Happy Tails Newsletter

As one of our cherished friends, I would like to personally invite you to become a Furever Friend! Monthly giving save lives and help pets all year long. When you become a Furever Friend, you are providing a consistent stream of support that allows us to care for the pets that enter our shelter and offer them a second chance at life. Your contribution will be automatically charged to your credit card at the same time each month until you cancel. Your monthly gift gives animals the second chances and new beginnings they deserve.


Your monthly gift will help animals like Muffy, formerly known as Daltrey. Muffy was a stray, picked up running and brought to us here at BCHS. She had no tags or microchip to identify her past. She was in bad shape, no fur, and diagnosed with Lyme’s disease, yet her eyes told a story no one would ever know. We estimated her age to be 14 years old. After 5 months of care here at the shelter, Muffy went up for adoption and was matched with June.

Here is June’s story in her own words:
“I was blessed to get her. She survived all the difficult treatments she went thru as well as being spayed. She is probably the easiest dog I have ever had (10 previous) to take care of. She is blind. My previous dog, Benny, was almost completely deaf, and we here at Passavant all have disabilities, so she fits right in. She is affectionate and sits on my lap and cuddles, for a short time only, as she is also very independent. But she also wants to be with me all the time and she follows me from room to room and then comfortably settles down & sleeps.
She is very smart and I have a new challenge to be “As Smart as my Dog.” She learned the dog-door the first day and has already experimented with being free by getting out of the fence I provided three times --- twice down at the center. She learned her new name within a week. She is very gutsy and handles her blindness exceptionally well. She even tries to get out by going out the front door if it is not guarded. I believe she may have been blind at birth she has so much courage to take care of herself.
She has brought my reticent cat out of hiding. Nebby is jealous. She now wants to be in the same room with us very often and even sits on my lap and purrs for very short periods. The two have not really reacted together yet, but I believe they will eventually be best friends.
As always, I am very grateful for this new and delightful addition to my already “Abundant Life.”

Please open your heart and become a monthly donor through our Furever Friend program. It's a simple way for YOU to provide lifesaving funds to help animals all year long, animals like Muffy, adopters like June. Together we can provide A Safe Haven On Their Journey Home.


Kristen Cully
Kristen Cully
President, Board of Directors

February Events Round Up

On February 12th, the Butler County Humane Society held it's 2nd Annual Wine & Whiskers at Narcisi Winery! Below are a few photos!

We would like to thank Julia of Seneca Valley High School for organizing a karaoke night at the Cranberry Elks Club in order to raise money for the homeless cats and dogs at the Butler County Humane Society. The fur babies of the society were the focus of her senior project. The event was well attended by many close friends and family. Julia's dedication and support of the Butler County Humane Society is truly an inspiration!

Butler Middle School student council conducted a fundraiser at their to school benefiting the Butler County Humane Society. The proceeds they raised will go directly to cover the medical expenses for one of our cats named Mac. This handsome orange and white three-year-old short haired cat is a treasure. Mac arrived at our shelter in December with a series of bite wounds on his neck, shoulder and scrape wounds on his front paw and back leg. Mac has had a challenging road to recovery and we are happy to share that he has made remarkable improvements with leaps and bounds. We can't thank the students of Butler Middle School enough for giving Mac a second chance at life!

One of the main missions of the Butler BlueSox is to give back to our community. Five years ago, Butler BlueSox began the BlueSox Buck-A-Hit Campaign, which has resulted in over $17,000 being donated to local nonprofits. The Campaign is simple: For every BlueSox hit, home and away during the course of the 60-game season, the BlueSox as well as any pledging local business or individual will donate $1 to the designated organization. For 2018, the BlueSox have selected The Butler County Humane Society (BCHS) as the Buck-A-Hit Campaign’s beneficiary! As a nonprofit animal shelter BCHS, in association with the Helen Spaide Albig Adoption Center, provides a temporary, safe, no-kill shelter for homeless, adoptable dogs and cats; ultimately placing them in loving homes or with caring families. The BCHS is not supported by county taxpayer dollars, relying solely on the support of community members who believe in its mission.

To join the Campaign, businesses can register with the BlueSox by emailing FrontOffice@ButlerBlueSox.net or calling 724.256.9994. At the end of the season, the BlueSox will mail a letter to each pledging business with information on how to make their donation directly to the Butler County Humane Society. The BlueSox average between 500 and 600 hits each summer. Participating businesses and individuals will be listed on the BCHS & BlueSox website, the Butler County Humane Society Facebook & Instagram pages, and recognized with periodic PA announcements at the ballpark!
Dog & Cat of the Month
Jasmine is an eight-year-old boxer mix who has a very charming and alluring smile, not to mention a mind of her own. Sadly, Jasmine has recently taken up residence here at the Butler County Humane Society for the second time after being adopted for years. Jasmine is a very gentle natured and endearing pup who knows what she wants. She yearns for a patient and kindhearted family who can provide her with the love and encouragement she needs to be more at ease with meeting new people. Jasmine patiently awaits a warmhearted home with a devoted family that has children over the age of fifteen and no other fur babies. If you are looking for that forever friend who will always be by your side, Jasmine is the dog for you!
Mika is a four-year-old gorgeous orange and white short haired cat with never ending love to give a warmhearted and devoted family. He joined us here at the Butler County Humane Society as a stray. Mika has had to overcome some challenges with respect to his health and has made remarkable progress. He is also FIV positive which would require him to be adopted into a family that has no other cats. Mika is friendly, lively and playful. He will keep you on your toes, as he enjoys a quick game of touch and go with your shoes as you walk by. Mika is definitely a serious foodie with a healthy appetite and will always welcome a scrumptious cat treat. If you would love to have a loyal and cuddly companion who will adore you to bits, Mika is the cat for you!


Love your dog, license your dog

All dogs three months or older must be licensed by Jan. 1 of each year. Violators can be cited with a maximum fine of $300 per violation plus court costs. If your dog gets lost, a current license is the fastest way to get him back. The small license fee helps the millions of dogs in the state by funding the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dog licenses can be purchased at Butler County Humane Society, Treasurer's office, and various places in Butler County.

Microchips are a permanent identification that is tamper-proof, but nothing replaces a collar with up-to-date identification tags. If a pet is wearing a collar with tags when it's lost, it's often a very quick process to read the tag and contact the owner; however, the information on the tags needs to be accurate and up-to-date. But if a pet is not wearing a collar and tags, or if the collar is lost or removed, then the presence of a microchip might be the only way the pet's owner can be found.

Your pet's rabies tag should always be on its collar, so people can quickly see that your pet has been vaccinated for this deadly disease. Rabies tag numbers also allow tracing of animals and identification of a lost animal's owner, but it can be hard to have a rabies number traced after veterinary clinics or county offices are closed for the day. The microchip databases are online or telephone-accessed databases, and are available 24/7/365.

Every day a stray or lost dog is brought into BCHS and many are not licensed or microchipped. The best reason to have your animals wear their licenses & microchipped is the improved chance that you'll get your animal back if it becomes lost or stolen. We here at BCHS are passionate about dog licenses and microchipping because it helps keep families together.

A Look at February Adoptions
Stop by March 15th-18th for a St Catty's Day O'Doption Event! Cat's 1 year and up are $17! Yes, $17!!!
***BCHS Adoption Policy Still Applicable***
BCHS & Joey's P.A.W. have partnered together to host an Open House & Easter Egg Hunt!! Easter Egg Hunt is weather permitting. Come join us for food, fun & pics with the Easter Bunny!! Friendly leashed dogs allowed!

Together We Are Helping Pets In Need

Volunteers are one of our most valuable assets, and we are always looking for more people to join our volunteer team! Starting in March, orientations will be held the 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month @ 6PM!
For more questions please email Debbie Aglio daglio@butlercountyhs.org or call 724-789-1150!

Non Clumping Cat Litter
Natural Balance Dog Rolls (Amazon Wishlist)
Red Barn Dog Rolls (Amazon Wishlist)
55 Gallon Black Trash Bags (Amazon Wishlist)
Laundry Detergent (Amazon Wishlist)

Norse God of Wisdom
By Susan Race
He was known around the neighborhood as a feral cat … a white ghost. You might briefly see him, but if he had any clue that you were around, he was gone like a bullet. I would occasionally see the cat hunting for food, when I walked my dogs across the heavily traveled road and up the hill toward the woods. The answer to my question of how he stayed out of the cold weather and where he slept was answered when I saw him drop down out of the bottom of an abandoned van. My heart went out to the cat I affectionately started calling White Cat.

After walking my dogs for about a year, I noticed that he began to shadow us. I was leery about his intentions. Being an outside cat, I figured he wasn’t much of a dog lover, and I thought he might be sizing them up … or me, for that matter. Being feral, I suspected that human kindness had been slim to none. Every day, he would appear. It might be by the street or up in the woods or near the abandoned van. He would trot along about 20 yards to our side. When we turned around to make our return trip home, White Cat would turn too. He never showed any signs of aggression, but he continued to close the gap, getting closer and closer. After several weeks of this behavior, I decided to stop and see what would happen. I was prepared to quickly react should our interaction go sideways. Much to my pleasant surprise, White Cat came over and rubbed along my dogs. They live with cats, so they were okay with it. And then slowly, tentatively I offered my hand and patted him gently on the head. He soaked up my attention …and I his. That day, White Cat followed me home. I figured he would return to his hideouts when I closed the gate to my fenced-in yard, but he surprised me. A few minutes later I looked out my kitchen window, and there he was, his big round white face peering in the window at me. He had gone to my front yard, jumped up on my flat garage roof, jumped from the roof to my porch railing and was standing with back feet on the railing and front feet on my window sill. He was smart. I figured that is what helped him to survive on his own. After that, he pretty much lived on my back porch.

I couldn’t take White Cat in for a variety of reasons. Just one of those reasons involved my nine rescue animals. Of the two dogs and seven cats, five of them had chronic health issues. The cost to care for them was prohibitive and the time to care for them extensive. I also didn’t want to bring any type of disease into the house, let alone the fleas and ticks he was carrying. All of the animals I have had over my lifetime have been kept indoors. None of my cats have spent any time outdoors where they could pick up disease or be injured, or, for that matter, injure other animals. So as the nights got longer and colder, the thought of White Cat being outside broke my heart. It then occurred to me that a friend had given me a heated, thermal outdoor cat house to donate to a shelter … or a friend in need. Here, was a friend in need. I got out one of my large dog crates, put the thermal cat house in the dog crate swaddled in blankets and plugged the fleece bed in. There was a plastic window covering the front, and it got toasty warm in the house. One helping of cat treats thrown inside the cathouse did the trick, and every morning (and most days) after that I would look in the cathouse to see dark eyes staring back at me. When I would come outside to check on him, he would meet me with a head butt and then rub back and forth on me.

I became increasingly worried about White Cat when he left the yard and crossed the street to make trips up into the woods. And he started killing birds at my feeders and leaving them at my back porch. That is when I made the decision to call the Butler County Humane Society for placement. White Cat, renamed Odin, quickly become a shelter favorite. He is very friendly and well adjusted. Not too long ago, the staff noticed that Odin was having trouble urinating. After one round of antibiotics and no noticeable improvement, they decided X-rays were in order. What they found shocked everyone. As they put it, “He lit up like a Christmas tree!” Odin had been shot 48 times by a BB gun! No wonder he shied away from people! He was lucky that he hadn’t been blinded or even killed. Since the BBs are all scarred over, removal is not necessary. Another round of antibiotics cleared up his UTI. Odin would make a great addition to just about any family. He gets along with dogs and cats, and has come to trust people. Although he doesn’t show much character while in his kennel, if you get him out he’ll show you his friendly, laid-back personality. Enrich your life. Enrich Odin’s. Love is at the Butler County Humane Society waiting for you.
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