Strays & Surrenders

Found a Stray?
Here’s what to do!

Strays are always accepted here at the shelter either through our front desk from 11am  to 6pm or in our Night Receiving area to the West of the main entrance while we are closed.

Finders can stop at our front desk and fill out a short intake form stating where they found the animal and we handle the rest! Finders can also let us know at that time if they are interested in adopting the animal they found. We add your name and number to the animals file and if not claimed by their owner, you will be notified after the animal has been evaluated by our kennel and veterinary staff. We cannot release any information about the animal to you.

Sioux Falls and all surrounding counties require, by ordinance, that all stray animals are turned into proper authorities such as animal control or the local shelter. When a stray animal comes to our shelter or is picked up by Animal Control, the animal is then placed on a hold to allow time for an owner to come forward. We also keep active lost report files to do our best to match descriptions with animals as they come in. We also check the animals for microchips and tag information to try to locate an owner. We suggest that you also post photos of the animal on social media channels to help us locate the owner, but do not keep the animal in your care. The owner may have come looking for their animal at the shelter, and cannot find it if you have it in your care.

If you have any other questions, feel free to call our adoption center or email us at

Surrenders & Re-Homing
If you are needing to surrender your pet, please read below

**Due to the road construction currently taking place in front of the shelter we ask anyone who is considering re-homing their pet to call and make an appointment to do so. This will ensure that we can help you find your way to the shelter if you have any issues, as well as having no wait time once you arrive. **

We are an open admission shelter and are able to take in animals no matter the reason or circumstance. When you come in to surrender a pet, one of our adoption counselors will sit down with you so they can learn all about your pet such as likes, dislikes, and what they are used to at your home. Please try to have as much information as you can! The more information we have, the easier it is for us to find the best fitting home for them.

At the time of surrender, we will need to see your photo ID, but there are no other requirements. If you have veterinary records, we would love to have them. If you do not have the records, it is no problem. We ask for a donation to help care for the pets but is also not required. Generally, we ask for $30, and add another $10 for each additional animal. If you have multiple animals to surrender, we ask a maximum of 4 animals to be brought in at one time from a single family.

Please have your dogs on a leash or any cats in carriers. If you do not have either of those, see the front desk before you bring your pet inside.

Once you surrender your pet, we cannot give you any updates on the animal. There is also a 90-day wait period before you are able to be considered for adoption.

***Optional: Below is the form you may fill out ahead of time if you wish to surrender.

If you have any other questions, feel free to call our adoption center at 605-338-4441 or email us at

3720 E Benson Rd, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

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