Interested in adopting a new animal?
Here at Heart of the Valley, we want to help you find the best match for your home.
To get started, click on the adoptable animal links to see available animals:
Complete your adoption application before coming in to Heart of the Valley by clicking on the link below. This will allow you to have your application ready when you come to the shelter and it will give you some helpful insights into things you should consider before adopting. You may also fill out your application electronically, or fax it to (406)388-2877.
**Please Note** Submitting an application for a specific animal does not place a hold on that animal, you must meet the animal before a hold can be placed. All adoptions are completed in person at Heart of the Valley. We will do our best to facilitate a swift process!
The best way to find that perfect friend is to come into Heart of the Valley (click here for directions) and meet your pal in person. Pictures only tell part of the story. By coming to the shelter to meet your new friend, you will be able to connect with one of our adoption counselors, who can help you find the right animal, or answer any questions you may have about an animal you are interested in.
Looking for a purebred pet? Heart of the Valley recommends browsing our website for these pets, or if you are willing to travel then visit www.montanapets.org. This website is a great resource for information on shelters and rescue groups across the state, and you can even sign up to get on a waiting list for a purebred pet.
Our hours of operations are:
Adoptions and dog kennels close at 5:00 pm
As a non-profit, we charge a nominal fee for all adoptions. The bargain of adopting from Heart of the Valley is one of the benefits. In exchange for your adoption fee, all animals:
- Are spayed and neutered
- Are fully vaccinated for common diseases
- Have received a medical exam
- Are micro chipped
- All cats over 6 months are tested at the time of entry for FIV and FeLV. (Please note that FIV and FeLV testing at the time of entry does not guarantee the cats will be free of the disease.)
- Receive 30 days free pet health insurance [PDF]
- Go home with valuable coupons from local animal-friendly organizations
- Have a 30-day ‘no questions asked’ money-back return guarantee
Most importantly, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped re-home an animal that needs the love and care only you can provide.
- Adult Dogs (over 25 Pounds and over 6 months) – $100
- Adult Dogs(under 25 Pounds and over 6 months) – $150
- Adult Dogs over 7 years – $75
- Puppies (6 months and under) – $200
- Adult Cats (over 6 months) – $45
- Kittens (6 months and under) – $100
- Adult Cats over 7 years – $30
Companion Cat for Senior People Program
All cats six months or older who are adopted by senior people (62 years and older) are free. Stan and Jackie Snyder and Birdena Monaco are the proud sponsors of the Companion Cat for Senior People Program, greatly improving the lives of our senior friends.
Pets for Vets
We know that veterans can benefit greatly from the companionship that animals offer. Keeping a pet can improve physical and mental health, and reduce the stress that comes with returning home after military service. Our shelter pets can do so much to help the transition to civilian life. In return, needy shelter pets will find their forever homes. Our Pets for Vets program, developed in conjunction with the American Legion, allows veterans and their immediate families to adopt a dog or cat, free of charge. Heart of the Valley will waive adoption fees for veterans and their families. All applications for adoption will be reviewed according to our usual procedures and the special fee-waived adoption is limited to one pet per calendar year.
We know our veterans have served our country with honor, and we’re proud to be able to give back to them in this way.
Post Adoption Help
We want the experience of owning a shelter pet to be rewarding for both you and your new four-legged friend. Our staff is friendly, helpful and willing to help with your new owner jitters. We can offer help for any situation. If you have problems or concerns before or after taking your forever friend home, please call and talk with one of our staff members.
Please feel free to call or email us for helpful suggestions anytime.
For Canine Questions
(406) 388-9399 ext 205
Check out our animal behavior pages for common dog problems, or contact your preferred trainer or veterinarian.
Our dog behaviorist, Ben Donoghue, is always available to answer your dog behavior questions at
(406)388-9399 ext 207, or firstname.lastname@example.org
E-mail us photos of you and your shelter pet anytime: email@example.com