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 help to bring consolation at a time of loss. A letter acknowledging your generous donation will be sent to the next-of-kin either by mail or e-mailed.
If you or a friend is suffering from the loss of a cherished pet you can make memorial donation in their memory. KHS will acknowledge your gift by sending the owner either a special card or email acknowledging your generous donation in memory of their pet.DONATE TODAY!
Looking for the perfect gift for someone who has everything? Gifts to the animals make wonderful birthday presents, holiday gifts or gifts for special occasions. When you make a donation to the animals at the shelter we will provide you with a card to give to the gift recipient.DONATE TODAY!
This type of gift is usually given to mark a special occasion such as a birthday, or anniversary. It could also mark other occasions like Christmas, Mothers/Fathers Day, Easter etc. Perhaps there is a particular day in which you would like to celebrate, or plan a gift. Planning a gift on a special day can add additional meaning to an already significant time.DONATE TODAY!
Become a Guardian Angel and support a dog or cat at the shelter waiting for his or her forever home. With a donation of $250 directed to this program, you can sponsor a dog kennel or a cat cage for six months. Your donation will be recognized at the shelter with a cage plaque which bears the name of your choice: perhaps a family name, or that of a family member, friend or pet in whose memory you would like to make your gift. You will also receive a personal thank you letter and picture of the animal that is in the cage/kennel you have sponsored.DONATE TODAY!
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