From playful puppies and cuddly kittens, to bouncing bunnies or even gray-haired furry friends.. The Butte Humane Society has an animal for everyone. BHS Communication and Outreach Associate, Lori Wells says, "We have a lot of really amazing animals here up for adoption. Having people come out and see how great they are is one of the keys."
Saturday the Humane Society is hosting its Empty the Shelter event.. Where both facilities in Chico will be open from 9 in the morning to 9 at night. In hopes that all 150 animals will be adopted. "As we are able to empty the shelter, we can actually pull from other shelters that are designated as high kill shelters. So theres a lot more that we can do in order to save animals lives if people adopt through us," says Wells.
The event kicks off a three month ASPCA competition with 50 other shelters nation wide, for the chance to win 100,000 dollars. Between now and October 31st the shelter will need to increase it's adoption numbers by at least 3 percent over the same period last year. Their goal is 1,072 adoptions.
And Butte Humane officials say they are working as hard as possible to win, because this money is crucial for to help fund their facilities. "We always have improvements at the shelter that could be done. There's improvements with educational programs out in the community. Being able to keep the low cost spay and neuter, vaccinations," Wells says.
But what employees say they want most out of events like this, is for every four-legged friend to find a lovable home. And most who step foot in the shelter find it hard to resist..
Magalia resident Lori Wolff says, "The dogs are adorable!" John and Christina Newquist from Paradise say, "They play.. and cuddle.." Paradise resident Monica Gerspacher says, "There's a dog here that fits any family and any type of home environment, any description they're looking for. Definitely a variety!"