The Florence Dedman Foundation and Animal Shelter

Dedman Foundation of Fort Benton
2400 High Street - Box 1282
Fort Benton, MT 59442


Before Florence Dedman passed away, she made a wish that an animal shelter be established in Fort Benton, Montana. It would exist to help the abandoned, abused, and neglected animals of this area and to give them a second chance at life and human companionship. At Florence’s bequest, a no-kill animal shelter was established in 1993 and has been in operation since then. Florence didn’t expect the small refuge to “last forever”, but wanted the shelter to “last as long as it can." We think she would be happy to know her wishes are still being honored today, and a shelter, bearing her name, is serving the animals in need throughout our community.

In any given year, over two hundred animals pass through the doors of our facility. They come from Chouteau County, and across the 15,000 square miles of north central Montana. Our animals are uprooted through families moving, death, surrender and abandonment. Each incoming animal is given necessary medical care, vaccinations, and spaying or neutering. We work to ensure each animal leaves our shelter healthy, and transitions smoothly into a permanent home. We collaborate with local police and sheriff departments to rescue as many animals as possible. In the summer of 2015 we hosted a spay/neuter clinic and sterilized 116 cats and 33 dogs from throughout the area. Nearly half of the 116 cats were feral.

Florence saw the need and provided a way, effectively leaving it up to us and others to continue this needed service. It is only with generosity and kindness of heart that this journey is able to continue. The Florence Dedman Animal Shelter operates entirely on donations, gifts, grants, adoption fees and our “Trip of the Month” ticket sales. Depending on the number of residents and if space is available, we also offer animal boarding. We employ one full time Director/Manager, in addition to a couple others willing to help with the daily chores. We are a 501(c3) and our board of directors are volunteers from throughout the area. We utilize student and community volunteers for dog walks, kennel cleaning, fundraising, landscape and building maintenance, or to simply love on the animals.

Leaving Town and Need a Place for Your Pet to Stay?

The Florence Dedman Animal Shelter also offers boarding for your pets. Please call for more details. 406-622-5657