooToo campaign. The enthusiasm of BHS staff members encouraged Sue to try out volunteering, something she had not really done before. At first, she was not sure what she wanted to do at the shelter, but after she did a photoshoot for the cats Sue was hooked. The Shelter Art Foundation, which provides advice and training for how to take quality photos of shelter animals, helped Sue improve her photography skills and learn how to capture each cat’s individual personality. On top of her regular visits to the BHS catteries, Sue does special event photography such as Pet Photos with Santa and Christmas Preview.

It is easy to see Sue is a cat person from her dedication here, but she does admit she would not mind having a dog sometime in the future. Roughly 700+ animals are photographed by Sue annually, so it is difficult for her to choose a favorite. Some have stood out to her, like BHS alumni Rocky, Thora, Honeysuckle, and Sophie. Several BHS cats have made a deeper connection with Sue and have found a furrever home with her. Currently, Sue is parent to five cats, and has adopted four cats she fostered in the past. She understands how much difference a comfortable bed can make, so she makes cat cage pads and dog coats in her spare time.

Without hesitation, Sue says the best part about volunteering at BHS is seeing the homeless pets find their forever homes and become part of the family. By taking professional photos of BHS animals, Sue can capture their personalities and show them to the public. Hearing someone say they came to see a specific animal because of Sue’s photography really makes her feel like her work is helping the animals find great homes. She is a very active volunteer at BHS, working with animals, staff, and other volunteers. BHS is grateful to have her here.

November 2017 Desktop Calendars

Celebrate the last month of Autumn with these cute desktop backgrounds featuring BHS Alums Kaprice & Bee!

Easy as 1, 2, 3…

  1. Click on the calendar you love
  2. Right click & save to your desktop
  3. Minimize your window & find the image on your desktop
  4. Right click & select “Set as desktop background

Novemeber Dog

November cat