The Humane Society of the Black Hills (HSBH) has been a community partner for decades and takes in more than 4,000 animals each year – dogs, cats, chickens, goats, rabbits, reptiles, and more all come through the doors and receive humane, compassionate treatment and care. Animal care is a vital community service and we’re proud to provide that care and continue to meet our mission: Serving Animals, Serving Community.

But there are serious challenges ahead as costs increase and our community continues to grow at record pace.

The Humane Society of the Black Hills (HSBH) provides animal control, sheltering, and impound services for the City of Rapid City, Pennington County and the City of Box Elder. Due to the tremendous growth in our area, and the growing animal population, funding for the HSBH services isn’t keeping pace. Safety and services are a priority for our community as it grows, and animal management is a crucial function in a healthy community.

The HSBH provides essential services that are at risk due to financial challenges brought on by increasing costs for labor, services and utilities.

The HSBH is a vital community service, not just for the care it provides to the animal population, but also for the animal-related safety services it provides to the entire community. Without the HSBH, the City of Rapid City would be challenged to handle the more than 4,000 animal issues a year. This is a critical time for the HSBH. We are adjusting to challenges which have intensified since the pandemic, and our needs have increased. We face consistently high animal numbers, and these numbers are predicted to increase as the community continues to grow.

As we move forward, our mission – Serving Animals, Serving Community – won’t change, but our ability to carry it out will become increasingly difficult without increased funding. The community needs us, and we need the community. Help fulfill our mission of “Serving Animals, Serving Community” through your annual business partnership and financial committment to animal welfare.

Visit our Sponsor page at or call Jerry and Caitlin at (605) 394-4170 for more information!