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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.
Choosing to adopt from Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter means following a few simple steps and asking yourself a few questions:
Ready to begin the adoption process at Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter? Complete a questionnaire below:
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.
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.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.