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Helena, Montana is the state capital and a city represented by its stunning Victorian architecture. Founded as a gold camp in 1864, today Helena is the 6th largest city in Montana. After experiencing a wealth boom in the late 1800s, Helena was home to the most millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the world. Home to outdoor enthusiasts and dog lovers alike, Helena has one dedicated animal shelter and several others in nearby cities:

Lewis & Clark Humane Society is a dedicated adoption center located in the heart of Helena. A non-profit organization working to end pet overpopulation and improve the humane treatment of our furry friends, Lewis & Clark also offers public outreach and education classes, and protection for citizens worried about the welfare of their pets. The facility was founded in 1964 as a solution to the growing lost and abandoned pet problem Helena was facing. Today they serve a population of around 70,000 in southwestern Montana. 

Located about an hour from Helena in Ovando, MT, Rolling Dog Ranch Animal Sanctuary rescues, shelters, and re-homes disabled animals. Founded in 2000, Rolling Dog caters to blind dogs, horses, and other animals with disabilities. While many of the animals remain living on the ranch, the Sanctuary does get healthy animals that are available for adoption. 
Located an hour from Helena in Butte, MT, the Chelsea Bailey Butte Silver Bow Animal Shelter is run by a compassionate team of individuals dedicated to giving abandoned, abused, or neglected pets a second chance at life. Before finding them a fur-ever home, the shelter provides any necessary medical care and the care and training needed to make a successful transition from the shelter. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Helena

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    #1 Great Northern Carousel

    A Helena staple, the Great Northern Carousel is a pawtastic way for your pup to spend an afternoon soaking up all Helena has to offer! A dog-friendly eatery serving ice cream, dog owners and their four-legged friends will be entertained by the world-class carousel as they enjoy a scoop or two of the best ice cream in town.
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    #2 Braver Than You Believe 5K

    The annual Braver Than You Believe 5K takes place in Helena in January, otherwise known as National Winnie the Pooh Day! In celebration of everyone's favorite bear, the race will benefit the Foundation for Puerto Rico and victims of Hurricane Maria. The unique race allows runners - or walkers - to choose their own course, meaning you can bring your four-legged friend along for the ride!
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    #3 Helena Outdoor Club: Show & Go

    Every Thursday the Helena Outdoor Club hosts a free hike from the Ben Franklin parking lot - rain, snow or shine! The group meets at 9:00 am and usually returns by mid-afternoon. Visitors and first-timers are encouraged, and the group welcomes well-behaved dogs. This is a great opportunity to get out and explore some of what Helena's mountains have to offer alongside other like-minded dog lovers and outdoor enthusiasts!
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    #4 Ten Mile Creek Brewing Company

    Every Thursday, local Helena microbrewery Ten Mile Creek Brewing Company hosts live music - a great excuse to get out and mingle with other craft beer lovers! The dog-friendly brewery hosts numerous events throughout the month, so be sure and check their website for upcoming shows and other fun events for you and your furry friend. Because really, what is better than brews and barks?
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    #5 Board Games and Beers

    Mark your calendars for a fun afternoon of board games and beers at Helena's Blackfoot River Brewing Company! The event takes place in January at 1:00 pm and welcomes everyone - including Fido. Everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite board game and to mingle with new friends and join in on their games!
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