Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter


Our Working Cat Program 

Our Working Cat Program is designed to create a mutually beneficial partnership for at-risk cats and humans needing rodent control.  At-risk cats may include feral or semi-feral cats, house-soiling cats, etc.  Please note that the Butte Silver Bow Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter does not adopt out cats as working cats if they are suitable to be household companions.

While we commonly refer to these at-risk cats as “working cats” or “barn cats”, we don’t limit our adoptions to just barns!  Our working cats are ideal residents for all kinds of locations such as barns, stables, warehouses, shops, arenas, breweries, garden centers, chicken runs, etc.  While they may not make ideal house cats, they can make for great mousers!  

Adoption and Care

All working cats are fully vetted, including being spayed or neutered, and vaccinated.

Individuals interested in adopting working cats must be able to provide the following:

  • Shelter in a barn, garage, outbuilding, etc. 
  • Daily food and water (cats cannot survive on mice alone).
  • Long term veterinary care.
  • A secure place to keep the cat(s) confined for the first two weeks while they acclimate to their new home. The Shelter can offer adopters a large kennel for this transitional period if needed.  

There are no adoption fees for working cats, but donations are always appreciated to help cover the cats’ veterinary care, including sterilization and vaccinations.

If you would like to adopt a working cat call the Shelter at 406-497-6528 for an application. 

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!



Tegan is a 2 year old lab cross. She is spayed,  gets along with dogs but can be a little picky about the female dogs she hangs out with, she loves kids and has a happy disposition.  To meet Tegan  please call the Animal Shelter at 406-497-6528. The Animal Shelter is open by appointment Tuesday-Saturday 1-4 pm

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