Whitefish Animal Hospital

713 E 13th St
Whitefish, MT 59937



The Mooch Fund - image courtesy of Tina Phillips and freedigitalphotos.net

In 1994, a stray black and white cat showed up at the door of Whitefish Animal Hospital with a fractured leg. Even though this small kitty had no owners to defray the costs of his treatment, the veterinarians at Whitefish Animal Hospital repaired his broken bones, gave him healthy food and a soft place to sleep, and worked on finding him a family of his own.  They even gave him a name: Mooch.

Shortly after Mooch’s stay, Whitefish Animal Hospital started The Mooch Fund to help injured stray animals. The fund helps defray the costs of medical and surgical treatment needed before they can go to loving homes. 

So far, The Mooch Fund has helped hundreds of needy and injured animals fully recover and find wonderful homes. This program is only possible through the generous support of our donors.

The Mooch Fund is a fully recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your donations are fully tax deductible. Please contact us for more information.


Meet the Mooches

Labrador Retriever, 8 weeks old
Estimated cost of services: $5000


Hope was brought to us with a persistent right aortic arch (PRAA), a developmental disorder of the heart which causes restriction of the esophagus. This restriction made it difficult for Hope to swallow food, and her growth was severely stunted. Hope’s constant regurgitation caused worries about malnutrition, but also put her at a higher risk of aspiration pneumonia .

The Mooch Fund was able to provide Hope with the open thoracic surgery that she needed to live, as well as supportive care before and after her procedure. Hope will require constant care and a special feeding protocol to help her swallow food properly. Without the generous donations from friends of The Mooch Fund, her caregivers could not have afforded this important life-saving procedure. Hope is now with a loving family - and thriving!

Coco BeansCoco Beans
Pit Bull Terrier, 10 weeks old
Estimated Cost of services: $2000

Coco Beans was left tied in a grocery bag on the doorstep of a local business. One front leg was broken in several places and the other had severely damaged ligaments, leaving her unable to walk. 

The Mooch Fund was able to provide Coco Beans with the fracture and ligamentary repair that she so desperately needed. After nearly two months with casts on both front legs, The Mooch Fund and Whitefish Animal Hospital helped Coco with daily physical rehabilitation so that she could learn how to walk again.

Coco is now with a loving family—and loves to run and play!



Domestic Medium Hair, 10 months old
Estimated cost of services: $500

Zelda came to Whitefish Animal Hospital weighing less than three pounds. She suffered with complications of kidney failure, vomiting and diarrhea, was severely dehydrated and on the verge of death.

The Mooch Fund was able to provide Zelda with the intensive care she needed to get back on track. She was hospitalized for several days and received intravenous fluids and specially prescribed nutritional therapy. She will be on a special “kidney” diet and medications for the rest of her life.