About This Website
Dedicated in loving memory of my brother, Larry, who shared our vision
of creating something to help as many shelter animals to find loving homes
as was humanly possible, and also in memory of Sadie and Nugget, our once
in a lifetime dogs.
The goal of this page is to increase adoptions of Montana pets currently held
in shelters, humane societies, and rescue groups across the state.
We strongly support spay/neutering of all non-show quality companion animals
prior to any litters.
We believe pets should go to screened homes only and be spayed/neutered prior
We applaud and support the efforts of rescue groups, breed clubs, and kennel
clubs working towards these same goals.
We oppose the sale of live animals in pet stores and applaud those who have
already opted to show only shelter pets in their stores.
We oppose purchasing purebreds from back yard breeders, puppy mills, or anyone
who breeds for any purpose other than to better the breed.
Criteria for Joining this Site
Click HERE for the complete requirements and frequently asked questions.
Ron and I began as volunteers for the Lewis & Clark Humane Society in Helena,
Montana in the fall of 1993. We started by designing and implementing software
for use in lost and found which was tremendously successful, having increased the
owner located rates on stray dogs from 25% to the 70’s% and stray cats from near
0% to approximately 13%. From there, we expanded that software to include an
animal waiting list which we also maintained daily. Next we computerized the
animal census lists into "resident lists" to be used for advertising the animals.
These were posted in seventy local businesses around town regularly. This was so
successful in increasing adoptions that we began networking with other cities and
shelters, making use of volunteers in other towns surrounding Helena, to also
post our census sheets there. As of April 1998, more than one fourth of our
adoptions were going to locations more than thirty miles from the shelter. I also
wrote the Independent Record "Pickapet" ads since their inception.
We began talking about creating a webpage for the Lewis & Clark Humane Society
several years ago. Eventually we, together with three other local people put
that plan into action. Ron and I designed, implemented, and maintained a large
portion of the webpage for ten months on a daily basis that included the Lewis
& Clark Humane Society’s total census with pictures, including follow up stories
of all pets leaving the shelter each day. We had many emails from people asking
how they could help a particular animal, thus came the Guardian Angel Program
which allowed people to sponsor the pet of their choice on the webpage with
credit given to them under the animal's picture. We were surprised at the
number of inquiries about long distance adoptions, so we reached out to the
community to help make that possible and the response was overwhelming. The
Independent Record donated the "ride needed" ads and participation from the
local travel agents helped more than twenty shelter dogs get to screened,
loving homes in other states.
From there we went on to add a link to the other Montana shelters and featured
some of their available pets on our site. This was so successful, that in ten
months time, more than three thousand people were viewing the Lewis & Clark Humane
Society webpage each month. In April of 1998, Ron and I decided that we were ready
for new challenges so we stepped down as webmasters for the Lewis & Clark Humane
Society, in order to start this page with the ultimate goal of having one page
from which people could link to all the Montana shelters and humane societies.
Our plan is to expand the same format and writing style the public has enjoyed
those ten months on the Lewis & Clark Humane Society webpage to as many of the
other Montana shelters who have requested us as time allows. It will be updated
daily in the same manner as we did before. We hope you enjoy it and welcome your
Dianne and Ron Armstrong
About the webmasters
Dianne is an RN employed full time at a local hospital.
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Ron is an Internet Specialist for the State of Montana.
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All Montana humane societies and shelters are welcome to list their animals on this site.
Click HERE to see the criteria for participation in
MT Pets on the Net.