Shelter Day Open House – June 1, 2019

Join KHS for the annual Shelter Day open house on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Tour the shelter and learn about the work that we do to support the homeless, abused, and neglected animals in our community.

ENJOY A DAY OF FUN WHICH WILL INCLUDE:

· free guided shelter tours
· professional pet photography sessions
· reduced adoption fees on all cats
· microchip/nail trim clinic (by appointment only)

Cats are $95, Kittens are $135, VIP/Special Needs/Seniors are $50. All animals adopted from the Kingston Humane Society have been health-checked, de-wormed, microchipped and come with 30 days of free pet insurance.

Call 613-546-1291 ext. 102 for more information or to schedule a microchip/nail trim appointment.

Can’t make it to shelter day but still looking for a new furry family member? The special adoption prices for cats will continue throughout the entire month of June! Stop by the shelter (1 Binnington Court) or one of our satellite adoption centres.

Please Note: Special pricing is only available for cats and kittens that have been spayed/neutered at the time of application submission. Nail trims are only available to cats and small animals at this time, no dogs. Dogs, and cats are welcome to be registered for a low cost microchip.

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HUMANE SOCIETY TO RESUME ADOPTIONS

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

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

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