Our History

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

We are a limited admissions facility – meaning that we able to intake animals by appointment only and when appropriate space and resources are available.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, we rely 100% on private donations and volunteers. 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.

All of our animals receive proper vet care, including vaccines and preventative care. We test for Heartworm in our canines and feline leukemias in our felines. Local veterinarians work onsite to perform all spay and neuter surgeries and animal care at our facility. Animals are microchipped prior to adoption.


Our shelter hosts 19 canine kennels on our adoption floor plus additional spaces for enrichment and socialization for volunteer use. The cat adoption floor is home to space for up to 28 cats plus volunteer socialization rooms and two community rooms where the public can snuggle adoptable cats.

Come visit us today and learn more - 3400 E Highway 50 / Yankton, SD. We provide tours by appointment.