About the Humane Society

Who we are…

PLEASE donate to the Humane SocietyOn behalf of the orphaned animals that we serve, thank you for the opportunity to acquaint you with our life saving organization.

Located between two of the fastest growing cities in Montana, Whitefish and Kalispell, the Humane Society of Northwest Montana is home of the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center.

Our facility which opened its doors to the general public on July 1, 2004 sits on fourteen acres and it is built in the shape of a horseshoe. Our original architectural design resembled a rectangle and was approximately 10,000 square feet in size. Due to budget constraints at the time of construction however, we had to sacrifice the amount of kennel space for dogs and decrease overall dimensions. After completion of our cost-cutting concessions of approximately 3,000 square feet in the final build-out, the result was 39 kennels for cats and 17 kennels for dogs.

Our Mission Statement

The Humane Society of Northwest Montana provides a caring & safe environment for dogs and cats until they can be united with a forever home.

Board of Directors

Governed by a Board of Directors, HSNWMT is a private, non-profit 501 (c)(3) limited admission, no-kill organization that focuses on finding caring, loving homes for orphaned cats and dogs and ending the destruction of healthy adoptable pets. Our Board of Directors consists of Flathead Valley residents who are concerned about animal welfare and who live and work in the area. The HSNWMT staff consists of a dedicated team of animal care and administrative professionals.

As strong supporters of spaying and neutering and pet identification, all cats and dogs that are adopted from the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center are spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to adoption, including kittens and puppies.


Humane Society of Northwest Montana
P.O. Box 221
100 Adopt A Pet Way
406.755.7388 FAX

Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center Kalispell

Building the Dream

It seems like only yesterday that we marveled at our brand new facility; A dream brought to reality by visionary benefactors who had the courage of their conviction to save homeless animals.

Board Member Emeritus Claire WilsonThe realization of our dream for an adoption center began in the early winter months of 2002 with a generous donation from a family of long-time supporters. In the months that pursued, we broke ground in June 2003. Although our building was completed in 2004, it was our visionary friends who once again recognized the need to eliminate some residual construction debt in 2005 and spearheaded the single most successful, private fundraising event ever held in Montana. In appreciation for their generosity, the Humane Society building was dedicated in memory of Charlotte Edkins, a cherished mother and animal lover. Since that time the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center has been privileged to preserve Board Member Emeritus Claire Wilson’s legacy. We respectfully pay homage to Claire’s memory and honor her life and love for animals.

In the years that our animal adoption center has been in operation, over 1,900 animals have been adopted and given a second chance for a forever home. In addition to facilitating pet adoptions and providing temporary housing for homeless cats and dogs, our organization also offers solution oriented service programs designed to help the community with animal welfare education and pet ownership assistance.

Our community service programs are designed to reach students and adults in the Flathead Valley and include an Educational Outreach Program, Pet Food Assistance Program, Injured Animal Fund, and Microchip Clinics. Through our Educational Outreach Program, we educate hundreds of elementary and middle school students annually on the topics of animal welfare and animal safety. In conjunction with area retailers and the Flathead Food Bank, we distribute pet food to families in need and to local animal rescue groups. Our Injured Animal Fund helps pay emergency veterinary care expenses for pet owners who may not otherwise be able to seek medical treatment for their pet. To help pet owners permanently identify their pets, we also offer low-cost microchip clinics to the general public.

Adoption Center Hours:

Open: Tuesday – Saturday
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

How it all began…

Humane Society Ground Breaking

Photo compliments of the Daily Inter Lake