Falling in love with a pet is easy and pet ownership is very rewarding. Adopting a pet, however, is a big decision. Dogs, cats, and rabbits require a lot of time, money, and commitment. BRHA encourages you to think through your decision before you adopt a companion animal. Our experienced adoption counselors will gladly help you find an animal that's likely to be a good fit for your lifestyle and living arrangements.
It's amazing how many people do not ask themselves this simple question. Adopting a pet just because it's "the thing to do" or the children have been wanting a puppy or kitten can be a mistake. A pet is a long commitment--10, 15, even 20 years and is a member of your family.
Dogs, cats, and other animal require food, water, exercise, care, and companionship every day of every year. Many animals in the shelter are there because their owners didn't realize how much time it took to care for them.
Is your pet a good fit with your family and home? Please bring your entire family to the shelter to meet your new pet and make sure everyone gets along well. That includes not only children (some pets don't do well with young children) but your canine family members as well. BRHA can host "pet meets" in our “Meet & Greet Park.”
Pets may not be allowed at many rental communities or they may have restrictions or require an additional pet deposit. Make sure you know what the landlord’s requirements are before you come to adopt.
Accidents from animals who aren't yet housetrained or are confused, possible adjustments to your home and routine, scratched furniture and unexpected medical emergencies are unfortunate but common aspects of pet ownership. An adjustment period between you and your family and your new friend takes patience and a commitment to gentle reward-based training.
Pets like a predictable routine, and if your routine is changing--perhaps because of a new job, a new house, a new member of the family--waiting until your new routine is settled is wise.
Are your living arrangements suitable for the animal you have in mind? Animal size is not the only variable to think about here. For example, some small dogs such as terriers are very active—they require a great deal of exercise to be calm and often bark at any noise. On the other hand, some big dogs are quite content to lie on a couch all day.
Animals are not solitary beings. They are genetically taught to be part of a pack or group. You are becoming their pack now. They want to know they belong and are accepted into the family pack. When they are required to spend large amounts of time alone or kenneled, they feel banished from their pack; in the pack banished animals don’t survive. The perceived banishment can lead to behavior and problems. BRHA policy requires that an animal become an integral part of your lives and not left outside fulltime or tethered. (an exception may be some experienced barn cats) Include them in your lives and they will be a devoted friend.
Bitter Root Humane Association Adoption Center exists on donations. All adoption fees allow us to continue our work to save animals and place them into their ‘forever homes.’ Ongoing expenses for each animal includes vaccinations, spaying/neutering, medical staff care, training … and right down to the heat and water bills. Staff provide ongoing supportive care, training, socialization for animals who don’t always come to us problem free. They need love, good food, support and yes, play to thrive. Our staff provides the continuity to keep all programs running including support and coordination for our volunteers.
All of the dogs and puppies available for adoption at BRHA are listed at www.montanapets.org and at www.petango.com or www.petfinder.com. To learn about our adoption procedures, the benefits of adopting from BRHA, and how to place a temporary “hold” on an animal, visit the How to Adopt section.
Adoption Discount: When you take home two kittens, you'll save 50% on the second kitten. For adult cats, there is no adoption fee for the second pet.