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Adoption Process

Thank you for choosing the Humane Society of Kawartha Lakes!

Adopting saves a life and provides a beautiful animal with a second chance!

Step 1: Review our website for a potential match, and find someone who best suits your family dynamic. Once you have one or two pets you are interested in, please complete the application.

Dog Application   Cat Application

All the information requested on the application form is essential. Please be open and transparent for the best match! It allows shelter staff to make the most appropriate decisions for the animals and your family.

Step 2: Shelter staff will review your application. They will contact you if you are a potentially suitable home for the animal. 

Due to the limited resources, only successful applications will be contacted. However, they will be kept on file for future consideration.

Step 3: A telephone conversation will occur for information sharing and question-asking. If the pet and family seem like a suitable match, an appointment will be booked for a visit. 

Step 4: During the "Meet and Greet," the family will have an opportunity to discuss the animal further and interact with them. Multiple "Meet and Greet" can occur, or if the match fits right away, you can bring the pet home that day. 

Step 5: Upon pick up of the pet, the adoption paperwork and special instructions will be shared. Donations are also gratefully accepted now, as adoption fees often do not cover the actual cost of all the medical and special services required by the animal.   

Note: Some animals are lucky enough to receive more than one adoption application. In that case, we must choose the most suitable family. We encourage these applicants to consider some of the other less fortunate animals still waiting for their second chance and a new home.

If you have any questions regarding the adoption process, please visit us or phone us at 705-878-4618.