Stafford Ski Day @ B Bar Ranch Jan 14th 2017!

bbar-ranch-ski-trailLocated in the beautiful Tom Miner Basin in Emigrant, The B Bar Ranch is graciously hosting a Cross Country Skiing day to benefit Stafford Animal Shelter. Join us Saturday, January 14th, 2017 to ski on some of their 20 km of groomed trails. They have both classic and skate skiing covering varied terrain, something for every level of skier (even telemark skiers can find a couple of sweet spots for cutting turns). Cost is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children
under 12 (6 and under are free). Price includes skiing and lunch (soup, sandwiches & cookies – vegetarian options available). Skiing is from 9-4 with lunch served from 11:30 to 1:30 in
their Nordic ten
t. 100% of the admission is donated to Stafford Animal Shelter! Please bring yourbbar-ranch-skiiing own skis. If you don’t have them you can rent from our local, shelter supporting shop in Livingston – Timber Trails 406-222-9550. Northern Lights & Bangtail Sports
in Bozeman also rent skis. Please RSVP to B Bar Ranch at 406-848-7729 so we can plan ahead. They will provide you directions to the ranch at 818 Tom Miner Creek Rd. Emigrant, MT. B Bar Ranch
We look forward to you joining us for a fun day to help raise lots of money
for the animals! (sorry folks, we all love dogs, but please leave your dogs at home for this event)b-bar-ski-day-poster

Gracie

Hi there!
I came into Stafford Animal Shelter last January to find a dog to help me with a disability. After looking at a couple of dogs, Gracie walked through the door and has been perfect ever since. She is the sweetest, best-behaved dog I have ever met, and she’s even gone to class with me and met my horse. Thank you so much for bringing us together, she has helped me get through illnesses and injuries, and I would not be doing as well without her. I’ve attached some photos of her in her new life :)
Also, she was brought into the shelter with her mom/daughter, Allie (not sure which she as but they were a pair), a brown and white Aussie/Border collie, and was adopted out before I came to the shelter. If her new family doesn’t work out in the future or she gets back to you for any reason, please let me know because I would love to adopt her too!
Thank you again, this dog is the best.
Katie Steinjann

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Submitted by: Katie

“Santa Paws” Photos

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Join us for our fundraiser “Santa Paws”!  Pets & people welcome to take photos with Santa. Stafford Animal Shelter will be at the Western Sustainable Exchange Holiday Farmer’s Market with their “Santa Paws” Fundraiser! Located at the Livingston Civic Center on December 3rd from 9:00am-3:00pm. We will be taking pictures with Santa. Everyone is welcome to come and have their picture taken, even pets! We have lots & lots of costumes and photo props to choose from too. Photos are $10 and we email you the shots so you can print them yourself for Christmas cards, personalized gifts, etc…You’ll have plenty of time to have them delivered before the holidays. 100% of the money is donated to homeless pets that we help at our shelter. Hope to see you there!

Sweet Roger Rabbit

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After losing my last rabbit, I wasn’t sure if I would want another one because of how attached I get and the life span of rabbits. Today I picked up Roger, funny ears and all. Right away he nestled into my neck and began making happy rabbit noises. Now he’s home and already part of our family. He’s settling into his indoor, two story, freshly carpeted hutch and already looks very content. Thank you so very much. This little guy is so sweet.

Submitted by: Angela

Cesar Milan Meets “Montana” Gang!

Bozeman, MT – March 6th, 2016

cesar collageWhen we found out that world renowned dog trainer and TV personality Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer” was coming to Bozeman we were excited at the chance to hear him speak. Cesar is famous for taking the most hard to place dogs and rehabilitating them.  He is especially drawn to misunderstood “bully breeds” like Pit Bulls and Rottweilers and works with them at his Dog Psychology Center in California.

 

Our Development Director, Alicia Davis,  took a long shot and emailed his company asking them to come visit Stafford when they were in the area and help us with our long term stay a Pit Bull named Montana.

 

Assuming he receives thousands of emails a day from people asking him to help,  it was no surprise we didn’t receive a response. That is until Alicia opened her email the day before the show and was pleasantly surprised to find a response from Cesar’s assistant dog trainer. They would not be able to visit the shelter,  but they did invite us to the show and asked us to speak about our shelter and highlight some of our adoptable dogs.  We were thrilled for the opportunity and quickly put together staff, volunteers and suitable dogs for the show the next day.   We all got to meet with Cesar before the show and introduce him to the dogs and talk about Stafford.  He was very interested in our Rez Dog Program, our high placement numbers for dogs in our community and he suggested that we help him transport eligible dogs from overcrowded kill shelters in California and rehome them in Montana.  He also had his crew send us information on recruitment for Search and Rescue dogs in California as they are looking for sporting dogs and working dogs that we tend to have in Montana (ex. Border Collies, Australian Shepherds, Retrievers etc..) Caesar is an outspoken advocate for “Don’t Shop, Adopt” and was very supportive of our work and spoke about it before he introduced us on stage.  He demonstrated corrections on our dogs for exuberant puppies, hyper active adolescents, overexcited walkers who pull on the leash, food snatchers, toy obsessed dogs and those with a strong prey drive.

 

The highlight of the evening came when he met Montana.   Montana’s handler brought her out onstage with Cesar’s Pomeranian named Benson. Montana could not focus on anything but going after Benson’s fluffy little tail.  The front clip leash and gentle leader were not working well and Montana was very anxious and pulling to reach the small dog.   Cesar then had his turn at our girl. With a very simple leash technique and his calm and assertive energy, he had her sittcesar collage 2ing and lying down as the Pomeranian pranced in front of her.  She was content. For those of us that know Montana, it was a true joy to watch and it inspired hope.  Hope that in the hands of the proper owner,  she will make for a happy and healthy pet.  Our experience with Cesar and his crew was one we will not soon forget.

 

(Montana is our longest term stay at the shelter.  She was found at Alberstons as a stray and has been with us since Dec 2015.  She is a 4 year old American Pit Bull Terrier who adores people and attention,  but is not fond of other dogs or cats. She is one of the staff favorites and can often be seen in the office hanging out, playing ball in the yard or pulling our volunteers on a scooter. Come meet her today!)

 

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