If you’re looking for a list of the best dog shelters in South Dakota, we’ve put together the following compilation for your perusal.
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1. Aberdeen Area Humane Society (Aberdeen)
Aberdeen Area Humane Society runs a dog shelter in Aberdeen, SD, that caters to the communities of southern North Dakota as well as northern South Dakota. They care for dogs picked up as strays, rescue dogs from situations of abuse and neglect, and look after animals that are surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them.
If you’re interested in adopting from the shelter, you can view the available dogs here. If any of the canine companions catch your eye, fill out an application online or at the shelter, then meet your new friend. Dogs are available for an adoption fee of $184, which includes spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, de-worming, and vaccines. You can also donate to Aberdeen Area Humane Society here.
2. Sioux Falls Area Humane Society (Sioux Falls)
The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society has been operating in Sioux Falls since 1919. They care for abused, homeless, abandoned, or owner-surrendered animals until a suitable new home can be found for each pet.
If you’re looking to bring a new pet home, you can view the dogs currently available for adoption here. Adoption fees for dogs range from $50 to $200 – this money goes towards caring for and feeding the animals at the shelter. You can also help out by making a donation to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.
3. Brookings Regional Humane Society (Brookings)
If you’re looking to adopt a dog in Brookings, SD, pay the Brookings Regional Humane Society a visit. The society formed in 1998 and their shelter houses stray and abandoned pets until they can be re-homed. Available dogs can be viewed here.
Adoption fees for dogs range between $150 and $250+ (plus tax). Dogs are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped. You can also help by making a tax-deductible donation to Brookings Regional Humane Society.
4. Humane Society of the Black Hills (Rapid City)
Western South Dakota’s premier animal shelter is the Humane Society of the Black Hills, located in Rapid City. This shelter accepts all pets and cares for over 5000 animals each year. As well as facilitating adoptions, they also reunite owners with lost pets and offer pet licensing.
Dogs that are currently available for adoption can be viewed here. Generally, puppies under 6 months of age are available for $375 and older dogs vary in price from $90 to $300. Adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, microchipping, a 30-day trial of pet insurance, microchipping, de-worming, and a free veterinary examination. Donate to the Humane Society of the Black Hills here.
5. Glacial Lakes Humane Society and Shelter (Watertown)
Glacial Lakes Humane Society and Shelter is a Watertown, SD-based organization that cares for animals without a home and for those that are unwanted. Animals are given food, shelter, essential medical care, attention, and exercise until they can be adopted into a new home.
If you’re interested in adopting, browse the available dogs here. For other ways to help, you can consider volunteering at the shelter or making a donation to the Glacial Lakes Humane Society and Shelter.
6. Heartland Humane Society (Yankton)
The Heartland Humane Society is a limited admission shelter that also places some animals in foster care. This non-profit organization was established in 2006 and always prioritizes animal care and wellbeing – all pets receive veterinary care, vaccinations, and preventative treatments.
Prior to being listed for adoption, all dogs are spayed/neutered and microchipped. Available dogs can be viewed here – most dogs and puppies are available for an adoption fee of $150, with senior dogs available for a lower price of $75. Help Heartland Humane Society continue their work by donating here.
7. Battle Mountain Humane Society (Hot Springs)
Located in Hot Springs, SD, Battle Mountain Humane Society provides love and care for each animal that enters their doors. They promote adoption, educate the public regarding the importance of spaying and neutering pets, and lobby against breed-specific laws.
This no-kill shelter always has some great dogs available for adoption – you can view the current ones here. Most dogs are available for an adoption fee of $150, which includes spay/neuter surgery, heartworm testing, vaccinations, and deworming. Make a donation to Battle Mountain Humane Society here.
Based in Avon, SD, New Horizons Animal Shelter and Rescue is a non-profit organization that provides sanctuary to animals rescued from reservations in the Yankton Sioux area and its surroundings. The animals are cared for by dedicated volunteers until they can be re-homed.
The team at New Horizons Animal Shelter and Rescue doesn’t just care for dogs – they often have horses, cats, farm animals, and other pets available for adoption. Call to learn more about their available animals or the adoption process.
9. Sturgis Animal Shelter (Sturgis)
The Sturgis Animal Shelter serves the counties of Sturgis and Meade and provides a temporary home to abandoned or lost animals until they can be collected by their owner or adopted into a new home. Adoptable dogs are available for $100 and are vaccinated and spayed/neutered before adoption.
If you’re interested in adopting, you can view the available dogs and learn more here. If you would like to donate, the Sturgis Animal Shelter is always looking for items like dog and cat food, treats, toys, collars and leashes, blankets, and cleaning supplies. Learn more here.
10. Western Hills Humane Society (Spearfish)
Located in Spearfish, SD, Western Hills Humane Society is a no-kill animal shelter that cares for around 600 pets each year. As well as offering dogs and cats for adoption, they have a pet food pantry to support low-income pet owners, and engage in community outreach to promote responsible pet ownership.
If you’re interested in adopting, the dogs currently available are listed here. The adoption fee for dogs and puppies is $185, which goes towards caring for and feeding the animals at the shelter. Before being listed for adoption, dogs are given a veterinary exam, spayed/neutered, and vaccinated. Puppies are also vaccinated and de-wormed, and spayed/neutered if old enough. Donate to Western Hills Humane Society here.