Snuggle up for story time! 📖 BHS is getting ready to read and relax with cats! We’re getting eager to turn the page towards an exciting new chapter in BHS history! This new program won’t be “fully published” until later this spring (April) – so keep an eye out for future updates!
To earn their pet badges Girl Scout troop 70036 brought in their favorite books to read to shelter cats! They read to both of our free roam cat colonies and our kenneled cat rooms.
Reading out loud to shelter cats gives a whole new spin on cat socialization. Not only does reading aloud provide unique enrichment for cats, it also improves a child’s literacy skills – judgment free!
Cats are happy to listen to young readers’ ears perked, and the kids get to enjoy a fun reading experience.
Adam C. began volunteering with BHS in 2020 during the pandemic, and in that time he has become a weekly regular at Dog Adoptions. He has recently begun training new volunteers at dogs as a Mentor Volunteer. Adam is always welcoming, and a pleasure to work with.
Adam most enjoys working with the shy or fearful dogs. He finds there is something heartwarming about seeing them gradually warm up and trust new people. He knows what a rewarding experience helping these dogs learn to trust again is and to give them the love they need and deserve.
At home Adam has a sweet Red Heeler 12 year old named Dashia that he got when he was 11. The two have been able to grow up together. She likes to sass them for attention or treats. Her favorite thing in the world is bubbles.
Outside of socializing dogs, he has a number of hobbies he enjoys participating in. Recently he has been doing a lot of photography and hiking. He is a violinist and enjoys playing his violin on occasion. He also has a great time fishing, gaming and reading fantasy or sci-fi books.
Staff loves Adam’s dedication to our dogs and is thrilled to watch how he has progressed within our organization in such a short period of time. His love and compassion for the dogs shows both in the dogs progression and in his demeanor. We are honored to have Adam as a volunteer with us.
There is so much to be said about the dynamic mom and daughter duo Jess and Chloe A! They first began volunteering with BHS in 2017. Their love of cats brought them to begin their volunteer journey at Cat Adoptions. Seeing the need we had for help within our Warehouse assisting with dishes and laundry, they began volunteering there as well. Since then, Jess has become one of our Mentors at Cats, and also helps lead Shadow Shifts within that department.
Chloe’s long term goal is to become a veterinarian. Jess saw that passion and, as her mother, wanted to encourage that passion. She wanted to help her daughters learn how rewarding volunteering can be. Chloe has taken that lesson, and quickly became our most active and reliable Junior Volunteer.
Their favorite part of volunteering is spending time with the cats. They enjoy getting to know each one’s unique personality and help support them through their adoption journey. They know the best part is seeing a once shy, aggressive cat blossom and find their forever home. Due to the time and patience spent with each cat, Jess and Chloe are an extremely valued part of our volunteer team. They can be relied upon to truly get to know and understand each cat’s needs,and work with them individually to allow them to become the best version of themselves within the shelter. This makes their transition into the forever home as smooth as possible.
When they aren’t volunteering at BHS, they enjoy spending time with their two cats Tigerlily, a spunky 8 year old Torbie, and Amber, a shy Tortoiseshell. They also have 3 chickens and two ducks that are full of personality!
For fun Chloe enjoys running long distance, which she excels at, cooking for the family, and learning. Jess enjoys long phone calls, hiking, and reading as well. As a family, they enjoy camping adventures and playing board games.
Jess and Chloe have truly helped our Cat Adoption Center become better, and they are always happy to help where needed. It is an honor to have them as a part of our volunteer team.
by Shannon Wright
Have you considered adopting a dog but you’re not quite ready to take the plunge into pet parenthood? Let’s work together to serve the animals through foster care. Foster care is equally as important as adoptions because it provides so much more for our shelter pets than we can here at the shelter site.
The benefits animals receive from foster care include one on one attention, opportunities for the animal to grow and learn from a home environment, better immune health, better behavioral health and it shortens their length of stay in the shelter system.
Your contribution as a foster will provide us with a better understanding and perspective on what the ideal home for the pet may look like, plus BHS will provide you with all things necessary to care for your foster animal. We do our best to match you with a foster pet that meets your lifestyle and offer behavioral support during the fostering process.
We’ve widened our foster perimeter to include foster to adopt for pets with special circumstances such as length of stay or bonded pairs. Fostering Dogs can range anywhere from 3-5 days to 2-3 months depending on your availability, why not apply and have a furry weekend guest? You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to enrich the lives of our animals, they cannot wait to meet you! Apply today and an adoption counselor will contact you to schedule an appointment.
Max- Greetings Foster Parents!
BHS is looking for a Foster Parent for Max. Max is a pint sized American Pitbull Terrier mix who came to the shelter as a surrender. He has been struggling with the shelter environment and needs a quiet home so he can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the shelter site. Max is actually quite affectionate! He loves a soft blanket to curl up on and enjoys being around people. Other dogs make Max nervous so we’d love to find a place without other animals. Max enjoys toys, playing fetch and walks in calm environments. Max has been at the shelter for 50 days and he really could use a break while we continue the search for his new home. Please consider fostering Max!