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About Us

We are a no-kill shelter. There is no 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

Board of Directors

Quarterly board meetings are open to the public on the third Wednesday of the following months: January, April, July and October at 12:00.

 Please contact us for meeting information.


Carol Delisi

Board Member

Carol is a training consultant with nearly 30 years of experience. She has lived in the Ruby Valley near Sheridan with her husband, horses, dogs, cats and chickens since 2005. She is excited to be a part of the shelter’s good work to support Southwest Montana’s adoptable pets and their people.


Brian England


Brian grew up in the Gallatin Valley, leaving Montana in the 1990s to pursue a career in finance and operations, working primarily in the healthcare industry. He returned to Montana in the 2000s, and, since 2019, lives and recreates in Dillon with his wife and a variety of other animals. Brian currently teaches at the University of Montana Western in the Business and Technology Department.


Colette McGinley

Board Member

Colette has 20 years’ experience as an office manager and vet assistant with a small animal hospital. She has lived in Beaverhead County with her family for 40+ years. She has a great passion for all animals and is looking forward to being part of the shelter and all it does to help animals in need.


Joyce Pollastro

Board Member

Joyce Pollastro has been in Montana since 1992 and holds a Bachelors in Geology and a M.S. in Science Education. Joyce has had several careers in sales/marketing, working on a ranch, as a science teacher and currently is working in the Beaverhead County Environmental Health Department. Joyce’s vision for a new shelter facility is her main goal on the board. Joyce enjoys hiking, skiing, ice skating and hanging out at home with her husband, visiting their three amazing adult children, and tending to the farm animals.


Cecil Jones

Board Member
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Tom Waldorf


Tom is a retired Chemical Engineer.  He worked with Minerals Technologies Inc for 34 years.  Over twenty years ago, he and his family moved back to Dillon. He has been impressed with the turnaround at the shelter.  Having been around dogs his entire life, he feels that volunteering with the animal shelter would be a great fit.


Johnny Maclean

Board Chair

Johnny enjoys hiking in the mountains and floating in the rivers of Montana.  He moved to Dillon in December 2021 to work at the University of Montana Western, and he's honored to help support the Beaverhead Animal Shelter.  He and his partner, Jayci, own two wonderful old dogs.

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Kristen Ashcraft

Board Member

Kristen was born and raised in the beautiful Ruby Valley. After graduating from The University of MT Western she continued to work on her parents’ cattle ranch, further pursuing a career in real-estate. She has a never-ending love for all animals and is happy to serve the community and surrounding areas’ pets and other animals

Success Stories

We love to stay updated on animals previously in our care! Please share your photos and stories of your shelter alumni here.

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