Community support is what makes it possible for the Humane Society of the Black Hills to take in nearly 4,500 animals each year.

The Humane Society is a non-profit, open admission animal shelter serving western South Dakota. An open admission shelter is an animal shelter that accepts and takes in all animals, regardless of their age, health condition, temperament, or species. We don’t turn away any animals brought to the humane society, which often includes stray animals, surrendered pets, or those rescued from dangerous situations.

Unfortunately, new challenges are compromising our ability to continue to offer the same level of services.

One of the biggest challenges we’re facing is a thriving community. Rapid City is booming – the fastest growing metro area in the Midwest – and along with that comes more animals.

The economic situation we’re in has also caused some hand wringing. Prices are high – climbing at double digit percentages – who doesn’t feel the pinch?

The sustainability of the current level of services at the Humane Society of the Black Hills is under pressure. Business as usual isn’t going to work.

Starting in 2024, we’re reaching out to businesses to partner with the Humane Society of the Black Hills. Don’t misunderstand, we have always had the support of many businesses and we know that wonderful gift will continue. These partnerships give us the opportunity to make an annual plan based on support and include it in our budget for multiple years in a row.

The Humane Society of the Black Hills is a vital community service. Our mission is Serving Animals, Serving Community, and we take that seriously. In the coming months, we’ll be reaching out for support to keep this vital operation serving this community.