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 animals on the path to finding their forever homes. All proceeds raised will come back to the shelter to help us, help them. Want more of your donation to go to the animals? Donating and collecting pledges online reduces admin fees, so more of your donation will go to the animals.

Registration & Vendors Open: 9:30am
Opening Ceremony: 10:30 am
Pledge Walk Starts: 11:00 am

There will be pawesome prizes for the highest pledge in both youth and adult categories, so start collecting for your chance to win!

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Media Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Royal Canin Logo
Haven Home Climate Care Logo
Hitched Games Logo
Creative Carbon Logo

Pet Valu Logo

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Hogan’s Portable Toilet Rental

Baldwin Audio Visual Rentals

CAA Insurance

Kingston Community Credit Union

Utilities Kingston

Shaw Insurance


Maison Chien Canine Coiffure/Teamwork Canine Centre

Bronze Sponsors

Culligan of Kingston


Tony Deodato & Sons Ltd.

Maple Leaf Tours


For more information, contact us via email us at [email protected] or by telephone at (613) 546-1291 ext. 106.

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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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