Thank you to Tex and the employees of Thompson Steel in Hurricane! They were kind enough to not only supply the roofing to BAM's new storage shed, but also donated their time and skills to install it all. The shed was all volunteer built and will be a huge relief to the volunteers who store BAM supplies in their homes and businesses.
Learn more about this unique local business online.
A big thank you goes out to the management, staff, and patrons of Zion Harley-Davidson. This year Zion H-D sponsored BAM’s Dog Day Spectacular and the 2014 calendar, and hosted the October Harleys and Hounds adoption event to a great success. More recently they decided to donate all their tips from present wrapping to BAM. This season of giving rounds out nearly $800 they have donated to BAM programs this year!
Please consider stopping by their great store. It's definitely more than just a beautiful showroom. Visit their website for more information on their merchandise, motorcycles, events, rentals and riding courses.
Another end of the year thank you goes out to the Wingate hotel (on Brigham Rd. in St. George) and its management and staff who made another donation of old towels and linens to BAM! A perfect example of how in-kind donations can also support pet welfare organizations. Items like these are a wonderful resource to our network of volunteers who open their homes to dogs og all training levels and ages. Visit their website to learn more or to book your next staycation.
Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters each and every 2014 calendar was sold!
Visit this page for the winning images, and a breakdown of the top 12 vote getters!
Be sure to follow BAM's Facebook page for information on the 2015 calendar contest, starting in June.
A big thanks to all the supporters and community members who came out to the 2nd annual Dog Day Spectacular and helped make it such a success. We have about 100 photos to share, but it will be a few days before those are added to the website. In the meantime, you can see the photos on our Facebook page, and feel free to visit our past years' Dog Day/Walk events page for just a sample of some of the fun we built upon this year.
BAM Donates Pet Oxygen Masks to City of Hurricane
Hurricane, UT (December 20, 2013) – The final Hurricane City Council meeting of 2013 marked a milestone for local pet welfare organization Because Animals Matter (BAM), and the City of Hurricane. BAM presented the donation of two sets of pet oxygen masks to city officials; one set of masks for each Hurricane fire station.
Because Animals Matter President September Smith made the presentation, commenting that BAM has been experiencing an almost exponential impact with the community’s growing pet population since the organization was founded in 2006. BAM saw the growth in pet ownership and wanted to respond in a way that could lend support to the City and its residents.
When BAM initially began researching the pet oxygen masks they looked to local veterinarian Allen Bice of The Desert Vet. He has a history as a volunteer with the Hurricane Fire Department and offered to train the Fire and EMS crews on the proper use of the masks.
Smith mentioned that the Fire Department is one group all residents appreciate yet never want to see. “We hope these masks never have to be used,” Smith said, “but we wanted them to be available if the need arose.”
To learn more about Because Animals Matter’s community programs visit the Services and Programs tab above, and the BAM Facebook page.
Chloe Gets A New Lease On Life
Once left in an abandoned home, Chloe is finding out what a real home feels like and hopeful to find her forever home
Hurricane, UT (November 24, 2013) – When Chloe's owner was arrested, he made arrangements for Chloe to stay with some friends of his. However, they also got arrested and made arrangements for Chloe to be taken care of by yet a third person. That person also failed in his responsibility to do so. Chloe was left alone in an abandoned house with nothing to eat, except some cat food that maintenance men would give her now and then.
Reports of her abandonment made their way to Because Animals Matter and on two occasions BAM tried to rescue Chloe. When report of BAM's first rescue attempt was shared, BAM representatives were lied to; told that the maintenance people had adopted her. BAM coordinators found out a week later that was not true and volunteers immediately made new arrangements, with the help of a regional rescue/transport volunteer, to get Chloe removed from the house and transported to a waiting BAM foster home. Chloe entered foster care and was doing great, ready for a home that will provide for her for the rest of her life.
Chloe is very mellow, loving and sweet, and while she would love a home to herself she wouldn't mind being in a home with other dogs either. She is somewhat submissive, though not fearful with other dogs. As you can imagine given her story, Chloe could use some training as it appears she hasn't had any. Chloe also seems to be very fond of men. She is spayed and current on her vaccinations as well as house trained. She it not food or toy aggressive with other dogs her size, or puppies slightly smaller than her. She has not been tested yet with tiny dogs, cats or farm animals. Given all she has been through, Chloe is a great dog with a lot of love to share.
UPDATE: Chloe's wonderful nature was finally discovered by a forever home in the area. She was adopted on December 14th by West and Christy who warmly opened their hearts and home to Chloe. This couple had been looking for a large dog to join their family, but once they met Chloe they knew their search was over. You can tell from the photos how much Chloe agrees with their choice to call her family.
Many hands came together from multiple organizations in order to save this wonderful dog. Your donations help dogs like Chloe get a new lease on life. Please consider donating or even being a foster parent for a needy pet. If you would like to learn more about how you can help dogs (and cats) like Chloe, contact Because Animals Matter at 435.773.5209, take a look around the site, or visit BAM’s Facebook page.