A place to call home before their forever home

Bitter Root
Humane Association

The only animal shelter serving the Bitterroot Valley since 1972
BRHA Logo - White

Come Meet Your Best Friend

 Learn more about us and see all the BRHA guests 

BRHA Offers the Following Services

  • Shelter & care for homeless pets 

  • Pet adoptions 

  • Reuniting lost pets with their owners 

  • Bitter Root Animal Lost & Found Facebook page

  • Community pet food pantry 

  • Microchipping & ID tags for pets 

  • Emergency hub for displaced residents and their pets during fires and other natural disasters

  • Pet cremation services

What Our Customers Are Saying

Guests That Found Their Forever Home

Common Questions

Starting March 1st, 2023, we will be accepting dog & cat surrenders by appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 406.363.5311.

Call your vet first. If there is no answer or if it is after their business hours, call the Pet Emergency Center in Missoula (406) 829-9300, located at 1914 S. Reserve Street.  They are open 5:30pm – 8am Monday through Friday and 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday. Here is their website: https://www.emergencyvetmissoula.com

Our shelter has no law enforcement authority. Please report all animal abuse to the Ravalli County Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch phone number (406) 363 -3033; be prepared to provide details such as the address of the animal in question, etc.  

Please call the Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch phone number (406) 363-3033; be prepared to give details such as the address of the situation, etc.  

Please keep the animal safe at your home until the shelter is open, if possible.  Call the shelter and leave a message giving details of the animal you found including date found, location, type of animal, description, etc. along with your contact information.  The BRHA provides a lost and found database and may know who is looking for the animal. We also have a community-driven Facebook page you can post on to let others know:  Bitter Root Animal Lost & Found.  Bring the animal in as soon as the shelter is open so we can scan them for a microchip and we can keep the animal at the shelter, if you choose, until the owner is found.

We’re here to help you and can explain your options, please call us at (406) 363-5311. 

Yes. $40 for dogs. $20 for each additional dog.
$20 for cats. $10 for each additional cat.
$5 for “other” per animal.

The Bitter Root Humane Association, in partnership with many generous businesses and private donors, has food and, at times, pet supplies available to anyone in need.  Please visit our shelter, located at 262 Fairgrounds Road in Hamilton, during normal business hours to pick up what you need.

What's Happening?

  • Shelter Services Survey – Click the Chihuahua link
  • BRHA Memorial Park – Buy a Brick in memory of a beloved pet
  • Poppin’ Bottles for Non-profits – Saturday June 8 from 2-8 PM at Shed Horn Cellers
  • Let’s Get Scratchin’ – Saturday June 15 from 1-4PM; Scratch Art Class by Cynthie Fisher at the Shelter
  • Help Us Pay Off Our Mortgage!
  • Bitterroot Brewery Pint Night for the Pets – Sautrday July 20 5-8PM
  • 2nd Time Around Jewelry Sale – July 27 10-2 PM at the Bedford Building; Back by popular demand!

Don't mind the construction.
We're still OPEN!