Stray Animals/Lost and Found Pets


Call 367-7000 to report a lost pet or if you have found a stray pet. Stray dogs and cats are illegal in Sioux Falls. Wandering pets often end up hit by cars, tormented by non-animal lovers, and if frightened, can bite strangers out of fear. Stray animals are also exposed to contagious diseases such as rabies and distemper, which they can bring home with them to their owners and other pets. Reporting stray animals is a true service both to the public and to the pets.

  • Every effort will be made to return lost pets to their owners.
  • Animals picked up in Sioux Falls without city license, identifying tags or microchips are held for three days (per City Ordinance) at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.
  • An animal picked up in Sioux Falls that does have a city license, identifying tag or microchip will be held for five days at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.
  • Animals that are not claimed in the allotted time period become the property of the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society and are then evaluated for entry into their adoption program.