Support can come in many forms and we appreciate all of the dollars, donated items and time that the community provides so that we can continue to impact the lives of the animals in Billings.
We have received financial donations in all sums from $1.00 – $5,000. We value each of these regardless of the amount and recognize that each person who gives has the same compassion and caring. Children have designated their birthday party presents to be donations for the shelter. Community organizations have donated items for the animals in the shelter.
Of course, we receive donations in memory of loved ones, be it human or animal that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and also donations in honor of friends, family and pets that are still among us.
Please consider a gift to Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter. Donations make it possible to manage our programs, expand shelter services, develop an active public volunteer program and prevent animal suffering. Your tax-deductible donation will make a tremendous impact on the lives of many companion pets in your community.
Endowments and Bequests
As you consider your options for enowments and bequests, Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter would be happy to discuss options that ensure that lost and homeless animals in our community will receive the compassionate care they need and deserve. Please speak with your tax advisor about the tax benefits of endowment giving.
You may also want to consider Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter in your will to help pay forward the love and companionship for others. Please talk with your estate planner about your options.
Consider a planned gift through an instrument such as a charitable trust or annuity. Planned gifts carry significant tax advantages to the donor, allowing you to direct funds that would otherwise go to taxes, to be used for the benefit of the shelter animals instead.
Our Wish List
- Packs of hot dogs
- Collars – all sizes
- Leashes – all sizes
- Puppy pads
- Large dog coats
- Rope toys
- Raw bones (no raw hides, please)
- Pig’s ears
- Bully sticks
- Kongs – large, extra large & double extra large
- Peanut butter – Skippy only
- Kitten baby bottles
- Catnip toys
- Toy wands
- Washable cat toys
- Breakaway cat collars
- Breeder’s Edge kitten formula – From Amazon
- Heating pads for kittens
- Kitty Kongs
- $50 for bunny spay/neuter
- Timothy Hay
- Rabbit food
- Guinea pig food
- Paper towels
- Blue Dawn dish soap
- Spray bottles
- Sandwich bags with zip close
- 50 gallon outdoor trash bags – Kirkland
- Hand held dust pans and brushes
- Clorox bleach
- Kirkland heavy duty laundry detergent – super concentrate
- Post-it notes – all sizes
- Legal writing pads – size 5×8
- Kirkland large nitrile exam gloves – non latex, textured fingertips
Supporting Healthy Animals
We do not hesitate to provide the veterinary care necessary to help the animals that enter our shelter. You can help by donating funds earmarked for medical assistance and our spay and neuter clinics.
A few success stories:
We referred a Boxer to Dr. Brown, DVM, for a broken leg. The injury required extensive surgery. We continued the care with our shelter veterinarian, Dr. Jean Allbright. Mr. Boxer was adopted to a wonderful family. A Doberman Pinsher came to us with a badly damaged lower hind limb. Dr. Allbright did surgery immediately. Mr. Dobie stayed with us for several months until healed enough to then place him for adoption.
A Lab, Rosie, came to us from the back country southwest of Columbus, MT. Rosie had tangled with a bear. She was rescued by a rancher and his wife and brought to our shelter. Dr. Allbright cleaned the wounds which were extensive, put in drain tubes, and Rosie stayed with us for six weeks. We searched for her owners through the use of the media. She eventually was adopted by a wonderful family in Huntley, MT.
A litter of six week old Pitbull pups were released to YVAS. They had numerous eye injuries. Dr. Allbright removed the eye on one pup, and sutured closed the eyelids on four other pups to give them time to heal. We put a great deal of effort and time into this group, and they all eventually went to adopted homes.
Dr. Allbright has amputated limbs and tails on cats that, when healed, moved onto great adopted homes. At any given time we are medicating and giving fluids to at least five kittens and a number of adult cats to help them through various illnesses.
All the medical care that is mentioned above, which is just the tip of the iceberg and the improvements to the facililty are made possible through donations from those people who have a sense of responsibility. Every penny counts. Although, the large donations are very valuable, so too, are the small individual amounts we receive.