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Save the date for Bark in the Park!

Come join Stafford Animal Shelter for their summer fundraiser “Bark in the Park” on Sunday, August 21st , 2016 to help raise money for homeless pets in our community.

The fun begins with a 5K Fun Run/Walk that rounds the Yellowstone River and through the streets of historic Livingston!  Friendly, vaccinated dogs on leashes and children under 13 are welcome to join for free!  Pre-registration is $25.00; day of event $30.00. (race fees are tax deductible). Email for a registration form or download from our website.  Check-in begins at 8:00am to receive your bib number and familiarize yourself with the course map. Fun Run starts at 9:00.  Check in at the Miles Bandshell Park near the Civic Center parking lot at 229 River Drive and the Yellowstone River.

The free family fun continues at 10:30 with the ever popular dog contests in the City Pool and Miles Bandshell Park.  Events include fastest dog, best pet & person costume duo,  children’s obstacle course with their dog, speed swimming, longest dock jump and best canine swimsuit.  Don’t forget the cats, we have a coolest cat photo contest, so bring a photo of your kitty.   Events are only $5.00 and all money is donated to the shelter. We’ll round out the day with fun raffle prizes, animal demonstrations, kids activities, a festival of local pet friendly businesses and food vendors. Bring your appetite, your dog and your family and help raise money for a great cause!  Visit for more updates.

If you are interested in exhibiting or volunteering for BITP, please email our Development Director, Alicia Davis at

BITP Collage 2016 save the date

Luxury Raffle Tickets on Sale Now!

collage-luxury-raffle copyBack by popular demand is our Luxury Raffle Ticket!   We only sell 100 tickets so your chances of winning are very high! It’s a great way to support the shelter even if you can’t make the Fur Ball event or live out of the area!  Choose one of our fabulous trips for a good reason to visit Montana! (physical items will be shipped at your expense). 

Each ticket is $50 and the winner gets to choose anything from our list of exciting live auction items below. Purchase your tickets online using our “donate” button.  When checking out be sure to put a note that says which item you are choosing.  (all prizes must be selected at the time of purchasing).   You can also buy over the phone, 406-222-2111 or at the shelter.   View our items below and buy today,  hurry before they are sold out!  The animals thank you!






Fur Ball 2016! Adoption: The Choice is Black & White

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Our annual Fur Ball will be held on May 20th, 2016 at Chico Hot Springs Resort with a Black and White theme!  As our biggest fundraiser of the year,  the money raised is crucial to keep our doors open to not only cats and dogs,  but all unwanted pets.  We are the only shelter in the area that will take small pocket pets and exotic pets also. We have no length of stay requirement and will house pets as long as it takes to find them a loving forever home.  We help families in crisis, whether by domestic violence, flooding, car accident etc., by caring for their pets until they are safe to go back home.  Our shelter reaches far beyond Park County with the rise of our Social Media presence and our excellent reputation for animal advocacy.  We have on average 2,500 hits a day on our Facebook page and just last week our posts reached 17,000 viewers making us one of the most visited sites in Park County.Chico_COLOR_2

This year’s gala benefit will be held on Friday, May 20th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.  The event will be graciously sponsored by, and held at, Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa.

Our theme this year is “Adoption: The Choice is Black and White”.  We are encouraging festive black and white attire and Chico has put together an amazingly creative black and white menu!  In addition to the fabulous wine and food, we are pleased to have music Someday Miss Pray Logoby very popular local band “Someday Miss Pray”.

We also have a very large silent and live auction that features exciting offerings for the community that we service.  (Stay tuned for full list of auction items and Luxury Raffle Tickets).


Seats for our Fur Ball are always in high demand and the event sells out every year.   Please take advantage of the opportunity to reserve your table/tickets early to be assured you have a seat at our fun filled event!  Tickets are for sale at $750 table for table of 8 and $100 individual ticket price.

To purchase a ticket online,  click the “Donate” button and enter in the total payment for the number of tickets you would like.  You can purchase with PayPal or a Credit Card.  In the checkout screen please write a note that this donation is for “Fur Ball Ticket”.

You can purchase tickets in person at Stafford Animal Shelter Tuesday – Saturday noon-5pm.  You may also call and purchase tickets over the phone.

All tickets must be pre-paid to be reserved, we cannot hold seats without payment.  If you have any questions, please contact our Development Director Alicia Davis at 406-222-1313 or email:

Thank you for your support – we look forward to seeing you!

Fur Ball a Success!

EntranceStafford Animal Shelter’s 16th annual Fur Ball was a smashing success! It is truly a pleasure to say that, once again, this year raised more money than previous years. All proceeds from the event will go toward feeding and caring for animals who come to Stafford in need of our services. Of course, we could not do this without you all and would like to say a very big “Thank you” to the following people and businesses:

The tables were lined with over 70 silent auction items and packages.

The tables were lined with over 70 silent auction items and packages.

Auction Donors:
2nd Street Bistro & Murray Bar, 360 Pet Medical, A Silent Feather, Absaroka Dogsled Treks at Chico Hot Springs, Ace Hardware, Alicia Davis, Alston Chase, Andy Art, Angie Froke, April Christofferson, Astea Jewelry, At Home on the Range, B Bar Ranch, Battle Ridge Construction, Bequet Confections, Blue Slipper Theatre, Blue Winged Olive, Bodega Bakery, Bozeman Rabbit Resource, Brant Oswald Fly Fishing Services, Cabin Lil, Charles Worth, Chris Hillegass, Clair & Bingo Savon, Colin Davis & Chico Hot Springs, Crown Creations, Dan Bailey Fly Shop, Deana Albers Jewelry, Dee-o-Gee, Deer Haven Ranch, Dillon Smith Woodworking, Donna Onstott, Dr. J.P. Lavalley, Duke & Yvonne Venturino, Eclipse Salon, Edd Enders, Eli Isaly, Elk River Books, Ellichai Fine Jewelry, Eyecare Professionals, Frugal Frame Shop, Gone to the Dogs, Gray Ghost K9 Academy, Grey Muzzle Organization, Gwen Strachan, Hattie Rex, Jack Yardley, Jeannie Knox, Jed Steele-Steele Vineyards, Joanne Berghold, Know Thy Dog, Kong Co., Livingston Kite Company, Long Outfitting, Mad About Animals, Mark’s In & Out, Melanie Renee Photography, Mike & Sue Dailey, Missy Mayfield, Montana Aleworks, Montana Audubon Society, Montana Grizzly Encounter, Montana Whitewater Rafting & Zip Line Co., Murdoch’s Ranch and Home, Mustang Café, Neptune’s Brewery, Obsidian Collection, Painted Buddha, Paradise Adventure Co., Patty Bobonich, Pet Robin Company, Peter & Nikki Fox, Plonk Wine Bar, Radio Shack, Sandra Leal, Sandy Erickson, Sarah Homans Designs, StarwindMtUSA, Steve Simpson & Roxanne Haidle, Summit Aviation, Sweetwater Fly Shop and Travel Company, Tangles & Co., The Florence Furniture Co., The Murray Hotel, The Paint Factory, Inc., The Spur Line, Timber Trails, Tom Murphy Wilderness Photography Expeditions, Toque, Traci Isaly, Treat-Animal Wellness, Virginia Muldoon, Wendy Deans & Rafter D Training, West Paw Designs, Wheatgrass Saloon, Wild Horse Steel Works,, Word of Mouth Leather, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, and Yellowstone Valley Lodge.

The live auction, led by Jimbo Logan, included 14 items.

The live auction, led by Jimbo Logan, included 14 items.

Andy Art, Eve Art, Victoria Bell, Cindy Black, Maureen Byrne, Sue Dailey, Kelly Engle, Nikki Fox, Peter Fox, Angie Froke, Roxanne Haidle, Jeanne Knox, Amanda Leach, Natalie McGrath, Debbie Nelson, Vicky Regula, Kammie Roberts, and Kristin Williamson.

Special Thanks to:
Our hosts Chico Hot Springs & Day Spa, Chico’s Kitchen and Special Events staff, Colin Davis, the Art family, Auctioneer Jimbo Logan, the Hollowtops, Big Sky Photo Booth, PrintingforLess, Town & Country, Dr. Chris Kenyon and her dog Gwen, and each of our guests and auction bidders.

And an extra thanks to all of the Dutch Auction bidders who allowed us to get this:

A kitten recovering from neuter surgery in one of our new cages.

A kitten recovering from neuter surgery in one of our new cages.

The whole bank is set up and ready for kitties.

The whole bank is set up and ready for kitties.

Our next even is the Dog Days of Summer 5K on August 22nd and Bark in the Park on August 23rd. Stay tuned for more details!

Rhinestone Cowboy Fur Ball 2015 is May 15

Fur-Ball_with-photo-logoTickets are sold out for Stafford Animal Shelter’s biggest annual, and always popular fundraiser, Chico Hot Springs Resort & Day Spa’s Fur Ball on Friday, May 15th from 6-9 pm. The theme this year is “Rhinestone Cowboy” so it will be a fun one to dress up, or down, for! As the Shelter’s main annual fundraiser, Fur Ball raises money to feed homeless pets all year round.

big_sky_logo_current_5.14.12 The evening will kick off with Big Sky Photo Booth pictures, live music from the Hollowtops, and fun food and libations from Chico Hot Spring in the Big Top tent. The tent also features the popular silent auction with a wealth of generous donations from area businesses and artisan goods from 10981912_819565364781899_4829297208870474541_ntalented individuals ranging from fishing, rafting and zipline trips, fine art and jewelry, equine accessories, ceramics, restaurant meals, spa services, pet portraits and many pet services and goods.

The Hollowtops Bluegrass Band

The Hollowtops Bluegrass Band

The silent auction in the tent close at 7:30 pm (so come early and bid fiercely!) and seating in the Convention Center begins at 7 pm for a deluxe sit down dinner with wine and beer pairings. Meet Happily Adopted Alumni dogs to see who your funds help then the exciting live auction starts at 8 pm. The live auction includes deluxe items such as original art, artisan furniture, a private meeting for 2 adults with Brutus the Bear and Casey Anderson, a lavish Instant Wine Cellar from Colin Davis and Chico Hot Springs, jewelry, great vacation adventures, and more! See below for a slideshow of some of the available items.

Edd Enders Painting in Auction

Edd Enders Painting in Auction

Can’t join us or want a Live Auction item but can’t afford the auction price? Then the Luxury Raffle is for you! The winner gets their pick of ALL the auction items, you need not attend to win and your odds are good as only a hundred $50 tickets are sold. Like the event tickets, these also usually sell out before the event and will be available online or at the Shelter soon. Purchase event tickets online at right, call 406/222-1313 or email to learn more.