Rusty came to BHS right when we needed him. He helped out during Bidwell Bark from start to finish, and since then has spent many hours at Butte Humane Society, helping with the Pet Food Pantry, walking dogs, and providing them with much needed socialization.
Recently Rusty drove our long term resident Shane all the way to Miranda’s Rescue, a sanctuary located in Fortuna, CA. Thanks to Rusty, Shane will be in a place to receive training and a chance at his forever home.
Shannon, our dog behaviorist had this to say:
“Rusty has volunteered at all of our locations and made a strong impact with the animals and the staff. BHS has endured a lot of change over the past 9 months and many of our volunteers have stayed right by our side during these changes. Rusty has gone above and beyond to help the clinic and cat adoptions move from Country drive half way across town to Longfellow Ave. Rusty spends true quality time with our dogs, giving them access to a calm and comfortable environment, in such a chaotic space. We appreciate him so much here at dogs. Rusty is very kind and generous, we all are so grateful to have him as a volunteer at BHS.”
We are so lucky to have Rusty here, he is a kind hearted human being who gives his whole heart to our organization and animals.
Thank you, Rusty!
Did you know that we offer veterinary exams, dental care, and more? 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!
530.343.7917 x 202 | 1356 Longfellow Ave, Chico CA 95926
Written by loving adopter, Aaron V.
“My girlfriend and I love cats and were looking to a adopt one of our own. When we got to the adoption clinic, the first two cats to catch our eye were the brothers, Apollo and Hercules. At that moment we knew that we were going to be adopting more than just one cat. The two boys were each about 3 months old when we adopted them. We brought them home and we could instantly see how excited they were to be able to explore every nook and cranny of their new environment. They are still very playful kittens and they love to wrestle with each other. Their favorite toys include socks, crumpled paper and any box they can fit into. They add so much joy and excitement to our apartment and we couldn’t be happier that we adopted them.”
April is Heartworm Awareness Month! The Butte Humane Society Clinic is a proud member of the American Heartworm Society and we are committed to keeping our clients informed and educated to best protect their pets. Did you know that both cats and dogs have been diagnosed with heartworm in all 50 states? Heartworm is an invasive parasite that is transmitted by mosquitos. Northern California has a large mosquito problem and the American Heartworm Society estimates that 9 out of 10 mosquitos are carriers in our area. The rate of infection in in dogs in Butte county is 1 in 63!
Our clinic alone has diagnosed 5 heartworm positive cases in the last 45 days. Heartworm can be painful for a dog to live with and the treatment is expensive and painful as well. It is important to note that dogs are not the only ones who can suffer at the hands of a heartworm infection, cats can contract heartworms as well. Cat’s immune systems are good at fending off the worms before they become adults; however if a cat becomes infected with heartworm, they are at risk for secondary infections, specifically Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease, which causes significant inflammation and permanent damage to the lungs.
There is no approved treatment for cats infected with heartworm, only supportive care can be offered for the secondary infections that accompany a heartworm infection. Heartworm disease affects the heart, lungs and pulmonary blood vessels of pets and can be fatal to both dogs and cats. Monthly heartworm prevention should be given for the life of your pet, even if they aren’t outside often- there is no such thing as an “outdoor only mosquito”. Annual testing and monitoring is important- even if they are on heartworm prevention, because prevention (as with human flu vaccines, etc.) is not 100% effective. The earlier an infection is caught- the easier it is to treat! We recommend that your pet starts on monthly heartworm prevention by the time they are 6 months old and have a heartworm test every year to make sure everything is working as it should. If your dog or cat is over 6 months old, is not on heartworm prevention, or has never been tested; we urge you to set up an exam with our veterinarian to get your furry friend tested and started on monthly heartworm prevention. Schedule your appointment today by calling us at 530.343.7917 x 202. We look forward to keeping your furry family member happy and healthy for years to come!