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Heartland Humane Society

3400 E Highway 50, Yankton, SD 57078

Phone (605) 664-4244
cats, birds, dogs, rabbits, reptiles & small animals at Heartland Humane Society
1 - 10 of 27 adoptable pets at this shelter

Areas Heartland Humane Society serves

Southeast South Dakota and Northeast Nebraska

Heartland Humane Society's adoption process


Submit Application

Visit our website and send in a generic application or if interested in certain animal, send in for that animal.


Approve Application

After our adoption coordinator receives said application, she contacts potential adopter to help find or make sure it's the right fit.


Visit the Facility and Find a Pet

Schedule an appointment for potential adopter to come meet said animal.


Meet the Pet

Meet said pet and spend time to make sure it's the right fit.


Sign Adoption Contract

Go through paperwork, sign the contract.


Pay Fee

Pay adoption fee(s).


Take the Pet Home

Take new adopted pet home!

Additional adoption info

Our adoption application is easy and helps staff understand the qualities you are looking for in your new pet. You can complete the adoption application online, at home or at the shelter. 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 online link to get the process started.

For any questions, or if you wish to received an emailed form, contact Janette at

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

About Heartland Humane Society

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 and Clay counties primarily with an additional twelve-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 leukemias in our felines. We contract with local vets to perform all surgeries and animal care at our facility. Each animal is microchipped and all animals old enough are fixed before being placed up for adoption.

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.

Our shelter, now officially remodeled, boasts 19 kennels on our adoption floor plus four quarantine kennels and five kennels for our holding facility. We have 18 cat kennels on our adoption floor plus two community cat rooms where folks can snuggle with adoptable cats. We also have 16 quarantine cat kennels plus four kennels in our holding facility.

Volunteers have access to both an inside and outside play yard for our dogs and cat volunteers have their own room for socializing our felines. Our lobby also includes a merchandise area with top quality cat and dog products.

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

Heartland Humane Society's adopted pets

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