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Catapalooza reminds that Fall is kitten time; consider adoption

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POLSON — Cooler weather is coming. Time to have a pot of soup simmering on the stove while you’re wrapped up in a quilt with a cat on your lap. 

If a cat is missing from your life, the Mission Valley Animal Shelter, Life Savers Animal Rescue and All Hearts Rescue all have cats and kittens looking for forever homes. They combined forces for a Catapalooza, showcasing cats and kittens at the Mission View Gift Shop on Main Street on Sept. 27 and 28.  

Drew Gibson from MVAS said this time of year is slow for cat adoptions, and the shelter is home to 20 to 25 cats. 

Cat personalities differ, and Gibson said they have “everything from insane, energetic weirdos to ‘fixtures’.”

For people who can’t make a home for a cat, MVAS can always use funds, cat food, cat litter, supplies, cat toys or someone to volunteer time. MVAS also has dogs.

LSAR’s Linda Crawford said her organization also has lots of cats. At her computer, she has ‘sticky notes’ reminding her that seven people want to bring in cats for LSAR — one request is a crate someone left on a doorstep containing a mama cat and kittens. 

Because LSAR does not have a building, they foster out their animals; consequently they don’t have room or foster homes for the extra felines, so Crawford would like people to adopt a cat or kitten or, if a person can’t keep a cat forever, foster an animal or a litter of kittens. 

“We’re always looking for foster homes,” Crawford said.

LSAR has an adoption fee of $50 per cat, but the kitty comes spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations and dewormed — a great deal, Crawford said. 

At MVAS, adoption fees are $45 for kittens and $35 for cats.

Mission Valley Animal Shelter is located at 36251 N Reservoir Rd, Polson; call (406) 883-5312. To contact Life Savers Animal Rescue, go online to or call (406) 883-5978. Contact All Hearts Rescue at (406) 212-7544 or email

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