Our staff of eight full-time and part-time employees work hard every day because they love what they do and want to make a difference for people and animals in our midst.

It is often a thankless job, but the fulfillment that comes from saving lives, completing families, enabling happy reunions and giving animals love is irreplaceable!

If you would like to join our team, feel free to stop by, say hello and drop off a resume.  We might contact you when needs arise!

This is who we are:


RAEVA, Shelter Manager

Raeva was born in Casper, Wyoming. As a teenager she volunteered at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter and had always wanted to be part of the team here. Now that she is, Raeva is very proud to play a small part in helping all these deserving critters find their forever homes.


DREW, Cat Caregiver

Drew began working in animal care at 15 years old as a volunteer for the Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. After moving to Minnesota, he found work with a company providing humane residential wildlife removal in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He started at MVAS in June 2011 after moving to Montana to pursue a slightly quieter life near family and has been with us ever since.


LESLIE, Office Assistant

Leslie is a member of the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, so the Mission Valley is where she calls home. Together, her husband and herself are raising three beautiful children and three adopted fur babies. Working at MVAS and helping our four-legged friends is the most rewarding job Leslie has ever had!


KALISTA, Weekend Kennel Attendant 

Kalista has called the Mission Valley her home all her life. And as thankful as she is to be here, she is even more thankful to be a part of Mission Valley Animal Shelter. Kalista has loved animals of all types since she was little. Her dream came true the moment she became a member of the MVAS team.  She has always had pets of her own that she spoils like her own kids, so why not do the same for the shelter animals before they are able to go to their forever homes! 


YSABELLE, Social Media coordinator 

Ysabelle was born and raised on the flathead Indian reservation, while also being a member of the Salish and Kootenai tribe. She’s a single mom that spends most of her days with her son and her three dogs, Zeus, Mickey, and Lea, she enjoys most of her time taking her dogs on drives or long walks in the mountains or just even hanging out in the yard to do some quick training. Ysabelle has been working with dogs ever since she can remember, it has gone down to saving animals from off the street and taking them in as her own to adopting from LSAR.  She’s excited to be working with the Mission Valley Animal Shelter and given the opportunity to be doing something that she loves!