Unleash Tomorrow

A Capital Campaign to Build Our New Shelter

Since 1972, we have been loving and supporting the animals and pets of the Bitterroot Valley

When people call in frantic about a lost pet … we answer.
When there is a community emergency … we stand ready to help. There is a continuing and enduring need for the shelter … we will be here.

No one would have guessed in 1985 when our current shelter was built, how many animals would find safety, protection and a new future through the Bitter Root Humane Association.

We're grateful for our current shelter. But it's no longer safe or functional for our staff, volunteers and most of all for all the animals that call us home

Sure. We have a roof over our head. But it sometimes leaks. We might have windows to look out. But they’re broken, cracked, single pane and non-energy efficient. Our walls have holes that let in outside critters. We have water lines running across the walls. And then there’s the boiler room … 35 years has taken its toll.

Our plan to build a new shelter began with a vision of a modern facility which will propel us through the next forty years and beyond.

We envision not just kennels, not just a shelter, but a true safe haven for the lost, abandoned or abused animals and a “home” our community can be proud of.  We have been dreaming of a new facility since 2006. We enlisted the aid of engineers & architects specialized in the field of animal sheltering and we have been saving & fundraising ever since. Although we receive no ongoing government funding, through the generous support and hard work of many, groundbreaking took place in March and construction has begun; we look forward to opening our “new” doors in Spring 2021.

Our new shelter will include:

  • Spacious dog kennels with variable housing & adjoining outdoor play areas
  • Flexible cat living areas, with outdoor porches
  • Safer and larger working spaces
  • Living spaces conducive to more natural habitat
  • Less noise leading to less stress
  • Specialized air control systems for comfort and disease control
  • An expanded Meet & Greet area and larger dog exercise areas
  • Separate intake areas with enhanced medical and behavioral assessment capabilities
  • A new Community Education room

And much, much more!


Every donation makes a difference and we need your support now!

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!

Mail Donation

BRHA Building Fund
PO Box 57
Hamilton, MT 59840

Drop Off at Shelter

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!

Other Ways to Give
  • New Shelter Naming Opportunities
  • Wire Transfers of Funds
  • Transfers of stocks and/or mutual funds
  • Bequests and Will beneficiary

For more information or inquiries on any of the above, please email our Treasurer at sheltergifts@bitterroothumane.org

BRHA is a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization – Tax ID#81-0351709
PO Box 57, Hamilton, MT 59840

With Your Help Our Dream Will Come True

Thank You for Your Support!