Great Fish Community Challenge

Humane Society Northwest Montana

Whitefish Community Foundation Great Fish Community Challenge

Humane Society Gears Up for Whitefish Community Foundation

Great Fish Community Challenge
Fish 5K Fun Run and Fair

KALISPELL, MT – The Humane Society of Northwest Montana is proud to be selected as one of the 33 nonprofit organizations that will participate in the first annual Whitefish Community Foundation’s Great Fish Community Challenge.  Kicking off on June 9, this annual charitable giving campaign offers participating nonprofits the opportunity to earn a matching grant up to $15,000.

Designed to maximize donations, the Whitefish Community Foundation will put a minimum of $150,000 into a matching grant, known as the Great Fish Fund and stretch those dollars across the total pool of donations raised by the nonprofits collectively.  The community’s donations plus the matching funds will be awarded at the end of the Challenge.

The Great Fish Community Challenge goals are to help nonprofits raise mission awareness while maximizing donations with a matching grant and to encourage community-wide participation. As an added benefit to participating nonprofits, the Community Foundation will cover all credit card and processing fees so donors can have confidence that 100 percent of their donation, plus the matching grant, will go directly to their favorite nonprofits.

The marketing and administrative costs will be covered by the Whitefish Community Foundation and the Great Fish Community Challenge sponsors; First Interstate Bank, Parkside Credit Union, National Parks Realty, Glacier Bank, The Iron Horse Foundation, JCCS, CPA’s, Big Sky IV and Compounding Pharmacy and Don K Subaru.

The Great Fish Community Challenge will culminate with a celebratory Community Fair and Fish 5K Fun Run in Depot Park on September 12.  To participate, obtain an official donor form or make an online donation, see: www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org. Official donor forms will also be available at all local downtown Whitefish businesses, the Whitefish Chamber of Commerce, the Humane Society or any of the offices of participating nonprofits.

For more information about the Humane Society of Northwest Montana or the Whitefish Community Foundation, visit www.humanesocietypets or www.whitefishcommunityfoundation.org.

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About the Humane Society of Northwest Montana

The Humane Society of Northwest Montana is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization operates the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center located at 100 Adopt A Pet Way in Kalispell. Adoption Center hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11am to 5pm. The mission of the Humane Society of Northwest Montana is to provide a caring and safe environment for dogs and cats until they can be united with a forever home.

About the Whitefish Community Foundation

The Whitefish Community Foundation is a foundation whose mission is to enrich the quality of life in the Whitefish area by fostering philanthropy, building endowments, and helping donors and nonprofits benefit our community. The Foundation, located at 214 2nd Street West, Suite A in Whitefish, serves philanthropists in the Whitefish community by providing optimal tax advantages, responsible investing and effective grantmaking through WCF donor directed grants and donor-advised funds. The Community Foundation is guardian to many local Agency Endowment Funds and provides critical assistance to local nonprofits and administers an annual community grant program where nonprofits can turn to find funding for special projects, programs or emergencies.

Leadership Flathead Raises Funds for Homeless Animals

Kalispell, MT – The Humane Society of Northwest Montana in partnership with Leadership Flathead is pleased to announce that the Shake Your Tail Gala held in Whitefish on March 7 raised more than $50,000 to benefit homeless animals.  Due to the volunteer participation of the 2014 Leadership Flathead Class, this year’s sold out Shake Your Tail Gala doubled its fundraising goal.  Proceeds from the Gala will be used to support direct critical animal care for orphaned cats and dogs at the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center.

The Leadership Flathead Class of 2014 selected the Humane Society as their second year stewardship project and served on the Shake Your Tail Gala committee.  Committee members include: Noreen Cady, Teri Dugan, Kelly Gallipeau, Sally Johnson, Erick Moy, Mikel Parrish, Becky Shoemaker, Tammy Walker, and Erica Wirtala.

The Shake Your Tail Gala Committee was comprised of Chairperson & Humane Society Board Member, Jeannine Trousdale, Leadership Flathead Class of 2014 and other Humane Society Board Members. Together the committee exceeded its fundraising goal by engaging the community.  Twenty-four business leaders provided support through financial sponsorships and sixty other local businesses donated over 60 auction items. A one-carat diamond pendant raffle item was donated in memory of Lois Lingle, a former Humane Society volunteer and animal lover.

The committee also engaged the support of local youth to teach them the value of becoming the future stewards of Flathead Valley.  The Whitefish and Columbia Falls High School Art Departments created ceramic dog bowls and the Girl Scout Troup #3388 made ceramic napkin rings that were used for table decorations and given away as door prizes.

Leadership Flathead is a two-year program sponsored by the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce to identify and motivate emerging and existing leaders. The program provides leadership development to participants to maximize their contribution to the community and engage in local stewardship.

The Humane Society of Northwest Montana, a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization operates the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center located at 100 Adopt A Pet Way in Kalispell. Adoption Center hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11am to 5pm.  The mission of the Humane Society of Northwest Montana is to provide a caring and safe environment for dogs and cats until they can be united with a forever home.

For more information, see:  www.humanesocietypets.com.

Shake Your Tail Supporters

Easter is coming soon!

Easter is coming soon! People are buying their Easter gifts now. If a live rabbit or chick is in your plans, please make sure that you have a plan for it's future! Rabbits go from sweet and cuddle to adult animals who need space to run (and dig!), attention from humans and lots of things to do. Chickens need space to roam in a safe outdoor environment. Both love companionship, and would do best in homes with more than one critter! Think before you buy a live animal as a gift!

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Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of Humane Society of NW Montana

 

Petco Foundation

Petco Foundation Invests in Lifesaving Work of Humane Society of NW Montana
Grant of $4,000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in NW Montana

Kalispell, MT – The Humane Society of Northwest Montana is proud to announce that it has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its adoption preparation program.

The Humane Society of Northwest Montana is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a caring and safe environment for dogs and cats until they can be united with a forever home and has been serving the Flathead Valley community for eleven years. Since opening its doors in July 2004, the Humane Society has operated under the no-kill philosophy and helped to save the lives of thousands of homeless cats and dogs.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to provide direct critical care to cats and dogs awaiting adoption. All Humane Society pets will be examined by a licensed Veterinarian upon intake and will also be vaccinated, microchipped and spayed/neutered before adoption.

“Petco Foundation has always been a number one supporter of helping homeless pets and this grant is further proof that the Foundation saves lives” said Lori Heatherington, Executive Director.

The Petco Foundation has served as a voice for companion animals across the country since 1999. Today with more than 8,000 local animal welfare partners across the county, the Petco Foundation donates approximately $15 million a year to make a difference in the lives of millions of animals. The organization is funded through donations raised during fundraisers conducted in Petco’s more than 1,300 stores across the county, as well as from Petco associates, vendors and corporate contributions. Money raised helps fund animal welfare organizations, spay and neuter efforts, and animal-assisted therapy programs and humane education. The majority of the funds raised remain in the communities where they were raised, as well as animal welfare efforts nationwide.

For more information about the Humane Society of Northwest Montana or the Petco Foundation, visit www.humanesocietypets or www.petcofoundation.org. Join the conversation on Facebook Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag#PetcoFoundation.

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About the Humane Society of Northwest Montana

The Humane Society of Northwest Montana is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization operates the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center located at 100 Adopt A Pet Way in Kalispell. Adoption Center hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 11am to 5pm. The mission of the Humane Society of Northwest Montana is to provide a caring and safe environment for dogs and cats until they can be united with a forever home.

About the Petco Foundation

At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $125 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. With our more than 8,000 animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay/neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the county to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 4.2 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit petcofoundation.org to learn more about how you can get involved.

Dog Rescued from Glacier National Park Finds a Home

Kalispell, MT – The Humane Society of Northwest Montana is happy to announce that Troy, an abandoned, five-year old, Heeler mix dog that was rescued from St. Mary’s Lodge in Glacier National Park has been adopted.  After living at the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center for 16 months, Troy now has a family and a home of his own.

Thought to be abandoned at a gas station, Troy whose name means “foot soldier” roamed the grounds of St. Mary’s Lodge during the summer of 2013. Although many people attempted to entice him with food in order to secure him, Troy avoided human contact.  Unfortunately, no one could get close enough to capture him.

During the final days of his summer ordeal of taking shelter where he could and scavenging for food, Troy developed a bond with a friendly, stray Shepherd dog.  Fortunately, because the Shepherd trusted humans and Troy was willing to follow him anywhere, both dogs were rescued on September 27, 2013.

As St. Mary’s Lodge was preparing to close for the winter, Glacier Park Rangers were able to lure the Shepherd into an enclosure and Troy followed. That afternoon staff from the Humane Society of Northwest Montana retrieved the two dogs and transported them to the Charlotte Edkins Animal
Adoption Center.

Once at the Adoption Center, staff continued to rely on Troy’s trust of his canine friend, named Caden, to help with the socialization process.  Little did anyone know that after Caden was adopted, Troy would eventually become known as the Humane Society’s Dog Greeter & Pet Park Ambassador.  Troy never met a dog he didn’t like and was always willing to show other dogs how to have fun in the Pet Park.

Although Troy may always be wary of strangers, his new family says, “He is bonding well with everyone” especially his dog pack siblings, an adult Maltese/Papillon and a Husky mix puppy.

The Humane Society of Northwest Montana is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization that operates the Charlotte Edkins Animal Adoption Center located at 100 Adopt A Pet Way in Kalispell.  For more information or to make an online donation, visit www.humanesocietypets.com.

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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 www.humanesocietypets.com.

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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.

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