125 County Shop Road, P.O. Box 1454, Libby, MT 59923
406-293-5735 (kpfl) - kootenaipetsforlife@yahoo.com


To see the pets available for adoption, click here


Adoption Applications

1. Print the 2 pages of the application you want (dog or cat)

2. Fill in the application

3. Scan it and email it back to Kootenai Pets for Life - kootenaipetsforlife@yahoo.com

or bring it to the Shelter or mail it to the Shelter

Cat Adoption Form, page 1

Cat Adoption Form, page 2

Dog Adoption Form, page 1

Dog Adoption Form, page 2

Annual Letter from Our President can be found here

Thank you for supporting KPFL in our fund raising ventures.
We appreciate your support!


Cat Talk: A Guide to Cat Body Language

While cats may seem mysterious to some, to others, understanding a cat is simply a matter of paying attention, watching the cat’s body language and responding accordingly. Cats use a variety of ways to communicate their feelings, needs and desires.

How Cats Use Their Tails to Communicate

Watching the position of a cat’s tail is a great way to decipher how a cat is feeling. Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and Cat Fancy’s behaviorist, shares what different tail positions mean in cat body language.

• Tail up – This is a happy, cheerful cat who is most likely approachable.

• Tail down – This may indicate a cat who is scared or threatened.

• Tail moving rapidly back and forth – A cat’s wagging tail isn’t the same as a dog’s happy tail wagging gesture. “A fast-thumping tail is a good indicator that a cat is agitated and should be left alone,” Krieger says.

• Tail moving slowly back and forth  – If a cat is trying to decipher the situation, he may move his tail back and forth slowly as he makes up his mind about how he feels.

• Halloween-cat tail – Yes, cats with Halloween-cat tails are scary! Krieger explains that a cat in this stance is not in a good mood and is trying to appear larger and scarier than he is.

How Cats Use Their Ears to Communicate

Another good way to gauge your cat’s mood is to pay attention to the position of your cat’s ears.  The Humane Society of the United States shares tips for deciphering your cat’s ear positions.

• Ears forward – A cat with ears slightly forward is likely feeling content or even playful.

• Ears straight up – When a cat is alert, his ears are likely standing at attention as well.

• Ears turned back – Watch out for this kitty! He might feel irritated over stimulated, so it’s probably a good idea to leave him alone.

• Ears turned sideways or back – This cat is feeling nervous or anxious about something. Use caution around a cat whose ears are in this position.

• Ears back and flat against head – This is a sure sign a cat is scared and feeling defensive.  Ears flat against the head may also indicate an angry or aggressive cat. Either way, ears against the head means don’t mess with this guy!

How Cats Use Their Eyes to Communicate

Not only are they beautiful and mesmerizing but a cat’s eyes can offer all kinds of clues about how he’s feeling about the world around him.

• Dilated pupils – Cat behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett says a cat’s pupils may dilate when a cat is surprised, scared or stimulated.

• Constricted pupils – Johnson-Bennett warns that constricted pupils might mean your cat is tense or possibly feeling aggressive. “Of course, available light must be taken into consideration,” she says. (Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat, Not a Sour Puss)

• Stare – In her book, The Cat Bible, pet expert Tracie Hotchner explains that a stare down is likely a challenge from your cat.

• Slow Blinking – On the flip side, says Hotchner, slow blinking is the opposite of the stare. This indicates your cat feels safe, comfortable and trusts you.

• Half Closed – Hotchner says that droopy lids indicate a relaxed and trusting kitty.

Often a cat will use several forms of body language to display his feelings. Take time to understand your cat’s various ways of communicating and you’ll be able to better decipher his moods and needs.


Did You Know:

You can take items to the following businesses and tell them you want the funds to go to KPFL:

Boutique Brielle, a Consignment Store (in the old Shoes and Socks building), 308 Mineral Ave.

Vintage Collectible Treasures, 521 Mineral Avenue.

Kootenai Disposal, 2049 US Highway 2


Spay & Neuter - We began our spay/neuter program in 2002. As of April 2018 we have facilitated the spay or neuter of 8,074 pets.


If you are unable to do this, KPFL, with some financial assistance from the County is actively offering a spay/neuter program. If you need help to spay or neuter your pet call 293-kpfl(5735).



Ferel Cat Program - We have a feral cat program that has been funded by the Sands Foundation grant. An appointment can be made to bring in a feral cat for spay or neuter and vaccinations. The cat's ear will be clipped and the cat will be released back to the same area. Since 2011 through this program we have spayed or neutered over 745 feral or stray cats. For more details on this program call 293-kpfl(5735)

Last Updated 3/17/19

An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing 2 litters per year, with only 2.8 surviving kittens per litter can total:

1 year - 12
2 years - 67
3 years - 376
4 years - 2,107
5 years - 11,801
6 years - 66,088
7 years - 370,092
8 years - 2,072,514
9 years - 11,606,077

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Next Meeting

he next meeting will be Monday, May 13, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the Lincoln County Campus - Flathead Valley Community College.

Everyone is welcome to come to our meetings and join in or just to see what we do.

If you have questions or need directions please e-mail.

Kootenai Pets for Life

KPFL Microchipping Program - To make an appointment to have your pet microchipped call 293-5735(kpfl). The microchipping program was begun in February 2012 and over 744 pets have been microchipped.

The charge is $15 if you have a pet that was adopted from KPFL at an earlier date. For $35 anyone with a pet can make an appointment and bring their pet in for microchipping. If you are adopting a pet from KPFL it will have already been microchipped.

Pets Available
for Adoption

NEW Shelter Hours:

Sunday - 11 to 2

Monday - 10 to 12:30

Tuesday - Closed

Wednesday - 10 to 12:30

Thursday - Closed

Friday - 10 to 12:30

Saturday - 10 to 12:30

We are closed on Tuesday for prescheduled Spay/Neuter appointments. On Thursday we try to catch up with our cleaning and paperwork.

If these hours don't work for you - call for an appointment at 406-293-kpfl(5735)

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers can work with the pets socializing, walking, feeding, cleaning, and grooming. We also need office workers to handle phone messages and simple office work.

Individuals, groups, families - anyone can volunteer.

You can find the volunteer application here. Print it, fill it out and bring it in to the Shelter. We'd love to have you join our dedicated workers.


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Instead of going to Amazon.com go to https://smile.amazon.com You'll find the exact same prices, selection and convenience of shopping at Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Kootenai Pets for Life.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization (Kootenai Pets for Life) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon remembers your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.



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Look for the graphic on the left and click on Donate.

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Our adoption fees are $35 for a cat and $75 for a dog. Every pet that leaves our Shelter is up to date on vaccinations, has had a rabies shot and has been spayed or neutered.

Kootenai Pets for Life encourages everyone to take their pets to their veterinarian and have them spayed or neutered and to keep their vaccinations up to date. If you are unable to do this, KPFL, with some financial assistance from the County is actively offering a spay/neuter program. If you need help to spay or neuitere you pet call 293-kpfl(5735) during our open hours. You will find a schedule of our fees here.