My name is Brad Montgomery. I’m the Development Director of Butte Humane Society (BHS). I want to thank you for your support during this life-changing time in Butte County.
On November 8, the Camp Fire irreversibly changed our community, and it will never be the same. Our community is just starting to realize the impact, aftermath and reverberating consequences of an event like the Camp Fire.
On November 12, we were contacted by the owners of Sniff San Francisco – a dog walking business located in San Francisco. Jim and Benny wanted to do something to help. With the support of an anonymous donor who wanted to match the first $25,000 raised, the BHS-Sniff SF fund was created to support pets and their owners impacted by the Camp Fire.
We know that eighty-three percent of households in our area had pets and that the majority of those households had two or more pets. More than 14,000 houses were destroyed. The math demonstrates that we may conservatively have more than 15,000 animals that have been affected.
We are pleased to share the results of this fund raising campaign with everyone who has generously contributed. To date, we have raised $56,087.22, which will go a long way. Thank you so much! Each and every donation, no matter how large or small, helps.
Even more important than the amount raised is what we are doing with the funds:
- Our brand new BHS Pet Food and Supply Pantry ensures that more than 6,000 animals have access to basic needs, such as food, leashes, doggy beds, and the like – all at no cost. Evacuees had less than half an hour to flee their homes and they left almost everything behind. It is humbling to have folks still wearing pajamas days after the evacuation focused on what their pets need.
- BHS is providing veterinary care to animals that were burned or injured by the fire. Additionally, our clinic has begun to provide no-cost veterinary services to those displaced by the fire. Dedicated funds, like the Sniff SF fund, allow us to expand these no-cost services available to folks rebuilding their lives.
There used to be a town named Paradise. It no longer exists. It will take almost two years before rebuilding can begin. In the meantime, there are more than 50,000 evacuees and their pets trying to sort out the question of what is next. BHS is honored to help answer some of those questions.
We can’t thank you enough for stepping up for our community during this crisis. It reminds us of how beautiful people can be to each other and to our beloved animal family members.
On behalf of our community and the entire BHS team, thank you.
Butte Humane Society