By Beartooth Humane Society Staff

When Red Lodge resident Charla Carter’s beloved dog passed away in September she was at a loss. Little Yoolie, a terrier mix, was there by her side or waiting for her to arrive home for almost 15 years, and her cat, which was 20, passed in August. Her house was empty, and Carter admits she was lonely.

“I live alone, and I needed someone around,” she said.

Carter knew she would adopt another dog eventually, but she wasn’t quite ready, so she reached out to Beartooth Humane Alliance (BHA) and offered to be a foster. She has a fenced yard and a dog door, and plenty of attention she could provide. It wasn’t long before a temporary placement happened – a border collie who was in transition on his way to his forever home. The dog fit right in.

“It was really nice to have an animal in the house again,” Carter said.

After five days the dog went on to his forever home. It was bittersweet, but Carter was grateful she could help him along the way.

Carter is part of a network of BHA fosters who provide a temporary home for adoptable cats and dogs as they wait for their forever homes. Sometimes, it’s a few days, like in Carter’s experience, and sometimes it can take longer. BHA provides everything needed for the pet while in foster care as well as a modest daily stipend.

“All I needed to do was provide a place and a little love,” Carter said. “It was super simple, and I was happy to help.”

BHA is in need of foster homes for adult dogs and cats. If you can open your home and your heart to a pet in transition please contact BHA at 406-446-3500, or email

BHA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that assists the people and animals of Carbon and Stillwater Counties, Montana, by helping companion animals in need, promoting responsible animal care through education, providing solutions to dog and cat overpopulation, and serving as an animal welfare resource. For program details and to see all adoptable dogs and cats visit