About Us




For more information visit our website at www.cdhs.net


The following is a list of items that are in constant need at the shelter. These items may be brought to the shelter during regular business hours. There are also CDHS donation bins located in Bismarck at Big K-Mart, Cash Wise Foods, Gold Label Feeds, KT Animal Supply and True Value Hardware and a donation bin in Mandan at NoDak Mutual Insurance. Items may be purchased and left for pick up at these locations.

• Monetary Donations

• Gasoline Cards

• HP 940 XL Black or Color Ink Cartridges

• Copy Paper

• Cat Litter (non-clumping)*

• Booklets of 44-Cent Postage Stamps

• Canned Squeeze Cheese (Used for giving medicine to animals.)

• Heavy Duty Sheet Protectors

• Accordion File Folders

• Paper Towels

• Rubber Backed Rugs

• Fleece (Should be new - Will be used to make blankets to sell.)

• Cat and Dog Beds (Washable)

• Dog Toys

• Soft Dog Treats

• Tall Kitchen Garbage Bags

• Wild Bird Food

• New or used electric clothes dryers

• Good Condition enclosed 4- or 6-horse trailer

• HE Liquid Laundry Detergent

* Always in short supply.

The Central Dakota Humane Society receives no city, state or federal funding and donations are always needed to help the animals and the organization. It's easy and donations can be made online. If you prefer, your check or money order can be mailed to:

Central Dakota Humane Society 
2104 37th Street
Mandan, ND 58554




Adopting A Friend



Please note that the Central Dakota Humane Society reserves the right to refuse adoption of animals to anyone.


  1. If you are considering the responsibility of adopting a pet, and if you see a dog or cat that you are interested in adopting, you will be asked to take some time to get acquainted with the prospective pet. Dog adoptions require TWO visits prior to beginning the adoption process in order to walk, play with, and/or generally interact with the animal to ensure that the dog you choose is the right dog for your family. Sorry, no exceptions. Remember, you're adopting a new family member that you need to meet and get to know. If you have another dog, we do require that you bring them out to meet with the dog you are considering adopting.
  2. You will then be asked to complete a Pre-Adoption Application. Pre-Adoption Applications are reviewed by CDHS staff  to determine if approval for adoption is in the best interests of both the pet and you as the prospective guardian and may take up to five days for review and a decision.

  3. If approved, you will be required to read and sign an Adoption Contract. CDHS requires that all animals be spayed or neutered prior to adoption. If not already spayed or neutered, this expense is the adopter's responsibility. You will then be given copies of the documents you have signed, a receipt, literature, and your new pet.

  4. CDHS does not adopt out pets on a first-come, first-served basis or "hold" pets for adoptions that have not yet been approved. We strive for permanent adoptions and attempt to place animals in homes best suited for them.

  5. Adopters must be at least 18 years of age and independent (i.e. not living at home with parents, etc.)


Free to a Good Home?

There is no such thing as a "free to a good home" pet, as shown below. Consider adopting from the Central Dakota Humane Society where there is someone for everyone!



"Free to a Good Home" Dog CDHS Dog
• Veterinarian Examination: $40 • Veterinarian Examination: $0
• Distemper Vaccination: $28 • Distemper Vaccination: $
• Rabies Vaccination: $18 • Rabies Vaccination: $
• Deworming: $9 • Deworming: $
• Flea Treatment: $20 • Flea Treatment: $
• Nail Trim: $7 • Nail Trim: $
• Collar: $8 • Collar: $
• Spay/Neuter: $110-$180 • Spay/Neuter: $0
Total Cost: $310
Total Cost: $69 Adoption Fee



*Many shelter animals are already spayed or neutered.  If not, CDHS has a spay/neuter assistance program.

Animal Shelters Have the Best Pets!

Please remember when searching for a new pet, the animals in our shelter have already been given an examination by a veterinarian, given shots, many dogs have had behavior lessons, and many animals have already been spayed or neutered.  In addition, by adopting a shelter pet, a family can make a difference for the one they adopt and for another one on our waiting list who needs a home.  And it's absolutely true - animal shelters have the best pets!

Adoption Fees: 

Adoption fees are used to partially offset the substantial costs incurred in the housing, rescue, and/or medical treatment of the animals.

  • Dogs: $69

  • Cats: $49

  • Special-Needs Pets: $29



Who We Are




The Central Dakota Humane Society has had a shelter located three miles north of Mandan since 1994, but many people are surprised to find out that the organization has actually been doing good deeds in the community for over 50 years. CDHS was originally formed by 12 members as the League for Animal Welfare in 1960. Now CDHS has over 1,800 members, but unfortunately, an animal shelter in a community the size of Bismarck/Mandan and the outlying towns should have about 3,000 members to continue its community work and help more animals.

There seem to be a few misconceptions about CDHS. We are not the pound. We do not euthanize healthy and adoptable animals. The members who drafted the shelter's mission in 1994 decided that we should be a no-kill shelter, which means if an animal is healthy and temperamentally sound, we will not euthanize it. We will keep the animal until it can find a loving home. The members today continue to live by this philosophy because we believe there is always the perfect guardian out there looking for the loving cats and dogs we house at the shelter.

Another misconception - we are NOT associated with PETA. Although we may have some members who prefer to be vegetarian or who are opposed to hunting and fishing, our organization does NOT take a stand on those issues. Indeed, we have had several very loyal hunters sitting on our board of directors over the years and they love their pets as much as anyone can. 

Our main goals fall in line with our mission statement. Our first mission is to provide for, house, rehabilitate and relocate lost, strayed or homeless animals. Another important mission is to promote spaying and neutering of pets in order to cut down the number of the area's unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. We are proud to say that since January 1998 we have helped spay and neuter more than 7,500 cats and dogs.

We ARE a vital partner and a needed asset in our community. Please help us continue our mission. We challenge every pet lover in the Central Dakota area to show your love for your own animals by giving back to those less fortunate - the stray, abandoned and abused creatures who find their way to our doorstep and who are eventually adopted into wonderful, forever homes.

Our Mission Statement:

  • To provide for, house, rehabilitate and relocate lost, strayed or homeless animals.

  • To provide appropriate medical services.

  • To foster and promote humane treatment of all animals.

  • To encourage proper responsibility by owners of animals in their care, training or control.

  • To cooperate in the enforcement of laws that protect animals from cruelty or neglect.

  • To promote spaying and neutering of companion animals to avoid unwanted litters.

  • To help bring about a time when no more abused and/or abandoned animals will be destroyed anywhere.

  • To do such acts and exercise such powers - within the law - as may be necessary, desirable or incidental to the carrying out of the purposes specified above.



Come Visit Us


We look forward to hearing from you, and if you have not already done so, we invite you to visit our shelter. The care our animals receive is second to none. One adopter phrased it this way, "You can feel the love here!" 



2104 37th Street 
Mandan, North Dakota 58554 

Phone: 701-667-2020 

Business Hours 
Tuesday - Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
Sunday and Monday: Closed 



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