Curbside Adoption

Curbside Adoption will continue into our Phase II of re-opening for those who do not feel comfortable coming into the shelter for their appointment.
We will work on applications on a first-come, first-served basis.  The animal you are interested in may have an application in ahead of you before we are able to process your application. If you have a complete application, and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. Please watch our website. 

Small Animal Application
Cat & Dog Application

We are still be closed to general public visitation until further notice for those who do not have an appointment.
See details on how curbside adoptions will work below.


Curbside Adoption Details

Curbside 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.
  • 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.
In-Person Small Animal Appointment
  • 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 come to the front door and ring the doorbell or call 605-338-4441 to let us know you are here. Masks are still required inside our building.
  • You will be allowed to spend 20 minutes with the animal before adoption if you request. Should you decide this isn't the right animal for you, you will be allowed to browse the other small animals with the adoption counselor.
  • Staff will guide you through the adoption at a counselor's desk. 
  • Want to learn how to introduce a pet to your home? See our behavior library here.
  • 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.
Curbside 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.
  • 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.
In-Person Cat Appointment
  • 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 come to the front door and ring the doorbell or call 605-338-4441 to let us know you are here. Masks are still required inside our building.
  • You will be allowed to spend 20 minutes with the animal before adoption if you request. Should you decide this isn't the right cat for you, you will be allowed to browse with other available cats with the adoption counselor.
  • Staff will guide you through the adoption at a counselor's desk. 
  • Want to learn how to introduce a pet to your home? See our behavior library here.
  • 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.
Curbside 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
  • 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.
In-Person Puppy (Under 6 Months) Appointment
  • 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 come to the front door and ring the doorbell or call 605-338-4441 to let us know you are here. Masks are still required inside our building.
  • You will be allowed to spend 20 minutes with the puppy before adoption if you request. Should you decide this isn't the right puppy for you, you will be allowed to browse the other puppies (if available) with the adoption counselor.
  • If you have another dog, our staff will do a dog introduction with them after you have spent time with the puppy alone.
  • Staff will guide you through the adoption at a counselor's desk.
  • 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
  • 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.
Curbside 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. 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
  • 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.
In-Person Dog Appointment
  • 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 come to the front door and ring the doorbell or call 605-338-4441 to let us know you are here. Masks are still required inside our building.
  • You will be allowed to spend 20 minutes with the dog before adoption if you request; this will be done in a play yard outside, weather permitting. Should you decide this isn't the right dog for you, you will be allowed to browse the other available dogs with the adoption counselor.
  • 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. 
  • Staff will guide you through the adoption at a counselor's desk.
  • The 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
  • 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.

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The animal you are interested in may be adopted before we get to your application. We will work on applications on a first-come, first-served basis. 
If you have a complete application, and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. 



Application - CATS & DOGS Application - SMALL ANIMALS

You must submit an application, curbside adoption policy form, copy of your photo ID, and proof of address (i.e.) utility bill for our counselors to process your paperwork and call you to make an appointment. 
If you do not submit all the necessary materials, your application will not be considered or reviewed. 
Adoptions are first-come, first-served pertaining to the order that a complete application is processed (all 4 required items are submitted at once).
The animal you are interested in may be adopted before we get to your application. We will work on applications on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have a complete application, and the animal you applied for has already been adopted, we will contact you to let you know. Please watch our website. 

How to Help
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