2015-13Days


Gizmo arrived at WHHS in the winter of 2013 as a surrender due to his family’s allergies. Gizmo was not a happy camper when he arrived, but we couldn’t help but smile at his crossed-eyed, grumpy demeanor. He moved along at WHHS and entered our cattery with 29 other feline […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Gizmo’s Fund


Bentley came into our shelter when his owner of a few years brought him to us as an owner surrender. Bentley was a sad little Corgi when he arrived: his first night at the shelter, Western Hills Humane Society’s Becky sat in his kennel after-hours holding him. After a few […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Bentley


Kris Kringle joined us at WHHS after he was found rummaging through the garbage out in the country over Thanksgiving. After taking a Sunday morning, holiday weekend call-of-desperation from us, Spearfish Groom and Board promptly said yes to helping us clean him up and took him in immediately on Monday. […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Kris Kringle



Early in the morning of Sunday, April 26, 2015, Western Hills Humane Society received a phone call from police informing the shelter that they had confiscated 36 toy breed dogs and six cats from a Trailblazer in the Spearfish Walmart parking lot. It was assumed and later confirmed that the […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Chihuahuas


In the Fall of 2014, WHHS received an anonymous tip regarding an animal hoarding situation. Partnering with Lawrence County Sherriff’s Department and Spearfish’s Animal Control Officer Tate Hayford, we entered the home and found six dogs with various health issues, 19 cats, four rabbits, ferrets, and guinea pigs. The homeowners […]

13 Days of Gratitude | August and September


Jinx has been coming and going to and from WHHS for years, at no fault of his own. Between moving situations and various owner-surrenders, he always came back to us. After we noticed Jinx too-frequently urinating and just not thriving at WHHS, he was diagnosed with Diabetes, a major responsibility to […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Jinx



Sometimes at WHHS, we receive animals who have more emotional issues than physical scars. Lizzy came to WHHS in bad shape. No veterinarian wanted to speculate how her face was burned and she was covered in hundreds of ticks, fleas, and worms. Her emotional scars were even larger than her […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Lizzy & Wija


Emerson and Amelia came to Western Hills Humane Society from the Pine Ridge Reservation.   Both girls were spayed and vaccinated when they came to us. They were also fighting venereal cancer. With treatment, this form of cancer has a 96% success rate, but both Emerson and Amelia had developed […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Emerson and Ameila


As tiny as they may be, kittens are one of the biggest expenses at WHHS.     Every kitten in our care needs to be vaccinated, wormed, “boostered” for their vaccines, and altered. Many times, these little kitties do not have their moms and require foster care and milk replacement. […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Kittens



Loki (now Peanut) was a reservation rescue who came to WHHS after his owner died on the Pine Ridge Reservation.       Loki waited at her owner’s trailer for months for her to return before being rescued by Lakota Animal Care.   When Loki came to join us, he […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Loki


Kola (later named Koa) was a reservation dog who came in very pregnant and had 9 puppies at our shelter. After her pregnancy, the veterinarian removed her bad eye and she was successfully adopted in 2014! Kola (now Koa) was featured in our 2015 calendar. Here is what her furever home had to say: […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Kola (Koa)


Ramsey (later names Weebles) was a sweet feline guest of WHHS who required an eye removal during his stay. He has since been adopted and loves his furever home. Here’s my story: “I remember when I got to my forever home, my humans had a hard time picking a name for me. […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Ramsey (Weebles)



Grace, a German Shorthaired Pointer female stray, was found in 2014, abandoned on Maitland Road.   When she came to stay with us in 2014, Grace and her daughter Sadie were both emaciated. Grace suffered from a number of skin conditions, mange being one of them. Above routine veterinarian costs to care […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Grace