Volunteer Spotlight: Ken G.

16298869_1933580183539600_5868616036301308903_nThis month’s volunteer spotlight goes to Ken G.

Ken joined the BHS team with his son in 2003 – that’s 14 years of volunteering! He is one of our Volunteer Mentors as well as a trained Adoption Counselor, which means he helps potential adopters and our animals find their perfect match. He was also one of our incredible fosters during last month’s Oroville evacuations, and even kept Keeta for weeks after the evacuation order was lifted and the fosters were able to bring back the dogs.

He’s a very active member of our volunteer community, and likes to get to know the other volunteers through the volunteer Facebook page. He really works toward connecting with everyone and enjoys learning what everyone has to say about all the different animals we have at BHS.

Besides being a huge help with our dogs, Ken plays a big role in many of our special events. He’s helped on several committees over the years, including those for Anniversary Galas, Bidwell Bark fundraisers, the Golf Tournament fundraiser, and more. This year’s Bidwell Bark would not be the same without his help.

Ken is just all-around outstanding, and we thank him for his years of dedication and passion for Butte Humane Society and our animals. Thanks, Ken!

Volunteer Spotlight: Arlene E.

Arlene E.What can we say, Arlene is a rock star! In the last year she has contributed almost 250 hours of her time to Butte Humane Society. After being retired for about a year she decided to find a new way to spend her time, and we couldn’t be luckier that she found us.

Adoptions Manager, Megan Dallas, says, “Our staff really rely on our volunteers, and Arlene is always there to step up and take on anything we need her to. If she hears we are short staffed, she comes straight over to come and help out. She’s an angel!”

Arlene has completed the Level 2 training for dogs and is also one of our Volunteer Mentors, which means that she works with new volunteers as they are training. She is a great asset to our special events and mobile adoptions, including our most recent – a special “Company Cuddle” event for Sierra Nevada Brewery staff and families. Arlene also played a vital role during the evacuation crisis we had earlier this month, helping to organize emergency fosters so that we were able to open our kennels to community animals in need.

Now that we’ve gotten to know her, we don’t know what we’d do without her. Thank you, Arlene!

Volunteer Spotlight: Mandy M.

volunteer-spotlight-mandyWhen she came to volunteer with Butte Humane Society in early January of this year, Mandy jumped in with both feet. In less than a month, she has accumulated over 100 hours of service!

Mandy helps out in all areas of BHS, and has already completed the Level 2 training for Dogs. She puts in hours at the warehouse, spends time with cats, and works tirelessly to ensure that all of our dogs get their time out of the kennels each day. Not only that, but she attends education seminars and always makes sure to post photos and information about the animals that she works with. The information she provides helps both staff and other volunteers know what the animals need and how to work with them.

Mandy said she came to BHS when she some extra time between classes at Chico State, and quickly found herself getting attached to all of our loving animals. She comes in to volunteer every day that she is not in class, and her dedication is inspiring. Thank you, Mandy, for all that you do for Butte Humane Society. You have truly made a difference and we cannot be more appreciative!

Volunteer Spotlight: Tena C.

Many volunteers ease their way into volunteering. Not Tena! In the short amount of time that she’s been volunteering, she’s already racked up 40 hours and shows no sign of slowing down.

She adopted Jack, a former BHS resident, in September of 2015 and is head over heels for him. She keeps us updated on him as well as all the current guest dogs of BHS. Her consummate updates on the dogs she works with keeps all the other volunteers informed which helps with consistency when training, which in turn fosters a situation that helps our dogs be more prepared for their forever home.

BHS staff always appreciate a volunteer who understands the animals and their needs like Tena does. “Tena has an incredible dedication to the dogs and she always thinks about the staff too. She is willing to take on some of our more challenging level 1’s and I am excited to see what she will do as a level 2 volunteer. She has been a tremendous help since becoming a volunteer,” says BHS behaviorist, Brittany D.

She has already achieved Mentor status, which means that she qualifies to train new volunteers. This usually takes months. Tena is quickly climbing up the volunteer ladder and will be running this place in no time. BHS needs more volunteers like her.

Thank you, Tena, for your time, your effort, and your compassion!

Volunteer Spotlight: Joline R.

joline-rJoline has been with Butte Humane Society for six months and has already logged 190+ lifetime hours! She is extremely passionate about providing love and care to BHS’ adoptable cats and has proven to be an excellent asset during crazy (yet adorable) kitten season!

Joline makes it her goal to come in as often as possible and is making a huge difference at Cats! She’s even taken on the task of training new volunteers during cat shadow shifts, which is a really important part of the volunteer program.

Thank you Joline, you are amazing and BHS certainly takes pride in awarding you Volunteer of the Month!