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We are a non-profit organization providing assistance to Missoula City/County Animal Control and pet owners of Missoula County.

Our Mission

  • To provide services ensuring the humane treatment of animals in our community.
  • To provide support to Missoula City/County Animal Control, its policies and procedures.
  • To facilitate the adoption of animals housed in the Animal Control Shelter.

    We carry out our mission in four specific areas:

  • We help pet owners with the cost of spaying and neutering their animals in order to help curb animal over-population.
  • We help pet owners with other unexpected medical costs of illness or injury to their pets.
  • We help shelter pets with medications, surgeries, treatments and lab test that would not be covered by the Animal Control’s general budget.
  • We help potential adopters take home animals from the shelter by providing assistance with costs associated with adoption, grooming, etc.

How to help Friends of the Shelter?

Send monetary donations to:

Friends of the Shelter
P.O. Box 1693
Missoula, MT 59806

When you are thinking about your legacy, please consider leaving a portion of your estate to Friends of the Shelter.

Requests for Help from Friends of the Shelter

Each request is handled on a case-by-case basis, depending on total cost and necessity of services, ability of the pet owner to pay, and desire on the part of the organization to be able to help as many people and pets as possible.

For information about the organization, donations or requests for assistance please call Animal Control at (406) 541-7387.