We are a no-kill shelter, with an open-door policy. There is no charge, nor judgment, if you need to drop off a stray that you've found, or a beloved pet that is no longer able to stay with its family, no matter the situation. We serve several different counties around Southwest Montana, and network with other shelters in the Rocky Mountain West, working together to help the animals in our care get the best chance of finding a new home.
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
- Anatole France
Meet the Board of Directors
Quarterly board meetings are open to the public on the first Tuesday of every third month (March, June, September, December) at 12:00.
We are meeting virtually due to Covid-19. Please contact us for meeting information.
Nikki has always had a driving desire to lend a helping hand to animals in need. At four years old, she had her dad build her a toy veterinarian sign and hung it on her bedroom door, “...so people know I can help their animals.” Providing shelter and resources to the animals of our community is just second nature to her.
Nikki Knight grew up on a rag-tag hobby farm, and has been surrounded by animals ever since. She brings years of animal-related experience to her role of Executive Director, including work at Animals of Walton’s Hallow, a petting zoo and sanctuary for displaced farm animals, and her studies in Natural Horsemanship at UMW. She’s spent many summers tuning up outfitters’ riding stock and pulling troubled horses from auction; giving them a second chance to shine. Providing shelter and resources to the animals of our community is just second nature to her. When she’s not working at the shelter, Nikki and her family enjoy riding the backcountry of Montana and training their birddogs.
A native to Twin Bridges, MT, Elizabeth has strong ties to the Beaverhead and Madison County regions. Her family has been sheltering animals in need for decades, and she’s eager to share her “tricks of the trade” for the benefit of the animals in our care. Elizabeth is not one to back down from a challenge, and you’ll often find her knee-deep in a project that needs a creative solution. She prides herself in community involvement and welcomes guests to come alongside her in efforts to make a difference for the animals of SW Montana.