A furry companion is considered one of the best ways to channel your love. There are hundreds of animals out there in the shelters that are just a step away from being a friend. The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society (SFAHS) is one of the largest pet shelters in the area.

๐Ÿถ Is SFAHS an open admission animal shelter?

Yes! But what does that mean? It means that SFHAS is an animal shelter that takes in abandoned, abused, homeless, owner-surrendered, unwanted, and stray animals and tends to them until they find their forever homes. The shelter does not turn away pets based on age, health issues, and injuries.

Though there are many pet shelters in the area, SFAHS is a non-profit organization that aims to provide a permanent home to these animals, prevent animal cruelty and educate people on humane treatment of animals.

SFAHS does not judge an animal when it is taken into a shelter and they do not have an expiration date for stays in the shelter. These animals are provided with food, shelter, and love until they find a permanent home.

๐Ÿฑ Does SFAHS support euthanasia?

The members of SFAHS made a promise to never euthanize animals for reasons like space or time. Since their opening in 1919, this shelter has upheld that commitment. You can support this mission by helping them find shelter and a bright future for these animals.

๐Ÿ‘ซ Who supports the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society?

The rehabilitation of animals that reach the shelter is made possible with the help and support of the community. Active volunteering, sponsorship, and donations have always come from the community. SFAHS makes sure to involve the community in every activity for the benefit of the animals in their care.

The SFAHS is totally funded through community gifts. They are not affiliated with any other organization or the Humane Society of the United States. They receive no assistance from the city, state, or federal resources.

SFAHS is 100% community funded. These funds are raised through donations, banquets, sponsorship, special events, adoption events, and community fundraisers.

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๐Ÿ’ต How can I donate to the SFAHS?

SFHAS accepts donations of any amount. Wondering what your donation does for the shelter and the animals who live there until they find their forever homes?

  • $1 – a favorite frozen treat
  • $5 – supplies like toys and blankets
  • $25 – 40 pounds of food
  • $50 – 9 collars and leashes
  • $100 – 5 microchips
  • $250 – 3 spay surgeries
  • $500 – 2 weeks worth of gas for trucks
  • $1,000 – housing and care for 67 animals for one day

๐Ÿ• Does SFAHS spay or neuter every animal?

In order to help control the pet population, we strive to spay or neuter all animals that are taken into the shelter. This surgery helps maintain the reproductive health of the animals in our care.

Keep in mind that the shelter does not offer public vet services. For this reason, you may not bring a pet in for spay or neutering services.

๐Ÿ“ก Does SFAHS provide micro chipping?

While you should still use collars and ID tags, we recommend that all pets be fitted with a microchip to offer protection if they are lost or stolen. Every animal that comes into the shelter is micro-chipped before adoption, but we also offer a microchip service for about $20 for pets. No appointment is needed and the procedure only takes a few minutes.

๐Ÿ’™ What is the visiting policy for Sioux Falls Area Humane Society?

In order to visit the animals at the shelter, you’ll need to complete pre-screen paperwork. This step is necessary for the safety and health of the animals in their care. You are under no obligation to visit even if you get the paperwork completed.

The SFAHS adopted a new visitation policy in April 2016 to improve aniaml behavior and health. The visitation structure gives adopters a chance to see the personaities of the animals and choose the right companion.

๐Ÿงน Can I volunteer at SFAHS?

You must be 16 to volunteer independently and 12-15 for junior volunteering with a guardian. Once you fill in the application, just wait for the processing and approval. Once you get selected, there will be an orientation followed by the volunteering activities.

  • Minimum of 4 hours monthly for 6 months
  • Professional communication expected
  • May need to interact with other volunteers
  • Must follow shelter policies
Volunteers may help with genral cleaning, laundry, washing dishes, and cleaning litter boxes. Other volunteer opportunities include walking dogs, socializing with smaller animals, event preparations, grooming, and training.

Applications can be picked up in the front lobby of the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.

๐Ÿก How can I provide foster care for the shelter animals?

You fill in the foster application and will be evaluated based on the answers provided. All fosters must be 18 years old. Fosters need to live within a 60 to 90-minute radius of Sioux Falls. If you are found eligible, SFAHS will contact you when they receive an animal that needs a foster.

๐Ÿ‘ง What is the SFAHS Kids Club?

Membership to the SFAHS Kids Club is open to children between the ages of five and twelve. The club meets June – September. Activities include crafts, field trips, special speakers, animal service projects, and more! Meet-ups are usually 2 hours long. Membership to the club costs around $25.

  • Four play dates
  • Official t-shirt
  • Snacks & refreshments
  • Educational opportunities

๐Ÿˆ What about lost animals, strays, and surrendered pets?

The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society has a stray wait time in place. When a stray is delivered to the shelter, we wait a certain amount of time before we consider it open for adoption. If your pet is missing, visit the Sioux Falls city building right next to the shelter to see if your pet is waiting for you there.

You can file a lost pet report by calling Sioux Falls Animal Control at 605-367-7000 or the non-emergency number for the sheriff’s office. We suggest you call SFAHS at 605-338-4441 to file a report with them, as well.

Call 605-338-4441 to schedule an appointment with SFAHS if you wish to surrender a pet. We receive dogs, cats, rabbits, small pets, and birds. Arrive 5 minutes before an appointment with a valid photo ID. You can donate $30 if you wish. Once you surrender, we cannot give you updates of the animal for injured or abandoned wildlife contact SDGFP.

If the SFAHS found your missing pet, you can collect them from the City Annex building located near the shelter. If you are from outside the Sioux Falls city limits, please visit the adoption center before going to the City Annex building.

The SFAHS has an after-hours receiving area for animals called Night Receiving, which is located to the west of the front entrance. There are kennels equipped with blankets and litter boxes for cats. Please secure food and water before you leave the animal and fill the paperwork that is provided in the room.

๐Ÿ“ธ Does SFAHS post photos of animals on social media?

Those animals that are found within the Sioux Falls area are the legal property of Sioux Falls City Animal Control. Those that are rescued from outside the city limits are the property of SFAHS. Due to the legal and privacy laws, the shelter cannot publicize these animals by posting their photos on social media. It will create legal conflicts.

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