Adoption FAQ

What are the requirements to adopt?
  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must provide photo ID and proof of address (i.e. utility bill)
  • Must be able to pay the entire adoption fee at the time of adoption.
  • If you rent, you must provide landlord information.
  • Any current pets must be up-to-date on rabies shots.
  • SFAHS does not adopt out to homes where there are unfixed animals.
Does SFAHS do a background check for adoptions?
No, the SFAHS does not perform federal background checks for adoption. 
Does SFAHS require a home visit for adoption?
No, the SFAHS does not perform home visits prior to adoption.
What are the price ranges for adoptable pets?
Adoption prices vary on pet adoptions. Cat adoptions range between $25-$100. Dog adoption range from $50 - $200. Small animals prices range from $5 - $200 depending on the type of small animal.
When do adoptions stop each day?
Adoptions stop Saturday through Wednesday at 5:30pm. Adoptions stop Thursday and Friday at 6:30pm. You must have spent the required 20 minutes with an animal prior to this time to complete an adoption that day.
How much time is required to be spent with an animal before adoption?
You must spend a minimum of 20 minutes with the animal you are considering adopting. This is not a requirement for some small animals. If you have any questions about this, please ask our front office. 
Can I take my pet home the same day I adopt?
Yes, it is required to take your new furry friend home the same day as adoption.
Can I get on a waiting list for a certain breed?
No, the SFAHS does not keep any waiting lists. Our website is live Monday - Friday with all of our adoptable animals and is updated throughout the day, so please watch check back often.
Why doesn't SFAHS keep waiting lists?
Due to the high volume of requests, we are not able to keep waiting lists. Adoptions are first come, first served as long as it is a good match. Keep an eye on our website and visit often!
What is the process for putting animals up for adoption?
After each animal has completed their required holds that are determined by the city ordinances, they are put into an evaluation stage. Our trained staff goes through a series of tests and evaluations with the animal, determining what would make the perfect home for each pet. They are also reviewed by our medical team, to make sure they are happy and healthy before going up for adoption. Once they are available for adoption they will be photographed and added to our website and placed in the adoption room kennels. 
What do adoption fees go towards?
The adoption fees cover basic care and comfort of all animals in our care, as well as helping to keep the shelter running so we can continue to help more animals in need. 
Can I bring my dog in to meet another dog?
Yes. SFAHS requires dog introductions that are led by our staff before we will adopt out a dog to a home where another dog lives.
Can I bring my cat in to meet a cat?
No. The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society does not do cat-to-cat introductions. Please see our Behavioral Education page to learn how to introduce your cat to a new cat.
Can I bring my dog in to meet a cat?
No. The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society does not do dog-to-cat introductions. Please see our Behavioral Education page to learn how to introduce your dog to a new cat.
Can I bring my cat in to meet a dog?
No. The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society does not do cat-to-dog introductions. Please see our Behavioral Education page to learn how to introduce your cat to a new dog.
Do you provide small animal cages when I adopt?
No, we are not able to provide a cage when you adopt a small animal. We do provide a cardboard carrier for you to get your new friend home but do suggest having a cage already purchased.
Do I need to bring or buy a kennel when I adopt a cat?
You will be provided with a cardboard carrier to get your new cat home. We also sell carriers in our retail section, which 100% of the proceeds goes to the animals at the shelter. You are more than welcome to bring your own carrier as well.
Do I need to bring or buy a leash and collar when I adopt a dog?
A leash and collar will be required when adopting a dog. You may bring your own, or you may purchase from our retail area, where 100% of the proceeds benefit the animals at the shelter.
If I rent my home or apartment can I still adopt?
Yes. We will contact your landlord at the time of your pre-screening to talk with them about any restrictions they will require. We must speak with your landlord for your application to be approved. Bringing in their restrictions from a pamphlet will not suffice.
If I see a pet I like can you hold it for me?
We do not accept any holds or deposits on animals.
What type of vaccinations does SFAHS provide?
Dogs receive DA2PP, Dewormer and Intra-Nasal Bordatella.
Cats receive FVRCP and Dewormer
What is FeLV/FIV Screening?
FeLV stands for Feline Leukemia Virus, and FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. SFAHS provides a blood test to screen for both of these conditions.
Does SFAHS provide public vet services?
No, the SFAHS is not able to provide any public vet services.
Does SFAHS provide public spay/neuter services?
No, the SFAHS is not able to provide any public spay or neuter services.

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