Beartooth Humane Alliance

Our Story
The BHA TeamMission and Values

Our Story

Founded in 2006, Beartooth Humane Alliance is the only animal welfare organization in Carbon and Stillwater counties. Our mission is to help our community help animals. From its inception, BHA has been responsive to community needs, assisting in adoptions, lost and found pets, spay/neuter and humane education.

Our work started in 2003 when an informal group of concerned community members held Carbon County’s first ever spay/neuter clinic, dubbed Operation Nip & Tuck. With the help of generous donors and more than 100 volunteers, 332 dogs and cats were spayed or neutered at no cost to their owners.

Operation Nip & Tuck continued every year through 2015 before transitioning to a by-appointment model. Since the program started more than 5,000 dogs and cats have been spayed/neutered.

Unlike other animal rescue organizations, BHA does not operate a shelter. Instead, we rely on a network of foster homes that house homeless pets until they are permanently placed.

BHA is a 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt corporation and operates entirely on donations.

I cannot say enough great things about what BHA does for animals and people in our community. You guys do an amazing job!

Rich Caporali


Meet the BHA Team

Diane Zook

Diane Zook


Jenny Still

Jenny Still

Operations Manager

Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey


Cara Kisthard

Cara Kisthard

Medical Services Coordinator

Becci Larson

Becci Larson

Animal Services Coodinator

Nikki Markle

Nikki Markle

Humane Education Coordinator

Meghan Richardson

Meghan Richardson

Community Outreach Coordinator

Board of Directors

Diane Zook, President
Linda Harris, Treasurer
Susan Bury, Secretary
Joni Bell, Director
Ed Engler, Director

Our Mission and Values

Our Mission

Beartooth Humane Alliance assists the people and animals of Carbon County and Stillwater County, Montana, by helping companion animals in need, promoting responsible animal care through education, providing solutions to dog and cat overpopulation, and serving as an animal welfare resource.

We believe…

All animals are worthy of our respect and compassion.

While in our care, each animal will be treated kindly and compassionately. All steps necessary to determine adoptability and all promotional efforts will be expedited to place an animal in a loving, caring and permanent home.

Families are deserving of a healthy and temperamentally sound animal as determined by the best of our abilities. Significant aggression or an incurable or debilitating condition may render an animal unsuitable for placement. We will humanely act to prevent further suffering to the animal or to prevent human injury.

Companion animals provide people with joy and friendship and are completely dependent on human care for the duration of their life.  All members of a household must carefully, and in full agreement, decide to adopt an animal.  Ownership carries the responsibilities of meeting the physical, emotional and social needs of the animal including food, water, exercise, shelter, safety, veterinary care and companionship.

All companion animals will be spayed or neutered upon adoption to help reduce the overwhelming pet overpopulation crisis.

Education and community support is the key to profoundly changing the fate of unwanted pets to ensure each enjoy a loving, permanent home.

We are committed to…

Upholding the public trust by being honest, competent, and consistent in our beliefs and actions.

Providing animal welfare services and humane education within our organizational means.

Providing exceptional service. We listen carefully and respond to the needs and expectations of our clients and our community. We acknowledge all supporters in a sincere and timely manner.

Providing our valuable volunteers with rewarding experiences and recognizing their contributions.