Due to COVID-19 the Animal Shelter is closed to the public. If you need to speak to someone, please call.
1140 Otter Road
Hours often vary- check our Facebook page for the most updated news and information.
The Sturgis/Meade County Animal Shelter is financed by the City of Sturgis and is operated as a division of the Sturgis Police Department. The Police Department has a full-time Animal Control Officer (ACO), who is assigned to enforce animal laws.
The Sturgis Animal Shelter also has a full-time Shelter Technician, who is responsible for the Shelter operations, including adoptions and the care and welfare of the animals in our shelter.
If you have lost your pet, please contact us and file a lost animal report with local law enforcement to alert officers and deputies that you are missing a loved one. This includes Meade County and Butte County dogs.
If We Find Your Pet
We hold animals we find for five days. If the animal is not claimed by the end of the fifth day, he/she becomes the property of the shelter. If the animal is claimed, we charge $10 a day for boarding.
All owners must, within five days, provide proof of current rabies vaccination and if they are not able to provide this proof, they will be cited for a violation of City Ordinance 32.03.01.
Attention Pet Owners!
Please make sure your animal has current ID tags so if it ends up at the shelter we can call you.
The City of Sturgis and Meade County requires all animals to be vaccinated against rabies.
If you have 7 or more domestic animals (excluding fish) that live at one location, you must obtain an Excess Animal Permit. The permit requires an application, yearly inspection, notification of neighbors (conducted by the City) and a $10 permit fee.
No person shall allow, bring, keep, or maintain, into or within the City, whether under control or at large, any horse, cow, mule, swine, sheep, goats, fowl, and pigeons, except as otherwise provided in Section 32.02.03.
Beekeeping - Hobby Beekeeping is allowed but is highly regulated. See City Ordinance Section 32.05 for more information.
We have a number of cats and dogs up for adoption; they are very nice animals and need good homes. We pride ourselves in offering healthy, happy pets at the Sturgis Animal Shelter. Please stop by our facility or call if you are interested in seeing available pets. Learn More
Did you know that Sturgis plays host to a huge variety of wild animals, including woodchucks, prairie dogs, squirrels, rabbits, deer, porcupines, badgers, raccoons, skunks, and all sorts of other animals? Most wild animals will leave an area as soon as they realize they are sharing it with a human, so if you are witness to a wild critter in your back yard, don't confront it, just wait and it will go away. If you see a mountain lion in your yard, call law enforcement immediately!
Springtime means bird nests and baby animals such as rabbits. If you find baby animals of any sort, leave them alone!
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Extreme weather affects our pets too! If you're too hot or cold, so are they. South Dakota is known for its extreme heat and cold. Be a responsible pet owner and make sure your pets are safe.
If they are outside, make sure they have shelter, food and freshwater at all times.
When the weather turns cold, bring them inside and NEVER leave your pet in the car on a hot day, even when the windows are rolled down.
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