August 2017 Desktop Calendars

Count down the last few weeks of summer with these adorable desktop backgrounds featuring BHS Alums Tippy & Larry!

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”

August Cat Calendar - Tippy

 

August Dog Calendar - Larry

Sweet Success: Dave

Written by Shelby W., BHS Adoptions Supervisordave

We received an update from Dave’s Adopter, Joyce,  recently. Dave was a special shy kitty that we had in our care for quite some time. He was waiting for a perfect person who would look past his shyness and want to take him home. When his adopter came in looking for an older cat, Dave instantly came out of hiding and jumped into her lap. He knew they were meant to be! Joyce immediately scooped him up and adopted him! In our recent update from Joyce, she has said that he is still getting used to his surroundings, and that he still is a bit shy. BUT she loves him anyways and is willing to let him take as much time as he needs. Joyce said she will always remember how sweet he was to her  the day she adopted him, and is willing to let him take his time in her home. She has another cat and they have even met a few times and seem to be doing great together. And his cute new nickname is Davie. We love hearing from our adopters! And Dave holds a special place in our staffs memories.

Volunteer Spotlight: Shirley M.

shirley M.Our latest volunteer of the month is the incredible Shirley M.!

As a volunteer at the shelter, Shirley has made quite an impression on the staff and animals at BHS. She has given over 150 hours of her time in the past six months! Her hard work and dedication to the animals is noticed and appreciated by all. On top of volunteering in both the dog and cat rooms, Shirley recently completed Level 2 dog training, and she was a fospice provider for a sweet cat named Mink. Because of her compassion and kindness, Mink was able to spend his last days in a happy, loving home.

Shirley began volunteering at BHS because she loves cats and dogs, and could not think of a better way to fill her spare time. She loves the people who work at the shelter and appreciated everyone’s help and support when she started volunteering. Shirley – we appreciate you!

When Shirley is at the shelter, she loves taking the dogs out for walks, cuddling with the cats, and getting lots of puppy kisses! One of Shirley’s favorite volunteer moments came when she was working the BHS booth at the Thursday night Farmer’s Market. She was visited by one of the dogs she remembered from the shelter, and was thrilled to see how happy he looked with his new family!

We don’t know what we would do without wonderful volunteers like Shirley! Thank you so much for everything you do for the animals.

Sweet Success: Greg & Miranda

Written by loving adopters, Roger B. & Krista F.

greg-sweet-success“Hello all –

Greg here. It is hard to believe, but our one year anniversary is upon us on April 1st. Thank you for your hospitality. I’m glad you found me my folks – they are good, they are as golden as my fur. I like it here and I am all settled in.

We recently got a new member to the family, her name is Miranda and she is full of energy. She likes to act tough around me, but I know she is really a softy so I just ignore her antics and she is coming around. I think that by the end of the year, we will be snuggle buddies.

I hope your good works are continuing well. Thank you for helping me find this home.

Best Wishes,

Greg”


“Hi friends –miranda-sweet-success

My new Mom and Dad are simply the best. Dad has a beard, which I find very interesting. I love to crawl in it and pat it. He is the best.

Oh, we have another cat here, his name is Greg. I have to tolerate him, he ignores me, but I feel like I have to growl at him at least a little. But, he is not really all bad, I just want Dad all to myself – oh but that would mean no Mom. I guess I just really like being the center of attention. Dad tells me stories and both Mom and Dad play lots of different games with me. they say I’m a natural mouser. I like to hear that.

Thank you for your hospitality earlier, I’m doing even better these days.

Yours Truly,

Miranda”

Heat Safety for Your Furry Friend

dog in poolSchool is out and summer is here.  Time to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun, right?  Well not so much for Fido or Fluffy.  Sure your best friend loves to play outside with you and keep you company while you run your errands, but when summer temperatures in Butte County reach upwards of 115 degrees, now is good time to consider taking steps to protect your pet.

We love where we live, but it’s no secret that the North Valley is prone to dry, miserable heat.  Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause significant, irreversible harm to your pets. So, what can you do to help your pets in this heat?

 

Leave Your Pet At Home

Despite warnings, every year people take their pets shopping with them thinking, “I’ll just be a minute” or, “It’s okay because the windows are cracked.” But it only takes that “minute” for your best friend to overheat.

On an 85 degree day inside a car:
10 minutes = 102°F
30 minutes = 120°F
*At 107°F dogs begin suffering brain damage or even death.

Shelter and Shadedog water
Got a fancy doghouse?  If that dog house is not well ventilated, it might as well be an oven.  As for that shade, it moves.  Your dog might be chilling in the cool shade of your neighbor’s oak in the morning when you leave for work, but where is that shade several hours later in the hottest part of the day? 

Keep It Full And Keep It Cool
You remembered to fill that water dish, but has it been warming in the sun?  Is it in a heat retaining metal bowl? Just like you, dogs and cats prefer cooler water.

If The Ground Is Too Hot For Your Feet, It’s Too Hot For Theirs
A dog’s feet can and will burn, blister, or bleed if it’s hot enough.  If your dog is limping or refusing to walk while outside, that’s likely a warning sign.  Dogs that have just been rampaging through the water are especially at risk as the water may have softened their pads.

 

Summer Safety Do’s And Don’ts
Do:

  • get your pup a small wading pool to splash around in.
  • make frozen treats for your dog, or freeze a block of water and let them play with it.
  • consider shaving your dog’s heavy coat; just not too short as dogs get sunburns too.
  • consider how far you take your pet from the nearest emergency facility.
  • learn from Cesar Millan how to cool down a hot dog.

Don’t:

  • exercise your pet mid-afternoon.
  • encourage your pet to speed up when it wants to slow down.