105th Anniversary Gala – Thank You!

dsc01790Thank you so much for your attendance, participation, and help at our 105th Anniversary Gala!

Thanks to you and your hard work, it was a successful night of celebrating BHS and the animals that we serve. Without the help of each staff member, volunteer, intern, donor, sponsor and guest, we wouldn’t have had such a lively evening of “Grr-lesque, Purr-lesque.”

We had 140 donors who generously gave items for 14492591_10154288685595100_6659311711965809362_nour silent and live auctions at the gala. We auctioned off some exciting  items and packages, including trips to New York and Hawaii, a private dinner with the Sushi Brothers, and unique hand-crafted woodwork. There were a few tantalizing performances by the Malteazers, and impactful short films about our current programs by the talented Tanis Cassidy. We are so very thankful for everyone who made it possible!

Three BHS dogs also made an appearance! Having dogs there made it really special, letting our guests know who they are directly helping with their donations. Overall it was a joyous night of celebrating Butte Humane Society’s 105 years of working diligently to help save lives, find homes, and inspire compassion!

From everyone here at Butte Humane Society, you are the reason we can do what we do – thank you!

See photos from the event on our Facebook Page.

Spay & Neuter Days

February is National Spay and Neuter Month!  We are proudly partnering up with several animal-loving businesses in the community to help increase spay and neuter awareness.

Throughout the month of February, businesses Spay & Nueter cards Art Etclike Art Etc. will be collecting donations to help fill our Spay & Neuter Fund. The fund provides vouchers to help pet owners who wish to take the responsible action of spaying or neutering their pets, but need assistance.

Why is it so important to spay or neuter your pet?  It reduces the chance of your pet developing certain cancers.  It reduces roaming, aggression, messy heat cycles, marking or spraying, but most importantly, it reduces unwanted litters, thus reducing overpopulation and euthanasia.  There’s really no reason not to as long as our shelters are full.

So how can you help?  Easy!  Simply visit one of the Spay & Nueter cards countertopbusinesses listed below, look for the donation cards, donate $5, and be sure to write your name as big as you can.  You deserve this proud moment.

A big THANK YOU goes out to the following businesses for partnering up with BHS and for caring so much about such a worthy cause.  You are truly heroes in our community!

 

Welcome to Our Winter Wonderland

pet photos with santaYou love your children, both two and four-legged, and you love capturing adorable memories of them.  Butte Humane Society can help with that by offering Photos with Santa at our Winter Wonderland where we will be decking the halls with beautiful holiday décor. Come in from the cold for some delicious hot apple cider while you browse through the BHS boutique for cute pet outfits, gifts, and more.  Satisfy your sweet tooth with some irresistible baked goods.  Marvel at your children’s (the two-legged ones) artistry as they get crafty in the craft corner.

Long day of shopping?  Bring your gifts and let us wrap them for you.  We have an assortment of both contemporary and traditional wrapping paper, bows, and ribbon.  Name your own price.  It all goes to help the animals at BHS.

Not into Santa?  That’s okay!  We will also offer winter and Hanukkah themed photo options. So come enjoy the fun festivities at the BHS Education Center located at 2156 Pillsbury Rd, Suite 160 from noon to 4:00pm on either December 5th or 12th.   Don’t forget to pick up your 2016 calendar featuring animal lovers from CAL FIRE and some of the adorable pups and kitties from BHS.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

Pet Safety Tips for Halloween

            The time for hot apple cider, warm scarves and pumpkin bread is finally here. It’s fall, and Halloween is just around the corner! You know what that means; it’s time to start thinking about what you and your family are going to dress up as this year. This includes the 4-legged members of your family. Not everyone likes to dress their pets up, but for those of us that do here are some tips to keep in mind.

Lobsterriers!
Lobsterriers!
  1. Avoid masks, which can obstruct your pet’s vision or ability to breathe.
  2.  When the costume is on, make sure your pet can still move freely and supervise your pet at all times.
  3.  Always ensure your pet has identification (collar, tags, and microchip) and don’t forget the leash if you’ll be outdoors or in a new place.
  4. Allow your pet time to adjust to the costume, including a couple “test runs” before the big day.
  5. Most importantly, don’t dress up your pet if it makes them unhappy. Some animals like it but some don’t, and we should respect that.

Costumes aren’t the only pet safety concern on Halloween. Many pets can become stressed out, lost, or sick during this time of year.  These are a few ways to minimize pet stress this month.

  1. Avoid giving your pets treats not specifically designed for their species, or they might get sick. This means no candy from the trick-or- treating bowl (more for you)!
  2. Keep Halloween decorations such as electric lighting, carved pumpkins with lit candles, and small plastic creepy crawlies out of the reach of your pets.
  3. Unless your pets are very social with strangers, keep them in a separate room away from the front door during busy trick-or- treating hours. Too many new people in one night can be very stressful for some animals.
  4. Be on the alert for your cat or dog trying to sneak past you when you open the door for trick-or- treaters.
Maria, our Adoptions RVT, loves dressing up the kitties for Halloween!
Maria, our Adoptions RVT, loves dressing up the kitties for Halloween!

If you follow these simple rules, both you and your fur-friend should have a happy, fun and safe Halloween! And if you love dressing your pets up for Halloween, be sure to check out our Facebook Halloween Costume Contest! You can show off your cute costume ideas, look at the adorable outfits put together by other animal lovers, and win a pet care gift basket! Head over to Butte Humane Society on Facebook and like the page for more details.

BHS Press Release: BIDWELL BARK FUN RUN & FESTIVAL

BIDWELL BARK FUN RUN & FESTIVAL TO BENEFIT BUTTE HUMANE SOCIETY

Butte County’s Biggest Pet-Friendly 5K Race, Family Festival Only A Few Weeks Away

(CHICO, CA) — Bidwell Park is going to the dogs on September 27, when thousands of humans and dogs will converge for the Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival. This annual event is the largest pet-friendly community event in Butte County and surrounding areas, and all proceeds will benefit Butte Humane Society (BHS.)

Bidwell Bark Fun Run & Festival will be held on Saturday, September 27, from 8 a.m. to noon at Sycamore Field in the One Mile Recreation Area of Lower Bidwell Park, Chico. Pre-registration is highly encouraged, and can be done online at BidwellBark.com.

Event registration and admission are both free, but participants will earn prizes for fundraising for BHS. Prizes range from Bidwell Bark t-shirts and goodie bags at the $25 level, to a customized pet portrait from talented local painter Hettrickart for everyone who raises at least $3,000. Additional prizes and trophies will be awarded to the top individual and team fundraisers, aka the “Leaders of the Pack.”

The 5K Fun Run will begin at 8:30 a.m and a 2K Walk will begin at 8:45. Chipped timing will be provided for registered participants in the 5K run, and awards will be given to the top 5K male, female, and canine finishers, as well as the top 3 runners in each age division.

Festival attractions include the ever-popular Dog Costume Contest, separate “fun zones” for children and dogs full of games and activities, music provided by top sponsor BOB 92.7 FM, vendor booths, and trained dog demonstrations by Butte County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit held in the Sierra Nevada Demonstration Ring.

Presenting sponsors include BOB 92.7 FM, Z-Rock 106.7 FM, Power 102 FM, Thunder 100.7 FM, Fifth Sun, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Dragon Graphics, Cleanrite Buildrite, Chico News & Review, and C&C Storage. Route sponsorships and vendor booth spaces are still available! Contact Butte Humane Society at buttehumane.org or (530) 343-7917 x107 for more information.

All funds raised will benefit Butte Humane Society and their adoption, outreach and spay/neuter efforts. For more information on Bidwell Bark or to register, visit BidwellBark.com.

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Butte Humane Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization 100% funded by your donations and
dedicated to saving lives, finding homes, and inspiring compassion in our community since 1911.