Blessing of the Pets

All Saints’ Church, Whitefish – Columbia Falls
Celebrates St Francis Day
Saturday, October 4, 2014
at Noon
With the Blessing of the Pets
And support for the animal relief agencies in the
Flathead Valley and on the Blackfeet Reservation.

On Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Noon, All Saints’ Episcopal Church will conduct the Blessing of the Pets in honor of St. Francis Day. As well, to celebrate the memory of this beloved patron saint of the animals, the church will join in giving thanks for all of the animals brought to the blessing by pledging $10 for each animal to a fund to be divided by the Friends of the Flathead County Shelter, the Humane Society of Northwest Montana, the Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force and Kaawa ‘pomaaka Society serving homeless dogs and cats on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The Blessing of the Pets is an annual service at All Saints’ and welcomes people (and pets) of all denominations. All Saints also has a service for the burial of companion animals and praters will be offered at the Blessing of the Pets to remember these animal members of families. People wishing to honor their companion friends who have died, are welcome to bring the ashes of the pet, a toy, a picture of their beloved companion, or another article which reminds them of the pet for that portion of the service.

Each pet will receive a certificate, a St. Francis medal for his or her collar, and a treat.

All pets must be on leashes, in crates or kennels or otherwise restrained for their and other’s safety.

All Saints’ Church is located at 2048 Conn Road, half way between Whitefish and Columbia Falls, on Highway 40. For more information, please contact All Saints’ at 406-862-2863.

Rabies Is Real–World Rabies Day Vaccination Clinic

Every year, more than 55,000 people are infected with rabies, and nearly half of them are children under 15. Almost all will perish from this disease. Few of these people live in the United States because we have such strong rabies vaccination laws. In Flathead County, it is a legal obligation of all dog owners to vaccinate their dogs. While not required by law, all cats should also be vaccinated.

Rabies has come to Flathead County this year—in bats. Between 2008 and September 8th of this year there were 148 laboratory confirmed cases of rabies in Montana. While most of these were in wildlife—bats and skunks—there were cases in cattle, horses, dogs and cats.

Once a human is bitten by an animal that COULD have, there is only one course of action recommended—a post exposure inoculation. It is important to get the vaccine even before a lab has confirmed rabies, if the animal that bitten is there to be tested. The vaccine should be administered as soon as possible, and the sooner you get it the better chance of survival. An average of 40,000 people are exposed to rabies every year in the US, but because of quick responses, only 2 people on average perish because of the disease.

As for animals, if you suspect your animal has been in a fight with a wild animal, it is important to get them into quarantine. While Flathead County only has laws regarding dogs and exposure to rabies, these are good guidelines for all animals that could have been exposed. In the US, nearly 4 times more cats have been confirmed to have rabies than dogs every year since 2008.

According the Flathead County law:

“Any person shall have the authority to order the owner of any dog showing symptoms of rabies or any dog which has bitten any person so as to cause an abrasion of the skin or any dog that has been bitten by or exposed to any animal suspected to have been infected with rabies to deliver such dog to the Flathead County Animal Control Center for quarantine for a period not to exceed fifteen (15) days. Such dog at the option of the owner may be quarantined under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian except as specified below:

In the case of an unvaccinated dog which is known to have been bitten by a laboratory-confirmed rabid animal, said bitten dog must be immediately destroyed.

In the case of a vaccinated dog which is known to have been bitten by a laboratory-confirmed rabid animal, said dog shall be revaccinated within 24 hours and quarantined for a period of thirty (30) days following revaccination. Said dog shall be destroyed if the owner does not comply with the provisions of this section.”

The county takes rabies very seriously, and so should all animal owners. Rabies is a painful way to die, and it is almost 100% fatal. There is no cure, though there are a few experimental protocols for humans, and there is a vaccine for most many animals and humans. If everyone vaccinates their dogs and cats, the human exposure drops. This is why so many states and counties, including Flathead, have made it part of their laws that dogs—the most common source of rabies infection to humans world wide.

World Rabies Day is happening tomorrow, September 28th. Flathead County Health Department is vaccinating dogs and cats from 10 am to 2 pm at 1035 1st Avenue West in Kalispell. Cats and licensed, altered dogs will be $10. Altered, unlicensed dogs will be $25 (license will come with) and unaltered dogs will be $40 (license will come with).

Join in the Fun at Doggie Dayz!

Sponsored by Costco Wholesale, Kalispell Parks & Recreation and Park Side Credit Union, celebrate the joy of dog companionship at Doggie Dayz on Saturday, September 20 at Depot Park in Kalispell from 11am – 2pm.

Canines and their owners are invited to celebrate in the fun of entering raffles and fun contests for a chance to win wonderful prizes from Costco. Contest entry fees are $3 per contest and contestants will be evaluated in the areas of: Dog Tricks, Dog/Owner Lookalike, Ugliest Dog, Cutest Dog and Best Costume. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

All of the proceeds from Doggie Dayz will help benefit the homeless animals at the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center and the Flathead County Animal Shelter. Adoptable dogs will be on-hand to “meet & greet” and join in the fun.

Depot Park is located in downtown Kalispell at the corner of Main Street and Center Street.


Come to Doggie Dayz - Sept 20th, 11am - 2pm. HUMANE SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST MONTANA

10th. Anniversary Open House

Open House - Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary

“Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary”

Humane Society Hosts Open House & Volunteer Orientation

Kalispell, MT – In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center, the Humane Society of Northwest Montana is hosting an Open House event on Tuesday, July 1st beginning at 5pm, at its Adoption Center located off Hwy 93, followed by a one-hour Volunteer Orientation session beginning at 6pm.

The public is invited to join Humane Society staff and volunteers as they celebrate ten successful years of companion pet adoptions and community outreach.

Adoption Center pets will be on hand to welcome Open House visitors and refreshments will be served. The Humane Society is located at 100 Adopt a Pet Way, off Hwy 93, in Kalispell and is open to the public Tues – Sat from 11am to 5pm.

Volunteer opportunities are available to anyone age 16 or older.  Volunteers are needed to groom cats, walk dogs, play fetch in the pet park, help feed & water the animals, clean kennels, answer phones, greet visitors, assist with community events and help with fundraising.

As a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the Humane Society operates the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center and is funded solely by donations, grants, corporate sponsorships and special events.

For ten years, the Humane Society has proudly served its mission to promote compassionate care, perpetuate the bond between animals and end the destruction of healthy adoptable pets, so that every animal finds a loving home. For more information, visit


Humane Society of NW MT Open House

Open House on Tuesday July 1st at 5pm

Ever wondered what goes on at the Humane Society of Northwest Montana? Well, now’s the time to find out. We’re hosting an open house, and you’re invited! There will be drinks and snacks provided. We want everyone to see what we do and how we do it, and all of the amazing dogs and cats looking for their forever home right now.

What: Open house, followed by Volunteer Orientation
When: Tuesday, July 1st at 5pm with Orientation at 6pm
Where: The Humane Society on Hwy 93

Bring yourself, your friends and some time to pet the animals.

Humane Society Open House Dog

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Spring Fling Open House to Benefit Homeless Animals

Spring Fling Open House & Benefit Raffle

Want to do something for yourself and homeless animals? Attend the Spring Fling Open House & Benefit Raffle at Whitefish Plastic Surgery & Med Spa on Thursday, May 15th from 6pm to 8pm. In addition to huge discounts on products and services, the Med Spa will offer refreshments and a raffle that includes three separate prize selections.  All raffle proceeds will benefit homeless animals at the Humane Society of Northwest Montana and the Flathead County Animal Shelter.

Raffle prizes include:

  • Grand Prize – Non-Surgical Facelift
  • Prize #2 – Light Laser Lift
  • Prize #3 – Fountain of Youth Anti-Aging Facial

Whitefish Plastic Surgery and Med Spa is located off Hwy 93 in Whitefish at 5850 U.S. Highway 93 S.

Spring Fling Open House & Benefit Raffle

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Popular Musician Helps Homeless Animals

John Dunnigan Serves as Celebrity Bartender

Whitefish Lake Lodge Boat ClubBack by popular demand, the Humane Society of Northwest Montana is pleased to announce that local musician and entertainer, John Dunnigan will serve as this year’s Celebrity Bartender at the Whitefish Lake Lodge Boat Club on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm in support of cats and dogs.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is hosting its annual Celebrity Bartending Event in the Boat Club Restaurant from 5pm to 7pm and all tips from drinks poured by volunteer celebrity bartender, John Dunnigan, will be donated to help homeless animals at the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center.

Whether your drink choice is a carbonated beverage or a cold brew, visit the Boat Club Restaurant on April 11th and show your support for homeless cats and dogs. The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is located at 1380 Wisconsin Ave., Whitefish, MT.  To make dinner reservations in the Boat Club Restaurant, call 406-863-4040.

John Dunnigan at the Boat Club

All Saints’ Episcopal Church Annual Chili Open and Golf Tournament

All Saints’ Episcopal Church
The Seventh Annual Chili Open and Golf Tournament

WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 2014
WHERE: 2048 Conn Road; on the church grounds (Conn Road is located off Hwy 40 in between Columbia Falls & Whitefish)
TEE-OFF TIMES: 10:30 AM and 1:00 pm
GREEN FEES: $20 per person, includes lunch!

Chili Open and Golf TournamentTo sign-up for the event: Call the Humane Society of Northwest Montana at 406-752-7297, Tuesday – Saturday from 11am to 5pm or visit the Adoption Center at 100 Adopt A Pet Way in Kalispell, located off Hwy 93. Checks need to be made payable to: All Saints Episcopal Church.

(Download poster here)

“Green Fees” which include golf and lunch are $20 per person with the entirety of what is raised being donated to help the most vulnerable of God’s creation, dogs and cats who are homeless and abused. The first tee-off time of the day is 10:30 a.m. followed by a catered lunch at 12 noon with a silent auction and an afternoon tee-off time at 1:00 p.m. Again this year, holes in one can be purchased for $50 each.

Directions to the church: (2048 Conn Road, Columbia Falls, MT 59912)

From the intersection of Hwy 93 and Hwy 40 in Whitefish, travel west on Hwy 40 for 2 ½ miles, take a right onto Conn Road. All Saints’ Episcopal Church is located on the right.

From the intersection of Hwy 2 and Hwy 40 in Columbia Falls, travel east on Hwy 40 for 2 miles, take a left onto Conn Road. All Saints’ Episcopal Church is located on the right.

Proceeds will benefit:

Flathead Shelter Friends, the Flathead County Animal Shelter, the Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force, the Humane Society of Northwest Montana and the Kawaa’Pomaaka Society

Humane Society Open House

Looking for Love in all the wrong places?

Come Meet the Love of Your Life
Visit the Humane Society Open House
Thursday, February 13th from 5pm – 7pm
Refreshments Served!

Humane Society Open HouseIn celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Humane Society of Northwest Montana is hosting a Meet & Greet Open House on February 13th.  from 5pm to 7pm at the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center and the public is invited.  Adoptable pets will be on hand to greet visitors and refreshments will be served.  The Humane Society is located at 100 Adopt A Pet Way in Kalispell, off Hwy 93. For more information, visit:


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Lucky (a.k.a. Super Dog) A Super Bowl Lament!

Super Bowl - Super Dog, Lucky

Super Dog on Super Bowl Sunday

Realizing that I’m stuck in here with a lampshade on my head; did I just hear staff correctly?  It’s Super Bowl Sunday and millions of people are going to watch a team of Broncos and a cast of Seahawks chase a pigskin in the Garden State.

Hey, if you’ll get me outta’ here on Tuesday when the Adoption Center opens at 11am, I’ll learn to chase a pigskin and you can call me Super Dog and we’ll celebrate Super Bowl Sunday every week.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?