97 Adoptions in 12 Hours!

Several volunteers and staff spent many, many hours preparing for the big “Empty the Shelter” event. This 12-hour adoptathon proved to be greatly rewarding for all the hard work the staff has put into getting it together! The shelter was abuzz all week with visitors checking out the pets available for adoption at a remarkably low cost Saturday. 97 adoptions were completed in one day, quite a jump from our average days of 8 adoptions! We were overjoyed to come to a very quiet shelter on Sunday morning. We had wonderful feedback from our adopters about how well the event was organized, and even had 6 more adoptions the next day to bring the weekend’s total to 103 adoptions!

We also received great support from our local TV, radio, and newspaper in spreading the word about this event. Check out this video created by volunteer Sarah Brown, using the radio commercial created by volunteer Matt Brown and the crew at Results Radio.

Empty the Shelter ad


– by Sarah Brown and Heather Schoeppach

BHS Spay & Neuter Clinic celebrates 2000th surgery!

In just nine months, Butte Humane Society’s new Spay & Neuter Clinic has performed more than 2,000 spays and neuters on cats and dogs from their shelter and the general public. Considering the average number of offspring each female dog or cat can produce in a year, that’s approximately 8,000 unwanted animals prevented this year alone. Each surgery helps reduce the number of future homeless animals needing care in Chico’s limited sheltering facilities.

Dr. Rachel Caspary, shelter veterinarian for Butte Humane Society, recently took a moment to reflect after completing her last surgery of the day. “I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to work with the shelter as well as public animals in an effort to reduce pet overpopulation.  It is very fulfilling to have completed 2,000 surgeries, especially knowing we are just getting started!”

Spay and neuter, especially early-age surgery performed before puberty, will help improve long-term health as well as decrease unwanted behaviors – including unplanned breeding. Spay and neuter efforts are especially crucial during spring and summer, when the warm weather spurs mating and the BHS shelter’s animal intake triples to 600+ animals per month.

“Spay and neuter is truly the most effective way to reduce animal suffering and euthanasia of millions of animals in our country and thousands here locally in the North State,” said Kristen Staggs, President of the BHS Board of Directors.

High turnover in residency, inadequate awareness and education, and minimal access to low-cost spay and neuter have led to a higher-than-average number of homeless animals in the Chico area. The BHS shelter takes in 49 animals per every 1000 people in our community, while the national average is 30 animals per 1000 people. The BHS clinic is an immense step in establishing long-lasting solutions to the community’s pet overpopulation problem.

Now, Butte Humane Society can directly help all pet owners by offering affordable spay and neuter as well as low-cost vaccinations and testing. Though BHS does not offer a low-income assistance program, the organization has partnered with two local spay/neuter assistance programs administered by Paws of Chico and PawPrints Thrift Store.

“We are able to provide low cost yet high quality services because we are a not-for-profit organization that receives discounts on certain supplies, and by not offering the full spectrum of veterinary services we are able to keep our overhead minimal. This allows us to pass these savings directly on to the public,” said Karin Williams, BHS Clinic Manager.

A donation of equipment and caging from Midtown Veterinary Clinic in Davis made it possible to increase the number of surgeries that the BHS clinic can perform each day. Appointments can be scheduled immediately, with no more than a few days’ wait for surgery.

Surgeries are performed Monday through Friday, and appointments can be made by calling 343-7917, ext. 2. The Spay & Neuter Clinic is located at 587 Country Drive in Chico. The facility also houses Butte Humane Society’s Cat Adoption Center. Dog adoptions and animal intake are still performed at the main shelter at 2579 Fair St. For clinic pricing information and a full list of services, click here.

Because the BHS clinic 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.

Adopt-a-Cat Month

Every year approximately 4 million cats end up at shelters. The spring and summer months thousands of kittens are born. This time of the year is known as “kitten season.”  Shelters from all over the country also get a flood of new homeless cats and newborn kittens. Cats are very different from dogs but also make great pets.

Every June shelters from all over celebrate Adopt-A-Cat Month.  By adopting a cat from a shelter, you’re not only getting a new family member but a whole lot more. All BHS cats go through a behavior test so the people at the shelter can tell you their temperament as well as what type of household they will fit best in. At Butte Humane Society all adoptable cats come with their required vaccinations, a spay or neuter, a free examination by a local veterinarian, a microchip, a carrier, and one month free of ShelterCare insurance.

Shelters like BHS have a wide variety of cats with different colors, ages, and temperaments to choose from. Adopting a cat and kitten from Butte Humane Society starts at $55. Butte Humane Society also has a 2 for 1 adoption special on all cats. For the price of one cat you can save two lives. By adopting two cats from BHS, they can keep each other company, burn off each other’s extra energy, plus we believe that two is always better than one.

During the month of June Butte Humane Society has devoted the entire month to all cats that are up for adoption. BHS also has a variety of adopt-a-thons throughout the summer.


“Make Way for Kittens”- May 27, 28, 29

“Name your own price” on all adult cats one year and older.   Learn about the BHS foster program and senior connections program.  All adult cat adopters will receive a free cupcake thanks to our sponsor, Lovely Layers Cakery.

“Summer Splash” – June 17-19

“Name your own price” on all adult cats one year and older and get a summer goodie bag that includes hot weather tips and activity handouts.

To view the rest of the summer adopt-a-thons click here.

In addition to summer adopt-a-thons, BHS will also have adoption campaigns including Free Cat Fridays where all cats one year and older will be free, and a summer adoption raffle where all adopters will be entered in a raffle for an iPad. Both campaigns are from May 27 through October 31, and the drawing for the raffle will be on November 1.  Visit the Summer Adopt-a-thon page under events on the home page to learn more..

Come to the new Cat Adoption Center located at 587 Country Dr. Chico, Ca, or visit the website at www.buttehumane.org to view available cats and learn more about them.  Adopt a cat today and give them a forever loving home!

-Monica Gunther, Public Relations Intern


It’s Official – We’re in the ASPCA $100K Challenge!

After two weeks of voting, it’s official – Butte Humane Society is one of the top 50 shelters to qualify for the ASPCA $100K Challenge!  We are thrilled at this opportunity to compete for cash prizes and grants, and most of all to work with our community to save more lives and increase adoptions of our wonderful shelter animals.

Click here to see a news clip from KHSL TV announcing our success!

The $100K Challenge will run from August 1 through October 31, 2011. To learn more about the Challenge website, click here. You can also create a free account on this website and post adoption success stories and other messages of support for Butte Humane Society.

THANK YOU to everyone who voted and spread the word! We’ve got many fun things in the works for the Challenge, so be sure to stay tuned.

– Heather


Homeward bound- the incredible journey of Hercules

A tale of a pet owner, a curious cat named Hercules and a very persistent neighbor.

picture of Hercules
Hercules the adventurer

Julie, the owner of Hercules the cat, noticed that every so often Hercules would go missing for a few days at a time. Julie was curious about where Hercules was going. Turns out, Hercules was quite the foodie and was traveling far and wide to sample exotic cuisine. His favorite jaunt to satisfy his insatiable pallet was the neighbor’s house. The neighbor would regularly feed Hercules and she soon became quite a fan of her regular customer, so much of a fan that she decided she wanted to keep Hercules as her own.

At first, Hercules’ owner Julie was not at all willing to give the cat away to her neighbor, however after exhaustive arguing and insistence on the part of the neighbor, Julie finally gave in.

A couple years later, Julie received a strange call from the local humane society. She was informed by the people at the shelter that they had her cat. Confused, Julie informed them that she did not have a cat. The people at the shelter asked her if Hercules was not her cat. Julie then remembered Hercules, her former cat that had found a new home with the neighbor. As it turns out, the neighbor had moved way and left Hercules behind.

So how did this serendipitous reunion that allowed Julie and Hercules to be reunited come to be? Hercules was microchipped.

A Microchip is a small devise(about the size of a large grain of rice) that is placed under the animal’s skin. The implant contains a unique number which can be read through the skin by a special scanner. The number that the scanner reads is matched to a number kept in a national database, which also has information about the name of the pet owner and their contact information.

It is extremely useful in the quick and accurate return of lost pets, like Hercules. Having pets microchipped, in combination with having them wear a license tag, is far more efficient than using an ID tag alone. Collars are often lost or removed when the animal is straying, however a Microchip cannot be lost.

If the pet has a microchip it is beneficial to the shelters because they are able to return lost animals to their home and do not have to put out the cost of feeding and sheltering the animal. It is beneficial to the animals and their owners because they can be reunited in a timely and efficient manner.

All pets adopted from Butte Humane Society are microchipped as a part of the adoption fee. BHS will doing a $15 microchip special during April for animals that have not yet received the implant. Regularly, the price of a microchip implant is $30.

Please take some time to learn more about microchipping by visiting our website.


-Monica Hitchcock, Public Relations Intern