The Bitter Root Humane Association is beginning planning for a new Pet Memorial Garden. It will be located south of the horse corral and east of our Road Department neighbor. The design has not been finalized but will include gravel, large boulders, cement statues, wind chimes and pathways made of memorial bricks to honor loved and lost pets. It will be appropriately fenced for privacy and quiet contemplation.
Memorial bricks can be purchased for $125.00 each and the vast majority of that is considered a donation to BRHA. You order your brick(s) through BRHA, we will order the bricks which will be sent to us, stored and installed when the pathways have been created.
This is a wonderful way to remember your pets while benefitting the lives of our guests who will soon become members of another loving family.
Order forms are available by clicking the button below, in-person at the shelter or by emailing a request to [email protected]
If you have any questions or need more information contact Sue McCormack at 406.370.8071.
Volunteers are an 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: [email protected]
If you or your business are interested in our purpose and mission, support our programs and services by becoming 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 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. You’ll also receive our periodic newsletter, keeping you up to date on all the current organization happenings!
Since 2013, our beautifully designed Montana license plate has been one of our very important ongoing fundraisers with sales bringing in $61,580.00 to date.
By purchasing a BRHA license plate you are not only donating much needed funds to the shelter, but are helping to spread the word that we exist!
Check with your local Montana Motor Vehicle Department or https://dojmt.gov/driving/license-plates to get your BRHA plates!
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 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. To ensure we have the right fit, we do ask you to contact us 48 hours in advance. Come in to meet our dogs, fill out the application and be on your way to a great fun filled “Adventure Day!”
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 a fundraiser and donate the funds raised to BRHA. Maybe it’s a birthday party, rummage sale, life celebration, dinner party or an event…your imagination is your only limit to ideas! If you would like information on holding a successful fundraiser, help in promoting your event or need something from us for your event, please email us at [email protected]
Our community businesses are a big part of our success. Without their support, we could not do what we do!
How can your business help BRHA?
If you would like more information on business sponsorships or holding a fundraising event, please contact us at: [email protected]
Our Community Pet Pantry provides food and animal care items for our community members that are in need of just a little assistance in order to keep their pets healthy. Donations of dry and canned dog & cat food along with animal care items are always needed.
Our shelter everyday wish list includes all the items we use daily to provide the best care possible to our furry guests. The wish list also includes links to our online wish list at Amazon and Chewy.com
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 that 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 along with 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 $450,000.00+ per year to cover the general 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. Monetary donations help:
In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that the Bitter Root Humane Association is here to serve our community, through good times and bad and that together we can do extraordinary things.
We thought we had all the funds to take our dream from paper to reality. However, due to some legal delays and the rising costs of materials and labor we have fallen short of our goal. Although we have raised 70% of our cost, now we must raise another $1,000,000 to fully fund our new home without debt.
How Can I Help?
All donations, even as little as $5 a month, will help us meet our goal!
BRHA Building Fund
PO Box 57
Hamilton, MT 59840
Bitter Root Humane Association
262 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, MT 59828
*Please note ‘Building Fund’ in check memo line
by purchasing a $1,000 “leaf” for the UNLEASH TOMORROW TREE!
Once our new shelter is complete, a beautiful wall mural will be painted in our community room and your “leaf” & name will be proudly displayed as a generous donor & supporter!
For more information or inquiries on any of the above, please email our Treasurer at [email protected]
BRHA is a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization – Tax ID#81-0351709
PO Box 57, Hamilton, MT 59840
Help provide homes, care and love to animals in your last wishes. Include BRHA in your estate planning. Your attorney or financial advisor can guide you in developing a method for your charitable intentions ensuring 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, and give hope to the animals of tomorrow that come through our doors needing safety, shelter, care and love.