MISSOULA — Missoula's new winter warming shelter on Johnson Street has been up and running for about a month now.
The location is different from the Poverello Center as pets are allowed. The Humane Society of Western Montana is helping deliver pet food to the new location.
So far, they've delivered 24 pounds of dry pet food and 806 cans of wet pet food. They've also brought over blankets, leashes, collars, kennels, ID tags and treats, and a pet bed.
Humane Society executive director Marta Pierpoint says they're pleased to be a part of the homeless task force and are happy to play any role in helping people find shelter.
"It's a mental health issue to ask people to leave their pets behind. We feel that having a shelter that allows pets, gives people that opportunity to keep that source of comfort with them as they seek shelter."
The shelter is located at 1919 North Avenue West in Missoula.