Lewis And Clark Humane Society

Helena, Montana

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About Lewis And Clark Humane Society

Lewis and Clark Humane Society was founded in Helena in 1964 as a means to create a more humane and ethical way to deal with the community’s stray and unwanted pets.

They’re a small, private, community-based, not-for-profit organization.

Lewis and Clark Humane Society serves three counties in Southwestern Montana, encompassing a population of roughly 75,000 residents and an area covering approximately 5,500 square miles. The focus of Lewis and Clark Humane Society is as follows:

  • Provide shelter for unwanted and stray animals (primarily dogs and cats)
  • Help to end pet overpopulation through spay/neuter programs
  • Reduce the need for euthanasia
  • Improve the humane treatment and well-being of companion animals
  • Provide shelter for the dogs and cats of animal cruelty cases going to trial

If you aren't ready to commit to the lifetime ownership of a pet, the shelter has a comprehensive foster care program to meet the needs of some of the animals while they wait for forever homes. The program includes day-trips and sleepovers.

Contact Info

2112 E Custer Ave
(406) 442-1660
Website: lchsmontana.org

Hours of Operation

Mon: Closed
Tue - Fri: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

Adopting a furrever friend from Lewis and Clark Humane Society is a simple process:

  1. Head over to the website to view photos of the pets waiting for their second chance.
  2. A picture says 1,000 words, but the best way to get to know an animal is to go to the shelter and spend some time with them.
  3. Complete an adoption questionnaire.
  4. Have any questions? Specialized staff can help you find an animal that will fit right into your family and lifestyle, so ask away!
  5. A meet-and-greet will be scheduled with any current dogs you have in your home.
  6. Adoption staff work as quickly as possible to review each application as it comes in. Once you’ve been approved and found your new best friend, you’ll be guided through the adoption process.
  7. To complete the process, pay the adoption fee and finalize any remaining paperwork.
  8. Enjoy your new best friend!

A few notes about the adoption requirements:

  • You need to be 18+ years old.
  • If you're renting, you need landlord permission.
  • You’re required to adhere to the requirements of the Adoption Agreement Form.
  • Bring a leash and collar for your new dog or a cat carrier for your new cat.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Lewis And Clark Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies: $175
  • Adults: $145
  • Seniors: $85


  • Kittens: $115 for 1 kitten, $145 for 2 kittens
  • Adults: $100 for 1 adult, $125 for 2 adults
  • Working cat: $25
  • Seniors: $62.50

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, all applicable vaccinations, one free wellness checkup, a free bag of food, and, of course, a new best friend!

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Lewis And Clark Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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