Increase in Student Volunteers at Humane Society

USD student involvement at the Heartland Humane Society in Yankton had increased in the past year. Currently, there are over 150 volunteers with a mix of community members and students. In total, there are 25 students volunteering this year.  The Heartland Humane Society is an animal shelter for unwanted animals. They take care of a […]

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The Cat Cafe De-stresses Students

Students swapped out their laptops for cats at the Cat Cafe event aimed to be a de-stresser for midterms week.  On Oct. 20, USD’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) partnered with the Heartland Humane Society of Yankton to put on the Cat Cafe Event.  At the event, the Heartland Humane Society brought cats that are up […]

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Heartland Humane Society in desperate need of foster families

Heartland Humane Society in Yankton is having difficulties finding foster families. They’ve been experiencing the staffing shortage since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020 and the numbers haven’t risen to the point they need yet.   Executive director Kerry Feilmeier has been working with Heartland Humane Society since 2011. She said Heartland could easily use a […]

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South Dakota animal shelters help rehome pets displaced by Hurricane Ida

In the wake of Hurricane Ida sweeping the Gulf Coast, hundreds of shelter animals were left with nowhere to go. Operation Sunflower, a project run by Greater Good Charities, transported at-risk shelter pets in advance of and in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida to animal shelters across the country. One such animal shelter was the […]

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Heartland Humane Society cares for stray cats in Vermillion

Outdoor cats are all over Vermillion. The Heartland Humane Society in Yankton is the closest animal shelter to Vermillion and works with the city and any volunteers through their Trap Neuter Release Program (TNR). Dana Merrigan is a veterinary technician and intake coordinator at the Heartland Humane Society and helps with the TNR program. The […]

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Heartland Humane Society helps furry friends find forever homes

Approximately 6.5 million animals enter an animal shelter each year. Currently, the Heartland Humane Society in Yankton, SD is home to roughly 30 of those shelter animals.  Kerry Hacecky, the director at Heartland, said most animals they house were either surrendered by their previous owner or were stray.  Hacecky said half the stray animals are […]

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