Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter

This week, PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend features the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in Billings, Montana.

Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter (YVAS) is is a 501(c)(3) Montana nonprofit committed to the humane treatment of animals.  The mission of the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter is to provide shelter for animals in transition, serve as advocates for animals and their people, and be a leader in enhancing the human-animal bond.  The organization is founded on the principle of community engagement with the goal of building partnerships to save lives.

"We cannot overemphasize the important role animals play in the lives of humans and we’d like to return the favor."

“We cannot overemphasize the important role animals play in the lives of humans and we’d like to return the favor.”


Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter provides adoption services, pet reunification for lost pets, and a spay/neuter clinic.

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YVAS has adult dogs and cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, and other small mammals, birds, and reptiles available for adoption.  Check out their adoption pages to see all the Shelter animals that are awaiting a forever home – maybe one of them would be the perfect addition to your family!

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If you are interested in adopting a pet from the Shelter, first read their adoption policy, then follow these Steps to Adoption:

  • 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 information about certain breeds and see how they fit into your life and their special needs;
  • Make your home is “pet friendly”. Just like humans, animals do better with a structured living space. Check into supplies and make safety updates before adoption. Chemicals and insecticides should be safely put way and antifreeze can be deadly to animals. Don’t forget your fencing and gates. If you are renter, talk your landlord and make sure you are not violating your lease;
  • Check your local animal ordinances and make sure you are not exceeding the animal limit;
  • Before coming in to the Shelter, complete your adoption questionnaire for a dog. cat, or other pet.

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Volunteers are the lifeblood of Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter. There will never be enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.  The Shelter always needs volunteers to foster animals in need of special attention.

If you cannot provide a foster home, there are many other volunteer opportunities available with YVAS  – shelter greeter, adoption desk support, dog groomer or walker, cat cuddler, small animal friend, kennel cleaner, photographer, website assistance, grant writing, public relations, administrative support, and special events!  Children can start volunteering with a parent/guardian at 10 years of age, and without parental supervision at 16 years of age.

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YVAS also has a Public Education Team (P.E.T.) that participates in various special events that provide an opportunity for the Shelter to educate the public about animal welfare and promote its adoptable animals.  The P.E.T. volunteers perform a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to: customer service, animal handling, setting up booths, running booths, and helping shelter staff.

If you don’t live near Billings, don’t forget that support can come in many forms.  Donations make it possible to manage Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter programs, expand Shelter services, develop an active public volunteer program and prevent animal suffering. Your tax-deductible donation will make a tremendous impact on the lives of many companion pets in the community.  Please consider making a donation in memory of loved ones, be it human or animal that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and also donations in honor of friends, family and pets that are still among us. Consider a planned gift through an instrument such as a charitable trust or annuity.  YVAS also has a planned giving program, that makes it possible to provide for the animals through a charitable annuity, trust or bequest.  If you are in the Billings area but are unable to volunteer at the Shelter, you can help the YVAS animals by donating items from the Shelter Wish List.

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Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter has received financial donations in all sums from $1.00 – $5,000.  They value each of these regardless of the amount and recognize that each person who gives has the same compassion and caring.


If you’re the creative sort, why not enter the Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter Design a Plate Contest!  YVAS is going to be offering a specialty Montana license plate for your vehicle and YOU can design it!  Imagine your artwork on vehicles across Montana!  This plate will support Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter and the animals in the community and the person with the winning design will also receive $100 prize!!!  Submissions will be accepted until July, 31, 2015 at 12pm MDT.  Read more about the contest here.

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PetravelR™ urges you to support your local shelters and rescues by adopting, volunteering, and donating. And remember that spaying and neutering helps reduce overpopulation and makes your pets better family member!

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