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History

Florence Dedman

Florence Dedman had a vision of an animal shelter in Fort Benton, Mt. She wanted the shelter to exist to help the abandoned, abused, and neglected animals of this area, giving them a second chance at a wonderful life with human companionship. At Florence's bequest, a no kill animal shelter was established in 1993 and has been in operation since. Florence didn't expect the small refuge to "last forever", but wanted the shelter to "last as long as it can". We like to think she would be thrilled with the way the shelter (which bears her name) is going, becoming well known throughout the state and still serving animals in need throughout the area.

This year alone we are on track to adopt out over 300 animals, a record setting number for our little shelter. Before becoming adopted these animals come to us due to families moving, death, surrender, and abandonment. Each animal that comes through our doors is greeted with love, affection and respect. During their stay with us they receive vaccinations, necessary medical care, spaying/neutering, and a clean and comfortable environment while we work hard to find them their new forever homes. We strive to make sure every animal that leaves our care is healthy and transitions well into their permanent homes. 

Florence saw a need and provided a way, effectively leaving it up to us and others to continue this service. It is only with the generosity and kindness of heart that this journey is possible and has been able to grow into the wonderful place that it is today. We operate entirely on donations, gifts, grants, adoption fees and fundraisers. We employ one full time manager, three part time employees and many wonderful volunteers. We are a 501(c3) and our board of directors are volunteers throughout the area. 

We encourage you to consider us when looking for your next furry family member.