CSU, Chico: Kennel Presentation

kennelsWritten by Sierra Straube, freshman at CSU, Chico

At first when we got this project we thought this was just going to be another assignment, but when we all got to Butte Humane Society and met the animals it became much more personal. We are a group of freshman from a Communications class at Chico State, and we were assigned a presentation project that included doing a civic action that affected the community. We thought let’s go to the Butte Humane Society and volunteer our help!

After talking to BHS, we found out how easy it is to volunteer for them. When we first walked into the animal shelter you could not help but notice how kennel presentation affects the way you see these adorable animals. We realized how important this aspect is in the way people make their decisions to adopt these animals or not. Many people walk into the dog kennels and notice that the dogs may be barking a lot, seem nervous, or jumpy and they associate this with the dog’s character. That accusation is entirely false, the dogs in the shelter are nervous and jumpy because they are going through an unstable living situation. While being kept in small, suitable spaces, many cannot see around the corners and are startled when a family unexpectedly walks up to their kennel. The nervousness, jumpiness, and barking are just a reaction of being in their situation rather than a reflection of their personality.

The whole experience with Butte Humane Society has been a real pleasure and a great experience for us. They have displayed such warmth and love towards these animals and truly care for their well-being. However they could always use an extra hand from volunteers! Volunteering at BHS is as simple as filling out an application, attending a session, and getting a Volunteer shirt – then you’re in!

Learn more about volunteering at www.buttehumane.org/volunteer

Your Support in Action-Cauliflower

Twelve-year-old Cauliflower was brought in to BHS by his Cauliflower hearts 1owner to be euthanized.  After our clinical staff looked him over, they determined that, although he was a “hot mess”, there was actually no medical need to put him down. Since Butte Humane Society lives to save lives, they offered to take him in and the owner agreed.

So what was wrong with Cauliflower?  He came in with severe ear mites, decayed teeth, and a cold; all of which were treatable.

Cauliflower star 1Thanks to the caring contributions of our community, our clinic was able to treat the mites and the cold as well as remove what was left of his teeth.  Once all of his ailments were addressed, it was easy to see that he was “the cutest cat ever,” according to our adoptions crew. “He is super cuddly and affectionate.  Most cats come out of treatment dazed and drowsy, but he came out purring and ready for belly rubs.”

It didn’t take long for the public to see that he was the cutest cat ever.  Cauliflower was recently adopted into a loving home where he will get to spend the rest of his happy, healthy life.  Without the support of the community, we wouldn’t have had the resources required to be able to save him.  We are grateful to live in such a caring and compassionate community.  Here’s to Cauliflower and here’s to you!

Fall in Love- Hooch Needs a Home

Meet Hooch.  He was first brought to us at the tender age of 5 months, and has spent his life as the object of a theoretical revolving door- where one side is adoption, and the other returning to BHS after several unsuccessful attempts at finding love.  Although he has all of the attributes of a loving, sweet and fun dog, he is acclimated to his kennel due to the majority of his year and half long life being here.

Hooch- Nov 2015
Handsome, loving, energetic boy looking for long-term, monogamous (only dog) relationship. Seeking understanding, patient, and playful match who will spend days doing puzzles and other stimulating activities. Prefer an outdoor enthusiast without children. Sound like a loving match? Come meet me!

Upon first meeting Hooch, he is a calm and obedient boy.  Hooch will lean against the kennel door and offer his side for you to pet him.  However, once the leash is secured and he is brought into the play yard, Hooch is now outside of his comfort zone.  At first glance, this behavior is misunderstood as standoffish, but this is simply the conditioned behavior of a dog that has never had a consistent owner in his life.  BHS is working hard to socialize Hooch, and is making great improvements each month, but it is best that he have a home and owner to call his own.

The ideal owner for this adorable yet misunderstood dog would be one where patience and training can be dedicated to him, and know that the transition will be over time and not immediate.  All who meet Hooch take quite a shine to this sweet dog and feel he may also be a great working dog as well.  He is a smart boy who is eager to please and would benefit from consistent mental stimulation.  If you know anyone or an organization that could provide a future for Hooch, please contact us.


Written by John Robertson

Your Support in Action- Jack

Once intimidating and terrified to now affectionate and outgoing, all Jack needed was for somebody to believe in him. As a two-year-old Pit Bull/Sharpei mix, Jack’s misunderstood behavior left him passed over by many adopters. Jack is a shining example of how your support transforms the life of each animal at BHS.

Jack- SIA- Oct 2015
Jack is playful and easily entertained by his toys.

Jack is an affectionate dog who loves cuddles and aims to please. But his reactionary behavior towards strangers and dominance towards other dogs is what landed him at BHS. He was deemed unadoptable, but BHS staff and volunteers saw his potential and sweet disposition. With your support, over the four months Jack was with us, he received constant training, positive reinforcement, and socialization.

Jack3- SIA- Oct 2015
Jack was eager to please and share his affection.

Jack’s behavior transformed from reactionary to exemplary, and he became our model dog, helping us test the behavior of new dogs that came to us. Jack learned to be calm and accepting of unfamiliar dogs and people he was introduced to. Match that to his soft eyes, wet kisses, and love for cuddling, Jack was finally adopted after five months.

Your support sponsored Jack’s rehabilitation. Without you, BHS wouldn’t be able to dedicate time to animals like Jack, who just need someone to believe in them.


Written by Kari Young and Tiffany Alioto

Your Support in Action- Charlie


Sweet little Charlie was suffering from severe dental disease, which is a common problem for companion pets as they age, especially small breed dogs.  He even had pieces of grass, hair, and carpet stuck in the tartar on his teeth. If this wasn’t enough, he had also developed a sinus infection due to a decayed tooth root.  It was hard to believe his tail was still wagging!

Charlie Sept 15Imagine meeting a sweet, friendly and well-behaved 6-year-old dachshund mix like Charlie.  He is a perfect match for your family, and you are ready to adopt him except for one thing—he has serious dental issues that need to be addressed immediately, and this will be very expensive. Plaque and debris accumulate in an animal’s mouth and harden into tartar, which can lead to periodontal disease, infections, and painful decayed teeth.

Thanks to your generous donations to the Dorothy N. Johnson Second Chance Fund, Charlie was able to get the help he needed so that he could find his forever home.  He received a deep cleaning, 6 teeth were extracted, and his infection was treated with antibiotics and pain medication.  With a clean, pain-free mouth, Charlie is smiling more than ever!

When a dog like Charlie needs an expensive medical treatment, they are often overlooked, despite the fact they are highly adoptable.  It was estimated that Charlie’s dental work would have cost about $1000, which is a deal breaker to many potential adopters.  Now there is nothing holding him back from finding his forever home. Come meet Charlie and see his beautiful smile today!

Please continue to support animals like Charlie by contributing to the BHS Dorothy N. Johnson Second Chance Fund.