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Humane Society lends a hand to shelter in Dillon

Posted at 9:00 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 23:01:05-05

Earlier on Tuesday the Humane Society of Western Montana got a truckload of new cats to take care of.

They came from the shelter in Dillon, that was overrun with animals. In total the Humane Society of Western Montana brought back 19 cats from Dillon.

Executive Director Marta Pierpoint says it keeps in contact with other shelters, because it can provide extensive care.

"We have capacity medically and behaviorally that some shelters don't have," said Pierpoint.

These 19 cats were staying at the Beaverhead Animal Shelter for an extended period of time. A couple weeks ago, Pierpoint visited Dillon, to vaccinate, microchip, and examine about 80 cats.

"The situation started a long time ago," said Pierpoint. "It's a circumstance of institutional hoarding, where the shelter just became overrun at a certain point."

Last May, BAS changed leadership. But before that, it was overrun with hundreds of animals.

It reached out to ASPCA and the Humane Society in Missoula to help care for the cats that still need homes.