The BFF Project
A Building For Our Friends
To save the hungry, the helpless, the lost, and the little ones just struggling to survive; to house and feed as many animals as possible and to ease the suffering of the weak and unloved.
At AniMeals No Kill Adoption Center we care for many special needs cats, considered to be unadoptable due to physical disabilities, behavioral issues, emotional distress and the aged. We offer sanctuary for the blind, those with serious injuries, neurological disorders, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, and Feline Leukemia while actively seeking permanent loving homes.
Rescue is a big part of what we do; whether it is a case of hoarding, abandonment or death of a guardian; when an innocent life hangs in the balance we respond.
We also provide assistance to home bound & disabled individuals, families in crisis and 71 rescues and shelters through our animal food bank.
We currently reside in a 50 year old outdated wine warehouse which is up for sale (we could lose our lease at any moment) with concrete floors, no windows, no cooling or air exchange systems on an obscure street in an industrial division of Missoula. We have no isolation/observation/quarantine/receiving room for animals coming into the shelter. Our 10 day quarantine period is done in the kitchen which doubles as our Intensive Care Unit, intake room, food preparation area, shelter food storage, and grooming facility. With no ventilation this area is a potential breeding ground for bacteria and air borne viruses which could possibly infect the entire population of the shelter. We have tapped into the toilet line to install a washing machine in the hallway. Our cat housing consists of 10x10x6 foot dog kennels that we have topped with deer wire. We also house kittens in ferret cages due to lack of space. Opportunities for community engagement/education are lost because we have no place to meet or sit down.
The Impact of a New Shelter/Food Bank
With an improved facility, and a high visibility location, adoptions are expected to increase by 40% which would allow us to save more lives by making room for more at-risk animals. Designated isolation and intake areas as well as proper ventilation will prevent the spread of infectious diseases. A complete medical suite where we could host low cost spay/neuter clinics would create a much needed additional resource for our community.
Our resident cats would benefit both emotionally and physically by having access to natural light, fresh air and stimulation on outdoor “catios”. A Climate controlled food bank would allow us indoor storage where our food stores would not be subject to the weather.
A Conference room/Orientation/Community Engagement/Education/Classroom is essential for training purposes and community outreach, teaching responsible companion animal guardianship, TNR, Kids Camp, and Volunteer workshops. We believe that an informed community is an engaged community.
A new facility will meet the needs of the animals, staff, volunteers and visitors allowing us to provide improved services to the community and help further our lifesaving mission for homeless pets in Missoula and the surrounding counties. Our goal is not to increase the capacity of the shelter, but to increase our adoptions and efficiency.
We will need the support of our entire community to assist us in this endeavor. Gifts both large and small are essential in order for us to accomplish this. Please consider making a tax deductible donation today by mailing a check to AniMeals at 1700 Rankin Street, Missoula, MT 59808. (Make sure to put “The BFF Project” in the memo line)
If you are in a position to either help us by donating funds or property that is centrally located in Missoula please contact AniMeals at 721.4710. We need to take action now before the threat of losing our lease becomes a reality. Your contribution would mean the world to us and the animals we serve. Together we can make our corner of the world a better place.
We rescue. We feed. We Heal.