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Frequently Asked Questions

About Us - FAQ & Important Topics

*Scroll to the bottom of the page for information regarding COVID and visiting HSKL*

Adoption Fees

Cat - $280
Kitten - $280
Senior Cat - $200
Dog - $390
Puppy - $465
Senior Dog - $260

Contact us for prices on hamsters, turtles, birds and other small pets.

Note: Adoption fees are subject to change without notice.

Suspicion of Abuse/Neglect

Please click here to be directed to our page regarding animal abuse and neglect.


Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities or staff to attend to injured or displaced wildlife.  Please click here for more resources.

Do you euthanize to make room for more pets?

We do not euthanize animals in our care to make room for more.  

HSKL is a low-kill shelter.  This means we only euthanize when a veterinarian has deemed that option as necessary.

The Honey Fund is our dedicated fund to helping sick and injured animals who can be saved and carry-on with a good quality of life.  This fund is for shelter pets only.  We cannot help with surgeries or medications for the public's pets.  For information on helping your own pet, please speak with your veterinarian or visit The Farley Foundation.

To donate to our Honey Fund or to learn more about it, please click here.

Re-Homeing/Surrendering Your Pet

Click here for information on how to surrender or re-home your pet or a loved ones pet.

Spay/Neuter Clinics

We do not offer spay/neuter services, as we do not have a veterinarian on staff.  Please see below for clinic options.

Marion Vernon Memorial Animal Clinic (Barrie)
Phone: 705-734-9883 

Ontario SPCA Centre Veterinary Hospital Spay/Neuter Services (Stouffville)
Phone: 905-898-6112 ext. 384 
Toll-free: 1-888-668-7722 

Lincoln County Humane Society Animal Clinic (St. Catharines)
Phone: 905-688-7722 

Toronto Low Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic - NOTE: Cats Only
Phone: 416-338-6281


  1. What should I do if I find a stray cat?

    First, be sure the cat is actually a stray and not just a neighbour's cat. If possible, take the cat to a vet to see if he/she is micro-chipped. If the cat is not, take photos of him/her and post the found cat on social media, in the newspaper or make posters.
    Please try to find a home for the cat before you bring it to us. Always call us in advance to see if we have room for the cat, as, with any shelter, space is limited.

  2. What should I do if I find a stray dog?

    Call by-law at 705-324-9411 ext 1212. Leave a message if it is after hours.

  3. What are the by-laws in the City of Kawartha Lakes regarding stray and feral cats?

    The City of Kawartha Lakes does not have any by-laws on stray or feral cats. If you would like to contact the city and discuss this topic, please call them at 705-324-9411 ext 1212.

  4. What are the by-laws in the City of Kawartha Lakes regarding dogs?

    Dogs must be licensed in the City of Kawartha Lakes. You can pick up a dog licence from us for $27* (for altered) $32* (for non-altered) dogs. *Fees may change without notice.

    If you find a stay or injured dog, call by-law at 705-324-9411 ext 1212, from Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm. If there is no answer, leave a message.

  5. I have found a deceased pet, what do I do?

    Please call the Roads Department at 705-324-9411

Donations & Monthly Donor Club

For information on how to make a monetary donation or a gift in-kind, please click here.

Interested in joining our Monthly Donor Club?  For only $25 per month, which is .83 a day, you can help pets all year long!  For more information, please click here.


Information on volunteering can be found here and paid job postings can be found here.


  1. How is HSKL funded?

    We are funded by you! The community, including local organizations, retailers and amazing everyday people, help us to keep our doors open and our animals healthy. We research and apply for grants that are available to animal welfare organizations to help cover larger expenses.

    Monthly Donors are a huge part of our sustainability. If you'd like more information on becoming a Monthly Donor, contact us at 705-878-4618, visit our Monthly Donor page, click our 'Donate' button, located at the top of this page, or click here!

    We accept third party fundraisers and we do our own fundraising. We also have a thrift shop, Second Chance, to help us produce our own income.

Bitten by an animal?

Contact your local health unit if you have been bitten by an animal.

If you are in the City of Kawartha Lakes, click here to be directed to the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.


We are happy to inform you that animal welfare services, such as ours, is included in the list of Essential Workplaces.  This means that we will still be here for you and any pets that need our help.

Rules for visiting HSKL during COVID-19 (updated February 7, 2022)

- Adoptions and surrenders are by appointment.  If the surrender is an emergency, please try to call before you come. 

- Donations can be left in/by the blue bin located by our front doors or you can come in. 

- If you choose to enter HSKL, a mask must be worn and hand sanitizer must be used.

- We are limiting the number of people in our lobby, in each cat room and in the dog kennels.

Questions?  Email us at or phone us at 705-878-4618 ext 0. Calling after hours? Please, do leave a message with your name, phone number and the reason why you called and we will get back to you as soon as we can.  Remember, we have limited staff and will get back to you as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding.  Let's keep everyone safe!