Happy Tails

We love seeing our HOV Alum in their new families! Hover over the photos below to learn more about our adopted dogs and cats. Submit your own Happy Tail by following the link below.


Adopted 03/21/2021

Bella has been such a special addition to our family! She is so cuddly, talkative, and friendly. All of our friends love coming over to see her since she has such a big personality (even if she will only sleep on pink blankets now). We are so glad that Heart of the Valley helped us pick out the perfect kitty!

Lyla & Ren


Adopted 07/18/2021

Lando is the best friend and loyal buddy I’ve been looking for! He loves to give kisses and play with any pillow, toy, or shoe he can find when he gets excited!

Chloe C.

Lucille FurBall

Adopted 08/05/2021

Lucille FurBall (Formerly Torte) is just a bundle of wonderful in kitten form – our entire “Zoo” loves her!!! So much for just looking around the shelter! Thank you all for what you do to help the animals

KeriLou M.


Adopted 01/05/2021

Buddy and his golden brother and sisters also his black lap older brother. He has been an awesome pupper.

Jon R.


Adopted 01/12/2017

We had been looking to adopt a dog for a while, as we both love dogs and wanted to rescue one from the community! We had been searching HOV’s website almost daily and saw Ike and fell in love! We called and left a voicemail in off-hours and then Paul went to meet him the next day. They were instantly best buds and got along so well, we brought him home the next day. He was super anxious and timid when we first had him in our home, but after a while he started to trust us, open up, and build confidence. Today, more than four years later, he is confident, loves playing with other dogs, and enjoying Montana’s outdoors! He finds sticks everywhere he goes, plays with his WestPaw toys, and enjoys life in Bozeman 🙂 Thank you Heart of the Valley for helping us find our furry friend and helping him find his forever home!

Meghan and Paul H.

Miss Maple & Kamala

Adopted October 2020, June 2021

I adopted Miss Maple from HOV this past fall. She was a wonderful Covid companion but, after vaccination made me free to adventure, I worried that she would be bored. So, I adopted Kamala. Kamala has two speeds: stopped and unstoppable. After the usual rocky new cat start, they have become close friends.

Barbara T.


Adopted 06/03/2021

Homer is very well mannered , kind and very loving he’s simply amazing. The staff at HOV helped us pick out the perfect dog to be part of our family couldn’t have gotten a better dog . HOV can highly recommend to us from people who had already adopted from there . Thank you guys so much for such a wonderful animal.

Cristal C.


Adopted 07/2020

We have had our wonderful Rupert for almost a year and he is loving the rural life! He is an energetic, adventurous explorer who enjoys romping around playing with all of his new animal friends on the farm, and he is great tracker with that hound dog nose. He even hangs out with the chickens – they let him steal eggs from the coop, which he buries in secret locations around the homestead. He the most loving and affectionate dog, a real joy!

Mike W.


Adopted 05/01/2021

Hank is such a happy pup!
Figured we’d share with the staff a picture of him and two of his brothers from Rainbow’s litter playing at their local park in big sky! We have weekly meetings with the three of them

Mickayla S.


Adopted 04/2019

I found Nakia on the HOV website. We had been considering a second husky and decided that we would go meet her and see what transpired. Nakia was wary and the staff desired she have a companion animal in her new home. Nakia and our husky, Sasha met and Nakia was much more relaxed. It took a little ‘discussion’ on their parts but after a couple of months, they were best friends. She has truly ‘come to life’ and is a wonderful dog. We are grateful to HOV and other than being the second ‘shed-master’, we love having her in our home. She IS family.

Bruce H.

Clara & Aimee

Adopted 2016 & 2018

Clara and Aimee pictured together.

Lora P.


Adopted 12/23/2020

Willow has stepped up and add it to my family very fast. She’s a cutie, very smart, and a pleasure to have in my house I just love her.

Jeanna B.


Adopted 02/20/2020

I wasn’t planning on adopting, however, when I visited HOTV, this little dog looked up at me with those big eyes. She reached out to me through her gaze. It turns out, someone had shot her. What? Who would do such a thing. She needed some more surgery, so I had to wait until she recovered. Once she was cleared to go, I sealed the deal, and Ella has been at my side ever since. I am constantly rewarded by her companionship – plus I get in a few daily walks!

John L.

Nellie & Ruth

Adopted 2017 & 2021

We adopted Nellie, our hound, a few years ago and she has been a light in our lives ever since. She is the kindest, most gentle, goofiest dog I have ever known and we have watched her gain confidence over the years. We recently adopted Ruth, our mutt puppy, and these two have become an inseparable pair. They have polar opposite personalities (Nellie is a couch potato, Ruth is a ball of energy) but it has been so fun watching them play together. Thank you Heart of the Valley!

Courtney and Shane L.


Adopted 10/04/2017

I adopted Cooper back in 2017! I was going through a lot back then, and I knew I needed him as much as he needed me. We got through the last few years together, and he’s my best friend. I couldn’t imagine life without him!

Sarah M.


Adopted 11/24/2019

The minute I met Brian I knew I was in love, and his little tail hasn’t stopped wagging since the moment I brought him to his forever home. He has been the best little companion on multi-night backpacking trips and river trips and his favorite hobbies are chewing on toys (the squeakier the better) and the occasional sock theft.

Bre M.


Adopted 12/12/2020

I grew up “dog person” but when my boyfriend wanted a cat I decided to give it a chance. When we walked into HOV, I asked the staff member how I would know when we found the right kitty for our home – a few minutes later my question was answered. Millie is the sweetest, most cuddly cat ever, and we love her more every day. Thanks for creating a home for Millie, HOV!

Claire and Kyle

Koda & TIlly

Adopted 2016 & 2018

Koda and Tilly are both HOV alum, adopted 2 years apart! Tilly is the calm, quiet one while Koda is always the life of the party! But when it’s time for a nap, they usually end up right next to each other.

Carl and Marla C.


Adopted 02/13/2021

What started out as a last minute foster turned into a forever love for our baby, Stevie. Stevie has changed our lives so much and brought so much joy and love. She is now five months old, and the absolute best puppy! She is also in training to be a psychiatric service dog. Thanks to Heart of the Valley, I have the most spunky, sweet best friend!

Ajah C.


Adopted 05/2020

My family chose to adopt Katara (now Holly) as a companion during the pandemic. In the year that she’s been a part of our family, she has grown from a shy, older cat to a talkative, wannabe-guard dog. In her new life, she’s enjoyed endless attention from us, watching the deer, and the occasional cuddling with her labrador sibling. We’re so thankful that HOV brought her into our lives! We are so happy to have adopted Toast! He is the sweetest boy and a great addition to our family!

Katherine R.


Adopted 02/27/2021

I found Nezzy through the HOV site. I came in to see her to see if she would be a great fit for me as I live alone and wanted company. She was adopted twice from her records from a barn and once from HOV. Both times the previous owners brought her here cause of litter box issues. I thought to myself I think I can take care of her. Brought her home set up her box and she immediately started using it. She was a bit shy and timid at first but really came around. She loves playing with feathers and lasers. She loves chilling in the window sill soaking up the morning sun. And I love that when I start walking in the door home from work, she is there to greet me with love and meows. I’m glad I found her through HOV. Third time was a charm for her!

Marc C.


Adopted 02/27/2018

I adopted Nelson as a puppy back in 2018 and it was the best decision I ever made. Nelson is not only my best friend to adventure with, he’s also my good thing. I could not be more thankful for HOV for helping me find my special pup.

Emma M.


Adopted 03/13/2021

Since bringing Toast home his favorite time of the day is snack time! He loves his hard food and especially loves his soft food! His vet told us to put him on senior food as adult food was hard on his liver. But don’t worry there’s no stopping Toast when it comes to eating! Not only does he love eating but he also loves sitting on mom and dads lap. He demands constant cuddles and pets! Toast and his sister Kilo (known as Valkyrie from HOV) love to play a game where they try see who can take up the most space on dads lap!
We are so happy to have adopted Toast! He is the sweetest boy and a great addition to our family!

Amber T.


Adopted 02/24/2021

Copper is a joyful, energetic boy who gets to live his best puppy life now with lots of naps on the couch. He loves chew toys, wrestling and running with his new little sister, and giving lots of kisses to mum and dad. We’re so happy to have him in our lives now!

Jake and Kat U.

Edgar & Maya

Adopted 12/24/2020

I adopted two Kittens Christmas eve as friends for my cat I already owned, Enola (we’ve now named her Maeve) was immediately rambunctious and comfortable when we met her, Her sister (who we’ve named Maya) was meowing and clawing at the gate like crazy so we decided to take her too! When we got home they immediately started playing and running and they’re doing amazing! They currently now love to snuggle in the cat hammock, Knock anything and everything off counters or chase each other through the house!

Nikohl K.


Adopted 05/22/2020

Kenobi (formerly Toby) has been a complete joy for me! He’s almost 4 and he loves to learn tricks, fetch, hide and seek, hike, and occasionally swim! He makes friends with every person he sees on our daily walks and is especially good with kids. Heart of the Valley made the process so easy to adopt and he’s truly come into his own since I’ve adopted him. I’m very lucky to have found him.

Jen M.


Adopted 02/15/2021

Ingrid is doing so well. She was very shy when I first met her and now she’s like a totally different dog. She has opened up completely to me and even misses me when I go to take the trash out for two minutes. She is starting to recognize her name and is learning to play with toys. Ingrid is the sweetest and most loving dog around! I’m so glad the HOV helped me find her and bring a new light into my life. She’s one happy puppy. 🙂

Autumn H.


Adopted 10/15/2013

7 years ago I adopted Marley (then known as Louie) from you wonderful shelter, and when I saw him it proved love at first sight does exist. I only met him that day, and as soon as I sat down with him I wasn’t even interested in seeing any other dog, I knew he was the one. Marley is my best friend, we have done so many incredible things together, and travelled all around the country together. He became a “Bark Ranger” with the Forestry Service, has acted on stage and films in Michigan, backpacked the Long Trail in Vermont, wrangled sheep and cows in Kentucky, swam in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, logged giant pine trees in Maine, dug in sand dunes in Utah, and explored caves in Alabama. Everyone who meets him immediately falls in love with him, and his constant smile.

Gabriel F.


Adopted 09/2019

I wanted a second dog to keep our first pup company and my husband did not. So he went camping and came home to Pgeorge. Pgeorge has such a goofy personality. He was so nervous and timid for a long time but has really warmed up and just wants to be loved and cuddled.



Adopted 07/06/2018

I like to say that Betsy chose us – when I first met her, she was the only one in her litter who sat quietly, tail wagging, patiently waiting for me to play with her. She has really turned out to be the greatest dog. She has a ton of personality and is constantly amusing us with her antics. She loves people and other dogs, and is best friends with our cat. She is obsessed with snow and she’s a great cross-country ski buddy; she’s also quite the swimmer and loves going to the lake in the summer. She is truly the best dog ever and I can’t imagine my life without her!

Sara & John


Adopted 2016

Jemma is the perfect dog!! She is now my medical alert service dog and went to college with me! She’s saved my life many times! I can’t imagine my life without her! We go on so many adventures together!



Adopted 12/30/2009

Arlene is 13 years old and a happy quarantine cat. She loves sitting by the fire, watching birds from her window hammock, and laying in sunbeams. She has a special platform over my work laptop since that is her favorite place. She even enjoys blocking the camera during Zoom meetings.

Kim G.


Adopted 09/2016

Luna (formerly known as Meatloaf) has been the perfect fit for our family. We knew she was ours when our then 5-year-old daughter threw her over her shoulder and lugged her around at HOV. She takes the LONGEST naps, loves to cuddle on the couch, settles in to listen to our daughter read in bed almost every night, and holds her own with our big dog. She has lots of nicknames but Luna Tuna is our favorite!

St. Aubyn’s


Adopted 10/04/2020

We adopted Molly in October and it didn’t take long for her to steal our hearts! She loves the snow and could spend hours in it. Loves meeting up with her doggie friends and having play dates! She’s always ready for scratches and naps on the couch, and loves seeing her humans come home!

Kaylee & Tyler


Adopted 07/02/2019

Bathtub (previously known as Rum Tum Tuggers or Tubby Kitty) was 14 when we adopted her. Now, at 16, this sweet old lady is pampered beyond belief. She has always been so full of love, and even though she’s quite the diva, we love her to pieces. Thank you HOV!

Annika H.


Adopted 04/2020

Ada (formerly Dorothy) is the happiest dog I have ever met. She gets along with everyone and is always there to greet me when I come home from work. She loves to keep me company on hikes, bike rides, and long road trips. She is the best cuddle buddy and an especially squirmy little dog. Thanks HOV!

Katie R.

Eleanor & Martha

Adopted 12/18/2019

HOV is the best place to get your fur baby. These two are the best.

Denise & Joe S.


Adopted 12/29/2020

Our dog Stella has longed for a cat friend. Our older cat that passed away was never very loving to her. Ozzy is just the opposite! Ozzy is in love with Stella and has been the best Christmas present ever for our pup. Ozzy can be shy, but when Stella is around he is just fine.

April B.


Adopted 11/24/2020

His smile won me over – He’s a total sweetheart that’s full of spunk! His hobbies include zooming around, scouting for treats and trying to groom me when I kiss his head. 🙂 Nothing is cuter than his kitty kisses!

Amber P.


Adopted 7/25/2018

We adopted Cookie in 2018. She is such a happy smiley addition to our family. It has been so much fun to watch her open up like a little butterfly over the last couple of years and have her personality really shine. Love my old lady.

Talitha B.


Adopted 12/23/2020

He’s a magnificent German Shepard mix pup! So very laid back, incredibly affectionate, quick learner, good walker, loves riding in the car, sleeps through the night, housebroken, and simply wants to please and love.
Heart of the Valley Shelter…..we cannot imagine there is a better facility with better staff ANYWHERE. It is our hope they might allow us to volunteer there from time to time. It’s the very least we can do to give back.
We cannot thank you enough for providing a wonderful pup and an overall experience we will never forget.

Geoffry & Francine B.


Adopted 02/28/2018

When I met Uma at HOV she was definitely more interested in scanning for vermin in the play yard than meeting me. Uma had been in three homes already and being originally picked up as a stray, her first year of life is somewhat unknown. I fell in love with her “all business” personality and now we are going on three years together. Uma is one of the most smart, respectful dogs I’ve had the pleasure to know and is very affectionate now too. Her hugs will make you melt! Uma has made herself a fixture in our family and knows that grandma loves her the most because she makes her delicious treats. Understanding Uma’s personality and learning to trust each other has been rewarding and I couldn’t ask for a better loyal companion.



Adopted 08/2015

Hi my name is Ruckus! I found my home from Heart of the Valley to a house in Bozeman where my human lives and went to school. Since I was living in a college house it was only natural that I too, went to school, and go to school I did though not at the university but at Heart of the Valley. I majored in fetch with a minor in basic obedience going on to graduate with an honorable “good boy”. I keep myself busy keeping my human safe when we go skiing and mountain biking, and make an excellent heater during cozy but cold nights camping in the woods. I am so happy I found my loving home and family that spoils me rotten, when I’m a good boy.



Adopted 11/18/2020

After a few short weeks working at HOV, I came across Miss Poe and instantly new I would be taking her home. She gave me kisses and cuddles the first time I met her and I fell in love. I did foster to adopt with her for a few nights and she made herself right at home. She fit into my life perfectly and is the best companion I could ask for. She quickly became attached to me, as I did to her. She is a wonderful little girl with so much love to give and I am so grateful I can reciprocate that love to her.

Sophie B.


Adopted 10/27/2019

Billie has been the sweetest addition to our family! Adopting a senior dog has been the best experience. She adjusted quickly and easily to our home, and seeing her become more comfortable and affectionate over time has been incredibly rewarding. Billie loves walks, scratches behind her ears, and curling up in her bed in my home office while I work. Her sweet eyes were what caught our attention when we saw her at Heart of the Valley and we feel so thankful we found her! She brings so much joy into our home and we can’t imagine our lives without her.

Megan M.


Adopted 8/14/2020

Cosmo has been living life up in Minneapolis, he’s currently living in an apartment downtown and hates not having a yard. Thankfully we purchased a house and he’ll finally have his own yard!! He has two siblings who are cats, he’s excited for the day they decide to cuddle with him! He is our first puppy so we are SO happy we were able to adopt a Golden Retriever.

Emily H.


Adopted 2/10/2020

Tiffany (Tiff) loves playing with her older brother Dexter and cuddling with everyone! She’s just turned 1 and is a sweet, sassy little kitty that always speaks her mind. Tiff and Dexter adore each other and are happy as can be.



Adopted 2/14/2020

Maisel has been a complete joy for us! She’s now just over a year old and she loves to fetch, hike, and occasionally swim! Heart of the Valley made the process so easy to adopt and we hope to see some of her siblings around town!

Jack M.


Adopted 12/2018

One day I looked up the adoptable dog page and there was this beautiful girl with a big smile on her face, and I fell in love.. Freya (formerly Jane) is the happiest girl. From day one she has been a cuddle monster and over time her sassy side came out. She brings so much joy to us and her brother Loki. What a perfect match!

Erin & Tony

Willie Nelson & Winnie

Adopted 3/2017, 12/2018

We adopted Willie Nelson, previously known as Edward, from HOV in March of 2017. He was the start to our little family when we moved to Montana. He is properly named Willie Nelson, as he is the biggest goofball in the world. He loves lounging on the sofa, day dreaming in the backyard, and going on long hikes with mom! We realized how much he loved playing with other pups, so we made the decision to make an addition to our family and adopt Winnie from HOV too! Winnie brings life and laughter into our home with her constant happy energy. She loves to give her input when she feels she needs attention or when it’s time to play. Willie and Winnie are two peas in a pod. They love adventuring with mom and dad! They are truly soulmates, and we are forever grateful they have blessed our lives.

Alyssa & Colin


Adopted 3/22/2019

A year after loosing my dog, I was ready for a new companion. I started slowly looking, knowing that I was just waiting for the right one to come along. Then I saw her, and knew she was the one for me. I chose to adopt from HOV because I am privileged to know first hand how loving, caring and hardworking the staff there are. Belle is such a lover, always making sure I am ok. She loves to hike, play in the snow and cuddle.

Patty T.


Adopted 12/25/2017

I was fostering Mesa when she came to HOV with a litter of seven puppies from Wolf Point, MT. The first few days she was very timid and would hide under furniture, but after a couple weeks she really started to warm up and show her personality. I took her in as family then and have not regretted a second since then. She is such a sweet girl, and my best friend.

Mike U.


Adopted 04/19/2019

Daffodil is making strides everyday! Living with a fearful dog has taught me more about compassion and patience then I thought possible. While she still has a very long way to go, her trust in me and the process is astounding. She loves nose scratches and peanut butter pretzels!

Kate M.


Adopted 08/23/2020

We had been searching for a little dog for months and months when we saw Puddles photo. I still can’t believe we found the most vocal, sweetest little love. She is moving around so much better than when we first got her, she’s settled in so nicely, and is the goofiest gal. She is happy for EVERYTHING! I’ve never seen her tail stop moving. We also found out this Summer that she loves to eat flies and that was the most entertaining thing we’ve ever seen 🙂 We are so grateful for this cutie and the smiles she brings into our life.

Bridget & Peter


Adopted 02/2013

Manuka is my whole heart. I adopted her as a puppy from HOV. So far we have lived together in MT, WA, MA, and now CA! She is the best adventure buddy and the best cuddler. My life would not be the same without her! Forever grateful to HOV for introducing me to my best gal.

Isabel B.


Adopted 03/23/2018

Whiskey (formerly Blaze) is the best boy. He has become a hiking companion and loves playing with the garden hose during the summer months. We joke he is a bit of a princess but in the best of ways. Whiskey brings us nothing but smiles and we’re so happy when found him!

Jeff & Kyla


Adopted 0/11/2019

Tipsy aka Tips, Miss Hop Along, Miss T (and formerly Elise) has become the Queen of the house. She had a bit of a rough start when before getting to HOV. Her right leg was amputated right before we adopted her, around when she was 3 months old. But that doesn’t stop her from anything. She has so much personality is just a happy go lucky dog. She is constantly doing somersaults and playing with Whiskey all with her tongue sticking out. She loves exploring when we go camping. We are so happy to have found her. Her and Whiskey have become the best of buds. Thanks HOV!

Jeff & Kyla


Adopted 08/2019

What can I say? This little lady had me at woof. I’d been living in Bozeman for a year when I decided I needed an adventure pal. I heard some amazing things about the HOV shelter and how wonderful the staff is, so I decided to check it out. Luna has been my adventure pup ever since. She joins me in climbing, skiing, hiking, and more. She is the sweetest, most caring dog I’ve ever owned and I give that credit to HOV.

Kaylee E.


Adopted 4/17/2020

Odin was the biggest of 7 siblings, rightfully named Chonk. Now, he’s the younger brother to a rambunctious yellow lab and they always find new ways to keep each other entertained. He has one of the goofiest personalities I’ve ever met in a dog. Odin has been a great addition to my family and I can’t wait to see what adventures we discover next.

Kristin S.


Adopted Summer 2020

Griffey is the best puppy we could have hoped for! We adopted him over the summer after fostering him and a littermate for 2 weeks. At 5 months old now, he is very gentle, sweet and a great listener. He wants to be by our side at all times and loves coming to work every day, going for walks, and playing fetch. He also loves our other little dog and our two cats (who are slowly coming around). We are so thrilled to add him to our home and watch him grow!

Callie H.


Adopted 11/23/2019

Layla (used to be Polly) is an amazing dog! She knows all the tricks, is incredibly patient and loyal. She has made the best friend and family member we could ask for!



Adopted 2/27/2019

We lost our dog in 2017, and it was really tough. We decided our hearts were not ready to adopt quite yet, but we would foster dogs until then. We fostered dogs for over two years but when we fostered Acklin, he stole our hearts almost immediately. We were already his fourth home by the time he was just 11 weeks old, so we decided to make this one permanent. We love him dearly and could not imagine life without him. He adds so much joy, love, and happiness to our home. Thank you HOV!

Katie G.


Adopted 2/14/2020

I came across Otto (formerly Sean) and his siblings when they came in from the Hardin reservation shortly after I started working at HOV. I knew right away this spotted nose fluff ball was going to be mine! We fostered him and his sister the night before they went up for adoption and he instantly made him self at home with us. 1 year later and we still love him as much as we did that first night!

Kori M.


Adopted in 2016

Worf has been a constant by our side ever since! He goes to work with one of us every day and loves to sit on the desk and “supervise”. We’ve had countless adventures. He loves to bask in rivers and lakes in the summer, chase his ball down snowy paths, and makes friends everywhere he goes. Our two cats warmed up to him and all three are experts at sleeping in and snuggling on the couch. We are so thankful to have him in our lives!

Callie H.

Tater Tot

Adopted in 10/09/2020

We had been wanting to adopt a dog for a very long time before we found Tater (formerly Tootles). Though a bit cautious at first, he quickly warmed up to us and made himself at home. He is the perfect combination of active adventure pup, respectful work companion, and loyal snuggle bug. We’re so glad we found Tater at HOV.

Kym V.