Common Questions and Answers

Are you different from Animal Control?

YES. Although both organizations are committed to animal welfare; we have different missions and jurisdictions. Animal Control departments deal strictly with stray and seized animals. HHS cannot seize animals and deal with both stray and owner-surrendered animals. HHS is also a non-profit and we are not constrained within a city limit whereas animal controls departments are constrained and funded by a city government. HHS does, however, offer to provide services to many animal control agencies and city governments in Yankton, Clay, and Cedar counties.

Can you receive my surrendered animal if I wanted to drop it off? 

Not Exactly.  We are a limited admissions facility meaning we can only accept animals we have space for and we can adequately care for. Often times we have waiting lists for the surrender of animal. All surrenders require an appointment before being accepted. We do use and additional foster network when the shelter is full.

Sometimes we are unable to assist in the way that we would like to due to lack of resources, funds, and space. The number of animals we can help depends on the number of animals currently being adopted, the number of volunteers assisting at the shelter and the number of foster homes readily available.

Are my contributions tax deductible?

YES. The Heartland Humane Society is a private Non Profit organization, incorporated in South Dakota, and fully qualified as a 501(c)(3) under the IRS code. Your contributions are deductible for the year in which they are made, to the extent of the law.

Where do your animals come from?

We try to help the homeless, abused, neglected, and stray animals of the area.  Some of the animals that we receive are surrendered by their owners, who can no longer have pets or do not want them for various reasons.  Some of the animals are found wandering or lost.  We take animals out of local pounds. We also have received unwanted puppies or kitties from owner's that did not spay/neuter their own pet, and unfortunately, entire litters have been found on other people's properties or dumped in ditches.

Do you have Adoption Fees?

Yes, adoption fees help offset the costs of the animal's food, shelter, and medical expenses while under Heartland Humane Society's care.  Additional donations are always welcome and accepted ~ See our Wish List for items we are currently need.