Sioux Falls Area Humane Society

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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About Sioux Falls Area Humane Society

Sioux Falls Area Humane Society has over 100 years of history working to help animals and pet owners through adoption programs, educational services, and animal cruelty prevention. Since 1919, they've grown significantly and raised the necessary funds to be able to provide shelter to more than 8,000 animals per year.

This nonprofit is community-funded and doesn’t receive support from any institution or humane societies. Generosity and kindness are the main pillars of their labor of providing a safe haven to all the soon-to-be pets in their care. As an open admission shelter, they take in all the abandoned, abused, homeless, and surrendered animals in need of help. Their mission is to be the “human voice” to all animals in need, giving them the opportunity to find both the perfect family and the perfect couch to chew on.

Contact Info

3720 E Benson Rd
Sioux Falls
(605) 610-3633

Hours of Operation

Mon - Wed: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sun: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Adoption Process

At Sioux Fall Area Humane Society, you’ll be able to take your new "pawl" home with you the very same day. The adoption process is very simple. You only need to follow these easy steps:

  1. First, visit their website. There, you’ll be able to find all the available pets ready to go home with you. There's an online application to help you create an adopter profile and be pre-screened before visiting the shelter.
  2. The next step is, of course, visiting the shelter. You’ll probably spend between 60-90 minutes there to complete the whole process.
  3. Remember to bring your photo ID and a completed adopter pre-screen application!
  4. Have other dogs? Bring them with you! Sioux Falls Humane Society highly encourages your other dogs to participate in the adoption process of their new playmate. You should spend at least 20 minutes playing together.
  5. Rely on your Adoption Counselor to guide you through the process. They know all the necessary information about each pet and can help you make the right call regarding which Fluffy McFlufferson will wag its tail at the same rhythm as your beating heart.
  6. All approved applications will remain on file for 30 days from your last visit or call to the shelter. In the rare case you haven’t found a good match, you’ll be able to come back over the next few weeks to keep looking for a pet without going through the whole process again.  

Adoption applications are located here:

  • Pre-screen Form For Cats and Dogs
  • Pre-screen Form For Small Animals
  • Adoption Policy Contract

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Sioux Falls Area Humane Society are as follows:

  • Dogs: $50-$200
  • Cats: $25-$100
  • Small animals: $5-$200

Your adoption fee covers spaying/neutering, age-appropriate vaccinations, nail trimming, deworming, microchipping with national registration, heartworm test, flea treatment, a free Owner Pet Guide, a 7-day medical exchange policy, a Cat’s Pet carrier (for cats), and 30 days of free Shelter Care pet Insurance.

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
Sioux Falls Area Humane Society
Sioux Falls
South Dakota
directly using the contact info above.

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