Welcome to our Adoption Centre!
Adopting from the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society (KWHS) is a wonderful way to give an orphaned pet a forever home. At KWHS we have a deep understanding of the temperament and health of the animals in our care.
Our knowledgeable Adoption Counsellors can assist you in making the best choice possible for you and your family.
Please be patient with us during your visit. You may experience a short wait as we pride ourselves in customer service. We ensure that we take the time needed to set each adoption up for a successful future.
Our primary concern is the welfare of the pet, some of which may have experienced emotional or physical trauma so we do reserve the right to select the most appropriate home for each pet.
We are unfortunately unable to hold pets via phone requests or faxed/emailed applications. Pets can only be reserved (to allow adopters to prepare their homes, purchase supplies etc.) once an application has been approved through a one-on-one interview at our centre.
The following rates apply to animals adopted from the KWHS although we have numerous promotions throughout the year to assist with special cases or large inventories:
Please visit our adoptable pets. We believe there is a pet for every home and a home for every pet!
Adopt a second cat through our BOGO program (excludes kittens under four months of age). Ask an adoption staff member for details.
|Cats & Kittens||$210.00|
|Dogs & Puppies||$300+|
|Small Animals (Gerbils, Hamsters, Degus)||$15.00|
|Larger Animals (Rabbits)||$30 – 50.00|
|Birds||$20 – 60.00|
*We reserve the right to adjust fees when it is in the best interest of the animals.
How to Adopt
Looking for a new pet to add to your family is exciting. Here’s how easy this new adventure in animal adoption can be.
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Let the experts help you!
Let’s go home, buddy!
Why adopt from us?
It is important to understand that the value received by adopting a pet through the KWHS more than offsets the cost of adoption.
|Vet Services Included in KWHS Adoption Fees||Cat||Dog|
|Veterinary Health Exam||$75||$75|
|Spay/Neuter||$250 – $290||$350 – $500|
|30 Days Free Pet Insurance||$45||$45|
|Total Value of Vet Services Included in KWHS Adoption Fees||$545 *||$645 *|
|KWHS Adoption Fees||$210||$300|
|Savings By Adopting at the KWHS||$335||$345|
*Denotes average minimum costs and does not include Dog Behavior assessments included in KWHS adoptions. The KWHS reserves the right to adopt specific dog and cat breeds at a higher fee.
If you have any questions at all regarding the value received by adopting a pet through the KWHS, please ask for our Animal Care Manager, Amanda Hawkins.
Surrendering a pet
It is always difficult to surrender a pet. Our staff will work with you to see if there are any alternatives so you and your pet may remain as a family. When circumstances are such that staying together is impossible our staff will arrange the appropriate time to surrender your pet. We are only able to receive surrender pets by appointment only, as we have limited space and resources. Please call the Centre at 519-745-5615 to see if there are alternatives to surrendering and to ensure space is available. When the shelter is at capacity, in the best interest of the pet, owners will be encouraged to wait until the Centre has space available before surrendering their pet.