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July 2020’s Online Auction

Our July 2020 Online Auction The Kingston Humane Society will once again be hosting our Online Auction from July 1st to July 31st 2020.    Thank you so much for helping us raise over $10,000 with our online auction in 2019. Now more than ever we need your help, due to COVID-19 the Kingston Humane Society has had […]

Digital Fundraising and Marketing Assistant

The Kingston Humane Society is seeking a flexible and energetic individual to fill the temporary Summer Student position of Digital Fundraising & Marketing Assistant. The ideal candidate must be self-motivated with a high energy level and the ability to work as part of a team. Key strengths must include the ability to work under pressure, […]

A ray of hope

Hot Off the Collar | Volume 9 We all get overwhelmed. The demands of work, family, health and world events can be relentless. It can weaken our resolve and make us feel vulnerable or weary. That’s exactly how I was feeling as I read and watched story after story about the tragedy in Nova Scotia. […]

What is #GivingTuesdayNow?

#GivingTuesdayNow is taking place on May 5th, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an opportunity to celebrate the strength of your community, to connect with your supporters, and to do good together even while practicing physical distancing. Donate Now!


Our Team Cares Thank you for taking the time to review our website. Please feel free to contact us via e-mail, phone, or our online contact form with any inquiries you may have. Someone from Kingston Humane Society will reply within 24 hours or our next available business day. Please note if this is an […]

Host Your Own Event

Host YourOwn Event Raise money, have a pawsome time and generate awareness about a good cause? Heck ya! Some ideas to get you started: Make your event a team building or group activity. You will all feel good working together for a great cause! Guy or girls night out Bake sale, garage sale, or car […]

Become a Volunteer

VolunteeringWith The KHS Cuddle cats, walk dogs, and so many other ways you can help, contact us today and get started! Volunteers Thank you for your interest in our Volunteer Program. Please use the tabs below to browse our current and closed volunteer positions. Please note that Volunteers must be 18 yrs and over, with […]

Become a Sponsor

Become aSponsor Today! Get involved, make a difference and sponsor our signature events! Appealing to all corporations: Give the gift of hope! Show Kingston you care by helping homeless animals in our community! The Kingston Humane Society is pleased to offer our corporate partners excellent sponsorship opportunities for visibility and participation. A partnership with us […]

Become a Member

Become a Registered Member Newsletters, a voice at the AGM, stickers and more, what are you waiting for? Members Through your annual membership dues, you help sustain essential services provided by the KHS, including: Providing 24-hour rescue services for animals in need Caring for just under 2,000 dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals a year […]

Become a Foster

Getting StartedWith Fostering Are you interested in fostering an animal with the Kingston Humane Society? Here are answers to important questions. Cats What is the time commitment for fostering a cat? Pregnant cats often have the longest foster terms. The cat gestation period is between 61-69 days. Once she has her babies, she weans them […]

Privacy Policy

Effective Date: May 14, 2018 Terms Of Service Privacy Policy of This Application collects some Personal Data from its Users. Users may be subject to different protection standards and broader standards may therefore apply to some. In order to learn more about the protection criteria, Users can refer to the applicability section. Owner and Data […]

Lost & Found

Looking For A Lost Fur Friend? Here is what you need to know. Pound Information As a municipal pound provider, KHS steps outside its work as a local charity to enforce the Ontario Pounds Act and municipal contracts for pound services. Our role as a pound provider is to ensure lost pets are safe, have […]


Until everypet iswantedyour giftis needed DONATE NOW SPECIAL AUCTION ALERT Renowned Kingston artist, Patti Leishman, has offered to donate a custom 36″ x 36″ pet portrait on canvas to the Kingston Humane Society as an auction item to raise much-needed funds.⠀ An original of this size and medium by Patti, normally sells for $1300-$1500 and […]

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions This is where you will find most answers. If there should still be any questions left, don’t hesitate to contact us. Adoptions What are your adoption hours? A: Shelter adoption hours are:Monday to Friday – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.Saturday and Sunday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where are you located? A: We […]

Tribute Gifts

Honour andRemember witha Tribute Gift Save Those In Need! A Gift In Memory A Gift In Memory of a Loved One Do you want to honour the life of a friend or relative? Did your loved one care deeply about the welfare of animals? Making a gift given in a loved one’s memory can often […]

Our Wish List

This Is Our “Always Needed” Wish List Things that the furkids are always in need of! Gift Cards Grocery stores (to purchase fruit and veggies for rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and exotic animals!) Pet supply stores (for animal food and supplies) Canadian Tire money Gas station gift certificates Hardware store gift certificates General Gift Cards […]

Leave a Legacy

Leave YourLegacy of Love Provide Love, Shelterand a voice. Charitable Bequest A charitable bequest is simply a distribution from your estate to a charitable organization through your last will and testament. There are different kinds of bequests. For each, you must use very specific language to indicate the precise direction of your assets, and to […]

Donate a Car

Wanting to Donate an Old Clunker or a New Set of Wheels? Well The KHS Won’t Shake A Fist at that! Donate A Car Canada accepts vehicle donations for Kingston Humane Society.  To donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to the Kingston Humane Society, click here. Donate A Car Canada provides free […]

Satellite Adoption Centres

Looking for a satellite adoption centre? Use the map belowto find your furever pet. Satellite Adoption Centres The Kingston Humane Society thanks the following businesses for ensuring even more animals find their ways into loving homes by providing safe and secure accommodations on their premises. Their on-going support makes a difference in the lives of […]

Getting Started

Getting Started With Adoption The Process, The Policies and The Fees Associated. Preamble The Kingston Humane Society’s adoptions policy has been drafted to achieve a number of goals. First and foremost, our policies help to ensure the successful adoption of our animals into loving, forever homes. Second, we want to educate potential pet owners on […]

Available Pets

LookingTo Adopt? Well You Came To The Right Page! Available Pets Type: AnyCatDogOther Sex: AnyMaleFemale Age: AnyBabyYoung Looking to adopt? Apply Online Now! For Inspirations, News, Events and Much More Name* First Last Email* Phone This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. This iframe contains the logic required to handle Ajax […]


A Little Bit About Kingston Humane Society The Kingston Humane Society was founded in 1884 to provide shelter and care for homeless animals and investigate cases of animal cruelty in Kingston and surrounding communities. We promote responsible pet ownership and compassion and respect for all animals. Our Mission, Vision & How We Work   Mission: […]


CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC The Kingston Humane Society is closed to the public due to COVID-19 LIMITED ANIMAL INTAKE We are still here for our community’s pets but we are limiting the number of animal intakes BE PREPARED Ensure you have a friend or family member who can help you care for your pets in […]


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kingston Humane Society (KHS) is modifying one of its biggest annual fundraising events. “Bowl for the Animals” on April 5th will become “Virtual Bowl for the Animals”. This yearly event has raised in excess of $20,000 but the threat of COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of the actual […]

From the worst comes the best

Hot Off the Collar | Volume 7 Mid-November is a difficult time in animal welfare. The shelters – ours included – are full. Expenses are being carefully monitored as the financial year-end looms. And perhaps most importantly, shelter employees are exhausted by months of working in an environment that is perpetually over-capacity and under-resourced.

Goodbye to one of the Biggest Paws

Hot Off the Collar | Volume 6 The story of Sean and Rupert, like so many of the heart-tugging, smile-inducing stories we see here at the Kingston Humane Society, was born out of dire circumstances. On Christmas morning, in 2009, Officer Sean McCaffrey of the OPP was working 401 duty. Early that day, as the […]

Alice doesn’t live here anymore

Hot Off the Collar | Volume 5 I’ve been struggling to find something to write about for this month’s blog. It’s not because I lack subjects. Winter animal care, investigations, the generosity of our donors; I tried each topic but nothing felt perfect for Christmas. Then came Alice. Alice arrived on our doorstep 10 months […]

Christmas Trees Are Sold Out

Update: Sold Out of Christmas Trees This year warm up your hearts and homes, while filling many lives with a little bit of joy by purchasing a beautiful Nova Scotia Balsam Fir Christmas tree and/or Christmas wreath from Kingston Humane Society. The trees range from 6 to 8.5 feet tall and are hand-sheared. The best […]

Remembering the soldiers and their animals

Hot Off the Collar | Volume 4 November is rarely anybody’s favourite month. It lacks the optimism of April and May or the carefree spirit of June and July. And even though November is still technically part of autumn, it seems as if, right after Halloween, the brilliant blaze of October colours is immediately swapped […]

November’s Online Auction!

Available from November 1st – November 31st 2019 Browse through our collection of unique items that have been generously donated by local businesses. Bid on items to save the lives of homeless animals in our community! Check out our live auction at: Click Here Have a question? Photo by Francesco Ungaro from Pexels

Lessons from Mom

Hot Off the Collar | Volume 3 We learn so much from our parents: manners, social norms, language skills, how to behave, how NOT to behave and probably most of all, how to love. Or perhaps more accurately, WHO to love. In my mother’s case, I learned to love family and friends but I also […]

Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Attendant

The Kingston Humane Society, a non-profit animal welfare organization and registered charity, is seeking an engaging and energetic individual to fill the position of Veterinary Assistant / Kennel Attendant. The ideal candidate will be adaptable within the ever-changing atmosphere of leading shelter medicine practices. The KHS is a fast-paced, teamwork-based organization that promotes responsible pet […]

Low Cost Feline Spay/Neuter Clinic

Surgery + Wellness Check: $120 Includes spay/neuter, rabies and core vaccines, flea treatment, and internal parasite control Surgery Only: $100 Includes spay/neuter and rabies vaccine only CASH ONLY Registration Dates: September 13 | 9am-7pm September 14 | 9am-3pm Clinic Dates: October 26-27 *Advanced registration required in order to attend clinic. Payment is required at time […]


Hot Off the Collar | Volume 2 When I started this job five months ago, I knew the deal. Amidst all the happy, enlightening and life-affirming stories, a dark cloud occasionally cast a shadow. I convinced myself that I could handle it. Hadn’t I done that before? In two years of working at another animal […]

Errors of omission

Hot Off the Collar | Volume 1 Most of us have a strictly defined self-image. If you’re like me, that image takes a beating from time to time but essentially, once you become an adult, it’s pretty static. If I was to summarize my own image it would be: advocate for animal welfare, musician, mediocre […]

Big Paws Pledge Walk 2019

KHS 21st Annual Big Paws Pledge Walk – Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 Join us on September 22, at Lake Ontario Park for our biggest community event of the year, our 21st annual Big Paws Pledge Walk & Fun Day! Start collecting pledges to celebrate 21 years of walking to help our homeless, neglected, and abused […]

Annual General Meeting 2019

Kingston Humane Society – Annual General Meeting | Thursday, May 16, 2019 You’re invited to join the Kingston Humane Society for a review of the affairs and highlights of 2018, and to participate in the election of directors to the Board. Attend our Annual General Meeting on Thursday May 16, 2019. The meeting is being […]

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Contactless adoptions will begin on May 6th for limited number of animals

Kingston, ON – May 1, 2020
Beginning on Wednesday May 6th, the Kingston Humane Society (KHS) will resume adoptions of animals to suitable members of the public. The number of animals available will initially be limited and significant safety protocols will be employed to avoid any contact or direct interaction with potential adopters.

Five weeks ago, the KHS suspended all adoptions in an effort to significantly reduce the potential of COVID-19
transmission within the community or to the KHS staff. In that time, more than 100 foster volunteers have stepped up to care for animals that would normally have been housed in kennels and waiting for adoption.

“Our foster volunteers have been incredible,” said Gord Hunter, Executive Director, “but we’re starting to see
the expected spring influx of animals and we need to be sure we have capacity within the shelter once things
begin to open up again and once the foster families begin returning animals to us.”

The capacity of the current building is limited to 75 cats and 44 dogs. The KHS currently has 112 animals in
care; the majority in foster homes. In May of 2019, the Kingston Humane Society took in just under 200
animals. After this year’s mild winter, Animal Programs Manager Christie Haaima expects numbers to rise significantly, potentially putting the shelter well over capacity.

“Each year, we see a large influx of animals heading into the summer months, predominantly stray cats and
orphaned kittens,” said Haaima. “We can’t allow Covid-19 to prevent us from saving the lives of nearly 2,000 pets this year. We need to be prepared by continuing adoptions and expanding our foster program.”

Pre-adoption counselling and meet and greets will be done virtually utilizing available electronic meeting platforms. The successful adopters will then come to the shelter to pick up the animal in a no-touch environment. Adoption payments will be accepted by debit or credit only using no-touch or minimal contact protocols. All KHS staff employees will wear full PPE and adopters will be asked to wear gloves and masks when picking up their new family member.

“This is new to all of us and we expect to experience small glitches that we’ll address and correct on the fly,” said Hunter. “Our goal is to find forever homes for as many animals in our care as possible and to remain within our somewhat limited capacity, keeping the strain on staff and animals to a minimum.”

Beginning Wednesday May 6th, the public can find animals available for adoption on our website at . Online applications will be processed as received and suitable adopters will be contacted for virtual meet and greets.


The Kingston Humane Society is committed to advocating for and improving the lives of animals within our community. Founded in 1884, the KHS continues to provide shelter and care for homeless animals in Kingston and surrounding communities. We promote responsible pet ownership and compassion and respect for all animals. In addition, we work in and with our community to provide leadership in the humane treatment of all animals, to address the causes of animal suffering, to encourage people to take responsibility for their animal companions and to provide care for animals who are neglected, abused, exploited, stray or homeless.

Gord Hunter, Executive Director KHS, 613-546-1291 ext 105

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