FAQs

How can I adopt an animal from HOV?
We are so excited that you are thinking about adopting an animal from Heart of the Valley! The first thing you will need to do is check out the animals that are available. You can do this by clicking the “Cats” and “Dogs” links at the top of this page or you can visit the shelter! If you find an animal you are interested in meeting you can come to the shelter where you will be introduced to an adoption counselor. The adoption counselor will introduce you to the animal and help you determine if that animal is a good fit for your lifestyle. If you decide that you want to adopt you will be asked to complete a Adopter Profile form. If you rent we will need to call your landlord to verify that you are able to have a pet in your residence so make sure you have their contact information. You will also need to provide a drivers’ license or a photo ID.
Didn’t find an animal that you wanted to adopt? Keep an eye on our website as we frequently make new animals available.

What are the Adoption Fees?
Adult Cats (over 6 months): $50
Kittens (under 6 months): $100
Senior Cats: $35
Adult Dogs (over 25 Pounds and over 9 months) $110
Adult Dogs (under 25 pounds and over 9 months): $160
Senior Dogs: $85
Puppies (under 9 months): $200
All cats and dogs are spayed/neutered, dewormed, micro chipped, receive a medical evaluation and one month of free health insurance from Shelter Care, and have received at least their first set of vaccinations, including rabies if they are old enough. 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.) All animals receive a behavioral evaluation.

Are you an open admission shelter?
Heart of the Valley is an open admission animal shelter that does not euthanize animals for space or length of stay.
Here’s what the policy means:
Every dog or cat that comes to Heart of the Valley is medically and behaviorally evaluated. Once an animal is deemed adoptable, we will care for that pet for as long as it takes for us to find that animal a new home. Because Heart of the Valley is an open admission facility, meaning we take in all pets regardless of history or health status, we have a great responsibility to our community to adopt back out only those animals that can humanely be managed and are safe around people and other pets.

Does HOV accept any kind of animal?
HOV accepts dogs and cats.

How do animals come to the shelter?
Animals come to the shelter for a variety of reasons. Owners may surrender their pets because they are moving, having personal problems, no longer have time, or the pet needs training. Others come to the shelter as lost animals and are never claimed. We also work partner with other Montana shelters and rescues to transfer animals from around the state to HOV.

How many animals have you helped to find their families?
In 2017, HOV reunited over 750 pets with their families and found new homes for over 2,100 animals.

How many animals are at the shelter?
The average daily census in 2017 was 174 animals.
If you look through our website or you come to the shelter you may notice that we have few dogs available for adoption. We are very lucky to live in such an animal friendly community because it means that our animals are often adopted very quickly.

Can HOV spay/neuter and vaccinate owned animals?
HOV spays and neuters feral and semi-feral cats at no charge at our SNAP clinics. Please call 388-9399, ext 204, if you need more information about this program. We do not have the resources at this time to provide vaccination or additional spay/neuter services to the public.

Does HOV have a surrender fee?
No, HOV does not require a surrender fee. However, because HOV spends an average of $450 on each animal at the shelter we hope that anyone surrendering an animal will help to offset that cost by making a donation at the time of the surrender.

What should I do if I find a stray animal?
If you find a stray animal check it for a collar or ID tag and attempt to contact the owner if possible. If the animal has no identification and you are able to care for the animal please call HOV to file a “Found Pet” report so we can pass your information along if the owner contacts the shelter. If you are unable to care for the animal until the owner is found you can bring the animal to HOV where we will check for a microchip and care for the animal.

How is HOV funded?
Heart of the Valley is a public 501(c) 3 non-profit organization supported primarily through the generous contributions of individuals and businesses, adoption fees, surrender donations, contracts with the cities of Bozeman and Belgrade, and SNAP clinic donations.

How can I become a volunteer at HOV?
Volunteers are an integral part of the organization, and many of our programs depend exclusively on the support and participation of citizens from the community. Please complete an application today and put your love of animals into action by working with dogs, cuddling cats, helping in the office, providing foster care or in a variety of other ways.
Thank you for your support!