Flathead County Coverage

Oct 10, 2013 10:40 PM by Dax VanFossen - KAJ News

Flathead animal shelters look to adopt-out dogs

KALISPELL - Thinking about adding a furry addition to your family? Look no further than local animal sanctuaries in the Flathead Valley.

October is taking on a slightly different meaning at the Humane Society of Northwest Montana and the Flathead County Animal Shelter.

This marks Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and Lori Heatherington at the Humane Society of Northwest Montana, hopes you do.

"You better believe it, we love adopt a shelter dog month, and we just ask that if anyone wants to celebrate it, what better way than to come to the humane society, find a forever friend and give him a forever home."

The Humane Society in the Flathead has plenty of furry, four-legged canines to choose from. Meanwhile, another local shelter has taken a different approach for October.

The Flathead County Animal Shelter has a special program running for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month - it's called the Adopt-A-Bull program. The program is aimed at getting pit-bull crosses, or American Staffordshire terriers, adopted.

Shelter director Cliff Bennett told us that these can be some of the sweetest dogs you'll ever meet.

"Yeah, in their kennels they get nervous, and they get protective and sometimes they're not real presentable, but we've got a couple of nice big grassy yards here and some great walking areas, and so if people ever want to take a closer look at one, why we take 'em out and get them out of their kennels, and they're totally different dogs."

The price on bull crosses for the month of October is only $40, half the normal asking price.

The Humane Society's Lori Heatherington says sometimes you're better off freeing a shelter dog, for lots of reasons.

"It really is a great way to go and genetically we find mixed breeds are healthier breeds, so they've not been inbred. And we do ask that if you're interested in a canine companion, to come down and look here first."

Both the shelters make sure all their dogs are healthy and ready to be adopted.

The Flathead County Animal Shelter is located south of Kalispell on Cemetery road, and the Northwest Montana Humane Society is north of Kalispell on U.S. Highway 93.

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