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News from the Mission Valley Animal Shelter

POLSON — We are excited to announce that the Mission Valley Animal Shelter (MVAS) has been awarded a $14,000 grant through the ASPCA Northern Tier Shelter Initiative Grants program, which will serve you and your animals.

“As the only animal shelter in Lake County, our facility is critical in providing a safe refuge for stray and unwanted animals from throughout the Flathead Indian Reservation and beyond, but the shelter has been in dire need of upgrades to address problems with health, safety and capacity. This grant will help us improve on all of these levels,” observed Filip Panusz, acting Shelter Director since April 2017.

The grant will be used for several purposes: purchasing new steel to reinforce all of the dog kennels; purchasing a new steel dog scale; purchasing a new industrial steel sink; purchasing two new concrete pads for outdoor dog runs and cat patio; and outfitting for a new modern cleaning protocol 

The ASPCA has been tremendously supportive in helping improve standards, care and services in animal shelters throughout the northern tier region, which includes Montana. This help is especially valued and appreciated in rural areas, tribal reservations, where resources are limited and unsterilized stray animals are ubiquitous.

MVAS looks forward to continuing this collaboration and seeking support for further improvements and expansion of its services. Lake County and all of its citizens - both human and animal - will benefit.

For more information, please visit our website at:

MVAS is the only animal shelter serving Lake County. Without a local Animal Control presence, MVAS is tasked with helping residents of the county and the Flathead Indian Reservation with stray and unwanted cats and dogs. First organized in 1989, it has sought to provide humane and compassionate care for animals. Its mission is to rehome unwanted animals, return lost animals to their rightful owners, promote sterilization and help prevent animal neglect or abuse. MVAS currently places roughly 30 cats and dogs monthly and hopes to significantly expand its impact in the coming year.


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