BUTTE, Mont. — A Butte business owner hopes a few of their customers might meet their new best friend over a drink -- and she’s not talking about meeting a person at a bar. Headframe Spirits owner Courtney McKee is talking about liquor bottles that feature shelter dogs.
The dogs’ pictures and short biographies appear on the Orphan Girl Bourbon Creme Liqueur. It’s one more avenue to help them find their forever home.
Highlands Veterinary Hospital helped with the “orphan dog” labels, and Headframe Spirits unveiled the bottles Wednesday. The tasting room also showcases portraits of shelter dogs by Alycia Holland Photography. The business provided the photos for the labels.
“When you think about these four-legged beings, these are members of our community who don’t have a voice of their own. It’s a great platform for us to get to use what we’re good at -- making and selling wonderful spirits -- and the knowledge and knowhow and resources that Highlands is bringing to the table,” said McKee.
The Wednesday event is part of a fundraiser for the Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter to raise money for a new shelter -- but it’s only one of four nonprofits that customers of Headframe Spirits are supporting this month.
During the month of February, the distillery is celebrating its birthday by supporting the Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter, the Big Hole River Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butte-Silver Bow and Safe Space, a resource for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Anyone can drop in at any time and make a donation to any of the organizations. All proceeds will be matched by both Headframe Spirits and a community partner, turning every dollar into $3.
“I think what’s really powerful about this is these aren’t successes that Headframes is creating. We’re just the vehicle for it. This is customers in the tasting room, this is businesses and organizations in our community, all coming together to create successes that we all get to take ownership of and feel a real sense of pride in,” said McKee.