Bidwell Bark 2018 Recap

BHS_BidwellBark_Logo2-whitestrokeThank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the fun-filled day at Sycamore Field for the Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival! This year, our community raised over $30,000 for the animals at Butte Humane Society!

On Saturday, May 5th, more than 1,000 humans and their canine companions joined us for Bidwell Bark. More than 300 registrants also took to the course for the 5K Run & 2K Walk, and boy, they were lightning fast!

Our Top Three 5K Runners were Dylan (16:55), Phillip (20:04), and Adam (21:05). The first (and ONLY) Youth to run the 5K was Alex W. (38:49). Of course, we can’t forget about our four-legged runners! The Top Canine Runners were Jason & Cash (21:17), Liz & Mila (22:28), and Hyland & Beulah (24:44).

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This year, we brought back an award from previous years… The Golden Bone! Each year, it is awarded to a group of participants with the most team spirit. The lucky winning team for 2018 was AMain Hobby Hounds! 


We would like to thank all of the fundraising individuals and teams who spent the last couple of months raising money for the cause. A special congratulations this year’s top fundraisers:

Top Individual Fundraisers:

  1. Curtis Chamberlain – $5,643.09
  2. Jeanine Spilman – $1,747.92
  3. Katrina Woodcox – $1,487.61
  4. Teri Ryan – $1,000

Top Team Fundraisers:

  1. CRBR – Cleanrite Buildrite – $5,643.09
  2. Hair of the Dog – $1,010
  3. AMain Hobby Hounds – $960
  4. Build.com – $561.44

Contests & Entertainment

Costume Contest

1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
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Peanut Butter Pie Eating Challenge

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Best Trick Contest

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Disc Dogs of the Golden Gate

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We would also like to thank our Event Sponsors, Donors, Vendors, and Volunteers who help make Bidwell Bark possible. We couldn’t do it without them, and we appreciate all of their support!

Anxious to see the rest of the amazing photos from this year’s event? Head over to our Facebook page and check out our Bidwell Bark 2018 album! Also, if you attended Bidwell Bark this year, be sure to fill out our event survey. We appreciate your feedback!

Mark your calendars now – Bidwell Bark will be back on May 11, 2019. We hope to see you all next year!

Clinic Corner: Allergy Awareness Month

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May is National Pet Allergy Awareness month! According to a recent survey, more than half of pet owners aren’t aware their dog or cat can also be miserable with seasonal allergies in the spring and summer months as well as suffer from environmental or food allergies year round! Symptoms of allergies can be as simple as sneezing, watery eyes, or itchy skin all the way up to intestinal distress, ear issues, and respiratory problems. The are a couple of precautionary steps pet owner’s can take to prevent things like food and environmental allergies such as keeping your pet on a grain free food (most dogs have some type of grain sensitivity or allergy), using all-natural cleaners in your home, and keeping plants that are toxic to pets out of your home and yard. Seasonal allergies are often hard to prevent, but knowing the signs and symptoms of allergies can help save your pet from seasonal allergy suffering.

If you think your pat may have allergies, an exam with a veterinarian is a good start to determine what type of allergies they are, and what you can do to treat them! Call us today to schedule your pet’s allergy exam at 530-343-7917 x 202.

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!