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). 

Heart of the Valley is open from 12pm to 5:30pm Tuesday through Sunday. Kennels close at 5pm.

Heart of the Valley is closed for the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

If you need assistance with stray intake or return on Mondays or on a holiday, please call our front desk at (406) 388-9399.

The shelter is located at 1549 E. Cameron Bridge Rd, Bozeman, MT 59718.

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 amazing HOV Alum, Tilly.

Email Marla at ed@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call (406) 388-9399, ext. 203

Operations Director-Katie Grudecki


Email Katie at od@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call (406) 388-9399, ext. 210

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 joined the HOV team in 2019 and manages our volunteer program as well as our social media, 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 (406) 388-9399, ext. 223

Ashleigh Gallatin
Assistant Operations Director


Email Ashleigh at ashleigh@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, or call (406) 388-9399, ext.220

Callie Houck
Development Associate

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

Email Callie at deva@heartofthevalleyshelter.org or call (406) 388-9399, ext. 222

Kori Spruill
Animal Services Coordinator

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

Email Kori at kori@heartofthevalleyshelter.org or call (406) 388-9399, ext. 204

Ben Donoghue
Canine Specialist

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

Email Ben at ben@heartofthevalleyshelter.org or call (406) 388-9399, ext. 207

Kate McCarthy
Evaluations and Enrichment Specialist


Email Kate at kate@heartofthevalleyshelter.org or call (406) 388-9399, ext. 238

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.

Current job openings:

Animal Care Technician – To apply, click the application link below.

Job Description – Animal Care Technician
Employment Application – Animal Care Technician

Customer Service Specialist – To apply, click the application link below.

Job Description – Customer Service Specialist
Employment Application – Customer Service Specialist

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