Welcome to the Western Hills Humane Society, a no-kill, non-suffering pet shelter that protects, saves and enhances the lives of abused, neglected, forgotten and lost animals. Located in the beautiful Black Hills of Spearfish, South Dakota. In addition to donations and fundraising efforts, the shelter is generously funded by the City of Spearfish, Lawrence County, and various grants.  Western Hills Humane Society cares for approximately 600 animals a year. As a no-kill shelter some animals residents have been living at our shelter for several years patiently awaiting their forever home.


As some of you know we have recently taken in 26 dogs from Whitewood. They are severly malnourished, infected, not up to date on shots, not spayed/neutered, inbreed, and untrained/not socialized. We need all the help we can get and any donations you are willing to give us! We have a link (Givebutter) to donate money, and of course you can always come into the shelter and drop donations off! Down below are some articles explaining a little more about this unfortunate situation. Thank you all for your continual support for our shelter. Without this community we would not be here taking care of these prescious animals! 

Rapid City Journal: Court Records Detail about Dog Abuse in Lawrence County Case

Rapid City Journal: 35 Dogs Rescued near Whitewood were Starving

BH Pioneer: Rescued Dogs doing Well

KOTA TV: 24 Dogs Seized near Whitewood 



In response to Covid-19 if you are interested in adopting please fill out an application before you enter our shelter. We are not allowing people to look at the animals unless you have filled out an application and you are serious about adopting. When you enter our facility we require you to be wearing a mask. We are not allowing any volunteers at this time.

Our hours have changed, we will be open Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 12-4. If you have any questions please call us at 605-642-1576 and please leave a voicemail if we did not answer. We will call you back. You can also message us on Facebook. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your support and stay safe!