The city of Sioux Falls is growing at a rapid pace, with some estimates saying over the next decade the city will add nearly 100,000 people. With those people will come more animals, something the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society recognizes needs to be addressed quickly.
One walk in the door and you will be greeted with a loving face, the face of an animal simply looking for a home.
"They need to have a safe place to go. Animals are dumped every single day. We don't want that to happen. We want them here so they're safe," Humane Society Executive Director Kori Baade said.
Each day, the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society welcomes in visitors. Some come in for a walk around the building and some for adoptions. It is a special relationship with the community that keeps the shelter up and running.
"We are a local humane society, and I think a lot of people assume that we are part of something else, but we're not. We're a local humane society, so it's just us. If we did not have the community, this would not be here," Baade said.
That need for a close relationship is very apparent when it comes to food for their animals.
"We really depend on the donations from the public, otherwise we would have to go out and purchase that, and we would have to take that money from another fund, maybe the medical fund," volunteer coordinator Alma Sehovic said.
Animals at the shelter consume more food than what's being dropped off in donations.
"Right now, we have three bags left. Two that are 20 pounds and one that is 50 pounds. We go through about 150 to 200 pounds of adult dog chow every day, so this is not going to last all day through tomorrow," Sehovic said.
If the amount of food for the animals was not a big enough issue, the discussion of space for everyone is now priority number one.
"We're getting more animals every year. The city is growing so large and so the animal count grows as well," Baade said.
The humane society plays a crucial role in our community and they take care of pets of all breeds and species. Sioux Falls is a growing community, and the need for a larger humane society is becoming more apparent.
"We've been so thankful to have a lot of foster families, but if you want to look at it truthfully, it's been a couple years that we've been full, and at various times of the year, we've been over full," Baade said.
The humane society has now reached a point where they may need to start turning animals away.
"We don't want them dropped off on a highway or a gravel road, or people having to drive further just to re-home their dog," Sehovic said.
"We don't want to go to a limited admission shelter where we say 'We have to turn you away today' when you bring your animal in," Baade said.
That's where a 9-month expansion project comes into play.
"We are going to be adding on about 5,000-square foot addition, and we are going to be remodeling some of our internal space to make the flow go better," Baade said.
It is their way of continuing the support for everyone in the Sioux Falls area.