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Our Mission: With compassion and without judgment, we provide a respectful and safe environment for companion animals in our community and for the people who surround those animals.
Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter is committed to the humane treatment of animals. We are considered an “open door” shelter. This means that we will turn no animal away that is from the city of Billings regardless of health, temperament or age. Because we understand that all animals come to us under the care and compassion of someone, we also are committed to the people involved in the care and welfare of these animals.
YVAS is a Montana nonprofit corporation, with an organization inception date of December 11, 2007. Additionally, we are a tax-exempt agency. To view a copy of our IRS Determination Letter, please visit us at the the shelter.
We contract with the City of Billings to shelter animals, but unfortunately do not have the capacity t to provide an open door policy to county animals. However, we will accept animals from outside of Billings based on availability of space, adopt-ability, and in crisis situations.
We must assess the health and temperament of each animal that comes under our care. In some cases it is more humane to send some animals across “The Rainbow Bridge”. This decision is not made lightly nor without great compassion, love and heartache.