If you or your business are interested in our purpose and mission and desire to support our programs and services, become a member! Our membership year is January 1st through December 31st, but new & renewed memberships are welcome all year long; A three month grace period will be applied to dues received after October 1st of the year and will carry membership through the end of December the following year. Membership dues will not be applied in advance for more than one year past the current calendar year. By paying your annual membership dues you are entitled to one vote at our Annual Membership meeting, usually held in March of each year and you’ll receive our quarterly newsletter, keeping you up to date on all the current organization happenings!
Membership Type & Dues
Volunteers are a very integral part of the Bitter Root Humane Association and are involved in virtually all aspects of the BRHA from serving on the board of directors, to maintenance & grounds keeping to interacting with the animals on many levels. Some of the volunteer opportunities include:
Some of our volunteer opportunities require a set schedule and some are more flexible, working around the time a volunteer has to give. If you’re interested in finding out how you can help please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (406) 363-5311 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you ever gone on a solo hike and wished you had a dog with you? Ever gone to the river with your kids and visualized a dog splashing in the water with them? Ever thought it would be nice to take a dog to work? “Adventure Day” is a new program that aims to do just that!
Shelter dogs need excursions and off-site socialization to be well-rounded, happy and thus more adoptable and we are depending on our community to help us do just that. Spend the day exploring the mountains, splashing around our rivers, hiking all the wonderful Montana trails or taking a dog to work; we can pick the perfect dog for your activity and send them with you for a day of exploring and exercise. Don’t have a whole day to spend…how about a couple hours of leisurely walking the neighborhoods? Dogs come with leash, food, poop bags, and unparalleled eager excitement. Be thanked with huge smiles from the BRHA staff and grateful sloppy kisses & wagging tails from your day’s companion. No appointment necessary! Come in to meet our dogs, fill out the application and be on your way to a great fun filled “Adventure Day!”
In 2012 our beautiful Montana license plate was designed and is one of our very important ongoing fundraisers! Since 2013 the sale of our plate has brought in $36,840! By purchasing a BRHA license plate you are not only donating much needed funds to the shelter but you are helping to spread the word that we exist!
Our Fundraising Committee is busy all year long planning and holding fundraisers to raise money for our every day operating budget and special projects, but we can’t do it alone. This is where you would come in…do you have an idea for a fundraiser you’d like to hold for BRHA? We call this a “third-party” fundraiser…individuals, businesses or other organizations are encouraged to plan, hold and donate the funds raised to BRHA. Maybe it’s a birthday party, wedding, life celebration or an event…your imagination is your only limit to ideas! To help ensure that Third-party fundraisers are a success we ask that you coordinate with the BRHA Fundraising Committee by completing our Third Party Event Proposal Form and submitting it at the shelter or email to: Mary Gehl at email@example.com; the committee will review and contact you to discuss the details and how, if possible we can help make your event a success!
Our Community Pet Food Bank provides much needed food and animal care items for our community members that are in need of just a little assistance in order to keep their pets and keep them healthy. Donations of dry and canned dog & cat food along with animal care items are always needed.
Do you have a special person or pet you would like to honor, memorialize, celebrate a special occasion with or pay tribute to? BRHA offers you that opportunity with a Remembrance Donation. BRHA will send your heart-warming gift acknowledgement directly to your special someone…what better gift is there for an animal lover? Simply send your donation along with a note of what type of Remembrance you are celebrating and the name and mailing address you want the acknowledgement to go to. Please send to: BRHA, PO BOX 57, Hamilton, MT 59840.
BRHA must raise $300,000.00+ per year to cover the operating costs of the shelter. We receive no ongoing taxpayer funding and we depend on the generosity of our community to keep our doors open. Cash monetary donations help:
Pay the utility bills (electric, gas, propane, water, sewer, telephone and internet.
Maintain the boiler, air conditioner and ventilation systems & facility repairs.
Purchase veterinary services (routine & emergency), vaccines, micro-chips and food for the shelter animals.
Pay for professional payroll and yearly accounting services.
Purchase training and grooming supplies for our animal guests.
Want to make sure that your final wishes are done? Include BRHA in your estate planning. Your attorney can guide you in developing a method for your charitable intentions or we can assist you in contacting a specialized advisor who would help you ensure your vision is carried out. Including BRHA in your estate planning will help provide a future for the Bitter Root Humane Association and the animals it cares for long into the future. A planned gift would give you a sense of accomplishment and pride today, and give hope to the animals of tomorrow that come through our doors needing safety, love and care.