We’re Full: Sioux Falls Humane Society No Longer Accepting Surrenders

Nearly Double Amount Of Times Compared To Last Year

It took less than a month before they were full capacity once again. The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society has had to close its doors to surrenders once again. This has occurred almost twice as many times as last year, with many closings occurring within the last 6 months.

“Past years we’ve probably had it happen like two or three times during the year, explained Malorie Adamson, the Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.  “But this year, I know, this is our fourth or fifth time.”

In late September, around September 22nd, the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society closed its doors to surrenders, having reached their limit however, they reopened their doors to surrenders about two weeks ago.

“It probably just filled up again so quickly because when we do, you know, shut it down from owner surrenders,” Adamson says, “people are having to hold onto those animals for a little longer.”

During times when surrenders are no longer taken in, those who wish to surrender their animal can be put on a list and get contacted when the society is accepting surrenders again.

And in a seven day period, from October 19th to October 26th, nearly 200 animals were surrendered to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society, causing them to stop taking surrenders in once again.

“We get a bit of a rush with the animals then, you know, all the processes with evaluating, getting their paperwork straight so we can get them up for adoption and into a home takes some time,” explained Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator, for the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society, Malorie Adamson.

While the number of times they’ve had to stop surrenders is almost double compared to last year, occurring somewhere between four and five times, the Humane Society says this time of year is one of two peak times to see surrenders.

“During the holiday time, you know, very busy times with people traveling and leaving or all the commotions with visitors and things animals get spooked or take off and you see an increase in strays as well during that time of year,” explained Adamson; she says that the other peak time that the humane society sees an increase in surrenders is during the spring, sometimes called “Kitten Season”. Adamson says that’s when they see pregnant cats come in and later give birth to a litter of kittens.

Whether they’re cats or dogs, strays have to be picked up and held, says Malorie Adamson, Marketing and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. Which limits the amount of room the humane society has to offer, even with their recent expansion that happened a year and a half to two years ago.

“We are contracted through the city; we are obligated to take all strays so we have to have so much space, at a time, cause we obviously get strays in on a daily basis.”

Malorie Adamson says that the Humane Society does background checks as well as landlord checks to make sure pets are allowed on site. Ways, she says, they make sure that once an animal is adopted it’s staying at a forever home.

The Humane Society does do spay and neutering in house and tries to get to every animal they house, but says that with an increase amount of animals, they can’t get to every animal. However, once an animal is adopted, as part of their application, they call the owner after a month to make sure their animal is properly spayed or neutered and will continue to remind the new owner to spay or neuter their pet.