The Lewis & Clark Humane Society (LCHS) provides shelter for stray, abandoned and owner-surrendered animals. LCHS contracts with the city of Helena, and Lewis and Clark County, the city of East Helena, the city of Townsend, and Broadwater County to house animals brought in by the animal control officers and citizens of each entity. Each animal is assigned an impound number administered vaccinations and given a health check upon entrance into the shelter. They are then assigned a kennel where they are kept while waiting to find a new home.
The LCHS is a private, community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides shelter for unwanted and stray animals (primarily dogs and cats) while working to end pet overpopulation, reduce the need for euthanasia, and improve the humane treatment and well-being of companion animals. It serves a population of roughly 70,000 residents in southwestern Montana and a service area covering roughly 5,500 square miles.
The shelter is operated by 8 full-time staff on an annual budget of approximately $700,000. Its operation is governed by a 10-person board of directors. The shelter’s revenue comes from donations (57%), local government contracts (23%), and service fees (20%). Over 300 volunteers work at the shelter each year contributing over 5,000 volunteer hours.
For more information about Little Lewis & Clark Humane Society please visit lchsmontana.org.