Success Stories

We frequently get progress reports and thank-you's from people who have adopted animals from the shelter. Nothing warms our hearts more than to see former residents whooping it up in their new digs and hanging out with their new parents. We think you'll enjoy these stories too.

If you have a story about a BRHA adoptee that you would like to share, please do! Email us or send your story by regular mail...and don't forget the pictures!


July 3, 2014


We adopted Hagen (formerly known as Lily), December 26, 2013. She was only 4 months old at the time. Hagen has been the perfect addition to our family. We welcomed home a newborn baby just two months after adopting her. She adapted very quickly to our home and the new baby. We are so thankful for our four-legged fur baby. Obedience training is going well! When you see Hagen, ask her to shake. She will rest her paw on your hand to say hello. We look forward to adopting another pup in the near future.


June 25, 2014


Rowdy and TylerRowdy and Tyler Agility TrainingWe adopted Rowdy almost two years ago. He was brought into the shelter as a stray. One could only assume that he had been mistreated at some point in his life. He was scared of everyone he met. However, within a week our oldest son started taking Rowdy to dog agility classes and now the two compete in trials together. The first year they didn't win any ribbons but they won lots of hearts. This year they have won ribbons and several more hearts.

Thanks to Tyler, Rowdy is now a confident, secure, happy and very loveable little dog that has come a long way since being adopted. I love the fact that Tyler can take Rowdy places and show people what a little boy and his shelter dog can accomplish together.

June 25, 2014


Zoey and BaileyZoey (aka Molly) has been with us since late March and is doing really well in her new home in Corvallis. At first Zoey was scared of everyone and everything. Now she has 5 canine brothers and sisters to learn from. They eat, play,... and sleep together. She has gained weight, learned to accept affection and is slowly becoming more trusting of Stacy and me. She tolerates Milo the cat and seemingly enjoys battling the goats. She has never turned down a meal or snack and now weighs in at a whopping 8lbs. Her "puppy bumper" gives here the freedom to explore the acre without us worrying about her slipping through the fencing.

Like her big sister Bailey, a rescue from CA, we are convinced that a year or so of patience and companionship will help her have the long and healthy life she deserves!

~Jim and Stacy C.

June 15, 2014


RoperRoper has fit very well into our family. He's such a happy boy and he actually smiles. He was easily accepted by our other dogs. Jack (who was struggling with kidney issues at the time) "approved" of Roper and I am so thankful that Jack was able to meet Roper while he was still here ~ Jack passed onto the rainbow bridge four days later :(. Roper's happiness and energy has helped us overcome our sorrow from Jack's passing.

Initially Roper got off on the wrong door with one of our four cats(Poco), but they have come to some sort of agreement--Poco doesn't run from him and he doesn't chase her. The other morning Poco rubbed herself against Roper's front legs, he stood perfectly still - as if too scared to move! One of Roper's favorite things is to help us herd the mini donkeys and pony in for the field twice a day. He searches thru the bushes and across the swampy areas until he finds them, then barks so we know where they are...such a smart boy.

I've attached a picture of his new favorite place to lay :)

Cindy W.

June 2014


Gracie pet adoption success story.Hello Wonderful People at the Bitterroot Humane Society,

I adopted Gracie from you just over a year ago. She was a 10-year-old Black Lab whom I immediately fell in love with from a posting on your Facebook Page. The day after the posting I sent my husband down to pick up the newest member of our family.

My husband is a long haul truck driver and our 15 year old Rottweiler Kline had passed away about 6 months earlier - so I was in need of some companionship and a best friend. Gracie fit the bill and has been the light of my life every day ever since.

Gracie was very timid and scared of noises and sudden movements for awhile, but she has adapted well and has become very comfortable with her home...and my bed. Because of her timid nature I am convinced that our quiet and drama-free household was perfect for her.

At the time we adopted Gracie - my mother had just completed several months worth of chemotherapy after a breast cancer diagnosis and breast removal surgery. I was her primary care giver so that winter was a difficult and depressing time. With the completion of her treatment - I had the time to focus on myself and my own healing from that experience. As much as I needed Gracie at that time - she needed me too. We became each others best friends and the joy of each others lives. I cannot express in words just how wonderful it is to go home to her every day and receive her happy greeting.

I know that adopting a dog at her age means that my time with her is limited. I shove as much love into her as possible every day to make up for all the years we have already missed out on.

Thanks you for helping me find her and thank you for everything you do.

Gracie doesn't like to pose for pictures - but I attached one for you anyways.

Sincerely and Forever,

Emily Howard

April 4, 2014


My name is Bear and my mom adopted me when I was only 8 weeks old from the shelter. I was a tiny little guy and she fell in love with me.. Well I am almost 2 years old now and boy have I grown! I am almost 200 lbs and my mom keeps telling me I am a BIG St Bernard dog, but I am sure I am a lap dog!! My mom takes me on long walks and I get to play in the river.. I love car rides, and the bed and couch .. Oh and can't forget anything on the counter that I can reach is mine too. I like to pull stuff of the counter if my mom doesn't let me go with her, I don't chew it up, just set everything on the floor. Then when she comes home I smile at her because I know she can't get mad at me when I do that!! My mom says I am the best dog ever and she loves me very much!! I am very spoiled. I love all the grandkids that come to play with me. I have a best friend that I love to run with; Oh, and I love cats! Even tho the one cat I am a bit afraid of.. For some reason he doesn't want to play with me! I Love the snow too!! I have a wonderful home and my family loves me so much!!!!

March 26, 2014


Pet adoption success story

Sapphire is doing fine. We got home at 5:30 AM. I went straight to bed. I woke at ten with Mandy in bed and Saphy was in my room upstairs. She is checking everything out. She is curious...a sign of intellect. Neither Mandy or I are her blood brothers yet, but there is progress. I talk to her and pet her. I don't crowd her. She observes Mandy and me. She is spending a lot of time upstairs by herself. But, she continues to come down and look in on us. We all took a big walk earlier into a very large hilly pasture. She pulled some at the leash and so I used her to pull my tubby butt up the hill. She enjoyed outside.

In the coming weeks and months I expect her to see me as (she is drinking from my water glass) safety, food, fun and love.

There goes the glass onto the I didn't see that coming. She and Mandy interact well. That will grow."

I expect her to do fine.

Best Regards,

Jon B


Pet adoption success story

Posted on Facebook page February 5, 2014


"Okay, I just wanted to say we adopted our dog Molly from the BRHA in March 2011. She is the perfect mix of playfulness and sweetness, and loves to go on hikes, as well as play fetch with her tennis ball. Molly brings joy to our family every day. I'm so thankful she came into our lives."





Happy Ending for JasperJasper and owner reunited!

Subtitle: Microchips Work!

Jasper, a purebred hunting dog, was lost or stolen from his home in the Polson area, and after months of searching his distraught owner had given up hope. Five months later a stray black lab turned up at the BRHA. Following standard procedures the dog was scanned for a microchip, and BINGO - he had one. The BRHA was able to get a serial number from the chip, and after one quick phone call they had the name and phone number of the owner.

One would think that another quick phone call would end this story, but there was a slight delay. When Jasper's owner was informed that his dog had been found, he was so excited that he forgot who had called him and went to the Polson Animal Shelter to collect his dog. No luck there, so he went home to try to figure out who had his dog. The BRHA staff followed up a couple days later and this time all the information stuck. Within hours a very excited Jasper and owner were reunited.

This story has a happy ending because of pet identification. Jasper would probably not have made his way home without his microchip. IDENTIFY YOUR PETS. The BRHA can help.


Here is Molly jumping for joy and with her new brother. She found a great home!!! Please pass on to Pat. Talk to you soon.


Happy Holidays

This picture was taken on a three-dog night. The grey haired one I didn't get from the shelter, but the red head Riley we adopted in '97, Hobbs the white one and Darwin, the little one were adopted in Aug. of '05.

Best Wishes, Patti

Pictures for you.

I just wanted you to see how well he adopted us. Thank you ever so much. He will bring much joy to us, especially mom who will be 90 in Oct. He has taken over the house and my sister's poodle now gets second place next to mom. He is a darling.

August 7, 2007

Jessica and Char,

I am being a good boy-I love playing fetch in my yard and swimming in the river. I have a new bed and toys and a brother and sister. I have started jogging in the morning which helps me stay calmer for the day. The little fuzzy things won't playwith me yet but I guess maybe I should approach them a little slower.

More later,


To: Bitteroot Humane Society

We just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to adopt Newman on July 10th. He is a great dog - still jumping, but we are working on it. He is always so happy.

Thank you again.

Mike and Kathy


Hi to everyone at the Hamilton Animal Shelter

I hope you remember me. My name is Liberty (Libby). I was adopted 2 years ago Memorial Day. I am very happy. I get to travel all over the country with my Dad and Mom. You see, my Mom is a singer. I used to chase deer, but my Dad worked with me and now all I do is look at them. I want to thank all of you who took good care of me until I was adopted. I am very loved and cared for. I am told I couldn't be a better girl.

Again, thank you for believing in me.

Libby Lanier


December, 2007's Lakota...

I know it's been a long time since I've written, I've been a very busy girl! I'm still doing Agility, and I've been to one of the Seniors home. It was realy warm in the building, but I did my best to keep from panting too much. The residents there are really nice and I got lots of attention.

I now hold 19 Agility titles, and my brother Max has one, but he doesn't do as much as I do. He's a big guy and doesn't like to get up on the A frame or dog walk. We're done until next April, mom doesn't like to travel in the winter.

We went to the cabin over the 4th of July. It was so hot in the mountains! We did a 6 mile hike into the wilderness. That was nice and cool. We did lots of swimming too. The creek water was really cold! We had a pack rat come in the cabin. Mom thought he was cute! The gal that went with us wasn't sure about the little guy, but he made a mad dash for the door and we never saw him again. Our friends that we go to Agility trials with are the ones who came to the cabin, and Callie ant I played and chased squirrels. Callie is my best friend. She's a Border Collie.

We went to Idaho the first part of Nov. to see grandma and grandpa and to attend our last Agility trial for the year. I like going there. I got to get up on the new sofa! Max has his favorite place on the living room floor in front of the TV. It's so relaxing there, but grandma did get sick and wasn't well for a few days. They bought mom a new day bed, a bit small, but mom and I manage to sleep quite well on it. Max hadto sleep on the floor on his bed, but he didn't mind too much. He's too big for the day bed. I chased the neighbor's cat up the telephone pole for a couple of days and then the cat never came back. Grandma said, "job well done, Lakota".

Dad is going to retire from truck driving this year, so we'll get to spend more time with him. Mom says she's not real sure about this retire thing.

I hope the toys are enjoyed by my friends. I won them at Agility trials, but I don't play with them. I've never really cared for squeaky toys, but I do love a Frisbee.

All for now. Your friend,




Just an update of my life that you gave me. This is Rascal, Hurricane Charlie survivor. I hope you remember me. I'm the orange dog from that group.

The picture is of me sitting on my Aunt Lisa's lap down by my creek. I love that creek in the summer! There is no better place to jump into and cool off when I've played really hard.

My Mom and I walk 2 miles almost every day and I love to catch mice out in the field, and when I catch them I use them for a squeeky toy! Really freaks out my Mom, but it's sooo much fun!

I've lived here 2 years now and Mom, Dad and I really still thank you.


Rascal (Rasky) Anderson



It's been a year since we adopted Shelby (f.k.a. Sassafras)!

She is a BIG, happy puppy dog who still loves to play with all dogs. She is a sweet excitable "puppy" who we can't imagine life without!




To all my friends,

I just wanted to check in and let everyone know how well things are going with me and my new family. The day I was adopted we all headed strait to Arizona, for what turned in to a twenty four hour car ride. It was tight, but it made for great bonding time. Plus, I caught up on some much needed rest. My new house is perfect. It has lots of space and a nice yard to play in. I have a best friend who lives here with me, and we hang out all day long. His name is Darby. I guess they named him after the town so they got the bright idea to rename me Lolo. It's cool, my middle name is still Megan. I had a check up and everything is fine. Getting plenty of exercise and I'm on a great diet. I miss you all and wanted to thank you for your hospitality. You took great care of me and my new family is impressed with my obedience training. I'm a good girl! If we are ever back in Montana we will definantly stop by. Keep up the good work.

Love, Lolo (Megan)


My shelter name was Scooter, but my new name is Rose.


Thank you to all of the nice people at the animal shelter for taking such good care of me and saving me for my new wonderful life.

I have landed myself in my forever dream home! My new Dad, Russ, takes me hiking and to all sorts of places inside the truck. I can tell how much he loves me by all the special attention and food I get; plus all the pictures he and his family take of me make me feel like a canine movie star. Playing in the snow with Russ and my new canine buddy from next door is one of my favorite things about living here (Russ is my very favorite thing). Here I am enjoying my first day with my Dad.