If you are considering the responsibility of adopting a pet, and if you see a dog or cat that you are interested in adopting, you will be asked to take some time to get acquainted with the prospective pet.

  • Dog adoptions require TWO visits prior to beginning the adoption process in order to walk, play with, and/or generally interact with the animal to ensure that the dog you choose is the right dog for your family. Sorry, no exceptions. Also, If you have another dog, we do require that you bring them out to meet with the dog you are considering adopting.

    Cat adoptions require one visit.

  • It is policy with dog adoptions that everyone in your household come out to meet with the potential new pet. Remember, you're adopting a new family member that everyone needs to meet and get to know.

  • Some animals may require additional visits depending on their individual characteristics, temperament, etc. (examples being exceptionally shy, nervous or anxious animals, or other special needs considerations).
  • After visiting with the pet, you will be able to complete a Pre-Adoption Application. Pre-Adoption Applications are reviewed by CDHS staff to determine if approval for adoption is in the best interests of both the pet and you as the prospective guardian. Application screening may take up to seven business days for review and a decision.
  • If approved, you will be required to read and sign an Adoption Contract. You will then be given copies of the documents you have signed, a receipt, literature, and your new pet.
  • CDHS does not adopt out pets on a first-come, first-served basis or "hold" pets for adoptions that have not yet been approved. We strive for permanent adoptions and attempt to place animals in homes best suited for them.
  • Adopters must be at least 18 years of age and independent.
  • CDHS accepts cash or credit card ONLY for adoption fees. Checks will not be accepted.

Please note that the Central Dakota Humane Society reserves the right to refuse adoption of animals to anyone.



Adoption Fees are used to partially offset the substantial costs incurred in the rescue, housing, feeding, and medical treatment of the shelter animals.

  • Adult Cats (over one year old) $80.00, plus tax
  • Kittens (under one year old) $150.00, plus tax
  • Adult Dogs (over one year old) $250.00, plus tax
  • Puppies (under one year old) $300.00, plus tax

Please remember, when searching for a new pet, the animals at CDHS have already been given an examination by a veterinarian, given vaccinations, been spayed or neutered, been microchipped, and many dogs have had behavior lessons and socialization.
By adopting a shelter pet, a family can make a difference for the one they adopt and for another one on our waiting list who needs a home. It's absolutely true - animal rescues have the best pets!