Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter

Billings, Montana

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About Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter

Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter’s modern, up-to-date facility was built in 2002 by the City of Billings. As an open door shelter, they never turn an animal away that’s from Billings, regardless of health, temperament or age. Through their contract with Billings, they’re unable to provide an open door policy to county animals. They do, however, accept animals from outside Billings based on the availability of space, adoptability, and in crisis situations.

Volunteers and fosters are the lifeblood of Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter. Volunteering is a meaningful way to give back and make a significant difference in the lives of shelter pets. If your lifestyle doesn’t permit you to have an animal full-time, fostering can be a rewarding opportunity. It’s an intense, short-term commitment for families or individuals who’re willing to offer their home to animals in need. Foster care is most frequently needed for animals that are too young to be adopted.

Contact Info

1735 Monad Rd
(406) 294-7387

Hours of Operation

Mon - Tue: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thu - Fri: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Adoption Process

Choosing to adopt from Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter means following a few simple steps and asking yourself a few questions:

  1. Make sure you, your family, and your home are ready for the commitment. Are you looking for an energetic running partner or a quiet companion? Take a little time to      research specific breeds to see how they fit into your life.
  2. Make your home “pet friendly,” especially regarding fencing and gates.
  3. If you’re renting, get landlord approval to have a pet.
  4. Check your local animal ordinances. Make sure you aren't exceeding the animal limit.
  5. Complete your adoption questionnaire before coming into Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter. Questionnaires can be found below.
  6. Look online for the puppies, dogs, cats, kittens, and other animals ready for adoption. Better yet, visit the shelter to find that purrfect friend.
  7. Chat with the shelter staff about the pet you’d like to adopt. They’ll help you decide if your chosen pet will fit into your lifestyle.
  8. Bring any dogs you already have to meet the possible new family member.
  9. If your questionnaire has been reviewed and approved, all that's left is to finalize the paperwork and pay the applicable fee.
  10. Bring your new friend home!

Ready to begin the adoption process at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter? Complete a questionnaire below:

  • Adoption Questionnaire - Dogs
  • Adoption Questionnaire - Cats
  • Adoption Questionnaire - Other Pets

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees vary by animal. For more information on adoption fees at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter, please contact them directly. Whatever your fee is, it helps Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter partially cover the costs of feeding and caring for the homeless animals they take in.

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
Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter
directly using the contact info above.

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