Ranch provides loving home for animals in need

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All Mosta Ranch Montana is a nonprofit livestock rescue adoption and educational center in Marion whose mission is to provide a sustainable quality of life for abused, displaced, neglected or unwanted farm animals.

The ranch runs on a tight budget. Its priorities are hay, grain and veterinary care, and it welcomes all donations of these. The ranch also has ongoing monthly and general operating costs, including a part-time employee.

After the hay that has been donated is depleted, the ranch purchases additional hay to fulfill its needs. It also receives calls from people needing hay for their own livestock.

The ranch does not receive any government grants, relief or subsidies. It does hear regular requests from people who want to sell or give away their livestock and asking the ranch to take animals in, many who have special veterinary, farrier or senior care needs.

All Mosta Ranch describes its mission as protecting animals from cruelty, displacement, suffering and inhumane treatment. The ranch also seeks to enrich the lives of children and adults of all abilities through its animals. As of Nov. 1, it has had 726 individuals visit the ranch.

The ranchís newsletter states ďAnimals teach us to have more patience with life and to enjoy the simple things. The AMR is a physical manifestation of our dream: save them, feed them, love them, share them and provide all that they need.Ē

The ranch owners are happy to share their budget plan with anyone who inquires.

For more information, visit allmostaranch.org. The mailing address is P.O. Box 937, 630 Lower Lost Prairie Road, Marion, MT 59925 or call 406-270-7513.

Thanks to the Montana History Foundation, and donors and volunteers at the Heritage Museum in Libby, the final installation work on a new outdoor-sign project is complete. A $5,000 grant for the project was awarded by the foundation in spring 2017.

Over time, most of the Heritage Museumís outdoor signs had severely deteriorated or no longer existed. The foundationís grant enabled the volunteers to research, order and install 111 new small historical-artifact or building signs and three large, weather-resistant historical-interpretative signs that will last for many years.

Each interpretative sign for the areas of agriculture, lumber and mining contains related historical photographs, descriptions of events and a timeline for the Libby area.

Based in Helena, the Montana History Foundation provides funding for history and preservation projects across the state in its mission to save the stateís rich cultural heritage and historic resources.

The Heritage Museum gave special thanks to Baumbach Signs of Kalispell, Montana Machine and Fabrication, Ace Hardware and Big Sky Lumber, as well as Fastsigns of Whitefish and Signs Now of Kalispell.

The museumís 41st opening-day celebration will be June 1.

We appreciate everyone who either called, emailed or wrote the Daily Inter Lake in 2018 to share your stories of good news. Year in and year out, we hear, loud and clear, just how wonderful the people of the Flathead Valley are and begin 2019 confident that where there is a need, there will be a helping hand.

Happy New Year!

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