New home planned for agency that finds homes for pets


CHICO, Calif. - The Butte Humane Society, known for finding loving homes for pets, will have a new home itself. The Chico-based nonprofit was recently granted a seven-acre lot at Cohasset and Thorntree Road from a longtime supporter.

"It was already in place when I came," said the new executive director of the Butte Humane Society, Chuck Tourtillot. "So it's very exciting."

Tourtillott has experience in fund raising, which will play no small role in his job duties, as the cost of the state-of-art animal shelter is approximately $6.5 million.

"I've got experience doing that up in Vancouver, Washington," said Tourtillott. "It'll be a great experience to do it again here. I'm looking forward to it."

The plan is for the new land, valued at approximately $65,000, to house all of Butte Humane's programs and services including spay-and-neutering and its popular dog adoption agency. Presently, these services and others are spread out over three separate locations.

"We don't know quite yet what it's going to look like," Tourtillott said. "We haven't done any planning for it, and we haven't officially started our capital campaign."

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