Apply To Adopt

ADOPTION = DEVOTION

Anticipation. Excitement. And the feeling that comes from knowing you’re doing the right thing. They are all part of the adoption process.

Second chances happen every day at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. We help find homes for thousands of animals each year and there are no time or space limits for animals in our adoption program. We are dedicated to finding a lifelong home for every adoptable animal. We strive to provide a facilitative adoption process and create successful matches for adopters and the animals in our care.


To see how we are currently proceeding with adoptions during COVID-19, please see curbside adoptions page.

Curbside Cat & Dog Application


Curbside Small Animal Application

Adoption Policies
These policies are set forth by the SFAHS Board of Directors. If you have any questions, please contact our executive director.

 Potential Adopters…

  • Must be 18
  • Must provide a valid photo ID
  • Must provide proof of address (i.e. utility bill)
  • Landlord/Property Management Phone Number – We must speak with the landlord directly and cannot accept any brochures or paperwork about pet policies.
  • Must bring resident dogs to the shelter for staff-led dog introductions before any dog adoptions can be processed.
  • Can keep an approved pre-screened application on file for up to 30 days. If you are still looking after 30 days, give SFAHS a call to extend your application expiration date. 
  • Must have all resident animals in the home up-to-date on rabies vaccinations.
  • Must have all resident animals fixed, no matter the species you are looking to adopt.
  • May not adopt animals for another person.
  • Must spend a minimum of 20 minutes with an animal before any adoption will be processed. The 20 minutes must be completed before we stop adoptions for the evening (30 minutes before the closing hours listed).
  • Will be asked to leave the humane society property if they harass, threaten or harm any of the animals or staff.

SFAHS…

  • Pre-screens all potential adopters before they have access to the adoption kennel rooms. SFAHS does not have open visitation. For more on this policy see our visitation policy page.
  • Does not place holds or accept deposits to hold animals. The only exception is if a dog is waiting to complete a dog introduction the same day.
  • Adopts animals on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as it is a good match.
  • Completes all adoptions same day, so be prepared to take your new animal home with you the day you adopt.
  • Will only deny an application for a justified reason. If you feel your application was wrongly denied, you are more than welcome to contact our front office manager or executive director to discuss your application.
  • Has the right to refuse any adoption.

 If you fill out an application but don't find a new best friend that day, that's ok! We will keep your approved application on file for up to 30 days.


Curbside Adoption Details

Small Animals
  • View our adoptable small animals on our website and thoroughly read their bios and what their home environment should be like. 
  • Once you have found a small animal you think you would be a great match for,  fill out the application!  You will also need a copy of your photo ID and Proof of Address (i.e.utility bill). Your application cannot be reviewed if you do not have all the required pieces submitted.
  • Our applications are completely digital and you can add a photo or scanned image straight to your application. Our counselors will be in contact with you.  If you have a complete application, and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. You will be given instructions from the counselor for your appointment.
  • Please limit the number of people for your appointment, and do not bring other animals.
  • When you arrive for your pre-scheduled appointment, please do not exit your vehicle. 
  • Staff will complete the adoption over the phone and collect payment with a card over the phone.
  • We will greet you at your car to obtain signatures. We graciously ask that you wear a mask during this process. We will mail you a copy of your signed contract.
  • Staff will then bring the small animal to your car in our typical small cardboard carriers. We will not be able to place the animal in your own carrier. The small animals do not come with any cages.
  • Please do not attempt to open the box while in the car or switch to a different carrier.
    Wait until you are home to make any switches, for the safety of the animal and yourself. 
  • Want to learn how to introduce a pet to your home? See our behavior library here.
  • You will not be able to come into the shelter to browse or spend time with these animals prior to adoption. We understand this can be frustrating. If you are unsure about your choice you can ask our counselors for recommendations on what cat may be a good match for your home. They are excellent at making great matches!
  • If you miss your appointment and we do not hear from you with 1 hour of your appointment, the adoption will be canceled and the animal will be available to the next in line.
Cats
  • View our adoptable cats on our website and thoroughly read their bios and what their home environment should be like. 
  • Once you have found a cat you think you would be a great match for,  fill out the application!  You will also need a copy of your photo ID and Proof of Address (i.e.utility bill). Your application cannot be reviewed if you do not have all the required pieces submitted.
  • Our applications are completely digital and you can add a photo or scanned image straight to your application. Our counselors will be in contact with you.  If you have a complete application, and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. You will be given instructions from the counselor for your appointment.
  • Please limit the number of people for your appointment, and do not bring other animals.
  • When you arrive for your pre-scheduled appointment, please do not exit your vehicle. 
  • Staff will complete the adoption over the phone and collect payment with a card over the phone.
  • We will greet you at your car to obtain signatures. We graciously ask that you wear a mask during this process. We will mail you a copy of your signed contract.
  • Staff will then bring the cat to your car in our typical cardboard carriers. We will not be able to place the animal in your own carrier. 
  • Please do not attempt to open the box while in the car or switch to a different carrier.
    Wait until you are home to make any switches, for the safety of the animal and yourself. 
  • Want to learn how to introduce a pet to your home? See our behavior library here.
  • You will not be able to come into the shelter to browse or spend time with these animals prior to adoption. We understand this can be frustrating. If you are unsure about your choice you can ask our counselors for recommendations on what cat may be a good match for your home. They are excellent at making great matches!
  • If you miss your appointment and we do not hear from you with 1 hour of your appointment, the adoption will be canceled and the animal will be available to the next in line.
Puppies (under 6 months)
  • View our adoptable dogs on our website and thoroughly read their bios and what their home environment should be like. 
  • Once you have found a puppy you think you would be a great match for,  fill out the application!  You will also need a copy of your photo ID and Proof of Address (i.e.utility bill). Your application cannot be reviewed if you do not have all the required pieces submitted.
  • Our applications are completely digital and you can add a photo or scanned image straight to your application. Our counselors will be in contact with you.  If you have a complete application, and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. You will be given instructions from the counselor for your appointment.
  • Please limit the number of people for your appointment.
  • When you arrive for your pre-scheduled appointment, please do not exit your vehicle. 
  • You will spend time with the puppy alone. 
  • If you have another dog, our staff will do a dog introduction with them after you have spent time with the puppy alone. 
  • Should you decide to adopt, staff will complete the adoption over the phone and collect payment with a card over the phone.
  • We will greet you at your car to obtain signatures. We graciously ask that you wear a mask during this process. We will mail you a copy of your signed contract.
  • Staff will then bring the puppy to your car. The puppy does not come with a leash or collar. These are available for purchase from the shelter at the time of adoption.
  • Want to learn how to introduce a pet to your home? See our behavior library here
  • You will not be able to come into the shelter to browse or spend time with these animals prior to adoption. We understand this can be frustrating. If you are unsure about your choice you can ask our counselors for recommendations on what puppy may be a good match for your home. They are excellent at making great matches!
  • If you miss your appointment and we do not hear from you with 1 hour of your appointment, the adoption will be canceled and the animal will be available to the next in line.
Dogs
  • View our adoptable dogs on our website and thoroughly read their bios and what their home environment should be like. 
  • Once you have found a dog you think you would be a great match for,  fill out the application!  You will also need a copy of your photo ID and Proof of Address (i.e.utility bill). Your application cannot be reviewed if you do not have all the required pieces submitted.
  • Our applications are completely digital and you can add a photo or scanned image straight to your application. Our counselors will be in contact with you.  If you have a complete application, and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. You will be given instructions from the counselor for your appointment.
  • Please limit the number of people for your appointment.
  • When you arrive for your pre-scheduled appointment, please do not exit your vehicle.
  • Staff will bring the dog out to one of our play yards for you to spend time with. During this process, please remember social distancing, and keep at least 6 feet away from staff members, so we can continue to do our work. We graciously ask you to please wear a mask during this process.
  • If you have a dog, we will still be requiring dog introductions led by our staff. After you spend time with the dog alone in the play yard our staff will give you further instructions and complete the adoption if this introduction passes. 
  • Should you decide to adopt, staff will complete the adoption over the phone and collect payment with a card over the phone.
  • We will greet you at your car to obtain signatures. We graciously ask that you wear a mask during this process. We will mail you a copy of your signed contract.
  • Staff will then bring the dog to your car. Your new dog does not come with a leash or collar. These are available for purchase from the shelter at the time of adoption.
  • Want to learn how to introduce a pet to your home? See our behavior library here
  • You will not be able to come into the shelter to browse or spend time with these animals prior to adoption. We understand this can be frustrating. If you are unsure about your choice you can ask our counselors for recommendations on what puppy may be a good match for your home. They are excellent at making great matches!
  • If you miss your appointment and we do not hear from you with 1 hour of your appointment, the adoption will be canceled and the animal will be available to the next applicant in line.

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Dog Adoption Fees











Dog Adoption Fees Include:
  • Vaccinations: DA2PP & IntraNasal Bordatella
  • DeWorming with Strongid or Panacur
  • Nail Trim
  • Some Adoptions may include Rabies Vaccinations
  • Microchipping with National Registration
  • Flea Treatment with Frontline
  • Most Dogs Will Already be Spayed or Neutered
  • Free Owner Pet Guide and Coupons
  • Seven Day Medical Exchange Policy
  • Free General Health Exam at one of 87 participating Vet Offices in SD, IA, and MN
  • 30 Days FREE Shelter Care Pet Insurance (available only if you have an email address)


Cat Adoption Costs






Cat Adoption Fees Include:
  • Vaccinations: FVRCP
  • FeLV and FIV Screening
  • DeWorming with Strongid or Panacur
  • Nail Trim
  • Some Adoptions may include Rabies Vaccinations
  • Earmite & Flea Treatment with Revolution
  • Microchipping with National Registration
  • Most Cats Will Already Be Spayed or Neutered
  • Free Owner Pet Guide and Coupons
  • Seven Day Medical Exchange Policy
  • Free General Health Exam at one of 87 participating Vet Offices in SD, IA, and MN
  • 30 Days FREE Shelter Care Pet Insurance (available only if you have an email address)
  • Pet Carrier to get your furry friend home
 

Adoption Fees 
The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society’s adoption fees are based on an animal’s species, age, breed, temperament, and physical condition. Some animals are more desired by adopting families: small breed dogs and puppies, purebred dogs and puppies, some purebred cats and kittens, etc. These animals may be designated as ambassador pets and their higher adoption fee will help to provide quality care for all the other animals at the SFAHS.

Adoption Programs

The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society has several adoption programs designed to encourage successful matches.

Senior Pets Adoptions
Our senior pets program encourages the adoption of older companions by reducing the adoption fee of animals that are 6 years or older. Older pets make instant companions, most are already house-trained, and have grown out of pestering adolescent behaviors.

Benchwarmer Adoptions
Our Benchwarmer program is for animals that have been up for adoption for more than 60 days.  Their adoption fees are reduced after the 60 days. 

Bonded Buddies Adoptions 
Bonded Buddies Adoptions are for those animals that come to the shelter and are dependent on each other for emotional support. The adoption fees for these animals are one adoption fee for both animals. If a pair is bonded, they will be marked as such on the website and on their kennel.

Kitten Litter Mates Adoptions
If a family has chosen to take home two kittens from the same litter, one adoption fee of one of the kittens is reduced by 50%. Kittens must be of the same gender or already spayed/neutered. Adopting a pair of kittens is great not only because adopters save two lives instead of one, but because:

  • Some cats rely on and have formed lasting bonds with their housemate
  • Kittens are active and become bored (and troublesome) quickly; a fellow kitten gives them a constant playmate