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.
A: We are located 1 Binnington Court, which is just off Dalton Avenue, west of Sir John A. MacDonald Blvd.
Every day animals at the Kingston Humane Society find new homes. For the most up-to-date information on adoption statistics, view our most recent annual report.
A: Unclaimed lost or stray animals, and pets surrendered by their owners make up the majority of the animals received at the KHS. During the spring and summer months as well we see a great many feline and some canine litters born to pregnant animals that have entered our care.
A: As your local humane society, we have a responsibility to place animals in suitable environments that will promote loving bonds between adopters and their pets. Through our adoption process, we will help you find that perfect pet, the one that fulfills your expectations, and suits your lifestyle. A customer care staff member will guide you to ensure that the adoption experience will prove positive for both you and your new companion animal. The long-term well-being of the animals in our care is our main concern; therefore, not all adoption requests may be successful. As part of the process potential adopters are asked to complete a questionnaire which includes a request for personal and veterinary references. This questionnaire will supply the customer care staff member with information about you, your lifestyle, and the type of pet you are looking for.
A: Our goal is to place as many of the pets received at our shelter (and not reclaimed by an owner) as possible. This can be quite a challenge because, as an open shelter, we accept all companion animals brought to us regardless of their health or temperament. Pets placed for adoption need to be of sound temperament and good health. Pets with a history of severe aggression or that show signs that they are likely to be dangerous in a variety of settings are not suitable for our adoption program. Our team of animal health professionals ensure every medical option is explored in order to save an ill or injured animal. When possible we utilize rescue groups to rehabilitate or work with animals that may not otherwise be considered adoptable and not suited to our general adoption program.
A: We keep all healthy, adoptable animals as long as it takes to find them a new home. For some animals this can mean living at the shelter for six weeks or more until the right home is available. The length of stay for animals varies. The KHS has many foster families who care for newborns, pregnant cats, and recuperating dogs until they are ready to be placed up for adoption.
A: We do get singlebreed dogs and cats of all ages; however they tend to be adopted very quickly. Due to limited resources, we unfortunately cannot notify potential adopters when particular breeds come into the shelter. If you are interested in a specific breed or type of pet, we recommend you regularly view the profiles of animals currently available for adoption on our website or visit the shelter.
A: We are committed to ending pet overpopulation and consider spaying and neutering an essential step in addressing this tragic problem. The KHS is committed to ensuring all dogs, cats, and rabbits are spayed or neutered prior to adoption unless an animal has been deemed medically ineligible for surgery as per a Veterinarian.
A: Giving up your animal is a difficult process, both for the pet and the owner. Prior to making the decision to surrender a pet to the KHS, it is very important that pet owners understand the terms and conditions of the surrender agreement so that they are fully aware of their options and the possible outcomes.
When an animal is surrendered, he or she becomes the sole responsibility and property of the KHS. Any decisions regarding the animal are made at the discretion of the KHS and no guarantees can be made regarding the circumstances of adoption, veterinary care, treatment of subsequent illness or injury, or the future disposition of the animal up to and including humane euthanasia.
We understand that an owner’s decision to surrender a pet has been made after careful consideration and for good reasons. Upon signed agreement at the time of surrender, an owner acknowledges that the surrender is permanent and that the animal will not be returned to them in the future.
Animals may be surrendered to the shelter by appointment for a fee. If an appointment has not been made, the surrender fee is higher but the pet will still be accepted.
A: We are fortunate to be a part of Royal Canin’s Shelter Program which donates a portion of the food needed for our animals. When recommended by veterinary staff, we do purchase special diets for animals with health issues or other special needs.
A: The KHS is unable to provide public veterinary services at this time. However, the Kingston area is fortunate to have a large community of dedicated veterinary professionals. Please research local vet clinics to find a vet to best suit your location and needs.
To report animal abuse or cruelty, please call the 24-hour Ontario Protection Call Centre at 1-833-9ANIMAL
A: If you have found an animal, you cannot simply keep it. There may be a distraught family looking for the found pet! You can notify us that you have found an animal by calling 613-546-1291. As well, advertise in the free ‘found’ section of the newspaper, put up posters in your neighbourhood and bring the animal to our shelter or a veterinary clinic to scan for a microchip implant. If you are unable to meet the needs of the animal while you search for an owner or have no luck locating the owner, please bring the animal to the shelter or contact animal control for your municipality.
A: Under no circumstances does the Kingston Humane Society ever give or sell an animal for research.
A: Thank you! Please refer to our Wish List for currently needed items. Items donated that are not on this list may be used for fundraising purposes, foster homes or re-donated to other community organizations.
A: The Kingston Humane Society is a non-profit charitable animal welfare organization supported solely by public and corporate charitable donations, memberships, grants, bequests, fundraising campaigns and fees for service.
A: No. The KHS is a non-profit independent organization funded by the voluntary donations of individuals and businesses in this community. Funding for the KHS’s services and programs is received in the form of cash donations, bequests, trusts, and fees.
A: Let us count the ways! The KHS greatly appreciates donations of cash, time, expertise and items. The Kingston Humane Society is a registered charity and as such your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Your financial support helps us maintain and even expand the programs and services we offer to the community. Please visit our donations page to learn more about giving to the KHS. Additionally, there are many ways you can volunteer to assist animals. Please visit the volunteer page of this website for more information on the various ways you can make a difference in the lives of the animals.
A: Before people call or e-mail the volunteer department, we require them to have an idea of what they would like to do at the KHS. We have specific jobs listed on our website, such as fostering, office support and data entry, special events, and dog walking, and are always looking for people with experience to fill these roles.
A: In a way, yes. Dog walkers must have experience with dogs or be comfortable with dogs and willing to learn some basics. Walking shelter dogs is not like walking the dog next door, and our walkers must be prepared to deal with all sorts of doggie personalities when they agree to walk for us. Dog walkers are also required in the winter so volunteers must like very hot and very cold weather.
A: Absolutely. We have volunteers who help in the office, walk dogs, or participate in events and cuddle cats. There are also many opportunities to volunteer that do not require coming to the shelter! Many of our volunteers try a variety of roles before finding the niche that best fits them in terms of skills, schedule and comfort. Give yourself some time to settle in and sort things out, and don’t hesitate to ask questions!
A: Yes. The KHS AGM is open to the public. Notices are published in the local paper, in our newsletter and online.
A: The no-kill philosophy has become very prevalent, and it is important that we all understand what this means for us as a community partner. The Kingston Humane Society operates on no-kill principles, meaning that no animal is ever euthanized for space, time, or convenience. Humane euthanasia is a last resort for only for those animals that cannot be treated or rehabilitated due to an irreparable medical or behavioural condition.
When shelters and communities follow no-kill principles, every animal is recognized as an individual with a life worth saving. There are no quotas to be met or set number of animals to be killed or saved.
According to Best Friends Animal Society, one of the worldwide leading animal shelters, a 90% save rate for the animals entering a shelter is the benchmark for measuring lifesaving progress. Typically, the number of pets who are suffering from irreparable medical or behavioral issues that compromise their quality of life and prevent them from being rehomed is not more than 10% of all pets entering shelters.
While the 90% benchmark offers a meaningful, consistent way to gauge progress, it is neither a floor nor a ceiling. For some shelters who operate similarly to KHS and offer neonatal kitten programs and compassionate end-of-life services for residents with pets in under-resourced communities, the benchmark may be slightly below 90%. Regardless, the goal for our shelter, and for any shelter operating on no-kill principles, is to make a clear commitment to lifesaving and transparency.
From Best Friends Animal Society https://bestfriends.org/2025-goal/what-no-kill-really-means
A: Operating on no-kill principles means that our experienced medical and behavioural teams assess every animal on intake to determine a treatment plan moving forward. We will treat every condition that we can feasibly treat with our resources and expertise. If we cannot meet an animal’s medical or behavioural needs, we reach out to our extensive network of shelter partners and rescue organizations who specialize in certain conditions. Humane euthanasia is only considered if we cannot rehabilitate the animal, nor connect with another expert organization with the access and means to save that individual animal’s life.
A: The KHS has an open-admission mandate, allowing us to help thousands of animals in our community who would have nowhere to go otherwise. All animals are assessed for health, mental well-being, and temperament on intake to determine any treatment plan and best outcomes which may include adoptions, foster, rescue, or unfortunately, humane euthanasia. The KHS believes that an animals at end of life deserves the utmost respect and compassion. At times, being compassionate means humane euthanasia surrounded by caring staff.
The KHS does not believe that a shelter environment is a suitable home for animals who are sick, in pain, a public safety risk, or feral. We knowing living in a shelter environment for extended periods of time causes emotional distress in animals. We consider physical health, emotional well-being, and public safety when consulting with a veterinarian prior to humane euthanasia.
A: No. With our open-admission mandate, the KHS accepts all companion animals brought into the facility from our jurisdiction, regardless of health or temperament. Our goal is to provide temporary shelter, alleviate pain or distress, and find homes for those who have no owner. Upon entry, each animal is assessed by animal care professionals and a plan of care is developed with the best interests of the animal, organization, and community in mind. We carefully determine a course of action, which may include adoption, foster care, veterinary care, transfer to another organization or rescue, or in rare cases, humane euthanasia.
A: At the KHS we are proud to state that every single healthy and adoptable animal is able to stay at the shelter until they are adopted. The KHS does not euthanize any animals simply because of space or time limitations. We recognize that each animal is unique and we attempt to meet each animal’s needs for a healthy environment, which includes enrichment programs, foster care outside of the shelter, transfers to other organizations or rescues, and adoption opportunities at one of our community satellite adoption centres.
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 www.kingstonhumanesociety.ca . 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