About Us

Heart of the Valley, Inc. (HOV) is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit animal shelter located in Bozeman and serving the Gallatin and Madison Valleys. Our primary service area includes Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, Three Forks, Big Sky, West Yellowstone. HOV also has contracts to serve as a stray holding facility for Gallatin County, City of Bozeman, City of Belgrade and the Town of Manhattan.

HOV is an open admission shelter which means we accept any dog or cat brought to the shelter regardless of condition or circumstance. In addition to reuniting lost pets with their families and finding new homes for homeless animals, HOV serves as a resource for the community by providing programs and services designed to help bring people and pets together. We offer humane education programming, canine training classes and behavioral consultations, special adoption programs for senior adults and military veterans, low cost micro-chipping, ID tags, pet licensing and a no cost Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP). 

The Humane Society of Gallatin Valley (HSGV) was incorporated in 1973 and opened the first shelter on Rouse Avenue in 1975.  This shelter was largely built by volunteers, and the land was leased from the City of Bozeman for $1 per year.  During the first years of the shelter on Rouse, the executive director also acted as the caretaker and lived in an apartment that later became the cat adoption room.  In 1987, after Pierce Trailers donated a trailer to the shelter, the ED/caretaker moved into the trailer, allowing the cats to be moved out of the dog adoption facilities and into an area of their own.

The original shelter quickly became over-crowded and was expanded with two additional trailers and outdoor kennels for most of the dogs and many of the cats.  HSGV also held contracts with the City of Bozeman, Gallatin County and West Yellowstone to receive stray and impounded animals.  The guiding principles of HSGV included a no-kill policy, open door admissions and compassionate care of all animals that came into the facility.

The HSGV continued to outgrow its capacity and the facility on Rouse was in tremendous need of repair and refurbishing.  At the same time, a group of community members received a donation of land on Cameron Bridge Road and formed a nonprofit called The Animal Services Center Inc. to build a new animal shelter.  After much discussion and encouragement by the community, in March 2004, the two organizations voted to merge and create a new organization called the Heart of the Valley Humane Society (now Heart of the Valley Inc.). (HOV).

Realizing that the facility could no longer effectively serve the rapidly growing Gallatin County and surrounding region, HOV’s board of directors began a campaign to raise $4 million to build a new shelter and $1 million for endowment.  The new shelter was to be built on 56 acres on Cameron Bridge Road. 

By October of 2007, the funds to build the new building had been raised, and HOV moved into the new facility.  The 19,850 square-foot shelter has indoor housing for all the animals as well as state-of-the-art technology for keeping the facility clean and disease free.  It includes an adoption center, a veterinary clinic, stray hold, administrative offices and a community room for meetings and public outreach programs.  The shelter provides a safe and healthy temporary home for pets and serves as a resource to the community to enhance the bond between people and pets.

Visit our programs and services page here.

Executive Director-Marla Caulk

Marla is a Montana native who became HOV’s Executive Director in 2015.  Her career in nonprofit leadership spans more than 30 years and includes positions with both grassroots organizations as well as national nonprofit organizations where she led the administration, finance, communications, public policy and development functions. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE). Marla and her husband Carl live in Bozeman with their two amazing dogs Tilly and Koda (both HOV Alum).

Email Marla at ed@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 203

Operations Director-Sharon Burnett

Sharon joined the HOV team as Operations Director in 2015 and has over 12 years’ experience in animal welfare operations. She spent eight years as the Shelter Manager of an organization in Vermont before relocating to Montana.  At HOV, Sharon is responsible for overseeing animal care, adoptions, veterinary services, spay/neuter clinics, facilities and grounds. Sharon’s growing family includes her husband Chris, two rescue dogs — Mattie and Betty — and four rescue cats —  Maverick, Goose, Sir, Waddles, Crash and Sirius (HOV Alums).


Email Sharon at od@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 220

Volunteer and Outreach Manager-Kristin Sherwood

Kristin grew up in Bozeman and her association with HOV started years ago when she was a cat cuddler at the old shelter. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University and moved back to Bozeman to pursue a career in nonprofits. Most recently, she served as the Family Resource Specialist for the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch where she recruited, trained and licensed volunteers to provide therapeutic foster care. Kristin manages the HOV volunteer program as well as our outreach and humane education programs. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her dogs Chief and Odin (HOV alum).


Email Kristin at volunteer@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 223

Director of Annual Giving-Andrea Lambert

A Montana native, Andrea has worked as a professional fundraiser in Bozeman for over 14 years.  Prior to joining Heart of the Valley, Andrea was Manager of Annual giving and Special Events at Bozeman Health Foundation.  At HOV, Andrea specializes in Annual Giving and Special Event fundraising as well as production of annual appeals, newsletters, e-appeals and more. Andrea is a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE). Andrea’s family includes her husband Tim, daughter Elle, cat Chico and dog Tootsie.


Email Andrea at development@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399 ext. 221

Development Associate-Callie Houck

Contact Callie regarding 3rd party fundraising events, coin collection banks, and donations.

Email Callie at deva@heartofthevalleyshelter.org or call 388-9399, ext. 222

Behaviorist-Ben Donoghue

Contact Ben for information about training classes or behavioral consultations for dogs adopted from HOV. 

Email Ben at ben@heartofthevalleyshelter.org or call 388-9399, ext. 207

Animal Services Coordinator-Katie Grudecki

Contact Katie for more information about our Foster Program and our weekly Spay Neuter Assistance Program.

Email Katie at katie@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call 388-9399, ext. 204

Board of Directors

If you would like to contact the Heart of the Valley Board of Directors they can be reached at board@heartofthevalleyshelter.org.

President – Jean Bennington Sweeney

Immediate Past President – Carlye Cook

Vice President – Tom Klein

Treasurer – Cory Pulfrey

Secretary – Tony Woodward, DVM

Louise Astbury

Lisa Gann

Gordon Hardaway, DVM

Brad Ludford

John Marshall III

Reggie McNamara

Clint Nagel

Kitty Saylor

Melanie Schell

Abbey Wenger

Looking for a rewarding career working with animals?  Interested in helping lost pets reunite with their families and homeless pets find new homes?  Join the HOV team!  

Many of our full time positions work 4-day, 36-hour weeks, usually including one weekend day.  Full time positions receive the following benefits:

  • Medical insurance after 60 days with a portion of the premium paid by HOV
  • Dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability after 60 days with all of premium paid by employee
  • 4-8 recognized holidays per year (depending on position)
  • One week of paid personal time per year after completing 3 months of employment.
  • Up to two weeks of vacation per year accrued after completing six months of employment
  • Free wellness vet care for your personal pets after 30 days
  • Personal pets may come to work subject to certain rules
  • Simple IRA retirement plan with up to 3% match by HOV after one year of employment

Vacancies will be posted below whenever Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter has an opening. All applicants must fill out an application.

Heart of the Valley Employment Application 

Current Job Openings: 

Animal Care Specialist: To apply, complete the Employment Application (above) and direct any questions to Sharon at od@heartofthevalleyshelter.org.

Job Description – Animal Care Specialist

Questions about Heart of the Valley? Visit our FAQ page here.