Rimrock Humane Society

Roundup, Montana

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About Rimrock Humane Society

Rimrock Humane Society was founded in 2000 as a private, non-profit organization. They're a "virtual" shelter assisting homeless animals in Musselshell, Yellowstone, and surrounding counties in rural Montana. All of the animals live in the care of loving foster homes while they wait for a new forever family. Their lives are stress-free, happy, and healthy.

When you want to meet one of the pets, you do so in the comfort of a loving home, observing the animal in a relaxed environment with a foster parent right there to answer any questions you have. This allows adopters to get a good read on the animal's true nature and behavior patterns and provides quality one-on-one time with the pet.

In addition to full pet adoption services, Rimrock Humane Society has an ongoing low-cost spay/neuter program, a pet food pantry, and a hay bank.

Contact Info

225 Canyon Rd
(406) 323-3687

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

Rimrock Humane Society tries very hard to match their animals with appropriate families and situations. Here's the process to follow to adopt:

  1. View pet profiles of animals waiting for their new homes online.
  2. Complete an adoption application. The forms can be found below.
  3. Provide 3 references, including one from a veterinarian.
  4. Schedule a home visit.
  5. You'll be invited to come meet the pet at the foster carer's home. All family members should be present at the visit. Rimrock Humane Society doesn't believe in impulse adoptions, so the time spent visiting at the foster home is vitally important for a successful, lifelong adoption.
  6. If all goes well, you can take your new pet home that day!

Please be aware of the requirements to adopt from Rimrock Humane Society:

  • You must be 18+ years old with valid photo ID.
  • If you rent, please provide your landlord's name and phone number. Written and/or verbal permission is required from the landlord to adopt a pet.
  • No dog will be released for adoption unless the adopter can provide an adequately fenced yard (minimum height requirement is 4 feet). Sorry, no exceptions.
  • Adoptions of a very young animals is discouraged if no one is home during the day.
  • Your current animals must be up-to-date on vaccinations and spayed/neutered.
  • Animals must be adopted primarily as household companion animals only. Cats are required to be indoor pets.
  • All dogs and cats adopted from Rimrock Humane Society will be spayed/neutered unless they're too young. If you adopt a young animal, you must sign a contract stating the animal will be altered by a specific date, and Rimrock Humane Society will enforce the agreement.

Application forms to adopt from Rimrock Humane Society are found below:

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Rimrock Humane Society are as follows:


  • Adults/puppies: $125


  • Adults/kittens: $90

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, distemper and rabies vaccinations, deworming, 1 free month of pet insurance, leukemia testing for cats, and a collar and leash for dogs.

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, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

But first...

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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.

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
Rimrock Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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