Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter

Winter Proof Your Pets

Winter has arrived and with it comes snow, ice and freezing temperatures. The Butte Silver Bow Animal Services Department would like to remind citizens that it is important to think of your pets during this season and be sure they are kept safe and comfortable.Companion animals can be at risk from freezing temperatures and other winter hazards. When the temperature drops be sure to get your pets inside where they can be warm and out of the elements. Take them out for short bathroom breaks, but do no leave them out for extended periods of time. The low temperature exposure can lead to hypothermia and other medical problems. If the weather is cool out and the dog must be outside ensure they have a warm insulated dog house, fresh unfrozen water and additional food to help keep their body temperature up. Also, when pets come in from a walk or outside be sure and wipe paws off as they can carry toxic ice melt in and ingest it as they lick their paws clean. Furthermore, never leave a pet in the car in the cold temperatures, the car acts as a refrigerator and can be a serious risk to your pet’s health. Last, if you have an older, ill or young pet a coat may be imperative as many of these pets cannot regulate their body temperature.Winter is also a good time to bring your pets to the veterinarian for a check-up. This allows all needed vaccines to be administered and the vet can check for underlying health issues. Remember, rabies is required by BSB ordinance so be sure your pet has a current booster.We hope you and your pets all enjoy a safe and happy winter! Please contact animal services at 406-497-6525 with any questions or concerns about an animal.

The B-SB Animal Services Department is pleased to announce that Butte-Silver Bow's Rabies vaccination ordinance (6.04.170). Effective September 4, 2019 has amended the ordinance and will recognize the rabies vaccinations using the following criteria:

1. The first antirabies vaccine shall be administered when the dog or cat is 12 weeks of age;

2. All subsequent antirabies vaccinations should be administered every thirty-six months for the life of the animal;

3. Animals who have never received an antirabies vaccination or animals who have no documented history of receiving an antirabies vaccination should have anirabies administered immediately; and a second antirabies vaccines administered at twelve months thereafter; and subsequent antirabies vaccinations every thirty-six months for the life of the animal. 

If you have any questions about your pets vaccination records please consult your veterinarian. 


The Chelsea Bailey Butte-Silver Bow Animal Shelter is a non-profit, county-supported facility. We are primarily open for adoptions, education and Animal Control pick-ups. We are taking owner surrenders on a case-by-case basis. Please call ahead before bringing in animals as space is limited.

We are here to educate the public about the importance of spaying and neutering, proper animal care and the responsibility of pet ownership.

Thank you from our Shelter Staff and all our wonderful animals!

Cat of the Week

Description:  Domestic Short Hair 

 Male Neutered 

4 Year old

Fun Loving talkative guy with a crooked tail!

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