Our mission is to provide a safe, compassionate shelter for pets in need, place these animals into loving, lifelong homes and advocate for the welfare of all companion pets.
We are 50 this year! The Humane Society of Western Montana was incorporated in 1963 as the Missoula Humane Society and its parent organization was taking care of animals in Missoula at least since 1933. Historically, our shelter saw over 8,000 animals a year. But through the efforts of our members and founders, rallying for responsible pet ownership and spaying and neutering, these numbers have declined to around 1,300 animals annually. Because of the awareness and care of our community, we guarantee the adoption of all adoptable pets. The Humane Society of Western Montana is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We receive no government funding, and we rely solely on the donations of our generous community members, membership fees and funds received through grants. We are governed by our member-elected Board of Directors.
What we do:
We are a full-service shelter that took in nearly 1300 animals in 2009. Most of the animals we see are dogs and cats, and we guarantee the adoption of all pets, except those that are dangerous to the community or those that are terminally ill and have a poor quality of life. Our adoption rate for 2010 and 2011 was 98%, and 99.2% in 2012!
We offer the community a variety of educational programs, and, of course, we have a companion animal adoption program.
- Click here to read our adoption policy
- Humane Society of Western Montana position statments (updated February, 2012)
- Information about our investment policy
- Our 2012-2014 Strategic Plan
- A companion animal adoption program
- Educational programs for adults and children
- Free pet behavior advice and counseling
- Spay/neuter assistance and clinics
- A Seniors for Seniors adoption program
- a comprehensive Trap-Neuter-Return program for feral cats
- A companion animal cremation service
- A pet food bank
- Trap rental service for humane traps
- Gently used crates for purchase
- Microchipping and dog licensing
- Group dog training classes and private lessons
- A lost and found pet database
How you can help:
The next time you want to adopt a new animal family member, come visit the shelter. You can also volunteer, donate goods or services, or make a cash donation. We also welcome donations of food, towels, blankets, rags. Please see our wish list for giving ideas! The next time someone mentions that they want to adopt a new pet..send them to us!