Adoption Info

Adoption is a big step, but we’ll help you!

Step One: Fill out a visitation form (listed below) and visit with an adoption advisor about the type of pet you’re interested in adding to your family

Step Two: Spend some time getting to know the animals in our care, and let your adoption advisor know if there is a pet that you would like to spend more time with one-on-one

Step Three: Once you have found a pet that you think is your perfect match, your adoption advisor will take you through the adoption process, and you can take your new family member home! The adoption process usually takes about one hour to complete.

Each animal that is adopted from the Humane Society of the Black Hills leaves with one set of vaccinations, has a nationally registered microchip, is spayed or neutered, and comes with a certificate for a free veterinary wellness exam.

Your adoption advisor will inform you of all of these details at the time of the adoption.

Due to the number of animals that we receive and find homes for every day, we cannot guarantee that specific animals listed on the HSBH website will be available when you visit the shelter. We are also unable to hold animals by phone, fax, or e-mail request. You must be present at the shelter to place a hold or to adopt an animal.

Other adoption requirements include:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Provide current photo identification
  • Have a verifiable address (If you rent, bring a copy of your lease agreement and your property manager’s telephone number at the time of adoption. We will verify that the species, breed, and size of the animal you wish to adopt is allowed)

To speed up the adoption process, please fill out one of the adoption visitation forms listed below (dog or cat), and either email the completed form to, or drop off the form at the HSBH shelter.

Dog Adoption Application           Cat Adoption Application

Special Needs Adoption Application

Adoption fees vary depending on the animal, age, weight, and sometimes breed. Adoption fees usually range from about $50 to $350.

We ask that all prospective pet parents consider the commitment that is required to be a responsible pet owner. The commitment to your pet could last for 15 years or longer.

Dog training: Dog training for adopted animals over 4 months old is available on most Saturdays. Learn more about this free service here.