Our History

Heartland Humane Society is a Private NonProfit 501(c)3 organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are limited admissions facility - meaning we that we take in animals by appointment and only when appropriate space and resources are available to care for them.

As a non-profit we rely 100% on private donations. We generate funds through your generous contributions, adoption fees, fundraising events, and sales of merchandise and services. All funds collected go directly back to the general budget to care for our animals.

HHS was established in 2006 from a group formerly known as the Yankton Area Humane Society. We serve Yankton, Clay, and Cedar counties primarily with an additional eleven county area often receiving our services.

All of our animals receive proper vet care, including vaccinations and prevention of common pet diseases and infections. We test for Heartworm in our canines and feline leukemia in our felines.

In 2014, Heartland moved its operation to our forever home on Highway 50, allowing the shelter to double the number of animals it serves annually.

HHS again doubled its numbers in 2017 by opening an additional 4,000 square feet of facility at the shelter. At full operations, the shelter will be able to serve up to 850 animals each year.