The Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force

Spay & Neuter
Task Force

Task Force Director

Mimi Beadles named

Citizen of the Year

at the annual 

Whitefish Awards Banquet 

sponsored by the

Flathead Beacon

Congratulations, Mimi!

Through your efforts the Task Force has made a profoundly positive difference in the lives of companion animals.

Excerpt from the WHITEFISH PILOT, May 5, 2014


Citizen of the Year:

The Citizen of the Year award was given to Mimi Beadles, founder of the Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force.

“A decade ago, Mimi had a dream to make spay and neuter surgeries so affordable that it would dramatically reduce the number of dogs and cats euthanized at the county shelter every year,” said Flathead Beacon publisher Lance Fahrney, who presented the award.

Since she founded the Task Force a decade ago, more than 27,000 dogs and cats have been altered, and the euthanasia rate at the county shelter has dropped from 50 percent to less than 5 percent.


“With Mimi, it’s not just about helping dogs and cats, it’s also about assisting low-income people in our community who want to be responsible pet owners, but can’t afford the surgery,” Fahrney said. “The stories of gratitude from many of these pet-owners bring tears.”

“It is hard to imagine anyone who enriched more lives — both human and animal — than Mimi Beadles.”

Beadles called her work a “labor of love.”


“This has been such a rewarding organization to be a part of,” she said in accepting the award.