Central Dakota Humane Society

Mandan, North Dakota

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About Central Dakota Humane Society

Central Dakota Humane Society was originally formed in 1960 by 12 members as the League for Animal Welfare. The current shelter facility was established in 1994. In serving the pets and people in the Bismarck-Mandan and Central North Dakota areas, Central Dakota Humane Society has two main goals:

  1. House, rehabilitate, and relocate lost, strayed or homeless animals
  2. Promote spaying and neutering to reduce number of unwanted litters

They have a strong focus on educating the community about proper pet care and animal cruelty laws through school visits, shelter tours, and service group presentations.

Contact Info

2104 37th St
(701) 667-2020
Website: cdhs.net

Hours of Operation

Tue - Fri: 1::00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun - Mon: Closed

Adoption Process

Adopting a pet is an enriching experience for both you and your pet. The straightforward process at Central Dakota Humane Society is as follows:

  1. View adoptable animals either on the website or in person.
  2. If you see a dog or cat you’re interested in adopting, take some time to get acquainted with them. Dog adoptions require 2 visits before beginning the adoption process to walk, play with, and generally interact with the animal. This helps ensure that the dog you choose is the right dog for your family. There are no exceptions.
  3. It’s Central North Dakota Humane Society's policy that everyone in your household meets with the potential new pet. Remember, you’re adopting a new family member that everyone needs to meet and get to know. If you have another dog, you need to bring them to the shelter to exchange sniffs with the dog you’re considering adopting.
  4. Next, complete a pre-adoption application.
  5. Once submitted, your application will be reviewed. It can take up to 5 days.
  6. Once approved, you're required to read and sign an adoption contract.
  7. Finalize any other paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
  8. It’s time to head home feeling like you’ve just won the jackpot!

A few additional comments about the adoption process at Central Dakota Humane Society:

  1. You must be 18+ years old and independent.
  2. All animals must be spayed or neutered before adoption. If not already done, this expense is the adopter’s responsibility and is in addition to the adoption fee.
  3. Pets are not adopted on a first-come, first-served basis, and no holds can be placed on a pet.

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Central Dakota Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 12 months): $89
  • Adults (1+ years): $69


  • Kittens (up to 12 months): $69
  • Adults (1+ years): $49

Your adoption fee for dogs covers distemper and rabies vaccination, deworming, flea treatment, nail trimming, a collar, and a veterinarian examination.

Your adoption fee for cats covers current vaccinations, deworming, a vet clinic visit, a bag of cat food, and a nail trim.

If your pet hasn't already been spayed/neutered, that cost will be added on to the above fees.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Central Dakota Humane Society
North Dakota
directly using the contact info above.

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