The mission of Heart of the Valley Inc. is to compassionately shelter the lost and surrendered pets of Gallatin and Madison Valleys, and to enhance the lives of people and companion animals through pet adoption and education.
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 territory encompasses Gallatin and Madison Counties including Bozeman, Belgrade, Manhattan, Three Forks, Big Sky, West Yellowstone. HOV also has contracts to serve as an impound facility for animal control officers for Gallatin County, City of Bozeman, City of Belgrade and the Town of Manhattan.
HOV handles more than 2,800 cats and dogs every year. The average daily census in the summer is about 170 animals (162 cats, 38 dogs). The average daily census in the winter is about 147 animals (110 cats, 37 dogs).
HOV is an open admission shelter; we accept any dog or cat brought to the shelter. In addition to adoption services, we also provide a number of programs designed to support our community, helping to bring people and pets together. We offer humane education programming for children, canine training classes and behavioral consultations, a no cost spay and neuter assistance program (SNAP) for feral and semi-feral cats and micro-chipping and ID tags.
All incoming animals are given both a medical and behavioral evaluation. If they are deemed adoptable with reasonable medical and/or behavioral treatment, then they are held until they are adopted. If they are deemed unadoptable, then they are humanely euthanized. Animals are re-evaluated regularly to ensure that they remain adoptable and are maintaining a reasonable quality of life. Animals are never euthanized at HOV after an arbitrary number of days or for space.
As important as re-homing is, HOV also takes seriously its obligation to the community to ensure it does not send out animals that are sick or a danger to the community. Nobody wants to live near an aggressive dog that might bite a child or kill another dog or cat. HOV is committed to the concept that every animal that leaves HOV for a new home must be an ambassador, not a liability, for other homeless animals waiting in shelters to be adopted.
Last year HOV reunited over 730 pets with their families and found new homes for over 1,806 animals.