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.


Our Lobby is open!  Visitors must be pre-screened before visiting the animals. 

Visit the SFAHS Shelter for an application or submit one online. 


CLICK HERE FOR DOG AND CAT APPLICATION 




CLICK HERE FOR  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…

  • You must be pre-screened to visit the adoptable animals.
  • 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.






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 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