About Brookings Regional Humane Society

BRHS formed in 1998 to help the Brookings Animal Control Department find homes for stray animals. Prior to BRHS forming, there was no humane society/adoption group; the majority of the animals at Animal Control had to be euthanized. The unclaimed, homeless cats and dogs from Animal Control are BRHS’ priority. Those unclaimed within a five-day holding period are surrendered to BRHS where they get the necessary wellness care and are spayed/neutered. Animal Control brings any sick or injured animals to BRHS for immediate care.  It is rare now for an animal to be euthanized, as this organization continues to accomplish its mission.

In 2013 BRHS was very fortunate to move into its present location across from the Brookings Airport. The building was built specifically to house animals and provides a separate dog kennel area, rooms to house cats, natural lighting, and proper ventilation throughout the whole facility. There are also medical isolation, quarantine, treatment, and surgery rooms.

BRHS has been recognized for and has won multiple awards from both city and national organizations, including several Dog Rescue Awards and a nomination for the Governor’s Award.

Dog rescue award




Our Mission:

  • To shelter homeless pets.
  • To protect animals by finding permanent loving homes through an aggressive adoption outreach program.
  • To educate the community about companion animals and promote responsible pet care and pet ownership.
  • To promote the reduction of pet overpopulation through spay/neuter education and programs. 

In the present location, BRHS helps more animals than ever before, but to continue, this non-profit needs more help now than ever.  Your donations enable BRHS to continue its mission of helping homeless, unwanted animals in the Brookings region. BRHS would not exist, saving thousands of animal lives, if not for the on-going, generous support from the community.


Board of Directors:

President: Dick Peterson
Vice-President: Lindsie Bartley
Secretary: Joni Mueller
Treasurer: Sheri Wiig

Dick Peterson
Dr. Russ Daly
Joni Mueller
Bill Davidson
Beth Reams
Lance Howard
Julie Foerster

Directors of Humane Society:
Maia Moore, Director

Wanda Gibson, Assistant Director

Volunteer Veterinarians:
Beverly Shelbourn, Jill Ayers, Lorien Sopchak, Joseph Darrington

Animal Care Staff: Amy Sylvestre, Adam Juba, Lacey Hofer, Erica Houska