February is National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month!
February is National Pet Dental Health Awareness Month!
On November 8, 2018 our community was forever changed by the Camp Fire. Butte Humane Society is honored to be part of the ongoing recovery process for thousands of families, as people return to a sense of normalcy in their lives. For many, that normalcy includes their beloved furry family members. Throughout 2019, Butte Humane Society provided a myriad of services to families at either no cost or reduced cost. As we enter 2020, we want to update our community on how we intend to remain a valuable resource.
In 2019 we relocated our clinic to a larger facility to meet our commitment to help families in recovery. Despite some closed time during this transition, we were able to provide the following medical services at no cost to families displaced by the fire:
2,987 Microchips & Vaccines 196 Spay and Neuters 323 Heartworm Tests
293 Health Exams 120 Feline Viral Testing
(As well as over $9,000 in additional financial relief for Camp Fire affected pets that required higher level treatments such as dental care, surgery, and heartworm disease.)
We would like to acknowledge Chico Cat Hospital and Animal Hospital on the Ridge for joining with us to provide clinic services; their locations were more beneficial for some families and they aided with procedures that were beyond our equipment capacity. We will continue our partnerships with Chico Cat Hospital and Animal Hospital on the Ridge until their allocated funds are exhausted. We have exhausted our allocated funds for discounting our clinic services and so are returning to our standard low-cost rates for veterinary care for everyone.
In addition to the clinic services we’ve provided, BHS also established a Pet Food Pantry to aid displaced pet owners with pet care items. Since November 9th, 2018, we have continuously provided donated items at no-cost to families in need. We have handed out more than 600 tons of donated dog/cat beds, pet food and treats, leashes and collars, food bowls, carrying cases, crates, cat litter and a host of other items that pet owners lost in the fire or needed based on new living circumstances.
While our “no cost” Camp Fire clinic services have come to an end, we still offer our high-quality, low-cost veterinary care to all community members. BHS will also continue to operate the pantry, focusing on community members in need, regardless of how that need arose. We are very proud of the volunteer force and the staff that have continued to avail themselves to ensure that this valuable service is able to continue. We couldn’t have supported the thousands of Camp Fire families without the donations of goods from companies, organizations and families. The impact of your generosity went far beyond the value of the donated items. Thank you.
Our Journey Home campaign, to build our forever home, is now 77% funded. In addition to all the immediate services we’ve provided, we are simultaneously building for the future we will need. Our community needs a larger facility to accommodate the massive population growth we’ve experienced over the last 40 years. Our community needs a disaster hub to be able to coordinate and communicate more effectively in a crisis. Our community needs to expand the volume and scope of outreach programs to educate on: preparation for a disaster, proper care and training for pets, and how much pets add value to our lives. After 109 years, Butte Humane Society needs a place that will allow us to continue to improve how we serve our community.
By BHS Clinic Manager, Emily Acevedo.
Happy New Year!
Did you know that we offer veterinary exams, dental care, and more to the public? That’s right! We pride ourselves in taking great care of our shelter pet’s medical needs, but we see cats and dogs that were not adopted from us as well! We believe quality, affordable veterinary care should be accessible to everyone in our community.
While our clinic has always offered low-cost vaccines and spay/neuter services to the public, it became increasingly apparent that has our community needs access to quality, affordable veterinary care. In January 2018 we began offering wellness and preventative exams and we have continued to grow from there! Our office is open to anyone who would like to use our services, not just BHS adopted pets. From yearly check-ups to heartworm testing, diagnostics to dental cleanings, you may be surprised at how much money you can save by visiting our office for your wellness and preventative veterinary care.
Now that we have moved into a larger facility, we can’t wait to have the opportunity to take care of your furry family members! Call for an appointment today!
Written by Adopter Madeline Rau.
Sid and I have had a big year and he has been such a positive light. I took him on as a Foster after I was paired with him for the BARC program through Chico State Psychology Department. Because of the Camp Fire I was asked to continue to be his foster through the coming months.
By the time he could have gone back to BHS I could not stomach taking him back. By then my home was his home, my bed was his bed, and my heart belonged to him. I knew of his behavioral issues and I believed because of that I was right home for him to continue and be consistent with his training. Based on my experience with him, you can teach an old dog new tricks. Sid loves his kitty brother, his little poodle sister, and kids, which was the opposite of what his sign said. We had to work on all of those things over time but it was not impossible.
Things he loves: chicken, running after the ball but not bringing it back, runs through Bidwell, going to the barn in Butte Valley to take care of the horses and ride in the cart, having lazy days and visits to the grandparents in Sacramento. I love that I can give him the best last years of his life, just based off of his rap sheet of the amount of times he was surrendered.
Written by BHS Volunteer Coordinator, Kathleen Wyne.
Delisa has been a volunteer with BHS for over 10 years, and has given over 1,000 hours of her time to walk dogs! Delisa is a trained Level 2 dog walking volunteer, and always shows up to walk even the most challenging dogs in the heat and in the rain. Delisa tackles the hard work of walking dogs in the elements with determination and a positive attitude. Because of the skill it takes to walk our Level 2 dogs, they don’t get out for walks as frequently as our Level 1 dogs, so each week when Delisa visits, those dogs get essential trips outside to walk, let out pent up energy, and get some love. Delisa’s help with our dogs helps relieve the burden on staff of getting all out dogs out and keeps all our dogs happy and healthy.
Thank you for all you do, Delisa!
Welcome to Butte Humane Society (BHS). We are one of the oldest non-profit agencies in Butte County, California, working since 1911 to bring humanitarian care to dogs, cats and other animals.
We are a Limited Admission shelter that strives to make our animals as comfortable as possible during their stay with us.