The Butte Humane Society Veterinary Clinic is providing continued relief for Camp Fire impacted pets! In addition to the fee-waived microchips and core vaccines we have been providing since November 2018, we will also be offering fee-waived veterinary exams, heartworm testing, feline viral testing, and spay/neuter vouchers through April 30th, 2019. We know the need for assistance isn’t over, and we want to help the best way we know how – by taking care of your furry family members! We are so appreciative of the support we have received from those both in and outside of Butte County whose donations have allowed us to continue offering these services. If you or someone you know has been impacted by the Camp Fire and is in need of veterinary services, please call us for an appointment today! 530.343.7917 x 202.
In November this past year, my family and I were heartbroken to see the devastation caused by the Camp Fire. We watched the news reports daily and said many prayers for the people and animals who were losing so much. I was heartsick seeing the reports of the animals who were burned, scared, and without homes. I started following the different rescue organizations that were working tirelessly to save the animals from the Camp Fire. That is when I came across the picture of sweet CC 200, now known as Butte.
Scrolling through the pictures of hundreds of cats rescued from the fire was overwhelming. I did not know how I was going to choose just one cat. When I saw Butte’s picture, I was shocked at how closely he resembled our cat that we lost this past March. He looks like he could be her twin. I instantly felt a connection with him. I was hopeful that he would be reunited with his family, but I also hoped that he would become part of our family. After checking on him through the Butte County Camp Fire Rescued Animals site for several weeks, I emailed Butte Humane Society to inquire about adopting Butte. On January 2, 2019 my application for Butte was accepted. We were informed that if he was not claimed by January 18, 2019 then we could come meet him and move forward with the adoption. On January 23, 2019 my husband and I made the hour and half drive from Woodland, CA to Butte Humane Society to meet our newest family member, Butte. We instantly fell in love.
Butte has been with us for about a week now and his transition home has been so easy. When we brought him home, the first thing he did was roll around on the carpet, purring the loudest purr I have ever heard from such a small kitty! Our sons, ages 10 and 5, adore Butte. Our 5-year-old asks every night if “Boot” can sleep in his bed. Butte lets our kids carry him around and he loves to lay in their laps while they watch TV. We have another kitty Butte’s age, named Max, and they have started chasing each other around the house. While Max is almost twice Butte’s size, Butte is the one who does the chasing and is quick to steal Max’s toys right out from under his nose. Butte also loves our dog and showed no fear at all when he met her. They sleep together on our bed and Butte likes to clean the dog’s ears. Butte is incredibly affectionate and loves to be cuddled. We are so lucky to have found him! Thank you to Butte Humane Society for helping us bring Butte home. We love our tiny cat so much. He is a great addition to our family.
“I started volunteering at the Pet Food and Supply pantry because as part of the rugby team, we made a decision as a team to help during this natural disaster. I continued to volunteer after my shifts because I saw the need, and because I have the time and I can. I have enjoyed the work that I am doing and the people that I am working with. I have worked almost every day since the Pantry opened up on Longfellow, and work about 8-9 hours a day. As a team lead, I help oversee the different departments of the pantry. As a Chico resident, I too have had family and close friends who have lost it all to the Camp Fire. The joy of helping others and giving back to the community is what I have enjoyed most about this job.”
John Fox aka “Fox” started helping at the Pet Food and Supply Pantry shortly after it opened. He very quickly proved himself to be a hard working volunteer by always lending a hand and stepping up for the hard jobs. Not long after he started volunteering he was assigned a lead role in the Pantry overseeing donation deliveries, which came sometimes 3 truck fulls a day, and responsibility for managing a small team. He put in long days and was a crucial factor in the pantry’s success. We truly could not have managed all of the donations without his help. Fox continues to volunteer on average 9 hours a day every day the pantry is open and has moved into a management role. One fun fact about Fox is that he’s a zoologist!
Five days after the Camp Fire broke out, our Veterinary Clinic took in 17 burned cats. The clinic operated 7 days a week for a month and a half to provide burn care until we were able to decrease those hours based on the progress of our patients. Our veterinarian, Dr. Mariana Turner, did not take a day off until December 16th (she worked 32 days in a row)! We had countless skilled veterinary professionals come to volunteer their time in helping care for the burned cats, including three techs from Washington and Dr. Brenda Motsco who came from Ohio & donated almost a week of her time to us. We also had amazing support from the San Francisco SPCA.
To this day, we have reunited 6 of our burned feline friends with their families – one of the cats was surrendered to us as the owner was unable to keep him. We are still searching for the owners of 10 of the cats. Our Clinic has only housed burned cats, while our Adoption Center (at the same location) is housing owned cats that were transferred from VCA and 27 stray cats from the Del Oro shelter due to their upcoming shut-down.
On November 14th, the Veterinary Clinic also began offering free microchips and core vaccines to those from evacuated areas. To date, we have provided 125 microchips and 296 core vaccines. The services, provided at no cost to survivors, are possible because of our very generous donors. We hope to be able to offer additional services in the future to pets who survived the fire.
If you were affected by the Camp Fire and would like to have your pet microchipped or vaccinated, please contact our Clinic today to schedule an appointment. 530.343.7917 x 202.
After the Camp Fire broke out on November 8th, Butte Humane Society wasn’t sure what role it would play in relief efforts.
On November 10th, just two days after the fire, Butte Humane Society put a call out to our supporters for pet food and supplies, and they answered. It was on that day that the BHS Pet Food & Supply Pantry was born. Our tiny warehouse was soon filled to the brim with everything you could think of for our furry friends who had survived the fire with their humans. We quickly outgrew our warehouse (thanks to the outpouring of support) and moved to a ~5,000 sq. ft. building.
Our records indicate that we have been able to help thousands of humans & their pets. In the first three weeks the pantry was open, we were assisting an average of 200 evacuees daily. Now that things have settled down, we are averaging a visit from 80 to 100 evacuees a day.
For those who don’t know, the BHS Pet Food & Supply Pantry staff is comprised mostly of volunteers. One of those volunteer, Dash, has really gone above & beyond to help make the pantry what it is today. When asked about Dash, Mandy (Pantry Manager) said, “Dash arrived on the day the pantry was moving from our Admin location to our current address on Longfellow. He quickly took charge with his positive and assertive attitude, and helped organize and move donations to our new location. Dash has been a huge help with many aspects of the pantry. As a Team Lead in the dog food section, Dash trains volunteers, keeps his section organized, and is the point person for when someone is asking for a specific type of dog food. Dash always brings a smile when he comes to volunteer. He brings us homemade goodies, and is always eager to help brighten someone’s day. When we are expecting a large donation, Dash is only a phone call away to come help us unload hundreds of dog food bags and other supplies. It is volunteers like Dash that have helped make this pantry to be as successful as it is.”
So, thank you. To our donors & supporters. To our volunteers. NONE of this would be possible without you!