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We work in South Dakota to support animal welfare legislation, fight animal cruelty in all forms, rescue animals in danger, and engage citizens to promote the protection of animals. Find out how you can help animals here and around the country. Contact Us See South Dakota News on Facebook


  • South Dakota joined the rest of the nation in setting felony-level penalties for animal cruelty. iStockphoto

Finally, a Felony

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a law making his state the 50th and final state to enact a felony law for animal cruelty. South Dakota is now the 41st state with a felony cockfighting law, too. read more


  • Where does South Dakota stand?

    See how South Dakota compares with other states on public policies dealing with animal cruelty and fighting, pets, wildlife, equines, animals in research, and farm animals. Learn more

  • Our victories in South Dakota

    Learn about our work to date, in the field and at the state capitol, fighting for better treatment of all animals in South Dakota. Learn more [PDF]

  • Volunteer for the animals

    From helping animals in our care centers, to assisting The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team, to grassroots organizing, there are many ways you can help. Learn More

  • Meet our state director

    Darci Adams works with the Ogala Pet Project and other organizations to address animal care and spay/neuter challenges on South Dakota's nine Indian Reservations. Learn more

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