Written 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