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Florence Dedman

Florence Dedman had a vision of an animal rescue in Fort Benton, MT. She wanted the rescue to exist to help the abandoned, abused, and neglected animals of this area, giving them a second chance at a wonderful life with human companionship. At Florence's bequest, a no kill animal rescue was established in 1993 and has been in operation since. Florence didn't expect the small refuge to "last forever", but wanted the rescue to "last as long as it can". We like to think she would be thrilled with the way the rescue (which bears her name) is going, becoming well known throughout the state and still serving animals in need throughout the area.

Florence saw a need and provided a way, effectively leaving it up to us and others to continue this service. It is only with the generosity and kindness of heart that this journey is possible and has been able to grow into the wonderful place that it is today. We operate entirely on donations, gifts, grants, adoption fees and fundraisers. We employ one full time manager, one full time employee, and one part time employee along with many wonderful volunteers. We are a 501(c3) and our board of directors are volunteers throughout the area. 

We encourage you to consider us when looking for your next furry family member.

Dedman Animal Shelter

1410 24TH Street

Fort Benton, MT 59442

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