Volunteer Spotlight: Rayner & Monica

IMG_4303This month we’re shining the spotlight on two special volunteers, Rayner & Monica!

They started volunteering at BHS about a year ago, and have since accrued 176 hours of service! They both love cats and dogs, which is what motivated them to volunteer for us. Because they are more experienced volunteers, they are able to take our dogs “On the Go” and for bedtime foster. They enjoy D.O.G (Do on the Go) because it allows them to take the pups away from the shelter to discover their true personalities and how well they interact with other people. Bedtime fostering gives the dogs the opportunity for a peaceful night and to experience life at home.

Their first bedtime foster experience was a total accident. They had taken BHS pup Mary on a hike and didn’t make it back to the shelter in time to drop her off, so they kept her overnight. This was the moment they fell in love with bedtime fostering because they could tell the dogs love & appreciate it so much. In the past few months, they have bedtime fostered Mary, Tammy, Hawkeye, Max, Winter, Chloe, & Chessie. It’s made a huge difference for these pups, and we can’t thank Rayner & Monica enough.

When asked about these two awesome volunteers, Dog Behaviorist Shannon said, “Rayner is amazing he’s always taking dogs “on the go” and bed time foster. He’s never afraid of a challenging dog and take dogs who really need a break from the shelter. Very friendly and always willing to help. I don’t know Monica too well but she’s always right there by his side participating in the same way.”


BHS Internships

Each semester, a handful of students join BHS as intern. Whether they work in Adoptions, the Clinic, or Administration, they all walk away having gained valuable work experience! Check out this write up by former Social Media & Public Relations intern, Cassie, about her experience at BHS!

“My experience as the Social Media and Public Relations intern at Butte Humane Society has been nothing short of fulfilling. The environment was always warm and welcoming, and helped me learn a lot about what I want in my future career endeavors. Working for a nonprofit was also a very rewarding experience, as I felt I was directly contributing to finding homes for our wonderful animals. All of the administrative staff were always very helpful and supportive when getting work done, and it was never boring! As a Communication Studies student, this was directly applicable to my academic and professional skills. I learned so much throughout the duration of the semester, and my involvement with BHS was everything I could have wanted in an internship!”

Volunteer Spotlight: Hannah D.

imageHannah D. only joined BHS in the beginning of July, but already she has won every one of us over. She volunteers in multiple departments, including Dogs, Cats, Clinic, Warehouse, and Special Events. She even stepped up, without hesitation, to be our Petsmart Liaison who monitors the comfort and cleanliness of the cats we have up for adoption at Petsmart. She’s already volunteered over 25 hours this month. Did I mention that she’s only 16! Cats love her. Dogs love her. Staff and Volunteers love her.

Thank you, Hannah, for being such a ready, willing, and capable volunteer as well as just being an inspiring individual.

Volunteer Spotlight: Nicole M.


This month, we’re shining the Volunteer Spotlight on Nicole M.!

Our Dog Intake Coordinator, Shannon, had nothing but wonderful things to say about Nicole. “She’s always smiling, and she’s willing to work on value life skills with Hudson – skills like being calm, walking politely on leash, how to sit and stay. Nicole is accountable and friendly!”

When asked about volunteering at BHS, Nicole said: “I absolutely love spending time volunteering with the dogs. I initially started because I missed having a dog of my own, and can’t have one due to being a renter. I figured I would give my time, as I am a big supporter of rescues, after our family adopted a pittie through a rescue. I was able to get my dog ‘fix’ while being able to give back to the community and the pups. I love that I get to spend time with them, and work with them to get them out of the kennel and have some fun. While I also enjoy it personally, and feel so rewarded after spending each time with the pups and they always put a smile on my face.”

We are so lucky to have an amazing volunteer like her. We appreciate you, Nicole!

Volunteer Spotlight: Brooke T.

IMG-2908Not many volunteers feel comfortable with the complicated closing routines of feeding, cleaning, and administering medications, but Brooke T. sticks around until the last minute of the work day, working alongside staff to get the kitties ready for bed.

Brooke isn’t timid about going above and beyond normal volunteer tasks, but rather looks for more “extracurricular” activities. She gives life to the office with the little things like creating birthday graphics for some of our special cats. She helps instigate those little shenanigans that a workplace needs to keep spirits up on those emotionally stressful days that are all too common in the shelter world.

Thank you Brooke, for bringing such joy to the cats and the humans who care for them.