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Community Outreach

At BFVC, we value being a part of our community. As a small, locally-owned business giving back to our community is a part of our core values. We like to share what we are doing in the community and how you can get involved!

Bitter Root Land Trust 

In 2021 Burnt Fork Veterinary Clinic comitted to donating $10,000 to the "Keep It Bitterroot" Campaign.  We value this organizations dedication to conserving the beauty of our home. 

Since 1996, Bitter Root Land Trust has been working to protect an extraordinary rural landscape in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. These important open lands that make this region so special are farms and ranches that feed our families with fresh produce and beef, forests providing firewood and wildlife habitat, and endless recreational opportunities – inviting outdoor adventures and connecting generations, young and old, to the land.

The Keep it Bitterroot Campaign is aiming to conserve 10,000 additional acres in the next 5 years, the need and opportunity for conservation is growing faster than our capacity to meet demand. You can give here!

Bitter Root Humane Association

In 2019-2020 Burnt Fork Veterinary Clinic donated $10,000 to the Bitter Root Humane Association's new building in Hamilton. They provide caring, compassionate shelter and enrichment for homeless companion animals, find loving lifelong homes, reunite pets and owners, promote population control and advocate for all animals. They have no time limits to finding the perfect home for their “guests” and in 2018 their adoption/reunite rate was 93.9%.

The shelter is dated and needs rennovation badly!. By 2020, they have raised 70% of the cost, now need to raise another $1,000,000 to fully fund the new building without debt.

The new shelter will include:

  • Spacious dog kennels with variable house & adjoining outdoor play areas
  • Flexible cat living areas, with outdoor porches
  • Safer and larger working spaces
  • Living spaces conducive to more natural habitat
  • Less noise leading to less stress
  • Specialized air control systems for comfort and disease control
  • An expanded Meet & Greet area and larger dog exercise areas
  • Separate intake areas with enhanced medical and behavioral assessment capabilities
  • A new Community Education room

And much, much more!

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Sapphire Early Learning Center

The Sapphire Early Learning Center will be housed and run by the Stevensville United Methodist Church and will provide safe, year-round care for children ages 0-12 years including preschool and after school programming, employment opportunities for 10-20 people, and an improved, tech-enriched gathering space for community partners such as school, WIC, scouts, Red Cross Blood Drives, and small businesses needing a large meeting area. Construction began in September 2020 and the Learning Center is slotted to open Spring of 2021.

Dr. Kauffman, a parent herself and employer of several working parents, understands our valley's dire need for more daycare and schooling opportunities especially for children under kindergarten age. In 2020 BFVC donated $5000 to this project.

Questions about the program or how to support this project can be emailed  [email protected] subject "SELC" or call 406-777-5443.

Pollinator Garden

in 2020-2021 we and our staff member, Maggie Hirschauer, have been working on a Pollinator garden to the south of our building near our mailbox to support the bees and monarchs and other happy creatures with native plants.  Maggie Hirschauer secured a grant with the Bitterroot Conservation District to complete some of the work. You can support them here

Please enjoy a walk through our Pollinator Garden and smell the flowers!

Ravalli County 4H, Missoula County 4H, and FFA Chapters

Yearly, BFVC sponsors prizes at both county fairs in addition to always purchasing an animal or two at the Ravalli County Fair. We also give yearly to the local FFA Chapters and the Montana State FFA Foundation. We value these organizations and the students that participate! 

If you are able, consider purchasing an animal at the Missoula County Fair or Ravalli County Fair, volunteer as a judge for an FFA competition, or lend your financial support to one of their many acitivies!

BFVC is proud to report that so far in 2020 we have given about $5000 to these various organiztions!

Ravalli County 4-H

Missoula County 4-H

Montana FFA Foundation

We also support several national and international veterinary educational, research, and outreach programs Including Kansas State University, Washington State University, and Christian Veterinary Mission. 

BFVC believes it is important to support those leading research, education, and outreach in our industry. 

When a pet crosses the rainbow bridge at BFVC we donate to either Kansas State University or Christian Veterinary Mission in their name. We believe this is a wonderful way to commemorate your pet's life and keep their memory alive. 

Additionaly, $1 from every Rabies vaccine given at BFVC goes to Washington State University's Rabies Free program that works in Africa to eliminate Rabies deaths in humans. We think this important work deserves our support and is a great way to pass on your pet's vaccine compliance. 

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