How to Adopt

Step 1 - The Adoption Application

The first step in adopting an animal from Heartland Humane Society is filling out our application. The application will be reviewed by HHS staff who will also interview you. You may be interested in a certain animal or we can help you find good match for you and your lifestyle.  Our goal is to make the best choice possible to ensure the animals’ health, safety and happiness. We also want our adopters to be able to make an informed choice and adopt the animal that is the best fit for their family.

You are encouraged to fill out the adoption application at our shelter during regular business hours. If you wish to get a head start or live out of town, please use the below links to get the process started.

Fill out our adoption application in Adobe HERE.

Fill out our adoption application in Word HERE.

Please email either form to hhs4@midconetwork.com.

For more information on adoption, give us a call at 605.664.4244

Step 2 - Meet our Pets

Many of our pets are onsite to be viewed during normal business hours. Some of our pets are currently held in foster homes and appointments are mandatory to meet foster pets you are interested in adopting.

If you already have a dog(s) at home you are encouraged to bring them with you, as well as all human family members, for a meet and greet with the potential new family member. It is very important that your current pets are up to date on vaccinations. Unless for health reasons, all current pets must also be spayed or neutered.

We believe everyone should spend time with the animal they wish to adopt before adoption and we have adequate space at our facility for you to have private time with your selected pet. Please plan to spend at least 20-30 minutes with the pet of your choice.  If you are hoping to adopt on the same day, please arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to closing to allow time for adoption paperwork.

Step 3 - Adopt your Favorite

All of the animals at Heartland Humane Society are seen by veterinarian staff and provided with necessary vaccinations and spayed or neutered, if age appropriate.  All adoptions include vaccinations, de-worming, nail trims, micro-chipping with international registration, flea treatment, fourteen day medical exchange policy, free general health exam at participating vet offices, and an owner pet guide. Due to the care provided, we do require an adoption fee to help offset these expenses.  Anything donated over and above this adoption fee is always appreciated. 

If you are ready, you can adopt your pet the same day you meet them!

Any animal that is too young to be spayed or neutered at the time of adoption will also require a deposit of $150.00 for dogs and $125.00 for cats to ensure that the procedure will be done in a timely manner.  You will receive a certificate to present back to us with proof of surgery, and then your deposit will be refunded.

ALL PETS LEAVING HHS CARE MUST BE TAKEN IN A CARRIER OR BY LEASH/COLLAR. IF YOU DON'T HAVE EITHER WITH YOU AT TIME OF ADOPTION, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PAY $5 FOR A TEMPORARY CARRIER OR LEASH/COLLAR COMBO.

 

Fees

Below is a list of our fees:

Dogs/Puppies $150.00
Young - Adult Cats $65.00
Kittens (with deposit) $30.00
Guineas/hamsters/birds/ETC $15.00-$75.00
Senior Dogs $75.00
Senior Cats  $30.00

A deposit on top of adoption fee is required on puppies and kittens (under 6 months old) to assure that proper care is given within the first year of ownership. This deposit is refundable and will be mailed to you after all procedures contracted to have been completed. This includes first year vaccinations and spaying/neutering. Below are the deposit amounts.

Puppy Deposit                      $150.00         
Kitten Deposit $125.00

 

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Picking the right pet

We encourage you to do your research before adopting a pet. Different types, breeds and ages require different time commitments and training.

Some great resources are below:

Choosing a Pet

Breed Finder Quiz

Are you ready to adopt a Pet?

For RENTERS

If you rent, we require permission from your landlord. We can contact your landlord at the shelter getting verbal consent or you can bring in a signed letter from your landlord prior to the adoption appointment. The Renter's Permission Form is below for your convenience.

Download permission form