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POLSON — Piper, a boxer mastiff mix, was excited by all the extra people at Mission Valley Animal Shelter. To calm her, Joey Ray, who volunteers at the shelter on Saturdays, talked to her and stroked her head. 

“Piper’s been at the shelter way too long,” said Jill Simpson, shelter director. “She needs a home with no small kids, and someone with the time and desire to work with her.”

Simpson said the shelter’s dog numbers are down due to adoptions. The shelter can house 13 to 14 dogs, maybe more if there are puppies involved, she said. 

The shelter, a no-kill facility, hosted an open house on May 10 so people could see the dogs and cats who live there, check out the facility and consider adopting one of the shelter animals. Simpson estimated about 75 people attended. 

The shelter hasn’t many kittens, either, Simpson said, although in the cat room several adult cats either stalked each other or lounged and curled up to sleep.

Staff and volunteers make life good for the animals in the shelter. 

“Franny is my best friend,” Ray said. He went into her kennel to play tug of war with the Jack Russell cross.

Michelle Toler, the shelter’s dog caregiver, said, “I absolutely love this job.”

“(All the dogs) are my favorite,” she said with a laugh. “Piper and I have an attachment. With Jake, there was an instant bomp bomp of my heart.”

For more information about shelter pets looking for a forever home, visit the shelter at 36251 N. Reservoir Road or call (406) 883-5312. 


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